The 10 Best Restaurants on Médano Beach in Cabo San Lucas

Few neighborhoods in Cabo San Lucas feature better food than Médano Beach, a two mile stretch of golden sand ringed with resorts, shops and restaurants. Many of Los Cabos' top eateries are situated seaside on this popular playa, with the best boasting a captivating combination of fresh seafood platters, buckets of ice cold beer, and gorgeous views of the granite rock formations at Land's End.

Tequila toting mascot Big Johnson and Spring Break hijinks like banana eating and sex position contests are seasonal attractions at Mango Deck, but Médano’s benchmark cantina serves up tasty fare year round, from Mexican and American favorites to fresh seafood and sushi. Mango Deck’s neighbor, The Office, is also worth a visit, particularly on Thursday nights when they host their weekly Gran Fiesta Mexicana with dinner, drinks, folk dancing and fireworks.

For a more upscale introduction to Cabo's beachfront lifestyle, sample traditional Mexican specialty dishes and tropical cocktails at Hacienda Cocina y Cantina, the signature restaurant at the exclusive Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, or savor steak and craft brews at the rooftop Baja Brewing Company.

In addition to the beachfront cantinas that line Médano's shores, there are a number of popular restaurants located within a few blocks of the beach: notably, neighborhood fine dining fixtures like Bar Esquina, Edith's and Peacock’s.


Tabasco doesn't get the same publicity as Mango Deck and The Office, but this is one of the most popular places to hang out on Médano Beach, with a sun deck boasting terrific views of Land's End and the local seaside scene, and a menu featuring unpretentious fare like omelets and burgers, as well as fresh local seafood served up in ceviches and shrimp cocktails. All the beachside tables are shaded by umbrellas during the day, and there are also plenty of ice-cooled beverages available for those looking to beat the Baja heat. Water-based rentals and activities can also be arranged at Tabasco's, from wave runners to parasailing trips.

Recommended for Medano Beach's Best Restaurants because: Tabasco enjoys one of the best locations on Médano Beach.

Chris's expert tip: Want some inner peace? Try the Buddha burger with portobello mushrooms.

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Long-time fine dining fixture Peacock's received a facelift a couple of years ago. The results? The Grupo Mi Casa managed restaurant looks better than ever, with a gorgeous courtyard dining area fringed with palm trees and festooned with colorful lights; a chic indoor lounge, an artsy bar area; and an open kitchen that provides excellent views of Chef Emmanuel Prieto and his talented staff. The chef's new look menu showcases excellent seafood, steaks, pastas and gourmet Tuscan-style pizzas, and the service staff is first-rate. Sample entrée highlights like the delicious duck breast in a blue agave honey with yellow curry sauce, or the tender red wine cardamon reduction baked beef ribs. After dinner, kick off your shoes, and take a stroll down nearby Médano Beach.

Recommended for Medano Beach's Best Restaurants because: Peacock's has been a fine dining fixture in Cabo San Lucas for over 25 years.

Chris's expert tip: Meat lovers should explore slow roasted specialties like the red wine cardamon reduction beef ribs, and the succulent suckling pig.

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Every day feels like Spring Break at Mango Deck. Looking for a place with bikini contests? Sex position contests? Banana eating contests? A mustachioed Pancho Villa lookalike named Big Johnson who carries holsters filled with tequila bottles, and crisscrossed bandoliers packed with shot glasses? Check, check, check and check. Order a bucket of ice cold Coronas and settle in for a memorable visit at Cabo's most iconic beachfront party spot. Heck, you can even rent a wave runner here, although most are content to work on their tans, with occasional “beer ballast” from the full restaurant menu. The fare is mostly Mexican, but the kitchen dishes up everything from pastas and fresh local seafood to bbq, burgers and other typical pub grub.

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Baja California Sur's first brewery has three locations - the original in San José del Cabo, a rooftop aerie on the ninth floor of Cachet Beach Club, and an air-conditioned oasis overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina - all of which have proved exceedingly popular with tourists and locals alike. Fine food is available for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with menu options ranging from hamburgers and gourmet pizzas to filet mignon and other high-end entrées. The beers are excellent, either in a bottle or on tap, and you can order flights of the draft beer for a sudsy overview of their offerings. If you can only visit one of their locations, check out the rooftop brew pub at Cachet, which offers gorgeous views of Playa El Médano and the spectacular granite monuments at Land's End.

Recommended for Medano Beach's Best Restaurants because: BBC is one of two craft brew specialists with a restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.

Chris's expert tip: Try their bacon blue cheese burger with basil paired with their Peyote IPA, or their coffee-dusted filet mignon with the Escorpion Negro.

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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.

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This Argentine steakhouse opened early in 2012, and has garnered rave reviews for its enormous portions of delicious mesquite grilled steaks. Chamuyo features a casual courtyard setting, a generous selection of international wines, and a minimalist menu that is meant to evoke the feeling of a traditional restaurant experience in Buenos Aires. The signature entrée is a 22 oz. slab of beef ribs, but flank, hangar and rib-eye cuts are also menu standards. Salads are served with the steak dishes, and combos for two and four persons are available. The most popular appetizer is fried empanadas stuffed with corn and bell peppers. Desserts options include alfajores, panqueques, and a bread pudding lathered in caramel.

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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.

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Although it may not look like much from the street – taxidermy stuffed, wall-mounted gamefish are about the only decorative touches in a modest space with a dozen or so tables – Tacos Gardenias is a treasure trove of delicious Mexican comfort food specialties. The place has been around for what seems like forever (it opened in 1980, when the marina was still being dredged) and it remains one of the Land's End city's signature taquerías, with a convenient location a few blocks from Playa El Médano. Fresh fish and shrimp are included in almost every menu item; not only in tacos but in quesadillas, ceviches, salads and soups. Meat lovers needn't worry, however. The Yucatán style cochinita pibil is excellent, as are the barbacoa and chicharrón tacos. Beer and wines are also available.

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One of the signature charms of the boutique Bahia Hotel & Beach Club, Bar Esquina offers a hip, upscale atmosphere - including a gorgeous 17-seat marble bar - and some of the best food and drinks in Los Cabos. Chef Rogelio Garcia and his staff work in an open kitchen, so guests can watch their Mexican and Mediterranean style entrées being prepared as they sip custom crafted cocktails, or snack on the restaurant's excellent selection of gourmet pizzas. Live music is a dinnertime staple in the outdoor dining area, with performers that range from contemporary American country stars to romantic Latin balladeers. The café area behind the kitchen is also a popular afternoon stop for guests and beachgoers, showcasing coffees sourced from beans in premier Mexican growing areas in Oaxaca and Chiapas.

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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.

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