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Barbarella, San Diego, CA

Barbarella

4.5
4.5
385 Reviews
$30 and under
European

Barbarella is a restaurant and full bar located on Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla Shores. Adorned with an eclectic mix of art and boasting plenty of outdoor seating, Barbarella a one-of-a-kind culinary gem with executive Chef Lynn Crawford!

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Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 454-7373

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus Stop is located within walking distance.

  • Additional

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

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What 385 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. RH

    RichH

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food at this restaurant is consistently very good. If you want to tweak something on the menu, the staff is happy to oblige. Ask for Art. He is an excellent server and always takes great care of us.

  2. l

    lovegoodfood

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food3service4ambience4

    Salads went up in price & got smaller. Pizza and service were good, but very disappointing in our salad & it use to be good

  3. C

    Coach

    Tahoe

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Art was our awesome waiter! His suggestions were perfect and his knowledge of the menu/food sourcing was excellent. Looking forward to a repeat visit. Jim & Sandy Rogers

  4. DL

    DavidLyle1

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2

    Went there for lunch on Father’s Day. Food was nothing to write home about and somewhat bland. Could have overlooked it if we had great service, unfortunately the service only added to the lack luster experience.

  5. N

    Neliv

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    The service and food was not good. Waitress was lacking in every way. Making us wait long times and she never even helped us. We had more help from other workers we waived down. We were even told that we would have to wait for our silverware to eat because they were in low supply. I guess they wanted us to use our hands. The food was bland and wish I could have returned but risk that no thank you. For being a restaurant in La Jolla it was awful. For the price especially never again. This was all even on a Sunday lunch time that wasn't all that busy.

  6. l

    luv2eat

    San Diego

    78 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    78 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good food, good service. Good stand-by place in the Shores.

  7. O

    Opentabler

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great pizza. Great service. Great prices.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    College Graduation

  9. D

    Dean

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oysters and whole fish were delicious

  10. TS

    TSchneider

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great experience at Barbarella ! Food was good and Service was excellent.

  11. P

    Pasmal

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Great staff….friendly, knowledgeable about menu, preparations. Great location….5 minute walk to the ocean. Props to the hostess, Silvia, and our serve Art!

  12. S

    Serafina

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    birthday - complimentary dessert served!

  13. PF

    PattiF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    We love the area and after seeing the reviews we had wonderful expectations for this restaurant. The food was good took forever for our food to come and once it was served we rarely saw our waitress. My husband chicken parmigiana was a bit to crispy. Our daughter had the halibut and was dried out. The fritti (fried calamari) was delicious! The menu on open table was a bit different than the actual menu. Our daughter loves cream brûlée and was hoping to have some but it wasn’t offered as appeared in the photos on open table.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was great for our dinner on the patio. One loudly chirping bird caused the noise level to not be “perfectly,” but . . . Highly recommend a stop here .

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Pizzzzzaaaaa maxxx❤️

  16. LT

    LindseyT

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great dinner! Wonderful service.

  17. LA

    LANative

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    2.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Seated timely by warm and friendly hosts, greeted promptly by friendly wait staff, got drinks and the rest of the evening was downhill from there. By 7pm, kitchen ran out of item menu , forgivable but what was not, was the fact that it took eons for our meals to arrive and all were totally over cooked, to the point of being burnt. Burnt chicken is pretty horrible. All dishes were way over salted , as well. After having waited so long, we weren’t about to ask to have all six of our meals redone. Both the hostess and the waiter knew we were celebrating two birthdays but no dessert was brought out and we weren’t asked if we wanted any dessert. We paid and left and will never return.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love their mushroom piazza, superfood salad and Sangrias:)

    BarbarellaResponded on May 14, 2022

    Hi there, Thank you for your compliments. Come again soon for another Sangria! Cheers, Barbarella Team

  19. DB

    DavidB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had a wonderful Mothers Day early dinner with our two sons! Everyone's dinner was excellent (lamb medallions), great service, and lively ambiance not to mention the perfect weather!

    BarbarellaResponded on May 13, 2022

    Hi David, Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad we were able to make your mother's day special. Come see us again soon! Cheers, Barbarella Team

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My new favorite restaurant! Spectacular food , service and atmosphere! Thanks Bella !!!

  21. DG

    DiningGal

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    I've been coming to Barbarella for years and always have a good experience. I branched out from my usuals and tried the Superfood salad (which I loved) and the risotto (good but not outstanding). The service at Barb's is always excellent.

    BarbarellaResponded on May 13, 2022

    Hi there, Thank you so much for being a loyal guest! The superfood salad is my favorite as well :) Come see us again soon! Cheers, Barbarella Team

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Such a fun evening sitting outside by the beach, enjoying the people walking by.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My (now) husband and I celebrated us getting married today was a dinner here afterwards. Great experience. The staff was so friendly and the food was amazing. Fish of the day and seafood linguine was amazing. We went around 5-5:30pm on a Monday and it wasn’t busy. Our food came out pretty quickly and the service was consistent. Will be coming back here soon!

