Small Barn Old Town

4.7
324 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 324 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.8
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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DeeP
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Burger and chicken was delicious. The service was a little lacking. Not sure they were ready for the Mother's Day crowd.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day fab cant beat these guys.

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vipBillL
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always love the attention to detail and service at Small Barn. Presentation is great and the food even better. Staff is well trained and attentive.

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TamL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Food was decent, ribeye had parmesan crust that was overly thick and way too overpowering for good cut of beef.

Service was poor.

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KarenY
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were late for our reservation due to time zone confusion. The hosts were very accommodating and made us feel welcome despite our error. We had brunch on a busy Saturday morning and the server was cheerful and helpful. The food was terrific, had eggs benedict, smoked salmon avocado toast and the breakfast burger. The only food item that wasn't really great were the side potatoes, just meh. Also had bloody mary's, sangria, irish coffee and a mimosa. Drinks were a little slow coming out, but everything else was terrific, best meal of our weekend.

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RebeccaS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing brunch! Great atmosphere good food awesome service can’t wait till next time!

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jamesm
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Our booking was at 7:30pm we were only seated at 8pm. Food and drinks were amazing but we could tell kitchen and bar were behind. We had to rush to make our another reservation at 9pm.( 90 min is normally ample time for dinner) I think it’s a little cheeky telling us we couldn’t be longer than 5 minutes late for our reservation then make us wait 30min to be seated. Venue, food, drinks and server were great tho! Just wish we didn’t have to rush. Next time I’ll clear my schedule 😜

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LaurenW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Our first time and we loved it. We did sit on the side with the coverings with a small table:

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ChadD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Food was great but unfortunately, the service was not. Reservation was for 8:15, several people showed up and seated after us, yet we were the last to leave because service was so slow to take and put our orders in. Then they forgot our bottle of wine the first time we ordered it, so we asked again. We ended up getting one of the appetizers before we ever got our wine. Furthermore, they forgot to bring a heater the first time we asked for it, so we also asked for that again as it was a very cold night. Overall for a Thursday night, my husband and I had a hard time understanding why the service was so slow. Food was great but not enough to make us come back.

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JessePlusLauren
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Small Barn is our new favorite brunch spot in Temecula. The ambiance is and decor is absolutely perfect. Most of the dining is outdoors which makes it a perfect place for brunch.

The food was amazing! Everything we ordered was delicious. And our waitress and the staff were so friendly and helpful. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Temecula - hands down. Food is excellent. Menu changes seasonally.

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vipJohnW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Good service. Great spot for a night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I loved the outdoor atmosphere, the food, and the service was fantastic!! Our server Selena, was friendly and very professional. She is one of the main reasons we will back very soon.

Thank you.

Karla and Kevin

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

I absolutely love the ambiance of Small Barn! The vibe is very comfortable and it’s great for people watching as people stroll down the Main Street in downtown Temecula. We arrived promptly at 10am (when our reservation was for) and were the second people sat in the whole restaurant. We saw that everyone around us was being seen and served, but no one approached us for 30 minutes. We had to flag down another server to help us, she got us drinks. Finally 40 minutes into our stay, our server arrived and told us she just clocked in. Once she was there, she was lovely. But it was bizarre for the restaurant to seat us somewhere that had no server. The food was delicious, the atmosphere is fantastic, and although the day got off to a rough start, I would go here again!

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JanetB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smaller menu, excellent execution! Cocktails are yummy. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding, very unique and very delicious. The service was perfect snd the atmosphere was great. They were very accommodating to some allergies we had, and we have a new favorite restaurant! Would highly recommend. It was our 2nd visit and truly full of taste treats.

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NickC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Absolutely great outdoor dining location. Right on the strip of Old Town Front Street. Cool layout. Gravel dirt floor. Modern Rustic Chic style. Cool seating areas with heaters. Food was amazing and the drinks were handcrafted and tasty. Great date night on summer nights.

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DonnaA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff along with amazing food. We both had the burgers one vegan. Probably the best vegan burger I've ever had. We will be back.

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DanielleC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the beginning we had great customer service! The atmosphere was beautiful! The whole staff was kind, professional and accommodating. We had Lex as our server. He was on his game and never missed a beat. We highly recommend and can’t wait to go back! Food and drinks were A++

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Both drinks and food were spectacular.

