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Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Restaurants Review

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos All Inclusive Dining

Snack cart near the pool – a pretty common sight at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coco Loco Snack Bar

Coco Loco at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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 Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Interior

Coco Loco Interior

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.

Coco Loco Snack bar

A selection of delicious foods from Coco Loco

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Hacienda Steak House

La Hacienda Steak House at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos – despite the line, we were seated within five minutes.

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.

Paella at La Hacienda Steakhouse Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Paella, cooked on the beach outside of La Hacienda Restaurant

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! 

Salad bar at La Hacienda Steak House (the octopus ceviche is second from left)

Salad bar at La Hacienda Steak House (the octopus ceviche is second from left)

La Hacienda Steakhouse Side Dishes at Lunch Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

A great selection of side dishes during lunch at La Hacienda Steak House

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Hacienda Steak House All Includsive

Chicken Tenders and Wings at La Hacienda

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Hacienda Steak House Grill

The grill at La Hacienda Steak House

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Hacienda Steak House Dinner Menu

La Hacienda Steak House Dinner Menu

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).

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Hacienda Steak House Lamb Chops

Lamb Chops from the dinner menu at La Hacienda Steak House

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.

Dinner menu Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos French Restaurant

Dinner menu at Bon Vivant – the French Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Scallop appetizer at Bon Vivant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Scallop appetizer at Bon Vivant

Mussels appetizer at Bon Vivant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Mussels appetizer at Bon Vivant

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.

Filet mignon at Bon Vivant

Filet mignon at Bon Vivant, the French Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

My parents had the lamb and catch of the day (can’t remember what kind of fish) and both enjoyed their entrees.

Lamb Chops Bon Vivant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Lamb chops at Bon Vivant, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

French Restaurant Fish Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Fish dish at Bon Vivant Hyatt

Next up was dessert, with the menu displaying five choices:

Dessert Menu at Bon Vivant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Dessert Menu at Bon Vivant

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.

Chocolate Cake Dessert Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos French Restaurant

Chocolate Cake at Bon Vivant

Financier cake Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos French Restaurant

Almond Cake at Bon Vivant

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.

El Cortijo Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The entryway of El Cortijo, the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Menu at El Cortijo Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Menu at El Cortijo – the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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!

Meatball appetizer Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Meatball appetizer at El Cortijo – the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The seafood paella, on the other hand was delicious. Very flavorful and the portion was perfect.

Paella El Cortijo Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Paella El Cortijo, the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Lamb chops Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Lamb chops at El Cortijo, the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Salmon at El Cortijo Ziva Los Cabos

Salmon (?) at El Cortijo, the Spanish Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

El Cortijo Dessert Menu Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

El Cortijo Dessert Menu

The Pijami, which is a caramel custard, was pretty good but I personally liked the Santiago almond tart better.

PIjami dessert at Spanish Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Pijami dessert at El Cortijo

Santiago Almond Tarte Dessert at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Spanish Restaurant

Santiago Almond Tarte at El Cortijo

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.

DoZo Japanese Restaurant Cabo

The entrance to DoZo, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos’ Japanese Restaurant

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Japanese Restaurant

Main dining area at Dozo, the Japanese restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Dozo Japanese Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Interior

The main dining area at Dozo, as seen from the entrance

Dozo Sushi Bar at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Dozo sushi bar

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!

Hibachi Grill at Dozo Hyatt Ziva Los Cabo

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.

Hyatt Los Cabos DoZo Miso Soup

Miso soup and snap peas served at DoZo

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Japanese Restaurant

Sushi at DoZo – the Japanese Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

 Japanese Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

More sushi at DoZo

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.

Fried Rice at Dozo Japanese Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Delicious fried rice off the hibachi grill at Dozo Japanese Restaurant

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Dozo Hibachi Grill Steak

Delicious steak at the Dozo Hibachi Grill

Dozo Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Shrimp and calamari

Shrimp and calamari fresh of the hibachi grill at Dozo

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).

Dozo Japanese Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Dessert

Almond cake and custard at Doze Japanese Restaurant

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Deep fried ice cream at Dozo Japanese Restaurant

Deep fried ice cream at Dozo, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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. 

Italian Restaurant Zafiro at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Zaffiro, the Italian Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Menu Zaffiro Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Zaffiro dinner menu

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.

