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“cliffside dining at its best”
Review of Cocina del Mar

Cocina del Mar
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Ranked #53 of 565 Restaurants in Cabo San Lucas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $50
Cuisines: Latin, Seafood, Healthy
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: Cocina del Mar is known for its exquisite variety of fresh fish and seafood specialties. It utilizes only the freshest possible ingredients offered by La Baja, offering a light, simple, casual and progressive menu. We would call Baja, coastal, seafood restaurant concept. Is the best place for guests, owners and local visitors to celebrate life, love and friendship in a unique seating that maximizes views of the Sea of Cortez. Cocina del Mar embodies the simplicity and elegance of natural & fresh dining, the restaurant focuses on the pure essence of taste, with a genuine passion for providing an opportunity to slow down and indulge in a dining experience carefully crafted for the mind, body, and soul. Featuring local fare presented in a vibrant ─ bare style, such as tuna crudo ─ jicama taquitos or perfectly ripe heirloom tomatoes with tomatillo salsa. Along the menu a selection of local, seasonal, sustainable and organic ingredients; such as simple grilled grouper with a ripe-raw tomato sauce or small progressive bites offered directly at the table, create a freshly and wholesome concept. CDM cuisine is based on the product of the coast of Baja California, where Cortez Sea local ingredients are the stars along with seasonal fresh organic vegetables from Cabo’s near small towns. This Cuisine is highly inspired by Mexican flavors. A menu inspired in seasonal and locally grown ingredients full of Mexican flavors with some Mediterranean hints. A selection of appetizers from an Abalone with green tomatillo sauce, to fresh oysters with passion fruit ─ light spicy cocktail sauce. The Chef highlights the wide selection of La Baja ingredients, resulting dishes such as roasted octopus with peppers, avocado and toasted white corn or al pastor totoaba with annatto seed sauce and grilled pineapple. Cocina del Mar is already known for showing a real empathy with those vegetarian trend healthy eaters who can enjoy an oven beet salad with hibiscus vinaigrette or a pan roasted eggplant with pico de gallo and cilantro.
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49 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“cliffside dining at its best”
Reviewed March 9, 2014

You arrive to a beautiful cliffside setting. You have options of picking a 3 or 4 course meal which is not so expensive in and of itself but if you like to drink you can expect to spend 300-400 dollars easy. The food was excellent and so was the dessert. The martinis were also very good and served in a nice size glass. They have heaters set up all over to keep you warm on a chilly night and also offer their guests ponchos to keep warm. It was a great dining experience.

Visited March 2014
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Thank RoziNy
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COCINAdelMAR, Director de Alimentos y Bebidas at Cocina del Mar, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear RoziNy,

We are glad you have enjoyed our 3 and 4 course menu concept, as well as our signature martinis and Chef's amazing fluffy souffles.

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other.
Looking forward to see you soon again.

Diego Weiss
Director of Food & Beverage
Esperanza An Auberge Resort
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“By far best part of our honeymoon!”
Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Cocina del Mar was definitely the highlight of our honeymoon. The resort where we stayed was disappointing but the Esperanza and their staff were outstanding! Chef Gonzalo's creations were so delicious from start to finish. The staff was incredible. Our waiters were Martin and Jose and made us feel so special for our honeymoon. They gave us note paper to write down our wishes and folded them into a huge lantern and we released it and watched it disappear.
The mushroom risotto and filet were just heaven! The appetizer salad and scallop I ordered were also excellent. I'm not sure I can say enough how absolutely amazing the staff, the food, the ambience and the company of the other guests dining there at the same time highlighted our entire vacation!

I feel terrible I cannot recall our bartenders name who was also SO great and friendly! I think it was Oscar.

All around just superbly fantastic!
Do not miss this experience!
Must call and make a reservation if you are not staying there. And by the way (not to completely over do it) the hotel and restaurant employees that answer the phone are great too!!!

This will be where we stay next time we visit Cabo without a doubt, it was all that impressive!!

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Thank Cassiewallace51
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COCINAdelMAR, Director of Food & Beverage at Cocina del Mar, responded to this review, March 10, 2014
Dear Cassiewallace51,

What a nice review! Much appreciated!!! I'm sharing your kindly comments with our Chef, Martin, Jose and Oscar, they will be happy knowing you have reminded them!

It's always great to know that we have made the difference, and even better on your honeymoon! Congratulations!

Looking forward to see you perhaps on your babymoon!

Kindly regards from the entire Cocina del Mar's stfaff.

Diego Weiss
Director of Food & Beverage
Esperanza An Auberge Resort
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Paris, France
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“3 out of 5 Stars”
Reviewed March 7, 2014

There was an event going on in the main outdoor dining space so we had to sit off on the side of the covered space. That probably colored our impressions from the start. It's hard to beat the view of the waves crashing below you while you eat but we didn't get that this time. Instead we got to watch and listen to a poor substitute for the King of Pop on the karaoke floor. The food was pretty good and the service was fine. Overall, though, the restaurant and the staff felt a bit tired from the last time we visited..

Visited February 2014
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Thank Singerie805
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COCINAdelMAR, at Cocina del Mar, responded to this review, May 2, 2014
Dear relkdl.

Regards from sunny Esperanza! Thank you for taking the time to share your reveiw, much appreciated. Looking forward to see you on your next trip to Cabo!

Warmest regards,

Diego Weiss
Director of Food & Beverage
Esperanza An Auberge Resort
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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175 reviews
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“Love this place beautiful!”
Reviewed March 6, 2014

Great place to hang out! Very lush and well ran. You may even see a celebrity or two. Really clean and food is great.

Visited March 2014
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COCINAdelMAR, Director of Food & Beverage at Cocina del Mar, responded to this review, March 8, 2014
Dear Bellacraftella,

Regards from Esperanza!
Thank you for your kindly comments and mainly to taking the time to posted them.
Looking forward to see you soon at Cocina del Mar.

Sincerely,

Diego Weiss
Director of Food & Beverage
Esperanza An Auberge Resort
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Carmel, Indiana
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“Amazing food!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We stayed at Esperanza and dined here on our last evening. The food was incredible and the views were spectacular. I was a little breezy so the staff brought us a blanket.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Casita28
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COCINAdelMAR, Director of Food & Beverage at Cocina del Mar, responded to this review, March 6, 2014
Dear Casita28,

Thank you for closing your stay at Esperanza enjoying dinner at Cocina del Mar, and thank you for taking the time to share your experience with other. Looking forward to see you down here very very soon.

Warm regards from sunny Esperanza,

Diego Weiss
Director of Food & Beverage
Esperanza An Auberge Resorts
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