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About Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar

Stellar service and inspired wine list paired with delicious food. Enjoy al fresco dining or sit at the bar or dining room. Something for everyone.

7644 Girard Avenue
San Diego, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary European, International, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday 11:30 A.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Happy Hour: Monday - Saturday 3:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.
Dinner: Monday - Thursday 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M. Friday - Saturday 5:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Cross Street:
Torrey Pines and Kline

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 456-4056

Website:
http://www.finchslajolla.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Saturday nights!

Catering:
Please contact for details.

Private Party Facilities:
Sections of the restaurant are available for private events. Please call event manager for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Event Manager: (858) 456-4056

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For Special Event inquiries, please contact the event manager at 858.456.4056. We will be happy to assist with all your event planning needs. We will work with you to create a wonderful event with a special touch within a budget you can afford!

Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.1

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3.9

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (319)
Great for Outdoor Dining (231)
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Fit for Foodies (207)
Special Occasion (144)
Notable Wine List (134)
Great for Lunch (95)
Good for Groups (45)
Great for Brunch (42)
Late-night Find (25)
Hot Spot (20)
Kid-friendly (16)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 18, 2014

We just tried Finch's for the first time. What a great experience. We elected to be seated outside with the heaters on - romantic live music filtered outside and mingled with the sound of water splashing in the outside fountain. Inside does not look to be as romantic or quaint; however, the wine bar is very cute. The food was wonderful - we split an order of the special green mussels, the beet salad and the scallops - all very yummy. We also had some yummy wine - Red Zinfandel (The Federalist). We were very glad that we found this cute (and kind of hidden) place - very close to Ark Antiques.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 9, 2014

A wonderful menu. So many tempting dishes difficult to decide which one. Everyone was happy with their selection and agreed we needed to return to try others. We highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 3, 2014

I have been to Finch's Bistro and Wine Bar several times. The atmosphere is best when dining outdoors. The food is always fresh, perfectly seasoned and well-proportioned. I had deep fried squash blossoms filled with ricotta - perfect. Then stuffed tomatoes - nice, but not as outstanding as their short ribs , fish, scallops or burgers, all of which I have tried on prior occasions. We always enjoy their wines by the glass - have not tried a bottle as yet. Let the knowledgeable waiters offer suggestions, they know their stuff. I am very happy to recommend this secluded little spot in La Jolla.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2014

had a good meal....a bit tight in space ...but they were packed so others like them as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 26, 2014

We had a wonderful dining experience at Finch's. It had been recommended to us by a friend and it didn't disappoint. We lived the quiet atmosphere which is a rate happening these days. The items we ordered, the pistachio crusted salmon, the scallops and the roared brussel sprouts were delicious. The service was excellent and we will definitely return again!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 24, 2014

The restaurant serves contemporary European and American meals, so don't be surprised when items on the menu look a little "creative." They taste fantastic. Service was very attentive. The place feels like a nice little family run venture.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 22, 2014

Terrific newer informal spot in La Jolla. 4 off us dined here on Saturday evening and thought it was great. Eclectic menu with lots of choices, including small plates. Everything was delicious. Service was prompt and friendly and a guitarist with a bosso nova vibe added to the evening. Only quibble is that space is a bit tight in the outside area, but it did not detract from the experience. We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 21, 2014

My salmon cakes tasted like they were heated from a prepared frozen dinner...not very good. My husband's shrimp was very good however. His grapefruit salad was also delicious. The cheese in my Tomato Caprese salad was bitter. Perhaps I just ordered the wrong things from the menu.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (New England)·Dined on March 21, 2014

Conveniently located in downtown La Jolla, CA with easy street parking. Set back from the main street, so the outdoor dining is not noisy. Decided to sit inside as it was a bit cool, Management and staff are very welcoming and friendly. Met a friend who moved to the area from Massachusetts and she was not aware of this place. All of us enjoyed our meals. Service and food were excellent. Would definitely return when we are back in the area.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 14, 2014

