Route 29

4.2
74 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Farm-to-table
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Contemporary American, Wine Bar
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Hours of operation
Brunch
Sat, Sun 10:30 am–3:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–10:30 pm
Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 235-8144
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Private party facilities
Route 29 is available for either private or semi-private events. Our unique and exciting venue has everything you need to meet with friends, family, clients, and business associates.

Full Venue including patio | Capacity 150
Full Interior | Capacity 135
Patio | Capacity 25
Vineyard | Capacity 35-40
Cellar | Capacity 60
Kings Tables | Capacity 10 per table / 18 together
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Neighborhood
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Parking details
Street, Metered, & Garage Parking located nearby. Our partnership with Horton Plaza parking garage allows us to validate your parking ticket for a flat rate of $8.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
What 74 People Are Saying
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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding. They had great recommendations about the menu. I loved the ambience other than the two TVs in the bar showing sports.

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AB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everything at Route 29 was simply amazing. Great cocktails and wine list. Food was delicious. Service was great! Definitely going to be returning.

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KK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Beautiful space. Delicious cocktails. Great appetizers. The entrees we had left a lot to be desired. $40+ each for overcooked lamb and scallops. Everything else was fantastic. Would return for drinks and apps.

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I
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place, good service and delicious food:)

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Service was v slow but the waitress was continuously apologizing, thank god the food was worth the wait

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DA
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I planned a birthday get together for 11. I knew there would be a 20% service charge but when I asked whether the service charge was the gratuity I was told yes so I was a little disappointed that I ended up paying an extra 38% on top of my bill. However, I brought in a cake and expected to be charged to cut it but I wasn’t and the restaurant provided champagne which was very nice. Everyone really enjoyed the dining experience as the was the first time any of us had been to Route 29. I would definitely recommend to anyone who hasn’t tried it.

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PA
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Newly opened restaurant. Good ambiance, great food and service was good.
Good wine collection.
Manager was very attentive.

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O
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very very good food. Solicitous servers. Clear that they are trying very hard and have a very nice restaurant.

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VS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic although very expensive. Had a superb Thanksgiving dinner.

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JZ
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Very disappointing first and possibly last visit to Route 29. Want to give the benefit of the doubt because it was Thanksgiving and things were quite busy, but they missed the mark even with that consideration. First off, they were out of several of the wines we requested and we were guided to more expensive options. The bread they served was truly terrible, soft and flavorless. Our table was for 7:30 and by then they were already out of one of the three appetizers on the $45 fixed menu (gnocchi, which was of course the one we wanted) and so we opted for the butternut squash soup which tasted as if it had been made entirely without salt, and the "chef's garden" salad which had about 8 pieces of limp greens, one kernel of corn and two ribbons of zucchini and an overly sweet fig dressing. It was honestly one of the lamest salads I have ever been served. The "traditional turkey dinner" was fine, although pretty bland, and the pasta broccolini carbonara was nothing like carbonara and more like a watery alfredo sauce. Two pies (apple and pumpkin) were okay, although the runny whipped cream did nothing to enhance either one. With an $80 bottle of wine and tip, dinner set me back $250. Not worth anything close to that.

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m
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a very good thanks giving dinner. The meal didn't include our favorite thanksgiving treat, mashed potatoes. That was a bummer. Although they did offer it as a side for $12 which I ordered. The one cup of potatoes that came was pretty darn good but not worth $12.
I'd definitely give the place another try.

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M
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & staff were amazing. The soup of the day was a terrific surprise.

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 5ambience 5

Pork belly was tough, hard to even cut with a knife. Artichokes were too salty, and lamb was mealy and heavy. Restaurant was beautiful though and service was great.

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food. The there were creative options. Will go back again.

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KS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very expensive, my cosmo Martini was $20 and it was just ok! Service is great.

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NN
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

I made a booking for one person thru Open Table. When I got there they told me that a table was not available - even though I had made a booking! I was given a 'choice' to sit at the bar instead by the greeters, who I found to be pretty snooty and unhelpful. While I am perfectly comfortable to hang out at the bar - I often do that when I dine alone, that was not the point. The place should have honored my booking thru Open Table.

That said, I had a very nice meal of 3 courses at the bar & was looked after well by the bartender - she was new and was still learning the ropes, but she did a great job. I was also able to chat with a couple of others sitting at the bar and overall the evening was very pleasant - but the start to it was atrocious. Route 29, you seriously need to lift your game on front of house.

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M
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We dined here prior to seeing Wicked. I was a little disappointed that even at our early dinner reservation (5:30pm) they were already out of the Duck entree listed on the menu. My husband had the lamb shank, which was exceptional.

