Our Story

Red Card Café is an elevated gastropub serving worldwide flavors in an inviting social space. Located in the neighborhood of Bay Park near Mission Bay, we’ve drawn upon our founders’ European heritage and world travels to transport our guests to the far reaches of the globe, via beloved culinary staples and street foods ranging from duck poutine and potato pierogi to Peruvian Salchipapas and Argentine Empanadas.


Take a seat at a cozy booth or table, socialize over communal dining, sidle up to our bar, lounge on comfy couches as the latest soccer game airs overhead, or enjoy San Diego’s perfect climate on our restaurant’s outdoor patio. Private and semi-private dining options abound for groups of all sizes and occasions, and a selection of wines and craft beers rounds out every experience. At Red Card Café, the world is yours!

Executive Chef Alfonso Arellano

As a native of San Diego, Sous Chef Alfonso Arellano’s first glimpse of other cultures came from his Mexican and American Irish family. As a young boy his grandmother provided his earliest cooking lessons using family recipes; in those moments, he learned that the kitchen was where he always wanted to be – though not before also serving in the United States Marine Corps, an experience that exposed him to many international destinations and cultures.


Once returning to San Diego, Chef Alfonso attended culinary school and quickly grew into a talented chef at Little Italy’s long-lived Glass Door before joining Red Card Café. In line with our global influence, Alfonso’s preferred cooking style is a fusion of Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian cuisine developed with traditional methods – and the same creativity and passion that first inclined him to the life of a chef.