D Bar San Diego
D Bar San Diego

D Bar San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.dbarsandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192993227x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch

    Wednesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Dinner

    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00am; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dessert, American, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Keegan Gerhard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: From office parties to family gatherings, D Bar has a unique selection of catering options. Give us a call and discuss your needs today!
  • Entertainment: D Bar was designed with the dessert bar as the focal point. Sit up at the long white bar and prepare to be amazed by pastry chefs making dessert before your very eyes. It's enchanting and delightful and we can't for you to experience it!
  • Special Events: Give us a call and let us see how we can be part of your special event!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Public parking also available next door behind the bank ($4 after 5pm). Paid covered parking also available across the street under the movie theatre.
A word from D Bar San Diego
The D in D Bar stands for Drinks, Dining, and Dessert.

Drinks: We have an excellent wine, beer and cocktail menu that suits all price ranges and occasions. Not to toot our own horn (toot toot), but we even have a wine made just for us called Mr. Cupcake by Charles Smith, so fun! We also have an awesome Happy Hour called Nibbles and Sips with great food and drink specials (6 days a week from 3pm-6pm).

Dining: D Bar isn't based on one particular "type" of dining. As chefs, we pull from what we personally enjoy eating. Thus, our menu is based on our childhood favorites, inspiration from travels, and just simply things we like to eat!

