The WineSellar & Brasserie
9550 Waples Street, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92121Neighborhood:
Contemporary FrenchPrice: $31 to $50
The WineSellar & Brasserie
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.winesellar.com/
- Phone: 8584509557x
- Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Thuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Contemporary French
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine, Wine Bar
- Private Party Facilities: The WineSellar and Brasserie offers a variety of Private Rooms for multiple functions. We can accommodate wine tasting parties and business gatherings for up to 125 people. We also have a very private dining room for Business Dinners or intimate gatherings and celebrations for up to 14 people.
- Private Party Contact: Gary Parker 8584509557x
- Special Events: The WineSellar & Brasserie provides excellent meeting and party facilities for groups up to 125 people. The Brasserie also has a very private dining room which is perfect for meetings or get togethers for 6-14 people. A high definition television monitor comes out of the cabinet for your presentations.
A word from The WineSellar & Brasserie
The Brasserie offers an intimate atmosphere with a seasonal, contemporary French menu. We bring together cuisine, an award-winning wine list and a talented staff to reward you with an exquisite fine-dining experience.Continued
With your meal enjoy a bottle from The WineSellar or choose a wine from our list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection and a price well below the typical restaurant mark-up.
With your meal enjoy a bottle from The WineSellar or choose a wine from our list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection and a price well below the typical restaurant mark-up.
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- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
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The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since April 22, 2014
- Ambiance4.3Noise LevelQuiet
fit for foodies (23)notable wine list (21)special occasion (19)romantic (13)neighborhood gem (11)great for lunch (9)good for groups (3)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
- Very nice romantic spotpmukDined on 8/8/2014Despite the nondescript location, which has a nice perk of easy parking once you find the place, we thought this was a really good place for dinner. The French cuisine was outstanding, and as the name suggests has a great wine selection. We had the scallops and the tuna, both of which were tasty. The service was attentive and very good. I would definitely come here again for special occasions.Special Features:
- Always exceptionalmas13Dined on 7/31/2014This restaurant never disappoints. The food is always perfectly prepared, the service is excellent, and the wine list offers a LOT of choice. You also have the option of going to the wine shop downstairs and choosing a wine; the corkage fee is only $10. We both had duck on our most recent visit; mine was duck breast in orange sauce, which is succulent and tender and not overpowered by the sauce. A little more vegetable on the plate would be appreciated, though. My husband was equally delighted with his duck confit, served over lentils in a port wine reduction. We agreed these are the best lentils imaginable. The dessert list isn't expansive or imaginative, but very good (but skip the grainy apple sorbet).Special Features:
- Great new lunch items avail Tue-SatBFBSDVIPDined on 7/29/2014They just expanded lunch to be Tue thru Sat and added some lower priced items that are great. The chicken pesto sandwich at $9.50 is great and a great value and the warm prosciutto/brie sandwich ($11) is different and very tasty. You can still get their classic lunch entrées but there are also various salads with or without salmon, beef, or duck confit added. It's great to have a really good table service restaurant choice in the Sorrento Mesa area and it's worth traveling a bit to get the kind of quality lunch and service that the WineSellar is offering. Needless to say if you want a glass of wine with your lunch, there are lots of good choices. I've been there twice now for lunch and will be returning soon.Special Features:
- Always great!StevoskiVIPDined on 7/3/2014The WSB is our go to French restaurant as it is not only very good but it is less than 10 minutes from our home. We always have a great meal and wonderful service. Jeff is one of the better servers in any restaurant and we really appreciate his attentiveness to details. TY WSB for another great evening of dining!Special Features:
