Los Cabos’ abundant natural advantages – year-round sunshine, dozens of miles of coastline with dramatic ocean vistas – are a boon to al fresco dining enthusiasts, and in fact almost all of the restaurants in cape cities Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo offer some outdoor seating.
The most notable of these outdoor eateries are those that seek to marry their majestic settings with world-class cuisine. Sunset da Mona Lisa is famous is in this respect, and is annually ranked as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world. The location, overlooking Playa Monumentos across Bahía Cabo San Lucas towards the half-mile Land’s End headland, is so spectacular that wedding proposals are a regular occurrence, as are fireworks accompanied ceremonies and receptions. The bill of fare, which features fresh local seafood and Italian specialties, is likewise excellent, if somewhat overshadowed by the magnificent views.
El Farallón, at the luxe Resort at Pedregal, provides another wow-factor dining experience, with tables set cliffside above the Pacific Ocean. Fresh market style seafood offers an appropriate counterpoint to the candle and lantern lit symphony of crashing waves; and El Farallón, like Sunset da Mona Lisa, has burnished its already substantial romance credentials by adding an onsite Champagne lounge.
Not all local restaurants feature such incredible surroundings, of course. At others, like Don Sánchez and Los Tres Gallos, superb cuisine comes first, albeit complemented by live music and colorful courtyard furnishings, and a patio filled with tropical fruit trees, respectively.