Billygan's Island Restaurant and Beach Club Billygan's Island Restaurant - Cabo San Lucas

Billygan's Island Restaurant and Beach Club
Los Cabos Guide - Restaurant and Dining Review - November 1, 2006 - by Anna Urbanik

On the most popular beach in Cabo San Lucas—El Medano—facing the breathtaking Land’s End and guaranteeing the fun all day long is a spot you don’t want to miss. Billygan’s Island hums with activity from its daily opening at 7 a.m. until the last dribbles of the all-day happy hour cocktails are scrubbed from the plastic tabletops at 10 p.m.

This two-level restaurant-bar, where the casually (bikini) attired crowd spills out into the toes-in-the-sand terrace, offers a varied menu with something for every taste. Among continental, Mexican, and seafood specialties, you’ll find delicious ceviches, quesadillas, nachos, onion rings or chicken fingers to have as a late-morning snack or to go with your two-for-one margaritas in the late afternoon. Alvarado Style Quesadillas loaded with mushrooms, onions, serrano chili, cheese and pumpkin flower were my favorite. The bikini-conscious may go for the Ginger Salad with shrimp, cucumber, and tomato, or the abundant Billygan’s Salad with boiled egg and bacon.

Some of the best among the main course offerings are shrimp and the catch of the day, both as fresh as you can imagine, being just a few meters away from the water. Your shrimp may come as a cocktail, breaded or with bacon and melted cheese. The fresh sea bass fillet is absolutely fabulous, and the whole red snapper is no slouch, either. Toothsome alternatives are Baja octopus, tacos, and a few basic Mexican dishes, like enchiladas or Tampiqueña style beef (grilled arrachera steak).

At Billygan’s one might get the impression that, the food, as tasty as it is, is just an excuse to drop by for the never ending happy hour. Including all national drinks, piña coladas, and margaritas it sure might be the explanation why everybody at Billygan’s seems like they are having a blast. Add some good party tunes, friendly staff and there you have it––a recipe for a good time at the beach all day long.

You may start as early as 7 a.m. since Billygan’s, in addition to great snacks, lunch, dinner and the happy hour, also cooks up a delicious breakfast until 11a.m. Then, grab a beach chair, get that tan going, and return anytime.

You might also be lucky and participate in (or watch) some of the occasional bikini or couple contests. They didn’t have one during my visit, but they sure seem like fun. Not to mention the drinks you can win.

Great location, reasonable prices with entrees from $11 to $35 U.S., and seating for 120 and groups up to 200 are great reasons to drop by at Billygan’s Island next time you’re on Medano Beach. Located at the foot of Paseo del Pescador. For reservations, call (624) 143-4830 or 144-3908.––Anna Urbanik

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