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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

El Sueño: Now Open - Indulge in a Jungle Escape with Exquisite Fare in Old Town San Diego

Two Generations of Restaurateurs Combine Forces to Create a Vibrant Dining Experience

Courtesy Photos / Kimberly Motos / El Sueno


Old Town San Diego's dining scene is about to be transformed with El Sueño, a two-story jungle-themed restaurant and cocktail lounge by The Vibrant Project.


El Sueño, Pietro Busalacchi's dream restaurant, will feature an exquisite menu inspired by his travels across Mexico. Partnering with Gustavo Rios, the dishes will reflect the mouthwatering Huasteca heritage cooking of Rios' mother, using carefully sourced ingredients.

Courtesy Photos / Kimberly Motos / El Sueno More than just a place to eat, El Sueño will captivate guests with creatively designed dining and drinking areas and delightful surprises. The aim is to provide a service-forward experience that encourages guests to relax and savor the moment.


Led by Pietro Busalacchi, his father Sal Busalacchi, and Gustavo Rios, the restaurant group is known for vibe dining, combining exceptional food, beverages, music, lighting, and service inspired by cosmopolitan cities. El Sueño represents the next generation of dining experiences.

Courtesy Photos / Kimberly Motos / El Sueno


With a highly skilled team, El Sueño promises exceptional quality. Pietro, who worked with Lisa Vanderpump in Los Angeles, brings his culinary expertise and talent for creating immersive atmospheres to provide a complete sensory experience.


El Sueño will accommodate approximately 300 guests and will feature a luxurious jade granite bar, an inviting outdoor patio, and tucked-away spaces for intimate dining experiences.

Courtesy Photos / Kimberly Motos / El Sueno


Mark your calendar, as El Sueño will have its soft opening on July 26th.


El Sueño is located at 2836 Juan Street in Old Town San Diego. For more information, visit their website, elsuenosd.com or call (619) 510-9813.


El Sueño is open from 4 PM to 11:30 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday. On Fridays and Saturdays, the restaurant operates from 4 PM to 11:30 PM. Please note that El Sueño is closed on Mondays.

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