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3 Best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

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3 Best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

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For some reason, there are some really good Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas!

Best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

If you’re cravin’ pasta in this Mexican resort destination (or some other Italian dish), the following three trattorias hit the mark.

Every time we visit Cabo, which has become almost like our second home, we make sure to pop into at least one of these restaurants for a tummy-filling meal.

Scroll to the end for other good Cabo San Lucas restaurants!

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1) La Dolce

You could order the healthy fresh catch of the day (maybe lightly seared tuna) served with steamed veggies. But then you’d miss the home-made pastas.

And that would be a shame. Because the pastas at La Dolce are sinfully yummy.

The best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas include La Dolce.
Mussels, pasta and wine

Maybe go for the tortellini?

Stuffed with your choice of beef or spinach and cheese, it comes nestled in a rich cream sauce of bacon, porcini mushrooms, garlic, sundried tomatoes, sage, rosemary and parmesan cheese.

The Penne Dolce at La Dolce in Cabo San Lucas features tomatoes, parmesan, mozza and basil.
The Penne Dolce features tomatoes, parmesan, mozza and basil

Or try one of the thin-crust pizzas baked in their wood-burning brick oven – perhaps the chicken, pinenut, mushroom and arugula creation?

Bowls of freshly grated parmesan on the tables attest to the trattoria’s authenticity.

best italian restaurants in cabo san lucas - la dolce
There are streetside tables at La Dolce

Owner Stefano Miotto, who hails from Treviso, Italy, opened this Cabo location in 2001 after the success of his La Dolce Vita in Puerto Vallarta.

He’s very hands-on, and is often seen greeting diners and checking up on meals.

Start with a healthy salad!

La Dolce:

Tip:  This Italian restaurant is a feel-good place, popular with large parties (can be noisy), so make sure you have a reservation. (There’s a second location in San Jose del Cabo too.)

Location:  Ave. Hidalgo

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2) Doc Wine Bar

When we first walked into Doc Wine Bar several years ago, the blackboard read: “No martini, no pina colada, no margaritas, we are a wine bar.

Now the blackboard displays the daily house-made pastas, but the message from before still rings true here.

best italian restaurants in cabo san lucas
It feels quite Italian inside!

This is a place with over 100 labels of Italian and Mexican wines available for your sipping pleasure.

Its Italian food is quite delectable too.

Proprietor Pietro Gioco worked extensively in his native Italy before opening Doc Wine Bar in 2009. He’s now joined by Chef Apolinar Gomez, who’s the culinary genius in the kitchen.

Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas - Doc Wine Bar
Mmmm… Wine and good Italian food…

They run this cool, classy little wine bar-cum-eatery with just the right amount of Italianissimo verve – candles, a big wine fridge, old Italian posters and a handful of wooden tables and chairs scattered about two small, air-conditioned rooms with burgundy walls, arched windows and concrete floors.

Outside, a narrow sidewalk patio overlooks Cabo’s central plaza.

The interior of Doc Wine Bar in Cabo San Lucas takes you back to Italy.
The interior of Doc Wine Bar takes you back to Italy

The food is all fresh (no frozen or pre-made items), and the pastas (between $10 and $20 USD) and even the mozzarella are made in-house.

Mussels are a specialty.

They’re offered three ways on the menu. Order them in a creamy gorgonzola and rosemary sauce, and you’ll be in shellfish heaven! (Don’t forget to sop up the remaining sauce with the home-made bread.)

Mussels
Love this mussel dish!

Another must-try is the fresh catch of the day (yellowtail, if in season) in a red wine sauce – light and melt-in-your-mouth tender.

For pasta, the spicy penne pepperoni with garlic and red pepper is cooked to al dente perfection.

And the DOC pasta, if you can handle the spice (it’s made with habanero and pork belly), is a delicious, fiery and unusual take on pasta carbonara.

Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas - Doc Wine Bar
A plate full of pasta

And what about la dolce vita?

We’ve tried the tiramisu – light and lovely. We also hear the parmesan cheese crème brulee with a berry compote is amazing.

At the end of your meal, you’ll likely be served a glass of cold limoncello – a nice way to finish off the evening.

Doc Wine Bar:

Tip:  Doc Wine Bar is a great place to sample some really good Mexican wine from the wine-growing region around Ensenada. The food is also more inventive than at La Dolce (above) and Salvatore’s (below).

