Food and Wine Festival, San Diego Bay, Chef Abe Botello

Executive Chef
West Coast Tavern

Abe Botello was born and raised in San Diego. His mother was a baker, and his parents owned Los Pinos; a Mexican restaurant in Imperial Beach. Botello started cooking in his father’s kitchen at age 16. He attended the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of San Diego and landed his first job at Urban Solace under direct supervision of Chef Matt Gordon. Botello worked his way up and became sous chef nearly two years later. He went on to open its sister restaurant called Solace, and also the Moonlight Lounge.

Botello joined the Verant Group as the executive chef of West Coast Tavern in 2013. He looks forward to creating a menu featuring playful dishes, and combining seasonal ingredients prepared with inventive techniques. He hopes to build a strong reputation for the creative cuisine at West Coast Tavern to accompany the restaurant’s atmosphere and vibe.