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Morning Meal Masters: The 10 Best Breakfast Restaurants in Cabo San Lucas



Cabo San Lucas has a ton of terrific breakfast spots, with most offering both Mexican and American favorites, as well as their own signature specialties. Marina based restaurant Solomon’s Landing, for example, is best known before noon for its decadent waffles – most notably, “the waffle of your dreams,” which is lathered in mixed berry compote, rich Canadian maple syrup, fresh whipping cream, and chocolate chips. Restaurant row standout Mama’s Royal Café, meanwhile, is acclaimed for its rich and filling French Toast, stuffed with cream cheese, layered with fruits and berries, and flambéed in orange liqueur.

Chilaquiles are perhaps the most frequently touted Mexican specialty, and they’re particularly well made at Lolita’s, one of the oldest restaurants in Cabo San Lucas – the owner’s mother started the business with a mobile cart in 1967, before the transpeninsular highway had been built, or the local marina dredged – as well as one of the city’s finest purveyors of traditional Mexican cuisine.

Visitors seeking freshly made coffee and pastries will want to check out The Cabo Bakery, whose owner is descended from a long line of talented German bakers; Baja Beans, maker of fine coffees from Puebla sourced beans; and Pan di Bacco, which offers Neapolitan style baked goods, as well as excellent quiches and frittatas. 

The excellent breakfast café at The Bungalows Hotel would also place highly on this list, if only it were open to the public. Casasola Café & Brunch, La Casa de Don Juan and Infusion Art Caffe all deserve honorable mention.


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Baja Beans isn't a place you'll accidentally stumble upon. It's located off a dirt road in the small town of Pescadero, just south of Todos Santos. But this locals' favorite is well worth seeking out, not only for the superb coffees, but also the fine food and rustic outdoor atmosphere. The company sources their beans from Finca Los Puentos in the Sierra Madre Oriental of Xicotepec, Puebla, roasts them with a vintage 1980s Probat roaster, and sells the finished product to many of the region's best hotels and restaurants. The onsite café and restaurant also offers pastries and other light fare, which can be enjoyed al fresco amid the sprawling property's mango trees. Sunday is the best day visit, with brunch specials like vegetarian frittatas, as well as a farmer's market and live music.




The Resort at Pedregal ranks with One & Only Palmilla as one of Los Cabos' most exclusive and luxurious resorts, with a host of first-class amenities that include two of the area's best restaurants. The cliffside El Farallón is well-regarded for its stunning views and market-style seafood, while the resort's signature restaurant Don Manuel's boasts old-world hacienda style atmosphere, and a large open kitchen that dishes out superb Mexican accented cuisine. Don Manuel's is a fine dining establishment of deserved repute, yet they favor a more comfortable and relaxed approach than most restaurants of the same quality, with a gracious and welcoming staff adding to the charming, old-fashioned ambiance. Breakfast buffets are laid out daily with fresh fruit, pastries, granola and freshly squeezed juices. Mexican specialties like huevos rancheros and chilaquiles, meanwhile, are cooked to order. Sadly, the delicious Mexican donuts are no longer on the buffet menu.


SUR Beach House by Bar Esquina

This newly opened beach club premiered on Playa El Médano in July 2016, taking over the site formerly occupied by Moxitos. Although technically an offshoot of Bar Esquina, the popular bar and eatery at the nearby Bahia Hotel and Beach Club, SUR is a destination drinking and dining spot in its own right thanks to its creative cocktails and superb seafood focused fare, plus an atmosphere that manages to be both fashionably chic and barefoot casual. This is the premier brunch spot on Médano Beach, as well as a mecca for morning yoga and convivial sunset celebrations. It's also the top stop for water bikes and stand up paddle boarding rentals.


