Barbarella
Barbarella
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Barbarella

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.barbarellarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8584547373
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 1:00pm, Saturday-Sunday 8:30- 1:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Shores Drive
  • Public Transit: Bus Stop is located within walking distance.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Barbarella
Barbarella is La Jolla's own whimsical Italian bistro, sitting within earshot of the crashing waves at La Jolla Shores. Offering a full breakfast, champagne brunch, lunch and dinner menu and creative full bar, Barbarella serves locals and visitors consistently excellent and fresh European and American fare. Wonderful unique and organic daily specials include handmade pastas, pizzas, and the signature fresh whole fish, all cooked in a brick oven. Barbarella is always a refreshing and fun place to enjoy a great meal with friends!
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Barbarella reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Always a treat
    CarlaRNVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Celebrated another anniversary at our "first date" spot. Food, service, kindness of staff always predictible. Another wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gorgeous restaurant
    amybeedell91
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I'm from England so didn't know what La Jolla would be like and was manically searching for somewhere to take my American grandmother on Mother's Day. So made a reservation at Barbarella and I had to call just before to make it a bit later, which was no problem! Food was good, delicious Italian food and the service was lovely too! My grandmother has trouble walking and all the staff were quick to help her. Couldn't have asked for a nicer restaurant, and the prices are so reasonable too!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely in love!
    beemarie
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    This was an amazing find! I took my mom here for Mother's Day and we both fell in love! The owner was an absolute doll and she made us feel right at home. If you're looking for a unique and absolutely adorable brunch, lunch or dinner spot in La Jolla, this is most definitely the place for you! Can't wait to go back :)
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WE enjoyed an excellent meal.
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    WE enjoyed an excellent meal. the fish was outstanding
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delight in every sense!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 4/8/2013
    Love Barbarella's year round... always delightful decor that changes seasonally to create a unique and warm ambiance. Most of all the food is always the most fresh and tasty, service excellent, great menu variety and wonderful cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We have been going to Barbarella's
    LNreview
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We have been going to Barbarella's for years. We just had lunch on Easter Sunday. Although the restaurant was full the service was the same as always, friendly as well as professional. The food is always of the same good quality. They recently added some new cushions and seating in the outside area which is very nice. It's a greatr place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    Excellent food and service. Chad is the best - very attentive and conscientious without being overbearing. The food is always very good with just the right balance between casual and fine dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding little restaurant
    ANonyMouse
    Dined on 3/17/2013
    Really good neighborhood gem and local favorite. Great food and service. Sidewalk-cafe atmosphere, great people-watching. It's all good, go here. Easy parking and just 3 blocks from La Jolla Shores Hotel and beaches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Disappointed...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Our first time there. Found the restaurant on Open Table and Yelp. Disappointing. The female waitress was indifferent. The food was ok--nothing to rave about and the salads small. This is not a place we will return to...
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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  • fun and energetic place to
    John
    Dined on 2/28/2013
    fun and energetic place to meet friends. The staff was incredible.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbarella is a La Jolla Shores
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 2/15/2013
    Barbarella is a La Jolla Shores staple since early 2000. Barbara Beltaire offers up inceredible dining in a fun environment that is cozy and quiet and has an incredible outdoor dining area with indoor / outdoor fireplace. The food is amazing, service is great and it is a repeat and perennial at all times of the year. Amazing salads, salmon, fresh bone in fish, fettucine bolognese!!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • BELOVED GEM IN LA JOLLA
    CarlaRNVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Always an extraordinary experience. We would not miss a Halloween or Valentine's Day without our favorite beloved (and well decorated) Barbarella. Hot crunchy and chewy bread brought out immediately a major treat, fresh seared salmon the best in San Diego, wonderful salads, pizza, chicken, personalized service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Lovely! We had our valentine's day dinner here last night and it was a blast! The staff are very friendly, quick, and accurate. Food are wonderful and good quality. I can taste the freshness and healthy process. Surrounding was relaxing and cozy, I can see myself enjoy a nice lunch and dinner with my best friends (including my 4 legs ones) here from time to time. Wonderful!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Barbarella's is a favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Barbarella's is a favorite place to meet for any meal with my women friends. There's always something to notice about the decor, the food is great as is the service. If Barbara's on site, she is a must to meet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was great. Didn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/11/2013
    Service was great. Didn't need to ask for anything. Had the madam croquet felt it was more bread than a sandwich. Friend had the salmon pizza. That was great. Great atmosphere. I would go again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good food; enjoyable
    marg
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Very good food; enjoyable experience. loved the intimate setting
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice ambiance and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    We had 4 in our party and made an advance reservation. We had a nice server and the food was reasonable/not exceptional and probably priced well for La Jolla Shores. The bibb and blue salad was split for my husband and myself and was very tasty. We got the mushroom and truffle oil pizza which was good. The margarita pizza didn't have much flavor. The soup was tasteless. Hope this helps!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a fantastic evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    We had a fantastic evening at Barbarella. The food was amazing and so was the service. This was our first visit and it won't be our last! We commented to Paul how much we liked the bread and as we were leaving he had bag of fresh bread for us. It's this kind of exceptional service which brings people back. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reliably good for dinner.
