Photograph courtesy of Acre Baja.
Where to eat
Organic, farm-to-table eating is on the rise in Cabo. Surrounded by fertile farms, several restaurants have taken to growing their own produce and raising poultry, making for some truly incredible meals. Also, unlike other tourist towns in Mexico, the food in Los Cabos is not your standard Mexican-for-gringos fare; expect innovative fusions with a Latin twist and buzzy ingredients.
Acre Baja: You won't want to leave this gorgeous farm-restaurant-event space that now also offers accommodations. Stroll the grounds and meet its dwellers—Burrito the donkey, peacocks, and Nigerian dwarf goats—before heading over to the Instagrammable pool and grabbing an expertly crafted cocktail, like the signature sage margarita or the mezcal herb-smoked negroni made using house-made syrups and fresh herbs plucked from the farmland grounds. Proceed to dinner, where you will be served mouthwatering dishes like beet gazpacho, scallop ceviche with avocado mousse, cauliflower three ways, and squid ink fettuccine, before trying different mezcals paired with grasshopper and agave worm salts at the onsite tasting room.
Vela: With a Latin take on Italian classics, Vela is an example of fusion done so right. Ask for a table by the pool and prepare to enter a blissful food coma as you try dishes like to-die-for green risotto with shrimp, asparagus, and avocado, the best San Marzano pasta I have ever tasted, and grilled totoaba, an incredibly tender native fish that is only found in this area of Mexico. Make sure to leave room for the Michelangelo Palette dessert, an explosion of taste (think: dark chocolate, pistachio nougat, Valrhona cocoa sponge cake) made to look like a literal painter's palette.
Los Tamarindos: Another incredible farm and restaurant, Los Tamarindos not only provides vegetables, fruits, and herbs for its own restaurant, but also for other restaurants in the area. See the kale, baby zucchini, peppers, tomatoes, and eggplants that are grown on the 17-acre farm before tasting them in dishes like baked eggplant rolls stuffed in a basil-tomato sauce, chile rellenos, and soup of the day made from ingredients sourced that morning. Make sure to try the cocktails also featuring fresh herbs and produce, like the tamarind, tomato, or chile serrano margaritas.
Office: While this is definitely a popular tourist stop, it is also a delicious restaurant located right on the beach with views of the famous El Arco water rock formations. Throw off your shoes, wiggle your toes in the sand, and prepare to inhale all the seafood-centric food you can eat.
Los Tres Gallos: Known for more traditional Mexican cuisine, Los Tres Gallos, translated to “The Three Roosters” and named after popular Mexican actors, is an affordable hole-in-the-wall type of joint that puts out reliable and crowd-pleasing classics like mole, queso, pibil, enchaladas, and tacos all served with homemade tortillas and house salsas. Don't miss out on the Mexican coffee and dessert.
Chula Vegan Café: While it’s not hard to find a delicious vegetable-based dish created with local, organic ingredients, it admittedly can be tough to find a place that offers a ton of options. That’s where Chula Vegan Café comes in. Located in the heart of downtown San José del Cabo, this quaint little spot offers a variety of vegan fare: açaí bowls, nachos dolloped with cashew cheese, veggie burgers, baked goods, and more.—Jenna Igneri