Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar
7644 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037Neighborhood:
La Jolla / Golden Triangle
Contemporary EuropeanPrice: $30 and under
Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.finchslajolla.com/
- Phone: (858) 456-4056
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 10:30am – 3pm, Saturday – Sunday: 10am – 3pm
Small Plates Menu: Tuesday - Sunday: 3pm – 5pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm, Sunday 5pm - 9pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary European, International, Contemporary American
- Executive Chef: Mario Medina
- Dress Code: Smart Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
- Catering: Please contact for details.
- Private Party Facilities: Sections of the restaurant are available for private events. Please call event manager for more information.
- Private Party Contact: Event Manager 8584564056
- Entertainment: Live music on patio Friday and Saturday night. Please call for details.
- Special Events: For Special Event inquiries, please contact Tiana or Linda at 858.456.4056. We will be happy to assist with all your event planning needs. We will work with you to create a wonderful event with a special touch within a budget you can afford!
A word from Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar
"The hidden gem in the jewel…" Enter through wrought iron gates into a European courtyard and discover the charming world that is Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar. The owners of Finch's have created a serene, intimate space where guests can escape life's hustle and bustle and relax, drink great wine, enjoy live music, and eat some of the best food around at moderate prices - an upscale dining experience at casual dining prices. This is evident from the moment you are graciously seated at your table with crisp linens, water carafes with fresh lemons as stoppers, and black and white finch salt and pepper birds. It is these quirky touches and attention to detail that is the guiding spirit behind this popular cozy, romantic and friendly La Jolla hotspot.Continued
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Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance4.1Noise LevelModerate
neighborhood gem (30)great for outdoor dining (23)romantic (19)fit for foodies (17)special occasion (10)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (5)good for groups (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)hot spot (1)Show More
- Lackluster serviceRT15Dined on 11/8/2014-rude waiter who took minutes to seat and serve my party -lack of sufficient staff to serve customers -multiple mistakes with food orders -tasty food -simple, coherent menu -reasonable, if not below expected pricing for caliber of food
- bistro diningOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014a cute bistro slightly hidden downtown. Quant patio dining with light outdoor music or indoor dining option. Outstanding attentive service, good wine choices, flights if you would like to try several different wines. Very good food. Tables are bit close together but still comfortable.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New find!!!SeriousFoodieDined on 10/25/2014First time a Finch's and we will definitely return many times in the future. We were "blown away" as they say, with the very energetic menu! Our party of three ordered three different appetizers, main dishes and desserts. My fist comment after the appetizers was: "are we in New York?" Everything as absolutely creatively and beautifully presented then came the amazing taste to behold. I think you could order anything on their menu and not be dissatisfied. One truly stand out was the Fried Cheese Cake. WOW...so delicious and a wonderful way to remember a great new find for us!Special Features:
- Tucked Away GemluvitalianVIPDined on 10/14/2014This is a definite must do when in La Jolla. You may walk right past the entrance unless you know where you're going. But once you're there you will be pleased with your decision. The wine list has many great selections & shows both the suggested retail price & the restaurant markup. They offer a few selections at a substantially reduced price. The menu has a nice variety of selections to choose from. Our dinner choices were the Osso Bucco lamb shank encroute & the beef short ribs; delicious. We also chose the roasted brussels sprouts with duck bacon & the avocado fritters. To top off the meal we had their chocolate salami which was 2 slices of nut studded dark chocolate fudge with berry compote and vanilla gelato. We'll definitely return.Special Features:
- perfect anniversary dinnermeljDined on 10/11/2014Food was amazing, got the filet and bobotie, the music was romantic and the patio was perfect. Our waiter was great and attentive, asking about a special occasion and brought us champagne with dessert on the house. Definitely will be going backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Mixed reviewKrisDined on 10/10/2014The dinner was for my husband's birthday. He was a bit disappointed with the restaurant. It was not a private patio---but rather an entrance to business offices. He loves lamb---and the puff pastry lamb dish was "different". The service was nice. It was odd to get our salad before our wine. I thought it was a cute place---but maybe not the right place for a special birthday dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- We love it.MikeVIPDined on 10/10/2014One of our favorite restaurants. Wonderful food. Unusual dishes on the menu. Quiet live music.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous FindStephVIPDined on 10/6/2014We visited Finch's Wine Bar after reading about it in the SD Magazine. We wish we had found it sooner. Fabulous Food , wine and Atmosphere. The Staff was extremely friendly! We are going back again this week!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Save room for dessert!charmedlifeDined on 9/18/2014We like to dine early, so we had a choice of seating and the atmosphere was quiet. The food was delicious. I was pleased with my choice of pistachio crusted salmon. The dessert menu stood out the most! I chose the caramel bread pudding, and it was amazing. As the evening went on, the restaurant started to fill and live music started at 6:00. It was a great place to celebrate our 32nd anniversary.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- What a find!OpenTable Diner Since 2004Dined on 9/12/2014If we lived in the area, we would make this a regular spot for dining. The service was great as was the food and ambiance. When we are back in So Cal, we will definitely return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Hidden GemGopalVIPDined on 9/2/2014This is a hidden gem of La Jolla, the food and wine are excellent. They also have low-key musician playing in the courtyard at times.Special Features:
