The all-inclusive Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has a 9 restaurants and 7 bars. The dress code at most places is casual, though the dinner restaurants will require you to wear long pants/dresses and closed-toed shoes. They didn’t seem to enforce this strictly, but I’d go along with it just in case. When it came to dining at an all-inclusive resort like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, I had very low expectations but was completely blown away by how amazing the food was. There were some exceptions, but overall we enjoyed the food and even if everything else about our stay sucked, the restaurants alone would draw us back.
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The menus at the sit-down restaurants are fairly small but they definitely emphasize quality over quantity. Food is generally served in manageable quantities so you can order appetizers, an entree and dessert without feeling like you’re overeating. I always felt like I got to sample everything I wanted without popping a button at the end of the meal. If you’re a Hyatt Diamond or Platinum member, you can make reservations at the restaurants, something I did pretty much every time.
There were hardly ever lines at the restaurants, but it’s still good to reserve a table in case a particularly large group invades the place. For the sake of a completely review, I visited every restaurant at the resort and made an effort to take photos of all the food our table ordered:
Coco Loco Snack Bar
Coco Loco is located next to the main pool and within walking distance of the beach. The restaurant serves mostly snack type foods: Tacos, burritos, hot dogs, ceviche, and there’s a walk-up bar. You walk in, place your order on a piece of paper, hand it to the chef and pick it up minutes later. If you’re lounging by the pool or in a cabana, the attendants will bring you the order sheet and deliver the food to you.
Coco Loco is a great place for lunch and the food was always fresh and delicious. I could not get enough of the tuna tostadas – if I could have just eaten those for breakfast, lunch and dinner all day long I totally would have. The shrimp ceviche was also good and my sister’s favorite. Throughout my stay, I also had their fish tacos, grilled octopus tostada (delicious but not as great as the tuna), and the chicken burrito.
La Hacienda Steak House
La Hacienda really made things difficult for me because they had the most delicious lunch selection, which interfered with my Coco Loco tuna tostada addiction. We went to La Hacienda three times: Twice for lunch and once for dinner. While the food selection was similar, I wouldn’t recommend coming here for dinner because there are more unique places you could go to that are otherwise closed for lunch.
La Hacienda is an ideal lunch spot because it offers up open air seating with an ocean view, perfect for a sunny day. At lunch, you can also walk down the steps to the beach and help yourself to a plate of paella from the massive pot they cook up every day.
There’s also a very nice selection of fresh salads and side dishes. The octopus ceviche is insanely good here, so don’t skip it!
At the grill, the attendant will cook up meats of your choice to your liking. I had some of the most delicious flank steak for lunch at La Hacienda and if it wasn’t for the side dishes that pretty much filled me up, I would have gone back for seconds.
At dinner, the buffet is still available but they give you a menu to order your meats, accompanying sauces, some side dishes and dessert. The buffet selection, however, is pretty much identical.
I had the lamb chops for dinner and wasn’t as crazy about them as I was about the flank steak at lunch. It wasn’t terrible, just a bit dry and bland – though in fairness, we are comparing apples and oranges (or lamb chops and flank steaks).
Hacienda is great for lunch and while it did at times get crowded, there was never more than a five minute wait even when we didn’t have a reservation. That was a general theme at this resort – every restaurant has tons of seating but the staff is great about managing it so that guests don’t spend too long waiting in line, yet the dining room isn’t too crowded at any given time.
Bon Vivant French Restaurant
We had dinner at Bon Vivant on our first night and I was glad I made a reservation because this place seemed in demand. While the restaurant had lots of seating, they weren’t filling them all, which is how a Japanese couple that got there at the same time we did ended up at the empty table across from ours 30 minutes after we were seated. The speed at Bon Vivant was excruciatingly slow – each course took forever to serve.
That being said, the food at Bon Vivant was really high quality and well prepared. For appetizers, we ordered the scallops, mussels and salads. The scallops get rave review, but I wasn’t crazy about them. I did love the mussels and would highly recommend them as an appetizer. My sister had the goat cheese & foie gras appetizer (to my chagrin – I can’t in good conscience eat an animal that’s essentially been tortured throughout its life for my enjoyment). The foie gras portion was small but she seemed to enjoy it – we weren’t speaking to each other at this point in the trip, so I’m basing this on observations.
