The Best Places to Eat During Los Angeles Restaurant Week

Are you ready to embark on a culinary adventure through the vibrant and diverse food scene of Los Angeles? Look no further than Dine LA Restaurant Week, where you can indulge in delicious dishes at some of the city’s best restaurants. With so many amazing dining options to choose from, I’ve rounded up 12 of the most exceptional eateries that are sure to leave you craving more. From Michelin-starred fine dining to your neighborhood pizzeria, each of these restaurants offers a unique culinary experience that captures the essence of the city. So, get ready to feast your eyes and your taste buds on these 12 best places to eat during Dine LA Restaurant Week.

  1. IL Cielo (Italian)
  2. The Lonely Oyster (American – Seafood)
  3. Omakase by Osen (Japanese)
  4. Little Sister (El Segundo) (Vietnamese)
  5. Hail Mary Pizza (Pizza)
  6. Intercrew (Asian influenced New American)
  7. Fia Restaurant (American – New)
  8. Mayura Indian Restaurant (Indian)
  9. Slab BBQ (Barbecue)
  10. Café Basque (French)
  11. Afuri Ramen + Dumplings (Japanese)
  12. Caldo Verde (Portuguese flavors meets California)


IL Cielo

Located in the heart of Beverly Hills, IL Cielo is an exquisite Italian restaurant that offers a truly unforgettable dining experience. As you enter the enchanting courtyard, you are instantly transported to an Italian villa, surrounded by lush greenery, twinkling lights, and a cozy ambiance. The space is designed to make you feel as if you’re dining beneath the stars, thanks to its incredible attention to detail and warm, romantic atmosphere. The atmosphere alone makes IL Cielo stand out from other dining options in the area and provides a stunning backdrop for any special occasion.

IL Cielo’s culinary experience is just as enchanting as its surroundings, featuring a well-curated selection of Vericella family recipes executed to perfection. Their four-course Dine LA menu is outstanding, with every dish earning a hands-down 10/10 rating. For just $95, guests can enjoy some of the city’s best dishes, including the homemade pappardelle with Maine lobster and white truffle, which simply melts in your mouth. Another standout is the New Zealand lamb rack with sweet potato, baby rainbow carrots, caramelized onions, and a Barolo wine reduction, a harmonious marriage of succulent, tender meat and beautifully contrasting flavors. For those looking for a lighter option, the Pesce Cileno is a must-try, with grilled sea bass and sautéed kale with cherry tomatoes that create a delicate balance of flavors.

To finish the meal, the dessert menu offers a delightful array of options, including Panna Cotta with candied rose petals. However, the warm Italian flourless chocolate soufflé with homemade vanilla Gelato stands out as the perfect sweet ending to a memorable meal, with its smooth, creamy texture and authentic flavors. IL Cielo’s exceptional cuisine, attentive service, and enchanting atmosphere all come together to create an unforgettable Italian dining experience. Whether celebrating a special occasion or seeking a romantic evening out, a visit to IL Cielo in Beverly Hills is an absolute must.

The Lonely Oyster

The Lonely Oyster is a true culinary gem amidst the bustling Los Angeles restaurant scene, providing an exceptional dining experience tailored for even the most refined palates. Nestled in Echo Park, this oyster sanctuary offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere both indoors and outdoors, making it the perfect setting for a leisurely meal with friends or an intimate dinner for two. The nautically-inspired décor, enhanced by modern accents, sets the scene for a delightful voyage through a world of seafood flavors.

The menu at The Lonely Oyster excels in all aspects, boasting an impressive array of fresh, sustainably-sourced seafood dishes. Their stunning assortment of oysters, featuring selections from various regions, each carrying its unique flavor profile. Skillfully shucked and presented on a bed of ice, the oysters epitomize the restaurant’s unwavering commitment to quality and freshness. In addition to oysters, the $65+ Dine LA menu offers two delectable options: Maine Lobster Thermidor with Old Bay Corn and Fries or Tuna Chateaubriand with Demi-Glacé and Herbed Fries. The Maine Lobster Thermidor, prepared in white wine and mixed cheese béchamel fortified with lobster stock, is brûléed back into the shell, while the Tuna Chateaubriand features a 6-ounce yellowtail or bigeye tuna loin seared raw with a porcini and chocolate crust. Each dish is an exquisite flavor revelation.

The attentive service and comprehensive wine list at The Lonely Oyster ensure a memorable dining experience that will leave you yearning for more. Executive Chef Dom and the entire crew at The Lonely Oyster have crafted something truly special. If there’s one place I wholeheartedly endorse from this entire list, it’s The Lonely Oyster – an absolute must-visit during Dine LA Restaurant Week.

