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All-Day Restaurant Menu


grilled spanish octopus 26
citrus ricotta gnudi, florentino baby cauliflower rapini, california citrus thyme gastrique
piquillo pepper muhammara 16
toasted walnuts, pomegranate, za’atar, toasted naan
bloody mary fingerling potatoes 16
brussels sprouts, mixed olives, blue cheese, pickled pearl onions, horseradish chili sauce
truffle poutine 24
french fries, beer braised short ribs, truffle + mushroom gravy, truffle zest, cheese curds
poisson cru 22
ahi tuna, coconut lime vinaigrette, radish, cucumber, sea grass, taro root chips
tinned seafood duo 26
choice of two tins, herbed ricotta, grissini, calabrian chili peppers +$10 each additional tin
  • sardines in olive oil
  • sardines in tomato sauce
  • mackerel in olive oil
  • octopus in galician sauce
  • smoked mussels
  • lemon pepper smoked oysters
charcuterie board (serves 2-3) 28
seasonal selection of 2 meats & 3 cheeses, housemade pickles, honeycomb, olives marcona almonds, seasonal fruit, grape mustard
spigarello vichyssoise 15
jumbo lump crab, baby leeks, chives, lemon olive oil, bottarga
Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. For every bowl ordered, $1 will be donated to Third Avenue Charitable Organization who leads Empty Bowls San Diego.


*add: chicken $6  |  shrimp $10  |  steak $12
caesar salad 16
baby romaine, roasted poblano dressing, focaccia croutons, pecorino romano, anchovies
little gem wedge 18
pancetta, pickled shallots, cherry heirloom tomatoes, avocado, smoked blue cheese dressing
buffalo mozzarella and watermelon salad 18
arugula, farro, toasted almonds, watermelon champagne vinaigrette


*served after 5pm
california white seabass 36*
purple cauliflower puree, romanesco, braised rainbow swiss chard, tarragon beurre blanc
black tiger shrimp and calamari 34*
cuttlefish ink cavatelli, italian sweet peppers, foraged mushrooms, puttanesca sauce
calabrese pizza 20
calabrese salami, marinara sauce, basil, mozzarella cheese, red wine sea salt
california gold barbeque pizza 22
smoked short ribs, gruyere + fontina cheese, stone fruit bbq sauce, red onions, frisée
Carté burger 22
smashed angus patty, bibb lettuce, grilled onion, sweet + spicy pickle, american cheese, house sauce toasted brioche
lobster roll 32
toasted brioche, tarragon aioli, fennel + cabbage slaw, meyer lemon
roasted corn and saffron risotto 30*
anaheim peppers, mascarpone, summer squash ragout, pine nuts
osso buco 38*
braised veal shank, cacio e pepe polenta, gremolata, cipollini onions, whole grain mustard cream
30 day dry-aged ny strip 48*
twice-baked garlic confit potato, romano beans, green peppercorn demi glace


spumoni panna cotta 14
pistachio white chocolate panna cotta, cacao nibs, strega infused luxardo cherries, candied pistachios
double chocolate s'mores cake 14
chocolate sponge cake, guanaja chocolate mousse torched marshmallow, graham crackers, chocolate rum sauce
blood orange creamsicle 12
vanilla mascarpone, blood orange marmalade, blood orange amaretti cookies, orange curd
Pappalecco gelato 8
assortment of gelatos and sorbets from Pappalecco

A 2% service charge is added to each check to ensure competitive industry compensation for our culinary team due to the rising cost of living. Parties of 6 or more may be subject to an automatic gratuity of 18%. Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.

Restaurant Hours: 7a - 11p Daily
Brunch: 11a - 3p Saturdays & Sundays
Watercolors ToGo Display Case and MERCATO Grab n'Go available 24 hours

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For to-go orders please call 619-432-1426.