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About Warung RieRie

Chef Rie Sims was born in Papua, Indonesia. Growing up in an island chain of more than17,000 islands, she has been exposed to a wide variety of Indonesian and Asian cuisine. Classically trained by her father, Chef Rie then continued her culinary education in America where she has taken traditional Indonesian dishes and elevated them into fine works of edible art.


In Indonesia, a Warung is typically a small family run restaurant. Warung RieRie’s vision is to bring people together to enjoy the exotic foods of Indonesia and to feel the warm welcoming culture that makes Indonesia so unique.

At Warung RieRie we believe that the best-tasting food is organically and locally grown and harvested in ways that are ecologically sound by people who are taking care of the land for future generations. The quest for such ingredients has always determined our cuisine. For the last 10 years, Chef Rie has been introducing diners to Indonesian traditional delicatessen using a variety of vegetables and herbs fresh from her garden, fruit right off the tree, and wild caught fish from the sea. In doing so, Chef Rie has established a close network of suppliers, hand picking every ingredient, to strive for both environmental harmony and delicious flavor with the warm cultural feelings of Indonesia.  

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May 2nd is officially proclaimed “Warung RieRie Day” by Supervisor Joel Anderson, District 2 San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Chef Rie was also given a commendation for her entrepreneurial spirit and investment into the City of San Diego as well as providing a truly authentic Indonesian dining experience.


First fully approved MEHKO (Micro Enterprise Home Kitchen Operation) licensed restaurant in the City Of San Diego. Offering truly authentic Indonesian Cuisine that is served in a vintage Rice House imported from Bali, Indonesia.


In 2016 Chef Rie was honored to cook for the President of Indonesia including the entire Indonesian delegation and media at ASEAN Summit hosted by President Barack Obama.


2019 Pantai Inn invited Chef Rie to cook at a private engagement for Joan Embery as well as current Mayor Todd Gloria and other distinguished guests.


2019 Chef Rie was featured in a full length interview by Voice of America, touted as one of Indonesia's new top Chefs creating amazing dishes in America.


2018 Chef Rie cooked for the President of Singapore Airlines as well as distinguished guests.


2021 Chef Rie was interviewed by Voice Of America Indonesia. Click Here to view the interview


2021 Warung RieRie is recognized by the US Embassy in Jakarta as the #4 best Indonesian food in America.