Route 29

4.0
118 reviews
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Route 29 is Napa Valley’s debut at The Gaslamp. Our farm-to-table concept reflects the essence of wine country’s iconic, rustic-modern vibe. The relaxed surroundings you’ll savor celebrate the San Diego lifestyle.
We invite neighbors and visitors to stop in and “wine down” amid dedicated elements of wood, iron and copper décor, which revolve around our open-kitchen design. The food we serve is artfully prepared, internationally inspired California Wine Country cuisine - with a dash of Euro flair. And Route 29 speaks your love language with sustainable, local, organic ingredients (yes, we are fluent in vegan) offering a fluctuating menu that rotates with the seasons. When it comes to wine, our line-up is Napa Valley forward, designed for pairing with each bite to intensify your pleasure.
Experience the wonders of wine country without ever leaving home. Wind your way over to Route 29… and toast to the good life with us!
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Daily Happy Hour Specials | 4 - 6PM

Enjoy discounts on select Jars, Small Bites, and Craft Cocktails! View our Menu for more details https://www.route29restaurant.com/happy-hour

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: December 20, 2018

Ends: December 21, 2117

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-6:00PM

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New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

While the menu looked like one of the more authentically unique offers in the Gas Lamp district of San Diego, I was disappointed in the execution. Food was so so. I had the short rib pappardelle which was quite underwhelming - rather simple tomato sauce without the layers of flavor one gets from even a mediocre bolognese. We shared a number of starters, all of which were frankly somewhat forgettable. At more than $100 per person, the value wasn't there.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Glad we tried this place. The grilled octopus was delicious.

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AH
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! It’s definitely a nice addition to the Gaslamp Quater. The food was decadent and cooked to my specifications. The service was sublime and the drinks are to die for. I would highly recommend!

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UP
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here last week, had a couple of appetizers to begin with which were amazing. My girl has a halibut fish and she loved it, I had their trio special which comes with a 4oz petite filet topped off with a bordelaise sauce, two diver scallops, 3 lobster raviolis with a sage cream sauce
The service was on point! Incredible wine list

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KL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The overall experience was lackluster. The food was pretty good. Everyone's entrees looked fabulous, the only complaint were the duck wings. There was hardly any meat on them. The server just didn't vibe with our group. He was way too serious, almost trying too hard and it made it feel awkward. Our biggest complaint though is that they were out of several bottles of wine as well as draught beer. We wanted Sauv Blanc - the bottle we originally wanted was sold out, so we went with another bottle that was just meh. Then my friend wanted a glass of wine and it seemed everyone that she requested was also out of stock. So she ended up not having anymore wine. My husband ordered a beer and then was told the tap just ran out. Our reservation was for 6:30 on a Saturday, to me it seems that it's too early in the evening to be out of stock on so many items.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I ate here on a Saturday. If you are looking for a relaxing meal and willing to spend a couple of hours it is great. Food is really fresh and they have a large wine selection. I'm vegetarian so I got the Ratatouille; the pasta tasted fresh and I really enjoyed it. My boyfriend got some seafood pasta and he said it was great too.

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NT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was amazing and did a great job. Very attentive. Food was good. My wife and I sat on the patio which I highly recommend. Good wine selection. Will be going back soon!

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BG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another amazing dinner. Thank you Route 29 for making me feel right at home. My server was very attentive and friendly. My NY Steak came out cooked to perfection. I will be back!!

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Music was too loud for talking. No real ambiance. Expensive. Staff were great. No parking available.

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AL
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The worst restaurant service I’ve ever had. I’ve eaten a lot of meals at a lot of nice restaurants and Route 29 isn’t one of them! The server was a pompous little jerk and I was forced to tip 20% bc of a party of 6. Do yourself a favor and go anywhere else.

