As befits an establishment whose name comes from the Catalan word for beauty, new Spanish-themed restaurant Maca has added a bit of understated glamor and Mediterranean allure to Cabo San Lucas' downtown fine dining scene. Despite the glass and stone accents, and airy modern feel, Maca possesses a certain old-world European charm, with vintage bullfighting posters and shelves filled with gourmet foodstuffs, from organic garbanzo beans to Joselito prosciutto, reputed to be the world's finest ham.
Maca is one of the best new restaurants in Cabo San Lucas. — Photo courtesy of Maca Restaurante
In order to take advantage of the freshest organic ingredients, Chef Alberto Vasquz' blackboard bill of fare is ever-changing, yet dishes consistently retains a traditional Spanish character. A superb Galician octopus starter and leche frita meal capper highlight the regional authenticity , but Maca's menu ranges far beyond the Spanish border. Lamb chops are the signature entree item, and they're spectacular, perfectly spiced and served with cherry tomatoes and mashed potatoes. But appetizers, not entrees, are the essence of the daily menu. Food is served family-style, and small plates allow diners to work their way through a wide swath of the daily offerings.
The appetizers often feature typical Spanish specialties with innovative touches, and creative presentation. The Galician octopus is probably the standout starter, but the sea bass carpaccio with baby arugula and parmesano reggiano is also excellent. Like many of the offerings at Maca, it is easily paired with a half dozen bottles from the lengthy and well-balanced wine list. There are over 600 wines available at Maca, and although close to half are from Spanish producers, there are also great selections from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, France, and the U.S.