Barbarella

4.6
190 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Barbarella is La Jolla's own whimsical European bistro, sitting within earshot of the crashing waves at La Jolla Shores. Offering a full breakfast, champagne brunch, lunch, happy hour and dinner menu with a creative full bar. Barbarella serves locals and visitors consistently excellent and fresh European and American fare. Wonderful unique and organic daily specials include handmade pastas, pizzas, and the signature fresh whole fish, all cooked in a brick oven. Adorned with an eclectic mix of art and boasting plenty of outdoor seating to bring your dog to enjoy their dog-friendly menu. Barbarella a one-of-a-kind culinary gem and fun place to enjoy a great meal with friends and your next event with their private covered back patio.
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipPaulD
Denver
23 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really nice experience. We are locals and don’t often venture down to the shores. The promenade on Avenida de la playa is an excellent addition to that area. Barbarella’s is right on track!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Seafood was fresh & staff very accommodating when requesting adjustments to sauce & substitution of all clams instead of mussels & clams!

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guy883
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and food at this place on a week night. We sat at one of the window tables which was cozy and warm (heaters were on). Highly recommend.

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SpecialOccasionGuy
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tourist spot. Fantastic service, food good but a little over priced. Nice ambience.

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Janet
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Barbarella has been consistently very good over the years. The ambiance is charming, service great and food always yummy!

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CasualNCorondao1
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice experience at Barbarella this past Sunday. Great service, good food and even better location. We will be back.

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vipN6957V
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice local restaurant. Food is consistently good and staff is very friendly. Very dog friendly restaurant.

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vipKrystalF
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Mother’s Day brunch

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great Food and service!

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vipRichH
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this place. The food and service are consistently good, and they are very reliable abound honoring reservations. I am sure we will be back many times in the future.

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LadyDragonstone
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first dinner date since Covid. The outdoor ambience was lovely. Service was quick and friendly and we could have stayed all night to hang out with the various doggies around the deck. We’ll definitely be back!

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vipceskaholka
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

It was a very disappointing dinner. We used to come a lot when Barbara owned the restaurant. Since the new owners took over the food went downhill. The bread and the appetizer (calamari and fried green beans made especially for us upon request) were excellent. But the lamb chops were just ok some pieces better than others, some were tough. But what turned up to be a real disaster was the eggplant Parmesan. I have a feeling it was originally frozen and then burnt when being warmed up. It looked and tasted disgusting. Desert was a carrot cake that did not taste like carrot cake, very blah. The only redeeming quality was that it was not buried under much icing which I hate. Service was nice. We like the area and the restaurant but I doubt we will be back anytime soon as the food was subpar. Sorry.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The special for the night shrimp on angel hair pasta was amazing. Please keep
It a regular. Best pasta I’ve ever had in a restaurant, I’m ver picky and like light dishes.

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LauraL
Montana
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! A family favorite that never disappoints.

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ElizabethA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, McKenna, provided outstanding service. In addtion, the pizza with colliflower crust, was very very good!

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Heather
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I am soooo happy that I chose this place to dine at. My fiancé and I drove about 4 hours to stay in La Jolla & with so many restaurants to pick from, I'm so glad I picked this to surprise my fiancé with! He LOVED it.... and our waitress was THE BEST!!! I wish I remembered her name but I'm terrible at this. What I do remember is she had a nice accent and I asked her where she's from... Quebec! Loved her! We WILL come back! Food -- fantastic! And they made me a MOCKtail since I am pregnant so it was even more perfect! THANK YOU BARBARELLA! ❤

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Great food and drinks too!

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BeatriceL
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was exceptional like always

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StacyL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was great except they were out of every white whine we tried to order.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food came out fast, drinks were very good and our server was friendly. Outdoor seating available and the beach is a block away

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vipStacyM
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service...such a fun place in such a beautiful setting

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Had a reservation at 7:15 on Easter and we were seated on time. Ordered a bottle of Petit Syrah, Oysters, Mushroom Risotto, and the Southwest bowl and everything was delicious. Plenty of vegetarian options. Service was excellent, I don’t think our table ever asked for anything. Definitely recommend!

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MargeD
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We selected Barbarella because it is dog friendly and we were delighted to discover the great food, wine/beer offerings and great service.

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vipSandeZ
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Just ok nothing great

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vipMarilynB
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, great food, great place for dinners and special events!

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vipCrisS
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great California-by-the-beach, laid back vibe but with a pricey tag. Cocktails and service were outstanding. Food was good (charcuterie, super salad, meatball), homemade ravioli great, and octopus was disappointing.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

fun brunch but our table was in direct sun. Brutal

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Sasha
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This place is a great find. They’ve done a great job setting up the outside patio for outdoor dining. The food was on point! I had pizza funghi and it was huge! Loved how friendly, fast and efficient the service was too. Totally coming back for dinner and the desserts 🤤😋
I can’t wait to enjoy the inside patio and actual in house dining.

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TonyM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fast service and excellent food. Fun and lively outdoor dining spot.

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OpenTable Diner
Cincinnati
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went there to celebrate my birthday. I really enjoyed the dining experience. The server was great, the drinks were good, the food was outstanding, and I got a dessert with a candle for my birthday.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waiter forgot our meat and cheese board. The pasta e fragoli was fantastic. Their bolognese had no flavor and the noodles were over cooked. They were falling apart!

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vipjoblow
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful streetery, attentive and friendly service. Great food. Felt very Covid safe

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JerryL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious and the waiter was very attentive. Everyone had a good time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner was fabulous.

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vipTigerfan
Austin
11 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great people working there. Lovely atmosphere and food superb

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arisk
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

celebrated 20 years of marriage....we ordered the whole stone fish....it was so good we were fighting over it!!! a must try!
great service too....

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MiguelO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

One of the last tables for the evening and service reflected the rush to clear tables. Food was over cooked and rushed as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Adorable! Awesome service! Good food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, French Canadian visiting; able to speak native language with worldly service staff, food was excellent

FAQs

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

Barbarella is rated 4.6 stars by 190 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.