Restaurateur and chef Tadd Chapman has opened a number of restaurants in San Jose del Cabo, most notably Habanero's and Don Sanchez. The latter has recently undergone a major renovation, and now features an enormous palapa-shaded courtyard dining area that can accommodate as many as 350 guests, with a stage for live entertainment.
The eight-piece Cuban orchestra so beloved from the the restaurant's prior incarnation will continue to perform, and the menu at the new look Don Sanchez continues to be centered around what Chapman calls "contemporary Baja fusion." In essence, that means steaks, fresh local seafood, plenty of fresh organic produce, and dishes showcasing regional Mexican accents.
Don Sanchez features a wine bar and onsite sommeliers. — Photo courtesy of Don Sanchez
Although the core features have remained the same, Chapman has added some significant upgrades. There is now a state-of-the-art wine bar and exposed cellar area, with onsite sommeliers on hand to assist guests with their selections. Over 300 labels are stocked and stored, and Chapman has eschewed the traditional restaurant mark-ups in favor of modest corkage fees whenever bottles are opened at the wine bar or restaurant. Carry out sales are allowed until 11 p.m., and this is now the best place to buy wines in the downtown area. Other improvements include a tapas lounge and an outdoor grill, where diners may have steaks grilled to order in a variety of styles, from Chicago to sous vide.
For a restaurant that was already considered one of Los Cabos' best, and a great place for dinner and dancing, Don Sanchez has made some game changing moves. It's now in a class of its own as an event and large group dining destination, and a mandatory stop for visiting oenophiles.