From new premium hotel openings to an ongoing, multi-million-dollar renovation of Los Cabos International Airport, Los Cabos has become one of Mexico’s most alluring vacation destinations.
So, it’s no surprise the rich food scene is on par with the area’s explosive growth. From chic farm feasts to a floating fine-dining restaurant, Los Cabos offers a playground of refined taste. Snap up a table at these Cabo restaurants:
Flora Field’s Kitchen, Flora Farms
In the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains, discover Flora Farms, a hip, eco-friendly 25-acre organic farm with places to eat, shop, cook, paint and spa. Its all-day restaurant, Flora Field’s Kitchen, features menu items made with organic produce from the property and antibiotic-free meats and dairy from its nearby 150-acre ranch.
Best table: Request the main dining room or, for prime people-watching, by the bar.
What to order: The pizza is a standby, but other popular dishes include the porkchop, burrata salad and Tuesday night’s fried chicken.
Insider tips: Locals adore Flora Field’s weekend brunch and its boozy beverages like the fresh carrot juice margarita. And while you’re there, sign up for a cooking class.
El Farallon, Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal
Built into a cliffside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, El Farallon’s breathtaking location makes for an unforgettable evening. The culinary crown jewel of the Five-Star Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal, El Farallon — which translates to “a rock that comes out of the ocean” in Spanish — celebrates catch-of-the-day local seafood prepared however you’d like it.
Best table: It’s romance in spades at any table; all have Instagram-worthy ocean views.
What to order: Mesquite wood-smoked chocolate clams marinated with chimichurri, feta cheese and habanero sauce is the most requested starter on the menu.
Insider tips: Stop by the restaurant’s open-air Champagne Terrace before dinner for a salt and champagne tasting. You’ll try minerals and salts reminiscent of those found in the soils the grapes were grown in, each paired with a different flute of bubbly, like a pink Tibetan salt with a rosé champagne.
Talay, Montage Los Cabos
The Five-Star Montage Los Cabos’ whimsical outdoor restaurant Talay serves some of the best street-food-style Thai food in Cabo. Chef Marc Narongchai’s wildly creative but authentic interpretations of Thai classics can’t be beaten.
Best table: If you enjoy watching behind-the-scenes action, the table next to the kitchen is riveting.
What to order: Try the khao soi spicy crab noodle, a Northern-style egg noodle with crab curry broth and fried soft-shell crab; Thai dumplings stuffed with marinated pork and shrimp; and wok-fried lobster tail in Surat Thani spicy-dry curry.
Insider tips: Narongchai curates the playlists each night at Talay. Available on Spotify, the music lets you reminisce about your dinner once you return home. On the food front, you must try the mango sticky rice during Los Cabos’ mango season (June through September).
With acclaimed Mexico City-based chef Juan Pablo Loza at the helm, COMAL —the Five Star-rated hotel’s fine-dining restaurant facing the Sea of Cortez — launches a new menu this summer with creative interpretations of Baja modern cuisine. Sustainable seafood, such as oysters, ceviches and fresh-caught local fish, will remain COMAL’s focus.
Best table: Request a table for two next to the glass wall overlooking the fire pit and coastline for magnificent sunset views.
What to order: A few standouts include the octopus a las brasaswith salsa verde and green mustard and wagyu barbacoa with pulque and garbanzo beans.
Insider tips: Sign up for the hotel’s Agave Journey before or after dinner. Chileno Bay’s master mixologists will guide you through tasting premium tequilas, mezcals and sotols. And the agave spirits will pair with local fruit, botanicals and Mexican chocolate.
Manta, The Cape, A Thompson Hotel
Beloved Mexican chef Enrique Olvera — his debut restaurant Pujol in Mexico City shot him into the celebrity chef stratosphere for taking the cuisine to new heights — is the culinary creative behind the Four-Star hotel’s signature restaurant, Manta. The beachfront property oozes sensuality, and Manta’s sleek black interiors seamlessly embody The Cape’s overall seen-and-be-seen atmosphere.
Best table: If you have a larger party, request the far corner table on the left inside the restaurant. Or ask for a table on the terrace for an intimate dinner with an ocean view.
What to order: A longtime local staple on Manta’s globally influenced menu is the miso-marinated fish tempura tacos. A newer addition to the menu, the Korean fried chicken, served with barbecue and pickled radish — has quickly become a fan favorite.
Insider tips: Book the Panoramic Suite with ocean views for an over-the-top getaway. Before your divine dinner at Manta, head to the hotel’s sixth-floor Rooftop lounge to watch the sunset and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or mezcal tasting. Expect live music by local bands and a lively crowd.
Acre Restaurant, Acre Resort
This bohemian-chic playland offers luxury treehouse accommodations on a 25-acre farm. Acre Restaurant, the heart of the resort, provides an extensive menu of rare mezcals and Bajan-infused international favorites, like soft-shell crab tacos and oxtail tamal with pumpkin seed mole.
Best table: It’s rare for a restaurant’s private dining rooms to be the best seats in the house, but that’s the case at Acre. Each space is uniquely decorated with brightly colored Mexican tile flooring and creative lighting. Plus, the lush fauna that enshrouds each space makes it feel like you are attending an exclusive dinner party in the middle of the jungle.
What to order: For appetizers, don’t miss the house-baked cheddar biscuits and tuna tiradito. And you can’t go wrong with these popular entrées: al pastor suckling pig, grilled tomahawk steak or zucchini pappardelle.
Insider tips: Arrive before 5 p.m. to visit Acre Resort’s animal sanctuary and say hello to the camel. Or go for brunch, which features a roaming tableside bloody mary cart and live music by Spanish guitarists.
Animalon By the Sea, Sea of Cortez
Upgrading a basic dinner cruise to platinum status, Animalon By The Sea offers three-hour meals with five courses and wine pairings by chef Javier Plascencia. Available Wednesday through Sunday depending on the weather, the floating fine-dining restaurant delivers a spellbinding encounter for all your senses.
Best table: No need to request a specific table here;the open-concept boat is designed so all tables have unobstructed ocean vistas.
What to order: It’s a set menu, but you can make special dietary requests.
Insider tips: Embark with a fully charged phone to readily capture memorable moments. You may be greeted by seals, whales or dolphins as the boat traverses along the Sea of Cortez coastline.