For the main course, I had the filet mignon, which I was worried about because I’d read that when it comes to cooking up steaks, the restaurants at this resort couldn’t seem to get it right. My filet mignon was perfectly cooked.
My parents had the lamb and catch of the day (can’t remember what kind of fish) and both enjoyed their entrees.
Next up was dessert, with the menu displaying five choices:
I went with the chocolate cake while my parents split an almond cake. I thought the chocolate cake was delicious – perfectly moist and rich. My dad didn’t like the almond cake but my mom, who is the dessert expert in the family (she makes the best baklava), loved it.
El Cortijo Spanish Restaurant
We ate at El Cortijo, the Spanish restaurant, on our third night and I thought it was a great dining spot, with a nice atmosphere and the most polished staff. Our server, Enrique, was funny, courteous and professional. He constantly came by to check on us, replace silverware, move things in place, without invading our space.
At this restaurant more than anywhere else, I felt like the staff really wanted to take care of guests, with the same sense of hospitality you’d extend to someone visiting your home. The hostess also came around on occasion, at one point placing a coat hanger by our table and hanging my mom’s shawl over it. Overall, we were very well taken care of.
We ordered some tapas, which were good all around. I do have to say, the meatball appetizer which I’d heard great things about was perhaps the worst thing I have ever eaten. It had a strange, unusually rough and dry texture. The bread and cheese it came with was delicious though!
The seafood paella, on the other hand was delicious. Very flavorful and the portion was perfect.
We also ordered the lamb chops and the catch of the day (I believe it was Salmon). Both dishes were well received by my parents.
The pace at El Cortijo is a bit faster than at Bon Vivante, which was a good thing because I like to get dinner done and over with in less than two hours. Since things were moving at a reasonable pace this time around, we ordered dessert without worrying about falling asleep before it arrived.
The Pijami, which is a caramel custard, was pretty good but I personally liked the Santiago almond tart better.
DoZo Japanese Restaurant
Dozo, the Japanese restaurant was our favorite. If everything else about our stay had sucked, the hibachi experience at Dozo would have made up for it.
If you’re making a reservation at Dozo, it’s important to specify whether you want to sit at the hibachi grill, the sushi bar, or the main dining room. There’s obviously more of a wait for the hibachi grill, so it’s worth calling ahead for.
I’ve been to tons of hibachi places and while the performances are fun to watch, the food always turns out dry and flavorless. Not the case at Dozo!
When we sat down, two waiters showed up and took our orders for drinks, soups, and sushi – they tell you what the options are rather than giving you a menu.
Next, the hibachi guy shows up and if you’re lucky, it will be Jose. He asked if anyone had any food allergies and pointed to specific ingredients he’d be using, asking if anyone objected to them. Then the show started, spatulas were tossed, food thrown around (don’t worry, Teresa Guidice wasn’t around). In between the utensil throwing, we were served food. I enjoyed the miso soup and thought the sushi roll was fresh and a notch above grocery store sushi.
The rice was served up first and it was downright delicious. The steak ruined all steaks for me. In fact, I went to Ruth Chris a few weeks later and felt like I was eating off the McDonald’s $1 menu in comparison. The steak at Dozo was the most succulent, juicy and delicious steak I’ve ever had.
The seafood and chicken were also good but nothing was as good as the steak. Dessert was served up next, a great end to a delicious meal. I had the custard while my dad had the almond cake and my mom and sister split a deep fried ice cream (which they raved about).
Zaffiro Italian Restaurant
Zaffiro, the beachfront Italian restaurant, was probably our least favorite. While the ambiance and service were great, the food was a letdown.
We ordered a variety of dishes and there just wasn’t anything special (or Italian) about it. I’m someone who loves Italian food and I was disappointed at Zafiro. We came here for dinner after making a reservation and while I knew it was going to be more Olive Garden than authentic Italian, my low standards weren’t met.
We started off with a margarita pizza to share, which I personally thought was the best part of the meal. Everyone else at the table didn’t, mainly because they all like their pizza burned to a crisp.
I chose the seafood frittata for my appetizer and liked it – as someone who loves cheese, it really fulfilled that criteria for me.
