Bernard'O Restaurant
Bernard'O Restaurant

Bernard'O Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bernardorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (858) 487-7171
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Viale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Bernard'O offers off-site catering from intimate dinners for two in your own private home to events that include hundreds of guests.

    We can accommodate many different tastes, please contact us to see what we can offer you!
  • Private Party Facilities: For private parties, the Wine Cellar Room can seat up to 40 people. Our Main Dining Room can accommodate up to 65. We also have an outdoor patio room which can seat up to 40 people.

    For those who may require more space, the restaurant as a whole can also be booked for larger events.
  • Private Party Contact: Bernard Mougel 858 487-7171

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomerado Road
  • Public Transit: Bus stop across the street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking available close to the entrance of the restaurant Underground parking also available.
A word from Bernard'O Restaurant
Since 1992, Bernard'O Restaurant has offered award winning California French cuisine in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Your hosts, Bernard and Diana Mougel, along with executive chef Vincent Viale invite you to join them in their quarters in Rancho Bernardo.


The restaurant has been awarded the "Award of Excellence" by the Wine Spectator from 2001-2010as well as "Best Gourmet Cuisine" and "Favorite Restaurant" from 2001-2010 by Rancho Magazine's Dining Survey.
2008 San Diego Zagat Guide: "For sophisticated, sheer delicious cooking, it's worth the trip to Rancho Bernardo. French cuisine with Californian accents, which reaches gourmet heights and knocks your socks off in the process....Elegant presentation, outstanding service and a wonderful, extensive, wine list
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bernard'O Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
43 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (29)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (23)romantic (20)notable wine list (11)great for lunch (9)good for groups (5)great for outdoor dining (5)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Superb Experience!
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Food & service was outstanding in this lovely, cozy space. But, by far the best of all is that it is blissfully quiet so that you can visit comfortably - very rare to find. I'll go back many times in gratitude!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Coming Back!
    Singingtwin
    Dined on 11/24/2014
    Food was absolutely delicious. Service was great. Definitely a place to return to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Service Great Food
    rock
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    Plate presentation at a very high level, comp. dessert for our 58th wedding anniversary was a very nice professional touch. Thank you. Bernard
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite
    petrose
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Our favorite for special occasions. Outstanding food. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had a Great Time
    3jsssVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    There were four of us and we each ordered something different. The presentation of the food was superb as was the service. I loved my gnocchi and the beet salad. One of our group had the sea bass, and wasn't too thrilled with it. Everyone else thoroughly enjoyed their meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bernard'O's Review
    DeniseD
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Friends recommended Bernard'O's and we know why the food is excellent. My husband does not like mushrooms but ordered the beef bourguignon and loved it! Two of us ordered the scallops and another steak. We all were very impressed with our meals.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, good value
    LoveFoodAndWineVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    We had an excellent meal at Bernard'Os with attentive service. The short ribs with tomato jam were outstanding and the skirt steak was more like a strip steak (impressive that the chef accomplished this!) The menu is not overwhelming, which I appreciate because I have to read about every dish. My husband said the French Onion soup as a starter was great and I had the bibb salad with fresh blue cheese crumbles and toasted walnuts that we still warm (yum!). The price point is spot on too - it always is refreshing when I leave a restaurant feeling as the food quality and taste were a good value. Forget that the restaurant location is in a small shopping center; the atmosphere is very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great neighborhood find
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Had the cod sliders. Quite a unique way to prepare cod. Can't beat the clean white table cloths, the wonderfully comfortable booths, and the great service. Even brought my 90 year old friend a lovely dessert for her birthday. She was so impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mikek
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We will not return as the overall experience was average and there are too many good or great restaurants in the immediate area .
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Friendly greeting and prompt seating (we had a reservation). Friendly service and the meal was great. Bernard stopped by to ask how everything was which is always good to know the owner cares enough to ask.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a favorite in North County
    litta
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Always a pleasant experience with predictably good food. Creme Burlee is the best!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration
    Hayden
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went to Bernardo's to celebrate my Mother-In-Laws birthday. We were warmly greeted and my mother-in-law was wished a Happy Birthday! What a nice touch. So kind to make someone feel special. We each ordered something different from their restaurant week menu. The Tomato Tart was delicious ( and a large portion ) as was the salad, which had a very nice spice to it. The Beef Duo and the Pork entrees were hot, ample and delicious . The final courses, Peanut Butter Chocolate creme brulee ( very large serving ) and Chocolate Mousse were heavenly. The service was attentive and efficient. The food has a wonderful european flare and always a treat to dine at Bernardo's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Dining
    FiveStar
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Best Dining restaurant in Southern California, Five Star, in our opinion. Fine Food, Fine Wait Staff. Reasonably priced. A little improvement needed in the bus boy area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was ok, service was great
    Albertaa
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Food was ok, but the service was great! I expected more though
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Great food, good service, pleasant atmosphere. Wonderful for dining with friends.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    connieb
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    First time there and will definitely go back. The food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • maxs
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Food and service were good as usual. We would recommend this restaurant to our friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK for lunch
    notlob
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good reasonably priced lunch menu but our first choice was not available and we were not told until after we had ordered. It was a very hot day and the restaurant was not adequately air conditioned and the wine not chilled enough.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • out with the wife
    snowj
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Nice environment, quiet, comprehensive wine selections, good food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French Dining & Pet Friendly!
    lskesq95VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We're foodies, fine diners and pooch lovers. It's so fun to be able to combine all three together. BernardO's is absolutely fit for foodies, lovely dining and pet friendly on the patio (which we really appreciate). Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • maxs
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food and service were awesome. I would recommend it to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good for a Shopping Cntr Restaurant
    Hank
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time here. The food was very good, although the French Onion soup was a bit sweet. The service was very good. The atmosphere was a little dull. It is located in a small shopping center with a bit dated decor.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DoccVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Being the closest restaurant to where we live, we go to this restaurant about once a year but are always a little disappointed. I don't remember way, good reason to do the reviews right away, but perhaps it is just in general that I don't care that much for French Restaurants...even in France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner at Bernardo's
    bbzz
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Bernardo's. The steak was absolutely mouth watering and the gnocchi appetizer is not to be missed. Great for special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A gem in Rancho Bernardo
    Laura92103
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I have wanted to try this fabulous restaurant for many years, and finally had the opportunity. We were celebrating the birthday of a dear friend. The bar service was terrific, one of the best Manhattans I have ever had. The food was very good. Bernard greeted us at the door himself - and couldn't have been more gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    googaa
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have been to Bernardo's before and have good memories,however this visit was disappointing. My duck was a little dry and my partner's medium rare steak was more medium.I did not complain as it wasn't inedible and the rest of the meal was good though the service was only fair.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday
    GeoDude
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our supercool occasion was greatly enhanced by a combination of friendly greeting, nice wine, excellent seafood and special help changing the time and being sure the flowers had arrived.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 452 reviews are from the Bernard'O Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Less than wonderful
    MEG3
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were enthused to try this restaurant and fully expected it to be outstanding it every category. The ambiance & service was great, but we found ourselves reminiscing about and comparing other restaurants' similar dishes and unfortunately, Bernardo's came up "Not as good". Truly sorry to give a less-than-great review, but we were disappointed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enduring Find
    Rfavoriteplace
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Bernard O's continues as one of the best all around fine dining experiences in all of San Diego. Bernard is always pleasant and cordial as he greets you when you enter the establishment and he has chosen well for his serving staff. The Chef always has local produce surprises and the quality and consistency of the meal planning is always a cut above.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • kabuVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    We eat at Bernardo's quite often. They have amazing mussels at happy hour and wonderful dishes during dinner also. It's an elegant yet casual atmosphere and Bernard always welcomes you to his wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lynne
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A very nice place for dinner. It is a little expensive If you have more than one or two courses and wine. The food is excellent, especially the fillet mignon. The French Onion soup needs to be reviewed by the owner but he will be doing that. We hope to find it back to excellent the next time we visit.The ambiance is excellent and is a very comfortable place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • avidfoodie
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food was over priced, portions were extremely small and food arrived cold.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bernardo's was nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We went for a special occasion fairly early on a Thursday night. This is obviously a place that is frequented by the rancho Bernardo locals. Good food and friendly wait staff.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star
    FiveStar
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    This restaurant has been the best for ten years of our experience. Everything is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • what a pleasant surprise
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    Never made the trip to eat here until this week. What a great find! Good French food, great service, and a beautifully serene atmosphere. I will return to sample some of the other entrees soon. Enjoyed the escargot and the daily crepe too. Looking forward to the next trip to Bernard - O's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice Neighborhood Spot
    WeLove2DineOut
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    The food was excellent, and the atmosphere friendly. The service sincere and well-intentioned, but our waiter was a bit absent-minded. He gave me a Manhattan without vermouth (?), but wisely did not charge us for it. The scene is a small neighborhood restaurant for couples and families, with white table cloths, lively little bar area for a more elderly crowd. Those who live in this more senior living area know to come here for well-prepared dishes, delicious deserts, and drinks, at prices that fit the higher quality of the food. I wouldn't necessarily travel for miles to dine here, but since we live in the area, it is definitely one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous French gem
    sdmmbayVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Better food and service than Paris and Bordeaux. Outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dishes are beautiful and delicious.
    Marilyn1234
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We like to take our customers here... great food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic for foodies.
    foodie4wine
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Bernard'O is our new date night restaurant. Scrumptious French fare and a wine list that is fabulous, it's perfect for us foodies. Service is wonderful. Can't wait until next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Appetizers were beautifully presented. My husband and I had two appetizers and two main entrees. We were fulled and had to skip the desert. Well price.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.