Route 29

4.1
95 reviews
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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!

Specials

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

What 95 People Are Saying
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Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
18 reviews
Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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 January 1, 2019
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 January 1, 2019
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 January 1, 2019
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 31, 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
77 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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 28, 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 26, 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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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 26, 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 26, 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
40 reviews
Dined on December 24, 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 23, 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 23, 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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F
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Was expecting more. Food was pretty average. Could have passed on beet salad with chocolate and kumquats. Tuna tartare was in a mound with mashed avocado. Was hoping for sashimi style

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SD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. The decor was trendy and I can’t say enough about the gnocchi

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was very disappointing and highly overpriced

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great menu, great wine list - a little pricey for the food.

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JT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
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 on December 9, 2018
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 on December 8, 2018
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
15 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
39 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
17 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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G
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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