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Flora Bar & Kitchen

4.4
217 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Flora, San Diego’s newest Italian Restaurant! Our menu focuses on a modern approach to classic Italian cuisine using cheeses, breads and meats from local food artisans, and fresh ingredients from local sources. Flora is a place to come together with family and indulge in great food together. Come join us in our socially-distanced indoor dining space or dine Al Fresco on our outdoor patio.

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 217 people are saying
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vipLanceM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience food and wine. Definitely a do over.

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Paniola
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was great - best linguini bolognese in town. Service - not so much - waited fifteen minutes beyond reservation time (standing room only, due to no bar access because of wine-pairing event). After an hour of waiting, we finally had to ask for a server to come and take our cocktail and appetizer order. Will probably not return due to bad service and lack of nearby parking. Too bad, because the food was good.

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Disappointing
Chicago
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food3service2ambience2

Will not be return or recommend. Made reservation 1 month prior, noting special milestone birthday. Hostess was rude and cold - seating us outside in the middle on the patio in a loud, not great table. When I requested any other options was told "NOPE - this is all we've got". Server, Alex was nice, but spread too thin and often left us waiting. Ordered $85+ bottle of wine - Alex brought out something different than what ordered, which luckily we caught before he opened. Didn't have us taste prior - just poured, which is risky (and unprofessional) with aged wines. 2nd and 3rd bottles ordered sold out - leaving us settling for more expensive options. Alex mis-ordered the entrée for our birthday guest - leaving her waiting over 10 minutes for her meal. Vegetarian pastas were just OK - easy to make at home. The artichoke app and Flora pizza were delicious - which is the only reason for 2 stars. Alex gave us 2 free deserts, which was kind and they were good. Overall - there are far better Italian restaurant for the value and experience. The Owner or GM came by our table and only spoke to the men, handing them invites to a Dec winemakers dinner. Whole table felt like he was obnoxious & seemed drunk. PASS ON THIS PLACE!

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jonj
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great location - Staff was efficient and David was great

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Ilene
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been to Flora several times and the food is always very, very good. The way the restaurant helps you celebrate a birthday is wonderful - they serve a great dessert with a waiter singing to the birthday person. Couldn't be better!

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PatrickS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow starting off.
Once we connected with a server, he apologized profusely and could
not have been nicer.
Server was Frankie B
Watch out for extra charges on the brunch. Toast, sides, etc.

We have introduced Flora to others and they have all loved it !!

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sksgoldfish
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chic, city vibe and excellent food. A few mis-steps on the service, but nothing of concern, and very friendly. I will definitely go back, and recommend this restaurant to others.

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hungarydiner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Flora is a nice local spot. It's convenient to our house with a nice ambience and good food. On a Friday night, sitting out on the patio, it's a great way to end the week. The food is good but not spectacular - fairly standard Italian fare. It's missing that extra little something that would take it from a very good restaurant to a great restaurant. I wouldn't drive across San Diego for it, but it is nice if you live in the area.

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vipsophisticateddiner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

nice ambience and excellent food; servers warm and accommodating; the music could be much improved--while Italian music is a great idea, it's very repetitive and too old school authentic, maybe a more modern version of Italian would be more suitable.

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vipSAHM
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Nice place but food was mediocre, nothing you’d write home about

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ElizR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 8 of us, food excellent, love the ambiance of sitting outside, service excellent, just love this restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved seeing Roman Palacios perform! Talented beyond belief! Please have him on your calendar more and more! I have friends who came and saw him as well! 🎉🎉🎉🎉

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Stuart
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wine list is extensive and the waiters know what they are talking about. The black ink fra diavalo is my favorite entree (although if you don’t like things spicy, ask the waiter to tone it down).

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was only ok, which was not quite enough given the price. Service was not the best, moreover kind of slow.

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vipPsyched
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was such a pleasant surprise to discover there was a live DJ playing the night we went (a Friday). The delightful dining experience evolved into a super cool scene at 9 pm with a dance vibe I have not experienced in Carmel Vally. We will totally be back, and I’m thrilled to have this in our neighborhood!

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DebraA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Four of us dined together at Flora during San Diego Restaurant Week. Artichoke appetizer was fantastic and all 3 main courses were great. It would have been nice to have an non-chocolate option for dessert. Noise level was OK until live music started at 9:00 and then it was too loud to visit with each other. Overall enjoyable evening.

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vipMmmC
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We go here often because we love the atmosphere. I think this place keeps getting better. The bartender, Greg, is excellent. The food has often been mediocre in the past, but last night all 4 of our Italian entrees were terrific. (I think it might depend on who is in the kitchen that night.). The pizza and salads are always delicious. The service sometimes takes a little patience but is always polite and I think given staffing issues everywhere, they are doing a great job!!!

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SusanM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience1

I've already submitted my review through Google. Horrible experience with the Hostess, other people expressed the same about her. Go to Google for a more detailed review. Hesitant to return - what a shame!

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vipMonicaB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live close enough to walk here so we've been here many times. My younger kids love the pizza, my oldest loves the Caesar salad. My husband loves the short rib ravioli and I love the spinach salad. There is something here for everyone in out family! We highly recommend!

