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, & Events

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


Celebrating Valentine's Day at LV Mar

February 14, 2017 - Latin-Inspired 4-course menu and live music.

Agave Rush

March 23, 2017 - A mezcal & tequila tasting event.

Meet Your Chef's

March 18, 2017 - A moderated a discussion between four local chefs at the RWC Public Library

Dine Out

May 9, 2017 - A Meals on Wheels fundraiser


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.

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La VIga

Seafood & Cocina Latina


Delightful seafood entrées, ceviches, tacos, and tapas.

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Private events & catering


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

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The La Viga Culinary Family

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