Chef Enrique Diaz Gerard’s downtown hideaway is worth a visit, if only to glimpse its lovely flower-and-vine-garlanded entrance, and to relax in a romantic bistro atmosphere framed by candles and colorful paintings. Add affordable prices for a generous menu of beautifully executed Mediterranean-style dishes, and this is a mandatory stop for visitors who want to sample the best of the Cabo San Lucas fine dining scene.
Rich Italian pastas are a consistent menu staple one of a dozen pasta options are included with each entrée but so, too, are twists on traditional starters, salads, and seafood specialties. Start with a bowl of the eponymous mushrooms: earthy white treasures sautéed in extra-virgin olive oil, white wine, and marsala; baked with balsamic vinegar; and topped with fresh Parmesan and spices. Nontraditional salads are also recommended, such as the “Mar y Tierra” carpaccio featuring fresh fish and beef drizzled in Greek sauce, then garnished with arugula and Parmesan.
Main course choices include a Roman saltimbocca, veal scaloppini with prosciutto and sage in a white wine sauce. Meat eaters can also enjoy a healthy 14-ounce cut of rib eye, grilled with a touch of garlic, and served in a balsamic reduction with Marsala and white wine sauce. Plenty of pairing options are available, by the glass or bottle from an internationally representative wine list. Calle Ignacio Zaragoza and 16 de Septiembre, Cabo San Lucas, (624) 143-3730. Mon.–Sat. noon–11 p.m. All major credit cards and vouchers accepted. $–$$$ C.S.
Contact Page in Los Cabos Guide: http://www.loscabosguide.com/alcaravea-gourmet/