chef curated DINNERS

Culinary stars align in Oceanside, offering some of the most unique dining experiences that are sure to tantalize your taste buds. From exclusive multi-course dinners prepared by guest chefs to innovative dishes that push the boundaries of gastronomy, the city’s dining scene is thriving. Let’s embark on a culinary journey through three of Oceanside’s most exceptional restaurants, each known for their unique approach to dining and their penchant for hosting special guest chefs from around the country.



At Valle, the Chef’s Friends Dinner Series is not just a meal; it’s an immersive experience that bridges the gap between different culinary realms. On April 10th, Michelin-starred Valle will welcome the esteemed guest Chef Val Cantú, a perfect example of how the restaurant transcends its already high standards. Valle’s kitchen, under the guidance of Chef Roberto Alcocer, delivers exceptional Mexican cuisine with a contemporary twist. However, when guest chefs enter the fray, diners are treated to a fusion of styles and techniques that elevate the menu to new heights.

These dinners are a testament to the creative synergy that can occur when chefs from diverse backgrounds and with different skill sets come together. It’s a rare opportunity for food enthusiasts to witness firsthand the magic that happens when culinary giants from all over the state, such as Chef Cantú from the two-Michelin-starred Californios in San Francisco, join forces with Oceanside’s finest, creating dishes that are not just meals but memories.

Future Dinner: TBD, Follow @ValleOceanside for updates



Matsu, is making waves with its innovative approach to Japanese cuisine. The restaurant recently hosted a sold-out dinner extravaganza on March 18th, featuring the culinary genius of LA Chef Jon Yao, the Michelin-starred maestro of Kato Restaurant. This exceptional event, brought to life in collaboration with The Salty Magazine and Visit Oceanside, saw Chef Yao teaming up with Matsu’s Chef William Eick, as well as mixology experts Austin Hennelly and Han Suk Cho.

For diners, their collaboration dinners are a once-in-a-lifetime chance to taste dishes that are the result of these unique partnerships, highlighting the richness of California’s culinary landscape. Matsu’s commitment to providing such distinctive dining experiences, where guests can enjoy the creations of renowned chefs and mixologists, solidifies its status as a culinary landmark in Oceanside.

Future Dinner: TBD, Follow @EatMatsu for updates



The Plot takes a boundary-bending approach to dining, focusing on sustainability and plant-based cuisine. Their Plantscape dinner series is a showcase of creativity and innovation, featuring a six-course menu crafted by the Plot’s culinary leaders: Davin Waite, Lydia Ornelas, Travis Roe, and Bryan Balzer. This series offers a platform for the team to experiment with local and regenerative ingredients, presenting dishes that are as playful and exciting as they are flavorful and nourishing.

“We’re disrupting dinner in the most delightful way.” 

Each menu is uniquely crafted for the night and will evolve based on seasonal abundance from our local farms (and their own garden). These dinners celebrate the creative potential that emerges when chefs unite with a common goal, offering an unparalleled dining experience committed to catalyzing a culinary (r)evolution.

Future Dinner: May 28, 2024, Reservations HERE. Follow @ThePlotRestaurant for updates

Future dinner series

Take a look at future dinner series with special guest chefs and elevated multi-course menus across Oceanside. 

Published: April 9, 2024

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