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Bernini's Bistro, San Diego, CA

Bernini's Bistro

4.7
4.7
301 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bernini’s Bistro has been the local's favorite in La Jolla for the past 24 years. We offer a wide variety of entrees at very affordable prices that will please all guests. Try one of our homemade organic pasta, wood-fired pizza, or seafood dishes. We offer Happy Hour 5 days a week Sunday-Thursday from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. For reservations of parties larger than 12 please contact Reyhan at (858) 337-5227.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-5013

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sergio Diaz Perez

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private room for up to 24 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Reyhan: (858) 337-5227

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Pearl

  • Parking details

    We have some parking available in the back of the restaurant and plenty of street parking.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 301 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Great for outdoor dining

  • San Diego

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. B

    Bhk1

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friends Birthday
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, friendly staff, nice ambiance.
  3. B

    Bubbie1

    Denver

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent food and service. Pizza our favorite.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pizza was so good! Service was on point and fun.
  5. R

    Ragcy26

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food like homecooked by grandma. Outstanding service by Dillon.
  6. R

    Ragcy26

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food like homecook by Grandma. Outstanding service.
  7. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, drinks, appetizers. We will go again.
  8. c

    coyote66

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Service was good but the chef salad was under par and the soup wasn’t hot 🥵
  9. MB

    MoreyB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bernini's is our favorite restaurant in the La Jolla Village. Excellent food that is reasonably priced. I love their chicken parmesan, their signature hamburger, their pizzas and always interesting specials. Lots of choices, all beautifully prepared.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    A member of our party has a tree nut allergy and we asked the waitress that no tree nuts be put on their plate. We told her we would order food that was tree nut-free regardless. The waitress told us the chef does not like serving people with allergies! We had no idea what that meant, but we ended up being able to order our meal. I’m not sure if the chef held back on seasoning as well as tree nuts, but for the most part the food was bland and lacking seasoning and flavor. Overall, it was plain insulting that we were made to feel not welcome because we had a child with a food allergy (not their fault). Would not recommend or return
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place. Great venue. Awesome food. I love the vibe and the staff they were really nice!
  12. L

    Lewis

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite La Jolla restaurant. Wonderful abiance. So friendly. Delicious food. Hard to beat!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & service. Our favorite “go to” place for a nice dinner!
  14. FD

    FDinLN

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful dining experience enhanced by wonderful, attentive, thoughtful service. We had the mussels and salmon; both were extremely well prepared and delicious. We sat outside and it was delightful. Highly recommend this restaurant, and we look forward to returning!
  15. G

    kimberlyG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a cute place. The art work, decor, ambiance was great. Food was all delicious and the server was attentive not pushy. I will definitely be back. The beet salad was incredible- so fresh!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Neighbor Hidden gems! Service was impeccable. We told our waitress we were short on time and and she brought us our food hot and delicious. My husband loves the Bolognese and it was very good and I had their muscles with fries and they were really tasty.. we sat outside on the patio and there are a lot of heaters so there's no reason to be cold. We had to get to theater at the Conrad and it was the perfect place for a absolutely delicious dinner . Everyone was very warm and courteous and of course, extremely friendly. We were very pleased with our whole experience at Bernini's. Also,need to mentioned the prices were very fair.
  17. y

    yonena

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always the food was delicious--ink squid with shrimp and scallops. My friends did not make it due to traffic. I waited quite a while before ordering and did not feel it necessary to leave. The staff kept checking on me and when I finally ordered, the food came promptly.
  18. n

    nickname

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place. We've been coming here for years. Highly recommended.
  19. NP

    NikaleP

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, service and charm! Excellent choice for my birthday dinner!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends on the patio
  21. DS

    DarinS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another amazing dinner. Always enjoy our dinners at your wonderful restaurant!!
  22. c

    coyote66

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bernini’s is always good, and is our favorite neighborhood eatery. It is a very good locals hangout.
  23. J

    Janet

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Cute neighborhood restaurant that was conveniently located around the corner from The Comedy Store where we had tickets. The food was okay but nothing spectacular for the price. We ordered the brussel sprouts as an appetizer only to discover that the entree was also served with the same (which would have been nice to know when ordering), the walnut salad and the short rib. My husband said the short rib was good but has had better. Better luck next time!
  24. HS

    HeatherS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went there for my birthday and was very pleased with the servers and the food. I will definitely return to Berninis.
  25. C

    Choux

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The server was great, the owner was friendly and charming and they brought an amazing mud pie to celebrate the birthday!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious calamari and pizza. Great food and experience every time I visit. Highly recommend.
  27. B

    Brian

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our dinner at Berninis was excellent. The food came quickly and was delicious. The service was also friendly.
  28. BG

    BoeG

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Amazing servers. Great atmosphere. Out favorite La Jolla restaurant.
  29. CA

    CruzA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Bernini’s several times now & it has never let us down. First time taking our close friends & they also loved it. Everything is always great! The service is always amazing & Tony is awesome!
  30. J

    Jult

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love to go to my neighborhood eatery … service is excellent and food delish, not to mention great value! We’ve been around different restaurant in the village of La Jolla and most of them are a total rip-off , no wonder why they don’t last , unlike Berninis , which has been in the village for more than 10 years , I believe , lost count. Would love for them to open for breakfast and lunch, like they did before Covid .
  31. T

    Tell

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bernini's is one of our favorite restaurants. The food is always fresh, perfectly seasoned and cooked! Love their Chef and waitstaff. There is plenty of outdoor seating as well.
  32. BL

    BeckyL

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a perfect restaurant before a show at the Baker-Baum and any time you are in the neighborhood. The staff are absolutely wonderful and the food is really delicious. Great wine list too.
  33. D

    Doats

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Service was great. Food not so
  34. NN

    NgaN

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Need courteous waitress. Very over priced and 20% auto tip is bit much for rude waitress
  35. f

    foodienews

    Palm Springs

    48 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    How very disappointing to experience a very unfriendly response by the waiter after over 20 years of being loyal customers of this establishment. Open Table is listed as a partner to this restaurant. However, Berninis doesn't recognize them and does not honor the master card reward (real money not a coupon set up by Open Table. Calling Open Table to rectify the error was met with a flat out no by Bernini's. Why is Bernini's listed as a partner yet they refused to honor our documented paperwork. They wouldn't listen and simply refused. We made the reservation one week ago on Open Table. They were horrible about it. Embarrassing. Bernini's and Open Table should be publicized as liars, a fraud, and a place that customers should not dine. Sorry guys, you deserved this response.
  36. CA

    CruzA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience! This was our fourth or fifth time here. Hasn’t disappointed once. Love Bernini’s!!!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely dinner with friends
  38. BF

    BrittanyF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our go to for date nights and special occasions. Our waiter always welcomes us with a smile and knows exactly the items I order. Love love love their food. The only Italian spot I’ll ever eat at.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Food wasn’t great
  40. k

    kellieh

    Nashville

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent gluten free pizza and pasta!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bernini's Bistro using the Order Online button. Bernini's Bistro also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Bernini's Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-5013.

Bernini's Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Bernini's Bistro

7550 Fay Ave, San Diego, CA 92037-4839

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pearl

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American, Californian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We have some parking available in the back of the restaurant and plenty of street parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sergio Diaz Perez

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-5013

  • Private party facilities

    We have a semi-private room for up to 24 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Reyhan: (858) 337-5227

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