In recent years, northern Baja California and its beloved Valle de Guadalupe has been the leading destination for farm-to-table dining on the peninsula with its plethora of outdoor campestre restaurants. However, Los Cabos is starting to catch up with a few gems of its own. Here are some to check out the next time you’re in the area.
Tucked away in the farmlands of Las Animas Bajas is Huerta los Tamarindos (tel. 624/105-6031, www.lostamarindos.mx). The restaurant can be difficult to find, but it’s worth the effort. With the serene outdoor patio seating looking out onto the farm and surrounding hillsides, it’s easy to forget you’re in Los Cabos. The food is fresh and meticulously prepared, from unique ceviches and other seafood to free-range chicken and pork shank with green mole to the house “mezcalita” tamarind and mescal cocktail. After your meal, head up to the roof to check out the views. In addition to the restaurant, you can take cooking classes or take a tour of the organic farm.
Restaurant and cocktail bar Acre (tel. 624/171-8226, www.acrebaja.com) is situated on 25 acres of farmland in Las Animas that was formerly a mango grove. The restaurant menu features fresh ingredients artfully prepared into dishes like beet salad and charred octopus. A seven-course tasting menu is available with or without a wine pairing. Sleek architecture creates an enjoyable setting, and there are pathways leading around the verdant grounds. The extensive cocktail list includes many drinks crafted from syrups that are house distilled using products sourced from the farm.
The most popular (and most commercialized) farm-to-table experience in Cabo is at Flora’s Field Kitchen (tel. 624/355-4564, www.flora-farms.com) on the property of Flora Farms, where handmade food is crafted with fresh ingredients from the land. Popular with ex-pats and American tourists, you won’t find much Mexican food on the menu, but all meats are raised on the property, and all of the produce is local. The beautiful restaurant is set in lush gardens. Flora’s runs farm tours a few times daily; check with the restaurant directly for set times. A market, bar, pizzeria, ice cream cart, and curated gift shops are also on the property. Reservations should be made in advance.
Chef Javier Plascencia finally has a spot in Los Cabos that he co-owns with Adrian Vidal called Puerto Raíz (www.puertoraiz.com). They converted 13 acres of farmland into a lush garden where they are building two restaurants and a distillery. While currently just an event venue, the restaurants and distillery are slated to open this spring. If you just can’t wait to try the offerings from Chef Plascencia in Baja Sur, drive up to Todos Santos where his campestre-style restaurant Jazamango (pictured above, tel. 612/688-1501, www.facebook.com/jazamango) has been serving up his signature farm-to-table dishes since 2018.