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Dining Around The Desert: The Desert with an Ocean, Cabo San Lucas

Just a short flight away, Cabo is an easy get-away from the Palm Springs area.

Michael and I went to Cabo San Lucas for my birthday the end of April and enjoyed some exquisite meals starting with the evening before we left at Mangiamo’s in Manhattan Beach with our friends Dean and Debbie. If you are ever in the area and want to have a wonderful meal in a quaint spot just 4 doors from the beach, you can’t go wrong at this restaurant that has been around since 1984.

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Once in Cabo, our first dinner was at Pitahayas at Hacienda Del Mar. We sat overlooking the ocean and had the first octopus of the trip which was stellar!

Pitahayas Restaurant first opened its doors on May 21, 1995. Its unique culinary concept of Pacific Coast Cuisine featuring local and imported products, has positioned it as one of the most iconic restaurants in Los Cabos. Come and savor the variety of delicacies Pitahayas has to offer, while enjoying a beautiful sunset under the restaurant’s magnificent palapa roof.

La Cava de Santiago, a wine cellar located underneath the Restaurant, offers over 400 different brands of wine from the main producers around the world.

The next evening was at the Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos-Pedregal at El Farallon. From the moment you arrive it’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

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With the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, El Farallon sits like a raw jewel at the edge of the world, refined yet wild. As the waves crash, you hear the hum of the open-air kitchen as Chef Miriam Jimenez expertly prepares the fisherman’s catch of the day. The warm night invites you in as you sit tucked amongst ancient rock, carved into the cliff. Dramatic and unforgettable, our sea-to-table menu is Cabo San Lucas’ most celebrated dining experience.

For night three we went back to one of our favorites, Flora Farms. I just love everything about this place. The food, the ambiance, the staff, it’s all great.

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From Our Field to Your Table. Flora’s Field kitchen is about handmade food using our farm-fresh ingredients. The goal is to create a healthy family meal with a sense of place.

The original Flora Restaurant was in San Jose del Cabo. After 5 years in town, and the farm serving as the main provider for the restaurant, the owner decided she would rather bring the restaurant to the farm instead of the other way around. Flora’s Field Kitchen strives to only serve what they make, raise and grow.

The menu is seasonal, with some permanent classics. All meats served at Flora’s Field Kitchen come from the nearby 150-acre ranch where animals are humanely raised on diets that do not include hormones or antibiotics – and they do not offer beef on the menu as it is not sustainable and there is not enough water in Baja.

Night four brought us back to another favorite, Cocina del Mar and the Esperanza. Once again we enjoyed sitting above the crashing waves out on the cliff.

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Cocina del Mar restaurant, bar and lounge is perched atop striking cliffs overlooking Esperanza’s two private beaches and will take you on a culinary journey through the Sea of Cortez and Cabo’s verdant farms. Enter a buzzing lantern-lit bar and lounge that invites you to linger over hand-crafted cocktails before sauntering down to dinner above a cascade of oceanfront terraces kissed by white-capped waves. An outdoor exhibition kitchen is alive with energy, a perfect spot to engage with chefs and explore bites of coastal Baja cuisine and regionally inspired cocktails beside a glowing wood fired oven.

Finally, we wound up the trip with dinner at Acre Resort Los Cabos.

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The restaurant & bar are the heart and soul of ACRE, one of the best restaurants in Los Cabos. The first things to exist on the property, they epitomize their ethos: a deep respect for the surroundings and an unwavering free-spirited sensibility. Taste it in the farm-to-table cuisine, a marriage of global influences and local ingredients that evolves with the seasons. Savor it in their innovative cocktail program, where award-winning compositions are elevated by produce grown just beyond the confines of the bar.

The sumptuous space blurs the boundaries between inside and out, and swirls with staff passionate about good food, good drink, and a good time.

ACRE is both convivial and cosmopolitan, relaxed and refined – a vibrant dining experience in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna mountains, located in San Jose del Cabo.

You cannot go wrong at any of these restaurants. We found the service, food, and locations all the best of the best and wouldn’t hesitate to return to any of them the next time in the desert to the south of us!

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