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C
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Such a beautiful restaurant and atmosphere! So surprised that it was empty on a Fri evening. I am really glad that we chose this place for a girls get-together; The only negative I have is that everything is extremely expensive, which will hinder us from frequenting this establishment. I will add that the food was super good and the portions were a fair size.
I ordered the lamb and risotto (which was fantastic). My friend who ordered the Pappardelle had to send it back because it was SO unbearably salty, but they totally understood and she ordered the flank steak instead; ate it up in five minutes, it was delicious!
The service was fantastic, too! Music was nice as well.

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CA
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Overpriced, below average food. Napa should sue them brand desecration. Stay away

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San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The drinks were great and the food was very good however the most expensive thing on the menu was on the 40$ range so when the waiter told us about the special that included lamb and scallops my husband thought he would try it for dinner giving him a sample of some tastes of the restaurant. We were shocked when we got the bill as the special was 90$ and more than double the most expensive thing on the menu . We found this to be deceiving and the entree itself was not worth 90$ is our opinion. So buyer beware when dining here . The service was polite but spotty and considering there were only two other tables at the time we dined we felt like they should have been more attentive. Waiting for drinks for quite awhile . The server blaming the runner for things missing just left a bad taste in our mouths . They are a new restaurant and the meal was good . We might try them again but cautiously .

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KC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I would recommend Route 29 for drinks or casual dinner. I wouldn’t recommend for a full course meal. Our food came out very slow and was served at luke warm
Temps. I like my food piping hot. The server was very nice and apologetic but it didn’t make up for the quality of the food.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came here to try out the restaurant week menu. The food was tasty. Our waitress, Bella, was absolutely amazing!! Even though it was a busy night, she was so friendly and made our experience enjoyable.

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Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 4

This place is overpriced! It pretends to be farm-to-table restaurant but the food was not fresh, nothing was home made, the risotto was as good as my school cafeteria's. The service was okay.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went in for restaurant week & everything was stellar! The service was above & beyond!

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MP
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really enjoyed the experience, food was great snd lots of options for drinks

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LL
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We really wanted to love this place based on the reviews and how cute it looks. But we didn't and here's why. We went for restaurant week and ordered the avocado toast and caprese bowl for appetizers. The portions were huge - but neither had any taste. The presentation looked nice but salt and pepper couldn't save either. We then order the grouper and NY steak for our entree - again, presentation nice but both were super dry - very disappointing! Desert was chocolate mouse and strawberry churro/gelato - they were ok but didn't blow our socks off. We're hoping they're working on this since they're somewhat new - but we won't be back. The saving grace were the red wines we had with dinner - but we could have stayed home and drank a delicious red wine just the same. Sorry Route 29!

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KE
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We sat out on the patio and it was lovely! The heaters kept us warm on a chilly night, and the service was fantastic. Our server (I think his name was Peter?) was friendly and went out of his way to accommodate us. The food was very good, but I don't know that I would pay that much for their food again. I've had some INCREDIBLE food for less money at other fine dining restaurants. Considering not everything was made in-house, it seemed a little over-priced. However, the Octopus and butterscotch dessert were fantastic! We would order those again :)

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PM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the Restaurant Week menu and loved everything we tried! Will definitely be back when I’m in town.

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l
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

4 of us dined here and only 1 of us was happy.

Food was totally overpriced and mediocre at best. $50 steak was ordered medium well ( the waiter described this as "slightly pink") but most of it was well done and I didnt finish it because of this. Peppercorn sauce was underwhelming. Service was abysmal - they forgot one of the entrees and also a side dish, which never arrived despite asking for it TWO times. One of the food runners looked like he was about 20 years old and when he brought the food he didnt know who ordered what dish. When you are paying these kind of prices, this shouldn't happen. Didnt give me a steak knife when delivering my dish. First time I ordered a drink, I noticed everyone's drink was not topped off.This happened each time one of us ordered one, even with the beers! Both fish dishes were overcooked. One of the drinks were made without all the ingredients in it, but they did promptly replaced it. On a positive note, the bread and the olive oil with herbs was absolutely delicious.They also took an entree off the bill and give us a small free dessert.

Decor is very nice, but they keep the lighting too bright and half of the restaurant is near the bar so you get the constant flickering of several TVs. Are you a sports bar or a fine dining establishment? No one asked me how my food was.