- Great rediscoveryOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/3/2014Went for our first time with friends who were once regulars, but hadn't been in years. We were all very pleased. A finely tailored environment serving wonderful food very knowledgeably, professionally and efficiently. We truly enjoyed the fact we could actually hear each other as we discussed our delicious meals and wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent foodSueLupDined on 6/21/2014Had not been to the Brasserie in years, the food and wine was every bit as good as we remembered it. Every course was delicious and well prepared. We shared an appetizer of sautéed polenta with mushrooms and goat cheese, and we ate every crumb, the combination was lo lovely. I started with asparagus soup which was fresh, bright green and delicious, with the scallops for my entree. They were large succulent and perfectly cooked. Husband started with the beet salad, good but nothing special and had the short ribs for his entree. They were very good, served on a bed of carrot puree with additional sautéed veggies. The ribs were meaty and fork tender. The only negative is that the dining room decor is stuck in the 80's, needs an update asap!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- great restaurant odd placeOpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 6/20/2014This restaurant is located in an industrial area and has minimal ambiance (upstairs from an amazing wine store) that used to be a wine storage facility is how it ended up there. The food was outstanding and the service was great so who cares where it's located.Special Features:
- Food for the GodsNadoBobDined on 6/14/2014I can't say we are regulars at the Brasserie, but it is certainly on our A list of prime restaurants. Every time we come here I wished we lived closer, but the commute from Coronado is always worth it. We selected our dinner from the Prix Fix Father's Day Menu. The waiter did an excellent job explaining the dishes and preparations and talked me into having the Veal Bone Marrow appetizer. It was extraordinary and something you just don't find on even the best restaurant's special wine dinners. We selected a nice Chardonnay from an extensive wine list that was very balanced and complemented the meal well. Hint, there are four tables by the window, two of which are great for people watching.Special Features:
- surprising serviceSDDinerDined on 5/22/2014I had scheduled my reservation for the wrong day, it was graciously honored regardless, so we actually ate there about two weeks ago at lunch. However, the waiter struggle with the wines. He brought the wrong wine to the table twice. We ordered a rose, first he brought a chardonnay and then the wrong rose. We kept that one. My food (lamb salad). was quite lovely. My friend's burger was dry. The bread served before the meal and on the bun lacked tasted, and a soft, weak consistency, and was surprisingly bad. His fries were a cold, soggy mess. Incredibly disappointing and I expected so much better.Special Features:
- Delicious food in unlikely spotOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 5/21/2014The location in the middle of what appears to be a light industrial park put us off for years, even though we had heard good things about the food. The downstairs combines a wine shop and a small, somewhat noisy bar, while the upstairs is a quiet, elegant restaurant. The bar service is a little slow, but the restaurant service is attentive and efficient. The food is outstanding. Every dish we tried was delicious and a little surprising. We will definately make this a primary special occasion spot.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Another great meal!StevoskiVIPDined on 5/16/2014The Winesellar Brassiere is our favorite go to continental cuisine place to eat for years. The service is always outstanding and the food is very good. Jeff as always is helpful with recommendations and with any questions about ingredients you may have. they are also aware of my food allergies even though we only go a few times a year! Very attentive personnel, and a great place to dine.Special Features:
- Dinner ExperienceswislDined on 5/14/2014This was my second visit and I would return. It's not easy to find. It's in a commercial center in the back without much signage. The food and wine list was very good. There is a wine store on the ground floor and the waiter gave us the retail price plus a corkage fee. Much less than the wine list price.Special Features:
- Great for wine & food loversWinerDined on 4/26/2014We celebrated our 10th anniversary here and were not disappointed. Fantastic wine selection and beautifully prepared food at earthly prices. Well worth it.Special Features:
- The following 238 reviews are from the The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews archive.
