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Bistro 39, San Diego, CA

Bistro 39

3.8
3.8
47 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
A hidden gem inside the Hilton Garden Inn San Diego-Del Mar, the Bistro 39 Restaurant and Lounge blends savory California cuisine with a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Locals and visitors alike experience the next level of flavor!

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 720-9500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jose Fraire

  • Catering

    Fine and Casual Catering options are available to fit the style of your gathering. Please call 858-720-9500 for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Bistro 39 ball room is perfect for gatherings of 30-150 people. Choose from the regular Bistro 39 menu.

  • Private party contact

    David Croughan: (858) 720-9500

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Cross street

    Vista Sorrento Parkway

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant's parking lot.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 47 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.1Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We could not find a thanksgiving reservation in any signature restaurant, this one was the only available. We were surprised,the food and service was good, we enjoyed it. The place is open in the lobby, not for a special celebration,but it was better than expected!
  2. GT

    GregT

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Had a business meeting and it was a very pleasant and relaxed space. Not too loud but not too quiet. Service could have been a bit more attentive when our late guest arrived but I would recommend
  3. R

    Ronkeidar

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is one of the local secret gems, very few knows there is a quality restaurant in this hotel, so it is a great escape to a quiet restaurant in the neighborhood. On starters we took the Ahi Tuna and stuffed mushrooms, both turn out surprisingly rich, the cheese of the mushroom was very good quality and not heavy. Our son built his pizza, very good sauce and gentle cheese. Also ordered wine of the month which was very nice and Filet which was a more generous portion than what restaurants usually serve.
  4. a

    andyw

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2019

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service, location is a bit odd in the lobby of a Hilton Garden Inn for such amazing food. Great wines by the glass too.
  5. a

    andyw

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Outstanding and creative food - unexpected for a Hilton Garden Inn
  6. JJ

    JoeJoe

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2018

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful! Burger was frozen, salad had no dressing. It was just horrid.
  7. c

    calkent

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food is great. The owners and staff are friendly and helpful. This small bistro has been a favorite for years.
  8. R

    Ronkeidar

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I live in the neighborhood, so i visit this place from time to time, usually locals won't got to hotels restaurants, but knowing the local restaurants, i don't think they really compete. Last Friday i looked at some places at the local shopping mall and they were overly crowded, I love quiet places with good service so went to Bistro 39, setup was very nice, very quiet, and the service was very personal. Very nice list of wines, and great diversity (I don't like to see same sides on all the dishes like some places do) We ordered multiple courses, bottle of wine, and still the bottom line was well within the budget. So I'd definitely recommend
  9. q

    queenofmiles

    Minneapolis

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2018

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    I was skeptical at first (restaurant being at the hotel) but ended up to be a great meal. Food was great! Our server Ray was exceptional! He steered my husband from ordering the halibut (it had been frozen) and suggested the ribeye. It did not disappoint. I recommend this restaurant if you’re staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in San Diego especially if you’re already tired to venture out.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The waiter seemed distracted. But overall was a good experience. Found it odd that this “restaurant” was in the lobby of the hotel.
  11. MS

    MauiSue

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2018

    overall5food4service3ambience3
    The cheeseboard was amazing! People were asking us what it was so they could order it, too! My filet mignon was cooked perfectly medium rare. The dessert selection was excellent--I recommend the churros!!!
  12. V

    Vasiliki

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We again celebrated a special occasion, day before Christmas Eve, and enjoyed a nice prime rib. We are a family of eight and even the kid food has a gourmet flair. This place is a hidden gem but we noticed that many of the reviews are very critical of the hotel lobby setting. We think if the restaurant installed three decorative translucent pieces of glass to separate the restaurant from the hotel entry and from the front desk, this would assuage the critics. It's a shame other reviewers can't see past the hotel lobby setting because the food is great.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Didn’t even make it to the table, thought this was a bad joke played on us. So cheesy.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall2food3service4ambience4
    If you are going to do a fixed menu for a special occasion like "Thanksgiving meal" make sure you serve it hot and serve enough so you don't go away still feeling hungary after spening a fortune.
  15. V