Omakase by Osen

Omakase by Osen in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, offers a unique Omakase dining experience where chefs craft custom tasting menus. During Dine LA Restaurant Week, patrons can enjoy this high-quality cuisine at a more affordable price. The menu includes various sushi, sashimi, and other Japanese dishes made from 95% imported Japanese ingredients.

Sampling the Osen Omakase menu before Dine LA Restaurant Week, I found the 10-course meal truly impressive, featuring dishes like the memorable King Crab Miso soup. The sushi and fish were outstanding, one of the best I’ve had, and the premium Kobe sake pairing elevated the experience. The service was outstanding, with friendly, knowledgeable staff attending to my needs.

Overall, Omakase by Osen offers a delightful experience with delectable cuisine, impeccable service, and a soothing ambiance. I highly recommend it for a unique dining experience during Dine LA Restaurant Week.

Little Sister

Little Sister in El Segundo, Los Angeles, is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant with a trendy, lively ambiance perfect for any occasion. Their $55 Dine LA menu exceeded expectations, offering dishes made from fresh, high-quality ingredients with bold flavors. Standout dishes include the Goi Du Du (green papaya salad, Viet beef jerky, chilled prawns, peanuts, chili lime vin), Ga Roti (house spiced crispy chicken, chili ginger sauce, steamed rice), Suon Nuong (Lemongrass grilled pork chop & chicken fat rice), and Cafe sua da pot au creme (coffee anglaise, palmiers). For an extra $38, try the “A Taste of the Essentials” platter, a delicious, shareable dish with a variety of flavors. Trust me; you won’t be disappointed!

Service was outstanding, with friendly, knowledgeable staff who offered drink recommendations. I highly recommend Little Sister in El Segundo or Redondo Beach for a memorable dining experience. The Dine LA Restaurant Week menu, though limited, is a great opportunity to taste their best dishes at a lower price point.

Hail Mary Pizza

My visit to Hail Mary Pizza was a divine experience, with a warm ambiance and the enticing aroma of fresh pizza. Their $55 Dine LA Menu offers a fantastic three-course dining experience that showcases their culinary talents and creativity.

The pizza selection offers both classic and inventive options, such as the “San Lombardi,” which boasts a delightful medley of toppings including tomato sauce, Rio Hana cheese, mozzarella, figs, spicy salami, fennel, Cabacero chorizo, Pepadew peppers, Calabrian oil, parmesan cheese, arugula, and oregano dressing on their signature sourdough crust. Executive Chef Sam, with his expertise from Italy, guarantees exceptional techniques and ingredients in each bite

Be sure to try the delectable Grand Marnier Strawberry Cornmeal Upside-Down Cake for dessert, a mouthwatering delight that will have you wanting more. The inviting, rustic ambiance is ideal for a laid-back evening with friends, family, or a romantic date. Hail Mary Pizza has rapidly become a beloved destination, owing to its commitment to fresh ingredients and outstanding service. Take advantage of their Dine LA offerings and savor this heavenly treasure.


Step aside, West Hollywood and Hollywood, a new culinary kingpin has emerged. Intercrew, an Asian-inspired New American restaurant located in the vibrant heart of Koreatown, Los Angeles, has rapidly gained popularity among Angelenos seeking a chic and modern dining experience. The fashionable ambiance flawlessly complements the restaurant’s gastronomic gems, offering patrons a fully immersive dining and nightlife encounter.

Intercrew’s remarkable $65 four-course Dine LA menu is guaranteed to leave you in awe. The menu is a testament to the diversity and richness of each dish, expertly crafted by the culinary trio: Erik Sun (Italian), Johnny Tran (French), and Richard Nam (Korean). These dishes harmoniously fuse traditional flavors with a contemporary touch. The Albacore Crudo, accompanied by soy glaze, yuzu buttermilk gel, kizami wasabi, and radish mirepoix, served as an exceptional prelude to the lavish meal that followed. The star of the show was unquestionably the signature Spicy Wagyu Bolognese – comprising wagyu, pancetta, tomatoes, garlic, pappardelle, aged parmigiana reggiano, Calabrian chili, and yondu, skillfully prepared and brimming with flavor.

The well-curated menu and outstanding service made my visit to Intercrew restaurant an unforgettable and satisfying experience, leaving me keen to return. I wholeheartedly recommend Intercrew to anyone in search of an exceptional dining experience in Koreatown. With delectable food, excellent service, and a sophisticated atmosphere, it truly has it all.

