Most restaurants along the Corridor are tucked inside full-service resorts. Expect to pay at least US$100 for two (without drinks) at most of the restaurants in this section. Here are a few stand-alone eateries and some of the resort standouts.
Seafood and International
Pecan-encrusted sea bass, mesquite-grilled prawns, and live lobster anchor the menu at Pitahayas (Km. 10, Carr. Transp., Cabo del Sol, tel. 624/145-8010, 5:30–10:30 P.M. daily, mains US$15–40), at the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar. An underground wine cellar complements the menu of fresh seafood and mesquite-grilled entrées. You’ll need to wear formal resort attire if you plan to dine here.
At the Cabo Surf Hotel, 7 Seas (Km. 28, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/142-2676, www.7seasrestaurant.com, 7 A.M.–10 P.M. daily, lunch mains US$7–13, dinner mains US$15–30) serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner under an open-air palapa. The dinner menu features Mexican, Mediterranean, and seafood entrées with a decent wine list. Seafood-stuffed poblano peppers is one of the more unusual dishes.
At the Westin Los Cabos, Arrecifes (Km. 22.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/142-9000, dinner daily, mains US$15–25) is the more formal of the two main restaurants; jazz music plays over the sound of waves crashing on the beach below, and the menu emphasizes seafood dishes with an international twist.
The other restaurant, La Cascada (Km. 22.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/142-9000, breakfast and dinner daily, mains US$15 and up), underwent a US$900,000 renovation in 2006. It features illuminated onyx cube tables, a fire-pit lounge, and a menu of creative tapas del mundo, or small plates from around the world paired with wines that match the flavors of the food.
And at the One&Only Palmilla, diners can choose between the palapa-style Agua Restaurant (Km. 7.5, Carr. Transp., Palmilla, tel. 624/146-7000), featuring Mediterranean cuisine and a view of the sea, and Charlie Trotter’s first overseas restaurant, called Restaurant C (Km. 7.5, Carr. Transp., Palmilla, tel. 624/146-7000, www.charlietrotters.com, mains US$20 and up). Entrées at C include rockfish with ratatouille, quinoa, and a black olive–caper vinaigrette, and steamed and spit-roasted duck with spiced carrots, parsnips, and a tangerine-merlot reduction. Both restaurants are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
The Mediterranean-inspired French Riviera in San José has a new branch in the exclusive Club Ninety Six beach club at Punta Palmilla (Km. 27.5, Carr. Transp., Palmilla, tel. 624/144-6013, www.frenchrivieraloscabos.com, noon–11 P.M. daily, mains US$30).
Italian and Continental
In the Misiones del Cabo complex, Sunset da Mona Lisa (formerly Da Giorgio, Km. 5.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/145-8160, www.sunsetmonalisa.com, 8:30 A.M.–11 P.M. daily, mains US$15–35) draws a crowd for sunset views and Italian fare. A multilevel patio overlooks the bay and Cabo San Lucas.
Dinner at the award-winning French restaurant Canto del Mar (Km. 21.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/144-2000, dinner only, prix fixe US$60 pp), inside the Marquis Los Cabos resort, is an Old World affair, complete with acoustic guitar music and a collection of masks from Florence on the walls. There are just 21 seats in the house for the nightly six-course tasting menu. An adjoining cigar room has a hardwood floor and ornate upholstered armchairs.
Close to Cabo San Lucas, Puerta Vieja (Km. 6.3, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/104-3252, www.puertavieja.com, mains US$10–25) offers a fantastic view and hearty fare like Sonora beef and fresh shellfish, prepared with Asian accents and offered at incredibly reasonable prices—a rare find along the Corridor.
One more kilometer east, the same owners run the popular Villa Serena Restaurant (Km. 7.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/145-8244, 7 A.M.–10 P.M. daily, mains US$12–25), next to the Villa Serena RV Park. Tasty seafood platters or beef and chicken dishes are a great deal.
Groceries and Supplies
If you want to stock up on fine wines, spirits, and gourmet foods, La Europea (Km. 6.7, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/145-8755, 9 A.M.–8 P.M. Mon.–Fri., 9 A.M.–9 P.M. Sat.) is the place to shop. Look for the main store at the first stoplight as you enter Cabo San Lucas from the east. Credit cards are accepted.
Near Costco, Vinoteca (Camino del Cerro 225 Int. Local 2, Colonia Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas, tel. 624/143-7795, www.vinoteca.com) is a Mexican-owned chain selling wine from around the world and liquor, including tequila.
Costco (Km. 4.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/146-7180, 9 A.M.–9 P.M. daily) and Home Depot (Km. 6.5, Carr. Transp., tel. 624/105-8600) have also opened stores close to Cabo San Lucas. Other big-box stores in the vicinity include Office Max, Office Depot, Walmart, and Sam’s Club.
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