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The staff of Cabo San Lucas Villas offers catering and personal chef services to make your stay in Cabo San Lucas a pleasant, stress-free experience for yourself, your family or your guests. We shop daily to provide and prepare the freshest foods to serve you in the convenience of your private vacation home. Our chef welcomes any personal request to help make your stay memorable. Please review our gourmet menu.

Cabo San Lucas also has a great selection of restaurants to offer. Below is a list of exceptional Cabo restaurants and Cabo San Lucas Nightlife. Read about Mexican Food and Mexican Drink.


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Habaneros
- Recently opened in the fall of 2004 by locally renowed Chef Tadd Chapman, Habaneros has become a hot spot for both lunch and dinner. Offering varied Mexican Fusion creations and organic designer salads. Best make a reservation or expect a wait!
Contact: 624-113-1747

Tequila's Restaurante - San Jose - Garden gourmet dining with Asian-Mediterranean highlights. Located in the center of town within walking distance from the square and shopping corridor. It is rated as the most innovative cuisine in the area. Their cold seafood linguini and their "Tequila Shrimp" are excellent selections. Open daily for dinner from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Highly recommended by the "locals". We love it and decided it had to go on our dining guide! A half block off the main street in downtown San Jose. Food is excellent nuevo Baja cuisine, and the ambiance is great. We urge you to try it next time you are in Cabo.
Contact: 14-21155 (local)
011 52 624 14-21155 (US)

Mi Cocina at Casa Natalia - San Jose - Our newest discovery and latest favorite! Located in the heart of historic San Jose del Cabo, you can dine alfresco on the palm-filled courtyard. Four waterfalls add their music, gently cascading into the swimming pool, and at night, open-flamed braziers set the outdoor area aglow. The chef uses fresh ingredients; uniquely blended for a Nouvelle Mexican-Euro cuisine that includes locally caught seafood, grilled meats, pastas & irresistible desserts. Casually sophisticated. Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Contact: 14-25100 (local)
011 52 624 14-25100 (US)

El Chilar - San Jose - Mexican Flavors Corner where month by month chef Armando Montano, designs a new menu with a great variety of chilies as the main ingredient. Enjoy the rustic ambiance with candlelight where the traditional recipes of typical Mexican cuisine is presented with a new touch.
Contact: 14-69798 (local)
011 52 624 14-69798 (US)

Tropicana Inn Restaurant Bar and Grill - San Jose - Enjoy Mexican dishes, barbecued ribs, steaks and seafood specialties at this bar and grill. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 8 a.m. to 12 a.m. Come for the live entertainment and casual dining.

Morgan's Restaurant & Cellar - San Jose - Painted murals and hand carved furniture enhance the luxurious ambience of designer Morgan MacLeod's innovative restaurant. The signature breads and pastries of Morgan's Restaurant and Cellar are baked fresh daily. Fresh fish is delivered daily, meat and poultry dishes are prepared from the finest of both local and imported products. Open daily from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. with dinner until 10 p.m. Reservations are recommended.
Contact: 14-23825 (local)
011 52 624 14-23825 (US)

La Golondrina - Cabo - Good seafood, large portions. Downtown on Paseo del Pescador next to City Club, close to Melia San Lucas Hotel. Open 7 days /week from 5pm to 10:30pm.. Great lobster!! La Golondrina can accommodate large groups, wedding receptions and reservations. Contact: 14-30542 (local) 011 52 624 14-30542 (US)

Pitahayas - Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Hotel - Corridor - An impressive, large palapa creates the setting for an open aired, sophisticated evening of dining pleasure. The menu offers an exotic blend of flavors influenced by different Pacific Rim countries with a twist. Explore Los Cabos' only underground wine cellar. Reservations are recommended and resort attire is requested. Open daily from 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

The Grill at Las Ventanas - Corridor - Spectacular Seafood served in an outdoor setting at Cabo's newest and most deluxe hotel. Beautiful. Moderately expensive. The dining room at Las Ventanas is also wonderful, but expensive. One of the few places that has a dress code (dining room only) no shorts or sandals. Reservations recommended for the dining room. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Contact: 14-40300 (local)
011 52 624 14-40300 (US)

C - Corridor - Chef Charlie Trotter brings his sublime culinary talents to Los Cabos. C emphasizes indigenous flavors and the area's freshest regional seafood, in addition to meat and game. A world-class wine list features a wide range of vintages designed to pair effortlessly with the cuisine.

