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Bernard'O Restaurant

624 reviews
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$30 and under
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Since 1992, Bernard'O Restaurant has offered award winning California French cuisine in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Your hosts, Bernard and Diana Mougel, along with executive chef Vincent Viale invite you to join them in their quarters in Rancho Bernardo.

The restaurant has been awarded the "Award of Excellence" by the Wine Spectator from 2001-2010as well as "Best Gourmet Cuisine" and "Favorite Restaurant" from 2001-2010 by Rancho Magazine's Dining Survey.
2008 San Diego Zagat Guide: "For sophisticated, sheer delicious cooking, it's worth the trip to Rancho Bernardo. French cuisine with Californian accents, which reaches gourmet heights and knocks your socks off in the process....Elegant presentation, outstanding service and a wonderful, extensive, wine list
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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French, Californian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(858) 487-7171
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Vincent Viale
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Private party facilities
For private parties, the Wine Cellar Room can seat up to 40 people. Our Main Dining Room can accommodate up to 65. We also have an outdoor patio room which can seat up to 40 people.

For those who may require more space, the restaurant as a whole can also be booked for larger events.
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Private party contact
Bernard Mougel: (858) 487-7171
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Bernard'O offers off-site catering from intimate dinners for two in your own private home to events that include hundreds of guests.

We can accommodate many different tastes, please contact us to see what we can offer you!
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Cross street
Pomerado Road
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Parking details
Plenty of parking available close to the entrance of the restaurant Underground parking also available.
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Public transit
Bus stop across the street.
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Special events & promotions
Happy Hour Monday -Saturday: 4pm - 7pm
Thursday Night: Prime Rib Dinner with entertainment, contact restaurant for details.
Friday and Saturday Night: Chef's Special, Contact the restaurant for more details.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

The best restaurant for so many years! thank you Bernardos for many years of great memories. You can never be replaced but I do hope that the new owner and new menu offers a place to go for some great food, in a nice atmosphere which can remain a cut above the fast food casual places which surround the area. You will be missed but I look forward to remembering you as we eat at the new place. May it have as many good years as you have had!! Bravo!!
xoxo much love to you and your family may you enjoy your retirement. Merci!

MarkL (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on May 8, 2016

This is a restaurant that knows what it's doing. Great menu. Great service. Well served. Fantastic for Mothers Day.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 7, 2016

Bernardo'o is tired inside and looks like it needs to be renovated. Bathrooms are 80's vintage and dining room is dark and dingy. Outside area is not kept up, plants are either dead or dying and outdoor furniture is used up. On the bright side, the food was good but totally over priced. Hope the new owners can bring this excellent location back to life.

brewdiver (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Good meal. Could use a gluten free pasta/bread/cracker. Nicewinechoices. One mealcameoundercookedbuttheycorrected quickly.

dinewithdiane (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 30, 2016

Wonderful evening with friends. Sad to say goodbye to Bernard as the restaurant has been sold and he will leave in about two weeks - I think. Saw new owner - lots of changes coming. Will not be the same at all but we will try the new restaurant to see.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on April 28, 2016

Bernard'O always has great food, great service and great ambiance. I have never been disappointed!

vipDale (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on April 23, 2016

Arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation time and even though there were several open tables we were told to wait at the bar since "we have other reservations coming in" - whatever that means. As soon as we sit at the bar and order a drink amazingly enough we're ready to be seated. Took forever for the wait staff to even bring us a menu then waited another lengthy time to place drink order. The food was not very good - the lobster bisque was awful, the rib was decent but not great. The lobster ravioli was not bad but nothing to get excited about. Overall just not a great experience and with so many other choices I don't see this one getting a return visit.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2016

Met a friend for lunch at Bernardo's. I have tried it several times and almost always, I am disappointed. I have heard from several friends how good it is. Maybe I just missed the good. Had salmon cakes, the special, over greens. Two tiny cakes & very small amount of salad, $14! I now know that this place is closing. Hoping we will get a decent new restaurant in its spot.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

The food was average My fish was bland my husband scallops were average The service was great

Marilyn1234 (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

I've been to the spot four times, found it to be one of the better spots in town for a nice meal.

tomscot2 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 9, 2016

There were four of there for a pre-show dinner. VERY attentive wait staff, food was great, everyone enjoyed their meal.

vipFred (Calgary)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2016

Bernardo's is worth a visit. We were very impressed with the flavour of the food, presentation and efficient service. Everything was piping hot and delicious. The menu is varied and has something for everyone.

vipJerryO (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 27, 2016

Restaurants decor needs to be updated.

vipJake (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on March 25, 2016

This is my second visit and I was again impressed with every aspect of my dining experience. All courses and elements of each dish were wonderfully prepared. My order consiated of escargot and filet mignon. Service and ambiance were also exceptional and highly complimentary.

Lily (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2016

Lovely and elegant place.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on March 10, 2016

Situated in a strip mall does not engender positive thoughts but Bernard O Restaurant is a real gem. The new chef, whom our waiter, Bill, raved about, had some delectable dishes to sample. The carrot ginger soup was out of this world and the scallops in truffle sauce, cooked in the shell were delicious. I used my bread to sop up whatever remained. My partner had the barzini fish that was perfectly cooked. I recommend it highly! Kudos to Bill the waiter, who did a great job!

2Zamoras (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

We recently had dinner with our Daughter and her husband They are foodies and totally enjoyed the dinner and the wine list. A very enjoyable evening with excellent service and lovely ambiance

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on March 5, 2016

We ordered seared scallops, braised short rib, lamb rack, and beef fettuccine. First of all, I would give 8 of 10 for the plating of all dishes. All food was cooked perfectly, except the braised short rib, which was too dry and salty. The sauce sitting at the bottom of the beef fettuccine was also too salty. In fact, I think the beef in this dish and the short rib used the same heavy sauce. There's some green puree type of stuff in our lamb dish, which tasted bitter, so we avoided it all together. With that said, the food ingredients themselves (scallops and lamb) were cooked perfectly, super tender and juicy. Another complaint I have about the restaurant was the tightness in spacing between tables. We were seated in a booth but the table was too small to fit all their big plates. The tables around us were all every crowded. I would recommend group of only 2-3 people.

mchris65 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 19, 2016

Michael did a superb job of describing the specials, taking our order and checking to make sure everything was perfect. The food was excellent and saved at the right temperature. Courses came out at the right time. In all, a perfect evening.

Terrific (Milwaukee)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2016

Every time we visit our son in San Diego, we plan to eat at Bernardo's. On our first visit, we were startled by its location, in a strip mall, but once inside, we were delighted -- by the terrific menu, the wonderful preparations and the attentive, knowledgeable service. We've enjoyed the Coq au Vin, the Bouillabaisse, the steaks and different pork specials, all of which have been excellent. I can't speak to its value as a brunch or lunch destination, having only been there for dinner, nor have I noticed anything about its 'bar scene,' but if you're looking for a terrific dinner, based on our experiences there, I highly recommend Bernardo's.