This place is a bit off the beaten tourist track, but it's a favorite of locals, and a popular spot for family dinners and celebrations. The menu features great ceviches, fish tacos, and other seafood specialties, with the pescado zarandeado being of particular note. An entire fish (often snook, or robalo as it is known locally) is laid out on tin foil, brushed with chile sauce, layered with onions, tomatoes and bell peppers, and then placed in a wire basket and smoked over a charcoal grill. It is one of the best local delicacies, and usually weighs out at close to a kilogram, meaning it can easily feed three or four people.
Recommended for Seafood because: This is a favorite of locals, and the best place in town for pescado zarandeado.
Chris's expert tip: Hot sauce lovers should ask to sample from the bottle of Da Bomb: Beyond Insanity. It has a Scoville rating of about 200,000 units, and should be tried in very small doses.
Mariscos Mocambo specializes in seafood done in traditional Mexican style, especially a la Veracruz, and is a favorite with tourists and locals alike. Enjoy shrimp, lobster, crab and octopus done in a variety of ways, sample some of their excellent ceviches, or share one of their enormous seafood platters with clams, sea snails, shrimp and lobster. There are a number of tequilas worth trying, and the wine list is international in flavor, with selections from Argentina, Chile, the United States, and red and white options (Cabernet Sauvignon and a Sauvignon and Chenin Blanc blend) from San Lorenzo in Mexico's Valle de Parras.
Recommended for Seafood because: Mariscos Mocambo is the top local stop for seafood a la Veracruz.
Chris's expert tip: Specialties include the whole crab in garlic or chilpaya chile sauce, and the shrimp newburg with brandy and cream sauce.
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. 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.
Recommended for Seafood because: Solomon's Landing is the best seafood spot on the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
Chris's expert tip: For breakfast, try the "waffle of your dreams" with mixed berries compote, semi-sweet chocolate chips, Canadian maple syrup, and whipped cream.
This local's favorite boasts an abundance of delicious yet budget-friendly seafood dishes, ranging from soups and ceviches to fish tacos and combo platters for two with a sampling of shrimp specialties, or the catch of the day paired with crawfish, lobster, shrimp and octopus. There are over a dozen styles of shrimp alone, as well as Mexican seafood delicacies like pescado zarandeado, and traditional favorites like lobster thermidor. The décor matches the menu, with colorful aquatic-themed murals, a fountain of frolicking dolphins, and a variety of stuffed fish mounted on the paneled walls. Popular Mexican standards like carne asada and fajitas are also available, as are kid-friendly plates featuring chicken fingers, hamburgers and spaghetti.
Long-time visitors to Cabo San Lucas will be familiar with the cooking skills of Silviano Orozco, even if they don't know his name. The talented chef worked for years at popular local eateries like Baja Cantina and Solomon's Landing before opening his own place, Silviano's, near Playa El Médano in early 2016. Self described as "100% choyero" - natives of Baja California Sur are referred to as choyeros, after the cholla cactus - the La Paz native's restaurant has quickly become a mecca for those seeking authentic regional cuisine. It even looks the part, thanks to its traditional palo de arco pergola. Orozco's octopus is the best in Los Cabos, expertly grilled in a special marinade and served on a bed of sautéed potatoes. But everything is delicious here, from fresh catch of the day (served up in one of seven signature styles) to pork shank, baked Oaxaca style with dried chiles and topped with grilled nopales. The dishes are all affordably priced, and Silviano's also offers daily deals like two-for-one drinks or fajitas. Decadent desserts include a rich caramel and rompope flavored raisin topped flan.
Recommended for Seafood because: Silviano's is the best new seafood restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: Owner Silviano Orozco also runs one of the best catering businesses in Los Cabos (formerly Cabo Catering, now Silviano's Catering).