Fia Restaurant

Fia Restaurant in Santa Monica offers an exceptional dining experience featuring California and Italian Coastal Cuisine. The lush garden setting and warm atmosphere provide a serene ambiance, while the attentive staff ensures excellent service.

The Dine LA menu offers a four-course meal with fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Notable dishes include the Yellowtail made with Tiger’s Milk, Radish, and Fresno Chili, the Homemade Cavatelli with Parmesan, Brown Butter, and Fresh Shaved Black Truffle and the Lobster Capellini. For dessert, indulge in the decadent Cascading Tiramisu with Espresso Soaked Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Mousse, and Chocolate Sorbet.

In conclusion, Fia offers a remarkable dining experience with a beautiful atmosphere, exquisite cuisine, and top-notch service. I highly recommend Fia during Dine LA Restaurant Week for a memorable meal in Santa Monica.

Mayura Indian Restaurant

Mayura Indian Restaurant, a hidden gem in Culver City, offers authentic southern Indian cuisine in a warm and elegant setting. Selected in the Michelin guide Los Angeles from 2019 to 2022, the restaurant’s $65+ Dine LA menu features flavorful dishes like chicken tikka masala, fish curry, and lamb korma, all served with fragrant basmati rice and housemade Naan bread. For dessert, don’t miss the Madras Payasam and Rasmalai, two delightful traditional sweets.

The Madras Payasam is a traditional South Indian dessert made with rice, milk, and jaggery, while the Rasmalai is a popular Bengali sweet made with soft cheese patties soaked in sweetened, thickened milk. These desserts together are a true delight and are sure to please anyone with a sweet tooth.

The outstanding service, led by the friendly owner Padmini, treat their guests as family making the dining experience at Mayura truly remarkable. With its authentic cuisine, excellent service, and welcoming ambiance, Mayura Indian Restaurant is a must-visit for anyone seeking traditional Indian food in Culver City.

Slab BBQ

Slab BBQ, Located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, Slab BBQ stands as a popular destination for mouthwatering Texas-style barbecue. This bustling eatery is famous for its slow-smoked meats, which encompass tender brisket, succulent ribs, full-flavored pulled pork, and delectable sausage. To accompany these marvelous meats, Slab BBQ offers an extensive range of sides, such as coleslaw, potato salad, baked beans, and their scrumptious mac and cheese.

The $65+ Dine LA menu at Slab BBQ features an impressive array of skillfully smoked meats, including juicy brisket, tender pulled pork, savory ribs, and perfectly seasoned chicken. These meats are expertly slow-cooked using traditional smoking techniques and a blend of secret spices, resulting in unparalleled flavor depth. To complement the exquisite meats, the menu boasts a selection of delicious side dishes, like their renowned mac ‘n’ cheese, hearty baked beans, and tangy coleslaw, taking the dining experience to a whole new level. Slab BBQ’s unwavering commitment to quality ingredients and time-tested smoking techniques makes it a must-visit spot for those seeking an unforgettable barbecue indulgence.

What stood out to me, in addition to their fantastic food, was the exceptional service at Slab BBQ. The staff was amiable, attentive, and more than willing to offer recommendations. I wholeheartedly recommend Slab BBQ to anyone looking to relish a remarkable barbecue meal during Dine LA Restaurant Week. Be sure to explore their enticing menu offerings.

Café Basque

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, Café Basque is a charming French-Spanish restaurant housed in a historic building that exudes a unique and cozy yet elegant atmosphere both indoors and outdoors on its beautiful patio.

Café Basque’s three-course Dine LA menu is a delectable selection of French and Spanish-inspired dishes, with a seafood and meat focus, among which the Tomato Farcies, Poulet Basquaise, and Riz Au Lait stood out to me. The Tomato Farcies are roasted tomatoes stuffed with olives, pine nuts, and fennel pollen, while the Poulet Basquaise is a hearty chicken dish cooked with ham, tomatoes, onions, and peppers, and the Riz Au Lait is a creamy and indulgent rice pudding with caramel sauce, a must-try dessert.

Café Basque not only offers an impressive food menu but also an extensive wine list featuring exceptional options from Spain, France, and California that perfectly complement each dish, making it the perfect spot for those in the mood for seafood, meats, cheese and charcuterie, or wine.

