When we arrived at Neptunos, a fresh local seafood restaurant, we were warmly greeted by Luis Soto, the owner, bartender, host and more. Born in Mazatlan to a very poor family, Luis worked wherever he could to put himself through night school to become a civil engineer. He moved to Cabo and worked at many jobs from busboy to cook in the restaurant business to eventually become the manager of Passion Club and Lounge in the Cabo Me Hotel on Medano Beach before opening Neptunos.
Luis built his restaurant from the bottom up by hand and was planning to open in October of 2014 when Hurricane Odile hit. He had to start over as everything was in ruin but he persevered. Using recycled wooden shipping pallets, he designed the restaurant space to be open with a billowing fabric pergola that gives the feeling of being on a sailboat. Luis discovered that the wooden pallets are perfect as herb and vegetable planters and he is in the process of making green walls with edibles.
I guess you could say that Neptunos is a humble restaurant but it makes up for it with a lot of charm. The seasoned chefs Juve and Tino know quality seafood and how to prepare it. My husband and I had been hankering for a good Huachinango (whole red snapper). I called ahead and was told that three “just caught” red snappers from a local fisherman had made their way to the restaurant that morning. Our Huachinango arrived at the table in all its glory, cooked to succulent perfection and traditionally served with rice, tortillas, steamed vegetables and salsa. Also, the chips and guacamole were outstanding (I don’t say this lightly because I am definitely a guacamole snob). We ordered Gin Martinis and Luis poured two lovely drinks and then disappeared from the restaurant for a few minutes on a runner to pick up a bottle of Bombay Sapphire just in case we were in the mood for more.
Luis’ passion for what he is doing is evident and he makes you feel welcome immediately when you step into his realm. He has a vision and is well on his way to achieving his dreams through hard work and perseverance. I plan to return and eat my way through the menu and become a regular customer and friend to Luis Soto at Neptunos.
NOTE: This weekend they are closing their restaurant but setting up a “pop up” restaurant for a biker’s convention/rally located in the Cultural Pavilion parking lot in Cabo San Lucas. There will be bikers from all over the country with music Thursday, Friday and Saturday from local groups and musicians from La Paz, Mazatlan, Mexico City and Guadalajara. The event closes on Saturday night with a very famous Mexican band, Inspector. The band Inspector from Monterey, Nuevo Leon fuses classic Jamaican rhythms with the feel of Mexican pop. Their style is a blend of ska, reggae, nostalgia for the 1960s rock-n-roll and the great romantic groups of the 1970s, in addition to a romantic style of their own. They are part of the musical movement called the Avanzada Regia.
Neptunos is located around the corner from the Bungalows Hotel near the Pedregal farmers market and Prosan. Bungalows Hotel Location
Open from 2 pm to 10pm
Located in Calle Libertad #806 Col. Lienzo Charro in Cabo San Lucas
Reservations: 624 114 2424 or 143 4033
Note: Thank you to Kathy and Gary for your recommendation to Neptunos – Well done!