HIGHLIGHTING THE TRADITIONS OF LOS CABOS
Los Cabos may be known as one of the most beautiful places on the planet - and it is! - But it is also home to some of the best cuisine on Earth. Here, where the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez meet, you'll find a world of options. From fish tacos to sushi, farm-to-table and fresh from the sea, Italian, Argentinian, elevated, and streetside, there is something for everyone. And, if you want an experience that’s more than simply great food, we have that, too.
When going out to eat, choose from a variety of farm-to-table restaurants with fresh-picked ingredients to seaside eateries with incredible views. Or if you prefer to stay in, you can have a private chef prepare whatever you want at your villa. No matter your preferences, the phenomenal head chefs of Los Cabos make splendid dishes to delight your gastronomic tastes. If you need help deciding, use our helpful interactive questionnaire to figure out where to eat in Cabo!
Every locale has its traditional dishes, and Los Cabos is no different. The tide impacts the major ingredients, so fresh seafood features predominantly in the area. But you won't be disappointed if you're not a seafood lover. Cabo has a long history of cattle farming, so incredible steak and meat dishes are featured as well.
The diverse cultural influences in the area translate to wildly adventurous fare, but there are some traditional dishes that you must indulge in while you are here.
While these dishes are delicious and very authentic Mexican cuisine, there is so much more to the food culture of Los Cabos.
Mexican chocolate clams
Mexican chocolate clams
Be prepared for a mouthful! While these large clams get their name from the chocolate hue of their smooth shells, Los Cabos chefs excel in preparing this dish with different sauces and spices to create a true taste pleaser. One of the few places in the world that these shellfish thrive, they are a must-try while in Los Cabos.
The best way to enjoy this fish is fresh caught, by hand, after a successful fishing trip! Often you will find marlin shredded and smoked, not only to preserve, but to enhance the flavor of the meat. It is hard to beat smoked marlin tacos or quesadillas, but this fish picks up flavor and is enjoyed in many other styles, ask your chef to surprise your taste buds with their signature marlin dish.
comida de pobres
comida de pobres
The ‘food of the poor’ is anything but with its hearty texture and rich flavors. This popular Mexican dish is a staple in Los Cabos. It is a tasty seafood soup laden with beans and Mexican rice and served with flour tortillas. Easy to prepare, with local seafood and vegetables which, historically, made it a great dish for large families.
Tamales are a traditional Mexican food that everyone knows, and one of the most emblematic dishes from southern Mexico. Chicken tamales fajados are corn dough stuffed with seasoned, stewed chicken, and wrapped in a corn husk. Guemes tamales are either chicken or pork and include olives, raisins, and olive oil in corn dough and wrapped in a corn husk. These authentic Mexican recipes can be enjoyed at almost any restaurant or street food stand in Los Cabos.
This fruit is a local favorite, and you will be able to find it in most fruit stands. The arid desert landscape is the fertile ground for pitahaya cactus and its fruit is a treat. Also called dragonfruit, the deep pink meat has a sweet flavor that is unlike anything you may have ever tasted. It is a wonderful addition to smoothies, or can be enjoyed raw, candied, crystalized, marzipan or jams.
Look no further for a Los Cabos classic. Traditionally, these tacos use a mix of battered fish for their filling, topped with pico de gallo salsa or coleslaw. Shrimp tacos are great for beginners, but some palates may enjoy any of the myriad combinations of seasoning, grilled, with cheese, veggies, or guacamole to give it an extra-memorable taste. Served fresh is the best!
Carne de Res
Carne de Res
When the Jesuits tried to settle the Baja peninsula in the 16th century, they brought plants and livestock with them, beginning the long history of cattle farming in Los Cabos. Quality meat and many different preparations, Carne de Res can be found in almost all restaurants and street stands. Look for tomahawk steaks, arrachera, beef tacos, machaca, and empanadas expertly seasoned and artfully served.
The last decade has seen unparalleled growth in Baja California Sur, with Los Cabos as the focal point. With the introduction of high-end resorts, boutique hotels, and luxury residential communities, the clientele of a once-sleepy fishing village has ignited the flames of a gourmet cuisine revolution. The culinary scene has blossomed into a full-fledged foodie destination, making dining an art form.
As extensive as the resorts that house the many high-end restaurants, the Los Cabos food scene is an exercise in beauty and indulgence. From five-star resorts to casual spots, extraordinary gastronomic experiences present themselves. While some familiar franchises can appease your appetite, many unique establishments are outstanding in their culinary accomplishments as well as affording stunning views and live music – truly a feast for all your senses.
