Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro

4.6
28 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Join us for brunch & dinner daily on our beautiful garden patio! Tropical mimosas, cups of molten chocolate, & San Diego local ingredients create an unforgettable experience.

Featured on Food Network & nestled in romantic South Park, Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro crafts exquisite confections + decadent cuisine.

Since 2004, award-winning Chef William Gustwiller & his talented team have been committed to complex flavors in elegant forms, with warm & friendly service. Today, Eclipse Chocolate proudly presents nearly 100 different handcrafted confections, dozens of pastries, & a full-service restaurant menu featuring daily brunch & nightly dinner, as well as regular special events including Build-a-Bar Nights, Game Nights, & Supper Clubs.

Eclipse also offers its beautiful Umbral Room for private events of all kinds. Contact us about your next birthday, meetup, board meeting, & baby or bridal shower!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 28 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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vipWenc
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Food had Lack of flavor and it’s expensive for what it is

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vipJeanO
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All things Chocolate, what more is there to say?

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FelipeM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

None of the food we ordered was particularly good. We invited friends who are in the restaurant business and we noticed they barely ate anything. We were disappointed.

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KristinM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Amazing food! It’s hard to rate the rest due to Covid and they have limited outdoor seating but no problem with a reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing hoy chocolate. Best I had since I move back from Belgium.
I had a salad and it was fresh, original and delicious.
Very good with COVID protocols and great place to pick up chocolate gifts or to keep at home.
The dark chocolate expresó beans are delicious!

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vipSuzi
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent and creative menu- everything was delicious!!

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vipMauraS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cute little bistro but not particularly romantic. Enjoyed a very tasty hummus app and split the quiche. Tried a drinking chocolate which whole delicious was super heavy and filled us up. Maybe we will try that drink again in the winter time. One was plenty to share- we didn’t finish it because it was so rich.

The server was very nice though clearly stretched thin taking care of all the tables and managing the register inside to their little market area.

Will try again but for lunch rather than a Saturday date.

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vipFoodie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brunch is absolutely delicious. Great customer service. We’ll be back.

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RoyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eclipse are doing their best in these COVID times. It’s a shame they don’t have more open air seats, but their food is still tasty and good value.

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6inAnaheim
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. This was my 3rd or 4th visit, and it never disappoints. Fantastic flavors and unique combinations, it’s an adventure in food.

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CajunParamedic
New Orleans
12 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow- where to start! This place is AMAZING! The staff is friendly and attentive.
They ensured that we were satisfied and you def leave here full! We are from South Louisiana and are known for our portion sizes for restaurants. This place felt just like home with the portion sizes!
By far the BEST place for breakfast/Brunch while we were on vacation in SD!
We would definitely come again just to eat here! Truly an amazing meal! We tried a little bit of everything because we had 6 of us. Their iced coffee was amazing also the chocolate drinks were to die for!
You need to check this place out! Bring and empty stomach and ya stretch pants because you’ll need them!
Great job to the chef and owner! Truly enjoyed it!

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PeterL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and the service was wonderful.
Definitely will be going back next week. Thanks

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vipOBMermaid
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday brunch with friend

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and the food was decadent and wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic and the service was spot on!

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MarcyH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food.. We loved all the food.. The drinking chocolate was Devine..

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PeterL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service.We will be back.

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Elaine
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We dined outside during pandemic. Food was and will always be delicious. Service was also good. Friend and I ended up staying an hour after paying and finishing our food. They didn't kick us out. This place will always have a place in my heart (and tummy).

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Guinness
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were so thrilled to be able to visit Eclipse again! We went for brunch, and the food (biscuits all seating is outdoors and spaced well apart. It was wonderful to be able to sit on the patio, relax, enjoy great food, and catch up with the Eclipse team.

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duibheasa
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always delicious, and when I told our server we were celebrating a birthday at our table, he brought a plate with a few of their truffles for my friend as a birthday treat.

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FrancineSing
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! This is the second time I have been to Eclipse Chocolate and it never fails to make me want to order everything on the menu all at once (believe me, I could if I would). I would definitely recommend any flavor of the drinking chocolate with a shot of espresso during your brunch!

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LeslieE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Overall a lovely place. Food is good. Service is good. Unique.

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vipCrew
Los Angeles
184 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic! Get the drinking chocolate, so many flavors, and so good. We had the Dark Masala Chai chocolate, and had to buy some to take home too! The paninis are very good, make sure you get some of their delicious bacon to try. We'll come back for sure!

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2020

Thanks for joining us, Crew! Excited to have y'all back for another awesome experience.

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TaraN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I love Eclipse, this is a neighborhood gem........

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Great food, good menu and gluten free options. The service was very slow but they acknowledged it and comped us a drink.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible! We had an absolutely great time. Food was amazing. Service was exceptional and atmosphere of restaurant was perfect for our second date night after Valentines Day!

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DesK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Eclipse Chocolate! Great food, dessert, cafe drinks, and atmosphere.

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vipKatie
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience3

I have been to eclipse many times and it is a place I highly recommended. Which is why it made me so sad to go there and be treated somewhat poorly. Our food took an hour and a half. They came back almost an hour after taking our order to tell us they were out of biscuits which meant two of our party had to change their order. Our drinks took 45 minutes plus. When we expressed the frustration our waitress was taken a back and nervously offered us syrup for pancakes. A delicious meal was had by all once the food finally arrived (just as we expressed to multiple waiters we were going to just leave for the food was taking to long). Again this is a place I still love and still recommend for it food.. but service was a bust for me this time. Owner was apologetic and gave us free chocolate and discount which was appreciated. I will go back but be very weary of going past 11:30 (prime brunch time) on a Sunday.

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro
Responded on February 12, 2020

Thank you for joining us, and for all the years of choco-love! I'm so happy you usually have awesome experiences with us, and it's always great to see you and your friends! But I'm so sorry again that this Sunday we got so, so, SO very behind. We just launched on OpenTable and clearly over-sat ourselves! I promise we learned a LOT, and we've adjusted our pacing. I'm sure your next time joining us will be as glorious as you're used to! I hope you enjoy those yummy treats, and we can't wait to have y'all back! I hope you'll swing by soon for more sweets and samples. :-) Daniel Owner + Chocolate Magician

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FAQs

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 578-2984 ext. 0.

Eclipse Chocolate Bar & Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 28 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.