One of the region’s biggest draws is the dining in cabo a heady mix of local and international influences that make their way to Los Cabos’ tables.
Mexico’s varied and lauded cuisine is well represented throughout Los Cabos, with restaurants expertly preparing dishes that hail from a number of the country’s states, proudly celebrating national traditions. But there’s also a strong global influence thanks to the many international visitors and expatriates in the region. The local populace itself is a dynamic mix of peoples whose ancestors came to these shores from as far as China, Germany and the Middle East, leaving a most delicious legacy.
Among the many establishments that have become institutions in the local culinary scene, quite a few are in Marina Cabo San Lucas.
Lobster is Lorenzillo’s main event. This famous eatery in Cabo San Lucas prepares it in myriad ways — meunière, in a garlic and guajillo chili vinaigrette, thermidor, Roquefort and so many more. It helps that Lorenzillo’s has its own lobster farm off the coast of Punta Sam, just across Isla Mujeres.
Like many locals Lorenzillo’s founder, Salvador Vidal, has been part of the maritime community his whole life. His award-winning restaurant, along with the visionary idea of establishing the lobster farm for sustainable provisions, are a testament to the area’s deep connections to the sea. But far from being exclusively about seafood, this hotspot also serves up chicken and fine cuts of beef for meat lovers. At the nautically themed restaurant guests may also enjoy their meal at he oyster bar on the marina deck. Don’t leave without trying Lorenzillo’s desserts, which are out of this world.
Nearby, famed Nick-San’s second outpost in Los Cabos offers the same caliber meals and service that made the original such a success. The team puts the same devotion and attention to detail, ready to deliver the magic of a Moroccan meal, fine flavors characteristic of traditional French cuisine, authentic Mexican delights or satisfying Italian favorites. No matter where you wish to travel with your palate, you choose the type of cuisine that suits you and Nick-San can make it happen, whipping up the kind of culinary journey that’s made them famous.
A dining experience is not great if not accompanied by the best drinks, of course. And when in Mexico, that means premium tequila, in addition to a wide selection of the finest wines and Champagnes. Nick-San’s contribution to the world of tequila has been a wild success. Its Tequila Mexita’s Plata 28 won top honors at the Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, snagging the 2015 Gold Medal Spirits Selection. Their Reposado earned first place at the 2016 Concurso Mayahuel, where fourth place went to the Añejo. The team itself is knowledgeable and can advise guests on the best pairings and make sampling suggestions.
Also on the Cabo San Lucas marina is Alexander Restaurant, where visitors can begin their day with a bountiful breakfast or wrap it up with Swiss chef and owner Alex Brulhart’s menu of traditional Continental and tropical-inspired dishes. Among the standouts at this Los Cabos institution are the chateaubriand in béarnaise sauce, duck a l’orange and the envy-inducing flambéed tequila shrimp.
An extensive wine selection and a full bar complement the delectable fare, and the decadent dessert options — including chef Andres Gijon’s chocolate volcano — offer a perfect ending to an unforgettable dining experience.
Sticking to the marina, you can dine to your heart’s delight and also take in a delicious lesson or two at the local library: La Biblioteca de Tequila. Located within Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa, the eatery carries more than 150 tequilas, mezcals and agave spirits. The inviting spot, carries its library theme with bottles organized in categories lining the walls. The tequilas are aged anywhere between seven days to 10 years, providing a wide breadth of tasting notes. The restaurant’s mouthwatering menu options include coffee-rubbed carne asada, avocado gazpacho, smoked brisket tacos and huitlacoche and wild mushroom enchiladas. Get there early and you can partake in the Bottomless Margarita brunch, which includes unlimited small plates and brunch cocktails.
Adjacent to the marina, right on Médano Beach, Hacienda Cocina y Cantina makes use of its privileged location. The signature restaurant at Hacienda Beach Club & Residences, treats guests to beachfront dining, either indoors with a view or outdoors, right on the sand. This spot exemplifies casual Mexican elegance, with its palapa bar and enticing tequila menu.
Off the sand but just down the street, Bar Esquina exemplifies the idea of the cool corner bar — hence its name. A warm, laid-back ambience offers a stark contrast to an eclectic and dynamic menu, attracting locals and tourists alike. Local organic ingredients, prime cuts and fresh seafood from the Pacific and Sea of Cortés make their way to patrons’ tables each season. Among the standouts are the fall squash risotto, tuna tartar and the long list of pizzas.