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Finch's Bistro & Wine Bar

4.2
198 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary European
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  • Neighborhood Gem (319)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (231)
  • Romantic (210)

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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary European, International, Contemporary American
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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.

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Phone number
(858) 456-4056
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Sections of the restaurant are available for private events. Please call event manager for more information.
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Private party contact
Event Manager: (858) 456-4056
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Catering
Please contact for details.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Torrey Pines and Kline
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Entertainment
Live music on Saturday nights!
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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!
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
3.9
value
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Stampwife (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

Tucked away in an alley, Finch's was a very nice surprise The restaurant itself is quiet and intimate. Service was attentive. The food overall was well priced and well prepared. I have a very picky husband who loved everything he ate. We plan on going back often. La Jolla is full of touristy expensive restaurants - Finch's truly is a neighborhood gem.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on April 13, 2016

At 8:15 on a Wednesday night, we were one of only two tables, so it was very quiet. The menu is small, but good. They advertised flights of wine on the chalkboard outside the restaurant, but they were not mentioned on the menu or wine list, so make sure to ask about that if you are interested.

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vipMonini (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Dishes were not served at the same time. Menu on website does not match what is served in the restaurant. Chicken was very tough and inedible. Very poor experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on February 16, 2016

New ownership has not preserved the fine quality of the food. It was a great disappointment because this was our favorite restaurant two years ago.

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viptea4two (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

Our table was great with a pleasant atmosphere.A very romantic setting. Our waiter brought my wife's salad and entree together, forgetting mine all together. He offered to keep her food warm while she ate her salad but when he brought it back with my food hers was cold. What should have been a very nice birthday.dinner turned out to be a bad experience for us.

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vipEscoWino (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2016

Recommendations: Indulge with something off the captain's list! They're pouring with a Coravin and I got to try legendary wine Cardinale without having to buy a whole bottle! It's only 25$ for a 1 oz pour which we let sit for the meal and WOW.

Also, the mussels are very tasty and the perfect sized appetizer to then jump to the salmon. Incredible preparation and the best lentils I've had!

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vipEscoWino (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

Always a new fun wine and my servers, Alex, knows a lot about wines. Always good to learn new things!

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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
2.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

We went for dinner the entire family as we were on vacation in San Diego area. Service: the wine list is way overpriced. The wine server tried to rush us to decide and when he saw that we have not decided yet disappeared and never came back. The rest of the service was OK, although they did not change the cutlery between services. I ordered the fettucine Alfredo and the chicken was burnt and gave a horrible flavor to the entire dish. The salmon and the chicken was good though. We ran away and never gave a try to the desserts. We will never come back. Not worth it. Impossible to feed kids in this restaurant, btw.

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vipEscoWino (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

Always an excellent selection of wine from this place, and with the amazing cheese plate definitely the best choice to bring in 2016!

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Romantic (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2015

It was the perfect place, romantic, intimate, great food and great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 18, 2015

This is a very tiny restaurant in a very covert location with a very small staff and a very good chef. Our waiter never mentioned the daily specials that the other waited recited to the table next to us , but our selections were fine : a chicken dish and a filet, more or less forgettable a week later but tasty then.

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vipEscoWino (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 16, 2015

Lovely place, keep returning and never feel bored. Great place to have a quiet lunch with some stellar wine.

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vipEscoWino (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 11, 2015

Stopped in when I heard there was a wine bar in La Jolla pouring some amazing wines by the glass. Was not disappointed. Got to try ounce pours of some of the most incredible wines being produced in California right now, but their by the glass selection also offers great choices. Really enjoyed their mussels in pesto cream sauce. Top notch service!

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vipcarrie (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on December 5, 2015

During our lovely dining experience - we found that Finch's will be undergoing an ownership change.
We hope the new owner will continue the innovative dishes and friendly atmosphere.

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vipDianaV (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

My husband and I had been talking about going to Finch's for quite some time but had never managed to align our desire to go there with a day when they had a table available. Last Saturday we decided to go there with my mother and sister, who were in from out of town.

We were particularly excited by a few items on the menu that is posted online, including an avocado appetizer, among other things.

Upon arrival, however, we discovered that the menu they actually offer at Finch's is significantly more limited, including none of the items we'd been eagerly anticipating, and offering only 6 entrees. Then, despite the fact that it was not even 7:00pm, we were informed that they were out of 2 of the 6 entrees, specifically the filet mignon and the rack of lamb (the only 2 red meat items), leaving the entrees to consist entirely of chicken, fish, and vegetarian options. This seemed a bit unreasonable to me, given how limited the selection was to begin with and how early it was on a Saturday evening.

That being said, as we were already seated and hungry, we all found items to order, and ultimately each of us enjoyed our meal and wine. The food is indeed very good - my balsamic brussels sprouts in particular were excellent - and the wine selection is fairly extensive. Our waitress was very nice, and the service was pretty good. But I think people should know that the menu is much more limited that what seems to be posted online.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on November 28, 2015

I went with a group to Finch's Wine Bar and Bistro over the weekend and had a terrible experience. Most of the menu was not available because they kept running out of everything! 3 different times they came to our table to update the menu on what was currently out of stock. The waiter was somewhat snippy with us and told us that it was not his fault but poor management. My husband and I have been here on previous occasions and it was wonderful, the food was great, great wine list, great service and wonderful atmosphere, with live music. This experience could not be further from what we were expecting. The items they did have on the menu were completely flavorless and the wine list was somewhat limited but they did have some good options. Overall I was expecting more because of our previous experience but this was just terrible.

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sdevans50 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 14, 2015

The Service, Food, Price, Wine Selection and Environment was outstanding. We will be back for sure and I would recommend this to everyone.

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sporeformer (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 7, 2015

The food here is good and the duck salad for lunch is great. The Dinner Menu is also good and tasty and inventive. The problem the night I was there was the slowness of the kitchen/service. it took two hours for dinner. Three people and only two appetizers each. One desert took 20 minutes to get and it was wrong....so 20 minutes more to get it replaced. So almost three hours! It isn't cheap either.

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vipjhitch (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2015

As we arrived for our anniversary dinner, the setting is quaint, outside seating tucked between 2 buildings with some white lights giving cute atmosphere. Perfect until we waited for about 20 min to receive water. Started with female waiter who stopped briefly but then disappeared for a very long time. We were just about to leave when the male waiter came by and apologized and took care of us very well from that moment on! Sorry that I don't recall his name but the pace was great and he brought us complimentary champagne for our anniversary and bread pudding that was amazing! All of the food was awesome! Not sure what happened with the service initially but they made up for it! I would visit again!

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viplmichaelfoley (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on October 3, 2015

We returned again to Finch's last weekend and were pleased that it hadn't changed much with the new ownership. The menu was pared down a little, and some of the really unique dishes were eliminated, but the entrees that were left were excellent and beautifully presented. The live music is always a nice touch. We will return.

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