LOS CABOS

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NICK-SAN
Blvd. Marina lote 10 local 2
Plaza de la Danza
Cabo San Lucas
Tel: 52-624-143-2491
Las Tiendas de Palmilla Local 116
San Jose del Cabo
Tel: 52-624-144-6262
nicksan.com

Mexico and Japan collide at this restaurant and sushi bar with outposts on each side of the cape, so it's convenient no matter where you stay. The Japanese classics—teriyaki, tempura—are fine, but live a little and opt for something more creative from executive chefs and owners Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Niikura. How about the scallops dinamita (baked local scallops and stone crab mixed with white mushrooms, masago, chives and spicy red sauce) or the tuna tostada (Pacific yellowfin tuna belly on a rice-cracker tostada with sliced avocado, Habanero red-onion sauce and sesame seeds)?

FRENCH RIVIERA BAKERY
Manuel Doblado y Miquel Hidalgo
San Jose del Cabo
Tel: 52-624-142-3350
frenchrivieraloscabos.com

You'll swear you were on the Côte d'Azur when you bite into one of the delectable fresh-fruit tarts, decadent chocolate pastries, flaky croissants or hot-from-the-oven baguettes. French chef Jacques Chretien's place is the bakery of choice for many of the area's hotels and fine restaurants, which depend on his terrific breads, desserts and specialty items like chocolates and wedding cakes. But it's more than a bakery, offering everything from light fare to hearty meals for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. There’s also a more elaborate restaurant in Cabo San Lucas (Carretera Transpeninsular Km 6.3; 52-624-104-3125) serving dinner only.

DAMIANA
Boulevard Mijares 8
Town Plaza
San Jose del Cabo
Tel: 52-624-142-0499
damiana.com.mx

Damiana, which has been around since 1983, is named after a Baja desert herb that's used as an aphrodisiac—and you'll be ready to rush back to your room after you eat here. You can dine under the stars in a sea of bougainvillea on the 18th-century hacienda's romantic patio, serenaded by strolling troubadours. A must-have is the Imperial Shrimp Steak, a fillet of succulent shrimp knit together and grilled. The tortilla soup, mini turnovers and char-broiled lobster tails in Mayan sauce are surefire as well.

LA PANGA ANTIGUA
Zaragoza Street 20 Centro
San Jose del Cabo
Tel: 52-624-142-4041
lapanga.com

When the touristy Cabo San Lucas starts to get to you, head to San Jose del Cabo; this restaurant, where you feast on contemporary Mexican cuisine surrounded by beautiful colonial architecture, is an exemplar of the town's charm. You'll be tempted to fill up on the fresh seafood (think Pacific salmon, red snapper, pan-fried jumbo shrimp and yellowfin tuna). But don't—or you'll regret not having saved room for the signature dessert, a molten Callebaut chocolate tamal baked in a corn husk drizzled with tequila caramel.

 

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