Susanna’s: A Rosarito Restaurant for All Seasons and Reasons
When I was leaving Susanna’s Restaurant in downtown Rosarito Beach, I told owner Susanne that it was the best meal I have had during the seven years I have lived in the area.
When you leave the main street and enter the small plaza area, you are greeted by a huge waterfall. The walk down to Susanna’s is packed with an enjoyable mixture of artifacts, pictures, and other appealing items. Upon opening the door to Susanna’s Rosarito restaurant, you are greeted by a unique blending of furniture, architectural design, soft music, and a welcoming staff.
Most likely, you will be welcomed by owner herself, Susanne Stehr. She is as charming as the business she opened nine years ago.
She said, “Before I opened, I knew I wanted a restaurant that makes you feel comfortable, like you are in my home.” This has been accomplished. The unique kitchen is open for everyone to observe. Across from the kitchen is a full-service bar. There, you can order anything from appetizers to a full meal. You will also see a staircase. If you wander down the stairs, You’ll find that they lead to a wine cellar with a collection of fine wines.
Entering the main dining area, guests discover how “homey” it is, separated in creative ways to offer privacy and space. In the back of this room is a platform. Susanne says, “I used to sit in there at night and daydream about how I wanted everything styled. I decided to style a place to mimic my home with kitchen and ambiance. I had plenty of experience in entertaining and wanted to create a California rustic feel with not too many tables lending to more of a dining experience than just to eat and leave.”
There is no doubt that Susanne will stop by your table for a visit. Her genuine caring and dedication make you feel right at home. She explained that she learned a lot through her experiences, particularly the 12 years she worked in hotels, primary as a director of catering for resorts. She decided to open Susanna’s in Rosarito after having visited the area while being a partner in a furniture manufacturing shop. (This came about when she hired a local carpenter to build furniture and structural pieces for her home in Ventura County. The business grew and grew and soon an upholstery section was added. This led to some of her local designer friends in Los Angeles ordering custom pieces.)
So, when the plaza in Rosarito was built — where she is presently located — she was so impressed with the architectural design and atmosphere that she decided to open a small furniture store. One night a couple approached her and asked if her business was a restaurant. The couple was told it was not; however, the idea of opening a restaurant appealed to Susanne and led to the eventual opening of her popular restaurant.
Susanne explains that her satisfaction comes “from the way my clients feel during their time at Susanna’s and when they leave. We have been the chosen site for years for first dates, marriage proposals, anniversaries, birthdays, and so forth. My staff and I are so visible and in contact with our clients, we get rewarded every time when our clients leave with a more than satisfied experience.” These experiences have convinced her to launch a “Tour and Catered Events” business. She will be teaming with one of the premiere Tijuana food groups to focus on bringing back American tourists by offering unusual choices for different events. She is also in the process of manufacturing a line of her own tamales and specific pestos.
Everything about Susanna’s is appealing, but, when the food starts coming, it’s an unforgettable experience. All of the food at the restaurant is made from scratch. The appetizers were elegant in appearance and every bite tasted as delicious as it appeared. The tamale with chipotle cream cheese and jalapeños was great. Susanne’s pizza tasted even better than its magnificent appearance. Following this was a delicious spinach salad with a variety of tasty ingredients.
The main course consisted of a grilled Sonora pork chop. The blend of Chipotle chutney added a delightful flavor. The poached sole was the best fish I have ever eaten. Completing the main course was Susanna’s Pesto dish. The pasta was cooked to perfection and added a wonderful blend to the fish and pork chop. Never should I have indulged with any more food; however, the chocolate fudge cake caught my eye when I first saw the menu – topped with vanilla ice cream it really completed the meal, making the entire experience a 10+.
Where is Susanna’s: Pueblo Plaza on Benito Juarez, Rosarito. It is 1/2 block north of Señor Frog’s and 1/2 block south of restaurant El Nido. That is 3 blocks north of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
What to expect: Susanna’s is a reasonably priced restaurant with an exceptional menu.
How to make a reservation: Call (661) 613-1187, visit Susanna’s on Facebook or go to their website at www.susannasinrosarito.com.
Is Susanna’s Near Rosarito Hotels: Yes! There are several hotels in Rosarito, but Susanna’s is within walking distance of the Rosarito Beach Hotel.
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