The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla

4.7
649 Reviews
$50 and over
Seafood
The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar has been focused on successfully pairing contemporary California regional cuisine, with a hip, vibrant, sophisticated setting, to create a cutting-edge dining experience. When Partners JC Clow, William Lewis and Chef Yvon Goetz set out to deliver a culinary experience straight from wine county, little did they know that they would also earn the title of Restaurateurs of the Year for their achievements and have their restaurants in Newport Beach and Tustin earn the title of Restaurant of the Year multiple times!
The three partners strive to deliver the best dining experience In Orange County on a nightly basis. Chef Goetz, whose accolades include the AAA Five Diamond Award and multiple Chef of the Year honors, describes his menu at The Winery Restaurant as wine country-driven a perfect match for a wine program that features a list with 650 selections that change weekly and climate-controlled cellars, which can house up to 7,500 bottles!
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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
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
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4.7
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vipMuriel
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Drinks arrived before food - champagne toast arrived as we had one oyster left. Dinner was the same. We ordered a beautiful bottle of red wine and we were nearly finished while waiting an hour for our entrees.
The wine list is really expensive- triple retail.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

The chilled appetizers and desserts were great however anything cooked was gross and overcooked. Not even edible.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I just wanted to make sure I write this review to express my gratitude for the great employees at The Winery Restaurant. Yesterday was one of the best Mother’s Day‘s I’ve ever had thanks to the great service, great food, and great drinks we received. I consider myself to the lemon drop queen, and the lemon drops here were PREFECT!food was seasoned to perfection! Only think was the Mac could use some “umph” to it, but was good w/the meal. My mom and I were excited to try this restaurant because of the stellar reviews. We went with my God-mother and God-sister, who also thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the meal. As I was in there, I was actually texting others raving about how great it was. Our reservation did start off a little shaky because we checked in late and had to miss the brunch options, but I wasn’t tainted by that so much because I had already looked at the menu and saw some great options prior to going there on Mother’s Day. Our waiter was Dakota. There was a couple of times or he forgot a couple of things. I’m assuming this happened because it was a busy day and bouncing from table to table can be hectic. But he redeemed himself with his awesome personality and great knowledge of the menu and drink options. I also got a kick out of him because I told him he’s the second person I’ve met with that name and I always said if I had another child the name would be Dakota. He said maybe it was our server yesterday (on Mother’s Day) so that was funny. We had a great time! Jonathan came around to our table a few times and he was great. Super nice, very attentive, great energy and a nice smile :) On our way out, we also met Michael, who was great, as well. We cracked a couple of jokes with him about masks and I expressed to him how great Jonathan was. We also talked a bit about the music selection here, which was great yesterday. It was such a good vibe. We talked and laughed the entire time. Thank you all so much for an awesome Mother’s Day! See you soon!!

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vipAdam
New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waitress was wonderful but overworked. She wasn't able to keep up with us, but clearly because she was managing to many tables. When our food came, two of the dishes were incorrect and one of them was inedibly burnt. It's unfortunate because I've eaten here for dinner and it was wonderful. I would recommend coming for dinner, but not brunch.

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CAFoodie
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went for Mother's Day brunch, a prix fixe menu of 2 courses for $55 per person. The choices for starter and entree were aplenty. However, there were all sorts of problems. The wait staff got one of our starters wrong twice! The poke seemed to have no sauce, so it was almost tasteless, but otherwise fresh fish. The burrata starter was skimpy, had almost no tomato, one very small heirloom cut into 4 pieces. Then, for entrees, one of us had the short rib hash with eggs. There was literally one tiny piece of short rib and we had to send it back. Also, my egg white frittata had sat under the heat lamps and gotten overcooked and tough, so were the eggs on the first short rib hash.
I would definitely NOT return on any kind of holiday. They are not equipped to cook and serve properly, plus for what we got, it was incredibly overpriced. The Winery in Tustin has given us much nicer food and better value. Expensive, but worth it. So disappointed in The Winery La Jolla on Mother's Day.

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vipImee
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent. My entree was delicious. Bottomless mimosas was awesome. They kept my glass full the whole time. My mom ordered the steak eggs Benedict. It was also delicious and steak was cooked perfectly. Rated one star leas because the eggs on the eggs Benedict was over cooked.

