Welcome to the neighborhood El Jardin! Liberty Station's newest addition.

Opening this Friday, El Jardín is one of the country’s most anticipated restaurants and the highest stakes endeavor yet for its executive chef and guiding force, Claudette Zepeda-Wilkins. A native San Diegan who was also raised in Tijuana and Guadalajara, Zepeda-Wilkins’ culinary career began at the age of 19, first in the pastry realm and then on the savory side, which led to a high-profile position as chef de cuisine of the now-shuttered Bracero, named one of Eater’s Best New Restaurants in the nation in 2016. Partnering with Rise & Shine Restaurant Group owner Johan Engman to bring El Jardín to Liberty Station, she competed on ‘Top Chef’ and ‘Top Chef Mexico’ while traveling and cooking extensively throughout Mexico and the U.S. as she developed the restaurant’s contemporary Mexican menu.

- Eater San Diego