Another overpriced mediocre restaurant in the gaslamp. We wont go back.

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BG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an amazing experience at Route 29. Staff is great, friendly, and helpful. I had the NY steak; it was cooked perfectly and absolutely delicious ! A MUST TRY!

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

We went for a birthday dinner assuming it was a nicer restaurant from the photos and menu, but they literally had a bar crawl coming through the whole night. Every 20 minutes or so a rowdy group of people in pajama onesies came through hooting and hollering for their ‘welcome shot’. Would be fine if we were at a sports bar, but it was like 7pm and we were just trying to have dinner. Our server was really really great about it and apologized, but it wasn’t his fault. Super weird management choice to let your restaurant become a bar crawl stop. No wonder it was nearly empty on a Saturday night. Wouldn’t recommend.

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L
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was ok but not wonderful. The appetizer spinach and crab dip had no flavor and it was cold and so was my hanger steak. But the short rib was very good.

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TR
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was highly recommended by a friend so I took a client for dinner on a weeknight. It was not crowded and we received excellent service. The food and the wine choices were excellent. the craft cocktails creative. My only complaint is that our table was close to the door and it was a cold night. We could hear the street noise so it wasn't as pleasant as I had hoped. Next time i will see if I can get a table close to the back. They have outdoor seating and close to all the action in the Gaslamp if that's your preference but for me, the noise level was difficult for a business dinner.

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The restaurant is gorgeous. Well designed and the service is good. Although we sat at the bar on a Sunday night. But the food ...what happened... we had the tuna app that was drenched in sauces. Broccoli that was really good. The buratta app that was hard and tasted old and the lobster ravioli that was just ok. To bad. I had higher hopes for this place. Where’s the love in the kitchen?

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LC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

NYE celebration. Food left at table but we had no silverware and had to ask. Asked for a wine list that was brought midway through cold entrees. In fairness, appetizers and desserts were fantastic, as were craft cocktails.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Went there for the prix fixe menu for NYE because it seemed they had a lot of entree options. I think the kitchen was just making all the appetizers and entrees ahead of time and keeping them under the lamp because within 2 minutes of putting in our orders, out came lobster ravioli. It had clearly been sitting there for some time because it wasn't even that warm. The entrees came out a few minutes after we finished our appetizers. My halibut was nice and tender but also not as warm as I would have expected it to be if it were prepared fresh. They took away our entrees and silverware and the dessert followed immediately afterwards. It took us forever to flag down someone to give us new utensils. We sat for 5-7 minutes unable to eat our desserts. In and out in 30 minutes at a "nice" establishment. The food was ok, not great. I'm not entirely sure if I'm willing to go back to try them on a regular night. I've had fantastic service and great food on NYE at other restaurants so I don't have high hopes for this place, especially in Gaslamp, where restaurants come and go.

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AG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service. Try the pork belly appetizer!

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went here last minute at 10 at night. The lamb shank was perfectly cooked and so large I couldn't eat it all. The accompanying risotto was excellent.

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g
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Cool looking restaurant...food was average. I had the crispy halibut in a broth. Pretty flavorless. We also had the carbonara which was good but pasta was undercooked and too chewy. Had a glass of really nice Chardonnay, however room temperature...not cold. Wouldn’t waste the money.

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OT
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

Food was extremely disappointing. Very little flavor.

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MJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a great time, music was upbeat. Staff was extremely friendly. Our server Tiffany made all the right suggestions. Manager Joseph went out of his way to make sure our experience was one to remember.

