Cabo San Lucas:
Baja Brewing Co. - replaced the Sunset Grill at the top of Cabo Villas Beach Resort. We plan to try their signature mesquite-fired pizza on our next trip. Update September 2009 - we tried it and it was great!!
Baja Cantina Beach (Top 10) - on the Marina at L-M dock AND beachside at the bottom of Cabo Villas Beach Resort. Happy Hour at the beach bar is (2 for 1) beer and well drinks 10 am to 12 noon and 3-6 pm. This includes their standard margarita which is one of the best in CSL. Try their tasty and spicy Chile Guerito appetizer, and their famous coconut pancakes for breakfast. Menu and pictures. Recent Trip Advisor reviews/comments.
Crazy Lobster (Favorite) - Happy Hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (2 for 1 domestic drinks and 70¢ Quervo and/or Kamikazes). From lobster tacos to beef tacos, the cost is only $1 - $2 each and $1.50 coronas - menu. Update January 2007 and July 2008 - Bloody Marys are excellent (2 for $4.50 during Happy Hour), good breakfast, but steak and lobster dinner was pricey and disappointing. Recommended for breakfast and Happy Hour only.
El Coral - across from Costa Real Cabo Resort. One of the first restaurants in Cabo, operating since 1975. Open air palapa. "Lobster Combo" special still goes for $10 USD. Mexican specialties, seafood and steaks. Supposed a large Rottweiler that prowls the premises, but he/she is "harmless". Blvd. Marina & Hidalgo. Ph:143-0150. Daily, 10am-11pm; B, L, D, S-MC, VS
El Pescador (Favorite) - seafood under $10.00. They have a Lobster special with a choice of one other item (scallops, steak, shrimp, or fish) $15. One of the original palapa restaurants still patronized by locals located a block behind El Squid Roe, near the Las Margaritas Inn. It's a humble place with a humble decor and extremely good seafood. The specialties are raw oysters and shrimp that cost from $5 USD. Another specialty is red snapper broiled, grilled or fried for $6 USD; both of which are prepared Baja-style. The rest of the menu reflects this flavor as well..
Gordo LeLe’s (Top 10) - Literally a "hole in the wall" taco and torta stand owned and operated by Javier. Located 2 blocks down from the Cabo Wabo gift shop. From all accounts, Javier is the nicest man you’ll ever meet, has a heart of gold, and works 12 hour days, seven days a week. The stand has no power or water, but there are no reports of any health concerns. In the evenings, Javier will play guitar and belt out Beatles tunes for crowds in lawn chairs gathered on the sidewalk. With cheap beer or margaritas from the bar across the street, you've got a party. Javier is also known to break into song while preparing your food. Gordo's food is just incredible and dirt cheap. Tacos are big and loaded with meat for only $1.50 USD. The "Gordo LeLe" Torta and the "Especiale" (carna asada, grilled onions, tomatoes, grilled ham, cheese slices, and half an avocado on torta bread) are the best in Cabo. Photo of Gordo LeLe's menu board - tortas and tacos. Update, June 2007- 2008- tortas now range from $3.00 to $4.50.
Guacamaya’s (Top 10) - This low cost restaurant makes our Top 10 list with their excellent authentic tacos al pastor and the chicken quesadillas, and a pork/skirt steak combo dinner. Their $1.30 each taco prices are the lowest we have found anywhere in CSL. We plan on returning to try many of the other items on their complete dinner menu. As you can see on their menu the prices are very low. They are located on north Morelos street and all the taxi drivers I asked knew where it was. They also have a full bar. Menu.
La Fonda (Top 10) - One of our favorites now and an excellent dinner choice. It is located on Miguel Hidalgo between Obregon and 12 de Octobre. You might want to try a bowl of their excellent pozole verde or poblano soup. We rank their Arrachera steak as excellent, second only to Patagonia's Vacio steak. Two other entrée favorites are the stuffed Sea Bass and Pork Shank. Their Cabo Rosa is also an excellent drink! Dinner prices range from $10 - $25.00 USD. Menu.
La Golondrina (Favorite) - Another one of our favorites for their lobster, and we think the best lobster in CSL. However, it is very expensive. There are several in our group that are always chomping at the bit to schedule a dinner here. The lobster (two tails) and dynamite shrimp entrée was $60 (7/08), but was excellent. They also have the best caramel covered flan I have ever tasted. This upscale restaurant near our hotel would be my choice for a BIG GROUP BASH or a good spot for a GRAND FINALE or BEGINNING MEAL. A review, the menu, and pictures.
La Ricazón (Favorite) - it is an easy walk on the way to town from Villa Del Palmar, Cascadas, or Cabo Villas Beach Resort. Marty, the owner takes pride in providing quality meals and service and giving the customer value for his dollar or peso. He has also recently added fans for the days when they may be necessary. It is a tidy palapa serving up some of the best low cost values in town and offering some unique alternatives to the ubiquitous fish tacos. Sink your teeth into one of the very large house specialties - tacones. Served with a side of refreshing jicama salad, tacones (similar to wraps) are usually stuffed with shrimp, fish, or pork, and can easily feed two people. Or, try fresh fish from the mesquite grill, the arrachera steak dinner which is excellent, or a taco or quesadilla from the wide variety offered, including scallops. The desserts are special also. Try the wonderful chocolate flan or the hot chocolate brownie with ice cream on top. They also offer a full service bar. Friendly prompt service and a colorful Mexican atmosphere, make this establishment hard to beat for a late lunch or a complete dinner. Updated July 2010.
