Food and Fun: Cabo San Lucas Style

Articl & Photos by Noreen Kompanik

Dining Options

Delectable dining experiences abound in Los Cabos due to an impressive offering of international cuisines, daily access to fresh seafood, locally grown produce, and some of Mexico’s finest chefs. With more than one hundred eateries ranging from casual breakfast cafes to elegant 5-star ocean view restaurants, dining options are endless.

And those choices are not limited to Mexican cuisines. As a world-class vacation destination, Cabo has attracted a diverse collection of chefs who specialize in Italian, Asian, French, American and continental cuisine. Our vacation to Cabo consists of us usually trying a couple of new restaurants, always keeping in mind that at least one must feature seafood.

That’s because Baja fish, shrimp and lobster are some of the world’s tastiest temptations here. Nobody does seafood like Baja. A few of our all-time favorites that command a repeat performance every vacation:

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The Office – open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, was one of the first restaurants on Medano Beach. A model of excellent food, top notch service and entertainment, guests here dine feet-in-the-sand with multihued tablecloths, napkins, a palapa roof and stunning ocean views.

Diners are treated to live music and an authentic Mexican fiesta, complete with piñata and free tequila shooters. The tender, fresh Acapulco style Fish and Shrimp Ceviche, marinated in fresh lemon juice, salt, pepper, a myriad of vegetables, spices and white wine, was delectable with a cold Mexican beer with lime.

Hacienda Cocina y Cantina is the signature beachfront restaurant at the Hacienda Beach Club and Residences. The property rests on the northeast corner of the Cabo San Lucas marina and spills out onto famous Medano Beach overlooking the iconic rock formations of Land’s End. Hacienda features open air indoor dining, outdoor lighted dining on the terraza, and a beachfront palapa bar.

One of our favorite menu items is the family-style shared culinary combination Molcajete- skirt steak, chicken, chorizo, guero chiles, panela cheese, black beans, and avocado cooked in a basalt pot. This savory dish with its “casera” or Mexican homemade theme is accompanied by freshly baked tortillas.

Prices are incredibly reasonable given the quality of the food and stunning atmosphere. Service is always unrushed and attentive. We love Mexican food, but, when our taste buds desire a little something different in a quieter, romantic setting with spectacular, unparalled sunsets, Sunset da Mona Lisa delivers in a huge way.

Carved into a cliff overlooking the Bay of Cabo San Lucas, this Italian restaurant offers the most magnificent views of the famous Arch at Land’s End. Romance abounds here. Outdoor candlelit tables terraced among the rocks all face the shimmering waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Delightfully prepared entrees such as Branzino, a local sea bass, with clams and white wine sauce tantalized the palate. Somehow, this place resonates a magical energy like no other. This is one of our absolute “must-do’s” on our Cabo restaurant list.

Adventure Sports

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Cabo is all about the water. And there’s water everywhere. Sailing, kayaking, snorkeling and diving abound here. World famous for its deep sea fishing, Cabo features several major fishing tournaments and day excursions year round.

Glass bottom boats and water taxis, for the less adventurous, take passengers to the iconic Cabo San Lucas arch and local beaches. Jet Ski rentals provide high speed water fun all along the Cabo waterfront. And where there isn’t water, there is desert – lots of desert – and mountains, too.

Inland Baja adventures include horseback riding, hiking, 4-wheeling, dune buggies, camel rides, and zip line tours ranging from moderate to extreme thrill-seeking tastes.

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Noreen

 

 

 

 

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