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 21 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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vipGlober
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and service - will be returning soon!

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vipCaliforniaLeslie
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bernini’s is warm and friendly. The food is very good. Unfortunately for us a group was loudly celebrating a birthday right near us for a very long time. We had to speak loudly to be heard at our table

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vipMo1908
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very nice experience good drinks and food.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bernini's. The food is amazing, lots of choices from pasta to seafood. Large portions. Great, cozy place. Close to the Comedy Store so you can park once, eat dinner and go to the show. The drinks are delicious, including the chocolate martini!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very cozy and great food. Valentine’s Day dinner here was a success. Will be back for more casual times as well!

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
784 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate at Bernini’s, a cozy spot in the center of La Jolla, and had an enjoyable meal. Roasted and caramelized Brussels sprouts made a tasty starter, while broiled salmon and a huge serving of seafood over fettuccine were our delicious entrees. We had enough left over for dinner the next evening. We’ll certainly return.

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vipLouEastMeadow
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the scallops special and the braised short ribs and we could not decide which was better. They were equally fantastic as well as the sides. I would also like to rave about the lobster mashed. Chunks of lobster were interspersed throughout creamy mashed potatoes. They were to die for. Our server, Lane, attended to our every request with reasonable haste and personable demeanor. I will definitely go back and I would recommend them highly to my friends.

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vipWalnutCreekPatron
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat in the patio on a cold evening under a heating lamp. We had our toy poodle with us and she also sat on a chair on top of her blanket. The staff did not mind her sitting on the chair at all. The service and the food were amazing. We had the butternut squash ravioli and it was delicious. Will definitely add to our list of restaurants.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal sea bass special and was a huge portion!

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vipNadi
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is wonderful and the food is great. I have come back many times mainly because it is easy to fill good here.

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Tina
Orange County
36 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.

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CynthiaW
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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 .

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vipDocadi
San Diego
21 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!

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vipcharlie
San Diego
98 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!

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vipLibby
Chicago
63 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 !

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vipLynn
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!

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SuzetteK
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!

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DebbieR
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.

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JoeE
Phoenix
19 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.

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

As usual, good food, great service

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vipScott
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.

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coyote66
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.

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vipMike
San Diego
49 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.

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vipSunny
Hawaii
13 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.

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vipsandyb
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.

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vipMarywag
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

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RanakA
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!

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vipMike
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JuanGa
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.

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

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

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RichardC
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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!

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coyote66
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Bernini’s is always delightful-food very good.

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KathleenP
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.

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OpenTable Diner
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

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vipArabella
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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGoodExperience
Philadelphia
206 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.

FAQs

Bernini's Bistro does offer 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 107 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.