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The Barrel Room-Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro

#261 of 3,845 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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16765 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
+1 858-673-7512
11:30 - 21:00
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Thu - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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San Diego, California
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wine choices are great. Food was good lamb chops and garlic fries vert good Service was very good and friendly

Thank lew246
san diego
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27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a Friday evening, calling ahead a half hour as suggested to reserve our table. (The policy is no reservations, but by calling ahead, we were told by an employee that was the way to go.) We arrived on time but the small indoor seating area was full. It was a cold evening so we were reluctant to... More 

Thank nood65
San Jose, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here looking for a late lunch after checking into a nearby hotel. We were nicely greeted and immediately seated. I ordered the Kale salad and my husband had the jambalaya. We loved both so much we brought our family back for dinner. The wine list is extensive. We really like the casual homey feeling of this place.... More 

Thank marglowe3
Houston, Texas
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449 reviews
302 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit formulaic, but nice. Ok wine selection. Nice small plates to go with wine. Friendly service. Excellent and unusual artichoke bruschetta. Bathroom floor was very sticky and a bit gross.

Thank cgny1fwd
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing Appetizers (Garlic Fries, Bruschetta, Pork Bites, Lamb Chops!) , Great wines, flavorful main course, lovely service and great ambience! A must - visit !

Thank PSyal
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85 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We went to the Barrel Room on a rainy night. They don't get a lot of those in San Diego, but in February 2017 there was this huge storm that hit southern California and really did a number on L.A., but not so much San Diego. Still, we were looking for someplace close to our hotel, with some vegetarian option,... More 

Thank Jpmcdonough
San Diego, California
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109 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

We have gone here a couple of times now and have enjoyed it both times. Small and friendly place to go. Both times we have had drinks and food at the bar. Brian has been excellent both times and we look forward to our next visit. We started off with their version of bruschetta, burratta cheese, artichokes and arugula. The... More 

Thank Rodney A
Orange, Australia
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We stumbled on The Barrel room and are very glad we did. The atmosphere was second to none and the staff were very friendly and helpful, I know it's a good place when my wife buys a Tee shirt :). I wish we could get back there one day

Thank Ross P
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Great casual yet slightly upscale vibe, go here often mostly to the bar for drinks and appetizers. The cheese/meat/bread board is lovely. Great wine list, great service!

Thank Karen O
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Friendly stuff, very good choice of wine and beer. Open late. We had a great time celebrating my birthday.

Thank Irena B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
American, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16765 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2509
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-673-7512

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?