Margarita Pizza at Zaffiro Italian Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Margarita Pizza at Zaffiro

I chose the seafood frittata for my appetizer and liked it – as someone who loves cheese, it really fulfilled that criteria for me.

Italian Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Frittata

Frittata appetizer at Zaffiro, the Italian Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Zaffiro Restaurant Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Ravioli

Ravioli at Zaffiro – the Italian restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Zaffiro Italian Restaurant Cannelloni

Cannelloni at Zaffiro

Fish dinner at Zaffiro Italian Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Fish dish at Zaffiro, the Italian Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Dessert Menu at Zaffiro

Dessert Menu at Zaffiro

The desserts didn’t disappoint and helped fill us up.

Panna Cotta Dessert at Zaffiro Italian Restaurant Los Cabos

Panna Cotta at Zaffiro Italian Restaurant Ziva Los Cabos

Tiramisu Dessert at Zaffiro Italian Restaurant Hyatt Los Cabos

Tiramisu at Zaffiro

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.

La Plaza and El Molino Buffet Restaurants at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

La Plaza and El Molino Buffet Restaurants at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

 La Plaza Buffet Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

The La Plaza Buffet Restaurant at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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).

La Plaza Buffet at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Juice station

Juice station at La Plaza Buffet

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Plaza Buffet

Steak, burgers, and chicken served up at the grill

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Plaza Buffet Seafood Station

Seafood station at La Plaza Buffet, Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

La Plaza Lunch Buffet at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

La Plaza Lunch Buffet

Bread Station La Plaza Buffet Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Bread Station La Plaza Buffet Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos La Plaza Buffet Fruit and Salad station

Fruit and salad for days…

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.

Coffee House

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).

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coffee House

The coffee shop at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coffee Shop

Lots of comfortable seating at Hyatt Ziva’s Coffee House

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.

Desserts at the Coffee House Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Desserts at the Coffee House

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.

Computer station at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coffee House

Computer station at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coffee House

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.

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos Coffee Shop

The Coffee House during a typical afternoon

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.

24 Hour Deli Cactus Hyatt Los Cabos

24 Hour Deli Cactus Lounge at Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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.

Computer station at 24 Hour Deli Cactus Hyatt Los Cabos

Computer station at 24 Hour Deli Cactus

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.

Food Spread at 24 Hour Deli Cactus Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Food Spread at 24 Hour Deli Cactus

24 Hour Deli Cactus Drinks Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

24 Hour Deli Cactus Drink station Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

ComplimentaryRoom Service

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.

Room Service Breakfast Menu Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Room Service Breakfast Menu

Room Service Menu at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Room Service Menu at the Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos room service fruit platter

Room service fruit platter

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.

Chicken tortilla soup Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

Chicken tortilla soup

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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Ariana Arghandewal

8 Comments

  1. I’m staying at the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun this summer. I’ve never been to an all-inclusive resort so I’m not really sure how this works. Are all the meals free at the restaurants? Did you leave tips?

    • Yes, all the meals are free. Everyone wears a bracelet, which is how they know you’re a guest at the resort (and entitled to the endless array of free food). Tips are technically included in the price, but it’s still nice to leave a couple of dollars for good service. I always tipped the housekeepers and most of our waiters (until I ran out of cash). I noticed not many people did not tip, but I still think its a nice thing to do. Enjoy Zilara and let me know what you think!

  2. We didn’t get a chance to try out every restaurant while we were at the Hyatt Ziva, but I really enjoyed the steakhouse and my wife, Anna, loved the sushi at the Japanese restaurant. They brought here an entire plate full of sushi… it was sushi heaven for her! The best thing is that you can sample each restaurant and not feel guilty for not eating everything on your plate.

  3. Deliciously sumptuous post, Ariana, again! We’ll likely be there in two weeks, and what a super nice advance preview…. This post should be a keeper, a promo and a advantage dinner strategy planner for all who come.

    Your pics reminds me of lot of the Hyatt Zilara in Montego Bay…. It too off the charts — and yes, the buffets options there (lots of them – if you count the neighboring Hyatt ziva) were all wonderful…. Our favorite restaurant there also was the magnificent French restaurant…. (and perhaps with less wait…. depends I think on the company)

    • Glad you think so! The resort is amazing, so I’m sure you’ll love it as much as the Zilara Montego Bay (which is on my list, so I’m glad to hear positive things).

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