A Practice In Creative Flavor Exploration

MEET Manuel Martinez


"What else can we do to elevate this dish? How can we make it more exciting?"

Spend some time in the kitchen with Chef Manuel while he’s crafting a new dish and there’s a high probability you’ll hear him ask these questions.

After over two decades, Chef Manuel’s methodology - adhering to his belief that, like the Seasons, tastes and styles change - is continually evolving, patently expressed in the creation of new and surprising flavor combinations that surprise the palates and satiate the appetites of the modern day diner at one of his two current restaurant concepts in Redwood City, California.

La Viga Seafood & Cocina Mexicana is a casual, bistro-style concept with an unassuming aesthetic contrasted by beautifully vibrant ceviches, tacos, and entrees with bold flavors reminiscent of homemade comfort food. LV Mar builds off this casual concept with refined technique and execution of a wide variety of creative tapas and cocktails in a casual & modern space.

To round out the his guests experience, detailed care is put into the creation of a unified and supportive culture throughout the La Viga Culinary Group (parent company of La Viga and LV Mar), promoting the growth and happiness of all staff members who work together to identify effective ways to create a delightful and sociable experience in which all guests can take a brief moment to stop and immense themselves in the moment to enjoy delicious food in great company.

Outside the kitchen, Martinez enjoys spending time with his wife, Mayra, and their three kids, dining out, and supporting local charities and associations.

Explore & Savor The Expression

of Chef Manuel's dining concepts in Redwood City, California.

La Viga Culinary Family of Restaurants

In The Neighborhood Appearances, Special Events, Fundraisers

Spreading his love of the culinary arts, often in support of an organization or celebration, details of all upcoming engagements will be listed here.

May 5th, 2021 San Agus Cinco De Mayo

Every day is a celebration at San Agus, but this Wednesday, we’ll be having a lil more fun for our very first Cinco De Mayo. All-day drink specials to keep you loose and the best Mexican street foods in town!

May 5th, 2021 LV Mar Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

Wednesday join us for Cinco De Mayo festivities featuring food & drink specials and live music! 
Music starts at 6pm with Mariachi Los Gavilanes followed by DJ Tota Cervantes.

May 8th, 2021 Mezcal Tasting with Armadillo Negro

Join us at San Agus for a special Mother's Day celebration "Celebrando a la Mama Mezcal Tasting" with food accompaniments and cocktails. Armadillo Negro from Oaxaca, Mexico will join us for a 6 course tasting featuring mezcal, food accompaniments, and cocktails.

Also featuring a special retail pop-up by Hilos Handmade from Los Angeles.

Seating is limited to table sales only, for social distancing purposes.

May 7th, 2021 LV Mar Mother's Day Weekend

Join us for Brunch, Lunch or Dinner with live music!
We'll be featuring food & drink specials throughout the days.


2042 Broadway, Redwood City, CA. 94063
tel: 650.241.3111
media inquiries: media@lavigaculinary.com