Afuri Ramen + Dumplings

Afuri Ramen + Dumplings in Art District, DTLA, elevates classic Japanese cuisine with their $35 Dine LA Menu featuring delicious ramen and dumplings, each paired with a drink. Their Tonkotsu Tsukemen, made with fresh noodles and savory pork broth, is a standout dish accompanied by succulent pork belly, seasoned bamboo shoots, and a soft-boiled egg. The Winged Ebi Shumai, with its savory blend of shrimp and pork, wrapped in a crispy shell and served with a soy-based dipping sauce, is a must-try. With a modern atmosphere, great service, and delicious food, Afuri Ramen + Dumplings is a must-visit for ramen and dumpling lovers.

Caldo Verde

Caldo Verde, a charming Portuguese restaurant in downtown Los Angeles, offers a delightful array of traditional dishes and a $65 three-course Dine LA menu. The creative collaboration between James Beard Award-winning Chef Suzanne Goin and Restaurateur Caroline Styne results in a menu that artfully fuses Portuguese flavors with Californian panache.

The Dine LA menu showcases a range of Portuguese-inspired dishes, encompassing salad selections, main courses like prawns with local greens or braised beef cheek coçoila, and tempting desserts such as chocolate & cherry sorbet or chai croissant pudding. During my visit, I savored the Citrus + Winter Chicories salad, the Prawns + Local Greens, and the Chai Croissant Pudding. While the prawns could have been more substantial, the flavors were outstanding. The warm and attentive service from the staff, paired with the restaurant’s tasteful decor, culminated in a delightful dining experience.

In conclusion, Caldo Verde’s distinct flavors, comprehensive wine list, and skillfully crafted cocktails make it a must-visit destination during your Dine LA escapade.

Exploring Italy: A Journey Through it’s Rich Food Culture

Buongiorno! If you’re anything like me, one of the most exciting parts of traveling is trying out all the delicious food the destination has to offer. And let me tell you, Italy does not disappoint. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Positano, Capri Island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany, and the food in each region was unique and absolutely divine. Here are some highlights from my trip.


My first stop was Positano, a beautiful cliffside town on the Amalfi Coast. The seafood in Positano was some of the freshest and most flavorful I’ve ever tasted. I found myself in a cozy seaside restaurant, with a stunning view of the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean. As I looked through menu, I knew I had to try the scialatielli ai frutti di mare, a seafood pasta with a tomato-based sauce that’s bursting with flavor. This is a must-try in Positano and I highly recommend. The pasta was perfectly cooked, with a beautiful texture that held up well to the hearty seafood sauce. The seafood was fresh with a slightly briny flavor that complemented the acidity of the tomato sauce. As I savored each bite, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for the opportunity to experience such a delicious and authentic seafood dish in the heart of Positano.

Capri Island

I took a day trip to visit Capri Island. I arrived at Lo Zodiaco Ristorante, beachside looking at the shimmering blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. As I took in the breathtaking view, I couldn’t help but feel excited about the meal ahead. The menu offered a variety of fresh seafood options, but I knew I had to try the lobster and pasta. The dish arrived at my table, and I was immediately drawn to the vibrant colors and enticing aromas. The pasta was cooked to perfection, with a satisfying bite and a light tomato sauce that perfectly complemented the tender chunks of lobster meat. The dish was garnished with fresh chopped parsley and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese, adding a touch of elegance to the rustic dish. Eating lobster and pasta in Capri is an experience that I will always remember. The dish is a true representation of the island’s luxurious yet rustic cuisine, and the stunning views made the meal even more unforgettable.

Napoli (Naples)

Next, I visited Napoli (Naples), which is known for its pizza. I had to make a stop at the famous Di Matteo to grab a slice on the way to Roma (Rome). And let me tell you, the pizza here in Napoli (Naples) did not disappoint. The Neapolitan-style pizza is made with a thin, chewy crust and topped with fresh ingredients. A must try is the classic Margherita pizza, which is made with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and fresh basil. But for a unique twist on pizza, I recommend trying the pizza fritta, which is a deep-fried pizza pocket filled with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and your choice of toppings. Hands down one of the best pizza you’ll try during your trip in Italy. This is pizza lovers dream come true.

Roma (Rome)

After Napoli (Naples), I headed to Roma (Rome), the eternal city, is a food lover’s paradise. The capital of Italy is known for its history, art, and cuisine. I found myself at Il Pannicolo in the heart of Rome’s historic center. The walls were adorned with vintage photographs and memorabilia, giving the restaurant a timeless feel. The menu featured a variety of classic Roman dishes, but I knew I had to try the Tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu. This was LITERALLY the best pasta dish I’ve ever had. When the dish arrived at my table, I was struck by its hearty aroma. The tonnarelli pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and the sauce was rich and velvety, coating each strand of pasta with its savory goodness.

