Tacos Gardenias is a standout among taco spots in Cabo San Lucas, offering a wide range of authentic Mexican dishes that cater to both adventurous gastro-tourism and those looking for traditional favorites. Hungry? You’ll learn about the unique offerings, rich history, and welcoming atmosphere that make Gardenias a must-visit destination on your trip to Cabo.

Discovering Tacos Gardenias: A Hidden Gem in Cabo San Lucas

Tacos Gardenia's CaboWhen visiting Cabo and exploring culinary cuisine in Cabo San Lucas, enjoy dining at Tacos Gardenias. This is a local favorite that has been delighting both locals and tourists for nearly two decades. Located conveniently near the bustling Medano Beach and within walking distance from popular resorts like Corazon Resort Los Cabos, Marina Fiesta, and Medano Suites Hotel, this family-run eatery offers an authentic and memorable Cabo dining experience

Ambiance and Setting

Walking into Tacos Gardenias, I was immediately struck by its airy, rustic charm. The open-air dining area, adorned with kitschy gamefish mounted on the walls, creates a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.


Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you. Inside, Tacos Gardenias is vibrant and welcoming, characterized by its airy, rustic charm and kitschy gamefish mounted on the walls. Established more than 30 years ago with just a few plastic tables, chairs, a cement floor, and a palm leaf roof, Gardenias has stood the test of time.

Located on Paseo de la Marina, one block from McDonald’s and just down the hill from the beach, this family-run restaurant is a favorite among both tourists and locals. The constant buzz of activity is a testament to its popularity and the quality of its offerings.

Despite being close to the main road, the restaurant maintains a sense of tranquility, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely meal. The spacious seating arrangements ensure comfort, and the presence of fans adds a pleasant breeze to the warm Cabo climate. The restaurant offers free WiFi and excellent cell signal, although it can get a bit noisy during peak hours.

Menu Highlights

The menu at Tacos Gardenias is a testament to the rich culinary heritage of Mexico. From looking at the menu, seriously, the variety of tacos on offer was overwhelming. [view menu ]

Gardenias sets itself apart with its extensive menu. From exotic Mexican offerings like taco de nopal (cactus taco) and fried pork rind to more familiar options such as shredded chicken, beef, fried fish, shrimp, and cochinita pibil (marinated pork), there is something for everyone. The special Shrimp Molcajete, prepared with salsa, onion, and cheese, is a must-try, along with ceviche, seafood soup, tortilla soup, fish salad, and shrimp cocktail. 

So I began.

We started with the grilled shrimp tacos, a house specialty that has garnered rave reviews for its freshness and flavor. Each bite was a delightful medley of succulent shrimp, perfectly grilled and complemented by a squeeze of lime and a warm, homemade tortilla.

Equally impressive were the fish tacos. Lightly battered and fried to a golden brown, the fish was moist and flaky inside. The batter, reminiscent of a delicate tempura, added a subtle crunch without overpowering the delicate flavors of the fish. The tacos are served “naked,” allowing diners to customize their toppings from a colorful array of condiments, including shredded cabbage, pico de gallo, guacamole, and a variety of salsas.

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Beyond Tacos: Must-Try Dishes

While tacos are the star of the show, the menu at Tacos Gardenias offers an array of other delectable options. The shrimp molcajete, a rich stew of shrimp, peppers, cheese, and onions served in a traditional Mexican mortar and pestle, is a must-try. The ceviche and seafood soup are also highly recommended, providing a refreshing and flavorful complement to the tacos.

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The Quesabirria (beef) tacos were probably one of the best I’ve ever eaten in all of Mexico (pictured above). One of the standout items I tried was the pulpo (octopus) taco. Cooked to perfection, the pulpo was tender and juicy, offering a unique and exotic twist to the traditional taco lineup. Pair it with a maracuja (passion fruit) smoothie, it’s refreshing and satisfying.

Horchata Gasrdenias CaboBut wait there’s more.

One word: Horchata.

Horchata is a traditional drink that varies in ingredients and preparation depending on the country of origin. Generally, it is a sweet, creamy beverage made from rice, milk, vanilla, and cinnamon. Horchata is typically made by soaking rice in water, blending it with milk, and flavoring it with vanilla and cinnamon. The mixture is then strained to achieve a smooth consistency, and sugar is added to sweeten the drink.  Gardenia’s has the best you’ll find in Cabo.

Friendly Service

The service at Tacos Gardenias was exemplary. The staff were friendly, attentive, and quick to accommodate any requests. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’ll find the team at Gardenias ready to make your dining experience memorable. The restaurant prides itself on cleanliness, with spotless bathrooms and a well-maintained dining area, a pleasant surprise for an open-air establishment.

Budget-Friendly and Convenience

For a restaurant situated in a prime tourist location, Tacos Gardenias offers remarkably fair prices. Accepting both USD and MXN, it’s convenient for international travelers. The establishment opens early at 8 a.m., making it a great spot for breakfast tacos, proving that it’s never too early. In fact, you’ll be hard-pressed to find any taco stand open for breakfast in Cabo.

A Must-Visit in Cabo

Tacos Gardenias Cabo SalsasTacos Gardenias is more than just a taco restaurant; it’s a culinary destination that captures the essence of Mexican cuisine. Whether you’re indulging in the grilled shrimp tacos, savoring the unique flavors of the fresh pulpo, or enjoying a refreshing horchata, every bite at Tacos Gardenias is a testament to the family’s dedication to quality and tradition.

For anyone visiting Cabo San Lucas, a stop at Tacos Gardenias is a must, offering a delightful taste of Mexico in a warm and welcoming setting. Carve out some time to experience this hidden gem. You won’t be disappointed!

Just remember that getting around can be tricky if you’re traveling between tourist attractions or at night. So, if you want to travel with complete peace of mind then schedule a private transfer with SJD Taxi from your resort or villa.

Care to get there on your own? You can call ahead at Reserve: +52 (624) 143-4295 or, find your way to Tacos Gardinas on Google Maps.