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: (858) 450-9557
- 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
- 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 Overall
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
- Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
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The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since July 27, 2014
- Ambiance4.2Noise LevelModerate
notable wine list (37)fit for foodies (32)special occasion (29)romantic (20)neighborhood gem (20)great for lunch (12)good for groups (9)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
- unflavorful food, non-romanticOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/7/2014The duck breast was chewy and lacking flavor. We did have our booth but the rest of the people upstairs were discussing business with their clients. Not the most romantic setting.Special Features:
- Excellent place hidden awayChrisHVIPDined on 11/1/2014The food here is fantastic, and the wine list is amazing. If you didn't know the restaurant was there tucked away above a wine store in the back of an industrial park or find it on OpenTable, you would never know it was there. They've been there for 25 years, I can't believe I just learned about it. Tell everyone about it! Then again, don't tell everyone about it. Keep it our little secret!Special Features:
- Nice ExperienceApparitionDined on 10/24/2014We were not sure what to expect. The restaurant was situated in the middle of a business park but it was a nice experience. We walked in through the wine store and headed upstairs to a white table clothed room. The wait staff was very attentive. The menu was trendy and current but not overwhelmingly unique. Overall it was a very nice dinner and enjoyable experience.Special Features:
- Great food- SLOW sericeTracyDined on 10/18/2014VERY SLOW service- 15 minutes until we got our drinks-slow service for each course. Food was excellent but it took long to get our food, It didn't seem that busy to have slow service. When our meal was done I felt that the staff was hovering around waiting for us to leave- we waited so long for our food, I thought that they shouldn't have been "encouraging" us to leave! We had a 7PM reservation and didn't leave until almost 10 PM!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIPDined on 10/17/2014Great restaurant we are so glad to see that it still a great reStaurant after almost 20 years!Special Features:
- A Hidden GemLarryBVIPDined on 10/11/2014You wouldn't think a superb restaurant could be hidden in an industrial park. But that's where you'll find the Brasserie. We went for our anniversary and had a marvelous time. The menu doesn't change often, but the food and service are outstanding. Meals are perfectly paced, service is attentive without being intrusive, and the wine list is very impressive. We started with the Calamari which was expertly prepared, then on to salads. Our entrées were the Short Ribs and the Venison, both of which were divine. We paired the meal with an '06 Barolo which was a great choice and a fair price. If you you're looking for a great experience and haven't tried the Brasserie, make a reservation soon.Special Features:
- frbobDined on 10/3/2014Very good food, superb service. They have a limited menu, which I prefer, assuming there are at least 2 or three entre's that appeal to me. Some quite good wine for $25/bottle. We were a group of 5 and we lingered over dinner and felt absolutely no pressure from the staff. I definitely plan to go back.Special Features:
- "I shall return!"wine2eatsDined on 10/1/2014Good service with very attentive wait staff. We were celebrating our anniversary with a late dinner, as my wife worked late that evening. Though we were both tired, we still enjoyed our meal and the environment provided by the staff.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Wow, fantastic place!ChessmasterDined on 10/1/2014Number 1 place above the other restaurants I've been in Dan DiegoSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Stairs and staresHungryVIPDined on 9/25/2014We came for lunch, my blind Mom was in a wheel chair, but the restaurant is upstairs with no elevator. The business park that the restaurant is in is accessible for the downstairs wine tasting room. We had bid bachorlette patty come in midway through our meal. They were very loud. Our servers casual attire induced a boles that was loose fitting so ever time she served my mom her sleeves were brushing on my mom, very distracting. Not ADA compliant for dinging in the restaurant. They did serve up downstairs, but we are very dissapinted that were we not assisted better, we won't be going back, not because of the food but because of the lack of accommodation for Wheelchair acces.
- MiinwsDined on 9/20/2014all good except way too much garlic in 2 of my dishes the seafood risotto and the calamari. May even have been bottled garlic.... will give it another go and ask about the garlic volumeSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Classy place with good foodJennyDined on 9/19/2014Classy place with good food great service nice dinner with no traffic if you live near Mera Mesa areaSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent FoodOldHRHitterDined on 9/12/2014We had not been to the WineSellar and Brasserie for approximately 15 years and multiple chefs ago. It was wonderful. Excellent food, prices on the regular menu were fair and the $25 25th Anniversary menu was a bargain. Highly recommended.Special Features:
- We keep going backLaurelBayGirlVIPDined on 9/6/2014We eat here every Saturday we have available. The lunch specials are always tasty and the gazpacho is the best I have ever had. The Saturday wine tastings are both fun and educational. Otonio is a great and knowledgeable waiter and we always enjoy him.Special Features:
- WineSellar & Brasserie 8/30/2014DelMartianVIPDined on 8/30/2014Excellent food, drinks, and service at this intimate little restaurant situated above their wine shop. All the food we had was great! The calamari, seafood risotto, and vegetarian preference were outstanding. They currently are celebrating their 25th anniversary with a special $25 dinner menu and a selection of $25 bottles of wine.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Neighborhood findPhyllisDined on 8/30/2014This restaurant is in such a Peculiarocation, but it's been around for quite a while and obviously has a devoted following. I was there for the first time and now can understand why it is such a destination: the food was excellent, the service was very attentive, their wine list was well priced and nicely diverse. All in all it was a delightful evening and we certainly plan to return.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Used to be wonderful...MickyVIPDined on 8/23/2014We were long-time fans and frequent guests at WineSellar & Brasserie for over a dozen years. Their wine selection and the wine store are still amazing, and the addition of the lunch service is great. We had a bad experience hosting friends for New Year's Eve shortly after the restaurant lost some key staff, and hadn't returned. After seeing recent positive reviews we tried the restaurant once again. Service continues to be outstanding, the wine was lovely and the food quite disappointing. The kitchen used to be known for its short ribs, which were dry and overcooked the night we visited. The bread is still marvelous, but the overall dinner was not up to their former standard of excellence. We wish them the best, but won't return.Special Features:
- Fantastic Dining ExperiencebigmikeDined on 8/23/2014My wife and I dined here this past Saturday night, it was a very leisurely dining experience. The Polenta cake appetizer was wonderful, we shared the Lamb salad which was excellent, she had the Scallops which were prepared perfectly and I had the Vension Rack which was delightful with a huckleberry sauce on it. All in all a wonderful dining experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always goodStevoskiVIPDined on 8/21/2014WSB is always top notch. Never been disappointed in many years now for lunch or dinner. This was a business lunch and all was spot on.Special Features:
- Fun, new lunch menu!Love2dineDined on 8/21/2014It is always a treat to dine at the WineSellar & Brasserie. You are made to feel special from the moment you arrive. They've added a number of new, fast & affordable lunch items but still have some of the old favorites on the menu. It's great to see them still thriving after 25 years while mixing things up to stay fresh.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- I'd go backcriceDined on 8/20/2014The soups were amazing. Probably the best tomato soup I have ever had, and the gazpacho was even better. My lamb burger wasn't too exciting, but was good. My dad's veggie sandwich looked fantastic, though since he wouldnt share I can't be certain. Pricey, but worth it for a special occassion sort of lunch (or if someone else is paying). I'll have to go back for dinner sometime, too.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- 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:
- The following 248 reviews are from the The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews archive.
- 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 GodsNadoBobVIPDined 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 serviceSDDinerVIPDined 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:
- 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.