Small Barn Old Town

4.6
428 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
Small Barn is an exciting addition to the Temecula restaurant landscape offering a casual but elevated dining experience in the form of a modern bistro. Three-time Top Chef All-star, Angelo Sosa, has created a menu inspired by classic preparations found on bistro menus around the globe while showcasing the bounty of ingredients produced in the region. The restaurant atmosphere is crafted to be a welcoming gathering place that is beautifully designed and relaxed, but with a vibrant energy that encourages socializing and discovery.

On the site of the historic Knott Family Homestead, Small Barn has brought new life to a landmark building from the early 1900s. Great care has gone into preserving the structure and with it the legacy of a prominent Temecula family that was among the area’s first settlers. Small Barn has maintained the original residential scale and offers extensive outdoor seating including the large wrap-around porch, covered patio and fireside lounge seating.

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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 428 people are saying
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4.5
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4.8
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance!

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PatrickW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, service and experience. I will definitely go back. The hostess Mae was outstanding and quick to accommodate last minute reservation changes for a party of 5, and our server Frannie was exceptional, she was attentive and engaging with great recommendations. Only negative, we sat near a speaker and at times the music would fluctuate.

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CassandraF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is delicious! I loved the trout crudo and the octopus dish, I've ordered both everytime I've gone. The mushrooms in duck fat was tasty, but not a particular standout. I also highly recommend the salmon!

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Rari
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing! After having a terrible experience at a restaurant across the street, the staff at Small Barn turned our night around. Great food, great cocktails, great service! Will definitely be back.

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kellbkelly
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I had the best time! Our server was the absolute best!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks. Everything at our table was amazing, the shrimp soup, the tuna app., the salmon, the steak, even the drinks and dessert. Not to mention beautiful spot. We will definitely return.

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danny
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great location in the heart of Old Town Temecula.

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TheChamp
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another great culinary experience, the Breakfast Burger was delicious !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!!

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DanielJ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The food at The Barn Old Temecula is excellent. We got a reservation at 7.15PM but only got seated at 7.50pm which is quite a long wait. We also noticed that some people who had reservation for 7.30pm but came around 7.15pm, just before us, were seated first which does not make sense. What is the purpose of a reservation if you are in line with people coming earlier than their actual reservation? It become a mere first come first served. Service was equally long. It took another 40 minute to get our food... It looks like they have a serious management issue in the kitchen.
The food is good enough to make up for all this waiting though, but I would think twice before coming back on a Friday or Saturday evening.

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FoodLova4Eva
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

As other diners mention, a reservation at this restaurant is just a "place on the waiting list" which was okay, however we did have plans after dinner, so waiting the 35 minutes to be seated left us in a rush. Service was slow, however they were busy so we gave them a pass. Our food was good, not great as there were execution problems. I got the Thai coconut soup which was impossible to eat without long, uncut strands of cilantro hanging off of my spoon. Mushrooms were undercooked but tasty. The chicken with pesto was also good, but underwhelming (something you could make at home). Beverages were a highlight; I enjoyed the Sage Advice. Overall, I would give it another try when I'm not in a rush or on a less busy night of the week and wouldn't reorder any of the menu items I selected except for the drink.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Just don’t sit inside! Way too loud! We had the table right in the middle and my chair/purse kept getting bumped and it was incredibly loud.
Food and drinks were delicious but bummed we couldn’t enjoy it more with all the commotion.

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FoodVino
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had the Steak Fries and the Sea Bass. Sea Bass was so awesome! Check this place out and ask for Anthony. Great service!

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SalDebyM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time at this restaurant. Love the quality of the food and drinks. The menu options are small which means they focus on quality.

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SarahB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was literally the sweetest person. The ambience of the whole place was adorable and so nice. Food was perfect. The only thing I have to blame is my expensive taste for the food haha but it was worth it!! Also they make amazing cocktails.

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vipMandie
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Living in Philadelphia for the last decade, I have been very fortunate to be exposed to a plethora of different and delicious cuisines. However, after going to small barn it completely changed my perspective of great cuisine. Their tomahawk steak was literally out of this world and anyone who comes to Temecula, I highly recommend you go. Every part of the experience from the hostess who seated us, to the wonderful and knowledgeable server (Hannah), and the passionate manager and head chef solidified my reason to come back one day to California.

