Don Manuel's

A vibrant take on modern Mexican gastronomy

Don Manuel’s restaurant radiates warmth in the center of Waldorf Astoria Los Cabos Pedregal. At night, light flows from the hacienda-style building with natural stucco walls and spills onto a sprawling patio, where diners sit amid hanging lanterns and cacti, happily chatting and clinking their wine glasses. The ocean hangs in the backdrop along with lively music from local performers.

The atmosphere feels relaxed, but the white tablecloths hint that the food will be anything but casual. Don Manuel’s focuses on modern Mexican gastronomy, highlighting the fresh fish, meat, vegetables and fruit from Los Cabos and the region. The fine-dining restaurant flexes its creativity with a nine-course taco tasting, but you also can order à la carte with dishes like pan-seared sea bass with a black-garlic-hibiscus-glazed tamal or roasted free-range chicken pibil (a traditional barbecue dish that usually uses shredded pork).

The restaurant excels at taking homey Mexican dishes and elevating them to gastronomic heights, while still showcasing their rich, complex flavors.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • The special Travesía (which means “traverse”) experience brings you on a culinary journey through Mexico via the taco. The street food gets the gourmet treatment in a nine-course tasting menu that could include blue prawn with chintextle, a rich Oaxacan smoked chili paste, or a scallop tostada topped with uni pate and crumbled chorizo. The private taco tasting takes place at the restaurant’s colorfully tiled Su Cocina at the long live-edge table. Be sure to order the excellent cocktail pairings, too.
  • Led by the property’s esteemed wine director, the Private Pedregal Collection features its own bespoke blends crafted in collaboration with renowned Mexican wineries, Roganto and Don Leo. The curated wine collection focuses on the richness and variety of labels, showcasing an exclusive, one-of-a-kind collection.

  • While the menu changes often, don’t miss the flavorful smoked pibil lobster tail with a confit garlic sauce if you see it among the entrées and the sweet cured amberjack and hibiscus sauce with cucumber, avocado and chamoy-hibiscus gel among the appetizers.
  • Save room for dessert. Go classic with the cinnamon-sugar-dusted churros with cajeta (Mexican caramel) and chocolate sauce for dipping, or opt for something decadent like the Chocolate Craving with chocolate fudge, buttermilk-cocoa cake, cacao nibs, mezcal ice cream and sesame tuile.
  • Don Manuel’s opens its wall of windows to transform into an indoor-outdoor venue. Snag an alfresco table to soak up Pacific views during your meal.

Things to Know

  • Don Manuel’s takes pride in presenting a culinary journey orchestrated by world-class chefs. Guests can delight their palates with creations from award-winning culinary virtuosos such as Val Cantú and Enrique Casarrubias. Distinguished guest chefs have included Olivier Couvin, Jerome Bocuse and Mitsuharu Tsumura.

  • Guests can also enjoy specialty cocktails at Don Manuel’s Bar, where meticulously crafted drinks showcase a symphony of flavors that resonate with the spirit of the region. Two standouts are the guava margarita, a twist on the classic margarita, and the Pedregal Reyes, a true embodiment of the Pedregal experience. Additionally, from 6 to 11pm, guests can also enjoy a special menu of tacos that perfectly complement the drinks.

  • The dress code at Don Manuel’s is resort casual. Women will fit in nicely with sun dresses and men with short-sleeved shirts with collars and pants.

Gluten-free options
Kid friendly
Outdoor seating
Private dining
Reservations required
Resort casual
Valet parking
Vegetarian options
Getting There
Calle Camino del Mar 1, Cabo San Lucas, BCS 23455, Mexico
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