Picaro, New Concept in Garden Cuisine Now Open
The long-awaited-for Picaro Garden Cuisine restaurant opened with panache befitting its absolutely gorgeous setting facing the Pacific Ocean with a sunset ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 25, 2020. Located in the sprawling beachside development of Rancho San Lucas just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas, the rustic but elegant establishment opened its doors to a rousing group of well-wishers with Francisco “Paco” Bulnes, CEO of Grand Solmar, the visionary behind the Rancho San Lucas project, doing the honors of cutting the ribbon. Executive Chefs Matias Forte of Romeo & Julieta and Christian Ricci, the innovative chef for Picaro were by his side welcoming the guests to the event.
Approximately 100 guests were wined and dined with a plated menu beginning with welcome drinks of lemonada de flores and cynar mohitos. Canapés were served from large black lacquered trays of crostini de mozzarella, quesadilla de cochinita and fish tostadas followed by oysters in mezcal, king Kampachi fish salad, oven-baked rice with chorizo and mussels, short rib with whisky gravy and an Italian bigné with custard and black cherry.
The decor of the indoor-outdoor structure is an eclectic array of rustic elements of oak wine barrels, wooden pitchforks and a bull’s head on the wall, black tables and chairs against white walls, lime green wicker chairs surrounding a square bar and signature tile floors. A wine room is reserved for private parties.
Picaro takes its name from a character in history who is somewhat of a rogue with an appealing hero personality. Many describe Executive Chef Christian Ricci as that character as he transmits his extrovert personality into extraordinary epicurean delights. For chefs who are highly creative, cooking is an art. Pushing the culinary boundaries, Ricci dazzles diners with his innovative approach to food. He manipulates the flavors and textures in unexpected ways.
Open from 3:00 to 11:00 p.m. (closed Monday), Picaro offers a diverse menu of appetizers, full entrees, desserts, and specialty signature cocktails. Sunday brunch hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reservations: 624-689-0050 or Opentable. Located at Km 120, Carretera a Todos Santos, Pacifica Rancho San Lucas.