Making a difference with food was the premise behind Sharky’s Woodfired Mexican Grill when the first restaurant opened in Sherman Oaks, California in 1992.

The founder, Steve Paperno, had a vision to combine the variety of flavors he experienced traveling through Mexico with innovative recipes and his passion for healthy living.

Steve noticed much of the food at restaurants was processed and lacked healthy options. His passion for eating organic and natural food along with his active healthy lifestyle inspired him to fill this void and make a difference in the way people dined out.

The result is an innovative menu that strives to use fresh, natural and organic ingredients combined with unique cooking styles for enhanced flavor and the promise of excellence and satisfaction.

Today, there are 23 restaurants located primarily in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties. While we continue to develop and look for new opportunities, we never forget our roots. Since 1992, Sharky’s has evolved both in style and menu, but the essential spirit and ambience of every restaurant is tied directly to Steve’s original vision to bring about change with food.