Besides the predictable array of great Mexican restaurants and the fantastic fresh local seafood that catapulted Cabo San Lucas from backwater fishing village to international tourist destination, the local dining scene is perhaps best characterized by its versatility. There are French-style bistros, Italian pizza and pasta purveyors, as well as a host of great sushi restaurants, a select few of which of which have garnered notice for pioneering an unlikely yet delicious fusion of Mexican ingredients and Japanese cuisine.
Nick-San – For nearly twenty years now, Nick-San has not only been one of the most popular local sushi restaurants, but one of the signature dining experiences in all of Los Cabos, with Chefs Angel Carbajal and Masayuki Nikura among the first to experiment with creating a sushi-style menu using locally sourced ingredients. Try their exquisite blue fin tuna ceviche, or the incredible lobster sambal marinated in soy sauce saki, garlic, and ginger, and topped with sweet and sour chile sauces. They have two Los Cabos locations, at Plaza de la Danza in Cabo San Lucas and at Las Tiendas de Palmilla.
Sushimaniaz – As at Nick-San, Chef Oscar Carrasco has added some spicy Mexican accents to a fairly traditional Japanese menu. The restaurant offers a selection of appetizers, soups and salads, sushi, and sashimi, as well as tempura-style breaded rolls and desserts. Try the marinated tuna on won ton toast, or the Aztec roll with octopus, crab, avocado, and cream cheese in eel sauce and togarashi spices; and be sure to take advantage of the privileged location overlooking Plaza Amelia Wilkes (Cabo’s town square) and dine al fresco at one of their patio tables.
Arts & Sushi - This Malecon fixture has their own unique concept of fusion: the unlikely combination of a Latin American art gallery crossed with a Jazzy American-style lounge and a Japanese-themed menu. The sushi and sashimi are excellent here, and there are plenty of beer and sake options for those who like a bit of potable authenticity. Dine inside the gallery, or sit on the patio and look out over the million dollar yachts in the marina. Both areas are awash in visual as well as culinary pleasures, and the food presentation is often as arresting as the art (albeit much more delicious).
Baja Cantina (Medano Beach) – For some reason, eating sushi on the beach has a certain added frisson. Perhaps it is the proximity of the fish. Baja Cantina has a superb Medano Beach location, overlooking the tanning tourists and the gently breaking waves of Bahia San Lucas, and they feature a nice array of sashimis, including the Palmitas with crab, avocado, and orange and sesame sauces; and the Serranito with the catch of the day marinated in Mexican spices. They also make excellent tempura, and are currently offering some very fiscally friendly daily roll specials.
Tiki Bar – The Tiki Bar has become a Marina favorite, with locals friendly drink prices, a relaxed tropical ambiance, and some deliciously affordable sushi options. If you want high-end food without the fine dining pretension, this is the place for you. Their motto is “you can see from the sea to the table,” and they offer nice appetizers, rolls, and nigiris, as well as Japanese beers and sake. They also televise the latest sporting events and have live music several nights a week.