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The More the Merrier: 10 Best Group-Friendly Restaurants in Los Cabos



Whether the occasion is family dinners, wedding receptions or other special events, Los Cabos has plenty of restaurants capable of handling large groups. Because of the size and service requirements for large-scale celebrations, however, the top options are generally found at area luxury hotels, at spacious eateries operated by prominent local restaurateurs like Tadd Chapman and Edith Jiménez, or restaurant groups such as Mi Casa.

Chapman has opened several superb restaurants in San José del Cabo, but the Canadian born restaurateur's greatest local achievement is undoubtedly Don Sanchez. It's the top venue in Los Cabos for large-scale celebrations, with first-class food and wine (including advice from the onsite sommelier, and take-out wine sales), and the capacity to host up to 350 guests for dinner and dancing.

Jiménez's namesake restaurant, Edith's, has long been a fine dining fixture in Cabo San Lucas, and continues to offer excellent upscale Mexican dining, with multi course options available from nine separate group menus. The Office, an affiliated eatery on Médano Beach, is another great gathering place, perfect for groups seeking fresh local seafood and gorgeous Land's End views.

The Mi Casa Group has five restaurants in Los Cabos, the best of which, from a group dining standpoint, are its signature eateries in each of the cape cities. Mi Casa in Cabo San Lucas is conveniently located across from the town square, Plaza Amelia Wilkes, and can accommodate up to 500 guests for traditional Mexican atmosphere and cuisine. Mi Casa in San José del Cabo, meanwhile, can handle groups as large as 350 people at its airy courtyard location in the heart of the city’s historic Art District.


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The Los Cabos location of the popular American steakhouse chain Ruth's Chris is located at Puerto Paraíso on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. Beyond the picturesque setting and excellent lamb and veal chops, rib-eye, porterhouse, t-bone and New York strip steaks, Ruth's Chris also offers some of the finest, most consistent service in Los Cabos. This is one of the few local restaurants with a sommelier, a big plus given the impressive wine list (this is the top stop in the area for Napa Valley Cabernets). In addition to the steaks, the restaurant also offers salads, generous helpings of the fresh local seafood, New Orleans style appetizers, and a large array of decadent dessert options.


The Office on the Beach

Ready for a not so tough day at The Office? This palapa-topped bar and restaurant is packed all-day, every day, and boasts both a full bar and a large array of menu items, from breakfast omelets to seafood and steaks. It's a bit pricey, but not only are patrons served up fine food and drink in a beautiful beachfront setting, they also enjoy festive entertainment and colorful atmosphere. Live music is showcased nightly, but the best time to visit is on Thursday evenings between 7:30 and 9 p.m., when The Office hosts its Gran Fiesta Mexicana featuring pre-Colombian folk dancing, waiters' shows, audience participation, piñatas, candy for children, free tequila shooters and other treats.




Old world Italian-style décor and cuisine are the hallmarks at this popular Cabo San Lucas based eatery, owned and operated by the Solmar hotel and restaurant group, and set at the foot of the city's exclusive Pedregal neighborhood. Chef Matias Forte's menu covers a lot of ground, from antipasti and world-class Caesar salads - hand tossed tableside - to homemade pastas, chicken and veal dishes. Fresh local seafood specialties are also available, notably the Tonno in Crosta (tuna fillet grilled with a crust of sesame and herbs, and accompanied by fettucine and artichoke) and Gamberi e Pancetta (gorgonzola stuffed shrimp wrapped in pancetta, and served on broccoli rosettes). Those with less refined palates can nosh on delicious pizzas made in a mesquite wood-fired oven. Romeo y Julieta has ample seating indoors and out, and can easily handle large groups.


