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“Cabo's best kept secret for foodies” 5 of 5 stars
Review of DECKMAN'S San Jose - CLOSED

DECKMAN'S San Jose
Km 29 Highway 1 Costa Azul | Costa Azul, San Jose del Cabo 23400, Mexico
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Price range: $15 - $100
Cuisines: Tapas, Contemporary, Eclectic, Organic
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Transit: KM 29 Costa Azul
Description: DECKMAN'S San Jose offers a daily changing menu, progressive 100% Mexican wine list, live jazz and great bar! Award winning Chef-Owner Drew Deckman greets you nightly with a culinary celebration of local and Baja California Ingredients. Live Music on a regular basis! Mexican Craft Beers and ample outdoor seating.
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“Cabo's best kept secret for foodies”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Drew Deckman is an artist. Starting with the best ingredients, Drew puts together a menu that is original and beautiful. Drew focuses his attention on introducing the diner to the wonderfully complex flavors of Baja quisine. Not only is the food delicious, it is also expertly plated. I also like the concept of every course having three serving sizes; tapa, starter and entree. This allows you to taste a number of different dishes in appropriate sized servings. His trio of tuna dish ( tataki seared, carpaccio, and tartare) is the best I have had anywhere in the world. The wine list is interesting in that it is only Mexican wines. The wine industry here in Mexico is flourishing and they are now producing some credible white wines. Try the savignon blancs.
The staff is great. Friendly and helpful and genuinely concerned that they make your evening a memorable one. The ambiance is different in that one can choose from a number of outdoor terraces or an indoor room that has more of a bistro feel to it. People seem to get put off because the restaurant is on the roadside, and yes you can hear cars going by when dining outdoors. But the views more than compensate for this, and once you start eating his food somehow the noise just disappears.
If you dine here, make an effort to talk with Drew. For foodies, his insights into Baja cuisine and gastronomy in general are a real treat.

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White Rock BC
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Supurb View, Unbelievable Food, Great Service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Deckman's Restaurant is not the usual run of the mill place to dine. You are welcomed immediately upon entering the establishment. There are multiple decks over looking the Sea or Cortez.from which to chose. The menu presents a choice of small, medium, and large portions. There is no restaurant in the area that equals this restaurant for quality, unusual selections and presentation. These folks are in a class of their own. Don't miss a chance to experience what Deckman's has to offer.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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“Outstanding experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

My wiife and I were in Cabo for the week. We looked up and tried manny local highly rated restaurants one with a similar concept. Not nearly as outstanding as Deckman,s. We arrived a little before they were open and were told we could wait at the bar. Fantastic move, while we were waiting the owner/chef started to write the daily menu on the boards. He introduced himself and discussed the menu. We had won a gift certificate for a three course meal at a fundraiser on a earlier trip. We discussed what things we liked and what we didn't, then as if on Que, the most wonderful dishes started to arrive and continued to do so. Each unique, with ingredient,s that we enjoy and each one better than the last (more than three). All in all the food, service, and entire experience was excellent.I would recommend Deckman,s to all

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, CA
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Fine dining in San Jose at its best!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

I am a "Foodie" and I have eaten at so many outstanding restaurants in my life and I have to say, Deckman's is WAY up there at the top of that list. The last visit I had there, I did their tasting menu and from the amuse bouche (which that tiny little bite, rocked my world) to the dessert it was one taste bud party after another. Chef Deckman is so creative and I promise you, you will not be disappointed in dining there!

Visited November 2012
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Vacaville, CA
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“Extremely wonderful evening of food and wine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I don't even have enough words in my vocabulary to explain how impressed I am with Deckmans! My dad stumbled upon this place, and learning of the refined menu, told me he had just the place to bring me on our next trip to Cabo. We sat down, with Gustavo as our waiter, and just told him that we wanted the 7 course meal with wine pairing. I saw on the menu board that they had fresh foie gras, so I asked him to please make that one of the courses since it is now banned in CA. We started with an amuse-bouche of veal tongue, followed by oysters, tuna tartar, squash blossom, quail, foie gras, flank steak, a palete cleanser and then a deconstructed apple pie. Even if I tried, I would not be able to find a single complaint with any part of the meal. We also were able to try five different wines, a microbrew and some Mezcal with oranges rolled in ground worm and sea salt. Gustavo presented each course with a description, and often explained where the ingredients were from. My dad drives Baja, so he gave directions to the winery of the wine we were drinking and they had a great time talking about the smaller cities along Baja CA. The Chef came out to greet us and talk with us. The atmosphere was very nice. It was just an all around great evening!!!

The only thing I could see being a problem is the noise from the highway if you sat on the front patio, but we sat inside. It is a little pricey, but less money than we would spend on a similar meal in CA. The staff was excellent, the food was mouth-watering and I already have plans to go back on my birthday!

Great job, Drew!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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