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Female inspired craft drinks- The Born This Way - Barrel & Board Social, San Diego, CA

Barrel & Board Social

4.8
4.8
288 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
A New Woman-Forward Intimate Cocktail & Food Experience is Here!
Welcome to Hillcrest’s chicest spot for craft cocktails, barrel-aged potables, and chef-inspired shareable boards. An upscale LGBTQ+ bar, restaurant & event space brought to you by the Mo’s Universe Group!
Named San Diego's Top 10 Hottest Cocktail spots by EATER, as well as Open Table's Top 10 DINERS CHOICE Winner!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 902-4646
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Chris Walsh
  • Catering
    Yes, we can absolutely cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact our Events Director Lea@barrelandboardsd.com for private events and larger parties reservations.
  • Neighborhood
    Hillcrest
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 288 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Californian

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    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Ambiance

  • San Diego

    Californian

288 Reviews
  1. Doglover

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a blast! The food was delicious! The cocktails delicious. We tried a couple of whiskies that the owner secured! Love the ambiance…will definitely return!

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  2. AngelaR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance, friendly wait staff, fun drink menu - particularly impressed with the number of yummy mocktails. Chefs charcuterie board is A+ in terms of presentation, taste, and share-ability.

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  3. RRMM

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibes, food and mocktails! I will be visiting again.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had an experience almost identical to another recent reviewer which is quite concerning. Service was excellent. Mixed drinks and charcuterie were really good. Ambiance was ok. The rest…bad. Pad Thai tasted like cheese, nothing Thai about it. The burger was really bad. The patty was half the size of the bun, charred on the outside. I had emphasized “anything but well done” and sure enough, was well done. The burger was cold by the time it was served and had no flavor. The fries was cold and soggy. Took only a couple of bites. Couldn’t eat the food. Left hungry. Overall, would not recommend.

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  5. RyanD

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    So overall server/bartender was very nice and drinks were good. The cheese board was VERY disappointing. Not great cheese at all. It was a standard brie, a wine cheddar (both of which I could just get at the grocery store), the worst part was that they tried to pass off the third piece of a parmesan-like (forgot the name) piece of cheese that was mostly the rind. When we brought it to the attention of the server, she agreed and said she would change out the piece. Well, then she became busy and forgot. That's fine. After reminding her, she came back informing us that it was indeed the last piece and that is why it was so small, and offered an alternative. All fine. The frustrating part is that the chefs or whomever, decided it was ok to put that on the plate for a $32 cheese plate, hoping no one would say anything? Just poor form and unfortunately between the quality of the cheese and this incident, we won't be back for food. Probably could see going back for cocktails only however.

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  6. JuanM

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing customer service. The food was phenomenal and ambiance outstanding.

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  7. Grant

    New York City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service from our waitress was absolutely excellent and she did a great job, but was the only server, and was acting as the bartender and making drinks. The board we received took a significant amount of time, and the extra amount for the meat on the board was not commensurate with the cost. The burger we received was small and was burnt on the outside, and the fries were cold, but I think they were cold because our waitress was the only one running tables. It was a great space for a bar, but not dinner.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed a fabulous evening at Barrel and Board, beginning with a cocktail in the Board Room, followed by a delicious meal in the front dining area. We shared the fish tacos board. So good! We ended up back in the Board Room for another signature cocktail. It was the chchchcherry bomb!!!

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  9. Jenny

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our dinner, the food was really good and the Barbie dreams cocktail was our favorite drink of the night.

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  10. ItaliaR

    Tucson

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always an amazing experience at Barrel and Board. The staff is so friendly and accommodating, the food and drinks are always incredible. We love coming here anytime we're in San diego.

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  11. BrittanyM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Shared the small cheese board with a friend and we couldn’t finish it all even though it was delicious. The drinks were great too and quick service!

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  12. TaylorS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was great. The food was delicious and the whole vibe/ambiance is beautiful. We will definitely be back! We chose chose a cheese board and the Mediterranean board and both were beautiful and delicious.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice ambiance. Definitely good drinks and excellent boards. However, the food menu is definitely on the pricier side for the quality and flavor. Overall, a wonderful place for what they’re well-known for.

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  14. SarahC

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this spot! The pad thai was to die for! The boards and flatbread super yummy! Perfect girls night!

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  15. Allison

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not my first time here, and not my last. This is always fun to come and munch. Whether you are 2 or 6, their boards are adaptable in size and "stuff" and their fun and delicious drinks make any gathering a celebration. This is one of my go-to places for birthdays :)

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorian the serve was incredible!!! Kind, attentive, amazing human being!!

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  17. JimL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorian was great! Food and drinks were excellent.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The hostess was incredibly friendly and engaging. Monique our server was so great! She made great drink suggestions and food suggestions when it came time to order. Our board was soooo good (and the pesto flatbread… beyond delicious!) and there were so many things to choose from. I loooved the names of all of the drinks, the great decor and with it being Christmas, it was decorated so cute. I loved the back area with the cozy fireplace. Definitely give this place a go! We will all be back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Autumn is an incredible server! An absolute pleasure! We love the food but go back to see her!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous and our server gave great recommendations.