For the main course, I was torn between the risotto, gnocchi, and ravioli. I ultimately decided on the ravioli, which I found to be a bit bland. My sister had the chicken cacciatore, which I thought was very good.
My mom once again went with the catch of the day while my dad had the cannelloni with lamb ragout. He’s not supposed to be eating dairy these days, so he picked at the ragout which we both thought was delicious. The fish dish was lacking flavor.
Most of us didn’t finish our food so there was plenty of room for dessert. I ordered the panna cotta while my mom and sister split the tiramisu.
The desserts didn’t disappoint and helped fill us up.
The great thing about an all-inclusive resort like the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is that if the sit-down restaurants isn’t to your liking, you can always walk over to the buffet where you’re sure to find something that tastes better.
La Plaza & El Molino (Buffet Restaurants)
The Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos has two buffets: La Plaza and El Molino, which are connected. You can easily walk between the two spaces.
I have to give it to Hyatt Ziva on this one: Their buffet is one of the best I’ve ever been to and easily knocks every Vegas buffet I’ve been to out of the park. Not only was there a huge variety of food to choose from (seriously, the photos in this post don’t properly convey how massive the buffet really is), but it was also high quality.
We had breakfast at La Plaza every morning and there’s something for everyone: Multiple omelette stations, a huge selection of fruits, yogurts, and juices, and endless bread. My favorite thing at breakfast was their french toast, which was really dangerous because after the attendant brought it out, she proceeded to dip each piece in enough brown sugar to put you into a coma. I had at least one piece every morning. (Sorry guys, of all the photos I took of the buffet, I somehow can’t find any of the breakfast spread).
As someone who expected to be eating bland food throughout my stay at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos, I was totally surprised by the endless variety of flavorful dishes at lunch.
I was pretty annoyed at myself for having a big breakfast, a tuna tostada “snack” and for making an early dinner reservation, otherwise I would have gone to town on that spicy shrimp. This is one of the major dilemmas you’ll encounter during your stay at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos: Which restaurant to go to and which delicious food to gorge on.
The Coffee House at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos was well stocked with sandwiches, pastries, and snacks throughout the day. Guests could also order smoothies and various coffee drinks off the menu. I came here daily for a coffee fix and the cappuccino frappes easily put Starbucks’ frappuccinos to shame (or my second favorite, the Annihilator at Dutch Bros Coffee).
The coffee shop was decorated in a rustic style, with comfortable couches and other seating strewn about. This is the type of place where you want to hang out and read on days when you call in sick at work. I wouldn’t mind drinking terrible coffee at Starbucks every day if the place looked like this.
The food selection is pretty extensive. During our stay, there were always plenty of sandwiches available (though really, you should be saving your appetite for one of the other great restaurants on site). There was always a pile of cupcakes at the counter and lots of cakes and other desserts to choose from.
The Coffee House also has two computers and a printer for guests to use. This is ideal if you need to check in for your flight or print something and the computer station at the 24-hour deli is occupied.
Despite being such a great place to relax or grab a snack, The Coffee House was fairly deserted most of the time. In the morning you’d see a few people pick up smoothies on their way to (or from?) the gym and in the evenings, kids would rush in for a sugary snack. Other than this, it was pretty quiet.
24-Hour Deli Cactus Lounge
The 24 Hour Deli Cactus is located on the lobby level, around the corner from the Piano Bar. It’s sort of a club lounge, open 24 hours a day, serving up sandwiches and snacks from the Coffee house, which closes at 10 PM.
Deli Cactus has several semi-private seating areas and a computer station. Most of the food was untouched when I was there and most people just used the computer and left.
That’s probably because guests at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos can order room service through 6 AM, which is much more preferable because the food is fresher than the sandwiches that may have been sitting out all day.
Room service at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos is available pretty much all day and night, completely free. Like the free minibar, we didn’t make much use of this benefit. On occasion, we’d order a fruit platter, which would arrive in 20 minutes or less.
I ordered the chicken tortilla soup one evening and it was delivered in under 20 minutes. The presentation was great, but the soup itself wasn’t. It was a bit too heavy on the tomato, which ruined the flavor.
I would highly recommend the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos to anyone who wants a nice relaxing all-inclusive vacation without giving up food quality.
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