It is a secret that really shouldn’t be a secret. Tucked away behind a large white wall on Colima street is a big garden with a delightful restaurant nestled under a gorgeous, hand woven, wood canopy.
The owner, Karina Ehrenberg Theurel, who is fluent in English, Spanish, French and German, was born and raised in La Paz and lived here until she was 18 years old. She travelled around the world and later returned to the Baja and worked several years in Los Cabos in the hotel industry and later in real estate.
In 2010, she returned to La Paz and opened The Garden Center on Colima, a nursery and landscaping company, which later became her restaurant, El Jardin Secreto.
For the past few years, Karina was running the restaurant and working as the broker/owner of Baja Cortes Bienes Raices, as well as raising her two young, beautiful daughters.
But Karina realized something needed to give. “I realized I couldn’t do it all and do it all well, which was what I have to do to be happy. I wanted to be there for my clients and help them sell their homes but I needed to be at the restaurant, watching over the staff and attending to our guests. And my daughters need me, too.”
Karina decided she would have to step aside from her real estate business and focus her attention on El Jardin Secreto full-time. “This is where I need to be. It is beautiful here and it needs my attention if it is going to continue to be successful. I want my clients here at El Jardin Secreto to have a magical experience and to come back with their family and friends. There is nothing else like it in La Paz.”
We love the feel of the pleasant backyard garden that Karina provides her clients at El Jardin Secreto. With La Paz’s desert climate it’s rare to see green grass! And there are several other hidden jewels among the garden setting: a pond of turtles, domestic bunny rabbits, a small corral with a Shetland pony, playground equipment with swings and a small stage for entertainment.
A varied menu can provide you with what you are looking for. First, the pizzas. You can see all the activity by the pizza oven making it fun to watch. Karina says they, “use only fresh ingredients, a nice crust, thin, but not too thin, homemade tomato sauce, fresh herbs and cheese.” You can choose from a simple pepperoni or vegetarian pizza to a four cheeses pizza or arugulo with serrano jam.
The salads. Our favorite is El Jardin Secerto with leafy lettuce, pears, caramelized walnuts, cranberries and blue cheese but the Caesar salad is a comfy go to and the tried and true Chef salad is served with a homemade dressing, goat cheese, bacon, apples and mixed lettuce.
Burgers are juicy and served with crispy fries and the rib eye and arrachera is cooked to how you like it. Pastas can be ordered as a side or as a stand alone by adding chicken or shrimp. Appetizers are delicious and will hold you over until the main event but be sure to try the homemade bruschetta or the tasty wings. Delicious.
The presentation of food is always beautiful with the tables having white tablecloths and candles are set out as night falls. Everything is priced very reasonably and the service is quick and friendly.
Karina has added live music to the ambiance on Friday and Saturday nights and don’t forget to enjoy Happy Hour on Fridays with 2X1 cocktails from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
Breakfast is served on Saturday and Sundays. Perfect for group get-togethers.
Running El Jardin Secreto now has Karina’s full attention and she looks forward to welcoming you to visit this very special place. We wish Karina and her family all the best.
El Jardin Secreto Restaurante is located on the corner of Colima and Topete in La Paz. Phone 146 1250 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. You can like their Facebook page at El Jardin Secreto to keep on top of their latest news.
Business hours are: Tuesday to Thursday 1:00pm to 10:00pm. Friday 1:00pm to 12:00pm. Saturday 9:00am to 11:00pm and Sunday 9:00am to 10:00pm. Closed Mondays.