Costa Brava Restaurant & Bar

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Food

Costa Brava has been voted #1 best Tapas Restaurant in San Diego several years in a row. Thank you to all that voted for us! We offer a true culinary experience with modern cuisine from the Basque Region and Catalonia and a robust cookery of Castile and Extremadura. Where one finds superb roasts and exquisite game dishes with a broad spectrum of aromatic and healthful culinary choices from the Mediterranean coast.

Wine

Our on-site bodega or wine cellar is composed of 500-plus specially selected vintages including Sherries, Sparkling, Ports, Rose, Sweet, White and Red wines.  Our staff is very knowledgeable and would love to help you match the perfect wine with your food.

Culture

Costa Brava specializes in events and catering. We offer HDTV of most major Spanish and European soccer games and love to host Championship Games on our big screen projectors and HDTVs. Have a seat at the bar and experience the culture of Spain from our patrons to our employees!
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Happy Hour every day from 4pm-6pm.

Come and enjoy 1/2 price Sangria and a selected menu of Tapas at 1/2 price.  Except certain holidays.

Our menu

Aceitunas Aliñadas $3.50

marinated olives

Aceitunas con anchoa $4.95

anchovie stuffed olives

Anchoas con Pimientos $9.50

spanish anchovies & piquillo peppers

Boquerones $9.50

fresh anchovies in olive oil

Champiñones a la vinagreta $4.95

marinated mushrooms

Chorizo y Butifarra $8.50

chorizo from La Rioja & grilled Butifarra

Ensalada Verde $4.95

green salad

Espárragos con Ali-Oli $6.95

white asparagus with Ali-Oli

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Jamón Serrano $12.50

imported dry cured Serrano ham

Mejillones en Escabeche $7.50

spanish mussels in brine

Pan Tomaca con Jamón $10.95

toasted bread, tomatoes, garlic and Serrano ham

Pulpo a la Vinagreta $8.50

marinated octopus

Queso Cabrales $7.95

Spanish blue cheese from Asturias

Queso Manchego $7.95

manchego cheese

Salpicón de Mariscos $8.95

marinated seafood salad

Sardinas en Aceite $5.95

sardines in olive oil

Sobrasada $6.95

cured pork sausage

Tabla de Embutidos Ibéricos $24.50

a platter of various cold cuts & cheese

Tablas de Quesos Españoles $15.50

selection of five Spanish cheeses

Tortilla de Chorizo $8.95

Spanish potato omelet with chorizo

Flan $4.95

egg custard pudding

Pastel de Fruta $5.95

bread pudding with fruit

Tarta de la Casa $6.95

chocolate cheesecake

Arroz negro con sepia (per person) $22.50

rice with calamaris cooked in a paella pan in a squid-ink based, saffron broth (minimum 2 people)

Chuletillas de Cordero $16.95

rack of lamb served with Rioja wine sauce

Chuletón con Patatucas y Pimientos $19.50

16oz choice porterhouse steak with fried potatoes and roasted piquillo peppers

Conejo a la Cazadora $18.50

braised rabbit with herbs, tomato, onion, potatoes, carrots and white wine

Cordero asado a Nuestra Manera $17.50

roasted shank of lamb marinated in fine spices, served with potatoes

Lomo a la Riojana $17.50

pork loin medallions served over roasted peppers with mashed potatoes

Lubina al Cava $26.50

fresh sea bass cooked in cava with dates and figs, served on a bed of spinach sautéed with bacon

Paella de Mariscos (per person) $21.50

traditional saffron rice dish with shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari (minimum 2 people)

Paella Mixta (per person) $19.50

traditional saffron rice dish with chorizo, chicken, shrimp, mussels, clams, and calamari. (minimum 2 people)

