Havana Kitchen Bringing Cuban Cuisine To San Diego's La Jolla

June 4, 2023

A longtime destination for Cuban cuisine in Temecula, Havana Kitchen will soon open an outpost in San Diego's La Jolla community. 

In 2006, James Torres started Havana Kitchen as a small commercial caterer sited in an industrial park in Murrieta, CA. Within a couple of months, he converted the front reception area into a six table dining room. In 2012, a loyal customer presented Torres with the opportunity to bring Havana Kitchen to a commercial space in Old Town Temecula, and the rest is history. Havana Kitchen has now been a popular restaurant for casual Cuban fare for over a decade.

Torres has taken over a space that last housed a Karina’s Mexican location in La Jolla Village for the opening of his second Havana Kitchen. Like the original, expect an all-day menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner with dishes like empanadas, plantains, salads, baked goods and an assortment of Cuban pressed sandwiches. There will also be a selection of in-house roasted coffee blends Cuban espresso and Cortadito coffees, as well as tea, hot chocolate and blended drinks.

Havana Kitchen is anticipated to open this fall at 1055 Torrey Pines Road, Suite 101, in La Jolla. For more information, visit havanakitchen.com.