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Mermaids & Cowboys marries ocean and land through the rich history of the Pearl Diving Mermaids of Japan and the historic Cattle Ranches of La Jolla. “Mermaids” plays homage to the Japanese Ama Divers, who helped to inspire the modern-day mythology of the Mermaid. These female free divers would dive to the bottom of the ocean to gather shellfish to feed their villages; they later became the first pearl divers for the Mikimoto Pearl Company. 

“Cowboys” plays homage to the historic ranches of California, from the Tejon Ranch, established well over 300 years ago, to the Carver Bowen Ranch established in 1872. Our restaurant tells a visual story to our diners with our pearl chandeliers, saddle-leather seating booth, teak furniture, and pearlescent fish-scaled bar. The photography on the walls pays tribute to the Japanese Ama Divers and the bold California Cowboys tending their ranch and cattle.

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