VAGA (noun – Spanish) wanderer, drifter

For a true “vaga,” the journey is never-ending; the spirit and palate, always curious.

Drawing ingredients and inspiration from near and far, VAGA explores San Diego’s ever-changing confluence of culture and wanderlust. From its perch on a coastal bluff in Encinitas, California, VAGA keeps one hand in the ocean, one hand in the farm, and both eyes on the horizon.

Chef Ananda Bareño

Ananda Bareño

Executive Chef

Executive Chef Ananda Bareño's impressive culinary resume began as a Sous Chef at Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego which eventually led her to become Chef de Cuisine at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa. Since then, Bareño’s more than 25-year career has taken her around the world including posts in France, Costa Rica, Damascus, Syria, and Amman, Jordan, where she spent several years working as Chef de Cuisine for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts.

Mark Enciso

Chef de Cuisine

Paola Gonzalez

Pastry Chef

Roque Medina

Director of Food & Beverage

Dylan Shea

Beverage Manager


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.