Take a vacation south of the border without ever leaving Stockton! A visit to the newly remodeled Tio Pepé’s restaurant and bar will allow you to enjoy the zesty flavors of Mexico, while experiencing the warm hospitality and friendly service of this long-standing family business. Tio Pepé’s “The Original” was established by Eliseo Flores in 1977 at the corner of Hammer Lane and Lower Sacramento Road. The restaurant moved to Lincoln Center in June of 2014. Today, Eliseo’s son Mario and his wife, Sheri Riley invite patrons to relax and enjoy a break from the stress of daily life, and dig into delicious food and creative cocktails.
Fresh describes everything about this establishment. Chef Mario prepares everything in the restaurant from scratch seven days a week. He is passionate about the cuisine and combines treasured, traditional recipes learned from his father with his own contemporary flavors – incorporating more seafood and verde sauce. Salsa and chips are made by hand every day and twice on weekends. The staff works hard to ensure that guests feel welcomed and appreciated.
Recently Tio Pepé’s underwent an exciting renovation adding a full service bar and an outdoor eating area. They welcomed the addition of Matt Wolfe as the bar manager. Matt brings with him 14 years of experience in an upscale Southwestern restaurant at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, and a wealth of knowledge about tequila. He also has a vast array of his own innovative cocktails and continues the fresh approach to flavor by crafting his own pureés and mixes from scratch. He is enthusiastic about bringing new flavors to Stockton.
Matt describes the aromatic characteristics of tequila in terms usually associated with fine wines. After visiting many tequila distilleries in Mexico, he is anxious to share his knowledge with all who want to experience something new. The bar has a wonderful assortment of tequila tempting tasters to “step out of the box.” The owners are planning tequila pairing dinners in the future, as well as tequila flights.
The inviting new redwood bar and pub tables spilling out on the Center’s sidewalk let guests take advantage of our fabulous weather, and new tapas-style menu of bar bites that will soon be launched. So drop into Tio Pepé’s and savor a mini-vacation soon, we’re sure you’ll be back for more!