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With locally sourced produce taking center stage, Los Cabos's fine-dining scene is quickly garnering attention.
By Kim Ayling | January 18 2021
The abundance of luxury hotels and resorts, year-round sunshine and beautiful scenery combine to make Los Cabos one of the most sought-after vacation destinations for travelers around the world. And thanks to the agreeable climate, the reputation of restaurants in Los Cabos is also continuing to grow.
Situated on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, the bounty of the surrounding landscape takes center stage at many top Los Cabos restaurants. Unsurprisingly, the ocean is a focal point on most menus, with chefs building working relationships with local fishermen to ensure the first choice of the freshest fish.
Organic farms are also increasingly common in the Los Cabos area, with locally sourced (and often in-house) produce becoming the norm. The local focus doesn’t stop at the food; the Baja Peninsula is famed for its exceptional wines, which restaurateurs across the region are keen to showcase on their wine lists.
From sleek hotel concept restaurants to farm-to-table experiences, the best restaurants in Los Cabos promise the freshest ingredients in the most beautiful of settings.
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Located in a 19th century farmhouse, Los Tamarindos operates with a devoted farm-to-table philosophy. The ever-changing menu is dictated by the seasonal crops growing in the fields surrounding the restaurant, with head chef Enrique Silva following recipes that have been passed down through generations.
The restaurant’s meat and fish dishes are equally as conscious of seasonality and freshness; the fish is caught daily by local fisherman and hand-selected by Tamarindos chefs, while the chicken comes from its own farm-reared flock of Cornish hens. The drinks menu is also dedicated to celebrated local produce, with the bulk of the wine menu featuring Mexican labels, and as you would expect, an impressive tequila menu is also on offer.
If enjoying a thoughtfully prepared Mexican menu isn’t quite enough to sate your appetite, you can enjoy a more hands-on experience with one of Los Tamarindos’s cooking classes, held in the restaurant’s adjoining kitchen terrace.
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Promising a vibrant dining experience in the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, Acre has become a must-visit for culinary connoisseurs visiting Los Cabos. Although the property has now expanded to encompass a treehouse hotel, the restaurant was the resort’s first offering, making it the heart and soul of Acre.
Moroccan executive chef Larbi Dahrouch joined the restaurant in 2019, bringing with him a penchant for simple yet elevated flavors. Acre’s menu marries local produce (much of which is sourced on the in-house farm) with global influence; expect fresh seafood and nourishing salads alongside Italian pasta and French-inspired duck dishes.
Once dinner is over, turn your attention to Acre’s eclectic cocktail menu, which boasts a selection of award-winning concoctions served in a relaxed yet effortlessly chic setting. As with the food offerings, Acre’s drinks menu celebrates ingredients sourced within the resort where possible.
Found at the luxurious Chileno Bay Resort and Residences, Comal restaurant continues the resort’s long-standing reputation for excellence and is continuously regarded as one of the best restaurants in Los Cabos.
The name Comal derives from a traditional cast-iron pan that has been used in Mexican cooking for centuries and is typically passed down through generations. Comal’s menu stays true to the origins of its name, showcasing Latin American-inspired recipes with a contemporary twist. In addition to the main menu, guests can also revel in the live-action Raw Bar, offering up the freshest selection of local fish.
Comal is also considered one of Los Cabos’s most romantic dining spots, but be quick, as the coveted seafront tables with dramatic views across the Sea of Cortez are booked up by loved-up couples far in advance.
Cocina de Autor translates into English as “signature cuisine,” which typically involves a menu that reflects a chef’s personality. This is exactly the case at Grand Velas’s concept restaurant; head chef Sidney Schutte’s playful tasting menu artfully reflects his time at a wealth of Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, cementing Cocina De Autor’s status is the restaurant for creative fine dining in Los Cabos.
Each dish has been designed to celebrate fresh local ingredients in an inventive fashion, with combinations such as chocolate and clam, making for intriguing pairings. The accompanying wine pairing is equally ambitious, offering a selection regarded as one of the most diverse in the region.
The eclectic menu is served in an impressively stylish setting. The restaurant is awash with atmospheric lighting, striking gold details and Mexican artwork, not to mention the captivating ocean views.
Taking inspiration from the cuisine of Mexico, Peru, Japan and beyond, the food menu at Manta is remarkably diverse. Expect a host of unusual flavor combinations such as sweetcorn ice cream mochi, all conjured up by head chef Enrique Olvera. The beverage menu continues to transport diners across the world with Japanese sake offered in addition to the expected mezcals and tequila.
As with many of the best restaurants in Los Cabos, seafood takes center stage at Manta, and as is common on the Baja California Peninsula, chef Olvera is committed to championing local produce, be it from land or sea.
Found inside The Cape, A Thompson Hotel as its flagship restaurant, Manta is a haven of simplicity and minimalism; striking black walls are thrown into contrast by tan leather seating, while the floor-to-ceiling windows showcase what is easily one of the best views in the region.