The WineSellar & Brasserie
The WineSellar & Brasserie

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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Steadman St.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of free parking.
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.

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 WinnerFit for Foodies
The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.7
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)notable wine list (27)special occasion (23)romantic (16)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (13)good for groups (5)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    bigmike
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    WSB 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, new lunch menu!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    It 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'd go back
    crice
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice romantic spot
    pmuk
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Despite 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always exceptional
    mas13
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great new lunch items avail Tue-Sat
    BFBSDVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    They 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:
    great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great rediscovery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Went 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:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food
    SueLup
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Had 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great restaurant odd place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food for the Gods
    NadoBob
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprising service
    SDDiner
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food in unlikely spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great meal!
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    The 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner Experience
    swisl
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 19 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 239 reviews are from the The WineSellar & Brasserie reviews archive.
  • Great for wine & food lovers
    Winer
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    We celebrated our 10th anniversary here and were not disappointed. Fantastic wine selection and beautifully prepared food at earthly prices. Well worth it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not great.
    SavoirFaire
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    I'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:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Great Place
    jeepsy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The 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:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best Kept Secret in San Diego
    Windjunkie
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    This 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:
    notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Diego's best
    Sandara
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    What 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Pearl
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We 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:
    notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorite places
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    One 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After a "cold" reception,
    SpeedyponchalesVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    After 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:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentines Disappointment
    DanR
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Hopefully 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:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    ShariVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We'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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful Dinner at the WineSellar
    GiantsFan
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Prix 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Year Eve Experience
    Wayne
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We 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:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, and good company
    wineanddinelady
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    I 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:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wait staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    Overall 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 Grisez
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    QueenBVIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    We 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:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I went especially for the
    jacksbkVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frequent diner - keeps going back
    chip
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    We are frequent diners at the Brasserie; our favorite is the Wine Tastings on Saturday.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining night
    Arctocephalus
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An excellent experience
    ajh2
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    I 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food in an unexpected place
    SolonaVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    Great food. Great service. The perfect place for a quick lunch in the Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley area. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious as always
    ngc5904VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    This 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:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • odd location for a great meal
    wineloverVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    This 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:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/6/2013
    I always have a lovely time at WineSellar & Brasserie. The service is always wonderful and the food yummy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant and wine shop
    Foodjunkie
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    The 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:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic