Mar Rustico Brings Baja-Inspired Seafood To San Diego's Newest Food Hall

December 12, 2021

The team behind San Diego's renowned taco destination Tuetano Taqueria has unveiled Mar Rustico, a Baja-inspired seafood eatery now open in the new Old Town Urban Market multi concept food hall. 

Chef Priscilla Curiel opened her quaint taco shop Tuetano Taqueria in San Diego's South County border town of San Ysidro just three years ago. A graduate of the culinary program at the Art Institute of San Diego, Chef Curiel was raised to be a restaurateur. She grew up working in all facets of the industry at her family's restaurants on both sides of the border - Talavera Azul in Chula Vista and La Espadaña in Tijuana. In its short tenure, Tuetano Taqueria has been spotlighted in a multitude of publications, ranging from a glowing review in Food & Wine Magazine, to a mention in GQ's Best New Restaurants List, and most recently, being named as one of 25 Delicious Discoveries Across California and one of eight "Best Mexican Restaurants in San Diego" by the highly respected Michelin Guide. Late last year, Curiel opened a second concept, Mujer Divina, a Mexican coffee house and authentic burrito shop in National City.

After unveiling the relocated Tuetano Taqueria at Old Town Urban Market during Thanksgiving weekend, Curiel recently soft opened her newest concept Mar Rustico, offering a menu centered around Baja-style mariscos seafood. Expect items like the La Paz ceviche bowl with fresh fish, citrus, serrano pepper, red onion, cilanto, pepino, and olives; the Cabo ceviche with shrimp aquachile verde and veggie mix; the Sonora with octopus, cooked shrimp and aguachile in black salsa. The fast-casual eatery also offers fresh oysters and Curiel's take on clam chowder, as well as an array of beer, wine, and micheladas from the neighboring bar. Seafood tacos and burritos will be added to Mar Rustico's menu in the near future. 

In January 2022, more tenants are expected to open in the Old Town Urban Market, including Barrio Donas: The Missing Hole, Por Vida coffee house, and E•’lo•te street corn. There will also be several retail vendors. 

Mar Rustico is located at 2548 Congress Street in within Old Town Urban Market in San Diego's Old Town. For more information, follow the concept on Instagram and check out the launch menu below.