Pollo Romescu $15.95

chicken breast in romescu sauce, with rice and vegetables

Rabo de Toro $18.50

ox tail slowly braised in Rioja wine sauce

Salmón Relleno $18.50

fresh salmon, stuffed with seafood in a lobster bisque sauce

Solomillo al Queso Cabrales $24.50

filet mignon served with cabrales cheese and green pepper corn cream

Zarzuela de Mariscos $19.50

a seafood medley of prawns, fish, scallops, clams and mussels in Marinara sauce

Almejas a la Marinara $10.95

steamed clams in Spanish marinara sauce

Caracoles al Ali-Oli $8.50

escargot in a parsley Ali-Oli sauce

Champiñones al Ajillo $6.25

sautéed mushrooms in garlic & Sherry wine

Choricito Frito $6.95

sautéed chorizo sausage

Croquetas de Bacalao $7.95

dry Cod fish croquettes

Croquetas de Pollo $6.95

chicken croquettes

Dátiles con Tocino $7.50

dates wrapped in bacon

Empanadillas de Atún $5.95

tuna in pastry

Gambas a la Plancha $8.95

grilled whole shrimp

Gambas al Ajillo $8.95

shrimp in garlic

Morcilla Frita con Cebolla $8.95

pork sausage sautéed with onions

Patatas a la Brava $5.75

spicy potatoes

Patatas Ali-Oli $5.75

potatoes with Ali-Oli

Pescaito Frito $7.95

Fried whole baby anchovies

Pimientos a la Riojana $5.95

Spanish peppers sautéed in olive oil and garlic

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Pinchitos Morunos $8.50

grilled lamb on skewers

Pollo al Ajillo $6.95

sautéed chicken in a garlic and wine sauce

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Pulpo a la Gallega $10.50

octopus with olive oil and spicy paprika

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Rabas $8.50

fried calamaries

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Tortilla Española $6.75

spanish potato omelet with onion and egg

Cocido de Alubias $8.95

white bean stew with chorizo

Ensalada de Pollo $9.95

grilled marinated chicken breast on a bed of mixed greens, tossed in balsamic vinaigrette, sprinkled with feta cheese

Ensalada de Salmón $11.95

grilled salmon on a bed of green leaf lettuce, olives, cucumbers and tomatoes, tossed in a pesto dressing, and topped with Parmesan cheese

Ensalada Mixta de la casa $7.95

lettuce, onion and tomato on a bed of potatoes, topped with olives, white asparagus and tuna

Gazpacho Andaluz $4.95

traditional cold vegetable soup

Sopa de Ajo Castellana $5.95

garlic soup with poached egg

About Spanish Cuisine

Tapas, enjoyed in every region of Spain, are a national pastime; you might say they are a microcosm of traditional Spanish cooking. For those of you not yet acquainted with tapas, they are Spanish-style appetizers that go far beyond little tidbits to accompany an aperitif. They are most often bite-size, but nevertheless may need a dish or small casserole if they are saucy, or perhaps a fork or a toothpick. When enough tapas are served and in sufficient variety, they can easily replace a meal.

Tapas represent a Spanish style of living, and there is no better way to partake in the life of the country than by participating in this time-honored tradition. Spaniards love gathering in bars before their hearty lunchtime meal (a three hour period in which almost all business comes to a halt), and temporarily satisfy their hunger with tapas and a glass of beer, wine, or fino (sherry). They meet with friends and vigorously discuss affairs and life in general. At the end of the workday (about 8:00 p.m.) the bars fill once more for yet another round of tapas, drinks, and animated conversation. Based on healthy robust Mediterranean ingredients, tapas, although in the tradition of “snacking”, are a far cry from junk food. Seafood salads, empanadas, grilled shellfish, potato omelets, or tapas as straightforward as slices of jamon Serrano, tasty chorizo sausage, or unique Manchego cheese are just a few of the tantalizing possibilities.

Paella, the “national dish of Spain”, or so many come to consider this glorious rice dish that originated in the Valencia region on the Mediterranean coast. Paella gets its name from the pan it is prepared in, the paellera, which is traditionally cooked outdoors, over an open flame. There are many variations and opinions as to what goes into Paella, but what all Paellas have in common, however, is Spanish short-grain rice. Using the right kind of rice is without a doubt the most important factor in creating authentic Paella. Short-grain rice absorbs flavors and has a chewiness not found in long-grain, and both these qualities are the very essence of Paella. After all, the rice is the principal player in this dish, and aside from whatever else goes into the Paella, the rice must be extraordinarily good. The wide flat metal paellera pan in which the rice cooks is also of utmost importance. Another essential is adding the saffron to the Paella, which gives it its distinct flavor and yellowish color.

Spaniards have an ongoing love affair with their Tortilla Española, a potato omelet that has nothing in common with a Mexican tortilla except its name, which refers to its round shape. It is the most versatile dish imaginable, equally appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for the tapas hour, cut either in wedges or in small squares. Its ingredients are simply potatoes, eggs, olive oil, salt and sometimes onion, and yet there is something about the mixture and the way it is cooked that make Tortilla Española an object of adoration among Spaniards. Tortilla may be eaten hot, but it improves immeasurable if cooled to room temperature and is at its best when allowed to sit a few hours before serving.

