La Viga, one of Redwood City's favorite destinations for modern Latin cuisine since its opening a year and a half ago, now has its first sibling. Chef Manuel Martinez has unveiled the sleek LV Mar just a few blocks away on downtown's Broadway restaurant row. Not surprisingly with Martinez's reputation as a master of seafood, LV Mar's menu features an aquatic theme. For tapas, there's ceviche mixto and a dish with ahi tuna, pickled vegetables, and aji chile sauce. A short list of entrees and shared plates includes scallops with green rice gratin and lobster bordelaise sauce, pumpkin seed-crusted sea bass, and duck breast with tamarind and prune mole. Dessert offers items like a pear and almond tart with horchata ice cream and smoky-sweet mezcal caramel. Though the restaurant has no hard liquor license, the bar features wine-centric spins on classic cocktails. 2042 Broadway, Redwood City; (650) 241-3111.
LV Mar Pistachio-crusted rack of lamb is a favorite at LV Mar.