Agua - Corridor - Enjoy this casual dining venue perched on a dramatic bluff overlooking the Sea of Cortez and adjacent to the resort's spectacular new infinity-edge pool. The al fresco, palapa-style restaurant serves what is being dubbed "Mexiterranean" cuisine - a unique hybrid of Mediterranean fare with Mexican influences, for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Palmilla - Corridor - Stop here on your way into town from the airport. Have a margarita and some guacamole at their bar. You'll know you have finally arrived in Cabo! They also have a great Sunday brunch.
Contact: 14-45000 (local)
011 52 624 14-45000 (US)

Ristorante Da Giorgio - Corridor -You shouldn't miss watching the sunset here (with a view of the famous arch at Land's End) while having some ice-cold beer and margaritas. It is located at Misiones del Cabo and is open daily from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Casa Rafael's - Cabo - Some of the best food in Cabo, with a very romantic setting. The owners of this restaurant brought their chef of 17 years over with them from Hawaii. The worst thing about this restaurant is trying to decide what to order. Heading south into Cabo San Lucas, you will turn left at the Banamex Bank and go up the hill. It will be a pink building on your left. EXPENSIVE, but good.
Contact: 14-30739 (local)
011 52 624 14-30739 (US)

Lorenzillo's - Cabo - A vacation in Los Cabos is never complete without a visit to Lorenzillo's, The live lobster house for a traditional lobster meal. This famous family restaurant has been specializing in lobster for so long that no one can do better. Live lobster arrives daily from Lorenzillo's farms. enjoy the freshest fish, seafood, live lobster and soft shell crab from the pacific ocean and the caribbean sea. It's an experience not to missed!

The "Office" - Cabo - Dine barefoot at their tables placed in a white sand beach. Fantastic view of the arch. Vendors strolling between the tables, and lots of activity going on nearby. Good place to "people watch." Located on Playa El Medano.
Contact: 14-33464 (local)
011 52 624 14-33464 (US)

Mi Casa - Cabo - Authentic Mexican food & regional specialties from the mainland of Mexico. Set in an enchanting open-air courtyard in downtown Cabo San Lucas. Large portions, reasonable prices. Traditional mariachis contribute to the pleasant ambiance.
Contact: 14-31933 (local)
011 52 624 14-31933 (US)

Mocambo's - Cabo - The location of this longstanding Cabo favorite is not inspiring -- it's basically a large cement building -- but the food obviously is. The place is always packed, generally with locals tired of high prices and small portions. Ocean-fresh seafood is the order of the day, and the specialty platter can easily serve four people. The restaurant is 1 1/2 blocks inland from Lázaro Cárdenas. Open daily from noon to 10 p.m.

The "Office" - Cabo - Dine barefoot at their tables placed in a white sand beach and enjoy a fantastic view of the arch. Watch vendors stroll between the tables and the activity going on nearby. It's a good place to "people watch." Located on Playa El Medano. Open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Cabo - While the sizzling steaks are the prime attraction, there's a lot more to the menu, like fresh seafood, chicken, veal and lamb chops. They offer a variety of freshly cooked vegetables, including their signature creamed spinach, eight potato selections, fresh salads with delicious homemade dressings, and great New Orleans-style appetizers. Located at Puerto Paraiso Entertainment Plaza at the Marina. Open daily from 1 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Nick - San Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar - Cabo - Features an open kitchen with a Sushi bar that runs the length of the restaurant with excellent illumination and a minimalistic decoration style. They give us an innovative Euro-Asian menu and the style of "nouvelle cuisine" and also demonstrate a unique style in the preparation of Sushi. Open Tuesday through Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Edith's Restaurant - Cabo - A wonderful open air restaurant, with spectacular views of the arch at the Land's end. Our newest addition, Edith's offers quality Mexican-style seafood at moderate prices. Most nights will find you enjoying the live mariachis in a relaxed atmosphere.
Contact: 14-30801 (local)
011 52 624 14-30801

Café Santa Fe - Todos Santos - This restaurant has been named by many as a "culinary oasis" and is owned by a charismatic couple that has been credited with the revival of Todos Santos. Those from as far as La Paz come to eat at this first rate cuisine and enjoy the star quality restaurant. Italian highlights are served for dinner. It's a really great choice for a day trip to Todos Santos. Closed on Tuesdays.

