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“While the wife was shopping...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Happy Ending Cantina

Happy Ending Cantina
22 Boulevard de la Marina | Centro, Cabo San Lucas 23450, Mexico
+52 624 143 0404
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Mexican, Californian, Bar
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Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Happy Ending's 5 full-time chefs prepare generous proportions of delicious food, always at affordable prices, in its completely new kitchen. Our Crispy Tacos, Huge Burritos, Super Nachos, Cheeseburgers, Super "Loaded" Fries, Quesadillas, etc., Have become the most popular in Cabo. The kitchen is located directly on the sidewalk to make it easy for those who simply want to eat at the outside counter or take their food to go. Our bartenders and waiters can also place orders and serve food to our customers inside Happy Ending. Food is served everyday from 10:00 am to at least 3:00 am.
Richmond, California
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20 restaurant reviews
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“While the wife was shopping...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

...and even while she accompanied me, I rediscovered this bar and thoroughly enjoyed their specialty of the 2 beers (including my fave in Mexico, Pacifico) and a shot of tequila for $5, as noted by others, including NorthwestCoaster. Perhaps this is not high end tequila, but by using the traditional three step technique (salt, shot, limon) plus a fourth step of a swig of beer, it was fine. I got a nice buzz and no headache. An additional shot was only another buck or two. Nice relaxed atmosphere as well. When I go back to Cabo, I'll be heading there and might even have a bite to eat as well.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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HappyEndingCantina, Owner at Happy Ending Cantina, responded to this review, February 9, 2013
Dave S from the Wonderful Family Community of Richmond, California: Because you've written 14 reviews, Trip Advisor has made you a "Contributor." ALL your comments and opinions are very important and everything you wrote is very much appreciated. Thank you.

I trust your wife appreciated the title you gave your review, "While the Wife was Shopping," as much as me. She must be very understanding and love you lots to let you go alone to "Happy Ending" when she virtually had no idea what kind of a business we ran. I'm very happy that she too enjoyed spending time with you at Happy Ending after she finished shopping!

You described our REGULAR price of Pacifico beer as being a "special." Our everyday, every night, all-the-time, winter, spring, summer and fall, 365 and 24/7, REGULAR price for an ice cold bottle of your favorite beer, Pacifico, as well as Pacifico Light, Corona or Corona Light is always only $2. And you never have to buy some arbitrary minimum numbers of beer, such as a "bucket of beer," to pay $2 each for our beers. One Pacifico is $2; two Pacificos are $4; ten Pacificos are $20; etc. You can order one at a time or as many as you want.

A double shot of our famous super-smooth tequila is always only $1. For customers who order 2 beers AND 2 shots at the same time, the total price for all 4 drinks is always only $5. Many of our customers enjoy drinking their tequila using the same drinking ritual that you described. I simply prefer to drink my double tequila shots one at a time, without lime, salt or beer. For customers who prefer to drink shots of expensive brands of tequila we have a large selection from which to choose. However, the double shots of our super-smooth house tequila is the most popular tequila we serve all day and all night and to all our returning customers....year-after-year.

Thanks for mentioning our "nice relaxed atmosphere." Many customers have compared Happy Ending's ambiance to that of a neighborhood bar back home rather than a bar in a foreign country.

Please hurry back soon and enjoy more of our $2 ice cold bottles of Pacifico and $1 tequila shots. I'm sure you're also going to love our $2 crispy carne asada or chicken tacos, topped with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese and whichever fresh salsa you like best....or any of our other delicious and affordable dishes.

Thanks again for all your nice comments and great recommendations.

Best wishes for lots of wonderful Happy Endings to all your hopes and dreams wherever life's journeys might find you.

