The Ruiz family is bringing a new style of seafood to Myrtle Beach.
Los Cabos, the family’s new restaurant in Surfside Beach, specializes in ceviche-style Mexican seafood, authentic Mexican cuisine and Tex-Mex favorites.
The family has been in the restaurant business for 20 years, owning and operating a restaurant in Virginia prior to relocating to the Grand Strand. They enjoyed coming to Garden City and Surfside Beach every summer, and decided to make the move here.
“We used to come here for vacation. This was our vacation town,” said Mario Ruiz Sr. “There were a lot of restaurants, but not a Mexican restaurant in Surfside. We saw this place available and decided to open our own restaurant here.”
Los Cabos is located inside the former Jimmyz Hibachi location in Surfside Beach, not far from Wild Water & Wheels. The Ruiz family has transformed the inside of the building, adding bright yellow paint, a variety of seating options and a beautiful beach scene mural painted by local artist Tommy Simpson (Simpson recently completed the train mural in the new park in downtown Conway).
“You get a nice impression as you walk in,” said Mario Ruiz Sr.
“We wanted to put a little of our heritage there,” Mario Ruiz Jr. said of the mural. “We have a lot of family members that live on the coast.”
The restaurant’s menu includes fajitas, tacos, burritos, chimichangas and many more of your Mexican restaurant staples.
The restaurant’s selection of beer, wine and spirits and happy hour are coming soon.
The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
Los Cabos is completely family owned and operated, with the staff cooking up recipes passed down from generation to generation in the Ruiz family.
‘It’s very similar to our restaurant back home, but we serve more seafood here,” said Mario Ruiz Jr.
“We want to give you good flavor and good quality, all at a good price. Everything is made as you order. Everything is fresh.”
Rice, chips, and salsa are made fresh at the restaurant daily.
“We cook as we go,” said Mario Ruiz Jr. “We wouldn’t want to serve something we wouldn’t want to eat.”
The restaurant prides itself in serving USDA choice certified meats, including T-bone and rib-eye steaks.
Unique flavors at Los Cabos include several dishes prepared with cactus leaf as well as ceviche-style seafood cooked in lime.
“Our rib-eye is really good with cactus on top,” said Mario Ruiz Jr.
Fajitas Del Mar, a tilapia filet served with shrimp, crab meat, scallops, and pineapple, is a family favorite. The California burrito is another popular dish, and so are the Tex Mex nachos.
“We have the best nachos,” said Mario Ruiz Sr.
Portions at the restaurant are hearty and plentiful.
“Our plates are very big, big enough to fill a person, maybe even two,” said Lorena Ruiz.
Los Cabos is open daily for lunch and dinner with a variety of booth and table sizes to suit your family and friends.
The restaurant also offers to-go orders for customers who may not have time to sit and eat on site.
Lunch specials are served daily. On the lunch menu, number 1 through number 6 are available at the price of $5.99 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
“We want to make things affordable and good quality,” said Mario Ruiz Sr. “That’s how a restaurant should be.”
A kids’ menu is available for the younger ones in your party.
Los Cabos is at 670 Hwy. 17 Bus. in Surfside Beach.