Cozy and intimate. Took a friend from Oklahoma here for dinner. Her comment was "don't get burned out on this place. I want to come here the next time I'm in town." She had the salmon. Said it was delicious. Also raved about the chocolate french toast. I had the sea bass. Cooked perfectly - melted in my mouth. Great place, great service!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 11, 2014

The restaurant is charming and the staff was attentive. The owner is from South Africa and inspires to include SA dishes on the menu and wine list. The restaurant was romantic and the food was great.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 11, 2014

This restaurant was a nice spot and cozy feeling. They offer blankets and indoor/outdoor seating with plenty of heaters. The service is really good and they are very nice and attentive. Came on a Tuesday night in March and had a good time with the lady. The food did lack a little bit of flavor in both her dish as well as mine. My food came out a little on the cool side and her meat was overcooked. Regardless of those if you are looking for a nice well rounded cozy place this is a nice one. If you are trying for some spectacular food well I might have caught them on an off day. It was still good, just not spectacular.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 22, 2014

The menu choice in the lunch menu is quite limited. The waitress did not even bring the dinner menu. The service was way too slow even though there were not too many customers. The food was OK, but based on the reviews I expected a lot more. At the very end, it was quite a disappointment.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 20, 2014

Finch's is a neighborhood gem. It's location down a quaint walkway with outdoor tables in an intimate garden setting is perfect for a romantic or quiet evening with friends. They often have a guitarist playing that adds to the charming ambiance. (Music was a bit loud so we were lucky to sit indoors on this chilly night.) In summer, outdoors is just divine. The service is wonderful, wine guy really knows his stuff, and the food is scrumptious. We'll be back again and again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2014

Tugged down a little alley off Giard, Finch's was a great find. Dinner was great. Wait staff was wonderful. The lovely owner did her rounds with the diners. Live music in the outdoor courtyard. Will be back to check out the bar area for happy hour.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2014

This is a great "off beaten" path Bistro which should NOT be missed. Great wines, appetizers,pperfectsize portions. Music on patio during the nicer weather. You definitely want to sample from this lil gem.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2014

Great burger and wine. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2014

Finch's is one of those not easy to find local gems, a small intimate restaurant and wine bar. The bar is intimate but seems to be interesting at most times. I've only eaten in the dining area, but always outside. There is live music on the weekends, usually a discreet and low toned single singer/musician that is interesting and not intrusive. The menu and wine list is smaller but selective and good for both major meals and snacks over wine. The service is friendly and prompt and they have made us feel special - a table of 4 ordering one profiterole desert to share came out with 4 profiteroles - an extra one so that we didn't have to hassle over the share. A local gem of a restaurant find that is good for special occasions plus.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 18, 2014

Finch's is a great local find with excellent food. Menu variety and creativity is notable and the actual dishes are complex and delicious. As is common for newer restaurants, the service leaves quite a bit to be desired at this price point. Hopefully as time goes on the service will become on par with how excellent the fare is!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 17, 2014

Overall good experience, good menu choices. Wait staff a bit over-attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 15, 2013

I love this hidden little spot for its ambiance and gourmet food. It's tucked away in the Village of La Jolla, yet it's in the midst of hotels, shops & the cove. The garden & fountain area are quiet & relaxing, especially on weekends. We had the best darn good chicken salad sandwich and portabello mushroom ravioli entree, both excellent. The herbed specialty fries with garlic & parmison cheese were light and irresistable!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2013

Great dining experience! Wonderful food, good wine! Made a good impression on our out-of-town guests!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (St. Louis)·Dined on November 19, 2013

Fine dining, service and wine. You can't go wrong choosing Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2013

We really wanted to like ths place but it fell short on many levels. It is tucked away in a mini business court and slightly away from the touristy part of La Jolla so we were hopeful. Food was under seasoned and we generally are sensitive to items being over salted. Food was not horrible but it wasn't stellar. Service was extremely slow. Our server did a good job telling us the kitchen was behind but it was at least 25 min wait between end of appetizers to dinner entrees arriving. Our server was not as refined as others in a similar type restaurant. For the prices they are charging, I expect the food, service and ambience to be better than average but it wasn't the case.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 15, 2013

