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Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-454-7373
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (43 reviews)
“ravioli” (12 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
Open Now
9:30 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We live in the neighborhood and the La Jolla Shores area is plentiful with friendly eateries but you just can’t beat Barbarella!! Barbara loves, loves, loves to decorate.... did I mention that Barbara loves to decorate??!! For every conceivable holiday, Barbara’s got the decorations. Bring...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great fresh pasta and pizza.visited Friday nite after Thanksgiving while visiting la Jolla.Barbara,the owner and her manager make all feel welcomed.Try it sometime you'll be glad

Thank sean k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked to avoid disappointment, food when it turned up was good, service left a lot to be desired 🙁, server preoccupied which meant repeatedly asking for things to be bought out. Was expecting more as the reviews were great and the place was far from...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Patio service is a little crowded, but it is nice to be outside a short walk from La Jolla Shores Park. The lunch menu choices here are not extensive, but the food was tasty if a little pricey. The one negative was the service: dirty...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a reservation based on TA reviews. It's so difficult to find good restaurants which allow dogs. We just happened to be dining during October so the restaurant was decorated over the top both inside and out for Halloween. We both ordered the pasta...More

Thank GoldenJudy
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I love breakfast in The Shores, just a block from the beach where everything is casual and the sand/surf is near at all times. Barbarella is a classic gathering place in The Shores and if there is a holiday on the calendar there will be...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We found this restaurant while our children took a Stand Up Paddle board Lesson at Surf Divas across the street. We liked the inside outside restaurant. It is a great people watching location. Whether you have a glass of wine or a meal it is...More

Thank xwtmc
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I visited here again after a great experience last year. I needed an elegant, pleasant dinner with fine food after too many burgers and finger food. Barbarella's was just perfect. A fine glass of wine, an excellent Gespacho, a seafood Risotto and a delightful crepe...More

Thank Eric D
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Six of us had the most delightful Sunday Brunch at Barbarella. I tasted the coffee: strong and flavorful. In my book that sets the tone of any breakfast adventure. My Spinach Omelet was excellent. Asked my boyfriend to taste it, analyze it, commit it to...More

Thank 50wandap
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Stopped into this restaurant returning from the beach. The restaurant has a nice upscale feel to it and that is part of its charm. The quality of the food was just good but the staff and bartender were friendly. Experienced a burger which was nicely...More

Thank NYYanks1974
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
8:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
    (La Jolla Shores Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Bus Stop is located within walking distance.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7373
  • E-mail
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