The skirt steak was cooked to perfection, with a melt-in-your-mouth texture that added a depth of flavor to the sauce. The sauce was perfectly balanced, with a rich, meaty flavor that was complemented by the sweetness of the onions and the creaminess of the sauce. The tonnarelli pasta was the right choice for this dish, with its firm texture holding up well to the robust sauce. Another must-try in Rome is the Involtini al sugo, which is beef rolls in tomato sauce. This is a classic dish that’s served all around Rome.

Eating tonnarelli pasta with skirt steak white ragu or Involtini al sugo is an experience that every foodie should have. Each dish is a true representation of the simplicity and richness of Italian cuisine, made with quality ingredients and love. Whether you’re enjoying it in a cozy trattoria or a high-end restaurant, you’re sure to be blown away by the flavors and the comfort each dish provides.


Finally the last stop, I visited Tuscany. This region is known for its rolling hills, amazing wine, picturesque vineyards, and hearty, rustic cuisine. One of the signature dishes of Tuscan cuisine is pasta. I found myself tucked away in the beautiful Tuscan hill town at winery for the day.

I decided to start this trip with not one, two but three glasses of wine. (Yes I’m at winery in Tuscany Italy so best believe I will enjoy this experience to the fullest haha). I was told I had to try the pici all’aglione, a traditional Tuscan pasta dish made with thick, hand-rolled noodles and a spicy tomato and garlic sauce. The pici noodles were thick and slightly irregular, giving them a rustic, homemade feel. The sauce was incredibly robust, with just the right amount of garlic, tomatoes and spice to give it a kick. I was amazed by the flavor, subtle sweetness of the fresh tomatoes that paired beautifully with the garlic in the sauce. The pici noodles were slightly chewy and satisfyingly thick, making them the perfect canvas for this flavorful dish.

The End

I hope you all enjoyed this journey. Overall, my trip to Positano, Capri island, Napoli (Naples), Roma (Rome), and Tuscany was a culinary adventure I’ll never forget. The food in each region was unique and delicious, and I can’t wait to go back and try more. If you’re a foodie looking for a culinary adventure, Italy should definitely be on your list. Buon appetito!


Lo Zodiaco Ristorante

Di Matteo

Il Pannicolo

Day Trip to Tuscany

The Best Peruvian Food in Los Angeles

Lonzo’s Bread & Peruvian Eatery is a cozy restaurant located in the heart of downtown Culver city, and it offers a unique blend of Peruvian cuisine. This mom and pop style restaurant is a must try! The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with artwork and photos of Peru and a relaxed vibe that makes you feel right at home. The staff is friendly and attentive, always ready to make recommendations or answer any questions you may have.

But the real star of the show is the food. The menu offers a range of traditional Peruvian dishes, such as ceviche, lomo saltado, aji de gallina, and a variety of fresh-baked bread, all prepared with the freshest ingredients and served with care. One of favorite dish was the seafood ceviche. Not only was it refreshing but a delicious dish that is perfect for seafood lovers looking for a light and flavorful meal. I pretty sure you can’t go wrong with ordering anything from the menu here.

Overall, Lonzo’s Bread & Peruvian Eatery is a gem of a restaurant that offers delicious food, friendly service, and a cozy atmosphere. Whether you’re in the mood for a quick lunch or a leisurely dinner with friends, Lonzo’s is definitely worth a visit.

Address:  10804 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

Baked Salmon: An Easy and Flavorful Recipe for Seafood Lovers.

If you’re a fan of salmon and love a little bit of spice, then this Baked Chili Lime Sockeye Salmon recipe is just what you need. The combination of spicy chili and zesty lime give this salmon dish a delicious and flavorful kick, while the sockeye salmon is rich and succulent, making it the perfect choice for this recipe. Baking the salmon is an easy and healthy cooking method that ensures the fish remains moist and tender while still retaining all of its natural flavors. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner or a special dish to impress your guests, this Baked Chili Lime Sockeye Salmon recipe is sure to be a hit. So why not give it a try today and enjoy the delicious flavors of this amazing dish!

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  • 1 pound sockeye (wild caught)*
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice + 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3-4 teaspoons honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped


  1. Preheat the oven to 375ºF.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the lime juice, red pepper flakes, honey, garlic, and salt. Allow the lime juice to reduce to 1 tablespoon. Add in 2 tablespoon of butter, remove pan from heat and swirl so the butter starts to melt. Place back on the heat for a few seconds, removed and continue to swirl until butter completely melts. When butter is completely melted, remove sauce from stove.
  3. Place the salmon in a piece of foil, fold and seal. Brush the salmon with the lime butter sauce. Season with the cumin powder, lime zest, and chili powder. Cover the salmon with the foil so that all sides are properly closed so the sauce does not leak.
  4. Bake the salmon for 12-14 minutes or until firm. Open the foil and allow the fish to broil under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, keeping an eye on it so the fish does not burn. Remove from oven, top with chopped cilantro.
  5. Serve immediately with rice or side of choice.
  6. Enjoy and don’t forget to tag #Dinnerwithtayo.

A Guide to Turks and Caicos Vibrant Culinary Delights

Turks and Caicos is a hidden gem in the Caribbean that boasts some of the most stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters in the world. With its laid-back atmosphere, luxurious resorts, and delicious cuisine, this island paradise is the perfect destination for anyone looking to unwind and escape the stresses of everyday life. Whether you want to spend your days lounging on the beach, exploring the local culture, or indulging in world-class cuisine, Turks and Caicos has something to offer for everyone. From the bustling capital of Providenciales to the peaceful and secluded island of Grand Turk, there is no shortage of activities and experiences to enjoy in this beautiful destination. Here are my top picks.

Place to stay: Private Villa (Airbnb)

This villa is comfortable and stunning and I loved everything about it. This villa is located in a quiet and peaceful neighborhood in Providenciales. It’s spacious, serene and has an oasis for a backyard. The interior design is gorgeous with details of art all throughout and a nice tropical setup outside. You get a stunning view from the bedroom. The bed is comfortable, with a bathroom that feels like a nice resort with a walk-in shower and high ceilings. The upstairs AC unit worked great and kept the entire place cool. Both patios are great for relaxing in the morning before you start the day or at night while you enjoy the view of the moon and stars. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the kitchen appliances you need if you decide to cook plus a grill in the backyard. There’s a local shopping center and supermarket up the street from the Airbnb. The location is very convenient, it’s in the center of the island, making it easy to get around. I recommend booking this place, you will not be disappointed! 10/10.

Where to dine:

Even though Turks and Caicos is filled with white sand and breathtaking ocean views, here are my recommendations of places you have to stop at to grab a bite while you are visiting.

The Patty Place

The Patty Place is a hidden gem in Turks and Caicos, offering delicious and authentic Caribbean-style patties that are sure to satisfy your cravings. The small shop is located in a charming and colorful building in the heart of Providenciales, and offers a variety of savory and sweet patties that are baked fresh daily.

One of the standout features of The Patty Place is the quality of the ingredients used in their patties. The fillings are made with high-quality meats, vegetables, and spices, and are wrapped in a flaky and buttery pastry crust that is both satisfying and delicious.

The savory patties come in a range of flavors, including chicken, beef, and seafood, with a spicy jerk chicken option for those who like a bit of heat. The sweet patties are equally delicious, with flavors like guava, coconut, and chocolate.

Caicos Cafe

Caicos Cafe is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a memorable dining experience in Turks and Caicos. The food is delicious, the ambiance is charming, and the service is exceptional. Whether you are a foodie looking to sample some of the best cuisine in the Caribbean or simply looking for a romantic dinner with your significant other, Caicos Cafe is definitely worth a visit.

The menu at Caicos Cafe features a wide variety of dishes, ranging from traditional Caribbean cuisine to modern European fare. The seafood options are especially noteworthy, with dishes like the grilled lobster tail and the pan-seared red snapper being particular highlights. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list, with a great selection of bottles to suit all tastes and budgets.

Sweet T’s

Sweet T’s is an inexpensive local spot on the island that offers flavorful and delicious fried chicken and fries. The chicken were perfectly fried, crispy on the outside, while the inside is juicy and tender. The seasoning is well-balanced, with a blend of spices and herbs that gave the chicken a bold and flavorful taste. Even though the options are limited to chicken and fires, Sweet T’s is a must-try for anyone looking for delicious and satisfying local food. Whether you prefer your chicken spicy or sweet, crispy or juicy, the food at Sweet T’s is sure to satisfy your taste buds and leave you feeling satisfied.

Hideaway Grill and Chill

This is a true gem on the island. Aunty Diane is the lovely owner of this restaurant. Her restaurant is especially known for its seafood offerings, with fresh catches like conch, lobster, and shrimp taking center stage. Other popular dishes include the jerk chicken and the ribeye steak, both of which are cooked to perfection and served with flavorful sides. She cooks all her food with love right from her kitchen. She’s attentive and makes you feel right at home. The restaurant is situated in a picturesque location, with views of the ocean nearby and a charming outdoor patio area. Great place for breakfast and lunch. I highly recommend you visit this place. Prices are reasonable.


