Ember & Rye will be Blais’ third San Diego-based restaurant venture.
Many know Richard Blais from Top Chef. He was runner-up in season four of the culinary cook off, and later went on to win Top Chef: All-Stars in 2011. Since then, Blais has been at the forefront of several new restaurant openings, two of which are right here in San Diego: Juniper & Ivy (no longer affiliated) and The Crack Shack.
Now Blais turns his attention to his newest venture, a collaboration with the Park Hyatt Aviara called Ember & Rye. The new restaurant, which is part of a massive renovation surpassing $50 million, is situated near the greens of the resort’s prominent golf club.
True to its location, Ember & Rye has a modern country club look to it, with colorful nods to Cali vibes. Simple yet elegant seating and decor gives the space a fresh coastal feel, making it the perfect place to have a relaxing night out or to refuel after a long afternoon on the golf course. The space features a classy cocktail bar, set to serve up samplers of oysters, caviar, and other small plates highlighting the local fare.
Diners will also enjoy a serene outdoor patio, complete with a wood-fired grill and views of Batiquitos Lagoon. The menu is still being fine tuned, but will be dominated by aged steaks and fresh seafood, with plenty of reminders of who’s heading the kitchen (read: liquid nitrogen).
Ember & Rye will have a variety of offerings for lunch and dinner, and is currently set to open in March, provided public health orders don’t change. The restaurant’s website states it will begin accepting reservations beginning on March 1.
So fingers crossed! This upcoming spot is definitely one to look out for this spring.
[Featured image: Facebook/Richard Blais]