Route 29

4.3
44 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
Monday-Friday
- Happy Hour: 4-6 pm
- Dinner: 4-10:30 pm

Saturday
- Brunch: 9:30 am - 2 pm
- Happy Hour: 3-6 pm
- Dinner: 4-11 pm

Sunday
- Brunch: 9:30 am - 2 pm
- Happy Hour: 3-6 pm
- Dinner: 4-10 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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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 44 People Are Saying
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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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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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
159 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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RG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Loved the location and the patio. Service was friendly and attentive, if a bit slow. The fresh oregano in the olive oil for the focaccia was a beautiful touch. The meal was only okay. My steak was luke-warm and the cous cous had no discernible flavor. The coq au vin was sort of deconstructed, more like chicken with a side of potatoes. My wine was served almost warm. I was irked that the side dishes for each entree cost $11. I realize Saturday night in the Gaslamp is going to find the chef and the servers in the weeds, so maybe everything would be taken up a notch on another evening.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

We arrived and wanted to sit on the patio, but the owner was out there smoking so we moved twice bc I’m pregnant. We still could smell the smoke so we moved inside. The servers and manager were nice and we ordered a salad, drinks and 2 entrees. Turned out that the chef didn’t want to serve the dish I ordered bc the meat that came in didn’t look fresh enough. I can appreciate that except we were told well after we ordered. I picked another dish and when it came out, it was served with a different pasta than stated in the menu. No one said anything until I asked and then I was told the chef changed it without telling them. This was our 5 year anniversary dinner and we rarely get out to dinner without a kid. It was overall disappointing. They comped my meal (which made sense bc it’s not what i ordered), offered me something else which i didn’t feel like waiting for, and gave us a free dessert which tasted good. On the positive side, my husband had 2 great cocktails and his ribeye was delicious. The restaurant is beautiful and the servers and manager genuinely wanted to improve our dinner but kept checking on us every 5 minutes which was a bit irritating since we just wanted to talk and enjoy our adult dinner. They tried hard but seems they were hampered by a disorganized kitchen and our experience had already started off wrong by the owner smoking on the patio which seemed unprofessional.

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MH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

The ambience was excellent but the food fell short. The beet salad was delicious but the 2 entrees were definitely not worth the expense.

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NJ
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

Service was very good and Sommelier very helpful. We loved the wine. But the duck bring being served to me was terrible. It was like an old dry chicken. Very disapointing. I’ve had a few ducks in France and this would be an insult to call a duck.

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KD
Indiana
19 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Struggled with the repeated information that I had an analphylactic allergy to stone fruit. Food came super fast leaving no time between courses. Just not the experience I would look for

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, service very good, great wine selection!

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Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and friendly service, a real gem. Food was creative and fairly priced. Wine selection accompanied the food very well. Management was attentive but not overly so. A nice comfortable restaurant. We’ll be back for sure.

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IT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

I was visiting SD for the weekend and was looking for a good breakfast spot. The Gaslamp district can be overwhelming with options from excellent to poor. So using OpenTable is very helpful to narrow the search and get reservation at more popular restaurants. Route29 was a good choice they just started serving breakfast/brunch this weekend so a few hiccups but nothing that would prevent me from returning or recommending to others. Just a few things for feedback - there is always room for improvement: time from order to food in table was a bit long for breakfast food; breakfast menu limited - good but add a few more options; espresso/cappuccino machine was broken so only basic coffee was available. Hope this was helpful!

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ordered the lamb shank. Risotto and broccolini where too salty and inedible. Staff did acknowledge the saltiness and remade the dish. Lamb was just ok.

My guest ordered the duck. This plate needs some green vegetable to offset the richness of the duck.

Menu needs work. Wine selections are fantastic.

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KR
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

I see some of the San Diego area catering to dogs in restaurants and hotels. This particular night was a beautiful evening and we wanted a table outside. But there was a dog, a rather large one, lounging on the floor right by the table we were seated at. Now, of course, if a restaurant has opened its doors to dogs then what do I expect, right? I get it. But someone has got to speak up for those of us who are grossed out by animals around dining and have no alternative on a beautiful night but to take a table indoors. If no one speaks up about this growing annoyance, then all of beautiful San Diego will only be enjoyed by dog lovers. NOT FAIR. So I chose to mention my disappointment to the waitress when I didn't want to sit indoors. Her reply was a flippant and Pollyanna, "welcome to California", as if I was supposed to go, 'Oh, ok. My bad". Listen, I live in California and consider myself just as much of a Californian as the next person. Not all Californians are dog lovers. But we're supposed to think it's adorable. I've decided to at least speak up about it, because if everyone feels the pressure to think its adorable or else be ostracized, then San Diego goes to the dogs. So, to enjoy the beautiful evening outdoors for dinner, we left our table and walked next door to Greystone and enjoyed the beautiful evening dining outdoors. With no dogs.
Thank you for reading my very sincere response.

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DD
San Diego
91 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a terrific meal here last night. Definitely exceeded my expectations and definitely not your average Gaslamp "tourist" restaurant. I really liked the decor inside and the food/service was on point. We did one of the cheese jars to start which was great a little sweet and a little savory. Then i had the Coq Au Vin which was also savory and perfectly cooked. My friend had the Scallops which she loved. I'm normally not a dessert person but the budino was crazy good. It says butterscotch but i take it more as caramel style custard. Service was attentive and on point (I think our server's name was Tiffany) and the Maitre D also stopped by every table and was on top of everything. My friend is a bit of a wine snob and while i didn't understand a word, the sommelier guy was able to make her happy and answer all of her questions. Highly recommended.

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JQ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, very friendly and efficient staff. Thank you, Adrian for making our 20th Anniversary so special.
Our dinner was amazing! The short ribs and butternut squash were fabulous! The desserts are to die for!!
Everything was so perfect, we went back on Saturday for an excellent Brunch! We highly recommend this new and unique restaurant.
Truly a Gem in the Gaslamp Quarter!

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RD
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My only complaint was the noise level, but most of that was coming from the street on a Saturday night. Nothing the restaurant can control!
I had the seafood pasta (special) and it was fantastic. We were a group of eight, and they had no problem accommodating us.
This place was recommended by Ashley at Greystone when I told her my family didn't feel like dressing nice for dinner...we were all in shorts. And she was right, it was the perfect pick. Food and atmosphere were still high-end, but we didn't feel out of place at all.
Very attentive staff, we were never neglected.
Highly recommended.

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S
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It's a new restaurant. They have a little work to do on the menu, but the ambiance and the service staff were amazing. Our dinners were good, but not great. However, we will give them another shot because we truly enjoyed our experience even though our main courses were not as yummy as we had hoped. The desert menu needs work, too.

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San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Route 29 is an excellent new restaurant in the Gaslamp District. We ate outside and brought our dog. The menu is very creative so there were many choices. We decided to eat small plates so we could try more things. I loved everything I had (Farmer's Salad, Buffalo Tartare and artichoke hearts.) The service was excellent and the manager came by to check on how our meal was. The outside tables are on the street so people watching is always interesting. We will definitely be back.

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Western NC
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff and food was great.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food with great service in a pleasant environment. Completely unlike the vast majority of restaurants in the Gaslamp, Route 29 brought us a gourmet experience (at a reasonable price too). Just go with your server’s recommendations - everything was really good. The duck pate jar was our table’s favorite. Will definitely be back soon.

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Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This place has being open for a few months, nice design, Cosi, yet good vibe, boring SD food same as all (SS, J&I, H&W etc..), cant anyone open something different in this town?

So.... big mistakes that can be easily corrected
No onions for my Martini
Waiter didn’t know what a Negroni is
Ask waiter Not to bring tomahawk sliced, they did it anyway, I would never waist a piece of meat like that ever, but waiter should’ve asked, never did...
2 Unisex Huge Single Bathrooms for the whole place? Causing Huge lines. Inside there is room for more toilets, there is a sink inside each one and then there a huge sink outside of the tow restrooms ??!!?!!? Bad idea, need to correct that ASAP

If it remains like this I’ll give to the end of the year

Go to TJ or Valle de Guadalupe, that’s where you’ll find the best food in SD
Q. Anthony Bourdain ➕

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BN
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome new restaurant. The pork belly is a must get. Duck was cooked perfectly. Great wine selection.

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San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came in to celebrate a milestone birthday and we were really glad we ate here. Service was excellent; our server really understood the restaurant's menu and food in general. He was efficient without being overbearing. The food was very good and the bar had some interesting cocktails. They have only been open a few weeks but seemed to really have everything in order. Definitely a nice addition to the Gaslamp scene.

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k
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First and foremost, Petar was amazing! Probably one of the most outstanding service experiences I’ve ever had. He was knowledgeable and funny and polite! He’s also pursuing his Som license so he was able to steer us into the right wine direction. This place is still under the radar, so go before it blows up! The food, the wine and the service in the middle of the Gaslamp, with a feel like you’re in little Italy!

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B
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is fairly new in the area so it was not very crowded. The noise level was great, the food was incredible. The wine pairings recommended from our waiter accentuated the dinner. I would highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to returning.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The music did not match the aesthetic of the restaurant. The theme and the decor were supposed to be Napa chic, but the music was aggressively loud electronic dance music. It was 6:30pm and the restaurant was nearly empty so the music was even more pronounced – and out of place. It was honestly distracting.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

High prices for okay food. Great wine find so that made it worth it. Service was very good but it was pretty empty at 8 pm.

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MG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally, a restaurant in the Gaslamp with delicious food and casual sophistication.

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Great food, excellently curated wine list. Slow service. We were constantly getting back up to flag our server for more food/drinks. When it all showed up, it was great.

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r
Los Angeles
19 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Creative cuisine. Friendly attentive service. Outdoor street dining invites some interesting characters

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AI
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Jackson is best and most attentive waitor I have met in San Diego after visiting many restaurants and cafes. Thanks for making us feel great Jackson!

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L
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

New restaurant and they were ironing out the opening wrinkles. Food was good but could have been warmer temperature. Decor was excellent and prices were fair. Server was nice but did not know too much. Management was actively engaged so that should help.

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KL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Brand new. Still working out the initial kinks. Very receptive to suggestions for improvement. Will try again.

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