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Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar

Blue Dalia is a vibrant Mexican restaurant and tequila bar led by renowned Chef Roberto Santibañez as Culinary Director. Located on the second floor of Wegmans at Natick Mall, our restaurant embodies the best of contemporary Mexican cuisine, with market-fresh food and authentic flavors paired with truly welcoming hospitality.

Inspired by Chef Roberto's hometown of Mexico City, our regional menu combines traditional family recipes, seasonal ingredients, and a modern sensibility to create soulful dishes that tell a story. Our bar program offers an extensive tequila collection and craft cocktails. We bring the vibrancy of Mexico's 31 states to life through festive design and authentic touches. With a wide-array of spaces, exceptional service and commitment to quality, Blue Dalia is a perfect place to gather, socialize, and celebrate.

The Dalia, Mexico's national flower, has been successfully cultivated in every color, except for blue. However, people have never stopped trying. Over time, the phrase Blue Dalia has become a figure of speech for striving for the impossible.

To us, the flower is a symbol of our relentless commitment to market-fresh ingredients, bold Mexican flavors, and exceptional service.

Meet Our Team

Geno Bahena

Chef de Cuisine

Geno Bahena

Hand-picked by Chef Santibañez to lead the day to day kitchen at Blue Dalia, Chef Geno Bahena is a native of the state of Guerrero in Mexico who came to the United States to attend college. He has extensive knowledge of the regional cuisines from the 31 States of Mexico. Bahena has worked at some of the most revered restaurants and is responsible for opening over a dozen restaurants in Chicago and California. Geno Bahena is an expert in preserving the customs and traditions of Mexico while staying on the cutting edge and his
ability to create authentic restaurants has garnered him national attention.

Marvin Yanes

Sous Chef

Marvin Yanes

Originally from El Salvador, Chef Marvin Yanes was handpicked by Chef Geno Bahena to join him in the kitchen at Blue Dalia. With more than 12 years of experience across a variety of specialty restaurants, Yanes is passionate about using the best ingredients and healthy cooking techniques. He has embraced the Wegmans philosophy of delivering incredible customer service and is ready to offer Blue Dalia guests the best food and dining experience possible.

 

Brendan Newhart

Executive Chef & General Manager

Brendan Newhart 

Chef Newhart began his career with Wegmans in Rochester, NY as a team leader in 2010, and in 2011 joined the Wegmans team in New England as sous chef for their first store in Northborough, MA. Newhart was then promoted to executive chef at Wegmans in Westwood.

 

Since his grandfather owned a grocery store and his father owned a deli and pizzeria, going into the culinary profession was only natural for Newhart. He began bussing tables at age 17, and now has more than 19 years of restaurant and hotel experience and is a graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Service Management.

 

“Wegmans stores and restaurants are places where culinary creativity is fostered and success is possible because we have all of the best resources at our fingertips,” says Newhart. “Helping our employees grow with the company, as I have, is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.”

Samir Bichara

The Restaurant Manager

Samir Bichara

Samir Bichara is an accomplished and trusted leader with a successful history in hospitality, business operations, financial management, human relations and building relationships. He joins the Wegmans team after 18 years at the Boston College Club, a private business club in Boston, where he oversaw business operations as the Director of Food & Beverage. At Blue Dalia, Bichara uses his extensive experience in event management to oversee private events for the restaurant. Before launching his
successful career in hospitality management, Bichara worked as a
legislative assistant in Brazil. He holds a level 1 certification from the Court of Master Sommelier.

Darren Eng

Beverage Manager

Darren Eng

A Massachusetts native, Darren is a Certified Sommelier with extensive experience in hospitality and restaurant management. While receiving a degree in hospitality management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he worked as a supervisor at Oceana Bar and Lounge at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. After graduating, Eng set off for Florida, working as a manager at the famed Palm Beach luxury resort, The Breakers. With experience in full-service fine dining, casual dining, and operations at a five-diamond resort, Eng
brings an unparalleled expertise in beverage management to Blue Dalia.

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