It’s easy to dream about street tacos and frosty margaritas when you envision life in Mexico. But at the best restaurants in Cabo, world-class chefs are dishing up a sophisticated food scene. Whether you’re looking for fresh farm-to-table fare or delicious, locally-caught seafood, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are a foodie’s paradise.
Cheap & Authentic
Of course, there’s no shortage of street venders, taco stands, and holes-in-the-wall to choose from. But these recommendations for cheap, delicious, and authentic food will have you eating like a local in no time.
The Office, a rustic palapo on the beach, was a local favorite long before Cabo became a tourist destination. Their small bar and kitchen churns out affordable Mexican staples, including Baja-style jumbo shrimp, tuna tiradito, and of course, burritos.
Tacos Guss is Cabo’s go-to taco stop, and another must-see destination. How does a taco shop become one of the best restaurants in Cabo? By keeping things simple. Guss has house-made tortillas, flavorful fresh salsas, and traditionally-prepared meats.
Fresh & Flavorful
Recently, the farm-to-table movement has put Cabo on the map. The best restaurants in Cabo are using fresh, organic, and locally-grown ingredients to elevate the food scene.
Flora Farms is a 25-acre organic farm nestled in the foothills outside San Jose del Cabo. The farm is home to Flora’s Field Kitchen, The Farm Bar, and Flora Farms Grocery, providing Cabo residents and tourists some of the freshest meals in the area. Because they strive to only serve what they can make and grow, the Field Kitchen offers a seasonal, rotating menu. Their award-winning chef, Guillermo Tellez, has traveled across the USA and Europe learning Grand Cuisine at the highest level of sophistication and creativity. And that experience is reflected in how he brings out the flavor in the fresh, organic ingredients he works with.
Fun fact: in 2019, twenty-five of the most prestigious Oscar nominees received a Flora Farm’s dinner for two in their award swag bag. Those nominees included high-profile celebrities like Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Regina King.
Rounding out the farm-to-table scene is Los Tamarindos, a 17-acre farm and restaurant located on an old sugarcane ranch. Not only can you enjoy creative takes on Mexican classics, you can learn to make them yourself! The farm offers hands-on cooking classes where you can whip up a 4-course meal of your own.
As one of the world’s premier fishing hubs, it’s no surprise that Los Cabos thrives on fresh seafood. From the street stands to the exclusive menus of gourmet restaurants, the seafood in this Pacific paradise is unrivaled.
For a one-of-a-kind dining experience, we recommend El Farallon. Tucked into the cliffs Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, you’ll dine while overlooking the Pacific Ocean, listening to waves crash on the rocks. Their ocean-to-table menu features the daily bounty of local fishermen, meaning their cuisine changes on a daily basis.
Looking for something a little more low key? Check out the Sea Grill at Las Ventanas. Enjoy a variety of cuisines—from grilled fish to chilled ceviche—against the magnificent backdrop of the Sea of Cortez. Waterfront tables let you enjoy the sea breeze, and if there’s time for an after-dinner cocktail, the tequila and mezcal bar is worth a visit.
Did Someone Say… Sushi?
Sushi might not be the first thing you think of when you consider the best restaurants in Cabo. But we wouldn’t recommend skipping Nick-San. This fusion restaurant uses fresh, locally-caught seafood to put a Mexican spin on traditional Japanese cuisine. Think yellowfin tostadas, and seared sashimi with a house-made cilantro sauce. Make sure to pick the location that fits your mood and style—they’re now dishing up Cabo’s best sushi in two locations.
Living in a Foodie Paradise
With so much variety and innovation, the best restaurants in Cabo have made this seaside town a food-lover’s dream. Whether you’re on vacation, or looking to buy a house and call the local food scene home, Jud can help. Contact Jud to learn more about how you can take a bit out of this slice of life.