What a great little romantic find. Had a wonderful intimate evening of incredible small plates, good wine, great service on a heated open area. Subtle live music in background- noticeable but never too loud or invasive. Just a lovely evening!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2013

Eclectic restaurant with small rooms and patio sections. The waiter was great and took good care of us. We sat outside to enjoy the music and based on reviews that the inside was too crowded. This was good advice. Even outside was a bit cramped. The appetizers and desserts were great but the main courses left a bit to be desired -- namely seasoning, especially in the sides. We ordered the filet, the chicken, and the ribs. The ribs were cooked perfectly but the sides were very bland. The filet was average at best. Appetizer brussel sprouts were great as was the peace cobbler and the profiteroles. The wine list was great and the waiter found a wine we all enjoyed, in fact we had two bottles.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2013

We eat here all the time and have brought guests and it's always been perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2013

The ambiance is superb with multiple small dining rooms and an outside patio. There is music on the weekends which heightens the atmosphere. We had incredible service with no one rushing us. The food was outstanding. I can't say enough wonderful things about it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2013

The ambience and service were impecable for my lunch date. Our server, Johnny, was excellent. The food I believe was farm to table, and the menu was interesting, but for a "foodie" it was a bit lacking in both seasoning and flavor. The main drag was the halibut in the special halibut salad was severely overcooked. I did not send it back, but likley would have if I would not have been on a date. I can cook halibut well, so a high end restaurant like this should be able to, especially because we came well after the lunch rush (1:30) and we were one of two couples in the restaurant. Maybe a new chef or sous chef is in order.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2013

Finch's is great!!! Amazing food..terrific service. Its small and perfect@

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 28, 2013

We had a great time. The music was fantastic and unobtrusive; we could enjoy the music and have a pleasant conversation without having to yell at each other. My steak was cooked perfectly.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 21, 2013

It's a little place, tucked away on Girard and a friend recommended it. The place is very small, so we were lucky that we went during mid-week because I think it would be tough to get a table on the weekend.
The menu is varied and simple. The dishes were of generous portions and well-prepared.
The service was extremely attentive and the pace at which the food was served was good.
I would highly recommend the chocolate-filled French toast for dessert and place the order with your server at the right time as it will take about 15 minutes for them to prepare it.
I'm not used to plunking down a C-note for dinner for two (but that's probably just me), so for special occasions, I wouldn't hesitate coming back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 18, 2013

loved our first dining experience here. ALL GOOD!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 8, 2013

We've never had a bad meal at Finch's and we eat there a lot. The food is truly delicious and the owner really cares about good food and good service. It's a hands on operation. It's the place where we always want to bring our friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2013

We had an early dinner on Friday before heading to an event on Prospect. The food was very good. We shared a Riviera salad and both really enjoyed it. Nice clean flavors! I had the scallops and the tamarind sauce was a wonderful complement to the dish. Companion had the nightly special, a grouper (or was it snapper?) that he really enjoyed. We wished we would have had the server for the table next to ours, as he was obviously much more comfortable in his role and was giving recommendations, etc. Ours was pretty stilted and stiff. Not that he didn't give us acceptable service, just wasn't nearly what we saw others getting.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2013

Excellent food with some wonderful atypical menu items coupled with good service & lovely, quiet ambience. Most pleasant surprise.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 12, 2013

Overall, had a nice dinner experience here. There were some unusual items on the menu, the setting is quaint. Service was good as well, waiter was very attentive. I would go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 5, 2013

I love Finch's but would like to make a few suggestions. Our waiter rushed us a bit with taking our order, then removing our bread plates- we hadn't had any yet- then bringing our food. Then- and I really dislike when this happens- he began clearing the table when some of us were still eating. A real no no in my opinion.
The food was delicious as always but I must say the cobbler wasn't very good. The topping a bit too doughy.

Keep on doing the great job that you do- we love it there

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2013

Very quiet and private. A find in the midst of loud and crowded.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 12, 2013

This is hard to find. It is tucked back off the street. It worth looking for.

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