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4 nights in san jose del cabo

we are staying at the cabo azul resort in sjdc for 4 nights the week before christmas. trying to decide on our dinners. don't want to venture in cabo san lucas so choices so far:

C (charlie trotter)

the restaurant at las ventanas

mi cocina

el chilar

damiana

hangman

la bodega steak

don emiliano

anyone have a preference or someplace i've overlooked?

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  1. Although I could not afford to stay at La Palmilla or Las Ventanas - it was nice to visit their restaurants and see the properties on the cheap! The ambiance at Las Ventanas was delightful but the experience at C was amazing. We chatted for a while with the manager who informed us that Trotter was taking his venture in Cabo very seriously and wanted to bring quality dining to the region - infact - that night Trotter himself was in the kitchen and Thomas Keller and Daniel Boulud we both eating in the restaurant sampling the food!

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    1. We got back last night from Los Cabos and of your list, the one we tried and I can recommend is Mi Cocina. The setting and service were excellent, though both were probably aided by the fact that in low season, we were one of three filled tables. Still, the lighting, water feature, trees, etc. really made for one of the nicer settings we've eaten in for a while. The food was very good as well and priced reasonably by Los Cabos standards.

      Do you not want to go into Cabo San Lucas because of the general intensity of the place? We had several good meals there.

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      1. re: bigplate

        we're not party people and like to steer clear of super touristy places. that is mainly why we are going to steer clear of cabo san lucas.

      2. have to mention something else - many people recommended 'lorenzillos' restaurant to us - touristy expensive lobster house - and it was so exceptionally horrible i had to warn you - unless you like that kind of thing....

        1. We are just back from SDJ. Mi Cocina was by far the best meal we had (not including the taco stand that showed up at midnight during the wedding).
          My husband had the "Italian Sashimi" and I had the grilled romaine to start. His was fantastic. Sushi grade yellowtail, marinated and served with bread to dip.
          Next - I had the sea bass special and he had the baby back ribs. Mine was a winner but his was a close second. Well cooked & fresh, the fish had a light Romanesco sauce. His ribs came with two dipping sauces - a chimichurri and a chili sauce. Both great.

          Don Emiliano's was terrible. Truly awful. Substandard ingredients, expensive and bad flavors. The drinks, however, were strong.

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          1. re: lolabelow

            I agree completely. Mi Cocina is an excellent restaurant in a lovely setting and also has a very good wine list. (Though the good Baja wines are three or four times more expensive than they are in Ensenada or the restaurants in the Valle de Guadalupe. Refrigerated transportation shipping costs, I suppose.)

            For a decent downscale meal (e.g. for lunch) there's [or was] a colorful Sinaloan restaurant on the square (south side) that serves tortilla soup (the style with beans).