Swami’s Cafe Replacing Esca Blu in Hillcrest

The restaurant is expected to make its return as early as Summer 2024
Swami's Cafe Replacing Esca Blu in Hillcrest
Photo: Official

After leaving the area briefly, Swami’s Cafe is set to return to Hillcrest later this year, located at 3650 5th Avenue, Suite 103.

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The company will open its newest location in the former home of Chef Jose Flores’s Italian restaurant Esca Blu, which closed this past December after only six months. Swami’s Cafe previously served Hillcrest until owner Jaime Osuna decided to convert the original space into the first branch of Cocina de Barrio, which he operated in partnership with Flores. Now, the restaurant is set to return to the area as early as Summer 2024, according to SanDiegoVille.

When the new Swami’s opens later this year, customers can expect various breakfast and lunch options, including acai bowls, smoothies, bacon burgers, and vegetarian offerings. The restaurant also offers a handful of entrees for dinner, such as stuffed chicken breast, fish & chips, seafood cioppino, and more. Those who want to try the food before this new location opens are welcome to visit one of the many locations in San Diego, including Carlsbad, La Mesa, North Park, Escondido, Downtown, and more.

“Each time we open a Swami’s Café and join a new community, your family becomes part of ours,” according to the company’s website. “From humble beginnings, our family of restaurants has become a fixture of healthy dining across San Diego County. And it all started with Jaime Osuna’s vision and the help of his family and friends. Building Swami’s took dedication, and that commitment is just as strong today, with Jaime visiting his restaurants daily and continuing to involve his friends and relatives in many facets of the business.”

Swami's Cafe Replacing Esca Blu in Hillcrest
Photo: Official
Joey Reams

Joey Reams

Born in San Diego, Joey moved to San Francisco to study Music Journalism at San Francisco State University. There, he worked for several publications, including The Culture Trip and RIFF Magazine, and served as the News Editor at Golden Gate Xpress. Joey previously worked as the News Assignment Editor for Pasadena Now. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring new cities, finding delicious food, and having fun at concerts.
Joey Reams

Joey Reams

Born in San Diego, Joey moved to San Francisco to study Music Journalism at San Francisco State University. There, he worked for several publications, including The Culture Trip and RIFF Magazine, and served as the News Editor at Golden Gate Xpress. Joey previously worked as the News Assignment Editor for Pasadena Now. When he’s not working, you can find him exploring new cities, finding delicious food, and having fun at concerts.
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