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About Bistro 39

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!

3939 Ocean Bluff Ave
San Diego, CA 92130
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Californian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
|| Breakfast: 6:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mon-Fri || 7:00 AM - 10:30 AM Sat-Sun
|| Dinner: 3 PM - 10 PM

|| Happy Hour: 3 PM - 6 PM Daily

Cross Street:
Vista Sorrento Parkway

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 720-9500

Website:
http://bistro39sandiego.com/

Catering:
Fine and Casual Catering options are available to fit the style of your gathering. Please call 858-720-9500 for more details. Or visit http://nygardendeli.com/catering-menu/.

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

Executive Chef:
Jose Fraire

Private Party Facilities:
The Bistro 39 ball room is perfect for gatherings of 30-150 people. Choose from the regular Bistro 39 menu, or from our special catering menu.

Private Party Contact:
David Croughan: (858) 720-9500

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

Special Events & Promotions:
Ballroom available

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

This Thanksgiving Day at Bistro 39, we invite you and your loved ones to join us for our Three Course Prix Fixe Dinner! Dinner will be served 4:00pm – 9:00pm on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. Please call us at 858-720-9500 to make a reservation. Last seating is at 8PM. Menu at bistro39sandiego.com

Bistro 39 Ratings and Reviews

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3.6

Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

4.0

ambience

2.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Kid-friendly (14)
Great for Lunch (8)
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Great for Brunch (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Happy Hour (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Cozy (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Good for a Date (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Scenic View (1)
Seasonal (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

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.

Tags: Business Meals
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Boise)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2016

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2016

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.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 19, 2016

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2016

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2016

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2015

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 14, 2015

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 28, 2014

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!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 6, 2014

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 17, 2014

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!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2013

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2013

What a pleasant surprise to discover this restaurant in the Hilton Garden Inn/Del Mar. We all enjoyed our dinners which included a
pan fried pistachio chicken breast in a blueberry wine reduction, portobello wellington, penne pasta in alfredo sauce and a seared salmon salad, all of which were very good. The menu included sandwiches, salads and pizza. This bistro is good for a fine dining experience as well as for a casual meal. We are coming back for the prime rib special in December! Service was prompt and pleasant and the wine prices were very reasonable. While we had dinner, the bar was packed..... looked like a good happy hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 16, 2013

Breakfast was much better than dinner. Glad we tried again

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on May 25, 2013

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2013

Not good, food was so disappointing

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 31, 2013

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2013

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Me and my wife went there on 2/14/13 and had a very nice time. The little reservation sign was cool and things just got better while we were there. the service was great, the food was great. We had a positively memorable time there. There will be a next time. the only thing I will do different is add my wife's name to the reservation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2013

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 27, 2012

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2012

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2012

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.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 26, 2012

Food was ordinary and under seasoned. Only one waitress for all tables so service was slow and no one came to check on us. It is an ordinary hotel restaurant with nothing special about it

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 26, 2012

Had a very nice dinner and service. The only surprise was that it is located inside the Hilton Garden Inn.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2012

My turn to plan Valentine's Day dinner. Chose it for the price and the menu. Surprised to find it was in the Hilton Garden. It met or exceeded all expectations. Food was very good. The recommended wine was great. It was a small area, but for the most part quiet. Didn't feel crowded or hurried. Our waiter, Daniel, was great. It was a lovely evening, and we both decided we would go back sometime to try their regular menu.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2011

Turkey dinner came cold. (at the time there were only 2 other tables occ. Once we got the food there was sooooo much sage that we couldn't eat it. My husband got steak, which he loved. Although it was thanksgiving I guess I should have ordered off menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2011

I should have studied the website more carefully when making the--admittedly late--reservation for Valentine's Day. This "restaurant" is a small area off the lobby of a lower-tier hote, the Hilton Garden. The Valentine's Day special menu had sounded appealing, but the food was sub-par, the presentation awkward, and "wine pairings" silly. As to the latter, all were serve--without intriduction--in commercial grade goblets--from the sparkler served with the first course to the dessert wine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2010

Un unexpected find. Very lovely time was had by all. Service staff very friendly. Will definitelt return.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 20, 2010

Place was closed when we showed up for our reservation

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