Photo by James Tran, courtesy of VAGA

Vaga Restaurant

Carlsbad
Latin American Restaurant
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San Diegans can once again enjoy the cuisine of creative director 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, Executive chef Ananda Bareño fuses diverse cultures with local ingredients in dishes such as Green Shakshuka Mussels, Brandt Ribeye Tataki, and Al Pastor Pork Belly on a seasonal menu. The beverage program, led by Juan Sanchez, features rotating signature cocktails, local microbrews, and a dynamic wine list.
How to book: Reservations are required and can be made online via SevenRooms.

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Perched high on a bluff at Alila Marea Beach Resort Encinitas, VAGA Restaurant and Bar provides stunning views, from its dramatic open kitchen to expansive ocean sunsets. The menu fuses diverse cultures by using local ingredients from Chino Farms and Cyclops Farms and infusing them with heirloom flavors captured during her extensive travels. The bar program features rotating signature cocktails, local microbrews, and a dynamic wine list that highlights natural wines with grapes from low-intervention/biodynamic vineyards. There’s an argument to be made for brunch as well, the menu is simpler and shorter, but the views are just as spectacular.
How to book: Reservations are recommended and can be made online via SevenRooms. Walk-ins are accepted if seating is available.

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