Farm Fresh: The 10 Best Restaurants in San José del Cabo

San José del Cabo's dining scene is in many ways even more impressive than that of sister city Cabo San Lucas. San José is home to over a dozen first-class restaurants, as well as some of the region's most accomplished and innovative chefs. Traditional Mexican cuisine, Baja Med style fusions, and fresh local seafood are the focus of most menus, but there are a number of eclectic eateries that boast original and provocative concepts, or that have applied their own unique twist to established movements.

Farm-to-table dining, for instance, has been taken to an entirely new level at Flora Farms and Huerta Los Tamarindos, two organic farms that also offer cooking classes, fresh produce markets and terrific onsite dining spots (Flora's Field Kitchen at the former, Restaurante Los Tamarindos at the latter). At each of these remarkable restaurants diners can practically reach out and touch the food that will soon be on their plates.

The best of the trio of farm-to-fork meccas in the small community of Ánimas Bajas, however, resides at the modestly named Acre Baja. Like Flora Farms and Huerta Los Tamarindos, the 25-acre Acre Baja showcases an organic farm and a celebrated eatery set in the scenic foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range. That eatery, Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, continues to draw rave reviews for its locally sourced cuisine and creative cocktails.

Tadd Chapman is another local innovator. The chef has built an indoor wine cave at his sprawling Don Sanchez Cantina – the best of his downtown eateries, which also include Habanero’s and Local Uno – and he has been at the forefront in promoting top producers from Baja California's Valle de Guadalupe.

For more traditional fare, downtown favorite Tropicana rarely disappoints. Located at a lovely hacienda-style inn in the heart of downtown San José del Cabo, Tropicana is the city's top stop for traditional Mexican cuisine and live music, and has been for 30 years.



The dinner shows here are amazing, and a showcase for traditional Mexican music and dancing. Pre-Hispanic Nights (Thursdays), for example, are headlined by indigenous artistic expressions, while Beautiful México (Mondays) spotlights regional...  Read More



Find your vacation bliss to the sound of cascading waterfalls and rustling palm fronds combined with the savory delights of signature dishes like Med-Mex fajitas, roasted chicken with chocolate, and a New Zealand baby rack of lamb. Chef Loïc...  Read More



A gorgeous palapa-shaded setting and beautiful views of the incoming surf from the Sea of Cortés distinguish this hip onsite eatery at the boutique Cabo Surf Hotel on Acapulquito Beach. As you might expect of a seaside restaurant, fresh seafood...  Read More



The onsite restaurant at the Hacienda-style Tropicana Inn, also known as the Tropicana, has been considered one of the best in Los Cabos for over 30 years now. It's certainly hard to beat the location, which offers breezy al fresco dining in the...  Read More



"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...  Read More



A perennially popular draw at benchmark ultra-luxury resort One&Only Palmilla, this elegant seaside eatery from Moroccan born and Jean-Louis Palladin mentored chef Larbi Dahrouch is distinguished by its superb food, impeccable service, and...  Read More



La Lupita is the taco mecca of Los Cabos, the place where discerning locals will happily pay un-taco like prices (the typical taco runs about $1; La Lupita's are at least double that) to sample gourmet varieties of México's most famous comfort...  Read More



Like Flora's Field Kitchen, Restaurante Los Tamarindos showcases intimate farm-to-table dining in a rustic restaurant setting outside San José del Cabo, as well as cooking classes and an onsite organic market. Menu standouts at the scenic al...  Read More



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...  Read More



Acre Baja may be best known now for its boutique treehouse accommodations - the only ones of their kind in Los Cabos - but for locals or visitors staying elsewhere in the cape cities, the primary reason to know and visit this picturesque...  Read More


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