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CassandraF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Small Barn has a fantastic menu for seafood lovers. The trout crudo and octopus dishes are wonderful. The burger and fries are also very rich and satisfying. The only dish that I didn't like was the pesto chicken. The plating an dish itself seemed out of sync with the rest of the menu. It was very basic and my chicken was raw inside. I would encourage folks to stick with the seafood as that is where the strength lies. The ambiance is very cute.

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soniaz
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

The food here is always amazing, the service not so much. It was our fourth time here because we love the food but it will be the last time because service has been bad all four times.

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vipFreqfinediner
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Had reservation but was asked to wait over 12 min to be seated. Then once seated had to flag down a bus boy to ask if we had a waiter assigned to our table because another 15 minutes had gone by. Then a server came out and said I guess I’ll take your table I don’t know what happened. Wrong appetizer came out. Then once entrees came mine was rare when asked for medium and husbands steak was wrong cut, which we said was fine as long as we weren’t charged the $35 more cut as we didn’t want to wait another 15 min for him to eat with the rest of the group. Was told no, his correct cut would be coming. So we all finished while he waited.

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OpenTable Diner
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and drinks were all excellent. The steak frites was incredible

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vipCary1247
Las Vegas
83 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Small Barn Old Town. We enjoyed Brunch so much that we thought we would go back for dinner. Everything was incredible. I highly recommend the Pesto Chicken and the Beet Salad. Amazing!

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PriscillaS
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance was incredible: casual + chic + delicious outdoor seating.
Service was flawless: attentive and personal.
Food was exceptional: ahi tuna and shrimp + lemongrass soup were my winners. My husband and son loved the steak frites. Make sure to ask for a kids’ burger if you come with little ones.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An elevated level of dining that Temecula always craved! Finally we have a great outdoor dining restaurant with amazing food!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food we had was delicious, however there seemed to be a significant amount of disconnect between the order and timing. We ordered a bottle of wine (it never came) and a cola (it never came), and that is a large amount of revenue lost to this restaurant. The servers were working very hard and it was busy so this (I’m sure) added to the timing issues.

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shareenk
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

The food wasn’t the best. The order came out wrong and service was slow. Constantly has to ask for water. Lots of flies and the waitress forgot my aunts birthday!! She seemed annoyed when she had to remake the burger and my 12 year old niece felt bad. She did apologize when she came back, but still. Also, she was reminded it was a birthday 2x.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. I have eaten here 6 times and I am never disappointed. The charcuterie board is amazing every time. My favorite in old town Temecula!

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vipCary1247
Las Vegas
83 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was or first time at Small Barn Old Town and we loved it! We went for brunch and our Server Lanny was amazing. She walked us through the whole menu, suggested her favorites and stopped by the table multiple time to see if we needed anything. We want to go back and experience the dinner menu.

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CassandraF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is incredible! I think I found my new favorite restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sexy ambiance with great food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute date night restaurant. Not a big menu but everything was yummy. The beet salad was to die for

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was great! Just beware the Nats swarm at night!!!

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vipRich
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great, unique, & delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks! Awesome service! Loved the atmosphere!

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vipFeedingSideways
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was fantastic from cocktails through dessert on the patio!

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RonC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit and we will definitely go back. Our server was attentive and professional. The food was delicious with a very appealing presentation. The decor is very welcoming! A gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food & service were exceptional. The only recommendation I make is that the “lounge” tables alongside the building should be taller to make dining convenient. If I were merely having drinks, the setting would be ideal. Unfortunately bending over to enjoy a full meal was taxing. Other than this minor flaw, the restaurant is a pleasure to dine at.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great from start to finish!

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Terha
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall3food2service1ambience5

Such a cute place, the ambiance was so perfect. It was my anniversary so I was excited to try this place. Our sever seemed to have too many things going and we had to ask him more than once for simple things which then became disappointing. One of our dishes was good while the other lacked a few things. One dish also came out 5 min before the second one which in turn, my dish became colder while I waited for my husbands dish to come to us.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food & desert! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about Small Barn is just amazing, from the aesthetic to the service and food. Came here on a Thursday afternoon with my sister-in-law for some girl time. The staff was super friendly, our waitress was just the best! She made awesome recommendations for cocktails and food. It’s the perfect place to have yummy drinks and food with your gal pals! I loved the ambiance here! Everything was just so charming and cute! Make sure you get cute pics at their hanging chairs! 10/10

FAQs

Small Barn Old Town offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (951) 225-2820.

Small Barn Old Town is rated 4.6 stars by 428 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.