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Bernard'O Restaurant - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
540 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Since 1992, Bernard'O Restaurant has offered award winning California French cuisine in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Your hosts, Bernard and Diana Mougel, along with executive chef Vincent Viale invite you to join them in their quarters in Rancho Bernardo.


The restaurant has been awarded the "Award of Excellence" by the Wine Spectator from 2001-2010as well as "Best Gourmet Cuisine" and "Favorite Restaurant" from 2001-2010 by Rancho Magazine's Dining Survey.
2008 San Diego Zagat Guide: "For sophisticated, sheer delicious cooking, it's worth the trip to Rancho Bernardo. French cuisine with Californian accents, which reaches gourmet heights and knocks your socks off in the process....Elegant presentation, outstanding service and a wonderful, extensive, wine list

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 487-7171
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Vincent Viale
  • Catering
    Bernard'O offers off-site catering from intimate dinners for two in your own private home to events that include hundreds of guests.<br /><br />We can accommodate many different tastes, please contact us to see what we can offer you!
  • Private party facilities
    For private parties, the Wine Cellar Room can seat up to 40 people. Our Main Dining Room can accommodate up to 65. We also have an outdoor patio room which can seat up to 40 people.For those who may require more space, the restaurant as a whole can also be booked for larger events.
  • Private party contact
    Bernard Mougel: (858) 487-7171
  • Neighborhood
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Cross street
    Pomerado Road
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking available close to the entrance of the restaurant Underground parking also available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop across the street.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 540 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 0.3Value

NoiseModerate

540 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The best restaurant for so many years! thank you Bernardos for many years of great memories. You can never be replaced but I do hope that the new owner and new menu offers a place to go for some great food, in a nice atmosphere which can remain a cut above the fast food casual places which surround the area. You will be missed but I look forward to remembering you as we eat at the new place. May it have as many good years as you have had!! Bravo!! xoxo much love to you and your family may you enjoy your retirement. Merci!

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  2. MarkL

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a restaurant that knows what it's doing. Great menu. Great service. Well served. Fantastic for Mothers Day.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Bernardo'o is tired inside and looks like it needs to be renovated. Bathrooms are 80's vintage and dining room is dark and dingy. Outside area is not kept up, plants are either dead or dying and outdoor furniture is used up. On the bright side, the food was good but totally over priced. Hope the new owners can bring this excellent location back to life.

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  4. brewdiver

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good meal. Could use a gluten free pasta/bread/cracker. Nicewinechoices. One mealcameoundercookedbuttheycorrected quickly.

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  5. dinewithdiane

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening with friends. Sad to say goodbye to Bernard as the restaurant has been sold and he will leave in about two weeks - I think. Saw new owner - lots of changes coming. Will not be the same at all but we will try the new restaurant to see.

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  6. MikeF

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bernard'O always has great food, great service and great ambiance. I have never been disappointed!

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  7. Dale

    Fayetteville

    36 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Arrived about 15 minutes before our reservation time and even though there were several open tables we were told to wait at the bar since "we have other reservations coming in" - whatever that means. As soon as we sit at the bar and order a drink amazingly enough we're ready to be seated. Took forever for the wait staff to even bring us a menu then waited another lengthy time to place drink order. The food was not very good - the lobster bisque was awful, the rib was decent but not great. The lobster ravioli was not bad but nothing to get excited about. Overall just not a great experience and with so many other choices I don't see this one getting a return visit.

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  8. CarolynB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Met a friend for lunch at Bernardo's. I have tried it several times and almost always, I am disappointed. I have heard from several friends how good it is. Maybe I just missed the good. Had salmon cakes, the special, over greens. Two tiny cakes & very small amount of salad, $14! I now know that this place is closing. Hoping we will get a decent new restaurant in its spot.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was average My fish was bland my husband scallops were average The service was great

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  10. Marilyn1234

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I've been to the spot four times, found it to be one of the better spots in town for a nice meal.

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Bernard'O Restaurant - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 540 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Bernard'O Restaurant - Permanently Closed

12457 Rancho Bernardo Road, San Diego, CA 92128

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pomerado Road
  • Neighborhood
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Plenty of parking available close to the entrance of the restaurant Underground parking also available.
  • Public transit
    Bus stop across the street.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Vincent Viale
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 487-7171
  • Catering
    Bernard'O offers off-site catering from intimate dinners for two in your own private home to events that include hundreds of guests.<br /><br />We can accommodate many different tastes, please contact us to see what we can offer you!
  • Private party facilities
    For private parties, the Wine Cellar Room can seat up to 40 people. Our Main Dining Room can accommodate up to 65. We also have an outdoor patio room which can seat up to 40 people.For those who may require more space, the restaurant as a whole can also be booked for larger events.
  • Private party contact
    Bernard Mougel: (858) 487-7171
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