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.