- Good but not great.SavoirFaireDined on 3/21/2014I've been to this restaurant twice in the last 4 months. Each time, the food was good but not up to the level commensurate with the exorbitant prices, nor the restaurant's lofty reputation. We had the sea scallops, confit of duck, and rack of lamb, along with various appetizers. Everything was well-prepared and mistake-free, but the flavors were somewhat boring and failed to excite or delight. A place this over-priced needs to do better than that. Their menu is getting a bit staid and tired. It was notable that on both of my visits -each on a Friday or Saturday evening - the place was nearly empty! Not surprising, I guess, given the price-quality mismatch. The service and extensive, award-winning wine list, however, remain excellent.Special Features:
- A Great PlacejeepsyDined on 3/14/2014The WineSellar & Brasserie truly is a gem. The food and service are excellent, the service also. They really take care of you without "hovering". In these fast paced and fast food days, it is nice to have quiet place to be able to have lunch for both business and pleasure. As an added bonus the Wine List is excellent, and be sure and add in some time on your way out to take a look at the wines downstairs.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The Best Kept Secret in San DiegoWindjunkieDined on 3/5/2014This restaurant offers the finest wine selection, exquisite gourmet meals, awesome service and quaint ambience. We travel to Europe often and every time we go to this restaurant, we are transported to Paris, in an upscale restaurant with English speaking waiters. We had a good friend from France join us for dinner the other night and he concurred that this restaurant was as good as any fine dining restaurant in Paris or Toulouse.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- San Diego's bestSandaraDined on 2/22/2014What a delight to have such a fine establishment just minutes away from home1 I introduced a friend to this hidden treasure and she was delighted as well.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointedPearlDined on 2/15/2014We have enjoyed great lunches here over the last two years so we invited friends to join us for dinner. We were there on a busy Saturday night which may explain the soup that was delicious but only lukewarm. Two of us had the fish--small portions but nicely presented and was ok--the best choice. One of us ordered the rack of lamb---such a tiny serving that it was difficult to cut away from the bone to eat since it was so small. One of us ordered the flat iron steak which was very small and tough--served over chestnuts that were mealy tasting. Dinner was expensive and unimpressive. May return for lunch sometime but definitely not for dinner.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- One of our favorite placesOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 2/15/2014One of our favorite places to go. Great food, great wine. We always have a good time when we come here. And we like that they change up the menu too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- After a "cold" reception,SpeedyponchalesVIPDined on 2/14/2014After a "cold" reception, the service and the food were excellent, except for the house salad, which was completely bland. The flat steak and the lobster tail were outstanding.Special Features:
- Valentines DisappointmentDanRDined on 2/14/2014Hopefully it was just understaffing on a holiday, but I had a disappointing Valentines dinner. I had not been there for quite a while, decided to take my wife for V-day. We saw our waiter once all night, had to keep asking the bus boys for service. We had a question about the dessert menu, no one ever returned to answer. The overall meal was average, my steak was rather tough and served lukewarm. For a restaurant of their reputation I expected much more :(Special Features:
- DisappointingShariVIPDined on 2/14/2014We've eaten at this restaurant many times and have usually enjoyed outstanding offerings but unfortunately, our latest experience here was quite disappointing. The green salad and beet salad were ok, but boring. I longed for more than a few specks of goat cheese in my beet salad and the mandarine orange slices, while adding a nice citrus punch, detracted from the experience with their thick, chewy membranes. The steak was again, ok, but one expects more. The sea bass was very fishy tasting and it seems the chef attempted to cover for this with a high dose of salt. The vegetable served with the sea bass resembled an artichoke but was tough and bitter. The fresh bread was a welcome addition since I felt there wasn't much else to eat.
