Chef Manuel Martinez has a successful history of creating refined Latin America, French and Mediterranean cuisines. The recipe for his success begins with showcasing fresh, quality ingredients that are skillfully combined with his ever-evolving techniques to craft innovative dishes & delicious sauces that are a must-try for all conscious diners!

With a seafood-centric focus, Chef Manuel’s vision manifests through innovative dishes like the Pescado Con Pepitas (a pumpkin seed crusted halibut) and Ceviche Mixto (octopus, scallop, and halibut with orange, red onion and rococo chile). Rounding out the dining experience is a wide selection of savory tapas, entrées, a vegetarian & vegan menu, and a robust selection of mezcal & tequila options and signature cocktails.

Based in Redwood City, California, Chef Manuel is proud to contribute LV Mar and La Viga to the growing mix of exciting concepts emerging in Bay Area culinary scene.


Chef Appearances, Fundraisers, & Special Events

Spreading his love of the culinary arts, often in support of an organization or celebration.

MEXAM Festival

July 16th - 23rd | Celebrating the integration between Mexico and the United States of America in San Francisco's Bay Area.


September 12, 2017 | Spotlighting Mexican heritage in the culinary arts from some of the best restaurants in the Bay Area.


The La Viga Culinary Restaurants

Always delicious and within reach, we provide three options to bring Chef Manuel’s experience to you.

LV Mar

Latin-Inspired Cuisine


A unique approach to Latin-Inspired tapas and signature craft cocktails.

discover more

La VIga

Seafood & Cocina Latina


Delightful seafood entrées, ceviches, tacos, and tapas.

discover for yourself


Private events & catering


Delicious, Latin tapas, entrées, and ceviches tailored to meet the needs of your business and private events.

get in touch

The La Viga Culinary Family

Meet the spectacular people – in and behind the scenes – who make things happen.