SEA180 Coastal Tavern
With sweeping “180 degree” views of Los Coronados (the Coronado Islands), South Bay and Mexico, the name SEA180° was coined from the expansive ocean views visible from every corner of the establishment. Located just steps from the stunning Imperial Beach sand, SEA 180 is upscale but accessible.
The restaurant is a gorgeous 10,000 square foot space comprised of both indoor and outdoor dining–including a banquet room, a rooftop deck with unparalleled coastal and inland views, and several private dining rooms throughout. Philippe Beltran, an avid world traveler who was born and raised in Paris, is best known in San Diego as the creative mind behind the Cohn’s BO-beau kitchen + bar in Ocean Beach and 100 Wines in Hillcrest. Beltran headed up the interior design of SEA 180 with an all-new design aesthetic, by combining natural and organic elements, fashioning a light and airy environment in with mixed stone and reclaimed wood. A soft palette bolsters the sky-high glass windows which highlight the restaurant’s design focal point, the picturesque sea views.
Exceptionally prepared seafood are a prominent part of the menu, but guests have many other options to choose from. Shared offerings include house smoked Salmon “Gringo” Sushi, smoked Rock Cod Chowder with roasted fennel and bacon lardons, gingered pulled Pork Empanadas with mango black bean sauce, and Duck “Carnaditas” with caramelized onions, pineapple salsa and aged goat cheese. Traditional entrée-style portions also decorate the menu with dishes such as grilled Whole Fish with garden herbs, asparagus, cilantro mojo and the smoked Beer Can Chicken with cauliflower mash, arugula and tequila gravy.
With a dedicated emphasis on tequila, SEA180°’s craft cocktail list includes the Diablo Peach, a combination of house made sage and peach infused tequila, agave nectar and light ginger beer, and the Paloma 180, a blend of housemade pomelo infused tequila, Pavan liquor, lime juice and fresh sparkling grapefruit soda served with a salted rim. Remaining true to the restaurant’s location, the beer selection is predominantly local, sourced from Baja to Temecula. More than 75 bottles of wine are offered, including varietals from the Guadalupe Valley and Fallbrook. Wines are served in quartinos (250 mL, 8.5 oz) and 1/2 litres (500 mL, 17 oz.) rather than the traditional 6 oz. pour, in an effort to encourage guests to share different selections among the table. Non-alcoholic options are also available in the form of flavored house made lemonades and juices.
ABOUT COHN RESTAURANT GROUP: Over the past 32 years, David and Lesley Cohn have brought dining to a new level as the premier hospitality collective in San Diego. Beginning with one small diner in 1981, Cohn Restaurant Group now owns and operates 19 restaurants in San Diego County and one location in Maui. Venues include Corvette Diner, BO-beau kitchen + bar, Blue Point Coastal Cuisine, The Prado at Balboa Park, Indigo Grill, Gaslamp Strip Club, La Jolla Strip Club, 333 Pacific, C Level/Island Prime, Pineapple Grill, Melting Pot, Vintana and 100 Wines Hillcrest as well as a line of food trucks including Chop Soo-ey and Ms. Patty Melt. While each restaurant varies in terms of cuisine, ambiance and design aesthetic, they all share the same philosophy–they are “obsessed with hospitality.” Each restaurant has gained respect through numerous awards and accolades, including multiple San Diego Gold Medallion Awards, Restaurateur of the Year, Gaslamp Quarter Association Lamplighter Awards, and various honors from local publications and philanthropic organizations. Believing in the importance of giving back to the community, David and Lesley have been recognized for their strong community and industry support, including the Gaslamp Quarter Historic Association “Vision Award,” the San Diego Press Club’s “Entrepreneurs of the Year” Award, the San Diego City Schools for exemplary Support and Commitment to Partnerships in Education and the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Market Place Ethics. The Cohns’ aspirations continue to fuel new and unique endeavors with a constantly evolving stable of concepts and boundary-pushing venues. For more information about Cohn Restaurant Group, please visit www.dinecrg.com or call 619-236-1299.