A Taste of Baja Sur: 10 Best Restaurants outside Los Cabos

Los Cabos hosts the lion's share of the area's top restaurants, but very good food can be found throughout Baja California Sur, from small towns and villages to larger, well-traveled tourist destinations like Todos Santos and La Paz. Todos Santos is about an hour north of Cabo San Lucas by car, and the charming artists' colony and pueblo magico is home to several notable restaurants, including chile relleno specialist Miguel’s, and the excellent hotel-based eateries El Jardín and La Coronela (the latter set at the historic Hotel California).

Baja California Sur's capital city of La Paz, meanwhile, rewards intrepid visitors via superb food and views along its scenic malecón, with tasty seafood specialties also available at area beaches like Playa El Tecolote. For those driving from Los Cabos, there are several restaurants along the way that are worth visiting. Long-time dining fixture Palomar in Santiago, near the Tropic of Cancer monument, has been attracting tourists since the days when celebrities like John Wayne and Bing Crosby were flying in for the white-winged dove hunting. The photos on the walls of the restaurant read like a virtual timeline of tourism in Baja Sur, and the menu offers many delicious Mexican specialty options sure to revive tired travelers.

For local color in Todos Santos, it's hard to top La Garra, one of the town's top restaurants, sports bars, and live music venues. La Garra suffered fire damage early in 2013, but quickly bounced back. The place still boasts the same atmospheric...  Read More

Elegant garden surroundings distinguish this patio restaurant at the Guaycura Boutique Hotel & Spa in Todos Santos, as does excellent food from a menu that blends Mediterranean and Mexican sensibilities. Small tapas plates are popular and...  Read More

The best burger place in La Paz is notable both for its grill - it's set under the open hood of the front half of a pick-up truck - and its al fresco charms. The spacious outdoor dining area is quite pretty after dark, when the lights strung...  Read More

La Coronela is the signature restaurant at Hotel California, the most famous and frequently photographed lodging in Todos Santos. Talented Belgian Chef Dany Lamote's menu focuses primarily on dishes made from organic and locally sourced...  Read More

This great little 1950s style café is located in the plaza just off as you turn off Highway 1 at Los Barriles. Road Runner makes the best breakfast in town - with an excellent menu of omelets, burritos, waffles, pancakes and heart-starting...  Read More

Cerritos Beach Club & Surf is the perfect place on the planet on Sunday afternoons: jazz on the beach on a plywood stage, with margaritas flowing and surfers dropping into perfect barrels directly behind the band. Few tourists make the trip...  Read More

Miguel's chile rellenos may not be the best in all of the Baja California peninsula, as an enthusiastic reviewer from the New York Times once claimed, but they are amazing. The stuffed chiles - available with lobster, shrimp, cheese and in...  Read More

Palomar Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Michael Kull

People come to Santiago to see the nearby waterfalls, or to visit the zoo, and Palomar, located just off the main plaza, is a popular stopping place for food and refreshments. The restaurant and hotel - there are six double-rooms ringed around...  Read More

Playa El Tecolote can't top Balandra for sheer beauty, but it's hands down the best beach in the La Paz area for barefoot seaside drinking and dining. Palapa Azul is its foremost treasure, and quite easy to find: Just follow the malecón out of...  Read More

The star of any visit to La Paz is the malecón, the miles long seaside promenade that serves as the city's social center, as well as the backdrop for dozens of its best hotels and restaurants. Bismarck-cito, one of two offspring of the original...  Read More


Meet Chris Sands

Chris Sands is co-founder of CaboVivo, co-writer of Fodor's Los Cabos travel guidebook, Editor at Baja.com, and a contributor to Forbes and 10Best at USA Today, as well as other websites and...  More About Chris