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Famed Mexican Seafood Eatery La Corriente Lands in La Jolla

The restaurant is best known for its take on fresh Pacific Ocean seafood and ceviches
La Corriente Cocina del Pacifico Mexican seafood restaurant opening in La Jolla, San Diego this year
Courtesy of La Corriente Cocina del Pacifico

In the footsteps of Tacos El Franc, another iconic Mexican eatery has landed in San Diego. La Corriente, the lauded Mexican seafood restaurant in Tijuana, Mexicali, Mazatlán, Monterrey, and Mexico City, is now open in La Jolla.

It’s the first, but probably not the last outpost in the U.S., explains Diego González, who co-founded La Corriente Group with Karim Reza in 2012. “It made sense to us to open in the U.S. in San Diego, anywhere in San Diego,” he explains, pointing to the proximity of Tijuana, where the first La Corriente Cevichería Nais opened in 2014. González says the two cities naturally overlap with food, art, culture, and activities, and people constantly travel from Los Angeles and San Diego to eat in Tijuana. Why not bring it to them? 

La Corriente Cocina del Pacifico Mexican seafood restaurant opening in La Jolla, San Diego in 2024 featuring a table full of seafood dishes and appetizers
Courtesy of La Corriente Cocina del Pacifico

González said they’d been eyeing locations in San Diego for three years, everywhere from Del Mar, Encinitas, and further north. He says more locations in Coronado, Chula Vista, or even in L.A. are future possibilities. But for now, they’re happy to focus on streamlining the new location in La Jolla

La Corriente is best known for its take on fresh Pacific Ocean seafood, especially its signature red snapper tostada. “In terms of music, this is our first single,” he jokes. “That dish is what made us popular.” Other favorites include their ceviches, tacos, and tostadas, with beer and wine. (González adds they may add a full liquor license in the future, but for now, try the Clamatos.)

He’s also quick to point out that guests can expect the same quality and presentation as their other locations. “It’s exactly the same—the same quality, the same flavors, everything,” he promises. And if a bit of heat isn’t your thing, he says not to worry. “We were worried about Americans that the food was too spicy,” he laughs. “[But] people seem very, very happy with the results so far.”

Wine classes at San Diego restaurant Garibaldi featuring a wine-paired dinner event presented by Pio Cesare in April 2024
Photo Credit: Diana Rose

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By Beth Demmon

Beth Demmon is an award-winning writer and podcaster whose work regularly appears in national outlets and San Diego Magazine. Her first book, The Beer Lover's Guide to Cider, is now available. Find out more on

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