Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa To Unveil Bayside Cali-Coastal Restaurant This Spring

February 14, 2019

The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa has announced the addition of a new bayside dining concept primed to be the island's premier Cali-coastal restaurant. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, ALBACA: Alta California Kitchen will feature a menu designed by new Executive Chef Rafael Corniel and Restaurant Chef Aaron Obregon. The resort will also add a new outdoor pool bar called Auga.

The name, "ALBACA" and "Alta California Kitchen" comes from a time back when the Californias were one and the regions were designated as Alta and Baja. The new concept will serve the best of what the area’s terroir offers with a modern interpretation that fuses the many cultures that share it. ALBACA will present an ever-changing menu that "rolls with the tide" and utilizes seasonal seafood sourced from nearby Southern California and Baja waters. Additionally, locally sourced ingredients and a focus on health and wellness will inspire nutrient and diet friendly dishes. The resort's chefs aim for each dish to celebrate local farmers, fishermen and artisans by bringing a curated selection of the best of the Californias. Combining California cuisine with a distinct Latin and Baja flair, Chef Rafael Corniel, who was born in the Dominican Republic and Chef Aaron Obregon, born in Mexico, combine culinary styles on a rotating menu that blends their roots with a passion for San Diego’s waters and local farms.

Located just steps from the Coronado Ferry Landing on a quiet, tranquil side of the island, the new Cali-coastal kitchen will have a bohemian design and offer incredible views of the bay and downtown San Diego skyline. The restaurant will feature indoor-outdoor seating and a sun-drenched patio surrounded by fire pits and lush greenery to provide an island escape.

"We are thrilled to showcase our beautiful seaside setting and unique culinary expertise, in a whole new way,” said Hotel General Manager Nusrat Mirza. “Our new eatery will make a splash on the city’s dining scene and provide both travelers and locals with a restaurant that provides a delicious, creative menu, but also an unforgettable experience."

The introduction of the new restaurant comes nearly three years after the completion of a property-wide renovation, which introduced redesigned guest rooms, a new wellness center and the award-winning Spa at Coronado Island.  said that the project transformed the bayfront property into a sought-after Southern California health and wellness destination. The resort features three floors with 300 rooms, 28 cottages, 7 executive suites, 23 meeting rooms with 25,000 square feet of total event space. An outdoor pool bar called Auga will also be added to the property this year, offering a variety of fast-casual dishes and drinks perfect for an afternoon outside.

ALBACA at the Coronado Island Marriott is set to open in this spring. The resort is located at 2000 Second Street in Coronado. For information, visit or call 619.435.3000.