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In México, chilaquiles (tortilla strips with beans, chile sauce, eggs, and cheese) are considered a hangover cure, and Lolita's has the best in Cabo San Lucas. The huevos rancheros are excellent here as well, and lunchtime visitors will want to sample the birria, a traditional stew with its own healing properties. Lolita's is located just off the downtown loop near the elementary school, and is the kind of place you can't walk by without wanting to go in. Perhaps it's the charming décor, with wooden furnishings, bright paint, the deer hunting mural with the stuffed deer head underneath the display of liquor bottles, or the retro jazz that often plays in the background. This is one of the oldest restaurants in town, and an excellent off-the-beaten-path option for those seeking local color and cuisine.




Pan di Bacco is a Neapolitan-style bakery, deli, restaurant, wine bar and coffee shop that opened in downtown Cabo San Lucas early in 2013. Pan di Bacco specializes in locally sourced, artisanal ingredients, and as one might imagine, the culinary pleasures here are legion. Fresh breads, egg-based dishes, salads and paninis highlight the breakfast and lunch menu, while dinner delights include antipasti, gourmet pizzas, mix and match croquettes, soups, pastas, custom cutting board options and decadent desserts. Wines are offered in small or full pours, with the former perfect for tastings and small plate pairings. Excellent beers and coffee drinks are also available, as are take-out breads, cakes and cookies from the onsite bakery.


Still widely considered one of the best breakfast spots in Cabo San Lucas - despite a change in ownership a few years ago - Mama's offers shaded patio dining, and a menu headlined by their delicious and justly lauded French toast. Located on Calle Hidalgo, the city's "restaurant row," Mama's is the perfect place to start your day in paradise, with friendly staff, excellent food, and a delightful ambiance that includes a serenading guitarist backed by a chorus of local birds. The menu includes a large selection of American-style omelets and Mexican breakfast standards, but the French toast is the star. It's stuffed with cream cheese, topped with fruit and berries, and flambéed in orange liqueur.




This Pedregal based breakfast and lunch specialist is a bit off-the-beaten-path (if you're not familiar with the neighborhood, ask your concierge for directions), but is well worth a visit. Penny Lane specializes in healthy, hearty and delicious organic fare, from fresh squeezed juices (try the hangover healer, with parsley, watercress, broccoli, and pineapple) and coffee to freshly baked breads and pastries, and country style omelets. For late risers, lunchtime offerings include salads, pastas, wraps, traditional Mexican dishes, and a signature hamburger grilled with blue cheese. Gluten free options are available, and the restaurant is also home - twice per week (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.) - to an organic produce market.




The walls of Latitude 22+ are a Los Cabos history lesson, filled with old photos enormous catches and fishing contests, prominent local personages, and even life preservers from notable area vessels. The place comes by its nautical aspect honestly - owner Mike Grzanich first came to Cabo San Lucas on a tuna boat in 1959 - but also serves as a treasure trove for license plates and other souvenirs left by visitors over the years. The bar is one-of-a-kind, with gorgeous Land's End views available from your barstool, and old-fashioned booths in the back offer privacy for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The go-to breakfast is a "John Wayne" special with eggs, sausage and ranchero sauce, plus sides of rice and potatoes. Other rib-sticking pleasures range from white sausage gravy slathered Croatian Eggs Benedick to chicken fried steak, rib-eye steak and pot roast. Piano player Peter Bacon is a big draw during the high season.


Solomon's Landing
Photo courtesy of Solomon´s Landing Los Cabos


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. Decadent fruit, Canadian maple syrup, chocolate chip and fresh whipping cream topped "waffles of your dreams" headline the breakfast offerings.


Owner Markus Saeffert brought his French built Pavailler oven down the Baja California península in so many pieces it took nearly a month to put it all back together again. It was worth the trouble. This downtown bakery - it opened in 2012 near City Club - makes the best breads and pastries in Los Cabos, as evidenced by the large number of local groceries and restaurants that now sell or serve them. German style brezel is a particular specialty (Saeffert is originally from Stuttgart), but birote, ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough and New York rye are also made fresh daily, as are the incredible cinnamon rolls. The shaded outdoor tables are popular with the local crowd, and this is as close to a European style café as there is in Cabo San Lucas. Egg-based breakfasts, sandwiches and pizzas headline the menu options, with morning mimosas and afternoon cocktails providing an alternative to the excellent coffees.


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