Captain Oak’s Tiki Bar is a must. It’s literally a tiki bar out in the middle of the turquoise blue Caribbean sea. Captain Oak’s Tiki Bar has a fun and lively atmosphere. The bar offers an excellent drink menu ranging from tropical cocktails, classic frozen drinks, like margaritas and piña coladas, to unique and creative concoctions that are exclusive to the bar. They also offer a food menu. The live music or DJ playing, adds to the festive and upbeat vibe of the bar. This place has everything; great vibes, music, drinks and food! One of my favorite experience during this trip.

Overall, Captain Oak’s Tiki Bar is a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a fun and refreshing beach bar experience in Turks and Caicos. With its excellent drinks menu, tasty snacks, and lively atmosphere, it is the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy yourself.

Beach, Beach, Beach! That’s all I’m going to say spend as much time as you want on the beach. The view is breathtaking and the water feels incredible. I literally felt like I was looking at my computer screen saver for a while.

Go jet skiing and island hopping with Sun & Fun Sea Sport.

How to Travel and Eat Your Way Around Cabo, Mexico

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination known for its stunning beaches, outdoor activities, and vibrant nightlife. But what many travelers may not know is that Cabo is also a food lover’s paradise. With a diverse culinary scene that ranges from street tacos to high-end dining, there’s no shortage of delicious food to be found in Cabo. In this post, we’ll explore how to travel and eat your way around Cabo, Mexico.

Here are some options to and from the airpot. You can rent a car, take a shared van OR get a private car service. I recommend the a car service so you can enjoy your margarita on the go. Getting around Cabo is inexpensive. Uber will cost you roughly $4 per ride probably cheaper depending on where you are going.

Where to stay:

Airbnb. I stayed outside of downtown Cabo at a gated resident called Santa Carmela. Approximately 10 minutes from downtown, making it easy to get back and forth. This very stylish condo is just outside of the business of downtown and perfectly positioned for a quiet getaway. The kitchen was well stocked with everything I needed for cooking in. I took frequent advantage of having a super nice grocery store right across the highway. The casa club at the base of the complex is incredible. It has a private pool, bar, and I frequently went there to watch the sun rise to start the day. The Unit had strong Wi-Fi, AC and a super comfortable bed to snuggle in. I could honestly go on, and on, but you get where I’m going! This place gets a 10/10 and will come back again. Highly recommended if you are looking for a place for yourself or with a significant other.

Places to dine:

SUR Beach House.

SUR Beach House, located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas, is a stunning oceanfront restaurant that offers a unique and unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant is part of the Hotel El Ganzo, a boutique hotel that’s known for its artistic ambiance and eclectic style.

The first thing you notice when you arrive at SUR Beach House is the breathtaking view. The restaurant sits right on the beach, and the turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez stretch out as far as the eye can see. The decor is chic and modern, with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic that complements the natural beauty of the surroundings.

The menu at SUR Beach House is focused on fresh, locally sourced ingredients, with an emphasis on seafood. The ceviche is a must-try – it’s made with a variety of fish and seafood that’s marinated in lime juice and served with avocado and crispy plantain chips. The grilled octopus is another standout dish, with tender, perfectly cooked tentacles that are served with roasted garlic aioli and a smoky chili sauce.

In addition to the food, the drinks at SUR Beach House are also top-notch. The cocktail menu is creative and innovative, with a focus on tequila and mezcal-based drinks. The mezcal margarita, made with fresh lime juice and a smoky mezcal, is a standout.

2. La Lupita – Taco & Mezcal.

La Lupita – Taco & Mezcal is a vibrant and popular restaurant that’s known for its delicious tacos and extensive mezcal selection. With its lively atmosphere and creative menu, it’s a must-visit spot for anyone looking for a fun and authentic dining experience in Cabo.The walls are adorned with murals and graffiti-style artwork, giving the restaurant a hip and trendy vibe. The outdoor seating area is particularly charming, with twinkling lights and cozy seating that’s perfect for a warm summer night.

The menu at La Lupita is focused on tacos, with a range of creative and inventive options that will appeal to everyone from meat-lovers to vegetarians. The pork belly taco is a must-try – it’s made with crispy pork belly, pineapple salsa, and pickled onions, and is bursting with flavor. The vegetarian options are also excellent, with dishes like the mushroom and huitlacoche (a type of corn fungus) taco that’s rich and savory.