- Best restaurant in La Jolla!!!!!!!!foodies4lifeDined on 8/28/2014Excellent food! Great ambiance! Top notch service! Truly the best restaurant in La Jolla!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outdoor dining a must!CrewVIPDined on 8/16/2014To be fair, we made a last minute reservation based on the menu, so we were seated indoors, which is a mistake in the summer, as it's easily 10-15 degrees hotter than outside. We also weren't very hungry, so decided to order light. The squash blossom appetizers were very good, though their delicate flavor was a bit overwhelmed by the heavy use of goat cheese. The service was friendly, upbeat, and helpful, allowing us to order dish by dish so we could stop before overloading. They also had to keep refilling our ice waters since we were so overheated in the small indoor space, and our waiter was very understanding and right on top of the refills! Would love to return in the Fall, or at least sit outside next time we go!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- surprise disappointmentcharlieVIPDined on 8/15/2014have been here before for lunch and have usually been pleasantly pleased with quality of the food and choices. today was a dissapointment. some delivery issues so a number of dishes were not available (friday at 12:45 PM - what happened?) I chose the beet salad ($11) with salmon side ($8) for $19 for a salad with salmon, the greens (euro) were tired and about to expire. the salmon was fair. my dining companion had the louis salad...presentation looked tired as well. quite surprising. everyone is entitled to a bad day. i will return again to see if they corrected today's fall down.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Ambient, friendlyBirkieDined on 8/9/2014Attentive service. Warm, romantic atmosphere, ample street parking and live music. Nice selection of menu items, including first and second plates, desserts.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The following 122 reviews are from the Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar reviews archive.
- Loved new dishesKathylynneVIPDined on 7/17/2014I visit this restaurant often. They had an excellent singer, were packed and they have 2 new dishes which we had and they were excellent! A calamari appetizer with a mildly spicy sauce, and a light, fluffy, fruity, light dessert whipped like an excellent chocolate mouse is. I wanted it all to myself and will definitely go back for more. Especially since they ran out of the calamari because everyone kept ordering more. We always have excellent wine, and this night was no exception. We had a delicious 2008 Ramon Bilboa Reserva Rioja Tempranillo.Special Features:
- delightful in every way!teenVIPDined on 7/17/2014relax and enjoy the surroundings, the food and wine, or in my case a bellini! had a very creative pasta dish that i really enjoyed - suggested by our server - and appreciated. if you like lamb, try it!Special Features:
- Great spot to wind down.OpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 6/27/2014The food was really good, the service was great, the atmosphere was excellent and we loved the live music.Special Features:
- jac75VIPDined on 6/26/2014food mediocre and menu so so. the only good thing about this restaurant is that is a near by locatio
- New Favorite PlaceMimizDined on 6/21/2014I googled to find Finch's and am so happy that I did! What a hidden treasure! I could've thrown a dart at the menu and had something delicious. I especially loved the stuffed squash blossoms. The service was attentive and pleasant and the owner came by to welcome us and make sure we were happy. I love this place and hope to go back several times! :)Special Features:
- dingobabyDined on 6/18/2014This is a great find - a hidden gem in La Jolla. The food was superb and the service first class. Owners Linda and Marshall really care about the quality of their restaurant as was apparent when they visited with us during our meal. I would recommend Finch's - without reservation - (no pun intended here!!) to everyone I know. Peter McKimminSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- pleasant place, food unevenIkeBDined on 5/31/2014A delightful evening here, with an especially talented jazz guitarist. The menu features several dishes requiring a deft touch in the kitchen. My dish, scallops, was overdone with too sweet a sauce for me. My wife enjoyed her entree.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great discovery!ImspiceyVIPDined on 5/23/2014Who new this existed in La Jolla. This little wine bar is tucked away in the cutest setting i've seen in La Jolla. The wine list is great, as is the menu. Food is delish and the servers are excellent. I would say they could definitely extend the beer list with more local craft brews but otherwise this place is top notch. I'll be a repeat customer!.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingSanDiegoDinerVIPDined on 5/23/2014First time at this location. Food was heavy and overcooked. Was rushed throughout the meal. Better options around. Not kid friendly. Very disappointing. On a positive note: the guitar player was great.