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ColleenC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic date night dining! We enjoyed every aspect of the time spent at Flora. The hostess and the waitstaff were attentive. The food was really good, the ambiance was great and the service was spot on. Our appetizers were running very late and we were offered a drink or dessert on the house for the inconvenience, which was very appreciated and professional. We will be repeat customers for sure!

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vipwinophile
San Diego
73 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Visited during restaurant week. Appetizer, entree and dessert for $40. We did one plus and two shared plates.

Fritto Misto, $15, good size portion of calamari, with shrimp and zucchini strips, with an Arrabiata sauce; zucchini soggy.

Carciofi alla Guidea, $14, imaginative appetizer, three pan roasted artichokes with olive oil, crispy garlic, parsley and basil. Definitely worth trying.

Polpette di Nonna, $14, somewhat bland meatballs in a marinara sauce.

Entree was Cabernet braised Angus short rib, $32. Moist, good portions; scattering of onion rings on the mashed potatoes; excellent mix of sautéed vegetables.

Dessert, chocolate pudding with coconut. Brought our own bottle, but no corkage during restaurant week. $20 is standard.

Sat outside. Corner table. Lots of good people watching on the sidewalks and cross-walks. Very slow service. Perhaps understaffed. Took time to get our wine opened, then orders placed, then a delay for the appetizers to be delivered. Entree more timely. Good bussing service. Perhaps give them another try during a regular week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was short staffed at the time of our reservation but the staff really stepped up and made sure the guests had a great experience. The food was delicious and the staff friendly!

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vipHLes
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The wait for food was over 2.5 hours… waiter didn’t come over to explain until group complained. No water, or bread brought to table. After over 2 hrs our entrees came. Manager offered $40 off bill but too little too late!

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vipFoodLover
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We reserved a space outside on the lovely patio at Flora Bar & Kitchen - so we couldn't order off of the Happy Hour menu (you have to be inside at the bar or a high top). No worries, the starters were ordered were excellent, price was fair.

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DebraA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. The wait staff was very attentive and the food was great!
Nice to have somewhere this nice to go in our neighborhood.

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vipromanticdininglover
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All fantastic! The hostess was warm and welcoming! Alex, our server, was attentive, charming & caring. The food was awesome. We shared the artichokes, spinach salad and the short ribs. Absolutely delicious! Highly recommend!

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vipocfoodie
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Great location with indoor and outdoor seating, good bar scene but also reasonable for families. Service was ok but drinks took a long time to arrive after ordering. Food was not terrible but not great. We had a couple of the pasta dishes and chicken marsala. The chicken was pretty standard & taste was good / as expected. The pasta was good (tasted homemade), creamy pesto on fusilli was good but sauce on the ravioli fell way short. Overall experience was 3 stars but wish it was better because we'd go back if it were.

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vipTMD4
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great evening very friendly staff and food is over the Top

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vipCassiB
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was outstanding. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and the waiter brought us two excellent desserts. Love this place.

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DianneR
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an amazing brunch on their lovely patio. Looking forward to going back for dinner this week.

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vipNKKAllos4
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to this restaurant on a whim not knowing anything about it. Upon our arrival we realized it is absolutely beautiful and all of their staff was extremely friendly and welcoming. The food was absolutely delicious. The portions were huge and we overordered which allowed us to enjoy it 2 days in a row! We will definitely be back we will definitely be back!

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vipGlennD
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Solid food experience. Great feel inside the restaurant.

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SusanG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Flora was a very nice experience. The staff were all very friendly and helpful, the food was delicious with beautiful presentation, and it made for a very nice evening.

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Heather
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch. Excellent coffee.

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vipSarahK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom here while she was visiting! Great pasta and service.

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Joey
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evening sitting outside. Our table was outside and during our time there it thundered, lightened and poured rain. We were totally protected and enjoyed the weather "show."

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vipDeeJay
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience2

We love Flora! But last night the music was too loud for the dining area. The music and singers were good but it was difficult to converse among our group. Also, the waiters had a difficult time hearing us and misunderstood some of our requests. If you want to chat and laugh with your friends, don't go on a night the band plays.

Unrelated to the volume: One of the appetizers we ordered was never delivered (but appeared on the bill-whoops!). This has happened on our last two visits. We keep coming back for the food, though, which is consistently good.

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vipsherryd
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was greAt! Really enjoyed our dinner out.

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vipEncinitasFoodie
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very good food and attentive service. We sat at an outside table and enjoyed our meal. Everything was hot and prepared perfectly.

The only negative thing that I have to say is that the staff were not masked in the midst of this COVID surge and that made me uncomfortable. This is the first restaurant with unmasked staff that I have visited in the last 18 months.

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CarlsbadResident
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We will return to this restaurant again. Nice menu selection. Service was attentive. It was clean and bathrooms were nice. Only suggestion is that pasta be done al dente, as it was too soft for our liking. Enjoyed the Penne Norma a lot.

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You can order delivery directly from Flora Bar & Kitchen using the Order Online button. Flora Bar & Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 461-0622.

Flora Bar & Kitchen is rated 4.4 stars by 217 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.