Whether you're looking for an exquisite meal pairing Baja California's Valle de Guadalupe wines or craving a craft beer and cochinita pibil or al pastor tacos, your culinary journey will not be complete without a visit to some of these Cabo favorites. From the Pacific through the tourist corridor to the East Cape, let Cabo's expert mixologists and world-class chefs put a contemporary twist on some traditional favorites to tickle your taste buds!
Edith's: Born in a small town in Guererro, Mexico, Edith Jimenez moved to Cabo San Lucas in 1977 and worked at the restaurant that she would eventually buy and rename Edith's in 1994. This popular restaurant has all the flair and color of traditional Mexican restaurants and the legacy to prove itself. Land's End views, candlelight, and superb flavor have made this restaurant a continued favorite in Los Cabos. Within Edith's delicious restaurant group are The Office, Las Tres Sirenas, La Pintada, and The Italian Job, all exploring distinct palettes with the same care as the signature restaurant.
Nicksan: Nicksan artfully blends the precision of traditional Japanese cuisine and culinary culture with the spicy personality and zest of Mexican cuisine. The result, Nicksan is the consistent winner of the best sushi restaurant in Los Cabos. With locations in Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Nicksan is an easy decision to make for distinctive fish dishes. Don't skip their tuna tostada with Yellowfin tuna and slices of avocado on a rice cracker - simply delicious!
El Farallon boasts a private tunnel entrance to the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. “Ocean-to-table" fare is served in one of the finest restaurants, with the most unique location carved into the cliffside on the Pacific side of the peninsula.
Comal sits upon the Sea of Cortez at the Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, offering a memorable contemporary beachfront restaurant experience. Fresh fish ceviche and the Raw Bar are house specialties with a new take on the seafood tradition. Expert mixology, live music, and fire features make this a wonderful location to enjoy the sea breeze and the sunset.
Manta at The Cape, A Thompson Hotel overlooks the secluded Monuments surf beach and serves cuisine from one of Mexico City's premier head chefs, Enrique Olvera. “Our name has a thoughtful double meaning: a manta ray, which symbolizes the kitchen's focus on seafood, while manta, the Spanish word for canvas, conveys the idea of freedom in artistic expression.”
Flora's Field Kitchen at Flora Farms offers a seasonal menu based on sustainable, healthy meal options. Supreme outdoor dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live music, craft cocktail bar, pizzeria, ice cream cart, and farm store. Cooking classes are also a fun, hands-on experience to pick and prepare your own meal.
Acre Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, originally a restaurant, is now a resort with the first “treehouse hotel” in Los Cabos. Open for lunch and dinner with the most innovative fare, Acre is incredibly flexible to accommodate any food allergy or eating preference for a “relaxed and refined... dining experience.”
Las Guacamayas because it is a classic. Family-friendly, reasonably priced, and delicious! The casual restaurant atmosphere is fun and authentic, with an extensive menu of molcajetes, shrimp cocktails, stuffed potatoes, and many varieties of tacos. It feels like you are part of the family here, locations in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas.
La Lupita Taco and Mezcal is the hot spot for delicious tacos! Try a tasting flight of world-class mezcal followed by your choice of gourmet tacos. Ordered singly, mix and match the flavors where there is something for everyone's tastes. Outdoor restaurant locations in both Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo; get there early (reservations recommended) and stay for the awesome live music on an elevated stage. Wonderful boisterous atmosphere and relaxed fun! Indulge in the cheese crust pastor tacos!
There are so many choices to quench your thirst and satisfy your palate in Los Cabos! It's a culinary adventure from world-renowned chefs and beautiful settings to authentic casual dining and buckets of beer; beachfront dining or a desert setting, prepare to sated! If you still need some help finding the best place to eat, talk to our Del Mar Concierge to get more options!
Del Mar is an oceanside luxury resort community. It is one of the most impressive places in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, with gorgeous villas for purchase or rent. It is at the center of the area’s fine dining scene. You will love the views of the ocean and the delicious meals waiting for you when you get here. As a homeowner or renter, you also have the option of home-prepared meals by one of our experienced chefs in your villa.
Del Mar Los Cabos real estate is first-class, and if you want to enjoy great food and the best Cabo real estate, visit Del Mar to start your journey. Our striking location on the Palmilla peninsula is famed for its stunning ocean views and custom homes. Whether you want to purchase or rent, we have the perfect luxury villa for you.
Los Cabos has evolved into a foodie’s dream destination, full of world-class diverse cuisine. You do not want to miss out!
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