Malibu Farm to freshen up Seaport Village food scene
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The Port anticipates Malibu Farm will begin construction in fall 2021 and open for business by summer 2022.
The Port anticipates Malibu Farm will begin construction in fall 2021 and open for business by summer 2022.

The Port of San Diego’s revitalization of Seaport Village has a new partnership. Malibu Farm, founded by celebrity chef Helene Henderson and her husband, actor and restaurateur John Stockwell, will join more than a dozen new stores and restaurants now open or coming soon. With simple farm-to-table California-inspired cuisine that is fresh, organic and locally sourced whenever possible, Malibu Farm will be an anchor tenant at Seaport Village.

“We welcome Malibu Farm to our table and are delighted they want to plant a seed on our beautiful San Diego bayfront,” said chair Ann Moore, Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. “The Port has invested a lot of time, money and effort in bringing more locals and visitors to Seaport Village, and it’s really paying off. Malibu Farm and what they’ll add to our community will help us continue to fulfill our promise to enrich the relationship people and businesses have with our dynamic waterfront.”

Seaport Village will be the ninth location for Malibu Farm, which has grown from its first home as a pop-up café on the Malibu Pier to establishments throughout the U.S. and the world including New York City, Miami, Tokyo, and Cabo San Lucas.

The Port anticipates Malibu Farm will begin construction in fall 2021 and open for business by summer 2022. With new and established shops, dining and entertainment options, site enhancements, and operational improvements, Seaport Village is a vibrant and prosperous waterfront destination for residents, visitors and the businesses that operate within it.

Improvements include:

  • Exterior painting using a more modern, sun and ocean-inspired color pallet;

  • Upgraded amenities include the Urban Beach, a picturesque seating area with Adirondack chairs facing the bayfront vista, and flexible furniture in the Lighthouse District; and

  • Seaport Village’s landscaping has also seen a transformation, now flourishing with native plants and flora.


New additions that are now open include:

  • Seaport Market – a one-stop shop for Seaport Village guests and nearby residents looking for snacks, sodas, tobacco products, and fine wines and spirits. Free delivery is available to neighboring hotels and marinas.

  • Geppetto’s – locally owned and operated, Geppetto’s is a chain of boutique toy stores with locations throughout San Diego. The curated assortment of playful merchandise ranges from games and puzzles to crafts and dolls, fostering imaginative fun for everyone in the family.


Coming soon:

  • Spill the Beans (anticipated to open fall 2020) – a specialty coffee and bagel shop that opened in the Gaslamp Quarter in 2017. They’ve built a successful and unique brand since launching in 2017. They’ll open their second location in a key boardwalk vacancy in the Lighthouse District across from the Marriott Marina near San Pasqual Winery.

  • Eats by Sam (anticipated to open fall 2020) – Celebrity chef “Sam the Cooking Guy” (Not Not Tacos, Graze) and hospitality group Grain & Grit Collective (Carnitas Snack Shack, Broken Yolk, Little Italy Food Hall), are teaming up to launch a full-service restaurant at Seaport Village, slated to debut spring 2021. Ahead of this highly anticipated opening, Grain & Grit is introducing a temporary, multi-concept co-op with Sam Zien spearheading culinary operations. Eats by Sam will launch this fall with two initial concepts under its co-op: Samburgers and Samwiches. The Cooking Guy’s program of hoagies and burgers will showcase fan favorites, like the “Not So Basic Samburger,” in addition to savory new creations. The Seaport Village eatery will also tote a medley of craft beer offerings for guests to enjoy in the al fresco garden area.

  • Mr. Moto Pizza (anticipated to open in spring 2021) – Serves up New York-style pizza either by the slice or an entire pie at five locations. Seaport Village will be its sixth location. They’ll offer pickup and delivery in addition to dining-in on its waterfront patio, adjacent to Mike Hess Brewing in the Carousel District;

  • Mike Hess Brewing (anticipated to open in spring 2021) – One of San Diego’s first craft breweries, Mike Hess Brewing provides beers and a welcoming atmosphere at its locations in Miramar, North Park and Ocean Beach. They’re moving in along the waterfront boardwalk in the Carousel District (north of the Pier Café) and will include a beer tasting room and patio area with a full-service restaurant;

  • San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room (expansion under construction) – San Pasqual Winery is a small, family-owned winery located in La Mesa. With a recent event space expansion underway in the Lighthouse District, the San Pasqual Winery provides patrons with wine by the glass and bottled wine for sale along the shop’s patio and deck area with great views of San Diego Bay.

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