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With Grand Opening Embarcadero Eyes 'Big Success'

Restaurant chef and co-owner George Valdovinos is open for lunch and dinner as Rancho Santa Margarita gets another dining option.

Although Embarcadero California Bistro has been open for dinner since November, the restaurant in Plaza El Paseo was officially welcomed into the community on May 4 during a ribbon cutting ceremony with Rancho Santa Margarita's Chamber of Commerce.

Chef George Valdovinos and his co-owner, Tony Kalomas, sliced through the giant ribbon with the city's giant pair of scissors after receiving welcome comments from the Chamber and president Suzanne Singh, the City and Mayor Tony Beall, and 33rd District state senator Mimi Walters through representative Greg Burt.

Valdovinos, a Rancho Santa Margarita resident who envisions multiple concept restaurants—this is his first—said he's hoping for "big success" at the corner location that was previously occupied by Opah and Finbar.

"The opening of this beautiful new restaurant in Rancho Santa Margarita provides residents of South Orange County another fantastic dining option—and more proof the vibrant business-friendly city of RSM continues to thrive even during tough economic times," Beall said.

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According to the restaurant, "Embarcadero hosts an innovative menu featuring small plates, signature salads, homemade pizzas, creative sandwiches, and entrees with a new twist. We also boast a full bar featuring specialty mojitos, martinis, and an extensive wine list. We will have live entertainment in the bar on most weekend evenings."

The restaurant is open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and dinner from 5-9 weekday nights, and 11 p.m. on the weekends; the kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.

J.P. May 08, 2012 at 12:18 AM
My family has been to Embarcadero California Bistro for dinner a couple times already and we love it. Great food, friendly service and great atmoshphere. Congratulations and best wishes for years of success!
Martin Henderson (Editor) May 08, 2012 at 06:04 AM
@JP, What do you recommend on the menu?
J.P. May 08, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Martin, we love the ahi hand rolls and truffle oil tator tots to start, and you've got to try the Maine lobster grilled cheese, the cheeseburger, the potato covered salmon, scallops with risotto...and a chocolate peanut butter bomb for desert. All great eating.
GV January 11, 2013 at 06:38 AM
I was not very pleased with this venue. They had a New Year's Eve party and they bar was playing this awful funeral music. Not sure why they did not let the dj start earlier because once he did he had the dance floor going. Food is over priced.

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