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About Us

We are firmly rooted in a culture that encompasses fresh and inspired food, crafted from land and sea, then infused with Southern California style. Our handcrafted cocktails pair with the seasons, and our beer offerings harness the talents of local, world-renowned brewers. You’ll find that our passion for food and drink set the stage for enjoying a captivating lineup of music and nightlife, with an affirmative nod to the daily sports action. At our core, we are genuinely a neighborhood tavern whose roots are planted in an unwavering ambition to deliver an unforgettable experience; one that stems from building long-term relationships and friendships that will keep our guests coming through the door time and time again.


JOSEPH RODRIGUEZ, EXECUTIVE CHEF

Executive Chef Joseph Rodriguez is a perfect fit for Carmel Valley’s WESTROOT tavern. He was born and raised in Rancho Peñasquitos and now resides in Sabre Springs. There is no better way to give Carmel Valley what it wants than with an infusion of homegrown talent and awareness of the area’s tastes and trends. He ventured to study Culinary Arts in Orange County, and in 2004, following graduation, began working in kitchens up and down California’s coast. Fortunately, the people and charm of San Diego were enough to lure him back.

Chef Joseph originally crossed paths with the Verant Group in 2012 during the planning stages of barleymash. He worked as the Sous Chef, a backbone of the kitchen, for three thriving years. Now in 2016, both the Verant Group and Chef Joseph understands that WESTROOT tavern is the perfect next step to build something very special for the community.

Rodriguez provides guests with a chef-driven menu that specializes in seasonal, local and sustainable ingredients. Designing the menu was an exciting challenge for Chef, seeing as he can’t pick a favorite plate, stating “everything. It’s too difficult to choose just one”. Chef Joseph and company are working their knives dull to make sure every customer has the best experience possible. .

ABOUT VERANT GROUP

Our employees, guests and communities are the main ingredient in our recipe for success. Our mission is to continue to provide impeccable service and to excel through our extreme knowledge of the bar, restaurant and entertainment business. We continue to surround ourselves with high-energy, motivated individuals who bring different perspectives and ideas to the table. Our goal is to have our guests repeatedly return to our locations and to keep our concept fresh, exciting and on the cutting edge of the industry.