This is one of the most picturesque restaurants you will find anywhere, with tables perched seemingly atop the Sea of Cortés and breathtaking views of Land's End. Pastas and fresh local seafood are the specialties - the place has its own fishing boats, and will cook up your catch for dinner - but there is also an upstairs bar and pizza lounge, and a newly installed Taittinger Terrace Champagne and Oyster Bar. Considering the magnificence of the setting, it is perhaps not surprising that they have wedding services available. Both the food and the drinks here are excellent, but it is the majestic, awe-inspiring atmosphere that makes any visit to Sunset MonaLisa a memorable experience. Reservations are recommended year round, and are an absolute necessity for sunset dining during the tourist season (Oct. - May.).
Recommended for Seafood because: Sunset da Mona Lisa boasts fresh local seafood, and the most spectacular wow-factor setting in Los Cabos.
Chris's expert tip: It can get pretty chilly after dark during the winter months. Sweaters or light jackets are recommended.
Not only is Lorenzillo's the premier lobster house in Los Cabos, it is one of the area's top stops for traditional fine dining. Lorenzillo's is the sort of place where Oysters Rockefeller and Lobster Thermidor are still menu staples, and wooden drink carts are wheeled around after dinner bearing brandy and coffee cocktails. The original Lorenzillo's was founded in Veracruz during the late 1970s, but relocated to Cancún shortly thereafter. The Los Cabos restaurant was opened in 2002, and holds down a privileged corner spot on the Cabo San Lucas Marina. There are three main dining areas: an air-conditioned, nautical-themed indoor dining area; an expansive patio terrace that looks out over the marina towards Luxury Avenue; and a shaded sidewalk café on the marina boardwalk, where passing pedestrians can check out the live lobster selection. The wine list is extensive, and features a lot of seafood-friendly whites from México, Spain and Argentina.
Recommended for Seafood because: In addition to being the best lobster house in Los Cabos, Lorenzillo's features a lovely outdoor dining area overlooking the Cabo San Lucas Marina.
Chris's expert tip: Try one of their flaming coffee cocktails featuring Xtabentun, an excellent Mayan liqueur.
Since its inception in 1994, Nick-San has been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, with Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura crafting a creative and innovative fusion of Japanese cuisine with traditional Mexican ingredients. This sort of fusion has become quite common among area restaurants, but Nick-San was the first, and remains the best. Sample their extensive menu of rolls, as well as house specialties like tempura oysters curry yaki, blue fin tuna sashimi, and beef filet serranito. Lobster lovers may choose from an embarrassment of riches that includes clear lobster rolls, lobster angel sautéed in mustard sauce, fried lobster curry, and lobster sambal marinated in saki, soy sauce, ginger and garlic, and bathed in sweet and sour chile sauces. In addition to the Cabo San Lucas location, there is also a restaurant at Las Tiendas de Palmilla (The Shoppes at Palmilla).
Recommended for Seafood because: Nick-San is the best sushi restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.
Chris's expert tip: The restaurant also has its own apparel line, Wasabi, with shirts and other clothing available at their two local locations, Plaza de la Danza in Cabo San Lucas, and Las Tiendas de Palmilla in the Tourist Corridor.
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.
El Farallón's wow-factor asset is a breathtaking cliffside setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean at the exclusive Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas. The restaurant pairs fresh local seafood with its romantic atmosphere, adding rustic elegant touches like lanterns and hand-crafted furniture and accents to its spectacular views. The fish is fresh daily, and diners pick their dinner market style, choosing from a selection of sea bass, red snapper, striped bass, shrimp, tuna, dorado, clams and lobster. The fish is then weighed and taken to the chef to be grilled with an array of fresh chilies. Soups and salads are included with all entrées, and rib-eye steaks are available for those who want the views without the seafood. This ranks with Sunset MonaLisa as one of the most romantic dining experiences in all of Los Cabos, and the addition of a Champagne terrace has only enhanced the romance factor.
Recommended for Seafood because: El Farallón is the best seafood restaurant in Los Cabos.
Chris's expert tip: Sample the restaurant's signature margaritas.