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The buzz: Chef Claudette Zepeda puts her stamp on a beautiful new resort restaurant.
The food: San Diegans can once again enjoy the cuisine of Executive Chef Claudette Zepeda at VAGA Restaurant and Bar at Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas. The restaurant sits atop the Encinitas bluffs and boasts expansive ocean and sunset views. In the dramatic open kitchen, Chef Zepeda fuses diverse cultures with local ingredients in dishes such as heirloom bean soup, brisket buns, and Baja sea bass on a seasonal menu. The beverage program, led by Alexander Gregg, features rotating signature cocktails, local microbrews, and a dynamic wine list incorporating natural wines utilizing grapes from low-intervention/biodynamic vineyards.
The cost: Signature cocktails are $11-18, drafts, bottled beer and wine by the glass run $7-19. Starters and shared plates cost $8-25, entrees are $30-75.
How to book: Reservations are recommended and can be made online via SevenRooms. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.