    BarbarellaResponded on May 13, 2022

    Hi, We are beyond flattered that you chose to celebrate your special day with us! We strive to make our guests feel like family and we hope to see you again soon :) Best, Barbarella Team

  24. AW

    AlbarinoWineGreat

    San Diego

    100 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    100 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Dinners were delicious! The price to add protein on a salad is ridiculous - 4 shrimp for $13. Also, the doggie steak dinner was not steak; it was chop meat in a lot of oil.

  25. m

    mary

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    The menu was very limited, but it could have been because it was Saturday afternoon. My chicken sandwich was pretty bland and the bread was soggy. Not my best experience here.

  26. TS

    TSchneider

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience5

    Dining at Barbarella for 18 years, and new management doing a great job. However the waitress for this visit was obviously very inexperienced and clueless on how to serve a customer. Great restaurant, great food, great atmosphere, and usually good service. Hopefully this was a one off bad service experience.

  27. DB

    DanielleB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was great. Drinks were tasty. Not too crowded & the heat lamps were cozy.

  28. BM

    BlueMini

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Loved the smoked salmon pizza with cauliflower crust! I thought the salad was good, but a bit sparse on the greens.

  29. ND

    NancyD

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience5

    sam, the bartender/server was terrific: We always get the Barbarella Burger like weekly and its been the best in all of San Diego. Last night the meat was horrible cut of meat and I inquired and was told they changed meat purveyors for the better. Not !!!! To top it off they increased their price by 3.00 and then served this lousy, hamburger meat. I understand the prices of everything is over the top and they must do what they can , however, why not just increase the price to keep the quality ? Truthfully I will not be returning to this great little place in the shores. I am so sad as its been a weekly treat for us.

  30. ND

    NancyD

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We sat at the bar with Chris the bartender/waiter. Outstanding, knowledgeable, kind and knows his stuff. He had an opinion on every bottle of wine in view. Love experience and opinions from the wait staff We watched his technique of shaking the martinis . What a showman !! So interesting and entertaining. We had the most wonderful tomato soup . DIVINE then a cheese burger , best meat in the world & prepared perfect . My fav burger anywhere !! Love this Barbarella place . Food all Great and the ambiance fantastic. Try this place you will love it all too

  31. JH

    JimH

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Beautiful table indoors, but window open to sidewalk scene. Attentive but not distracting service. Excellent NY steak with whipped potatoes, green beans. Nothing in La Jolla is cheap, but all in all, Barbarella's is a keeper.

  32. b

    bsherida

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a fantastic dining experience at Barbarella! I started with a Pink Lady cocktail which is not only pretty to look at, but the taste is vibrant and delicious. Our server Art was outstanding. He was informative, engaging and was on top of every detail and never tried to rush us. We sat indoors but right up against the fully opened window area looking out to the street, so people watching was a plus. We shared the Wedge salad which was great and the sugared bacon was a bonus, followed by a Cauliflower crust Fungi pizza with pancetta and burger. Everything was delicious. Owner Blake stopped by to greet us which made us feel special especially during this highly busy time. Can't wait to go back!! Make a reservation!

  33. K

    Kidbonz

    San Diego

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great meal at Barbarella's. Beautiful day great food. Excellent service.

  34. H

    Hkfngr

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful experience! The staff is friendly and efficient. Ryan has been our server twice recently and is very good.

  35. IT

    InezT

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Server was exceptional, food was delicious and portions were huge. Loved the new hazelnut chocolate dessert.

  36. K

    Katie

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The server was excellent with recommendations and attentiveness and the food delicious.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5

    The fish special was ok. Server didn’t give the price when she mentioned it. Got the bill the fish was $88. Seriously!! She didn’t think at a mid range restaurant to mention this expensive dish. They have new owners/Management and it is apparent. Food quality has declined tremendously. Been going for 15 years. Won’t return.

  38. E

    Eater10000

    Portland

    447 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    447 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    The food was very good and portions were large. The service was excellent. We really enjoyed the meal.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    barbs is always the best. service is top tier and the food is incredible- especially the salmon tartare and the charcuterie!!

  40. H

    Hkfngr

    Los Angeles

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice local restaurant to get delicious lunch or dinner. Always enjoyable.

FAQs

Barbarella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-7373.

Barbarella is rated 4.5 stars by 385 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Barbarella

2171 Avenida De La Playa San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    La Jolla Shores Drive

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–10:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–10:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Bus Stop is located within walking distance.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

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