- Delightful Dinner at the WineSellarGiantsFanDined on 1/25/2014Prix Fixe Menu was VERY good! Roasted Cauliflower Soup and Prime Flat Iron Steak was marvelous and the service attentive and relaxed. Wine pairing is highly recommended....excellent complement to each course with helpful explanations of wine selections (grape variety, vineyard, vintage, region, climate, characteristics, etc.) Maple Panna Cotta dessert was light and delicious.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- New Year Eve ExperienceWayneDined on 12/31/2013We have been coming to the Brasserie for years. It is one of our favorites in all of the San Diego area. Its a little pricey as a routine restaurant for most, but in actual value it probably can't be beat.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- good food, and good companywineanddineladyDined on 12/24/2013I was very pleased with my dish, my service received, and my overall experience at this restaurant. Went for my first time the day before Christmas and will soon return. The restaurant is on the second floor, it has dimmed lighting to enhance the mood and well experienced waiters. It is also not directly on a main street, which I love, if you are looking for it you will find it within the industrial buildings.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wait staffOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 12/19/2013Overall we enjoyed our time and the food was good. However, I would rate our server as fair with a very low customer service attitude. We were in the restaurant from 11:30am to 2:45pm as it was our yearly Christmas lunch. During this time, he stopped by once, he did not offer to refill drinks or coffee and was very disinterested. When you spend $127.00 on lunch, I do expect more from the wait staff. And we had to flag him down to get the bill. I have always experienced good customer service in your restaurant but this time was quite poor. Kathleen GrisezSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulQueenBVIPDined on 12/10/2013We were so excited to find this gem hidden near our office. We almost missed it because it is in an office park but then decided to go back and try to find it, so glad we did. Service was excellent and food was excellent.Special Features:
- I went especially for thejacksbkVIPDined on 12/4/2013I went especially for the venison and I was not disappointed. The duck my wife enjoyed was also perfectly done. If it were not for it's location, this place would be packed every night.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Frequent diner - keeps going backchipDined on 11/13/2013We are frequent diners at the Brasserie; our favorite is the Wine Tastings on Saturday.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Amazing dining nightArctocephalusDined on 11/8/2013This was one of many times at Wine Sellars. Having lived in San Diego I make it a point of taking an evening in this lovely restaurant and great wine shop. They did not deceive. Wonderful dinner for 2. Outstanding tuna tartare and brussel sprouts were energizing appetizers. The duck leg confit and NZ venison were out of this world. Wine recommendations were perfect. And then, always the pleasure to shop for wines one will not find on the East Coast.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An excellent experienceajh2Dined on 10/22/2013I always enjoy coming here. It's quiet, very clean and the meal lived up to my expectations. Not even Morton's can serve up a most tender and flavorful filet. The service could use a little tweaking, but overall it was a wonderful culinary experience. Thank you.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great food in an unexpected placeSolonaVIPDined on 10/17/2013Great food. Great service. The perfect place for a quick lunch in the Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley area. I highly recommend it.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious as alwaysngc5904VIPDined on 10/3/2013This place is a gem, whether for a business lunch/dinner, or a romantic evening, this place is among the best! Very weird location, which has become one of its trademarks. Sadly, they have limited days they're open for lunch. Wine list is of course amazing.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- odd location for a great mealwineloverVIPDined on 9/25/2013This is such an odd, unknown location for such a great meal, but it continually surprises me and my clients as a virtually unknown, out of the way, quiet restaurant with a great wine list and great food. The service is impeccable. I think they just love what they do and it shows. Will come back again and again each time I am close by.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- WonderfulOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 9/6/2013I always have a lovely time at WineSellar & Brasserie. The service is always wonderful and the food yummy.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The restaurant and wine shopFoodjunkieDined on 8/21/2013The restaurant and wine shop are well hidden, in the middle of an industrial area. The concept of choosing the wine you'll be served is a fun experience. The food was good but for the price it should have been excellent. The two best things were the service and the home baked bread!Special Features:
- Great foodsortoffoodieDined on 7/27/2013We went for their Saturday special, Halibut. Everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented; the halibut was delicious and the vegetables were sill crunchy. We also ordered the Shaved Brussel Sprouts - Yum! Never had brussel sprouts like that before - more like a salad with parmesan, garlic and lemon dressing - it was so good and enough to share. The flight of wine was a nice complement to our meal. Of course, we had to have chocolate for dessert so we could finish the two red wines! Portion sizes were good, just the right amount. We will difinitely come back.Special Features:
- Wine-tasting lunchOpenTable Diner Since 2010Dined on 7/20/2013This was such an unexpected delight - much better than even anticipated! Five great Spanish wines for tasting and generous pours on them, then a fantastic lunch of roast lamb with a killer sauce and crisp steamed veggies, and the desserts - the desserts were awesome - my party tasted four of them and they were all tremendous. We got excellent, personable table service and the ambiance was nicely elegant. I will definitely be returning for this again!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Simply the bestOpenTable Diner Since 2007Dined on 7/6/2013Hands down this is the best restaraunt in San Diego. We are never let down by the menu, wine list, or service.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- exquisite duck!SandaraDined on 7/3/2013The best duck dinner ever! With a savory risotto steeped in vegetable goodness.Special Features: