Creative cocktails, a wide range of international cuisines and settings ranging from funky beach palapas to elegant candlelit vistas add to Cabos' sense of fun. The area around Hidalgo Street is the unofficial "Restaurant Row," where you'll always find something going on, including happy hours that start at 4 p.m. or earlier (see Cabo San Lucas Nightlife.) Away from the waterfront are a variety of off-the-beaten-track locations, many of which attract locals as well as tourists. Check with your hotel's concierge for suggestions as well as the Visitor's Bureau Los Cabos Guide to Dining.
Marina boardwalk; 624-143-3435; www.loscabosguide.com/menus/cafecanela.htm
When you're in the mood for espresso or fruit smoothies, this is your place. On the menu: Light meals such as breakfast egg wraps, salads and sandwiches.
Four locations: (1) In Cabo San Lucas at Leona Vicario, between Carranza & Obregn. Ph: (624) 105-0713. (2) Mex 19, (on the road to Todos Santos across from Soriana), Colonia Infonavit Brisa, Cabo San Lucas, Phone: (624) 146-3565 (3) In San Jose del Cabo, at Km. 6, Carret. Transp, Col. El Zacateal, and (4) at Marinos & Panga, Col. Mauricio Castro, 1/2 Block from Bancrecer.
Michoacan style tacos de carnitas.
Hidalgo & Zapata, Col Centro, 624-143-4290 www.felixcabosanlucas.com
You can't help but feel happy the minute you walk into Felix, where the homemade sauces, fresh fish, and large selection of shrimp dishes are easy on your wallet as well as your stomach. Many consider this the best breakfast spot in town not only for its delicious food but for its cheerful atmosphere.
A no-frills eatery known for its awesome tacos.
Km. 4.5 Transpeninsular Highway #1, 624-143-1516 www.loscabosguide.com/latitude22cabo/
A casual, "weathered" looking place packed with fishing and marine memorabilia, 500-odd license plates and a zillion business cards, known for their slow roasted Sam Bassovich's Croation Prime Rib along with Chicken Fried Steak, Roast Beef and Original Croation Pastas.
Lazaro Cardenas S/N, Col. Centro, 624-143-4810
Charcoal broiled tacos, B.B.Q. pork, beef steak, chicken, chopped pork, spicy sausage and vegetarian. Traditional Mexican recipes that have been in the family for generations as well as original Mexican dishes served in this open-air restaurant located right in downtown Cabo San Lucas.
Plaza de los Mariachis, Boulevard Marina. 624-113-3779
A neighborhood joint with fast service, good prices and enormous burritos. It's a great place to bring the kids; it's also an easy place to stop between nightclubs for late night eating on the go.
20 de Noviembre, between Matamoros & Hidalgo (Frente a Secundaria)
Traditional Mexican Food, a local's favorite, taco bar and dining area with a nice variety of salsas and toppings.
Pescadores and Marinos St., San Jose del Cabo, 624-172-2093
Tacos the Hangman - Come and enjoy Mexican tacos - "Pibil" pork, marinated pork, pork with mushroom sauce, etc., quesadillas with slices of poblano chili, cactus, mushrooms, spinach, squash blossom and more to choose from.
Manuel Doblado Ave s/n Col. Centro, San Jose del Cabo, 624-132-8485
Choose from a variety of tacos and quesadillas and other Mexican specialties, Pastor style tacos (onion, cilantro, special sauce and pineapple); Gringas and Vampiros. Open Daily from 8am to 2am
Leona Vicario s/n Cabo San Lucas
Roast beef tacos, stuffed potatoes, Pastor style tacos and tripe.
Av. Hildago St./N. Across from La Dolce Restaurant, 624-355-8060
If you like shrimp, you'll like it here - shrimp is prepared every way imaginable.
Hidalgo Street, 624 143 6535, www.loscabosguide.com/crazylobster.htm
also at Zaragoza Street around the corner from El Squid Roe; 624-143-1021
This casual lobster shack, with is massive saltwater tank which in itself is an attraction, specializes in all kinds of lobster dishes including lobster tacos, enchiladas, grilled lobster tails, lobster and steak combos, and giant burritos (even lobster for breakfast!). But nothing beats the all day all-you-can-survive tequila shots literally served any time. This place has "crazy" in its name for a reason.
Emiliano Zapata, Vicente Guerrero y Miguel Hidalgo, 624 143 8343 www.brasilcabo.com
Hungry? This all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse will keep you satiated (and happy) with its served-to-your-table buffet of grilled meats served with delicious house made sauces. The traditional Brazilian drink, Caipirinha, is also highly recommended.
