40 Best New Restaurants in America 2021

“…the curiosity of chef Claudette Zepeda’s cooking, a personal journey that gathers influences from her life in Mexico and San Diego and environs, will soon grab your attention.” 

Most Likely to Earn Michelin Attention in 2022

“Chef Claudette’s globally inspired menu at VAGA in Leucadia is worthy of Michelin attention.”

Stunning Views and a 'Top Chef' Contender at the Helm

“With fire pits and Adirondack chairs perched high above South Ponto Beach, Vaga is instantly one of the best places in the country to watch the sea snuff out the sun.”

17 New Restaurants in San Diego to Check Out

“San Diego native and local chef Claudette Zepeda is set to take the culinary reins, crafting dishes that commemorate a medley of local and sustainably sourced ingredients.”

Food For Thought

“Helmed by lauded chef Claudette Zepeda, who earned national acclaim as El Jardin’s executive chef…the signature restaurant will showcase locally sourced ingredients.”

Chef Claudette Zepeda Finds Her Next Chapter

“Zepeda collected many honors…a semifinalist for the James Beard Award for Best Chef: West in 2019, a spot on Esquire’s 2018 Best New Restaurants list, a rave review in The New York Times…”

Chef Claudette Zepeda Opening Signature Restaurant at Beachfront Encinitas Resort

“The project is deeply personal for Zepeda, who bestowed her childhood nickname upon the restaurant…her sense of wanderlust and adventure as it applies to food.”

15 Highly Anticipated Restaurants Opening

“We start to get excited for all the new restaurants set to open in the new year—chefs with a fresh perspective, menus full of new dishes to taste, beautiful new spaces to see.”


Chef Claudette Zepeda’s transcendent seasonal culinary series returns on October 4th with our Nature of Air dinner. Reservations now open – reserve your place at the table.