One of the pioneers of Los Cabos had a vision some fifty years ago. He envisioned a ranch on the Pacific side of the lower peninsula, but his dream was not of horses or barns, but rather an upscale hotel, beautiful residential homes, retail stores, almost everything that you would find in a small community. The land he purchased is filled with natural desert flora and fauna with rustic beauty.
From the Todos Santos Highway, off toward the sea, only a fifteen-minute drive from Cabo San Lucas, you'll find Rancho San Lucas. The property slopes down to the sea and has one of the most incredible views in all of Los Cabos; it almost takes your breath away. His vision is becoming a reality, with a hotel, residential homes, a Greg Norman signature golf course, and...a restaurant called Pícaro. In keeping with the image of Rancho San Lucas, Pícaro can be defined as rustic chic.
If you’re an adventurous traveler and eater, this restaurant is for you. It is one of the remotest, has the best views of the ocean, is among the most unusual and will have some of the best food in all of Los Cabos. Pícaro will be celebrated for its natural setting, exceptional bounty of vegetables from nearby farms, foraged herbs, seafood, and a bit of whimsy.
Pícaro is quite a famous character from history. He is a bit of a rogue, an imp, with mischief up his sleeve. He's a rascal. He is cunning and crafty. He survives on what he harvests from the land and catches from the sea. Put all of this together and you find Pícaro.
Chef Ricci, who some say has a Pícaro-personality, takes advantage of what grows on the land and will be preparing dishes using methods discovered from rich traditions, or that he will create through his own research, or whim, to maintain the highest quality of the end product.
Once you arrive, and part of the fun is getting there, you’ll be greeted by a wide variety of menu choices that will make up Chef Ricci's eclectic menu, or whatever is his crafty creation for the day. The seafood-heavy menu will feature some of the best products available from the surrounding seas. While the fare will be simple and fresh, it’s the experience and the view that will create the total package.
Indoor or alfresco dining will be your choice, with amazing ocean views even from inside and you can pre-book a special dining experience at the VIP chef’s table.
A destination restaurant is one that has a strong enough appeal to draw customers from beyond its community. Los Cabos is bursting at the seams with delicious places to eat. From cafes to cheap eats and fancy eateries, anyone who says we’re lacking on the food front in Los Cabos is wrong. Occasionally though, you just want to get out of town. Luckily, there will be a restaurant on the outskirts of town that is worth the drive.
Situated on a stunning hill overlooking the Pacific Pícaro will take destination dining to a whole new level of relaxing. With a relaxed ambience, premium wine and a casual food menu showcasing local produce and flavors inspired by Mediterranean and Mexican cuisine, this is the kind of place where you could easily spend an entire afternoon. You'll want to grab a table and tuck into sautéed prawns, or slow-braised octopus with a vino from a Mexican vineyard. If you’re a city slicker but your heart is in the country, Pícaro will be the destination restaurant for you.
The menu will change almost daily but you can expect top-notch food every single time because Chef Ricci will be using only the freshest produce and ingredients in his creations at all times. Watch for the signs of Pícaro and follow them to a fun-filled feast!
Opening Fall 2019
written by Sandra A. Berry