Los Cabos II has been serving authentic Latin American food in Denver for over 25 years. Two decades ago Peruvian cuisine and restaurants were almost unheard of in Denver. Back in the early 90’s Los Cabos II was turning out Mexican plates and saving the Peruvian treats for only those in-the-know. Word spread quickly of the Peruvian authenticity and little-by-little the yellow cheese topped Tex-Mex tacos were replaced with traditional plates like Lomo Saltado (seasoned beef with sautéed onions, tomatoes, and fried potatoes), Ceviche (diced fish prepared with lime juice, cilantro, onions, and spices), and Papa a la Huancania (potatoes smothered in a sauce made from feta cheese, aji amarillo, and turmeric). Peruvian cuisine is a mix of flavors and influences, from the indigenous Inca to the centuries of immigrants who settled in Peru from Spain, China, Italy, Germany, Africa, and the Middle East. The present-day dinner menu at Los Cabos II reflects all of the immigrants’ influences, from the seafood, ceviche, and Spanish paella entrees to the Chinese- and African-inspired peppers, spices and sauces. The verde pasta sauce in the Tallarin Verde con Bistec (pesto spaghetti with pan fried steak and potato) shows Italy's influence as pesto is one of their most iconic dishes.
If you’re a Peruvian-food beginner, Los Cabos II is the top place in Denver to try a taste of the cuisine. They offer a lunch buffet from Monday through Saturday which is very reasonably priced at $9.95 per person, and the international Sunday buffet is $16.95. The buffet is filled with appetizers, soups, seafood, chicken, and beef entrees all made in the classic Peruvian style.
All of the cuisine at Los Cabos II is homemade, made from scratch daily using authentic Peruvian herbs and spices, and organic ingredients whenever possible. Three or four times a year, owner Francesca Ruiz orders a truckful of dry goods and pantry staples directly from Peruvian suppliers in Miami, New York, or L.A. The Peruvian goods are shipped to Denver where Francesca creates her family-preserved recipes.
In addition to its authentic cuisine, Los Cabos II serves a full assortment of Peruvian beverages, from Inca Kola and Chicha Morada to Cusquena beer and Pisco Sour cocktails made with pisco – a distilled grape brandy produced in the winemaking regions of Peru. Los Cabos II is also one of the few places you can get cocktails and beverages made with picchuberry, an exotic super fruit native to Peru that has been shown to have many health benefits.
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Los Cabos II is introducing new happy hour, dinner and drink menus and an expanded daily lunch buffet at its downtown location at 1525 Champa Street. The happy hour menu includes $5 appetizers and half-off certain indigenous drinks.
Check out all menu items on the website. Los Cabos II is located at 1525 Champa Street in downtown Denver, one block south of the 16 Street Mall. Free parking is available in the paid lot next door to Los Cabos II by having the ticket validated by your server. Children under age 4 are served free. Follow them on Facebook at Los Cabos “Puro Peru”