    Vasiliki

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Thanksgiving meal for ten of us including children. Why anyone would cook on Thanksgiving when you can get a gourmet traditional turkey (or prime rib) dinner with all the trimmings. We were seated near the fireplace and our waiter Ramon was very accommodating. The meal included an appetizer of butternut or asparagus soup or a mixed green salad medley and freshly made desserts. The chef did an outstanding job with presentation. We will go back for Christmas Eve Brunch.
  16. SS

    SuperSaverSF

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I appreciated the open breakfast bar for someone with a short amount of time. Gets a little noisy because of the meetings and convention attendees who stay over. Nice staff and fast service.
  17. S

    Sarah

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time celebrating a birthday dinner. All enjoyed their food and serivce was wonderful. Lots of tasty options!
  18. BH

    BrettH

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Nice value for great food. Food, menu, service and selection are all very positive. The only knock would be that the restaurant doesn't have much separation between it and the associated hotel lobby. Highly recommend for food and value.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Boise

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2017

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Their website shows a wonderful appearing prime rib dinner. The meal served was far from that. I'm not even sure it was a rib roast. The outer fat marbled muscle (known as the cap or lip was nowhere to be found. There was no characteristic marbling therefore little flavor. The outer portion was mealy indicating some sort of steam cooking at some point. I assumed the sauce provided with it was a traditional horseradish based sauce but was sadly disappointed. My wife had a chefs salad with "grilled" chicken breast. The grill marks looked like they were stamped on mechanically like the frozen ones you find in a grocery store and had little or no grilled flavor. The restaurant is open to the Hilton Garden Inn hotel lobby and the foot traffic is very distracting especially when people walk up to the lobby water service table within several feet of your table. The wait person was very friendly and efficient but his clothing was rather disheveled.
  20. V

    Vasiliki

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always. Gourmet meals at an affordable price. This is our special occasion and Thanksgiving place.
  21. V

    Vasiliki

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We come here every Thanksgiving and special occasion. I cannot cook a gourmet meal on Thanksgiving for the Bistro 39 price. We have six children and it is a great value but more importantly, fit for foodies. The wine selection is very good and affordable as well. Hidden gem in a Hilton Garden Inn.
  22. M

    Marc

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2016

    overall3food4service4ambience1
    Restaurant is in the hotel lobby which was a little disappointing. The pizza, however, was excellent (sausage, heirloom tomatoes and arugula). The watermelon and steak salad was also good but the steak was over cooked. This is a good casual eating experience.
  23. RA

    RobynAnnN

    San Diego

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service from Adam was excellent! He was very attentive. The atmosphere is friendly and the food was fabulous!
  24. R

    Rude

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Let me start with... Amazing food!! S great Valentines experience. Filet Mignon melts in your mouth and the Halibut outstanding!! Loved It!!
  25. K

    Kesey

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2015

    overall5food2service3ambience2
    Nice location and family environment. I was surprised by the turkey being pink. Taste was ok but look and texture questionable. Also there was only the two of us at the table and the bill already included a 20% gratuity. This is usually done at bigger tables but we were not told prior to our order that this would be done - not appreciated! Then when I received the bill there was the final amount plus a place to add tip. I think this is deceiving.
  26. m

    mark

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2015

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    We used Open Table to find this place at the spur of the moment. While they politely and pleasantly accommodated our party of 9 at the drop of a hat, we were somewhat disappointed that the "restaurant" is actually just tables in the lobby of a dreary hotel. Not exactly a dining room. We watched people check in while we ate.
  27. R

    Ronkeidar

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were three at a Friday night dinner. choosing Bistro 39 was an absolute success. The weekly wine was a real party, the dishes were excellent, and the service was superb. Bistro 39 is a real gem Torrey hills, one must try. Highly recommended!!!
  28. N