Lolita's - impressed with breakfast and lunch. Good food at reasonable prices. Menu includes burritos, caldo de res, posole, menudo, freshly made guacamole, hot flour tortillas, and cold Pacificos. This is a small place on the corner of Ninoes Heroes and M. Matamoros; mostly open-air with a roof and 10-12 tables. Lots of locals. Won't go wrong here. Updated January 2007.
Los Ajos (Favorite) - across from the Puerto Paraiso mall. Mexican buffet lunch for $69 pesos that includes empanadas, taquitos dorados, beans, rice, beef, chicken and pork dishes, soups, lots of different salads. On Saturday and Sunday, a buffet breakfast for $59 pesos. All-you-can-eat special on Saturday for $65 pesos. Air-conditioned.
Los Michoacano’s (Top 10) - a long-time JJJ recommendation that we should have tried earlier. Located on north Leona Vicario on the west side of the street for the downtown location. The other location is north of town across from the Soriano and CCC Markets. You can ask almost any local who has the best carnitas in CSL and you will get this name. And, they are correct. You order by the kilo (ask for “puro”, this gets you the best pork) and the cost is $24 per kilo. This includes a bowl of bean soup and cracklings for everyone and all the fixin's you will ever need. I had never ordered by the kilo before, so I ordered 2 kilos for six adults and three children. It was way too much. However, it turned into a blessing when I took the leftovers with fixin's back, and I had another carnitas feast the next evening. This restaurant is on my schedule from now on, only I will go earlier in the week so I can take leftovers back for additional meals at the hotel. Menu.
Mi Casa - Located across from the main square and within walking distance from Boulevard Marina. Known for its traditional Mexican dining experience. Housed in a renovated, colonial-style brick building, Mi Casa provides a true taste of old México. Try the Chiles en Nogada, a specialty of the house from the state of Puebla, a Royal Stuffed Pepper with a fresh walnut Nogada cream sauce; or the popular El Mole Poblano, roasted chicken in a dark mole sauce of peppers, seeds, chocolate, and spices. If you love fish, do not miss the Pescado Sarandeado, a whole butterflied red snapper grilled over mesquite. The bar has a selection of national as well as imported libations and the Margaritas are as smooth as they come. The service is good and the staff is friendly and very helpful in explaining the numerous menu options. Open from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm for lunch (except Sunday) and every evening from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. Due to its popularity, reservations are a must and GO EARLY for dinner. One word of caution, their wine selection is poor. If you like to have a glass (or bottle) for dinner, you'll be sadly disappointed in their options - menu
Marisco’s Mazatlan - located directly across the street from the main entrance to Puerto Paraiso Mall. Lots of locals eat there, excellent shrimp for reasonable prices, and a varied menu. Plastic Tecate chairs, soccer on the TV, huge portions of fresh caught fish at bargain prices.
Mocambo’s – This restaurant is Alberto’s (bartender at Baja Cantina Beach) highest recommendation for the best seafood in CSL. Frommer's Guide - "The location of this longstanding Cabo favorite is not inspiring -- it's basically a large cement building -- but the food obviously is. The place is always packed, generally with locals tired of high prices and small portions. Ocean-fresh seafood is the order of the day, and the specialty platter can easily serve four people. The restaurant is 1 1/2 blocks inland from Lázaro Cárdenas. Open daily from noon to 10 p.m." Menu - only one I could find - from February 1999.
Marisco’s Tres Islas – this was added to our list based on JJJ’s info, but we haven’t tried it yet. From JJJ-“This is a restaurant that was recommended to us by the bar manager at PB Rose. It was located in the same 'hole in the wall' we had gone to about 4 years previous, but it was a different owner. It is located on the corner of Leona Vicaro and Revolucion. The food was EXCELLENT! My SIL and I shared a combo plate for two for $37. The platter consisted of 2 coconut shrimp with mango sauce, 2 stuffed shrimp wrapped in bacon, 2 breaded, deep-fried shrimp, yellow tail cooked with garlic, and octopus. Because we didn't want the octopus, the owner Luis, substituted Mahi Mahi with a chipotle sauce. They served a tartar sauce that was an excellent accompaniment to the seafood. There were fresh oysters, clams and so many other items on the menu. We will definitely return to this place. My MIL had the yellow tail with garlic and her meal was only $9. The place looks like a 'hole-in-the-wall' like Gordo Lele's, and I believe it was a great find just like Javier's!”
