Latin Seafood Restaurant Opens in Little Italy | Sirena Brings South American Inspired Seafood to San Diego

October 15, 2014

Sirena, a gourmet Latin seafood restaurant, officially opens tonight at 5pm in Little Italy, San Diego. Located on the corner of Columbia Street and Fir Street, Sirena will showcase a unique menu featuring locally-caught seafood, sustainable and locally-grown vegetables and dishes influenced by South American cuisine and culture. Sirena’s creative and fresh-forward menu will offer guests something new in the urban downtown neighborhood.

From fresh oysters served with pickled vegetables and toasted squid inked black bread, to Chilean-inspired ceviche prepared with red snapper, octopus, scallops, red onion, bell pepper, cilantro, uni leche de tigre and churrasca, to braised scallops set atop a fresh coconut-ginger sauce, mirasol chili oil and a cauliflower puree, Executive Chef Jaime Chavez ‘ dishes highlight ingredients in imaginative ways, while incorporating touches of Latin flare and allowing the fresh ingredients to speak for themselves.

“Our goal is to bring to San Diego something unique and unmatched through the culinary experience at Sirena,” explains Aloy Bohon, Sirena general manager. “Our executive chef comes from Latin America, and it has been an exciting and delicious process to see him and his team put together this one-of-a-kind menu, with so much detail to the caliber of ingredients and the dedication to flavor.“

Sirena’s Latin-influenced dishes will play upon diners’ senses, with every component on each dish executed masterfully.  The restaurant’s namesake, meaning “mermaid” in Spanish, will not go unnoticed as guests will be lured in with each bite, the menu designed to enchant palates with a true siren’s song of flavors, textures and sights.

“I wanted the each piece of each dish to stand on its own. In Latin American cooking, we do not try cover our food in spice and sauce, instead preferring to let the taste of fresh ingredients shine,” said Chef Jaime Chavez, executive chef.

Sirena, located at 1901 Columbia St., will be open from 5pm until close, Tuesday through Saturday evenings. Sirena is not currently open for lunch or brunch, but is poised to create a daytime menu in the future.  For more information, visit, call (619) 564-8970 and check out the menu below.