The emergence of Cabo San Lucas as a world-class travel destination is closely tied to the opening of Cabo Wabo Sammy Hagar’s iconic nightclub and restaurant in 1990. Back then, as the Cabo Wabo website points out, “Cabo San Lucas was pretty small for such an elaborate nightclub. Later, when this town at the tip of Baja California grew into the prominent vacation destination that it is today, it seemed as if [Hagar] had looked into a crystal ball.
The truth is that the concept was evolutionary and the reality of what it has become is based on small steps, a lot of mistakes, a few good people and tons of luck.” That success is also due a winning menu and a variety of options for visitors to enjoy. The open patio bar serves beverages and snacks, while the upper terrace features dishes for lunch such as the famous lobster tacos or the Waburrito, a huge burrito stuffed with chicken, tomatoes, and cheese. Dinner appetizers include pan-seared sea scallops with Cabo Wabo tequila reposado butter. Button mushrooms stuffed with cream cheese and dried chiles is another favorite appetizer.
The signature entrée is Sammy’s tequila shrimp sautéed with serrano chile and deglazed with lime. Then there’s the pan-seared 8-ounce beef fillet with mashed potatoes and crispy onions. For dessert, opt for the lemon or chocolate and caramel tart or banana bread pudding. Vincente Guerrero and Lázaro Cárdenas, Cabo San Lucas, (624 143-1188, www.cabowabocantina.com. Restaurant: Daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Patio bar: Daily 8 a.m.–1 a.m. Club: Nightly 8 p.m.–1 a.m. All major credit cards accepted. $$–$$$
Contact page in Los Cabos Guide: www.loscabosguide.com/cabowabo/