The Office (Top 10) - It is now one of our favorites for breakfast. We like to go early when it opens at 8 am. While a little pricey, the food is excellent. Dine barefoot at tables placed in a white sand beach. They have a very good bloody mary and freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast; lobster tacos and strawberry margaritas for later. On Medano Beach, in front of the big yellow resort, the Melia. Very relaxed and fun atmosphere. Especially nice in the evening with the waves coming in and Land's End beyond. "Mexican Fiesta" on Sunday and Thursday nights, reservations required. You order off the menu, though, so it doesn't have to be expensive. Fantastic view of El Arco. Menu.
Pancho's (Top 10) - a large mesquite grill is located in the center of the restaurant where you can watch their chefs prepare the famous dishes of the regional states of Mexico. For the tequila buffs, over 500 labels from the mainland of Mexico. Forty-five (45) minute tequila tastings (you even get a Master of Tequilas Diploma upon completion) and an extensive menu and pictures. Update January 2007 and 2008 - It is one of our favorite places. Excellent food and service in a colorful, festive, and friendly atmosphere. Not cheap, but you get quality, volume, and value for your dollar. The pozole, chile rellenos, and the pork ribs (my choice) and red snapper from the mesquite grill are excellent. For breakfast I order the chilequillas with red sauce, carne asada and eggs at least once every trip. Reservations are in order unless you go very early or very late.
Patagonia's (Top 10) - If you want an EXCELLENT steak (tender, moist, with a grilled flavor), find this mostly unknown local steakhouse on Ninos Heroes street. You won’t find the ambiance of a Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris, but you will find a large portion, quality, and tender steak that is equal to if not better for a very reasonable price. The ambiance is more like some of the great mostly unknown Texas steakhouses. Each steak is grilled to perfection on intense indirect heat from lump black charcoal. They have a full menu with appetizers, salads, and sides with a full bar. This is THE STEAK PLACE in Cabo San Lucas. Pictures: http://helmbrechtsonline.com/Cabo/Cabo2009/April/Patagonia.html
Pepe’s - Charcoal Broiled Tacos, beef steak, chicken, chopped pork, spicy sausage and vegetarian. They also are known for their Tacos Al Pastor. Traditional Mexican family recipes served in a nice open-air restaurant across from Puerto Paraiso mall.
Puerta Vieja - upscale, same owners as Serena Cafe, and close to the same area. Highly recommended by JJJ. Reservations are necessary for either of these two restaurants. The $6.00 lobster bisque served in a wheat bread bowl is supposed to be phenomenal - menu.
Salvatore’s (#1 in Top 10 list) - First of all I believe you will be guilty of a
Culinary Felony if you don’t try this restaurant while you are in Cabo San
Lucas. Their Lasagna Special which is only offered on Wednesday and Friday
nights, is a superb creation with wonderfully balanced sabor! You will also
believe you just fell in a bed of four leaf clovers, if you are lucky enough to
be there on the night they have the Osso Bucco Special and you order it.
My review from our July 2008 trip:
Senor Sweet’s (Favorite) - cocktails, American style breakfasts, lunch, dinner, fruits, pastries, desserts, 50 flavors of ice cream, in the Puerto Paraisa mall, marina side #105, Outside dining and AIR CONDITIONED inside. Menu.
Solomon's Landing - walk through the lobby of Costa Real Hotel, it's right as you get outside. Specializes in lobster and shrimp at a great price and is perched on the edge of the marina in Cabo San Lucas. Big bang for your buck or peso. Very friendly staff, great prices, and large portions. Best people watching spot on the Marina. Upbeat music of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s & present. Menus - lunch and dinner.
Taco Loco - Traditional Mexican food. Tamales, chiles rellenos, quesadillas & tacos with the same great quality and prices as before. Plenty of choices from beef to fish at a little over a buck apiece. Plaza de los Mariachis, Blvd. Marina. Open daily, 8am–12pm; B, L, D, S - $ next to the Jungle Bar and in front of Cabo Wabo. Four tacos and a beer $7 USD.
Tacos Y Tortas (Top 10) - AKA: Las Colorines. This is one of the three little stores close to the beach on the road to the beach on the east side of Cabo Villas Beach Resort. It is the middle store, and we ended up just calling it the “middle store”. It is one of the two that has food. The third store right next door, has a variety of drinks including low priced beer and water (Pacifico $1.10 and Bud Light $1.50, water $.80). We frequented the middle store since it got most of the locals' business, had very good food, and was low priced. We bought tacos and Cuban tortas several times and brought the food to the pool for lunch or snacks. This middle store turned out to be a very convenient low-priced great value food option when you are staying in or close to Cabo Villas Beach Resort.
San Jose del Cabo - on the beach on the water at Costa Azul, Mile Marker 28.5
Zippers - American comfort food such as barbecue ribs, steaks, prime rib, beer-battered fried shrimp, hamburgers, onion rings and fish and chips. Botanas like nachos, chili poppers, chips and guacamole will make your beer last longer and taste better. Mexican entrees like Mama's Chile Relleno (stuffed with shrimp and cheese), fish tacos and enchiladas, Tortilla Soup, Caesar or Spicy Chicken salads. No menu, but some pictures here.
Dante's - Mexican Palapa beach restaurant and bar. Great ribs, Mexican
food and wide choice of beers. Inexpensive, $10-20 American and NO credit