New Chef at JSix Restaurant

JSix Restaurant

JSix Restaurant announces the appointment of Steve Hamilton as Executive Chef to lead the culinary program at the popular East Village eatery. Chef Hamilton will oversee all food and beverage operations at JSix Restaurant and Upper East Bar, as well as Kimpton Hotel Solamar’s banquets, in-room dining and private dining offerings.

A seasoned industry veteran, Chef Hamilton brings over two decades of experience to his role at JSix Restaurant. Most recently, Chef Hamilton served as Chef at Better Sorts Social Club at the Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in Boston, where he played a pivotal role in the 2018 re-conception and renovation of the popular cocktail bar and small bites gastropub. Prior to joining Better Sorts Social Club, Chef Hamilton spent ten years at the Royal Sonesta Boston Hotel, where he held a variety of roles before leaving as Chef de Cuisine.

A New England native, Chef Hamilton plans to integrate San Diego’s abundant local produce and fresh seafood into his love for New England cuisine while mixing it up with a few other elevated comfort foods with a twist. The menu will include items like Lobster Mac and Cheese made with gruyere and orecchiette cheeses, Smoked Chicken Wings rubbed in Jamaican jerk and orange mojo, The OG Lobster Roll crafted New England style and Bucatini & Burrata Crab tossed with corn, heirloom tomato, pea shoots, anchovy and fried bread crumbs.

“I am thrilled to join the team at JSix and Kimpton Solamar Hotel,” said Executive Chef Steve Hamilton. “I want to continue elevating JSix and Upper East Bar’s reputation as a go-to spot for happy hour or dinner before a night out downtown, with a creative spin on food and drinks. I can’t wait to showcase new dishes that feature fresh coastal cuisine, while also infusing East Coast ingredients that I love.”

When Hamilton is not crafting unique dishes in the kitchen, he can be found exploring San Diego’s buzzing downtown, stunning coastline, local farmers markets and tasting his way through the city’s foodie scene.

JSix Restaurant is located at 616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101. For more information on JSix, please


Complementing its East Village location, the menus at JSix are as eclectic as the community-driven neighborhood, attracting local foodies, happy hour crowds, and friends for Sunday brunch, rooftop events and more. The innovative bar program exemplifies the tradition and history of cocktails while staying on top of and ahead of major trends. The result is a modern coastal American restaurant that serves honest food and drinks. JSix is located at 616 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101. For more information, call 619-531-8744 or visit


Kimpton manages over 80 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges across major metropolitan cities, resort destinations and up-and-coming markets in the United States, Caribbean and Europe. Helmed by renowned chefs and skilled bartenders, each Kimpton restaurant and bar is an original, from the cuisine, to the craft cocktails, to the décor and ambiance — creating a truly immersive experience for guests. Set in warm and welcoming spaces, Kimpton’s restaurants and bars are a gathering place in the communities and reflect the local flavors of each location. For more information, visit