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Barbarella, San Diego, CA

Barbarella

4.5
4.5
369 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.

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Booked 22 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    European, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 9:00 am–9:30 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

Popular dishes

Menu

Craft Sweet Tea N/A

  • Strawberry

    • Lemon

      • Mint

        • Peach

          • Strawberry Orange

            Soft Drinks

            • Arnold Palmer

              • Iced Tea

                • Lemonade

                  • Milk

                    • Coffee

                      • Pepsi

                        • Mountain Dew

                          • Diet Pepsi

                            • Dr Pepper

                              • Sierra Mist

                                • Root Beer BTL

                                  • Kids Drink

                                    • Kids Straw Lemonade

                                      • Kids Root Beer

                                        • Kids Milk

                                          • Gingerale

                                            • Red Bull

                                              • Sugar Free Red Bull

                                                Last updated: May 18, 2022

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                                                What 369 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

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                                                1. LA

                                                  LANative

                                                  Los Angeles

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  2.0

                                                  19 reviews

                                                  Dined 3 days ago

                                                  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.

                                                2. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined 6 days ago

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Love their mushroom piazza, superfood salad and Sangrias:)

                                                  BarbarellaResponded 3 days ago

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

                                                3. 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 4 days ago

                                                  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

                                                4. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  4 reviews

                                                  Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                5. 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 4 days ago

                                                  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

                                                6. 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.

                                                7. 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 4 days ago

                                                  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

                                                8. 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.

                                                9. 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.

                                                10. TS

                                                  TSchneider

                                                  San Diego

                                                  29 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  2.0

                                                  29 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.

                                                11. 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.

                                                12. 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.

                                                13. ND

                                                  NancyD

                                                  San Diego

                                                  42 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  1.0

                                                  42 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.

                                                14. ND

                                                  NancyD

                                                  San Diego

                                                  43 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  43 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

                                                15. 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.

                                                16. 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!

                                                17. 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.

                                                18. 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.

                                                19. 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.

                                                20. 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.

                                                21. 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.

                                                22. 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.

                                                23. 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!!

                                                24. 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.

                                                25. JT

                                                  JasonT

                                                  Toronto

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  Great relaxed atmosphere, right on the street.

                                                26. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  5.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                  Barbarella’s is a great find. I’ve been here numerous times and introduced it to a few different friend groups. The food, and service is always the best! A great menu selection.

                                                27. PB

                                                  PaulaB

                                                  Denver

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Great food! I would highly recommend this restaurant. Casual atmosphere with top-notch food. The gnocchi was unbelievable. We had 3 different desserts and they were all delicous.

                                                28. OK

                                                  OliverKC

                                                  San Diego

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  4.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on March 2, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                  Great outdoors dining

                                                29. G

                                                  Ginny

                                                  New England

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  4.0

                                                  10 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                  overall4food5service4ambience5

                                                  I was looking for an Italian restaurant reviews claimed best Italian food. Food was delicious but not really an Italian restaurant limited Italian menu items. But love the location, road is blocked off for pedestrians and outdoor eating. Walk to beach. Food was delicious.

                                                30. CH

                                                  CraigH

                                                  Portland

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  1.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 21, 2022

                                                  overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                  Under staffed and terrible service

                                                31. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  4.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                  It was an okay experience. The location was great. And I enjoyed the roses despite the thorns. Food was delicious. Even though, I don’t eat fish. They also forgot our gift at thee end of the dinner. Thank you!

                                                32. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  2.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                  overall2food3service3ambience4

                                                  Had dinner on Valentines Day. Although the food itself was good, the experience was only fair because it took soooo long to get our food. It took probably almost an hour to get our entrees after our appetizers. And for context, a table next to us ended up getting their appetizers after their entrees… that’s how slow things were. I can understand that the kitchen may have been backed up or short staffed on Valentine’s Day, but it really soured the experience to have to wait so long, especially on such a special day. It really made the $75 per person for the Valentines Day “experience” a tough pill to swallow. Definitely wasn’t worth the money. On the plus side, the staff were very gracious. So that helped make the experience a bit better.

                                                33. L

                                                  Leroye

                                                  San Diego

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  3.0

                                                  2 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                  overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                  Overall a nice evening. Food was average, service was good considering how many tables they were servicing.

                                                34. CH

                                                  CHAZ

                                                  San Diego

                                                  30 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  30 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                  overall3food2service3ambience4

                                                  Barbarella has been a mainstay at La Jolla Shores for many years, and we have always had a good food experience. Valentine's Day was an unfortunate exception to the rule. A prix fix dinner and a very full house put the kitchen and wait staff to the test, and while they may have done their best, it was a very mediocre product. Food portions were more than ample, but they were tasteless for the most part. I plan on returning for a resumption of brunch experiences, but I will avoid those celebratory days when all the amateurs feel the need to dine out.

                                                35. OT

                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                  San Diego

                                                  1 review

                                                  vip
                                                  3.0

                                                  1 review

                                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                                  overall3food2service2ambience4

                                                  Halibut was over cooked, tomato bisque was overly salted. But the bread and butter is great!!!

                                                36. C

                                                  Csquared

                                                  San Diego

                                                  71 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  71 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Another great meal and friendly service! We love Barbarella and enjoy dining there regularly.

                                                37. ND

                                                  NancyD

                                                  San Diego

                                                  43 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  43 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 10, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We had a cheddar burger n fries. Absolutely wonderful. Warm nite all the windows were open nice ambiance and Setting. Our waiter very attentive and didn’t miss a beat

                                                38. SP

                                                  SteveP

                                                  Orange County

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  21 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 8, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  We both had the Pasta al Forno and it was delicious. We didn’t try the deserts but the lattes were very good.

                                                39. AJ

                                                  AnneJ

                                                  Central Coast

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  1.0

                                                  8 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                  overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                  Waiter was attentive at the beginning of our meal but we think he forgot about us. Never came back after our food was delivered. Had to ask hostess and bartender how we could finally leave. And we were right in front of the outside area of the restaurant. Hard not to see us. It was also really cold. We did have a heat structure but not much heat from it. Very disappointing. Our first experience there in December was completely different.

                                                40. J

                                                  Janiel

                                                  San Diego

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  vip
                                                  5.0

                                                  20 reviews

                                                  Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                  Salmon OMG. Gnochi appetizer OMG. Lamb chops OMG. Profiteroles.. OMG!

                                                FAQs

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

                                                Barbarella is rated 4.5 stars by 369 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                Booked 22 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, Tue 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–9:30 pm Sat 9:00 am–9:30 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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