Gene, "El Jefe," Happy Ending Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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Rocklin, California, United States
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“Super Fun, Bar Atmosphere, Simple Menu, Great Prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

If you are looking for an great place to go for a Quick simple bite during the day for a great price cool! It's predominantly American/friendly and boasts spirit for police, fire and all American blue collar workin folk. You can bring a patch, t-shirt or card to post on their walls, ceiling or boards filled with many patches of police and fire from the states NY, LA and around the world. We took the family during the day pretty quiet but I can see where it is probably a pretty rowdy crowd at night. Tons of beer pong tables. I would have given five stars but its lacks a bit on service.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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HappyEndingCantina, Owner at Happy Ending Cantina, responded to this review, February 7, 2013
MrsJDG from the Great Bay Area Community of Rocklin, California: Thank you for summing up your opinions of Happy Ending by naming your review "Super Fun, Bar Atmosphere, Simple Menu, Great prices." Those 8 words are what every bar owner would love for his/her customers to use when describing their business.

Thanks for also mentioning the Police, Fire and other Public Safety Officer's department patches that adorn our entrance. As a retired LAPD Sergeant and the father of two current LAPD cops I'm proud to display department patches that our PSO customers bring with them and donate to Happy Ending. We also allow any customer who personalizes any denomination of currency to affix the money to our walls and ceilings as a souvenir of their visit.

Best wishes for lots of Happy Endings to all your hopes and dreams wherever life's journeys might take you.

Gene, "El Jefe," Happy Ending Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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“Best Value in Cabo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013 via mobile

What a great little place! Everyone was talking about this fun place with a great drink special so we gave it a shot. The atmosphere was great and the bartenders were lots of fun. They also run a small kitchen next door that serves up some tasty bar fare. Next time you're in Cabo definitely swing by and have a few drinks. You won't be sorry!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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HappyEndingCantina, Owner at Happy Ending Cantina, responded to this review, February 13, 2013
Koconutz from the Most Incredible City in the World - New York, New York: Thank you very much for the way you described Happy Ending in the name of your review, "Best Value in Cabo."

I've lived in Cabo since 1986 and have witnessed the prices of drinks continue to skyrocket to stupid outrageous levels. To reverse this trend, Happy Ending's motto has always been "Bringing Mexican Prices Back to Cabo." This has been our motto (and will always be our motto) since the day we opened over four years ago. Our prices are ALWAYS the lowest in Cabo and we never use gimmicky prices such as Ladies' Night, Happy Hour or Two-for-One.

Thank you very much for describing Happy Ending as a "great little place" with "a great drink special" and with an "atmosphere (that) was great." I'm also happy to learn that you thought our bartenders were "lots of fun."

We opened our brand new kitchen just a couple months ago. It used to be located in the center of Happy Ending but we decided to move it to the front next to our entrance. Doing so allows people who prefer to simply order their food and eat outside the opportunity to do so. Or they can bring their food inside and eat wherever they wish. Or they can place their food order from their bartender or waiter and it will be served to them inside Happy Ending. Our food is so delicious and so affordable that we're seeing many people returning to eat day-after-day.

Thank you very much for ALL your kind comments and great recommendations. Please hurry back as soon as you can.

Best wishes for lots of great Happy Endings to all your hopes and dreams wherever life's journeys might find you.

Gene, "El Jefe," Happy Ending Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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“Happy - Start to Ending”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Wished we could have stayed longer but our schedule was jammed. Met the owner, Gene, who visited with us to tell the history of his place, showed us his killer $5 hamburger and explained why his establishment works. No Happy Hour just low prices all day long. 2 beers and a shot of tequila for 5 bucks. Staff was awesome. Got some good photos, bought shirts, stickers and stapled our signed dollar bill to the ceiling. Great fun and I will adjust my schedule on our next trip so I can have more happy times.

Visited January 2013
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HappyEndingCantina, Owner at Happy Ending Cantina, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
NorthwestCoaster from the Incredibly Beautiful City of Seattle, Washington: Because you've written so many reviews, 23 to be exact, Trip Advisor has made you a "Senior Contributor." Congratulations! You're opinions are very important and I sincerely thank you for all the nice comments and great recommendations you wrote about Happy Ending Cantina.

