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Cabo Local Restaurant

It’s surprising how often Cabo travelers are looking for that deliciously secret Cabo San Lucas restaurant off the beaten path that no other travelers know about. 

There’s no doubt that Cabo’s many tourist spots and 5 star restaurants have good food but many people are looking for a more authentic experience. Sometimes they are looking for an inexpensive way to visit Cabo and other times they just want to experience Cabo from a local’s perspective.

My favorite person to get local advice from in Cabo is Victor from Victor’s Cabo Transportation. Victor has lived in Cabo for over 20 years and as a private driver he has gotten to know Cabo inside and out.

In honor of all travelers looking to dig a little deeper into local Cabo San Lucas food, Victor and I have put together the lowdown on Cabo cuisine.

A word of advice: Be prepared that most of the staff may not speak English. These restaurants may be harder to find than popular restaurants and might have some unfamiliar menu items. We recommend taking a guided tour if you are not used to exploring on your own or are uncomfortable with speaking Spanish.

San Jose del Cabo Restaurants

El Mandarin

Type: Chinese food

Location: On main street, across the street from high school “Cobach “

Hours: Open for lunch & dinner, closed on Mondays

Tips: Inexpensive & tasty! Cash Only 

El Ahorcado (The Hangman)

Type: Great Guadalajara style tacos

Location: Colonia Chamizal, 4 blocks away from El Matador restaurant.

Hours: Open for dinner only

Tips: Very busy. Cash Only.

 Tacos Las Guacamayas

Type: Mexico City style taco place

Location: 1 1/2 blocks from El Matador restaurant

Hours: Open daily for dinner.

Tips: Cash Only.

Carnitas el Michoacano (Pork Carnitas)

Type: Traditional braised or roasted pork tacos

Location: 2 blocks away from El Matador

Hours: open daily for breakfast & lunch

Tips: Cash Only.

Cabo San Lucas Restaurants

El Pollo de Oro (The Gold Chicken)

Type: Mexican style meats

Location: 2 blocks north from Squid Roe Bar

Hours: closed on Tuesdays

Tips: They have all options but rotisserie chicken & barbeque ribs are the main dishes. Cash Only.

 Shamu Japanese Restaurant 

Type: Sushi

Location: 1 block North from El Tesoro hotel

Hours: Open for lunch & dinner

Tips: Big sushi selection at affordable prices and they have A/C. Accepts Visa or Master Card

Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant (pictured above)

Type: Italian

Location: Around the corner from the Tesoro Los Cabos Hotel

Hours: Dinner

Tip: Try the Lasagna. 

Whether you choose the guided tour or an adventure alone – Happy Eating from All About Cabo! Have you eaten at any of these places? What was your experience?

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