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  21. CindyA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and Drinks were amazing. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

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  22. LauraG

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was my second visit there and my companion's first. Excellent service, nice menu with some unique items, good wine list, lots of exotic drinks!! I was very pleased with my entree and I felt like the prices were moderate! Great decoration.....and there's a secret here too!!! I will be returning!

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  23. Greg

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, ambiance, and service! Will definitely be back!

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  24. AaronO

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we ordered was delicious, well plated and served with the nicest. The drinks were generous and tasty. We had such a nice time here. The music is good.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was phenomenal! I came early before my party and the lovely host showed me around and showed me the speakeasy! The music was a perfect mashup of all my favorite throwbacks! Food and drinks were all delicious! Shout out to Dorian (I hope I spelled that correct ) who waited on us and was just a delight! Even with our complicated order 😅Exceptional service from all other staff members as well. My second time here and has never disappointed! 10/10 will recommend to everyone!

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  26. ChristopherF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorian or server with excellent. You have to choose where in the restaurant you eat. There are different noise levels at different locations in the restaurant. From experience we knew that the back patio area was the quietest area. And had a special ambience that we liked. So we were aware of where we were going to sit.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Really overrated place. Terrible quality food and horrific drinks

    1 person found this helpful

  28. MarcieR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dorian is the best server. We always request to be sat in his section. The food is always divine. Couldn’t ask for a better experience. This is our favorite restaurant by far!

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  29. LauraG

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first time there and it was a delight! Nice menu, lots of options, enjoyed the charcuterie board I ordered. The server was great and attentive without hovering. Nice drinks list, too. Afterwards, we went into the speakeasy for a nightcap and to listen to the live music. Great evening!

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  30. StephdR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We sat in the front patio which was perfect for the weather. We were informed that they were hosting a wedding as well which accounted for the very slow service, which I will assume isn’t normally the case so. We weren’t all to bothered by it because the servers were very pleasant and we were enjoying conversation. The board servings were a good size. The food was flavorful (I ordered the Achiote marinated steak). Drinks were beautiful and my margarita flight was nice and strong, so thumbs up to that! Overall good experience and would recommend

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience as always. We brought friends from out of town because it’s always a lovely experience. They loved it! Food was beautifully presented. We truly enjoyed myself.

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  32. ChristiB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dominique was a fantastic bartender and server, would go back just to sit at the bar to have her make us drinks all night and chat. Boards are always a good choice and really loved the prosciutto and pesto flatboard! We were not fans of the Cesar salad.

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  33. PaulR

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great dining experience, sever was very attentive, drinks were fantastic, Mediterranean Board was delicious and Salmon Board was perfectly cooked - skin and all. Dog friendly outside! I would highly recommend going with anyone you enjoy sharing your meals with!

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  34. Foodiesrus

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service and food took forever to be served. Tables that came after us were served and left before our main dishes came which was an hour and a half later. I would advise avoiding this place on Friday evenings altogether

    1 person found this helpful

  35. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All great, kitchen a little slow

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  36. Bday

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Spent my birthday dinner here & it was the most lovely evening!! We had the semi private enclave room area. It was so fun - the boards, drinks & atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back again soon!

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  37. MeganT

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The server was so nice and she recommended a bunch of great wines

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  38. Lawrence

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time, food was great and hot and fresh. Everyone was so pleasant.

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  39. marlenaf

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here with girlfriends for a birthday we had a lovely table. We ordered a charcuterie board to share and each got a main dish. We all had fun different cocktails. After dinner we went into the speak easy in the back to get a drink and listen to the live singer. It was jazzy and special. The service was great the food was great and the ambiance was amazing. We need more places like this in San Diego.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Our charcuterie board came out after our meal, when we specifically ordered it as an appetizer. Our server offered us water towards the end of the meal, my partners Paloma’s (we were kicked out of the dining area at 10:27, but maybe if they knew how long we waited for each drink that would have been adjusted) took forever. And to top it off they wouldn’t take my little visa gift card that was given to me (and I confirmed the balance was available) as partial payment. I mean after gratuity, drinks at the bar, and dining, spending $295 in total for three people, I would expect a little better. This also is not my first visit there. While I will return, I hope that this was just an off night for our server. Food was amazing as usual.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Barrel & Board Social using the Order Online button. Barrel & Board Social also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 902-4646.

Barrel & Board Social is rated 4.8 stars by 288 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Barrel & Board Social

1027 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3309

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Hillcrest
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Californian, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Chris Walsh
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 902-4646
  • Catering
    Yes, we can absolutely cater your next event!
  • Private party facilities
    Please contact our Events Director Lea@barrelandboardsd.com for private events and larger parties reservations.
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