Thank you for naming your review "Happy - Start to Finish." We treat everyone like the VIPs they are from the moment they enter until the time they leave. We do everything we can to insure our first time customers return and that our returning customers keep doing so year-after-year. We never treat any of our customers as "one-timers" like so many other places.

I too wish you could have stayed longer but I really enjoyed the time we spent together talking and learning about each other. I'm looking forward to spending more time with you during your next visit that I hope will be longer.

Thank for raving about our "Killer $5 Hamburgers." They "look" better in person than all the slick, doctored and airbrushed food advertising photos one sees in magazines...and that never look the as good when actually served. And all our burgers taste absolutely wonderful too.

Thank you for also mentioning our REGULAR price of only $5 for 2 ice cold bottles of Corona or Pacifico AND 2 double shots of our super-smooth tequila....that's 4 drinks for only $5...all day, all night, everyday, every night, all winter, spring, summer and fall, 365 and 24/7. ALL the rest of our drink prices are always the lowest in Cabo too!

I'm very pleased that you described our staff as being "awesome." I think so too. Our crew members enjoy coming to work and it shows in the outstanding way they treat each and every customer. They make all our customers feel like they could very well be drinking inside one of their neighborhood bars back home rather than in a bar in a foreign country.

I'm happy that you personalized a dollar bill and attached it to our ceiling. I sure hope you remember where you put it because there are several thousand others vying for attention!

Please try and return soon to enjoy more of Cabo's incredible warm weather and Happy Ending's fun times.

Best wishes for lots of great Happy Endings to all your hopes and dreams wherever life's journeys might find you.

Gene, "El Jefe," Happy Ending Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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“Very Happy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Great atmosphere and excellent service. You can not beat their prices. A comfortable place to meet and have a drink.

Visited January 2013
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HappyEndingCantina, Owner at Happy Ending Cantina, responded to this review, February 1, 2013
Tom R: Thank you very much for naming your review "Very Happy." The entire Happy Ending crew and I are also "Very Happy" that you spent a part of your valuable vacation time with us at Happy Ending. Thank you for ALL your wonderful comments and great recommendations.

You wrote that "you cannot beat their prices." Thank you for doing so. I've lived in Cabo San Lucas since 1986 when prices were very affordable. Beginning in the early 1990s prices began sky rocketing and continued to do so. It was almost as if a bottle of Mexican beer cost less in Hawaii than in Cabo. The prices just got stupidly crazy and, if you were a local, it was just too expensive to go out most everywhere in Cabo.

In early 2008 my wife and I decided to build a Cantina "from the ground up" on property that we had owned since way back in 1987. Happy Ending Cantina opened on Halloween 2008. This was our very first venture into the restaurant or bar business anywhere. We decided that our motto would always be "Bringing Mexican Prices Back to Cabo" and we quickly made this our policy.

For example, the REGULAR price of an ice cold bottle of Corona or Pacifico has never changed since the day we opened: They're still only $2 each. And we never require anyone has to purchase a bucket, or some other arbitrary minimum amount, to get this price. I've always felt that if a person wants to drink only one beer at a time why should they have to spend more for the privilege. The REGULAR price for a double shot or our super-smooth tequila has always been only $1. The REGULAR price for 2 ice cold bottles of Corona or Pacifico AND 2 double shots has always been only $5....All or our super-low REGULAR prices are in effect all-the-time, everyday, every night, spring, summer, winter & fall, 365 and 24/7. We never have gimmick "Yo-Yo" prices that go up and down depending if you happen to be a lady, or if the name of the day ends with the letters "...d a y," or the time of the day. You will never find gimmicks such as Ladies' Night, Two-for-One or Happy Hour at Happy Ending Cantina. Never!

Thank you again for all your very nice comments. We're all looking forward to spending time with you the next time you visit Cabo.

Best wishes for lots of wonderful Happy Endings to all your endeavors, hopes and dreams wherever life's journeys might find you.

Gene, "El Jefe," Happy Ending Cantina, Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
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