The old adage is true. If you want to eat well, eat where the locals do. In Los Cabos, there’s one favorite local haunt that immediately comes to mind: Campestre Restaurant Bar. Although the restaurant is a bit removed from Cabo San Lucas’s main drag, it’s well worth the time it will take for you to find it. (Any concierge or taxi driver could also give you directions.) Locals and longtime expats flock to Campestre for its home-style cooking, generous portions, and excellent customer service. This is a spot where you’re just as likely to see a young family enjoying a meal together or overhear an important business meeting.
The breakfasts here are famous: The green chilaquiles topped with steak are hearty and delicious. Come dinnertime, you can start with a steaming tortilla soup, one of the best in Los Cabos. Then comes the decision of what to order. Favorites include jumbo coconut shrimp, Imperial jumbo shrimp wrapped in bacon, devil-style shrimp, garlic fish, lobster, and surf and turf—all served with rice and garden vegetables. Traditional Mexican food is prepared to perfection and includes all the typical favorites: fajitas, enchiladas, chile relleno, carne asada, and the list goes on.
Dessert can be a simple, beautifully decorated flan with strawberries, or go for the show with flamed bananas or strawberries over ice cream or Mexican coffee. Salvatierra, at corner of López Mateos and Camino al Faro, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-8830, www.restaurantcampestreloscabos.com (Spanish); www.loscabosguide .com/campestre (English). Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–9 p.m., Sat. 7:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Sun. 7:30 a.m.–2 p.m. MasterCard and Visa accepted. $–$$