Like the Beluga caviar or Kobe beef, Jamón Ibérico is the ultimate of its kind. Until now, it has been unavailable in the U.S. The first Spanish producer, Embutidos y Jamones Fermín, is now fully approved by the U.S. Government to export Ibérico to the United States. The small family company delivered their first shipment of Ibérico embutidos (chorizo and salchichón sausages; lomo – cured loin) in July 2006. The first Jamones Ibéricos (hams) arrived in time for Christmas in 2007. The first was sliced by celebrated chef José Andrés on December 12th with the Spanish ambassador to the U.S. in attendance . The crown jewel of Spanish ham, the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, or acorn fed Ibérico ham, arrived in July 2008. These larger hams require more time to cure, but they are worth the wait! Read more

+ What are Tapas?

Tapas, enjoyed in every region of Spain, are a national pastime; you might say they are a microcosm of traditional Spanish cooking. For those of you not yet acquainted with tapas, they are Spanish-style appetizers that go far beyond little tidbits to accompany an aperitif. They are most often bite-size, but nevertheless may need a dish or small casserole if they are saucy, or perhaps a fork or a toothpick. When enough tapas are served and in sufficient variety, they can easily replace a meal.

Tapas represent a Spanish style of living, and there is no better way to partake in the life of the country than by participating in this time-honored tradition. Spaniards love gathering in bars before their hearty lunchtime meal (a three hour period in which almost all business comes to a halt), and temporarily satisfy their hunger with tapas and a glass of beer, wine, or fino (sherry). They meet with friends and vigorously discuss affairs and life in general. At the end of the workday (about 8:00 p.m.) the bars fill once more for yet another round of tapas, drinks, and animated conversation. Based on healthy robust Mediterranean ingredients, tapas, although in the tradition of “snacking”, are a far cry from junk food. Seafood salads, empanadas, grilled shellfish, potato omelets, or tapas as straightforward as slices of jamon Serrano, tasty chorizo sausage, or unique Manchego cheese are just a few of the tantalizing possibilities.

+ What is Paella?

Paella, the “national dish of Spain”, or so many come to consider this glorious rice dish that originated in the Valencia region on the Mediterranean coast. Paella gets its name from the pan it is prepared in, the paellera, which is traditionally cooked outdoors, over an open flame. There are many variations and opinions as to what goes into Paella, but what all Paellas have in common, however, is Spanish short-grain rice. Using the right kind of rice is without a doubt the most important factor in creating authentic Paella. Short-grain rice absorbs flavors and has a chewiness not found in long-grain, and both these qualities are the very essence of Paella. After all, the rice is the principal player in this dish, and aside from whatever else goes into the Paella, the rice must be extraordinarily good. The wide flat metal paellera pan in which the rice cooks is also of utmost importance. Another essential is adding the saffron to the Paella, which gives it its distinct flavor and yellowish color.

+ What is Tortilla Española?

Spaniards have an ongoing love affair with their Tortilla Española, a potato omelet that has nothing in common with a Mexican tortilla except its name, which refers to its round shape. It is the most versatile dish imaginable, equally appropriate for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for the tapas hour, cut either in wedges or in small squares. Its ingredients are simply potatoes, eggs, olive oil, salt and sometimes onion, and yet there is something about the mixture and the way it is cooked that make Tortilla Española an object of adoration among Spaniards. Tortilla may be eaten hot, but it improves immeasurable if cooled to room temperature and is at its best when allowed to sit a few hours before serving.

+ What is Jamón Ibérico?

Like the Beluga caviar or Kobe beef, Jamón Ibérico is the ultimate of its kind. Until now, it has been unavailable in the U.S. The first Spanish producer, Embutidos y Jamones Fermín, is now fully approved by the U.S. Government to export Ibérico to the United States. The small family company delivered their first shipment of Ibérico embutidos (chorizo and salchichón sausages; lomo – cured loin) in July 2006. The first Jamones Ibéricos (hams) arrived in time for Christmas in 2007. The first was sliced by celebrated chef José Andrés on December 12th with the Spanish ambassador to the U.S. in attendance . The crown jewel of Spanish ham, the Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, or acorn fed Ibérico ham, arrived in July 2008. These larger hams require more time to cure, but they are worth the wait! Read more

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+1 (858) 273 1218
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