El Squid Roe - Night Club, dance hall and restaurant is a hot spot in Cabo. The neon lights and humorous signs that adorn the brightly painted walls and ceilings say things like, "The best way to a man's heart is to saw his breast plate open," and "I'm so miserable without you it's almost like having you here." Bleacher-like benches line the perimeter and the dress code is whatever you wish. Observers hang over the edges of the upstairs railings to keep their eyes on the crowd below. Located at Lazaro Cardenas at Blvd. Marina across from the Plaza Bonita Mall. Open daily from 12 p.m. to 3 a.m. with dinner served until 11 p.m.

Nowhere Bar - Affectionately named the "house of shots" it is a wild and crazy place filled with reveler's dancing to the nonstop beats of pop, reggae and more. Part of the Plaza Bonita, it is a small bar that faces the marina, so half of the patrons dance on the front patio next to the boardwalk. Every Tuesday is Ladies' Nights, so ladies drink free from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. It is also a good people-watching spot because it is located on the marina and plenty of people walk by on their way to restaurants. Located in Plaza Bonita. Enjoy Cabo nightlife.

Giggling Marlin - is located on the Marina Boulevard, the main road that runs through Cabo. One of the most popular things to do is to get yourself hoisted up the trophy wall and feel what it'iggling Marlin house drink is like to be a prized marlin. If you're brave enough they'll mix a tequila shooter right in your mouth while you're hanging around. The Giggling Marlin house drink is the "Skip and Go Naked." This is a mixture of their own secret liquors and fruit juices, chilled with ice and blended to perfection. If you can finish four, then you'll be admitted to the "Too Much Fun Club," and your name will be painted on the wall. Open from 8 a.m. until 1a.m. Enjoy Cabo San Lucas nightlife.

Cabo Wabo The restaurant - is open for lunch and dinner seven days and nights a week. Come and listen to the live music, with different bands performing every week. From seafood to Mexican food, from DJ to live band, from cervezas to tequila, from bar to rooftop, there are plenty of reasons for you to make the Cabo Wabo nightlife one of your stops in Cabo. Suggested time to wabo in for nightly shows is 9 p.m. The store is open from 9 a.m. to midnight, while the restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and the club is open from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. +. Located in downtown Cabo on Calle Guerrero between Madero and Lazaro Cardenas. Visit Cabo Wabo on the web at www.cabowabo.com.


History of Mexican Food & Drink
One of the largest industry in Mexico is tourism. Every year, about 4 million foreign visitors come to see the cultural treasures of the Indian ruins, the beautiful Spanish colonial architecture, the performing arts, and of course Mexican food which is rich in color and flavor. An incredible array of fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, squash, sweet potatoes, avocados and chiles just seem to taste better in Mexico. Corn is the chief food of most Mexicans. It is usually softened in hot lime water, boiled, ground into meal. The main corn-meal food is the tortilla, a thin flat bread shaped by hand and cooked on an non greased griddle. It can also be made with wheat flour. The tortilla is the bread of most Mexicans, the staple of Mexican food. It can be eaten plain or used as part of a taco, a folded tortilla filled with chopped meat, chicken or cheese and then fried; or it can be used for an enchilada which is a rolled-up tortilla with a similar filling and covered with a hot sauce; or again it can used to make a tostada which is a tortilla fried in deep fat until it becomes crisp and served with beans, cheese, lettuce, meat and onions on top.

You might also enjoy another favorite Mexican food dish called frijoles, beans that are boiled, mashed and then fried and refried in lard. Other popular dishes include atole, a thick soupy corn-meal dish and tamales, which are which consists of corn meal steamed in corn husks or banana leaves and usually mixed with pork or chicken. Most dishes are highly seasoned with a wide array of available chili peppers. If you visit Mexico during the Holidays, you will find turkey served with mole, a sauce made of chocolate, chili, sesame seed and spices, very traditional.


Mexican Food Popularity Growing.
In recent research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Mexican food has increased in popularity and Americans now are eating four times more Mexican food than 20 years ago. Mexican cuisine is becoming a part of mainstream culture. Not only has it had a major influence on America's meals, it also has had a tremendous effect on market sales. Salsa, a condiment once mainly used only for tacos, outranked ketchup as the No. 1 condiment in the United States. Salsa is an uncooked sauce composed of chiles and tomatoes. The Aztec established an empire in what is now Mexico around A.D.1100; they would mix chiles, tomatoes and ground pumpkin seeds to make a sauce into which they dipped tortillas. As Spanish and indigenous Mesoamerican cultures blended, cooks began adding onions and garlic as well as cilantro to the sauce and calling it salsa, Spanish for sauce.

Today, Mexican cooks still use a molcajete, a rough-surfaced motar made of volcanic rock to gring tomatoes and chiles and spices, just as their ancestors did centuries ago.

In all, Mexican food is now a $1 billion business in food, drug and mass outlets combined.
Food experts say Americans are acquiring more adventurous appetites, demonstrating cravings for new flavors and ingredients. Also, the rise of the Hispanic population--with 35 million Hispanics in the United States according to the 2000 census--has increased the demand for ethnic foods.

And what is the most popular Mexican drink? Popular beverages in Mexico include water flavored with a variety of fruit juices and cinnamon-flavored hot chocolate cooked with water and beaten into foam. Mexicans also drink coffee, milk, soft drinks and mineral water. Alcoholic beverages include mescal, pulque and tequila which are all made from the juice of the maguey plant, and beer and wine.

Mexico Exporting a new beer!
Now that Mexico has invaded the US market with its one and only Tequila and Americans have learned to stick lime wedges into their beer bottles, a new beer with a spicy kick has hit the markets! In Mexico it is called Michelada, a mix of beer served on the rocks with lime juice, sweet and sour spices and chili pepper, in a salted rim glass. This very refreshing drink has been a best seller in Mexico for decades so be sure to try one while on vacation. Michelada recently became available in the US under the brand "MicheMix"....Americans are calling the new drink "beer lemonade"!

How is Tequila made?
Tequila and Mezcal are both internationally known Mexican apéritifs, distilled from the sap of different species of the agave plant. Tequila can be produced only in a strictly defined region that centers on the town of Tequila, near Gaudalajara in Mexico. Tequila is famous around the world for its unique taste and it is also the great drink mixer used in Margaritas that have become one of the most popular cocktails ever.

Tequila is made by fermenting the sap of the agave and distilling the resultant mixture twice before bottling. The best Tequila is made from 100% blue agave. This information can be found on the bottle label to prove that sugar has not been added.

Tequila, the primary spirit drink of Mexico, has its own special flavor that is almost tart and leaves the tongue clean and tingling. In the 1970s, tequila became the fastest growing spirit in sales, as vodka did in the 1960s. Tequila is obtained from the distillation of the fermented juice (sap) of the mescal plant, called pulque. The only source for Tequila is the mescal plant, which is a species of the agave plant. It is a cactus that takes between twelve and thirteen years to mature. Its long leaves, or spikes, are cut off at harvest time, leaving only the bulbous central core, called the pina, meaning pineapple. The pinas, which weigh from 80 pounds to 175 pounds each, are taken to the distillery where they are cooked in pressure cookers for several hours. They are then cooled and shredded, and the juice is pressed out. The fermentation process is completed in huge wooden vats. The fermented juice is then twice distilled in traditional copper-pot stills (from: Professional Bartenders School).

So venture out, try native Mexican food and Mexican drinks, enjoy the myriad of flavors offered by the native chefs. It truly is a gastronomical adventure!

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