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Bernini's Bistro & Bar, San Diego, CA

Bernini's Bistro & Bar

4.7
4.7
478 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Bernini’s Bistro & Bar has been the local's favorite in La Jolla for the past 24 years. We offer a wide variety of entrees at very affordable prices that will please all guests. Try one of our homemade organic pasta, wood-fired pizza, or seafood dishes. We offer Happy Hour 5 days a week Sunday-Thursday from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. For reservations of parties larger than 12 please contact Reyhan at (858) 337-5227.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary American, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 454-5013
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Sergio Diaz Perez
  • Private party facilities
    We have a semi-private room for up to 24 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Reyhan: (858) 337-5227
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Cross street
    Pearl
  • Parking details
    We have some parking available in the back of the restaurant and plenty of street parking.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 478 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

478 Reviews
  1. dmfoodie1

    San Diego

    191 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    191 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We presented for Happy Hour post performance at the Conrad! We ordered Brussels sprouts, mango wings, and capres salad! Food and service was fantastic!!

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  2. CocoMom

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    View - incredible Food -outstanding Service- wonderful Staff - congenial. but respectful and professional Definitely our favorite restaurant

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  3. nyc2013

    New York City

    46 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was really good, but the service was a little lacking. Not sure if they are under staffed or what.

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  4. MunchyMan

    Charlotte

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Family brought us here. Met the lovely welcoming owner. Trueblood italian here with many delicious tastes of Italy under my ever expanding belt, and I have to say the sauce (sorry Mom…gravy) was fresh tasting not too sweet…just right. Meatballs were perfectly seasoned and like velvet! Pizza was fantastic - crust was crunchy but not dry and the ingredients were clearly top tier. Superb ambiance, attentive service - can say enough great things! Well done Bernini!

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  5. DanC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great. Very fast service and excellent food.

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  6. restaurantlover

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous time at Bernini’s. Our waitress, Karen, made the experience 5 star! She recommended the burrata appetizer and it was incredible. The salmon was delicious. Everyone had a wonderful time. Highly recommend

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  7. MartyD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had the Chicken Millaneses and it was excellent. Karen our server was most helpful and professional. We enjoyed the experience.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress, Karen was the best. Loved our pasta and fresh fish

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to enjoy great food with friends or family.

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  10. jonc

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great spot to dine when attending concerts at the Conrad

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was okay, nothing amazing so its a bit overpriced

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  12. Carol

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    First time taking a team to Bernini's and they didn't disappoint. Everyone enjoyed the food. The place was very busy for a Thursday night which slowed down the service, but the food was fabulous, as were the adult beverages. We will be back!

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, a little over priced but over all enjoyed everything

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  14. TiffanyP

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely restaurant,  delicious food with wonderful service 🌷

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  15. AndrewM

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food at reasonable prices - friendly service. What else can you ask for?!

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  16. KristenK

    New York City

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This restaurant was fantastic. Had the fettucine nero and chicken milanese and 10/10 would recommend both. Our waiter tony was very attentive and sweet. Looking forward to returning and trying more dishes.

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  17. DavidH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place. First time there. Went for dinner before a San Diego Symphony performance at the Conrad Preby's Hall (just a block away). The only downside is that parking in La Jolla can be a problem. Otherwise, the food was good, lots of options and great service. We will probably eat there again.

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  18. TomB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Only problem was our main courses came out just after we had gotten our salads. Way too quick. Otherwise everyone had a great time.

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  19. Cindy

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food at Bernini’s. Although we had a reservation, the check-in staff was chaotic and made us wait while they disappeared for quite a while. We were finally seated in a closed-off, side-by-side, private booth. Though cute, it was not very comfortable. Service was fantastic! Our sever was ideal; she made excellent suggestions for wine and food and checked on us just the right amount of time. Food was fabulous. The focaccia with olive tapenade was fresh and ample. Hubby had trout, light and done to perfection. I had pasta with spicy shrimp, also tasty and delicious. We love Bernini’s. It’s a favorite go-to for us!

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  20. Lovegoodfood

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Have been to Bernini's several times and the food is always excellent. Wait staff is very friendly and professional. Lots of variety on the menu.

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  21. Lewis

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Bernini's. Our go to place to dine out. Wonderful food and employees. They really make you feel at home.

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  22. KennethS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress Karen was wonderful. Her suggestions on wine pairing were on point. Lovely evening, great food…

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  23. DMF1980

    Los Angeles

    54 reviews

    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's always a treat to go to Bernini's. The food is very good, and the staff is outstanding, and the owners treat people like family.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambience for our anniversary celebration. We had a delicious meal and a special treat for dessert. You will be delighted especially after dark at this cozy village favorite!