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N
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We felt like the portions were not big enough for the money we spent. My husband ordered the scallops and there were three tiny scallops and nothing else on his plate and it was double the price of my "small bites" item and the same size. Also, we overheard another waiter telling the table next to us about the nightly specials (which we would have ordered if we'd known), but our waiter never mentioned them.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was very good food and a great atmosphere, maybe a little loud but what place isn’t? We will go back.

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PN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager Sara is fantastic!!

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N
London
23 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Quite disappointing, starters mediocre and not thought through a starter of burrata caprese (tomatoes and mozzarella, pecans) in a jar had pieces that were very difficult to extract,all a bit crude, the other green sriracha shrimp was fine although it came with a ridiculous serving of tortilla chips. We both had crispy California halibut as a main, our waitress advised us to add prawns so we did, that was a mistake, the prawns were huge, in the shell, and undermined the balance of the dish, unnecessary and awkward to deal with. The halibut wasn’t crispy but sadly soggy too. The flavour of the broth and its ingredients was excellent however. Rather mixed feelings then.

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TP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was advertised as Napa Valley comes to San Diego, didn't even come close. The wine list was so-so, which is surprising for something being advertised as "Napa Valley" like. Some of the food was good, duck pate (a little bland), grilled octopus, gnocchi with ragu. The hangar steak was cooked well, but in kind of a sour sauce. We ordered grilled artichokes to go with it, and they seemed like canned or jarred marinated artichokes that we're put on the grill for a few minutes, very mushy and again, a sour taste. My wife and I will not go back.

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Z
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

We had brunch at this place and we had a great time. It was possible to order vegan food by making a few adjustments to the options offered on the menu. I tried the mimosa trio and loved it! Definitely worth spending the extra few dollars. It was my friend's birthday, so we ended our brunch with a delicious piece of birthday cake. The service was great!

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SB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and and service was amazing. For sure would go there again.

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Nice venue, well located. Food was reasonable quality, if nothing to write home about, but the service was lacking. Server was hanging around on top of us despite the restaurant being nearly empty, while pretty transparently pushing us towards the most expensive food and wine on the menu and developing a sudden attitude problem when we didn’t follow their recommendations.

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L
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My new favorite hot spot in the Gaslamp area! Family friendly, beautiful decor, great tasting food and drinks with an awesome customer service in town.

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MB
London
11 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

We all enjoyed our food. Service was a bit erratic as they changed shifts at 8pm - so mid meal. Sat outside so was the bustle of Gaslamp district. Might opt to sit inside next time.

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NP
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Service was good. Our fish had bones and the fat on the duck was not rendered enough. Everything was just ok.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great. Service a bit lacking. I noted that the website advised we could park at Horton Plaza for $8.00. However, our waiter told us the restaurant did not validate parking at Horton Plaza —- $44 to park ... should have simply validated.

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B
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything about this place. Was in town for a work meeting and we ate at SearSucker across the street the night before and were a little unimpressed. Route 29 lived up to everything I had heard about. Dishes were cooked perfectly, HOT, and came out timely. Dont pass this place up. It is definitely 5 stars.

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SH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Outdoor seating is small and my reservation for outdoor seating was not honored.

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ML
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I decided to try something new for my birthday dinner with my family and we were not disappointed. The food and wine was incredible. Every appetizer, entree, and dessert was delicious. The service was impeccable! We will definitely be returning.

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CD
Cleveland
14 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful location in Gaslamp District. Our server was excellent and our meals were as well.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing evening with great service and even better food.

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CS
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was a very busy night the night we ate here, and we understood that there would be a delay, but it seemed as no one knew who our server was. We ordered a meat and cheese platter and they sent it to the wrong table, and instead of comping us for the mistake we still had to pay for it and wait another 20 minutes while the people behind us ate a free meat and cheese platter. It was very disorganized and very long waits for not only our food but for our drinks. However our final waitress was lovely.

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Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great wine list - and fun, diverse menu selection. Servers really seemed to care about our experience and returned often to check on our table.

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LL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to go out with friends and find great food!

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MM
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved this new restaurant, I have already told friends and family they have to try it.

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P
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Employees were great. Location was fun. The food needed a bit more work - low on seasoning and the quality just wasn’t as high as the quality of staff and ambiance.

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San Diego
162 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We really enjoyed our dinner starting with the delicious crab and spinach appetizer and ending with a delicious butterscotch dessert! The braised lamb shank was perfect! We will definitely return!

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