With the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez surrounding its coast, Los Cabos has a thriving food scene with a focus on fresh seafood and authentic Mexican cuisine. The destination’s culinary options range from award-winning restaurants, top-rated chefs, local beachfront favorites and under-the-radar local spots that serve up unique dishes. A big trend is farm fresh fare harvested locally—providing high-quality and healthy options for health-conscious travelers. Many restaurants have great ocean views in addition to fresh ingredients. Here are a variety of restaurants accommodating different atmospheres and cuisine.
A Night Out on the Town
The restaurant Manta is known for having one of the best views in Los Cabos—overlooking El Arco and the Bahia Cabo San Lucas horizon. The restaurant focuses on fresh seafood as well as Pacific coast flavors, while also weaving in influences from Mexico, Peru and Japan. The restaurant is located in high-end property The Cape, A Thompson Hotel, known for its infinity pool and swim-up bar, rooftop lounge and private outdoor spa cabanas. The restaurant is popular with hotel guests as well as others traveling to the Los Cabos region. Dinner items include unique options like beetroot ceviche; fried oyster burrito; fish tempura tacos; suckling pig cochinita; and octopus anticucho. For those looking for more traditional dishes there’s catch of the day and New York strip steak.
Sunset Monalisa is a place that attracts celebrities, foodies and those looking for more than just a meal, but a culinary adventure. The restaurant has three menu concepts—a prefixed à la carte menu; a five-course “The Signature” menu; and The Monalisa Experience. Dining here is more than just about eating; it’s an experience. The restaurant has an ideal setting, carved into a cliff overlooking the Bay of Cabo San Lucas with views of the famous Arch at Land’s End. Dishes focus on Mediterranean cuisine and the open-air venue is ideal for watching the sunset
Farm Fresh Fare
For locally-sourced organic cuisine head to Flora Farms located just north of San Jose del Cabo, at the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains. This 25-acre organic working farm is famous for its culinary dishes including the wood-fired pizza (there are 15 types of Neapolitan-style pizza like fennel sausage and mozzarella, farm bacon and egg; and Margarita with house-made mozzarella) and house-made ice cream. But there’s more than just the restaurant. There’s the Farm Bar—which serves up a full range of fruit and vegetable-infused craft cocktails; the grocery store and even a spa which focuses on nature-based spa ingredients. One of the biggest draws to Flora Farms is the cooking classes. On Tuesday there’s the Roasted Vegetable Tacos class; Wednesday is the Tamales class; Thursday is the Ricotta Gnocchi; Friday is the Salsa and so on. What makes the classes unique is that it draws on ingredients grown on the farm and showcases unique ways to create flavorful dishes.
Zai Sushi Surf Bar is a hidden find—not many travelers would expect sushi in the desert. A dirt road leads up to the unassuming restaurant, but the water views and freshly-made sushi make it worth going off the beaten path. The fish is very fresh and the presentation is what you’d expect in a big-city establishment. Portions are a good size, so they can be shared and they also have options for vegetarians and vegans.
After a Day Spent in Cabo Pulmo National Park
After diving—or snorkeling or enjoying any water sports—in Cabo Pulmo, lunch or dinner at La Palapa is a popular choice. It’s casual outdoor dining with really amazing views. The food is reasonably priced and the dishes range from crispy fish tacos, to chicken fajitas, steak quesadillas, scallops, and freshly-made ceviche. The restaurant is also known for its margaritas. If you’re lucky, you might catch views of the whales swimming nearby.