Dining amid 10 acres of organic gardens in an oasis a 10-minute drive from San José del Cabo can (and should) last many hours. It's a special experience, made more enjoyable if you book a tour of owner Gloria Greene's gardens before your meal and browse through the excellent gift shop and art gallery afterward. Guests arrive early to sip a fruit-infused cocktail (such as the delicious watermelon juice Farm Julep) or two in the always-busy Farm Bar before settling in at polished wooden picnic tables in the open-air dining room, which is covered by an arching roof, for a farm-to-table feast.
Drinks and meals are expensive, but the surroundings alone are worth the cost. And the food is outstanding, with most ingredients supplied from the gardens. Meats are free-range and hormone free and cut by an on-site butcher. The moist, juicy double-cut pork chop challenges even the heartiest eaters while a crisp, tangy arugula salad with roasted eggplant is enough for a light eater, especially when paired with the delicate beef carpaccio or fennel sausage pizza. Be prepared for some offbeat yet popular selections, including pork trotter ravioli and hay-cooked rabbit. Locals flock to the Sunday brunch for flaky pastries, savory eggs with lemony hollandaise, and lemon ricotta pancakes served family style for a set price (drinks are extra and each item has a separate price for lunch and dinner).
Stop by the market stand to one side of the dining area to buy irresistible breads and fresh veggies, and spring for a scoop of homemade gelato from the stand just outside the dining room as you leave. Reservations are essential, as Flora's is immensely popular with locals as well as tourists.