The mezcal selection at La Lupita is impressive, with over 100 different varieties to choose from. The staff is knowledgeable and happy to make recommendations based on your preferences, and they’ll even bring out a tray of different mezcals for you to sample if you’re having trouble deciding.

What should you try here: Fried Oyster, Drunken Barbacoa Tacos (Lamb), Chipotle Shrimp Tacos, Braised Pork Tacos)

3. Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar.

Hands down my FAVORITE restaurant. Everything about this place is phenomenal! Yes, I’m giving this restaurant high praise. Toro Latin Kitchen & Bar is a high-end restaurant located in the heart of Cabo San Lucas. Helmed by celebrity chef Richard Sandoval, Toro is known for its innovative fusion cuisine that combines Latin and Asian flavors in unexpected and delicious ways.

The restaurant’s decor is sleek and modern, with clean lines and a sophisticated ambiance that sets the tone for the dining experience. The open kitchen adds to the excitement of the space, allowing diners to watch the chefs in action as they prepare each dish with precision and care.

Now, let’s talk about the food. The menu at Toro is extensive and features a wide range of dishes that showcase the restaurant’s unique fusion cuisine. The short rib taco, is a standout starter that’s both light and flavorful. The churrasco steak, served with chimichurri sauce and crispy yucca fries, is a hearty and satisfying main course. And the sushi rolls, which feature unexpected ingredients like plantains and cilantro, are a must-try for sushi lovers.

In addition to the food, Toro has an impressive selection of cocktails and wines that are expertly curated to complement the flavors of the dishes. The staff are knowledgeable and passionate about the drinks, and they’re happy to make recommendations based on your preferences.

What should you try here: Lomo Saltado Empanada, Short Rib Tacos, Chicken Thigh Cusco Style, and Caramel Cheese Cake.

4. Puerta Vieja.

Puerta Vieja is a hidden gem in Cabo San Lucas that’s not to be missed. With its rustic decor, delicious food, and friendly service, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxed and authentic Mexican dining experience. Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for a cozy spot to unwind, Puerta Vieja is the perfect choice.

Puerta Vieja’s menu is a feast for the senses, with a range of dishes that showcase the flavors and ingredients of traditional Mexican cuisine. The ribeye steak and shrimp caught my attention. This is a delicious and indulgent meal that’s sure to satisfy any carnivore’s cravings. The juicy and tender ribeye steak are cooked to perfection. The shrimp are plump and juicy with a slightly smoky and charred flavor that pairs well with the steak. The dish is served with a side of roasted vegetables that add a healthy and satisfying element to the meal.

But the real star of Puerta Vieja is the ambiance and the service. The friendly and attentive staff are knowledgeable about the menu and happy to make recommendations based on your preferences. And you’ll have a beautiful view of downtown Cabo, the famous Arch of Cabo, while you enjoy a delicious meal. Overall, Puerta Vieja is a must-visit restaurant in Cabo San Lucas.

5. Bar Esquina.

Bar Esquina, located in the luxurious Bahia Hotel, is a chic and sophisticated restaurant that offers a unique dining experience. The decor is modern and stylish, with sleek lines and contemporary art that create a cool and hip vibe.

As you step inside Bar Esquina, you’ll be greeted by the friendly staff who will guide you to your table. The outdoor patio is a popular spot, with its comfortable seating and twinkling lights that create a romantic and intimate atmosphere. And the bar area is a bustling hub of activity, with expert bartenders crafting creative and innovative cocktails that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

The menu at Bar Esquina is a fusion of Latin and Mediterranean cuisine, with a range of dishes that showcase the flavors and ingredients of both regions. The octopus carpaccio is a standout starter, with tender slices of octopus that are served with a flavorful olive tapenade. The lamb chops, served with a rosemary demi-glace and roasted garlic mashed potatoes, are a hearty and satisfying main course that will leave you feeling satisfied and content.

The cocktail menu is creative and innovative, with a range of options that feature unique ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations. The mezcal margarita, made with fresh lime juice and a smoky mezcal, is a standout that’s perfect for sipping on a warm evening. And the wine list is impressive, with a variety of international and local wines that are expertly curated to complement the flavors of the dishes.

Whether you’re a foodie or a cocktail lover, Bar Esquina is sure to impress.

Things to do:

  1. Massage at Eden Spas – Affordable spa with great service.
  2. Sailing with Cabo Sailing – The crew members are super cool, we had a great time, your ticket comes with an open bar and lunch.

Overall, I hope with the following recommendations, you’ll enjoy Cabo San Lucas just as much I did. Go with an open mind and create a new experience. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me. Follow me on Instagram at @Tayoscreation.

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