    Norwichman

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    You absolutely would not believe the restaurant in a suburban motel could be a comfort food gourmet treat but this place is. Need comfort food try the short rib sandwich. Gourmet? Order the halibut. Trust me. You will not believe this place. Everyone I take here loves it. Maybe I have strange friend but maybe I am right.
  29. c

    cliffhanger

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Don't let the strange ambiance of a hotel lobby fool you -- this place exceeds the normal hotel restaurant with cool spins on very good dishes. Food was excellent, better than expected. And the bread service was a great way to start - warm, artistic, with flair! Nicely done!
  30. w

    wanderer

    Phoenix

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2013

    overall4food3service3ambience2
    It was hard to find reasonable, nice restaurants open in San Diego for Xmas dinner so we picked Bistro 39 based on reviews. Dinner was good but not outstanding with the exception of the oil and vinegar art work for the bread which is apparently a highlight for the restaurant. Our salmon was a little dry and the key lime pie was more like a tart but overall a good experience. The dining room is situated right off the lobby and is open to it which is a little strange. Would have been more intimate if the room was enclosed.
  31. LE

    LovesExploring60

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2013

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    This bistro is tucked inside a Hilton Garden Inn - not where you'd expect to find exceptional food. Because it sits right in the hotel lobby, I wouldn't recommend it for a romantic evening - unless you were staying at the hotel and wanted to be able to toddle right back to your snug room. The food was well prepared and presented. Very fresh ingredients, generous portions. We picked it because it was one of the few places open on Christmas Eve. There was only one waiter - who was kept pretty busy.
  32. w

    wifechick

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2013

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Breakfast was much better than dinner. Glad we tried again
  33. W

    Wonton

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2013

    overall4food5service3ambience2
    Food was great ambiance was lacking. Wine prices by the bottle was worth the price.
  34. w

    wifechick

    San Diego

    58 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2013

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Not good, food was so disappointing
  35. PS

    PaulS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2013

    overall2food3service5ambience1
    You should advise customers that Bistro 39 is in a hotel. We ate in the lobby, not in a dining room. The staff, on the other hand, was excellent.
  36. w

    weeklydiner

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2013

    overall3food4service4ambience2
    Surprised to find this in a Hotel Lobby on a carpeted area across from the front desk. Not noisy, just slightly odd. However he food and wine were quite god and the service staff were very pleasant and friendly. Had a good time.
  37. MD

    MarkD

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2013

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Food was decent but atmosphere not anything like photo on open table. Very bright and unappealing for dinner maybe because it is near the reception desk of the hotel. Small bar is the only dim lit area of restaurant.
  38. n

    nightout

    Chicago

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2012

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    This restaurant is attached to the Hilton Garden which is not noted in the Open Table listing which made it difficult to locate. Don't let that deter you from this place. The food was very good and the atmosphere is relaxed and not fancy.
  39. S

    Socaligal

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2012

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We dined at Bistro 39 for Easter brunch. Parking was easy and close and upon entering, the hotel had a lovely open feeling. To the left was the bristro with only about 10 or so tables, making it a very intimate dining experience. Soft piped-in music added to the calm, relaxed atmosphere. For brunch, you could order hot breakfast items from the kitchen/grill or help yourself to the entrees of ham, almond chicken, asparagus & brie quiche, butternut squash lasagna,potatoes, grilled asparagus, along with fresh fruit, spring greens, breakfast pastries, and beverages of iced tea, orange juice, or a mimosa. Dessert was also self-serve with choices of carrot cake, chocolate cake or eclairs. Everything was delicious; staff was friendly & helpful.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2012

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Ok, it was Easter brunch... so I kind of expected more. The food was ok, mostly warmed up stuff on in the pan. The omelet's were good, as the eggs Benedict. Bacon was lame and overall just not worth $25 a person.

FAQs

Bistro 39 offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 720-9500.

Bistro 39 is rated 3.8 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Vista Sorrento Parkway

  • Neighborhood

    Del Mar

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:00 am Dinner Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking is available at the restaurant's parking lot.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jose Fraire

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 720-9500

  • Catering

    Fine and Casual Catering options are available to fit the style of your gathering. Please call 858-720-9500 for more details.

  • Private party facilities

    The Bistro 39 ball room is perfect for gatherings of 30-150 people. Choose from the regular Bistro 39 menu.

  • Private party contact

    David Croughan: (858) 720-9500

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