East Cape restaurants offer foodies a taste of fine cuisine and wines or can simply offer hungry travelers a good burger.
Situated about 40 miles from Cabo, the East Cape region is a 70-mile stretch of costal land that reaches Los Barriles. It has an eclectic mix of dirt roads, small towns, and upscale resorts. Scattered inside this rustic, picture-perfect area, you’ll find mouthwatering food inside mom-and-pop diners and high-end restaurants ran by celebrity-chefs.
To narrow the search, we’ve created a list of East Cape restaurants that offer outdoor seating. When you do decide to venture out and about, here are the best East Cape restaurants you’ll find along Baja’s famed coastline:
Best for: Expats or tourists
Food to order: Prime rib
Tio Pablo’s is a staple in Los Barriles. This spot used to be nothing more than a hot dog stand, but the influx of tourism has helped the restaurant owners expand. Now the 25-year-old restaurant offers a mix of American food and entertainment that caters to Expats.
Play a round of dart boards, watch the game on the large TVs, or just listen to live music during your visit. You can sit indoors or out. If you opt for outdoor dining, there’s a quaint patio to enjoy your meal at.
For those looking for a little taste of home, try some prime rib. Don’t forget to order a margarita too, you’ll find the bartenders are keen on heavy pours.
Best for: A quick, poolside bite
Food to order: Grilled shrimp tacos
In some cases, just wandering downstairs from your luxury hotel room is as far as you need to go for 5-star cuisine. Guests of The Four Seasons, for example, have a great poolside restaurant called Casa de Brasa with farm-fresh foods severed while overlooking the pool and beach.
Try the grilled shrimp tacos for a unique lunchtime treat. The fresh salads and made-to-order guacamole are also crowd-pleasers.
Roadrunner Café and Bakery
Best for: Breakfast lovers
Food to order: Waffles or a breakfast burrito
If you love breakfast, Roadrunner Café and Bakery will probably be one of your favorite East Cape restaurants. This 1950s-style diner serves a mean waffle, omelet, and breakfast burrito and their espresso drinks are top-notch too.
Outdoor seating rings around the restaurant that simply can’t be missed. The building is draped with vines and the outdoor seating area has a natural flower-fence surrounding it.
Best for: Special occasion dining
Food to order: Blue fin tuna
Looking for a great place to celebrate a special occasion? Whether you’re celebrating a birthday or an anniversary, Estiatorio Milos is the place to go. Situated inside the Four Seasons Resort of Costa Palmas, this Mediterranean seafood restaurant, founded by acclaimed chef Costas Spiliadis, combines international cuisine with fresh, local ingredients.
Try the Greek ceviche or the blue fin tuna for a real treat. Ask for a beachside seat, where you’ll overlook the sapphire-infused Sea of Cortez.
Best for: A quick lunch near Santiago
Food to order: Catch of the day
Visitors love to head out to Santiago to see its impressive waterfalls, but often find another gem in the area – Palomar Restaurant. This mom-and-pop restaurant has a history of greeting celebrities like John Wayne and Bing Crosby. While the restaurant can certainly cater to high-end clients, its appeal is its authentic food, service, and atmosphere.
If you’re tired tacos, try the pescado mojo de ajo, or catch of the day. It’s fresh and served in a buttery garlic sauce that will make you savor every bite.
Take a walk around the restaurant to see all of the celebrities that have stopped in and stroll through the garden on your way out for a few minutes of tranquility.
Best for: Seafood lovers
Food to order: Sea bass
One of the must-see spots in East Cape is its marine sanctuary, Cabo Pulmo. This spot is home to one of few living coral reefs with thousands of fish, sharks, turtles, and all kinds of sea creatures. It’s a great spot to snorkel or scuba dive.
Just up the road from this amazing underwater world is the Coral Reef Restaurant. After spending the day gliding through the Sea of Cortez, stop by this restaurant to rest and refuel. You can’t miss the blue exterior, red sign, and roofs covered with fish nets.
There are several tables outdoors, but when the temperatures are right the windows are open for a fresh air environment.
The food is just as unique as the exterior with a good combination of American dishes and authentic, Mexican-prepared seafood. You can’t go wrong with any seafood dish, but customers rave about the sea bass.
Best for: Dinner and signature cocktails
Food to order: Homemade pasta and a Lemon Drop
When you’re ready for an outdoor dinner and a few drinks, head to Limon. This quaint eatery overlooks a beach cove and sits near a lemon grove.
The menu has several tasty appetizers on it including tuna salad and cold soups. The dinner menu has a number of great options, but you can’t go wrong with the rib eye or any of the homemade pasta choices.
Don’t forget to order a drink too. Signature cocktails include a Lemon Drop and Lemon Caipiroska. For beer drinkers, try a local beer from Baja Brewing La Surfa.
The East Cape is a quiet throwback to Old Baja, where the people and atmosphere are as relaxed as the sea breeze. The area is known for its renowned sport fishing, ATV tours that zip through the dusty countryside, and an underwater world teeming with aquatic life. The food that’s served along this coastal arc of Baja though is just a famous.
Whether you’re in the mood for a quick bite after a long day on the water or simply want to try genuine Mexican food while taking a drive along the coast, you’ll find plenty of East Cape restaurants that will meet and exceed your expectations.