The Barrel Room

4.7
458 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 458 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.7
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Miso salmon excellent - took advantage of Happy Hour Caesar salad and good wine selection.

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vipjanet
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ample outdoor seating during these crazy Covid times .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

You can't go wrong with their wine pairing dinners. A great way to try new wines and dishes. Highly recommended and I'll be signing up for the next pairing once it's announced. Great job!

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EatDrinkYum
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my husband and our friend’s birthday. The Barrel Room has a wonderful outdoor patio and dining area with heaters. It was perfect and we weren’t cold. They took all the necessary precautions for us to feel safe. The food was absolutely delicious and so was the wine! I recommend the garlic fries and charcuterie and cheese board to start. Everyone loved their meals and dessert was excellent too!! We live about an hour away but definitely will be back!!

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AaronR
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great location with a lot of outdoor seating. The food is very good and a very high selection of drinks. Great service, very friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing

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MelissaB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is fantastic! Highly recommend! Heated patio was comfortable for outdoor dining.

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WilliamD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Salad and bread board were very good. Service was very good as well. Chicken Parm left a lot to be desired. Chicken was dry with small amount of sauce. Jumbo Kia was lacking to. Too soupy with not a lot of meat in it. We have been coming here for years. Food seems to have gone down hill.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, a great experience. The apps were delicious,

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Juli
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

The food was good, but it has no atmosphere. Such a shame because it could be very cute. It was more like a cafeteria feel.

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jglimo001
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and good food. A little pricy, but well worth it.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Thank you for a great lunch!

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Annie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a lovely evening at the Barrel Room. The staff were all very personable, friendly and helpful. The food and presentation was lovely. I have eaten there several times and I´m never disappointed. Highly recommend.

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CelineM
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I have been to ;the Barrell Room several times and was always very happy with the food. I had a Reuban sandwich that was very dry. Barely had any sauerkraut or dressing on it. I would say there was less than a teaspoon of each on it.
I was entertaining guests that had never been there . Not a good impression

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vipdalydine
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The Barrel Room has been our go to restaurant for years before Covid. We were there on a weeknight this time and there was no one to greet us at the door, so we just stood there awkwardly for a very long time before a guy from the kitchen came and found us a table outside. He brought us waters and we just sat and sat, waiting for some attention. Finally, a lady who was not our server asked us if we wanted anything. Since we were really hungry at this point, we asked for some soup, thinking it would be fast. When we asked for a wine list, she pointed to the sign on the table with a code to scan, as if we were supposed to know that automatically. After another long wait, we received our soup, but hadn't even met our server yet. After finishing the soup, he finally came over and we asked him for a pinot noir recommendation. He said he didn't know anything about pinot noirs so had to go ask someone else. When he came back, we told him we had been there for an hour so far and our order hadn't been taken. He took our orders and brought us our wine. The wine was almost gone by the time we got our food. This was honestly about the worst service we've ever received in any restaurant, much less The Barrel Room, which has always been such a service-oriented restaurant. To say we were disappointed is just putting it mildly!

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JoanE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Safe distancing outside, with very personable and knowledgeable, with food perfectly prepared and presented, even wine for lunch, was the best!!

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JeanPhilippeSteegmans
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We had reservations for the Rombauer wine dinner. Great dinner and wine. Sat outside under a heater which was nice. Great atmosphere!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful paired wine tasting dinner. Great food paired with 4 different, wonderful wines. It was my first one and I’ll definitely do it again!

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Linda
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall, good experience. My husband's food was not as good as he had anticipated.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience all around. Great value, delicious food & perfect setting. Highly recommend.

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lovebirds
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the fourth time we dined at the Barrel Room. As was the case on our three previous visits, the food was delicious and plentiful, the wine list and wait staff were simply outstanding. Our out of town visitors were equally impressed and talked about their selections for days afterwards.

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SanDiego
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our servers were super responsive and attentive. We've only been to the Barrel Room once before pre covid. It was only our second outdoor eating place we've visited during COVID. I have to say they did it well. The food was delicious too!! Get the Salmon!

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KevinH
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Food, best in Rancho Bernardo. The stuffed dates are the best! Try the Salmon and Jambalaya. Happy Hour is good too.

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Chow
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch with great service. The outdoor patio is large so we felt very safe. We will be back!

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Becky
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to spot for date night or happy hour! The staff is friendly and food is delicious. We will definitely be going back soon :)

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vipMichaelM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came here for Sunday Brunch and would highly recommend it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waited for 26 minutes to be allowed in (granted we were there 15 minutes before our reservations) but it would have been nice to be welcomed in not just a flip of the sign.
Two employees just sauntered in and out a couple times with no greeting, same thing at the table. Noticed waitress was more jovial with the table across from us, maybe they are regulars still no excuse for the solemn face, especially at the beginning of the business day!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The appetizer was delicious but our dinner was overcooked and almost seemed microwaved. Very disappointed!!

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jwilson
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoors, nice lighting and atmosphere. And we felt very safe.

JB
vipJimB
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The restaurant has made excellent accommodation for eating in the virus circumstances, with tables spaced on their back terrace and the area beyond that. The food was quite good, the service excellent, and it was a very nice evening.

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NickyW
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to ladies nite out. Always great food selections and wine at The Barrel Room.

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vipMarch2018
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place!! I can’t believe I’ve lived nearby for ten years and never tried it before.

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EllenM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, service was great and we felt very safe on the outside patio.

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DanL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the nicer options in Rancho Bernardo. Although a full bar would be nice, an excellent wine selection is the next best thing. The Barrel Room is a consistently good experience.

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TylerC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience at the barrel room. Will definitely be returning.

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JetSetJeron
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from Los Angeles came to visit and this was my favorite place with the best wine selection. The Barrel Room never disappoints.

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everM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First, they have it set up beautifully and socially distant to keep everyone safe which is important to me. They have a large outdoor dining space and everything was super clean and the entire staff had properly fitted masks on at all times. The food was delicious and hot when it came out, it was very busy but no long wait for the food. It seems they have a fine tuned system there. All of the staff, servers and busser were extremely professional and a joy to spend the evening with. We will definitely be back!

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MelindaS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy to be dining in a locally owned establishment. Food was great, wine selection was wonderful. Our server seemed a little new, but still had a fabulous attitude. We will, of course, be back and often.

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vipIsabelH
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This local favorite never disappoints. Food was great, service was friendly, and the ambiance is always nice.

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JoanE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor safe distancing, wonderful staff and Happy Hour Menu over the top. Ordered dinner, which was outstanding after appetizers, and the environment was safe and pleasant. Always loved The Barrel Room, and now more than ever, I feel comfortable in the setting on the enlarged patio.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Barrel Room using the Order Online button. The Barrel Room also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. The Barrel Room also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 673-7512.

The Barrel Room is rated 4.7 stars by 458 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.