The Barrel Room

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$30 and under
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The Barrel Room Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro is North County’s only retail, wine bar, and full casual dining restaurant. Located just east of the I-15 off the Bernardo Center Drive exit, The Barrel Room is the answer to those elegantly casual nights where wine, friends, and great food come together in perfect harmony.

Once you have experienced The Barrel Room’s delightful menu, the warm, friendly staff, and world-class wine selections, you will know why we have become one of the most popular dining destinations in all North County.
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MC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

From the outside it looks a little non-inviting and lacks signage. Once inside, we were taken aback by the noise level. We requested an outside table and felt a lot more comfortable outside with the heaters.
The service was good and the food excellent. We'll definitively come back to try the other items on the menu, which looked very appealing.

RT
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only complaint is over priced Wine’s but the food was awesome

GC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been here a couple of time and it's been great each time. I highly recommend this restaurant.

A
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

It was way too loud. There was a large table of obnoxiously boisterous people next to us and we really had difficulty carrying on a conversation. The outside area was not available due to a special event. The inside area where we were forced to sit was too crammed with tables which resulted in a very loud, poor atmosphere. The waiter actually had to yell at us to tell us what the specials were. This was a birthday event for us and it was very disappointing.

SL
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

CHairs are very low for the table height. Otherwise good place for lunch

AM
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Would we recommend Barrel Room? Well, yes and no. We went to the Barrel Room for the first time for a nice dinner. The food was great, and the server was nice. We were extremely disappointed with the 4% added charge on our bill, which we were not informed of before we ordered. We understand the reason for the extra charge, but it seemed sneaky, as most restaurants advertise the extra charge on the menu in a place it can be seen. It was a huge turn off, and as we eat out quite a lot, we have encountered this many times, and have even had out waiter/waitress tell us about it when we order. It was purely bad form on the part of the Barrel Room.

JB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Really enjoyed our meal with friends here. Sat outside and enjoyed the wine selection, the Sweet and Salty dates appetizer, and excellent fish and pasta dinners.

BC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special birthday party for my husband and family and some close friends, one who also had a birthday. We chose the outdoor which was perfect because the noise level was less, an important factor for the hard of hearing- there was a heating lamp above us so although there was a chill in the air we were toasty warm. We love the food at the barrel room. There was a nice cheese and meat board there that we ordered in advance. My husband loves salmon or sea bass and both are on the menu. I brought the birthday cake which the server took and chilled then brought out with some ice cream and lit candles. I was very happy with that. Our server did a great job making sure everything went smoothly and really accommadating this event. My only regret was how the payment in the end went. My son was splitting the cost and a friend wanted to pay for the drinks so although it’s something that has to be done it takes away from the celebratory spirit of the evening. I should have worked out something privately with the server beforehand. All in all we love the barrel room. Great food, great atmosphere. And good service!!

S
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

A little slow for our server to assist us initially but it was great after that.

RW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at TBR is always excellent. Christian took care of us and because I noted on my Open Table reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, they gave us a dessert on the house - how sweet! Love the food and service - always a lovely meal.

BO
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wife truly enjoyed her Birthday dinner and wine. Thanks.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I enjoyed the food, they had great customer service.

KC
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience2

We eat here often and love it, and the date night menu is a great deal.

The only issue we had on this trip is that the bartender (whom we like) whistled to himself throughout our meal. it was pretty distracting.

M
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Normally eat at the Barrel Room for lunch. First time for dinner. As always, great selection, great food. Nice selection of appetizers, really like the shrimp tostados. Had the dates for the first time. Excellent. I had the Pork Oso Buco. My wife had the Sea Bass. Both were really good, preparation was perfect. Always like their wine selections, lots of California wine.

JG
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been here for brunch in the past but this was our first time for dinner. Food was delicious and super friendly service. Loved the bruschetta and dates wrapped in bacon apps and the scallops were a delicious entree. Also have to try peanut butter mousse dessert. We’ll be back!

TD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service and wine selection was tremendous. Food (entrees) we had was overpriced and small portions but enjoyed it.
Appetizers and Desserts were great.
Will go back as it’s definitely worth another try.

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

On arrival they couldn’t find our reservation . The chicken on my salad was very dry

IS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

it was great, food was good and he service was good too.

DY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was O.K. Would have rather had the chance or opportunity to have the dressing on the side with my Cobb salad. I had no idea that it would be smothered in dressing. It would have been nice to have been offered some bread, crackers or something to complement the salad.
The noise level was really high and the tables were close together. At the table next to ours, the lady decided to sit right behind me and constantly was bumping into my chair. I finally moved!

SP
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love to stop in and have a glass ot Twomey!!

RD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening.

DT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an enjoyable evening. Great service and value!

LV
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was a little bummed that there was only outside seating available when we arrived, but it wasn't too hot out there. The server was beyond amazing. He gave us just as much attention as we needed. We never had to flag him down or wait for him. Additionally, he went above and beyond in helping us find drinks that we liked.

SD
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice outside, but adjoining tables were so noisy, we could barely hear each other. Food was excellent.

RB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food along with excellent service. I highly recommend coming here.

AD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food, reasonably priced, and such fast service! We were impressed for our first visit there!

s
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Barrel Room was fantastic with great service, great food, nice wine selection and just a great overall meal.

Thank you!

A
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is perfect at The Barrel Room! This is a neighborhood GEM!

PL
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious steak! I was impressed it was a nice big portion of steak with the sides for a very low special price and wine included! So good!

C
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! We got the cheese board and it was to die for. The waiter recommended one of the cheeses’ and it melted in your mouth. The wine was even better!

LK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine list and delicious food. Easy parking with choice of indoor or patio dining at RB location.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent service, but less attention to water and ice tea refills. Salad was great!

d
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for Tuesday date night! Loved it!

GM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good today

SB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Made reservations which turned out great. Our server, Christian, was very good, and even though my brother-in-law didn't get what he ordered, it turned out fine. No harm, no foul. Though it would have been nice to have had some crusty sourdough bread included with our meal or a small dinner salad.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I would rate 5 stars, however the noise level was just too high. It was difficult maintaining a conversation. Perhaps groups > 4 people sit outside?

KC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Went there for date night again. Fantastic deal - 2 entrees and a bottle of wine for $50. Food was excellent. Wife had chicken parmigiana and I had the shrimp elote salad. There are a number of red and white bottle choices. We had the Tencent Pinot, which was great.

BD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing, prices reasonable, nice casual setting !

j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

waitresses were very good. several tables were open but they tried to seat us at the worst one - by the door to the patio. will ask for patio next time because of the noise level. food is very good - will go for Sunday Brunches and also lunch or dinner once a week.

JG
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great outside dining area and perfect for a Sunday brunch. Great food, great coffee and very friendly service!

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