    jzelmVIP
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Reliably good for dinner. Limited menu but tested dishes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dreaming of Salmon Tartare
    GreenEyedGirl
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    Visited on New Years Eve with my boyfriend and another couple, and Zack our waiter was great! He was friendly, attentive, had great suggestions and made the ease of a hectic night very pleasurable. I am soooo in love with the Salmon Tartare and can not wait to come back for that and his suggestion of delicious wine!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the bib and blue salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Love the bib and blue salad and you just can't beat the burger
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The restaurant did not have
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/11/2012
    The restaurant did not have my reservation when I arrived, but lots of open tables, so it was not an issue.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My food was good, had pizza
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 12/4/2012
    My food was good, had pizza with goat cheese, would have changed a few things - too many yard ornaments for the holidays - they went for quirky and got overdone, when I presented an american express card I was asked if I had another card, I was out with business associates and did not want to provide a personal card so this was akward. Everyone seemed to like their food and the espresso drinks were good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is very good but
    annie
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    The food is very good but the wine list is rather disappointing, at least as to the whites which we drink. There are a couple inexpensive and not very good choices and one twice-as-expensive choice which is a poor value relative to its quality.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Wow. Great find. Ravioli with an amazing lemon cream sauce. Bit too loud and mediocre wine list but excellent food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure to dine
    Opentablereviews
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Always a pleasure to dine with friends at Barbarella's. Staff is great, food is fabulous and they even have a menu for your pet (dog). A La Jolla Local Neighborhood Gem
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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  • The Hallowe'en decorations
    David
    Dined on 10/21/2012
    The Hallowe'en decorations at Barbarella every year are something my wife and I look forward to, as do a number of families. The children (young and old) especially enjoy the friendly spooky atmosphere and many of them show up in their Hallowe'en costumes. We also enjoy the menu and the friendly, prompt service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outrageous decorations for
    Gabbie
    Dined on 10/6/2012
    Outrageous decorations for Halloween each year. A "must see"!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dynamite -- any time of the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/2/2012
    Dynamite -- any time of the day or evening. Great service and food. Fish is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must see!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/30/2012
    I love the holiday decorations. It makes it a must go to during the different holidays. My favorite time to go is during Halloween with all the Halloween decorations. Even the servers dress up. It is amazing and the food is always great!
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  • Boo! Let's eat.
    GreatVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    The Halloween decorations and the friendly service transform a rather limited menu into an enjoyable event.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Overpriced, terrible food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    Terrible food and way overpriced. Had a salad with chicken on top, for a whopping $18. Salad had zero flavor and the chicken was dry as can be. Awful, would never go back! If they can't even make a great, tasty salad, wow I'd hate to taste the food.
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  • You should go!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    Ambiance galore! Dining inside or out, it's a very romantic place! Smaller one page menu but food was tasty. Probably the biggest mussels I've ever had, great butter sauce. Take a date. Oh and they have amazing seasonal decorations. Halloween was the theme this visit. Gouls and creatures were everywhere! It's a mini haunted mansion which in this instance would actually be a blast for kids, too.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best!
    LisaLB
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    The best! Barbara is the warmest host! Great menu choices and delightful ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful evening outside
    Foodlover
    Dined on 8/24/2012
    Wonderful evening outside enjoying La Jolla's stret scene
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I come here frequently, but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/20/2012
    I come here frequently, but this visit was sub-optimal with extraordinarily poor and slow service. Food was for the most part up to par, but my chicken dish was overcooked and way over sauced
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently reliable food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2012
    Consistently reliable food and service. A favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • fabulous outdoor ambiance and food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2012
    I was college tripping with my 17 year old son. We both loved it - the ambiance and food. I want to bring my husband back for a romantic dinner. It is a very special place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent, although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/28/2012
    Food was excellent, although service was on the slow side.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an excellent time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/20/2012
    We had an excellent time. we were seated quickly and the service provided was top notch. All food and drinks were well prepared with excellent presentation and taste. See you in a couple of months!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic