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Deckman's, San José del Cabo

Carreterra Transpeninsular
San José del Cabo
Tel: 52 624 172 6269's insider take:

This location used to house Havana's, a semisecret, oft-packed Latin club, and replacing it was no easy feat. But chef Drew Deckman has claimed the palapa on a slight hill just south of San José's coastline and made it a foodie and music magnet. Every item on the menu has a stated pedigree, from the organic chicken with local zucchini blossoms to the Magdalena bay shrimp and the Ensenada mussels. If dorado is in the day's catch, the smooth white meat becomes that night's carpaccio. Pray you're there when the ahi are running so you can try the sashimi, tartare, and tataki trio. Dancers waiting for the salsa beat to kick in fuel up on a rib eye with organic veggies from nearby Miraflores, where specialty produce has become big business. Rock, jazz, and salsa bands kick into gear as the night progresses, and nearly everyone, including kitchen crew, is on the dance floor by midnight.—Maribeth Mellin

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 5 pm to midnight.

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