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BS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Christmas Day - what a fiasco. Seated 15 min after reservation time. Was told they seated walk ins earlier which delayed tables being available. Didn't get menus for another 10 min. They ran out of some of the main entrees, all of the desserts, some of their wines. The server had to apologize for so many things that weren't going right. Each of us ordered one glass of wine and the pours were dramatically different - the server recognized it right away and corrected it, but come on, how hard is it to pour to a line? Why waste the server's time - who was already hustling to deal with so many problems? The kitchen couldn't keep up or get a rhythm. People seated before us didn't have their entrees and we were ready for dessert. Which btw we passed on because we had been at the restaurant for way too long. The manager discounted our bill because the food took so long. Besides, they ran out of the desserts on the menu as well as ones offered to replace those. So when they offered yet another dessert, a cheesecake - I couldn't help question where that came from - the grocery store? We couldn't eat the main courses because they were so poorly prepared. I was given a small platter full of pasta swimming in a strong tomato based sauce. After a few bites, it was just too over powering to eat any more. My friend had a similar size plate full of big blobs of pasta - the texture of which was disgusting. I'm not a good cook, but I could have made a better meal. The restaurant looks good on their website, but it does not live up to they say the do, not even close.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I honestly feel like Route 29 ruined Christmas and I'm very sad I took my family here. The overall dinner experience took 3.5 hours. 20 mins to get seated (past our reservation time), 45 mins to be acknowledged by a server, 30 mins for orders to be taken, 30 mins for appetizers to arrive, 30 mins for entrees, and then 60 mins for desserts to be brought out twice because they were screwed up the first time. The manager should quite frankly be fired. It took him 2 hours and 15 mins to even come over and say sorry, despite him demonstrably pointing at us for the entire experience. The bussers were very honest about how the place was a zoo. The waitress admitted she was new and seemed slightly rattled. At one point the owner--who the busser identified for us--went into the kitchen to see what the problem was for the night. The food was very hit or miss, although my short ribs were definitely the highlight. Ultimately we did receive a discounted bill and a free round of drinks (although providing a round of wine to people about to leave and drive home is a bit thoughtless). I will never return to this restaurant, even if it were for a free meal.

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RJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 2

Ran out of items on holiday menu (and didn't tell us about the first one until after we ordered drinks and didn't tell us about 2nd one - the appetizer we ordered - until about 20 minutes after ordering it when they tried to bring our entrees with no warning that we weren't getting an appetizer). Both the table to the right and left were having similar issues (missing items in their order, no dressing on salad, wrong orders, food brought out for one person and the food for the other person 20 minutes later). To their credit, they did comp our meal and were very kind.

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R
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were a party of six who had not seen each other in a while, so we were happy it was less busy and less noisy for our get together. The farm to table concept was right up our alley and the wine list interesting to our group. We all love wine and quality dishes. My husband and I arrived early and sat at the bar, learned from Sara a little more about the place and concept. She made our drinks to order and was friendly and knowledgeable. When the rest of our party arrived we were the first diners and seated in a lovely banquet. Just a few minutes later they put another party of 5 right next to us. The place was empty! And so it continued, with them placing other parties directly next to each other around the perimeter of the restaurant space. Thought that could have been done better. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu, but not so confident about wine pairings, but he did bring over their sommelier to assist. We chose our wine and then ordered several apps. All were fine. Our waiter was a bit too nauseatingly friendly and in your face...that phony kind dripping with too much syrup. We all noted and commented. That said, our entrees were pretty good, but overall felt we did not get good value for the price. It is the Gaslamp area, so expect pricey, but know others that do better all around, with service, food and ambiance.

For that reason, other than for drinks at the bar, don’t see us going back.

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SM
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so cute and they were so amazing and accommodating for the 25th birthday we were celebrating! super attentive and generous, I will definitely be back for a date night sometime soon!

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Boise
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

We had a negative experience, no doubt. We aren’t picky, but the salad was wet and the leaves were massed together, the dressing just oil and no flavor whatsoever, we couldn’t eat it. I am vegetarian and asked the waiter if the chef could give me the vegetables that were “sides” used for entres, which sounded delicious (crispy cauliflower, carrots, butternut, beets...) the waiter checked with the chef said ‘no problem’. I was served a small portion of steamed zucchini and carrot slices, like out of a bag of Birds Eye frozen foods. No salt. No seasoning. Just oil. I was charged $28. $28!!!!! Ridiculous. We left to find better food.

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