Location:  Across from Plaza Amelia Wilkes

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3) Salvatore’s

Salvatore’s consistently ranks at the top of the list of best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.

There’s a reason it’s so popular – gigantic servings of good Italian food. (It used to be cheap too, but we noticed a price increase on our most recent visit.)

best italian restaurants in cabo san lucas - salvatore's
Someone once described the lasagne portions as “big as a head”

Salvatore’s is known for its fall-off-the-bone Osso Bucco and Italian sausage-and-spinach lasagne.

But you should start with the “Italian Torta” appetizer. Layers of seasoned cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto and roasted garlic snuggle up to mixed greens, antipasti and crostini (sinfully delicious!).

best italian restaurants in cabo san lucas
The Italian torta is a great way to start off

Just go hungry. Portions are huge – big enough for three people to share.

(Of course, you can take your leftovers with you, and if you’re staying in a condo-style unit like one at the Pueblo Bonito resorts, any food you can’t eat makes for a nice reheated lunch or dinner the next day.)

At Salvatore's, portions are big, so you might want to split an entree between two people
Portions are big, so you might want to split an entree between two people

The best tables are outside by the little pool on the ground floor. Overhanging terracotta roofs, potted palms and cherubic statues are very atmospheric.

Upstairs is okay, but not really where you want to be (though it’s sometimes quieter upstairs and may be easier to talk).

The entrance to Salvatore’s, one of the best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas

Service can be on the slow side, especially if you’re with a large group. And you might have to wait a bit, even if you have a reservation (and reservations are essential if you have a hope of squeezing in).

This place is lively, noisy and fun. Most people leave stuffed and happy. And it’s consistently recommended by hotel concierges as one of the top Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.

Salvatore’s:

Tip:  If you bring your own bottle of wine, the corkage fee is $15.

Location:  In the Siesta Suites hotel on Calle Emiliano Zapata, between Guerrero and Hidalgo

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Pssst! Don’t miss Flora Farms! Floras is a wonderful organic farm-to-table restaurant in Cabo

Map of these Italian restaurants in Cabo

See this map for the locations of these 3 restaurants. They’re all in the center of Cabo town.

Other good Cabo San Lucas restaurants?

See this Vogue restaurant guide on Cabo (and how “grown-ups” can enjoy Cabo during Spring Break too).

Also see this USA Today round-up of the 10 best restaurants in Cabo San Lucas.


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Photo credits: 4, 8 and 14 © Janice and George Mucalov, SandInMySuitcase | Remaining images courtesy the respective restaurants


So there you have it – three of the best Italian restaurants in Cabo San Lucas. What’s your favorite?


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Laura Jones

Thursday 27th of June 2019

Sorry, but I think you missed the mark. I own a place in Cabo and have been going there for 34 years. We hit Romeo and Juliet at least 3 nights a week while we are there. It is unbelievable. You can ask the waiter to have the chef make you something special or order from the menu. We have never been anything but throughly impressed and satisfied. Plus the prices are certainly fair.

Janice and George

Thursday 27th of June 2019

Hi Laura, Thanks for sharing your fave Italian restaurant! Good to hear Romeo and Juliet is worth trying. Next time we go to Cabo, we'll check it out :-). Perhaps this will one day be a post on the four best Italian restaurants in Cabo :-).

Penny Sadler

Friday 6th of January 2017

Hey you two! This looks delicious. Love the photos. Let's go!

Janice and George

Friday 6th of January 2017

Okay, we'll have a big Italian night out, and get stuffed and happy! Sounds great! (And a happy new year to you...)

Leigh

Thursday 10th of October 2013

I've never been to Cabo - only made it as far as La Paz but I think I'd enjoy it for the food alone. I'll pass this along to my neighbours who have just finished building a house down there.

Janice and George

Friday 11th of October 2013

If your neighbours spend a lot of time in Cabo (which it sounds like they do), they may already know about Salvatore's - it's VERY popular. But Doc Wine Bar seems to be less well-known. Anyway, you're going to have to get yourself to Cabo (maybe stay at your neighbours' newly built house!) - you're sure to like Los Cabos :-).

Irene S. Levine

Tuesday 8th of October 2013

Will definitely try these next time we are in town!

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