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  25. GigiS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceptional! We had tickets at The Conrad for 7 and a 5:15 reservation worked perfectly. Great experience!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about our dinner at Bernini’s was impeccable. The decor and ambience were great, the service was top notch and the food was delicious. Our group had Cobb salads, three different pizzas, crab cakes, a burger, crème brûlée and the budino deserts. All were delicious, 4-5 stars. We can’t wait to come back!

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  27. NATP

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I went here for NYE before heading to the Comedy Store. The food was delicious. There is array of selections. Can't wait to go again.

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  28. JeanW

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I always love supporting family owned restaurants. We enjoyed eating at Bernini’s Bistro & Bar. The food was delicious!! Portions were large & a nice value. ($100 for 2 people - included: 2 glasses of wine, 3 shared appetizers & 2 entrees) Love the colorful wall murals. Our booth was really for 5 people but was cozy with 6 of us. Would definitely eat here again!!!

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  29. DianeN

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good Italian food - as an Italian from New York 😆

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service. Wonderful covered patio. Nice ambiance.

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  31. mikep

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    great food, good drinks good people, what else do ya need? lol

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  32. AliceB

    Los Angeles

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service by all the staff. Friendly and very helpful. Food was tasty and lots of it!! Good spot

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  33. LauraW

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently delicious food in a cozy setting. Staff very caring and attentive. We have come back time after time over many years!

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  34. KellyR

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Nice ambience! Will definitely be back soon!

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  35. LynnH

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Diners beware - the chef is militant about allowing only one meal for anyone that expresses any type of aversion to ingredients. To the point of unreasonableness. The staff is not given any talking points or help in support of this stance. Clearly they have been sued or are avoiding being sued for a food allergy, and have reacted with a very extreme stance, and attitude. I do not have an allergy, but rather an aversion to use of canola oil (which is used heavily in every dish, mixed with olive oil - don’t believe comments about made with olive oil, true but fractional). I clearly stated I was not concerned with potential cross pollination, and gave and was taken a simple order of grilled fish and steamed veggie. What I was served was not that, and not even a pretty dish to look at, with no conversation around it, a drop and run at the table. Further, they did not supply an itemized receipt for the meal, so we don’t even know if they removed the meal that I had not ordered from the bill. We did not receive any communications nor acknowledgment of this service issue, and needed to leave for a concert at the Conrad so could not wait any longer, and didn’t want to not pay our bill for our party of 4. Super sad as a local and repeat customer, and someone that has been in the business. Talking to other locals since, I have heard multiple stories of the rigidity and nonsensical stance taken by the restaurant. Only go if you like 100% what they want, when they want. Beware.

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  36. LauraM

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service! Was concerned about being cold on patio, but called ahead and inquired if there was any seating inside but at a distance from other diners due to compromised immune system and the hostess seated us in a private back room that was like a VIP room! Our server was fantastic gave us prompt efficient drink and food service along with other staff checking on us! The garlic cheese bread appetizer was out of this world melt in your mouth buttery delicious!! I tried the beet and fruit salad which was a new taste treat for me and wonderful with the garlic bread. My chicken piccata was superbly sautéed and paired well with the angel hair and sautéed spinach. Overall a fabulous dinner with large portions! No complaints whatsoever!

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  37. JohnB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Reliably good food & service. We keep coming back!

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  38. PatriciaL

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved it, food was great and the ambience was perfect Thank you

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  39. PaoletG

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    My order was wrong unfortunately and I was there to celebrate my partner’s birthday and wrote so on my reservation notes. Table near by got sang to but they must’ve forgotten to do so for us. Overall food was okay just wish the experience was better since it was a birthday dinner.

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  40. BettyD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a wonderful dinner and the service was just right- attentive but not intrusive.

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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
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bernini's Bistro & Bar using the Order Online button. Bernini's Bistro & Bar also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Bernini's Bistro & Bar also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 454-5013.

Bernini's Bistro & Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 478 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 25 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bernini's Bistro & Bar

7550 Fay Ave, San Diego, CA 92037-4839

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Pearl
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Contemporary American, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    We have some parking available in the back of the restaurant and plenty of street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Sergio Diaz Perez
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Firepit, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 454-5013
  • Private party facilities
    We have a semi-private room for up to 24 guests.
  • Private party contact
    Reyhan: (858) 337-5227
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