- Great find!!Bob1VIPDined on 5/13/2014Service was excellent- good well prepared and presentation best I have seen in long time. We ate inside but the " alley" looked like great place to dine as well. Go before it becomes well known!!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Romantic Evening OutDinnerDateDined on 4/18/2014We just tried Finch's for the first time. What a great experience. We elected to be seated outside with the heaters on - romantic live music filtered outside and mingled with the sound of water splashing in the outside fountain. Inside does not look to be as romantic or quaint; however, the wine bar is very cute. The food was wonderful - we split an order of the special green mussels, the beet salad and the scallops - all very yummy. We also had some yummy wine - Red Zinfandel (The Federalist). We were very glad that we found this cute (and kind of hidden) place - very close to Ark Antiques.Special Features:
- A most enjoyable eveningMikeVIPDined on 4/9/2014A wonderful menu. So many tempting dishes difficult to decide which one. Everyone was happy with their selection and agreed we needed to return to try others. We highly recommend this restaurant.Special Features:
- FInch's with a friendfood4funDined on 4/3/2014I have been to Finch's Bistro and Wine Bar several times. The atmosphere is best when dining outdoors. The food is always fresh, perfectly seasoned and well-proportioned. I had deep fried squash blossoms filled with ricotta - perfect. Then stuffed tomatoes - nice, but not as outstanding as their short ribs , fish, scallops or burgers, all of which I have tried on prior occasions. We always enjoy their wines by the glass - have not tried a bottle as yet. Let the knowledgeable waiters offer suggestions, they know their stuff. I am very happy to recommend this secluded little spot in La Jolla.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- had a good meal....a bit tightcarrieVIPDined on 3/29/2014had a good meal....a bit tight in space ...but they were packed so others like them as well.Special Features:
- MouthwateringtherockDined on 3/26/2014We had a wonderful dining experience at Finch's. It had been recommended to us by a friend and it didn't disappoint. We lived the quiet atmosphere which is a rate happening these days. The items we ordered, the pistachio crusted salmon, the scallops and the roared brussel sprouts were delicious. The service was excellent and we will definitely return again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great Little FIndKDTrewDined on 3/24/2014The restaurant serves contemporary European and American meals, so don't be surprised when items on the menu look a little "creative." They taste fantastic. Service was very attentive. The place feels like a nice little family run venture.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Terrific newer informal spotBuntzVIPDined on 3/22/2014Terrific newer informal spot in La Jolla. 4 off us dined here on Saturday evening and thought it was great. Eclectic menu with lots of choices, including small plates. Everything was delicious. Service was prompt and friendly and a guitarist with a bosso nova vibe added to the evening. Only quibble is that space is a bit tight in the outside area, but it did not detract from the experience. We will be back!Special Features:
- Mixed resultsJannyVIPDined on 3/21/2014My salmon cakes tasted like they were heated from a prepared frozen dinner...not very good. My husband's shrimp was very good however. His grapefruit salad was also delicious. The cheese in my Tomato Caprese salad was bitter. Perhaps I just ordered the wrong things from the menu.Special Features:
- Hidden Neighborhood GemJazzmomDined on 3/21/2014Conveniently located in downtown La Jolla, CA with easy street parking. Set back from the main street, so the outdoor dining is not noisy. Decided to sit inside as it was a bit cool, Management and staff are very welcoming and friendly. Met a friend who moved to the area from Massachusetts and she was not aware of this place. All of us enjoyed our meals. Service and food were excellent. Would definitely return when we are back in the area.Special Features:
- Great little place!BLBITWDined on 3/14/2014Cozy and intimate. Took a friend from Oklahoma here for dinner. Her comment was "don't get burned out on this place. I want to come here the next time I'm in town." She had the salmon. Said it was delicious. Also raved about the chocolate french toast. I had the sea bass. Cooked perfectly - melted in my mouth. Great place, great service!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great date spotHungry1SDVIPDined on 3/11/2014The restaurant is charming and the staff was attentive. The owner is from South Africa and inspires to include SA dishes on the menu and wine list. The restaurant was romantic and the food was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pros and ConsPassportSpecialistDined on 3/11/2014This restaurant was a nice spot and cozy feeling. They offer blankets and indoor/outdoor seating with plenty of heaters. The service is really good and they are very nice and attentive. Came on a Tuesday night in March and had a good time with the lady. The food did lack a little bit of flavor in both her dish as well as mine. My food came out a little on the cool side and her meat was overcooked. Regardless of those if you are looking for a nice well rounded cozy place this is a nice one. If you are trying for some spectacular food well I might have caught them on an off day. It was still good, just not spectacular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OK, but way below my expectationsAlexanderVIPDined on 2/22/2014The menu choice in the lunch menu is quite limited. The waitress did not even bring the dinner menu. The service was way too slow even though there were not too many customers. The food was OK, but based on the reviews I expected a lot more. At the very end, it was quite a disappointment.Special Features:
- Tucked-away Charm with Great FoodCindyDined on 2/20/2014Finch's is a neighborhood gem. It's location down a quaint walkway with outdoor tables in an intimate garden setting is perfect for a romantic or quiet evening with friends. They often have a guitarist playing that adds to the charming ambiance. (Music was a bit loud so we were lucky to sit indoors on this chilly night.) In summer, outdoors is just divine. The service is wonderful, wine guy really knows his stuff, and the food is scrumptious. We'll be back again and again.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New favoritemck605Dined on 2/13/2014Tugged down a little alley off Giard, Finch's was a great find. Dinner was great. Wait staff was wonderful. The lovely owner did her rounds with the diners. Live music in the outdoor courtyard. Will be back to check out the bar area for happy hour.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.