Monday, July 13, 2020

Albaca, The New Bayside Dining Concept, Is Now Open At The Renovated Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Boasting panoramic views of the San Diego Bay and iconic Coronado Bridge, Southern California wellness resort, the Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa’s new bayside dining experience, ALBACA, is now open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Coronado Island.

Image courtesy of Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

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Helmed by Executive Chef Rafael Corniel and Restaurant Chef Aaron Obregon, the restaurant combines the names “Alta” (AL), “Baja” (BA), and “California” (CA) to form the word ALBACA. The name is derived from when the Californias were one, and such designated as Alta and Baja. The new concept celebrates timeless Latin, Baja, and California flavors through simple food created with great ingredients that bring the best of the Californias to Coronado.

Personifying the resort’s focus on wellness, ALBACA’s menu is also designed to promote wellbeing through local ingredients, health-conscious dishes, and thoughtfully crafted menus. ALBACA also offers a selection of diet-friendly menu items created for a variety of palates and preferences, with Chef Aaron Obregon’s own veganism inspiring a selection of the restaurant’s signature dishes.

Image courtesy of Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

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ALBACA also launches with it an impressive beverage program through a new indoor-outdoor bar, which features local craft beers and Baja wines. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails – dubbed “zero-proof,” bring forth creative libations and mocktails, best-enjoyed poolside or on the restaurant’s picturesque patio.

A selection of ALBACA’s menu highlights include:


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Chia Bowl Apricot | pomegranate | toasted almonds

Coronado Benedict Cornbread biscuit | pork belly | poached egg | cilantro jalapeño hollandaise | rosemary potatoes

OG Avocado Toast Multi-grain bread | poached egg | cucumber | radishes | ricotta cream | asparagus | tomatillo chimichurri

Vegan Hash Tempeh chorizo | mushrooms | potatoes | cheddar cheese | salsa verde | crème

Cinnamon Roll Toasted marshmallows | candied hazelnuts | nutella crème anglaise


White Bean Hummus Roasted mushrooms | tempeh chorizo | herb oil  | grilled bread | tomatillo chimichurri

Meal Bowls Forbidden rice mix | pinto beans | queso fresco | roasted vegetables | avocado | tomatillo salsa | with choice of chicken, fish, poached egg and tuna

Shrimp Rolled Tacos Bean puree | pico de gallo | avocado | tomatillo salsa | queso fresco | crema

Local Tuna Sandwich Roasted tomato | arugula | avocado | fried onions | umami aioli

Impossible Burger Cheddar cheese | almond mayo | roasted tomato pepper jam

Peel N Eat Shrimp Cilantro jalapeño remoulade


Green Bean and Beet Salad Arugula | agave cider vinaigrette | ricotta yogurt | toasted pumpkin seeds

Charred Cauliflower Black and blue butter | green mole sauce

Papas Al Mojo Crispy Idaho potatoes | aioli | red mojo sauce

Clam Toast Braised clams | bacon | aioli | salsa verde

Seafood Pasilla Rice Squid | octopus | wild Mexican shrimp | local fish | aioli | chimichurri

Duck Carnitas Forbidden mix rice | braised beans | pickled onions | charred tomatillo salsa | corn tortillas

ALTA Crispy Chicken Fideo seco | vegetable mole | local squash | cream

Snake River Rib Eye Black and blue potatoes | charred tomatoes | red and green mojo sauce | jalapeño corn cake

Located on the quiet side of Coronado, just steps away from the Coronado Ferry Landing, ALBACA features an idyllic indoor-outdoor design with a sun-drenched patio and bayside lawn overlooking the waters. The opening of ALBACA concludes the resort’s multi-year renovation journey, which transformed the Coronado Island Marriott into a wellness destination though new guest rooms, spa and wellness center, redesigned meeting spaces, lobby, fresh dining concepts, and more.

Image courtesy of Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

ALBACA is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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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:


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