Bernard'O Restaurant
Bernard'O Restaurant

Bernard'O Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bernardorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8584877171
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Bernard'O Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
67 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (43)special occasion (41)fit for foodies (32)romantic (28)notable wine list (23)great for lunch (13)great for brunch (12)good for groups (8)great for outdoor dining (8)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (1)Show More
  • out with the wife
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
  • 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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    • 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.
  • 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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  • 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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    • 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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    • 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.
  • Great find
    GaGaMa
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    We tried Bernard'O Restaurant for the first time and really liked it. The food was very good and the service was excellent. We also liked the atmosphere and the prices.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LadyS
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Bernard'O sets a consistently high standard. This was a first visit for lunch - previously only had dinner there. The patio was not in use which was disappointing, however we had a very pleasant table with good service and excellent food. First visit for accompanying friends. Every discerning neighborhood deserves a similar restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Oh! Bernard'O
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Outstanding. Wonderful. Terrific. We thought it would be nice, but, because of the location in a shopping center in Rancho Bernardo, we weren't prepared for such a very fine establishment. We certainly didn't know it would be spectacular. Waiting at the bar was a treat and Bernard himself being the maitre d was charming. Every person on staff was excellent. Each of the courses: bibb salad, seabass, scallops, cranberry tart were absoutely superb. The pinot grigio wine was terrific. We have dined in many fine restaurants in the San Diego area and nationally and Bernard'O is absolutely one of the best we've experienced.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • recommend this place
    beeps
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    booked this place for my parents' anniversary and the food, the mood and the overall experience were all great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • prime rib!
    asdf
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    the prime rib was GREAT and a bargain price the prime rib was GREAT and a bargain price the prime rib was GREAT and a bargain price
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As Good As Always
    OldenbearVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    We've been eating at Bernard'O for two decades; it has been, and continues to be, reliably good. This menu doesn't change to reflect the latest trend; it simply provides very good French-inspired food at a reasonable price. This time we were with friends. Two of us had the beef bourguignon, and two of us had sea bass. The fish preparation was also available with cod that day if one preferred. We shared the Belgian endive starter, and our friends had the French onion soup and the soup du jour which was zucchini fennel. For dessert we had profiteroles and the sampler plate. Everyone really liked everything! Service was and attentive, and Bernard stopped by the table to be sure all was well. We'll likely be back for decades to come!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Jack
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We really enjoyed the food here. The three of us all got different entrees and shared bites and it was all delicious. The wait staff was pleasant and attentive. I would highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GREAT FOR LUNCH!
    lindafoodie
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We had a lovely lunch here -- the atmosphere was wonderful -- very pretty inside the restaurant and excellent for a lunchtime visit without a lot of confusion and noise. The food was delicious and the service was first class.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • zipporahVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We took our infant here for the first time and our server even asked if we needed warm water for heating/making a bottle. Wow - that guy must be a dad! Food was very good, except for the hard little canneloni served with the short ribs. Unfortunately, I noticed toward the end of our meal that my glass had lipstick on it from a previous diner. Won't keep us from returning, but I'll have to try to remember to check the glass at the start of the meal next time.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Local Favorite
    4jamiejam
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Found this gem when we were trying to find a high end restaurant that was not all the way downtown. This place does not disappoint! If you like Mr A's food, you will love this too. A bit pricey but the food makes it worth it. It has a nice atmosphere in the main area, but the side area is nothing special. The service has always been top notch every time we have gone. Give it a try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very Good
    We2travelabitVIP
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Great neighborhood establishment. Great ambiance. The staff was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • well prepared classics
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We enjoyed our main courses, and the ingredients were fresh and tasty. Mixed drinks were also good and reasonably priced. Deserts were okay, but they were out of one and a bit pricey. Overall good experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Creative menu, attentive service, nice wine selection, pleasant decor. Have outside tables but never sat there. This is a repeat experience for me so that speaks well of the place. A back room can accommodate groups. Worth a visit .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 33 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 426 reviews are from the Bernard'O Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Mother's Day ...
    Laurent
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    With regret I have to say that Bernard'O's turned out to be what others had warned me about... We arrived early, seated early, waited for an hour to receive our first course - then 30 more minutes to receive the main course - the entire brunch was approximately 3 hours, with no apologies from the management. Cearly this was a tragic experience that resulted in the worst Mother's Day brunch we have ever experienced. Next year its back to Denny's.
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  • Bit of a disappointment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food was pretty good overall but they were out of a few things by 6:45pm on a Saturday night which was very disappointing and left a bad first impression. The waitress, while not exactly rude, was standoffish and came across a little snooty. Hoped for better service during our Anniversary dinner. While not bad, probably will try another restaurant for French cuisine next time.
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  • bernado'O review
    myjumbo
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    the experience was good overall. Service could be better, I have to try a few times to get attention of our waitress to get something. but it was a good experience overall. The food was good, not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Juppeats3star
    juppeatsVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Our 8 person group enjoyed our dinner. Two guests are vegan, so asked for special meal. They were very pleased with their meals. I had beef burgundy and meat was tender and flavorful. Others enjoyed their various dinners. Service was excellent and restaurant quiet. Only surprise was that owner didn't come by to greet us like he seemed to do with other tables.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Value for high-end restaurant
    SteveE
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Bernardo's never disappoints: great wine list, very knowledgeable wait staff, exquisite cuisine. Very moderate pricing considering all! It was definitely the right choice for us to celebrate our 9th anniversary!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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  • Best Food and Service in San Diego
    sdmmbayVIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I travel from Monarch Beach weekly to visit my Mother and Brother. My Brother and I have dined four times at Bernardos and it is consistently outstanding. The food is delicious and plated beautifully. The lunch server, Jeff, is professional, informed and delightful. I dine frequently all over the world; and Bernardos is in a league to compete with the world's best. I look forward to each dining experience at Bernardos. Rancho Bernardo is so fortunate to have such an outstanding dining establishment in its community.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet