Los Cabos, a feast for the senses

It’s virtually impossible to eat poorly in Los Cabos; at least that’s been my experience. I’ve eaten oysters paired with Champagne from a restaurant literally built into the side of a cliff. I’ve snacked on ceviche from the deck of a luxury yacht. I’ve even sampled Nobu’s world-renowned sushi from the outdoor deck of his iconic hotel.

Still, it’s always a good idea to go in with a game plan and a few recommendations. I’ve got some ideas.

Let’s start with a welcome dinner. What better place to become acquainted with Los Cabos than at a seaside restaurant, at sunset, overlooking the iconic Arch? For that experience I’d suggest an outdoor table at Sunset Monalisa. With one of the best locations in all of Cabo San Lucas, Sunset Monalisa appears to be floating directly above the sea. 

The restaurant serves a choice of three-, five- or seven-course tasting menus, all with matching wine pairings. In fact, the wine list is one of the most impressive aspects of the restaurant; wines are organized by mouthfeel rather than region — an enormous timesaver. And there are wine-tasting flights available if the decision is too difficult.

The menu changes on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of ingredients. Sunset Monalisa also has a Veuve Clicquot terrace serving Champagne and appetizers as well as a more laid-back jazz bar with gastropub cuisine and live music.

For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with Blanc Ocean, whether or not you are staying at Le Blanc Spa Resort (which I highly recommend). With panoramic ocean views and a breezy, alfresco setting, Blanc Ocean has a menu that mixes grilled classics and seafood. The restaurant is open for dinner, as well, but its breakfast ambience is truly a special way to start the day.

Next stop is nearby Todos Santos. The village-turned-hot spot has forever been on the surfer/backpacker trail, but over the past few years it has transformed into one of the best places in Mexico for the luxury boho aesthetic.

Galleries, boutiques and five-star design hotels rise from the dusty cobblestone streets and overlook some of the most pristine beaches in Mexico.

After a day of exploring, Santa Terra is a prime landing spot for cocktail hour. Built out of the bones of an old sugar mill, the building is now home to a luxury food park, complete with dining venues, an art gallery and a boutique — and they’re still expanding. Soon to come will be more dining venues, a space for glamping, outdoor event space and more. 

The visuals at Santa Terra are an Instagrammer’s dream backdrop, complete with palm fronds, cactuses, pops of color and soaring ceilings.

Oystera can’t be missed — it’s the focal point of the lofty space — and it shouldn’t be. Upon arriving, visitors should ask for Manuel; he is supremely knowledgeable, kind and attentive. A glass of sparkling rose is the right first move, to be savored while looking over an enormous menu of fresh and fabulous oysters or crudo. A heads-up: This fall Oystera will be launching a Bottomless Brunch.

Another can’t-miss option in Todos Santos: El Mirador Oceanview Restaurant. Perched atop a hill overlooking the village’s beautiful beaches, this alfresco dining spot is set beneath a massive palapa.

The menu is, again, all local. I sampled a five-course menu that featured smoked tuna tostadas (my personal favorite), followed by grilled octopus, fish, grilled beef and a decadent bread pudding-style dessert.

The restaurant is at its most magical at sunset, with the best seat in the house for the nightly sky show. On Sunday evenings, live jazz is a perfect companion to a delicious meal.

Acre Baja is one of the sexiest hotels in Los Cabos, a boutique, design-forward resort featuring 12 chic treehouse-style bungalows, all tucked amid a palm tree oasis in the desert outside San Jose del Cabo. And its pool scene is next-level.

Acre was, however, a restaurant before it became a hotel. The property sits on 25 acres, and the majority of what it uses for its menus comes from either its own farm or the nearby farms of San Jose del Cabo.

Whether the meal is lunch or dinner makes no difference — it is all incredible. For lunch, I recommend the shrimp tostadas and tiradito, along with the fish or pork belly tacos. But dinner is the main event, as the earthy, elegant alfresco dining room comes alive with locals and visitors.

Get cozy in one of the restaurant’s rounded booths and brace yourself for fluffy cheddar biscuits, fresh oysters, curried cauliflower, stuffed eggplant, wagyu beef cheek and a succulent grilled fish or roasted suckling pig. 

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