M. Hidalgo and Zapata, 624-143-4122
Authentic Italian, brick oven pizzas, fresh pastas, sumptuous calzones and amazing salads are what you'll find at this restaurant, an offspring of Puerto Vallarta's La Dolce Vita.
Km. 4.5 Transpeninsular Highway #1, 624-143-1516 www.loscabosguide.com/latitude22cabo/
A casual, "weathered" looking bar known for their slow roasted Sam Bassovich's Creation Prime Rib and casual ambiance
Av. Leona Vicario, 624-143-6070; www.mariscosmocambo.com
Large portions, reasonable prices and fresh seafood make this stand-out popular among tourists and locals.
Calle Cabo San Lucas at Madera, www.micasarestaurant.com.mx
A fun bi-level eatery specializing in traditional Mexican food; reservations a must as this place is popular with an atmosphere as vibrant as its decor.
Ristorante, Transpeninsular 6 KM, Misiones Del Cabo, 624-145-8160; www.sunsetmonalisa.com
This cliffside multi-leveled restaurant has "sunset" in its name for a reason. It's one of the best places for a view of the Sea of Cortez thanks to its multiple, multi-level windowed dining area seating. The food is classic Italian.
Playa El Mdano, 624 -143-3464; www.theofficeonthebeach.com
The kind of "office" you wish you had. Here, you can dig your toes into the sand while indulging in Baja-style shrimp, tortilla soup, lobster tacos or their famous 16 ounce margarita.
Km 28.5 Tourist Corridor, San Jose del Cabo, 624-172- 6162; www.loscabosguide.com/zippers/index.html
A laid back, rustic open air restaurant with amazing views of Costa Azul beach, one of Cabo's most popular surfing spots. The menu is eclectic Mexican American menu complete with giant satellite TVs, though who needs those when you have the sunset?
Camino a Playa Medano, 624-143-0801; www.edithscabo.com
One of Cabo's finest restaurants perched in one of the town's greatest locations: On Medano Beach with a view of the world-famous Arch. The restaurant lovingly serves a fusion of steaks, seafood, freshly-caught local fish and hand-made tortillas amidst gorgeous, cheerful surroundings. Reservations suggested. This is a "must" on your Cabo list.
The Villa La Estancia Resort; www.villagroupresorts.com/resorts/villa-la-estancia-los-cabos/restaurants
Kobe beef, certified Angus and prime cut along with organic vegetables and an extensive wine list featuring Baja wines highlight the menu at the elegant La Casona Restaurant, situated in Villa La Estancia resort. The restaurant also offers a selection of cigars.
Overlooking the Marina at boulevard Lazaro Cardenas, 624-105-0212 or 624-1050214
Located in the prestigious marina in Cabo San Lucas, Lorenzillo's Los Cabos offers its traditional award winning lobster dishes alongside delicious international cuisine. Designed by owner Salvador Vidal, Lorenzillos uses only the finest available woods to accentuate its elegant nautical decor. Lorenzillo's Los Cabos offers diners a memorable dining event where you can enjoy the brilliant sunsets of Cabo San Lucas while looking over the yachts and sailboats of the marina.
Blvd Mijares in Casa Natalia Hotel, 624-142-5100; www.casanatalia.com
Known as one of Los Cabos' finest restaurants with stellar, creative, and consistently flavorful nouvelle Mexican cuisine.
Bulevar Marina, Plaza de la Danza, Loc 2, 624-143-7342; www.nicksan.com
also at The Shoppes At Palmilla local 116, San Jose del Cabo, 624-144-6263
Innovative, fresh Japanese cuisine and sushi with a second location in the Corridor near San Jose.
Paseo del Pescador, next to the Hotel Melia San Lucas entrance; 624-143-1858; www.elpeacocks.com
Owned by the same folks who own MiCasa, this is romantic dining done right, complete with outdoor courtyard with fountain and whimsical bar as well as an interior dining room with cozy fireplace. The food is a mixture of Mediterranean - Latin cuisine.
Lazardo Cardenas esq. Cabo Bello s/n local 41, Centro Commercial Puerto Paraiso Baja; 624-144-3232
Whether it's a romantic steak dinner for two, an important business luncheon, or a private party, Ruth's Chris Steak House can accommodate your needs in a warm, comfortable atmosphere. The restaurant is also handicap accessible.
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