Gaslamp Tavern Team Open Baja-Inspired Coastal Cantina In Downtown San Diego

August 22, 2020

The team behind Gaslamp Tavern has taken over the nearby space previously occupied by Los Panchos de Charly in downtown San Diego and opened Coastal Cantina, a Baja-inspired bar & restaurant.

Rick and Estela Borba met at Hotel Del Coronado when he was a barback and she was a cocktail server. Now many years later the duo are part owners of downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Tavern and recently opened Coastal Cantina in the 3,000 square-foot space that last housed Los Panchos de Charly in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Coastal Cantina has been designed with Baja-influence from top to bottom. The restaurant has a palapa-style store front leading to the kitchen window like you would expect to see on a Mexican beach and a festive outdoor patio bar. The eatery also has an upstairs area for private parties once indoor dining is again permitted. The menu was designed by Tijuana Culinary Institute graduate Chef Miguel Caso and incorporates Baja flavors using different chilis and fresh squeezed juices, with the occasional touch of asian spice. Expect dishes like tacos, tostadas, salads, burritos, tortas, ceviches, and Mexican brunch items. Margaritas and craft mezcal cocktails are made with fresh juices and purees, and the full bar serves a variety of craft beer and wines.

Coastal Cantina is currently open for outdoor dining and take out from 11am to 10pm daily. For more information, follow the restaurant on Facebook and check out the menu below.