New Cali-Coastal Kitchen Set to Make a Splash in Coronado

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa Primed to Introduce ALBACA, the Island’s Premier Cali-Coastal Restaurant in Spring 2019

The Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa announces the addition of ALBACA, a brand new bayside dining concept primed to be Coronado island’s premier Cali-Coastal restaurant. Scheduled to open in Spring 2019, the restaurant will feature a Cali-Coastal inspired menu designed by Executive Chef Rafael Corniel and Restaurant Chef Aaron Obregon.

ALBACA’s ever-changing menu “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 that personify the resort’s mission to enhance personal wellbeing.


Combining California cuisine with a distinct Latin and Baja flair, Chef Rafael, who was born in the Dominican Republic, and Chef Aaron, 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.

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa new restaurant concept
Image courtesy of Fast Forward Events and Coronado Island Marriott

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

The introduction of ALBACA 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. Hotel General Manager Nusrat Mirza said that the project transformed the bayfront property into a sought-after Southern California health and wellness destination.

“We are thrilled to showcase our beautiful seaside setting and unique culinary expertise, in a whole new way,” continued Mirza. “Our new Cali-Coastal kitchen 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.”

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: