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, 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.
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)
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:
- Massage at Eden Spas – Affordable spa with great service.
- 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.