Budget-Friendly Feasts: The 10 Best Value Restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas has its share of first-class restaurants and celebrated chefs, but if you can live without flashy amenities and spectacular Sea of Cortés views, it's quite easy to find quality food at affordable prices.

At Salvatore's, a bistro set in the courtyard of value hotel Siesta Suites, the excellent Italian-themed cuisine is sometimes overshadowed by the value-oriented prices and enormous portions. The lasagna is legendary, and a single serving is easily enough to satisfy two people (it's a popular "shared" option for visiting couples). There are some, in fact, who claim it could feed a small village.

Other notable downtown meal deals include $14 all-you-can-eat Brazilian style steakhouse fare at Rodizio, cheap lobster and surf and turf specials at Crazy Lobster Bar & Grill – recommended with at least a couple of $3 shots of Don Julio – and the generous $10 multi-course lunch special at Mediterranean themed Alcaravea Gourmet.

The best across-the-board prices, however, are typically found at traditional Mexican restaurants. Los Tres Gallos, perhaps the best restaurant in the city, has only a few items on its expansive dinner menu that top $20. Delicious and muy barato tacos are also found in abundance, most famously at local taquerías like Los Claros.

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

Poll locals on the best place to get tacos in Los Cabos, and Los Claros will be the consensus winner. Maybe that's why there are now six plus locations in downtown Cabo San Lucas - as well as the original in San José del Cabo - with new sites...  Read More

Long known as one of the top local stops for cheap seafood, Crazy Lobster is a fixture on Cabo San Lucas' restaurant row: the stretch of eateries that runs down Calle Hidalgo from the town square to Marina Boulevard, the main downtown...  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

The name Stop Light made sense at its previous downtown location; now, it might as well be named "behind Office Depot." It scarcely matters, though. The attractions at this locals' favorite are the excellent food and service, and the very modest...  Read More

El Peregrino , or "The Pilgrim," used to be just a locals' favorite, but has since been discovered by area resort concierges, who have passed the recommendation on to their guests. It's a congenial little bistro, with colorful décor, ...  Read More

Under the guidance of Chef Enrique Díaz, Alcaravea Gourmet has evolved over the past decade from a small eatery into one of the benchmark fine dining restaurants in all of Los Cabos. Guests enter through trellised vines and flowers into a...  Read More

Salvatore's has a stellar reputation with locals and return visitors, and the reason is pretty simple: there is no better combination of quality and quantity anywhere in Cabo San Lucas. The food is tasty yet straightforward, the prices are...  Read More

Rodizio is not the only local showcase for Brazilian churrasco-style dining, but it is much cheaper than its competition despite offering comparable food quality and superior service. In fact, its $14 price for salad, vegetables, rice and garlic...  Read More

Named for three legendary actors from the golden age of Mexican cinema - Pedro Infante, Jorge Negrete and Javier Solís were collectively known as Los Tres Gallos (The Three Roosters) - this charming and unpretentious downtown dining spot may be...  Read More


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