The Office on the Beach Restaurant
Medano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
…once upon a time, in the decade of the 70’s, when the Baja peninsula was still a remote and isolated place and few visitors came to the region, the first –and at that time the only- palapa on the beach was built on the Médano Beach of Cabo San Lucas…
…on the virgin beach this palapa, with its small kitchen and unpretentious bar tended to the needs of locals and the few tourists of the time, offering simple fare such as ceviches, fried fish, burritos or hamburgers, and the always wanted margaritas, cuba libres and beers, besides the traditional water or coffee…
…a local character – a gringo viejo, as the writer Carlos Fuentes would say – rented wind-surf equipment on the beach and entertained his clients and friends in this same palapa, which was referred to -by him and others- as the office, the office on the beach…
…the name stuck, and shortly after a blue sign with yellow lettering somehow popped up identifying the place officially as an office… the Office on the beach… the rest is history.
Times have changed, but the Office on the beach is, as always, the place for breakfast, lunch or dinner Cabo-style …where one can enjoy classical informal elegance with one’s feet firmly planted in the sand, year-round and from 7 am to 10 pm.
The 16-ounce Office Margaritas are almost as famous as its traditional Mexican kitchen and fresh local fish and seafood, amongst them and just as an example Baja-style jumbo shrimp in the shell, butterfly-cut and grilled with a generous amount of blackened garlic, served with Mexican white rice and beans, and garnished with tomato and avocado slices, with a choice of corn or wheat flour tortillas, hand-made at the moment and on the premises.
On Sunday and Thursday evenings there is always a lively Mexican Fiesta with pre-hispanic and traditional folk dances, piñatas, tequila shooters on the house, waiters’ show, and audience participation, with dancing under the stars until 11 pm.
Everyone knows their iconic blue beach umbrellas and white wrought iron tables and chairs at this landmark toes-in-the-sand restaurant and bar, a Medano Beach favorite since 1987. Edith Jiménez’s formula for good fun, good food, and good times never wanes, and even at its busiest, the service is surprisingly efficient. A loyal staff knows what patrons expect and keep the drinks flowing. Eye-popping people watching is another Office trademark as everyone migrates here to see and be seen under the Cabo sun.
A full breakfast menu for Mexican and American tastes gets the morning off to a good start before hanging out, cruising on a Jet Ski or Wave Runner, or working on your tan. For lunch, you can’t go wrong with the Acapulco-style ceviche (fresh fish marinated in lime and spices), a shrimp cocktail, tacos, or a juicy burger special. Stick around for the daily 3 to 5 p.m. happy hour, one of Cabo’s best. Dinner features delicious steamed lobster and Baja-style jumbo shrimp, fresh fish, and Mexican dishes, from a menu similar to Edith’s namesake restaurant at the top of the hill. Try the Tierra Entre Dos Mares (land between two seas), a juicy New York steak with tender lobster and jumbo shrimp. Each Sunday and Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m., there’s an unbeatable Mexican fiesta with live music, folkloric dancing, tequila shooters, star-lit dancing and party favors. Enjoy the show with a signature margarita. Very popular with large groups; dinner reservations are necessary, especially on fiesta nights. Entrées from $12 to $55 U.S. with seating for 250. Open daily 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., for dinner or fiesta reservations, call (624) 143-3464 or 143-4919. ‹S.L.
Los Cabos Magazine Issue #10
The Office on the Beach Restaurant
Médano Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Los Cabos, México
Reservations +52 (624) 143 3464
Tel. (624) 143-3464 and 143-4919 – Fax (624) 143-7440
Visit our sister restaurant: Edith’s Restaurante