My wife and I just returned from Cabo for our first anniversary celebration, we stayed at the Fiesta Americana Grand and had a wonderful time. My full trip review can be found in the “reviews” section (whenever they post it); following is my review of the restaurant and nightlife establishments we checked out:
Mi Casa (7 out of 10) – We ate here our first night and had a very good “authentic” Mexican meal. Of note here were the gooey cheesy appetizer and the margaritas, which were large and lethal (you will find this to be a recurring theme in this post). There was a good mariachi band and balloon twister guy, though both stayed inside most of the night (we sat outside in front of the fountain where it was quieter). $80 with 2 margaritas.
The Office (9 out of 10) – Thursday Fiesta night. We had a little trouble getting a reservation (see my hotel review) but we sure were glad we did. What a blast… and the food was quite good also. I had the jumbo shrimp sautéed in garlic, wife had steak, both were fantastic. This was a bit pricey but definitely worth it (we stayed for about 3 hours in total). An absolute must-see when you are in town. $150 with 5 margaritas (ugh).
La Dolce (5 out of 10) – We really weren’t thrilled with La Dolce, despite what we read on these forums. The food was good but certainly not as good as the other meals we had, and the service was mediocre at best (I think they may have been understaffed for the night, and the place was packed.) We got a nice seat outside so we were able to see the street entertainment, but were also subject to an endless string of vendors. Sangria was too sweet, but not the worst we had (see below). $80 with 1 pitcher sangria and 1 baileys.
Trailer Park El Faro Viejo (8 out of 10) – We were a little cautious as we sat in the taxi on the way there, but once we arrived we knew we had made a good choice. The menu on the wall was great (and HUGE) and the margaritas we received were dubbed by my wife as “the drink of the diablo”. Wife had fajitas, I had scallops in poblano sauce and frog legs (first time) for an appetizer. All were fabulous. $100 with 4 margaritas.
Da Giorgio’s (9 out of 10) – Another reservation problem (see review), but once we got in, wow! Not much more can be said about the setup and view that I haven’t already read on these forums, absolutely incredible. Better than Las Brisas in Acapulco (as a point of reference). Food was much much better than we had heard, to be honest we’re not sure why so many knock the food here. We had a bottle of wine and watched the sunset, then had dinner - sea bass for me, wife had spinach ravioli. What an experience. This is another “do not miss”. $170 with 2 bottles of mid-low range wine.
Ruth’s Chris (8 out of 10) – Not much to say here, we knew what we were getting and we got it. Great cuts of meat and good local cabernet, exactly what we were looking for. $200 with 2 bottles of mid-low range wine.
Cabo Wabo – Fun place, we tried it our first night, then went back for seconds. Good cover band (although they played almost the same set both times). Beers are cheap.
Squid Roe – Also fun, the dancing waiters were neat and the staff was great. No places like this in New York.
Giggling Marlin – We weren’t fans, we stayed for a couple beers and saw some couples licking whipped cream off each other. Check it out for a laugh, but not much here.
Margaritavilla – Good place for happy hour at the marina, although the sangria was pretty awful (way way too sweet). I guess I can’t complain though, as it cost $9 for two gallons of sangria and chips.
Nowhere Bar – Happy hour again, cheap beers and good view. Find the bulldog and pet him.
Nikki Beach – At Melia San Lucas. The setup is neat, with the beds etc. like the other Nikki Beaches I’ve seen. The place was dead though, much like myself after I drank a shot that the waiter lit on fire (tequila and kahlua I think he said?)
These reviews are based strictly on the opinions of my wife and me. Of course, your mileage may vary.