La Jolla’s Newest Restaurant Aldea Opens its Doors

  • Baja Coastal Inspired Cuisine
  • La Jolla
  • $$$$

Aldea, a contemporary California restaurant with Mexican inspiration rooted in the heart of La Jolla Village, is now open!

Founder Steve Horowitz, a passionate La Jolla native, envisions Aldea not just as a restaurant but as a culinary haven where the spirit of community thrives, memories are made, and every guest becomes a cherished member of the extended family.

Named after the Spanish word for “village,” Aldea symbolizes a commitment to fostering a warm and inviting environment. The 3,200-square-foot space takes over the former Mermaids and Cowboys restaurant space at 1251 Prospect St.

Aldea La Jolla: A Culinary Haven in the Heart of the Village

“Aldea isn’t just a restaurant; it’s a testament to my love for La Jolla,” says founder Steve Horowitz. “My deep-rooted connection to this community has shaped and inspired me in so many ways. La Jolla is more than a place; it’s the beating heart of my fondest memories, and Aldea is my way of giving back.”

“Aldea aims to be the cornerstone of our La Jolla community, a place where memories are forged and connections blossom,” Horowitz said.

“My vision was to create a space where future generations would experience the same profound inspiration—a restaurant where the warmth of hospitality intertwines seamlessly with great food.”

“Opening our doors to the public is an exhilarating moment for me, an opportunity to unveil my team’s dedication and passion that has gone into bringing Aldea to life.”

Innovative Menu and Cocktail Creations

To create a one-of-a-kind menu, Horowitz recruited the expertise of Las Vegas chef Alex Reznick, a seasoned veteran of Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 7 and Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.”

Executive Chef John Villalba, renowned for his global culinary expertise with a background that includes the prestigious Tavern on the Green in New York City’s Central Park, has also joined the team.

Together, they created a menu inspired by the vibrant flavors of California’s West Coast and influenced by regions across Mexico.

The menu embraces a wide range of seafood-centric dishes, including Ceviche, Local Red Snapper, Aguachile, Line-Caught Mahi-Mahi, alongside a diverse array of meat-centric entrees, including Bone-In Ribeye, Birria Bone-In Short Rib, Pollo A La Plancha, Crispy Pork Belly, and so much more.

On the cocktail menu, indulge your sweet tooth with the Amiga concoction, blending vodka, lavender truffle syrup, zesty lime citrus, and velvety egg white. Or, try the Vieux, marrying sweet vermouth, cognac, rye, xtabentun, peychauds, and angostura for a rich experience.

Aldea Restaurant cocktail
Aldea Restaurant cocktail

If savory flavors beckon, delve into the Jean Jacket, made with whiskey, licor 43, lime citrus, and aromatic angostura. Or, relish the Coriander creation, featuring cilantro-infused gin, macerated cucumber,  lime citrus, and celery bitters for a refreshing twist.

See you there!

Aldea is located at 1251 Prospect St, La Jolla, CA, 92037.

It will be open Tuesday to Thursday from 4 PM to 9 PM, Friday from 4 PM to 10 PM, Saturday from 4 PM to 10 PM, Sunday from 4 PM to 9 PM, and closed on Mondays.

On March 9, Aldea will start serving brunch on the weekends starting at 11 AM.

For more information, please visit here.

See you there, San Diego!

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