After Over Quarter Century Under Same Ownership, San Diego's Popular Ortega's Cocina Changing Hands In Ocean Beach

March 26, 2023

After over 25 years under the same family ownership, Ortega's Cocina is changing hands in San Diego's Ocean Beach.

Brothers Adolfo and Erik Barrientos-Ortega have been operating Ortega's Cocina on Newport Avenue in the heart of San Diego's beach town of Ocean Beach since the mid 1990s. Over its 27 year tenure, the quaint restaurant has become a destination for its lengthy menu of central Mexican fare, including tamales, enchiladas, fajitas, burritos, tacos, pupusas and much more. The Ortega family is planning on retiring, so the restaurant is in the process of being taken over by new operators, which should be finalized by mid-to-late April 2023. 

Ortega's Cocina will be taken over by a new group that includes David Sason, Jonathon Jarosa, Ryan Salem, Evonte Jina and Samer Cholakh. It is believed the team will continue to use the Ortega's name and menu, with only aesthetic changes planned for the restaurant. 

Ortega's Cocina is located at 4888 Newport Avenue in San Diego's Ocean Beach. For more information, visit