Dessert: Our passion and background is pastry and that is why we have our very own dessert bar! It's kind of like when you go to a sushi bar, but instead of raw fish, we have delicious desserts being made right in front of you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
D Bar San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (43)neighborhood gem (34)good for groups (31)special occasion (26)hot spot (23)great for brunch (17)great for lunch (16)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (12)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (11)kid-friendly (10)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • Best dessert on Hillcrest!!
    Finest
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Great services, wonderfull variety of dessert, nice people and energetic place!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love this place
    linda
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Always great food and service is above and beyond!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Foodcrazy149
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Food was amazing and don't even mess with the dessert :-) I would definitely go back
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service ruined out meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service at D bar on a holiday weekend turned our holiday treat into a mess. While the server did say they were short staffed (how this happens on a holiday weekend is beyond me) the service was particularly bad. One party member asked for a draft beer and got one out of a bottle just to start. For entrees onme member waited five minutes before reciving their plate and only go it because the busser noticed it. Multiple times when we needed service it was not available. The food was alright bit they also were out of several plates at 7:00 so multiple people in our party had to change their orders. Overall it was not a pleasant dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New desserts
    JonasVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    I am usually there for desserts and they added a few items.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite San Diego Restaurant
    Nick
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food here is excellent. The deserts are amazing- I would even go as far to say it's the best desert in Hillcrest which in turn makes it the best desert in San Diego. But the food blows my mind every time as well. The portions are a little on the big side and their bar selection is great. I have yet to find anything there that I don't want to order again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    SamWOWVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    One of my favorites this time around we tried the Duck Nachos... DELICiOUS!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!!!
    Samm
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place is amazing! Food was slightly overpriced, but still great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great deserts
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The food was just ok, But the deserts were over the top.....
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Im Just Sayin'
    ChefRubber
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    our 17th Anniversary was AWESOME because we found such a great place! the staff and the food is world class!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. The chef came by and spoke to us and really cared if we enjoyed our dinner. Save room for dessert!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A BREATH OF FRESH AIR
    Bigdattyd
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Considering I am a chef and past restaurateur, this place wasn't at the top of the food chain but I thoroughly enjoyed those Crue Fries and the Salmon and poached Lobster I added to the basic salad made it exceptional (Salmon was cooked at a perfect medium rare couldn't have done better myself). My girlfriend ordered the pasta and had them spice up a bit, she loved it. Desert was called the "Molten Cake Thingy That Everyone Has" which was absolutely decadent. But what I most enjoyed was our witting, enjoyably humorous with a memory to match, waiter Devin he always had a smile on his face and not one of those fake smiles. The reason for the four star rating really just has to do with not enough entrees to pick from. I would go back!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    chelsea
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Service was great. Desserts were awesome. Overall great experience. Highly recommend..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for sharing
    coiptic
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The dessert portions here are sized well for sharing, depending on how ravenous your dessert stomach is. I was a fan of the lemon souffle, with its perfectly tart fluffiness perfect for a cool summer evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All-around winner
    justinb
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Came because of the great dessert reviews and was really impressed with the entire meal. Appetizer (duck confit) and entrees (burger and shrimp & grits) were all great, and the desserts (d=mc2 and waffle sundae) were both even better than we expected. Overall a great meal and we will definitely return when we are in SD next.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • exceptional
    Janisl
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    always had there a great experience. staff are very proactive and food is perfect
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    swedo
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We met with friends Sat. night for dessert - everything was outstanding: the service, the food and the people! Highly recommend this to all - we will be back to try their dinner menu soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fix Kitchen Service, Please!
    doctobe911
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Over three previous visits, the D Bar kitchen has gotten slower and slower in its food delivery throughput, even when the restaurant is at half or less capacity. Twenty minutes for a drink order, and forty minutes for an entree with less than half the restaurant filled, and two tables nearby also without any food for at least that long? It's now easy to see why this restaurant has lost so many customers among my circles of friends. Once, waitstaff and managers were attentive, but now it's customary to be avoided by both; service was top-notch ... now an order -- any order -- takes as long as it does. A stark difference over its opening days, and without some attention D Bar's remaining clientele may also lose their patience.
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  • Great dessert
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Excellent dessert! The desserts were decorated beautifully and were very delicious! Great ambience and great service as well.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girl night out
    Girlsniteout
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Food was delicious service was great!! Our waitress was very nice and attentive. Guys pouring water were very polite. I'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Menu
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I've been coming to D Bar since it opened and I'm a big fan. However, I was not crazy about the recent menu changes, in which many of the favorite dishes have been eliminated (short ribs, pork, and halibut, to name a few). I have no problem with restaurants freshening up the menu, since it's nice to see new items. However, the more substantial items were not replaced and the small plates/appetizers didn't offer a great alternative for a full meal. I had the shrimp and grits, which were pretty soupy and somewhat disappointing. We did not try the shared plates of cheese and salumi, but $25 is fairly steep for a meat and cheese board. The dessert is still good!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    D Bar was a great restaurant. We had a wonderful experience and we would definitely come again. We have tried your older Denver location and it was an awesome experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must visit
    sddiner
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great ambience and energy in the restaurant. Creative and tasty preparations. The servers were very warm and welcoming - will definitely go back
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not as good second time around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I have been to Dbar about 4 times now. I was slightly disappointed this time around. The carne asada appetizer had a very strange pastry-type crust that was very dense. I ordered the vegetarian plate and it was not too good. It said it had naan bread but was more like soggy focaccia and the veges were late luster. My husband had the short ribs and these were terrific. The churros are still the best item on the menu.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JeffinSD
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Always a great experience at dbar.... Was surprised the chicken and waffles was a sandwich with lettuce and mustard. A first for me. Not sure I liked it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, amazing dessert
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We will definitely be back, that dessert menu is insanely good. We also had a great dinner, the salmon, the sliders, the brussel sprouts and the grilled shrimp were great. The dessert was out of this world
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Awesome Awsome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Unique great food, what else is there to say. My recommendation is GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    Nikita1569VIP
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We had brunch reservations and when we arrived there was no one up front, so we had to flag down a waiter to check in and get seated. Our coffee arrived right away and it was delicious. However, it was all downhill from there. We waited OVER ONE HOUR for our food. Our server never bothered to check in with us or explain the wait. Eventuallt we found a manager who also had no explanation for the wait time, but said she would talk to our waiter and bring our food right out. Neither of those things happened. When the food finally did arrive it was good, but not nearly good enough to make up for a total lack of service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Andres
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Awesome food, service, and value! I would recommend this restaurant to any group or family.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for eats and drinks
    SDTruVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    My wife and I had dinner here on Friday and it was wonderful. We started at the bar (though, make sure to ask the bar about happy hour), then moved to our table. The waiter was very attentive and knowledgable about the menu. For appetizers, we had the Brussels and the corn dogs; there was barely enough room for the vegi-licious entree, but of course there was enough room for the cake and shake. All we're delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Highly appreciated
    AraSDVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Among scores of Hillcrest restaurants, D-Bar stands out for its celebrity chef- inspired creative dishes and unique dessert menu. I am hopeful San Diego will support in droves this outstanding establishment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cute presentation
    marellagVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    My husband and I normally do not order desserts when dining out but their menu peaked my interest. The bailey souffle accompanied with a couple of beignets arrived piping hot which totally outshined the banana "imposter." Pair your sweet cravings with salt caramel martini! Thanks, Chef Keegan!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    PDQ619VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Good food, good service, good location - how can you go wrong!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    Andres
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Came here for brunch with a friend and both of us were impressed with the quality of service and food. Great place to check out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some room for improvement
    EatAlittle
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Ate there a few weeks back. Love the atmosphere and openness of place. My daughter ordered the sliders which are a pretty safe bet. We also had an avocado type appetizers which was simple and delicate in its presentation. I ordered the Cod which was a disappointment. The first bite was good as it had the right miso flavor but than after a few bites it was overpowering. Almost as if marinated for too long and it became a bit too sweet. Also the skin was not curtsy at all. It had a fairly slimy and gelatinous consistency. For a close to $30 price tag customers deserve better than that. The staff is friendly but expect a casual level of service. Desserts are always fantastic here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 303 reviews are from the D Bar San Diego reviews archive.
  • Happy and disapointed
    foodie
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I came here form my birthday celebration. I was not told on the phone when making a reservation that I had to have 80 percent of my party, but the hostess was very understanding and still seated us. I am very happy with the place overall, I loved the food and the ambiance is great! I am extremely happy about the accommodations for dietary needs. However, our service was not good, our waitress was not attentive at all. She did not come to check on us and was a little rude when explaining about how they can split the check. My friends even were not happy about the service we got. Many of them had been to this place before and said they got great service, were surprised at the service we got.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful as always
    ScenikVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    D Bar is one of our top 5 restaurants. We will keep returning and always look forward to getting back here.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stella
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Food was GREAT!!!as ususal. Been here many times. The server was just O K. Usually have great service.Missed seeing Keegan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would still be waiting for food
    mcurielVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Second time in restaurant. Love the place and servers are friendly, but there was a problem in kitchen and food took an hour. Waitress offered to bring us cookies as appetizers, but we wanted our lunch. Hope they can get their act together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but noisy.
    neighborhoodeater
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Staff is friendly and attentive. Eating outside decreases the noise. Food is done with a twist, and its all good.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.