San Jose del Cabo Restaurants
Carretera Transpeninsular, San José del Cabo
SEARED, the One&Only Palmilla steakhouse run by Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, is where you go if your dream dinner phrase is “Wagyu beef.” The place has fifteen different cuts of the finest meat, vegetable sides best described as “crazy” (in a wonderful way), and views of the Sea of Cortez that will take your breath away. The resort is a quick taxi over from town if you’re staying in San José del Cabo. And while you’re there, take advantage: A post-dinner walk on the winding resort grounds makes a great dessert. (But still: Order dessert.)
Huerta Los Tamarindos
Calle Lás Ánimas s/n, Animas Bajas, San José del Cabo
The garden restaurant at Los Tamarindos is the epitome of farm-to-table dining in that you can literally see the farm that supplied your meal from your table. Minutes from central San Jose del Cabo, this 17-acre working farm is 100% committed to spreading the gospel of sustainable farming techniques, so make sure to sign up for a walking tour before settling in for one of Chef Enrique Silva’s excellent seasonal meals. And don’t leave without popping into the gift shop for traditional Oaxacan textiles and silks or artisan-made clay and tin products. Better yet, take it one step further and sign up for a cooking class. If you’re brave, buy a few jars of habañeros and black mole from the tiny organic market.
Calle Manuel Doblado, Centro, San José del Cabo
There's Baja cuisine, and then there’s Baja Mediterranean cuisine, which splices traditional Mexican ingredients (lots of local fish and veggies) with Mediterranean grilling techniques and liberal use of olive oil. Tequila—set up inside a traditional adobe house with a beautiful tree-shrouded patio—is particularly well equipped for Baja-med cooking, being that the kitchen is supplied with produce from its own certified organic farm and just-caught seafood from local fishermen. As the name suggests, the margaritas here are top notch, as is the extensive wine selection. There’s also a walk-in humidor, if you’re into that sort of thing.
Blvd. Mijares S/N Edificio Eclipse Int 3, San José del Cabo
The official designation for Chef Tadd Chapman’s brand of elevated regional comfort food is "Baja Contemporary"—and it couldn't be more spot-on: Dishes like duck ravioli, chile Wellington, and coconut milk ceviche are prepped using fish sourced from a neighboring fishing town and humanely raised, hormone-free meats from a local farmer. A year ago, they took over Sanchez Organico farm and turned it into the main source for the restaurant's produce, resulting in a rich veggie-centric offering of hibiscus flautas, jicama sashimi, beet mole, and more. The outdoor courtyard—complete with twinkly lights and colorful furniture—is an idyllic spot for working your way through the wine list to a soundtrack of live jazz.
La Lupita Tacos & Mezcal
Calle José María Morelos, Centro, San José del Cabo
The patio at this San José taco joint feels a lot like a backyard party—rustic mismatched furniture, the smell of sizzling tortillas, seemingly endless supplies of cold cervezas, and a live band that goes on as soon as the sun sets. The small-but-mighty menu has something for purists and adventurous types alike. For the former we suggest the classic Baja fish tacos and a side of guacamole; the latter will go nuts for the duck tacos and the grasshopper appetizer. The other specialty here is local Mezcal, which you can consume in shot form or mixed into craft cocktails (the mojitos are the best, but trust us, go slow).
Flora’s Farm & Flora’s Field Kitchen
Carretera Transpeninsular San José del Cabo Km. 30, Col. Las Ánimas Bajas, San José del Cabo
This island of tranquility is located in San Jose del Cabo, about 40 minutes outside of Cabo. Lined with homey vegetable and flower beds and mowed green lawns, everything you’ll eat at the on-site restaurant, Flora’s Field Kitchen, is grown either on this property or at the larger farm a few miles away—that’s everything from the house-made sausages, to the jams, to the toast, to the veggie-laden Bloody Marys, to the grapefruit danishes. Meanwhile, the pristine restaurant setting—a modern farmhouse—looks like it was lifted straight out of East Hampton. There's also an old timey ice cream cart small grocery store on property, stocked with just-plucked produce, sweets, and jars of the addictive house granola. Flora Farms has been around for about 20 years, slowly but surely adding more bells and whistles—among them, exclusive cottages and a private beach club—to its organic, all-American paradise.