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Dine at Esperanza

A creative take on local Baja flavors

Chef Alexis Palacios

Meet the Chef

A native of Mexico City, chef Alexis Palacios brings a passion for food, a respect for technique, and years of culinary experience at ultra-luxury brands around the world to Esperanza. “I knew I wanted to come back to my home country,” reflects Palacios of his first stint at Esperanza a decade ago. Now at the helm as Executive Chef, Palacios skillfully designs menus for Esperanza’s four restaurants with a commitment to using the most local, organic and sustainable ingredients possible, sourced through deep relationships with area farmers, fishermen and producers. “With the ocean, desert and mountain meeting, Baja has a unique climate, and as a result, the most amazing produce,” he says. Palacios is motivated by finding and cooking with that exceptional ingredient; one recent discovery is complex, smoky-tasting honey harvested from bees who pollinate off hickory blooms in nearby San Dionisio. “That’s how luxury is expressed on my menus,” he says.
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Cocina del Mar

This is Cabo’s most spectacular place to dine—set on a rocky promontory surrounded by the crashing waves. The salty sea air complements the exquisite variety of just-caught seafood prepared to let the vibrant natural flavors shine through.
  • Cabo’s most spectacular place to dine—set on a rocky promontory surrounded by the crashing waves
  • Exquisite variety of just-caught seafood prepared to let the vibrant natural flavors shine through
  • Mood is romantic and celebratory
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Watch a chef create traditional style guacamole with fresh produce
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Private Dining

When you’re in the mood for an intimate dining experience, a personal chef can curate an in-villa menu just for you and your family or any dish from our five dining venues can be brought up for you to enjoy room service in the privacy of your casita, suite or villa.

Culinary Experiences

At Esperanza, there really is something for everyone, from kids’ cooking classes to oceanfront oyster and clambakes to digging for chocolata clams (locally known as “seafood candy”), we make it easy to come together over delicious, authentically prepared bites and drinks.

With blissfully sandy shores and stunning views to the Sea of Cortez, Esperanza offers a variety of unforgettable beach dining experiences. Allow us to curate a private romantic dinner for two, or a beach-front group celebration. Our Baja beach stage is forever set for your enjoyment.

Relax in seaside luxury in one of Esperanza’s two, two-story open-air beach palapas as the sound of waves gently washing the shore wafts in the cool breeze.

Join our chef on a foraging expedition for local sea urchin, blue stone crabs and snails, followed by an unforgettable meal on the beach.

Celebrate with a Private Dining Event

We help make memories, beginning with our open-hearted welcome and our exceptional location, tucked between two scenic bluffs overlooking the Sea of Cortez. As the only private beach resort in Cabo San Lucas, we give you space to connect with each other—whether you’re planning a family reunion, milestone anniversary, or other celebrations.

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Awards

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Readers' Choice

Voted Best Restaurant in Cabo 5 years in a row

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Pinnacle Customer Experience Award

Voted Best Restaurant in Cabo 5 years in a row

Diners' Choice Award 2018

Diners' Choice Award 2018

Voted Best Restaurant in Cabo 5 years in a row

Michelin Star Rated

Michelin Star Rated

Voted Best Restaurant in Cabo 5 years in a row


Stories from Esperanza

Cocina del Mar at Esperanza

Eat Dine Under the Light of a Full Moon

The moon has great significance in Mexican culture. While the meaning of the word Mexico has never been confirmed, one theory posits that in aztekatl (the language of the Aztecs), meztli means “moon,” and xictli means “navel,” which combined puts the derivation of Mexico as “place in the navel of the moon.” Additionally, one of Mexico’s most important archaeological structures is the Pyramid of the Moon, situated in what once was the ancient Mesoamerican city Teotihuacan. At Cocina del Mar, we celebrate the moon with a Full Moon Dinner series, held monthly under the beautiful lunar glow.

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ole rose tequila at Esperanza Los Cabos

Drink Come Discover The Tequila Terrace, Olé Rosé

Discover our new tequila terrace where the motto is “Yes way, agave!” Settle back on one of our pink-striped pillows, and discover that tequila can come in another hue besides clear or golden—it can also come in pink. We’ve created a selection of cocktails featuring Código 1530 Rosé Tequila, a blush-colored tequila with a delicious floral finish.

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Drink Forget Everything You Knew About Tequila

In the Marais district of Paris there is an enchanting little bar with Parisian-Bohemian-styled Mexican influenced décor. Miniature pinatas and plastic cactus seem to be set in conversational arrangements with colorful Dia de los Muertos paper dolls and sugar skulls. Mezcal is served straight up or in cocktails accentuated with herbs, citrus and spice. There's a low percussive rhythm of an indistinguishable but unmistakably Latin beat. This delightful collision of culture affirms my belief that mezcal is the next big thing in the cocktail scene.

Christian Moya Sommelier, Esperanza
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Celebrate A Breath of Fresh Aire

In 1592, explorers sailing the Sea of Cortez first had the idea that the Baja Peninsula could act as a perfect refuge for trade ships arriving from a long Pacific voyage. It would be a place to breathe in fresh air and to rest and recharge before continuing on their voyage. Fast forward to present-day Baja and while the type of voyagers have changed, the primary needs have remained the same. Come November, 2018, groups will be able to find their refuge in a new, dramatic oceanfront event space called AIRE.

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Eat Cabo’s Most Dramatic Dining Destination

This past July I met up with the owner of Tiki Cabo Organic Farm at the annual pitaya (aka dragonfruit) competition in his hometown of Miraflores. Locals will tell you that this is where you can find the most beautiful women, the best organic produce, and the toughest cowboys. I promise I was only there for the organic produce.

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Eat Scaling Cliffs for Dinner in Cabo

There is a cliff at Esperanza where I go to retrieve live sea urchins that cling to the sides of the warm granite, as they sunbathe and seek refuge from the constant crashing of the Sea of Cortez. The cliff is one of my favorite spots at the resort and I climb up there to carefully collect the urchins and bring them to my kitchen to prepare and serve them.

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