Bernini's Bistro

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Bernini’s Bistro has been the local's favorite in La Jolla for the past 17 years. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, 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, steak, or seafood dishes. We welcome walk-in parties for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays (sorry, we do not offer reservations for Saturday and Sunday brunch). For reservations of parties larger than 12 please contact Reyhan at (858) 337-5227.
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Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Four separate meals were ordered and all were good. Service was wonderful especially our bubbly busboy or assisting waiter. Funny and personable and made sure we had everything we needdd.

CW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I love Bernini's but our dinner service was not up to par. Our guest wanted a taste of wine before ordering, but was served an entire glass.
I ordered a salad but didn't receive it. The other salads came, and we were served dinner before the salads were half eaten. In clearing the table one wine glass was removed from the end of the table, reaching over a guest, and it was not empty.
It may have been a very busy night but we all felt that we were rushed through our meal.
We did feel the meals were excellent however, but would have preferred to leave with a good feeling.

OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Birthday for my son , good dinner great service but a little pricey even the great special . But overall great food great ambience you can talk great table outside. We will come back .

D
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cute little bistro with indoor and outdoor (out front next to sidewalk) seating with heaters. Very pleasant waitress. Food was yummy! I'd definitely go again!

c
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good for groups. we ate outside. The pizzas looked great. Had the baja sea bass special. very nice (a tad dry tho). Overall reasonable go for happy hour!

L
Chicago
60 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place. Food is wonderful and staff is incredible. If you request and outside table, they have it for you. Special thank you to Reyhan for watching out for us! Our only regret is that we won't be back in La Jolla until December.......but then will be here for a month so Bernini's Bistro will see a lot of us then !

L
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is great about Bernini’s Bistro. The menu is versatile and the food is delicious. It’s reasonably priced and has comfortable outdoor seating. It’s a La Jolla gem!

SK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernini's is excellent! Food, service, ambiance, all great! We will return again and again. Thank you, Bernini's!

DR
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were early before the noise level kicked up. Our meals were delicious and the service was great.

JE
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service - a little pricy, but the freshness of the food was apparent and well worth the few extra dollars. We sat outside with our friends and our little dog - dog friendly outside - and the server made us feel very welcome. We were visiting La Jolla seeing our friends, so we had to take the dog. Great place.

SW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, good food, great service

S
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

This was our first time trying Bernini’s. It was very average. We had the farmers vegetable salad with salmon and the gnocci caprese. The food and service were fine but unremarkable. For a cocktail, I ordered a manhattan and it came with a maraschino cherry. That is a faux pas that is not easily forgiven. Any capable bartender knows to use a Luxardo cherry in a manhattan. That alone will keep me away from Bernini’s in the future.

c
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the neighborhood atmosphere and the food is always delicious. Very good wait staff.

M
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant for casual dining. The food is delicious. It is well priced. Waiters and waitresses are fun. The price point is perfect.

S
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bernini's Bistro is a charming restaurant in the heart of La Jolla. We went for a casual dinner while we were on vacation. The Beet Salad was really delicious and had a light flavorful apple pecan vinaigrette. The pizza was phenomenal. The crust was thin and crispy which is the way I like my pizza. My husband had the Linguini Shrimp Diavola and it was really good. It was perfectly spiced and had lots of shrimp. Bernini's is perfect for a quick bite to eat, dining with friends, or a date night. We will definitely be back when we visit La Jolla again.

s
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant. Will definitely go again and again. Menu has a nice range of items for anyone to enjoy their meal. We had ages 11-54 and everyone had a great dinner experience. Staff very nice. food is excellent and priced well. Nice inside and outside seating. romantic but comfortable for families too.

M
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our first time eating at Bernini‘s. The food was absolutely fantastic.
Lots of good Variety. I had a pasta dish with cream sauce, shrimp and scallops. It was very good. The pasta and shrimp were cooked perfectly. My mother-in-law had the crabcakes they were awesome as well. We also Shared a seared ahi salad, very good. The bread they put on the table is plenty and delicious. They offer it in olive oil infused with chilies to put on the bread. We will definitely be back. I’m

RA
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table for six and we were therefore seated in their “special” family room, which was quiet and very conducive to conversation. Their portions are ginormous (we all had to take food home). Try their meatballs...delish!

M
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite local restaurant. We go often. Friendly staff. Excellent food.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a small place, but it has a great vibe. The staff is very friendly and helpful and the food is delicious. Definitely would go again.

t
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food and good sized portion. Will come again when I’m in town.

RC
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We are long time patrons of Bernini's. We had reservations at 5:30; were immediately escorted to a table; and then were left stranded for a long period of time while 2 different waitresses visited adjacent tables 3 or 4 times. After seeing what was NOT happening, the hostess finally game over an offered to bring us water and accept a drink order. Eventually, our waitress apologized for this and provided a complimentary dessert. I believe clearer oversight by management would have avoided this problem.

OT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect venue to go prior to a show at the La Jolla comedy club. The food is great and the service was excellent. I highly recommend this place even if all you are having is a light dinner with salad and pizza. We split a Caesar’s salad (delicious!) and the ravioli with butternut squash. It was all so good!

c
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bernini’s is always delightful-food very good.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The spaghetti bolognese, salads, and soups are phenomenal! We will visit again anytime we are in La Jolla.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Service was disappointing. Maybe new employee but basic training was not there. Sorry but reality

A
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Grilled salmon, spaghetti Neri, osso buco were superb. Eight of us experienced terrific service and excellent food.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I was looking for a casual restaurant to celebrate my wife’s birthday and close to the Comedy Store. The location, food, and service were excellent. We’ll be back!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love!!!! Four is amazing and the service is awesome!

GE
Philadelphia
200 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

First time at Bernie’s. Shrimp cocktail was very fresh and tasty. Good ceasar salad. Ahi tuna salad was great. Tuna was fresh, dressing was very good. Very good Margerita Pizza. Waiter was pleasant. We would return.

SW
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were able to walk to Bernini's from the place we were staying in La Jolla so thought we would give it a try. My husband loves lasagna, which is not one of my homemade specialties, so it was a good opportunity for him to get a lasagna fix. Which he did. And now he wants me to have Bernini's ship their lasagna to us in Washington state! My salmon was excellent, and the place was great about accommodating my dietary restrictions. Of course, it was a Monday and they were not busy, but they were so friendly and willing to fulfill my needs that I would expect them to always be that gracious. Heaters on the patio, which is dog friendly.

DB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

What do you say when the dinner neither impressed nor disappointed? Very average experience. Service was as expected, food was good but nothing really impressed us. One serving of salmon was not good and the waiter was helpful getting things resolved. Atmosphere was a little loud but we had no trouble talking. Prices were within expectation of a La Jolla restaurant. So... average.

c
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Focaccia bread served with their homemade tapenade was awesome.

DM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped for dinner on our way to drop our son off at UCSD after the holiday break. What a find! We will come back every time we are in the La Jolla area. Everything we ordered was wonderful and freshly prepared.

EJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious and lovely experience, from the greeting at the door and throughout.

l
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time at this restaurant. Great food, great service, and great environment.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All dood, nice casual place with solid food

CL
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends met for dinner. We ate outside with the aid of a heater. The food was very good and the service was great. Berninis is a good neighborhood place to eat in La Jolla.

s
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good value but food quality was uneven. Lasagna and trout were excellent but the seafood cioppino had a heavy tomato sauce suitable for pasta. Should be a seafood tomato broth. It was terrible

OT
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Too many patrons with Dogs that were barking.