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Esme
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food my favorite was the Wagyu Breakfast burger. Super cute place and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place

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MitchellB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect outdoors corner spot right on Front Street in Old Town Temecula for a meal with tons of ambiance, great attentive service and the freshest, tastiest fare around.
Best yet, they take reservations!!!! And this in a place where the average wait for a meal can take 90+ minutes on a weekend.
Very cozy seating great for people watching.
When we ordered we were give the choice of having the meal as it came from the kitchen or all together. They prepare everything there fresh and prefer to serve at the peak of freshness / readiness rather than holding up the whole table. (We chose that way and weren't disappointed.) Even the Chocolate Cookies (for dessert) were made fresh (and well worth the wait.
We were a table of 6 and no one was disappointed with their meals or drinks.
Mimosas were serviced with choice of orange or pineapple juice and the bloody marys came with a thick piece of bacon (yum). We each ordered something different and weren't disappointed and shared around.
Very happy and will definitely be going back again.

DJ
vipDoctorJeff23
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Angelo is the best Chef around. Food is delicious and very creative. Small Barn ambiance is upscale but welcoming for people to have great time to gather after a long work week. Definitely a favorite in Temecula.

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PatrickM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Niece and her spouse celebrating bday. Amazing food and great service as always

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MariaH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an amazing experience from the food and drinks, to the service. We can't wait to go backm

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KyleA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! They were awesome!!! They accommodated us perfectly!

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vipYaleHeartsGoodFood
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent!!

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JaniceK
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made the reservation without knowing anything about Small Barn and was so pleased! We were first seated in the hot sun and they kindly made accommodations to move us the service was great the food was awesome and we all decided we will be back! Dreaming of the waffles with bacon jam!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Selena and all staff were so kind!! The food and ambiance were phenomenal! I will definitely return soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fast friendly efficient

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Date night with the Wifey, great little place. Outdoor dining so that was nice with current conditions. Open table process was smooth. Reservation was at 7 they were packed think we were seated at 7:30 which was ok since I figured they were crazy busy. Chicken pesto was amazing and so was the Burger. Drinks were good, concept was different and I appreciated that. Overall great experience felt like place was clean and well taken care of. Servers were awesome very friendly and I made sure to reflect gratitude upon paying for our evening. I will visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

We are assuming that because we had our two year of with us is why they sat us inside in the corner away from everyone else. They forgot things we asked for multiple times and could barely hear our own waitress inside because the kitchen staff was SO loud. Food is always great here but wish they treated me the same when I come with or without my kids. It’s like two separate experiences.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience5

The food was very overpriced, cold, & not tasty. I ordered the steak frites since it had such great reviews. My friend got the mushroom vegan burger and she said it was mediocre. Food took awhile too. The waitress was super kind and her service was great. Ambience was also great.

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vipDonnellD
Caribbean
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything Was Delicious and team was top notch, friendly and made you feel as if you were at home.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, Small Barn hits a grand slam with impeccable service, gorgeous atmosphere, stellar wines and an AMAZING new menu. We noshed on the Tomahawk for 2 and the new Spring salad paired with a bottle of Small Barns own 2017 Rose’- it fed all three of us, and all we could do was gush about how perfect everything was.

Although this place lands on the pricier side, it’s worth EVERY penny. Count us in for weekly Friday lunches!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Love it there and the staff were great. They just forgot to bring my meal out and my husband was done by the time they realized.

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vipMagoo
Atlanta
13 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely outdoor venue in old town Temecula. The burgers were top notch.

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Kitty1959
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

We went by with reservations and were seated quickly. I am a foodie, and LOVE to try new things. However, the VERY limited menu was full of such very unusual and very expensive items, that we chose to leave. There was only one item on the menu that my husband might have been interested in (a Australian wagyu burger that was $24), and the steaks ranged from $55 - $85, so that was ridiculous. Most of the limited menu (seriously about 8 main items to choose from and about 4 appetizers) was not appealing (seared octopus, for example) and just not very appetizing to US anyway. I might stop by with a friend sometime for dessert and coffee, but the menu overall lost our interest. I would not recommend to most people unless they don't mind very few choices and highly unusual food.

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 4.7 stars by 324 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.