Long-time visitors will remember this location as the former site of La Fonda, but the current resident, Templo, has quickly built its own loyal following based on a chic yet unpretentious atmosphere and unique culinary fusion dishes. Executive Chef Mariano Takinami has blended his unusual heritage and international work experiences - his father is Japanese, his mother Argentine, his wife Brazilian, and he has extensive experience in Peru and M�xico - into a wide ranging menu that artfully mixes Argentinean style beef, Peruvian style tiraditos, wok-grilled Asian specialties, and odes to Mexican street food. A generous wine selection offers myriad pairing options, and custom tasting and pairing menus are available upon request.
Located near McDonald's on the way to Medano Beach, Es Tu Rollo is a favorite of locals and budget-oriented sushi lovers. The portions are large, everything on the menu is under $10, and there are a wide variety of rolls from which to choose, including all the usual sushi standards. Es Tu Rollo boasts a casual chic Asian-accented atmosphere, and does have air conditioning, a serious consideration during the summer months. In addition to the indoor dining area, some patio seating is also available. Take out and delivery are offered until 10:30 p.m., and there is no additional charge for delivery.
Chris's expert tip: Es Tu Rollo delivers until 10:30 p.m.
It's a restaurant! It's an art gallery! Actually it's both. The stylish, sleek space showcases arresting contemporary art, which is perfectly complemented by a sophisticated sushi menu. The setting and atmosphere certainly give credence to the notion that Los Cabos is on the rise as an art city. In fact, the ambience here is so cosmopolitan you may feel as if you've stepped into a cutting-edge spot in New York City or San Francisco. Wear something trendy, sip a glass of wine as you inspect the art or enjoy the breezes on the patio, and don't be surprised if there's a wait for a table. These 36 seats are in high demand!
Baan Thai's teak and bamboo furniture, tropical plants and candlelight blend together in an evocative representation of a faraway country, an effect further enhanced by the eclectic Pan-Asian menu. Taking cues from the cultures of Indonesia, Thailand, Laos and China, chef Carl Marts prepares a variety of excellent dishes. Starters like chicken satay with a piquant peanut sauce, seafood dumplings dipped in a mustard-soy sauce, and lively Tom Kha Gai Soup will make taste buds take notice. Main dishes range from kicky curries and zingy Pad Thai to bright citrus-glazed duckling. Wonderful food from a talented chef.
Blue Fish Sushi is located a block from the town square, and although not as popular as sushi competitors Nick San and Sushimaniaz, has developed a solid local following on the basis of good quality and affordable pricing. There are a generous selection of rolls, including the signature Blue Fish Roll with tuna, salmon, crab, cream cheese, flying fish eggs, and avocado wrapped in cucumber. Other specialties include the cherry rolls and the chicken teriyaki. The tempura desserts are excellent, particularly the deep fried banana and ice cream with chocolate. Take out is available, including box lunches.
Recommended for Asian because: Blue Fish Sushi is one of the locals' favorite sushi restaurants.
Chris's expert tip: Try the Crunchy Roll with deep fried crab.
The seafood here is all fresh and local, with delicious options like the marinated tuna on won ton toast, and the Aztec roll with octopus, crab, avocado, and cream cheese in eel sauce and togarashi spices. In addition to the very good food and service, Sushimaniaz has an excellent location on the town square. There is a spacious indoor dining area that fuses modern and traditional appointments, and outside tables that face Plaza Amelia Wilkes. The restaurant has a full bar, an international wine list representing Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Italy, as well as Japanese beverage specialties like the nonalcoholic Calpico (fruit flavored milk), and Sapporo beer. A second location has recently opened in San Jose del Cabo.
Recommended for Asian because: Sushimaniaz is one of the top sushi restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: There are nightly drink specials, including two for one martinis on Fridays.
What started as a taco stand is now a fixture of the Marina dining scene, with a corner location on the waterfront, just behind Tesoro Los Cabos Resort. Solomon's Landing is popular with both locals and tourists thanks to a combination of first-rate food, first-class service and affordable prices. The menu covers a lot of ground, but Chef Brian Solomon specializes in seafood. Like most area restaurants, there is a "you hook it, we'll cook it policy," and whether you've brought your own catch or are sampling from the menu offerings, the kitchen staff will prepare your choice of fish any way you like it, including a la Veracruz, Rockefeller, and many other styles. There is also an onsite sushi bar, and plenty of great happy hour deals from the island bar. The bar has its own menu, with more casual fare, and more budget oriented prices.
Recommended for Asian because: Solomon's Landing is one of the best sushi restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, and a convenient stop for cruise ship passengers.
Chris's expert tip: For breakfast, try the "waffle of your dreams" with mixed berries compote, semi-sweet chocolate chips, Canadian maple syrup, and whipped cream.
Los Barriles Restaurant & Bar specializes in Asian fusion, but the menu covers a lot of ground, from seafood specialties to Korean barbecue. The restaurant is a recent addition to the local dining scene, but as a result of its friendly service and creative cuisine, has quickly become one of the more popular downtown dining spots. There are many quaint and charming service touches at Los Barriles. Some of these touches seem a little old-fashioned, but they are effective nonetheless, and the restaurant not only offers excellent food, but a really enjoyable dining experience. Many dishes are prepared tableside, and the waitstaff here is very well trained. Los Barriles is open for breakfast and lunch, but draws its best crowds for dinner.
Chris's expert tip: One of the most delicious menu items is a hot Thai seafood soup with calamari, shrimp, and scallops in coconut milk and ginger garlic lemongrass broth.
In recent years the culinary fashion in Los Cabos has shifted from Baja Med to Pan-Pacific fusions that draw heavily on Mexican, Peruvian and Japanese influences. Such fusions may be fashionable now, but they're old hat to Pitahayas Chef Volker Romeike, who for over two decades has been creating unique dishes from an eclectic mix of Pacific influences that range from México and Hawaii to Japan, China, Korea, Thailand and the Philippines. Romeike's Pitahayas is the signature restaurant at Sheraton's colonial style Hacienda del Mar, a Tourist Corridor based resort known for its elegant seaside dining options. The dining area is gorgeous, particularly at dusk, with tables arrange in concentric circles that fan out from an enormous palapa, and colorful tree-wrapped lights and ornament foregrounding the glittering blue waters of the Sea of Cortés. In addition to the stellar food and views, the wine cellar at Pitahayas, La Cava de Santiago, is one of the best in Baja California Sur, with over 400 labels from premier domestic and international producers.
Chris's expert tip: Romantic dinners for two may be arranged in the wine cellar.
Since its inception in 1994, Nick-San has been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, with Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This sort of fusion has become quite common among area restaurants, but Nick-San was the first, and remains the best. Sample their extensive menu of rolls, as well as house specialties like tempura oysters curry yaki, blue fin tuna sashimi, and beef filet serranito. Lobster lovers may choose from an embarrassment of riches that includes clear lobster rolls, lobster angel sautéed in mustard sauce, fried lobster curry, and lobster sambal marinated in saki, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, and bathed in sweet and sour chile sauces. In addition to the Cabo San Lucas location, there is also a restaurant at Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shoppes at Palmilla).
Chris's expert tip: Nick-San also has its own apparel line, Wasabi, with shirts and other clothing available at their two local locations, Plaza de la Danza in Cabo San Lucas, and Las Tiendas de Palmilla in the Tourist Corridor.