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One of the premier Mexican restaurants in downtown Cabo San Lucas, Pancho's specializes in regional standards such as Puebla style chicken mole, Sonoran carne asada, and Oaxaca-esque tamales wrapped in banana leaves. They also claim to have the largest tequila selection in the world, with over 500 separate producers represented. Whether this is the world's largest collection is debatable, but there is no question that the tequila and mezcal menus are enormous, with many labels you'll likely never see anywhere else. And it that weren't enough to pique your interest, the atmosphere is likewise exceptional, bright and airy, with traditional décor and accents, and live music nightly.


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


What was once a taco stand is now a fixture of the Marina dining scene, located 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.


Owner Edith Jiménez is originally from the state of Guerrero, and her restaurant serves up a mixture of Baja and Guerreran cuisines, as well as generous helpings of fresh local seafood. The restaurant is located just a block from Médano Beach, where it has been a fine dining fixture for over two decades. The mesquite grill and upscale Mexican ambiance are prime attractions, with the air-conditioned wine cellar drawing considerable interest during the hot summer months. Popular offerings include the Coqueta salad; the "Wally Special" with grilled lobster, garlic shrimp, and mesquite grilled catch of the day; and the Pancho Villa with grilled chicken breast, stuffed poblano pepper and chicken enchilada.


Choose among al fresco dining on the terrazzo, open air indoor dining or the ever popular "tables in the sand" at this casual yet stylish bar and restaurant at Médano Beach luxury lodging Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. Highlights at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina include stunning views of the iconic rock formations of Land's End, as well as an excellent traditional Mexican menu created by famed Chef Andrea Blanco and executed by Chef Uziel Torres. Start with margaritas or mojitos at the scenic bar, then progress to verde style ceviche, crab flautas with mango baja slaw and hibiscus sauce, and Oaxacan style beef medallions with red mole sauce. Platters served family-style for the whole table are also available, with choices such as marinated grilled skirt steak, slow roasted pork or sea bass with plantains and pico de gallo.




Flora's pioneered the farm-to-table dining scene in San José del Cabo, and remains a mandatory stop for visiting foodies. The restaurant looks out over a 10-acre organic field at Flora Farm, so close diners can almost reach out and touch the food they'll soon be eating. Well, actually the meat is sourced from a nearby ranch, but you get the picture. This is fine dining at its most intimate. And it is fine dining. The food is superb, and ranges from gourmet pizzas to heartier fare like farm-raised pork or homemade pastas. Sunday brunch is especially popular, although reservations are recommended for any visit to the restaurant. The adjacent Farm Bar serves up fresh fruit juices, wine, craft beer and cocktails. In addition to the onsite bar, bakery and organic grocery, the property also includes boutique shops and some quaint culinary cottages.


Grupo Mi Casa is responsible for some of the finest restaurants in Los Cabos, including Peacock's and Café Canela in Cabo San Lucas, and La Panga Antigua in San José del Cabo. Colorful Mexican décor and traditional standards are available at the group's eponymous restaurants in each of the cape cities, with charming locations overlooking the town square in San Lucas, and nestled amid the historic Art District in San José. Standouts at both Mi Casa restaurants include regional Mexican favorites like Chile en Nogada, Mole Poblano and Cochinita Pibil, as well as Baja style favorites like Almejas Rellenas, queen clams stuffed with bacon, cheese and veggies. Domestic beers and wines are also available, including some excellent selections from Baja's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe. Regional spirits like Damiana make an appearance on the dessert menu.


"Contemporary Baja fusion" is the focus at chef and restaurateur Tadd Chapman's acclaimed downtown dining fixture, Don Sanchez; where daily tasting menus showcase the freshest local and seasonal ingredients. Chapman sources organic produce from his own local farm, Sánchez Orgánico, and grass and grain-fed beef that are wet-aged and seasoned with natural un-iodized sea salt from Guerrero Negro. The wine program here is the best in Los Cabos, with a sommelier on hand for advice on pairing options from the list of 300 plus wines, or sales from the carry-out wine shop. Wine themed events are hosted on a monthly basis, and live entertainment is also a big draw, with the outdoor courtyard hosting a stage and spacious dance floor.


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