Whether it is the the brisk ocean winds, the acres of soft sand beaches, or the spectacular Land’s End views, Los Cabos has become the ne plus ultra of romantic getaway destinations, and has the thriving wedding industry to prove it. The following are five top local restaurants where the scene matches the setting for an unforgettable dining experience, and postprandial proposals are anything but rare.
This place drips romance and is a wow-factor restaurant of the highest order, with elegant appointments and gorgeous sunset views of El Arco and Land’s End. Located in the tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, the fine dining menu features Italian cuisine and generous helpings of the fresh local seafood. There is also a more casually elegant Pizza Lounge, and a sommelier on hand to help out with Champagne pairing possibilities.
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Enter through a torch-lit tunnel and enjoy cliffside dining by candelight as the Pacific Ocean crashes against the rocks below. Located at the luxe Capella Pedregal, the bill of fare at El Farallon consists of fresh market-style seafood offerings, outstanding service, and an unbeatable atmosphere. For a truly intimate and memorable experience, arrange for the “table in the sand” option, and enjoy five-star cuisine on the beach as the waves lick your bare feet.
Baja’s only microbrewery now has three locations: in downtown San Jose del Cabo, at the Puerto Paraiso shopping center, and on the rooftop terrace of Cabo Villas. The latter is the preferred location for the romantically inclined, as you can sip an artisanal brew while enjoying the flamenco-accented atmosphere, the cozy fireside or terrace seating, and a menu ranging from gourmet hamburgers to filet mignon, all while overlooking the bikini-clad masses on Medano Beach, the yachts and cruise ships at anchor in Bahia San Lucas, and the unique rock formations at Land’s End.
The most romantic dining option in San Jose de Cabo, 7 Seas is located in the Cabo Surf Hotel at Playa Acapulquito. The beach has one of Baja’s best surf breaks, while the restaurant offers stunning Sea of Cortez views and outstanding options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The surf and turf entree with baked lobster and beef tenderloin is a great choice for dinner, followed by a moonlit stroll on the beach.
Galeon offers old-fashioned, old-world romance at the foot of Pedregal, with traditional white tablecloths, fine Italian cuisine, friendly waitstaff, and a grand piano manned by Argentinean master Ronald Valentino. Dine to the strains of classical favorites and ballads from the Great American Songbook.