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MartinO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, excellent food and beautiful restaurant.

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dinner4two
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We are repeat customers, and love The Winery. The only thing that went wrong this time was that a few of our entrees were room temperature. It was a holiday, so sometimes hectic, and didn't impact our enjoyment of the evening. The staff here is wonderful and friendly, and I rated the food lower only in this instance as it wasn't served hot.

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vipJimS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is outstanding! The service was superb. A wonderful place to dine

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GregoryM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience1

Sat next to the mall inside and environment felt like you were sitting in a dining hall. No plants, no accessories on tables, high top tables, made you feel like you were in the wrong place for the diner experience. Food was great with amazing tastes for earlier dinner. But no coffee at 6:00.

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vipPremonsdaydinp
San Diego
79 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Reservations made it easy to dine. Food came in fast. Dining experience was average, nothing spectacular. Service was average. Dessert was ok.

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SeanP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Hannah is super helpful, along with all the other staff members.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, good atmosphere. Salt was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and it was amazing! Although we waited for our food to come out for a while, it was well worth the wait. Our server was also great and tended to us when we needed anything else. Food was BOMB AF!!! Will definitely go again!

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SharonC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are longtime North county residents but had never been to this fabulous restaurant. The location is perfect - in the heart of UTC. Food and ambiance was wonderful. But what made our night was Maddie the hostess. Upon realizing it was our first visit, she picked the perfect table. She and manager (Linda I think)...were so kind and went above and beyond. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food & service was Amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great place, great food and ambiance. Definitely worth coming here for our 9 year anniversary.

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Cynthia
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is alway excellent. Service is a little slow due to lack of servers (pandemic impact?).

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

Always the best dining experience!
Delicious food and awesome staff!
Truly one of our favorite restaurant.

Cristina & Brent

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vipEdsiesgems
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time back since pandemic and whole experience was excellent.

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

Food, ambiance and our waiter Michael were awesome! Will definitely come back!

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vipFoodie
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!!!! Cocktails a must!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Excellent food and service

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

My steak was not medium well. It was not butterflied. I had to wait for it to go back to the kitchen and cook some more. We were waiting around for water, my cocktail was forgotten, we had to ask for silverware, and it was just a bad night. The waitress didn’t seem to really know what she was doing.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food was pricey and just okay, nothing new or amazing. Service was not the best. It’s called the Winery but I had to ask myself for an ice bucket for the bottle of wine I ordered. The server did not even help us to put the bottle in the ice bucket or to refill our glasses. I expected more.

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vipJimS
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

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vipElle
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Winery is always GREAT! Food is always beautiful and delicious.

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LaurieN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down the best meal of entire vacation! The service was stellar, food exquisite, atmosphere beautiful! Highly recommend.

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MelissaLaJolla
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was a very nice meal with nice people and the owner was going table to table to ensure everyone was having a good time. I like that personal touch!

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DRPIERRE
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good ambiance, food pricy but worth it, nice day, would recommend it

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vipVincentC
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was a greet experience with high end service staff and over and above Attention to customers needs. I would commend to anyone who is in the La Jolla area for dinner.

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christinam
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service has always been excellent. I feel the value and price is a bit steep. Our party of 4 spent 500 with tip for drinks, appetizers and entrees.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was top notch as always.

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vipElysd
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor patio. Excellent food, particularly the Chili rubbed Mahi.

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vipDinnerCouple
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our overall experience was good. Service was a little bit lacking. The food on the other hand was delicious! We ran out of room for dessert, so we’ll probably make one more trip out to see how good they are. Overall, not a bad dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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vipWishweneverwent
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to finally be able to enjoy the Winery again. Many restaurants provide service and food quality at levels far below pre-pandemic standards. The Winery did not miss a beat and the food was outstanding

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vipRichardR
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty duck and brussel sprouts

Waitress paid excellent attention to my food allergies

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BrittneyK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been to the restaurant and the service and food were great! Our server’s name was

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Got charged $20 water without a heads up. They ask if you want water then charge you $20 a bottle

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You can order delivery directly from The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla using the Order Online button. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 230-7404.

The Winery Restaurant & Wine Bar- La Jolla is rated 4.7 stars by 649 OpenTable diners.

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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.