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The WineSellar & Brasserie

4.9
4.9
807 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Established in 1988, The WineSellar & Brasserie is San Diego's premiere destination for fine wine and exquisitely crafted locally sourced, organic fare.

Consistently ranked among OpenTable's Top 10 local restaurants, The Brasserie has been honored with either Wine Spectator's "Grand Award" and "Best Of Award Of Excellence" every year since our inception.

With your meal, enjoy a bottle from the adjoining WineSellar boutique wine shop or choose a wine from our award-winning list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection of unique small-production wines not found anywhere else. Not in the mood for wine? Choose from our rotating list of craft beers or seasonally available craft cocktails.

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Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, American, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 450-9557

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    David Gallardo

  • Catering

    The WineSellar & Brasserie provides excellent meeting and party facilities for groups up to 125 people and can cater to your special guests. The Brasserie also has a private dining room which is perfect for meetings or get togethers for 6-14 people. A high-definition television monitor comes out of the cabinet for your presentations. tom@winesellar.com

  • Private party facilities

    The WineSellar & Brasserie offers several separate rooms in which our guests may entertain friends and family. From an intimate dining experience in our Private Dining Room, to the relaxed and fun Casual Side Bar with pricing options for all budgets. tom@winesellar.com

  • Private party contact

    Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557

  • Neighborhood

    Sorrento Mesa

  • Cross street

    Steadman St.

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking. <br />

  • Public transit

    Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights Blvd

  • Entertainment

    Not at this time.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

1st Course

  • Ahi Tuna Tartare$20.00

    Ahi Tuna, French Herb Mix, Roasted Tomatoes, Capers, Onions, Lemon Vinaigrette, Served with Crostini

    • Charred Broccolini$16.00

      Roasted Garlic, Red Pepper Paste, Lemon Butter, Parmesan Cheese

      • Traditional Burgundy Escargot$17.00

        Garlic & Parsley Compound Butter, Brioche, Pernod

        • Mushroom Toast$18.00

          Oyster, Shimeji, and Cremini Mushrooms, Sherry Cream Sauce, Thyme

          • Artisanal Cheese Plate$20.00

            Assortment of Artisanal Cheeses, Seasonal Fruit, Nuts

            • With Charcuterie Meats$32.00
          • Seasonal Soup$14.00

            Ask Your Server for Today's Feature Soup

            • Mixed Greens Salad$10.00

              Mixed Greens, Tomatoes, Rice Wine Vinaigrette

              • Add Chicken$22.00
              • Add Salmon$23.00
              • Add White Fish$26.00
            • Greek Salad$15.00

              Chopped Romaine, Tomato, Red Bell Pepper, Cucumber, Red Onion, Olives, Feta Cheese, Greek Dressing

              • Pear Salad$16.00

                Mixed Greens, Endive, Stilton Cheese, Candied Walnuts Sherry Vinaigrette

                • Leg of Lamb Salad$21.00

                  Marinated Lamb, Endive, Feta, Wilted Spinach, Warm Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette

                  • Ahi Tuna Salad$21.00

                    Mixed Greens, Hard Boiled Egg, Oven Dried tomato, Haricot Vert, Tapenade Dressing

                    Entrees

                    • Fish du Jour

                      Server Will Provide Details

                      • Flat Iron Steak$28.00

                        Potato Puree, Wilted Watercress and Mushrooms

                        • Chicken Pasta$19.00

                          Fettuccine with Alfredo Sauce, Balsamic Reduction

                          • Shrimp Pasta$20.00
                        • Chicken Picatta$25.00

                          Potato Puree, Grilled Zucchini, Haricot Verts, Carrots, Lemon Caper Sauce

                          • Duck Confit$25.00

                            Roasted Turnips, Swiss Chard, Yam Puree, Madeira Sauce

                            • Angus Beef Shortribs$27.00

                              Wild Mushrooms, Spinach, Steamed Broccoli, Stilton Mash Potatoes

                              • Brasserie Burger$22.00

                                8oz Beef, Mixed Greens, Stilton Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms, Bordelaise Sauce, Garlic Aioli, Steak Fries

                                Last updated: March 25, 2022

                                What 807 people are saying

                                Overall ratings and reviews

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                                4.9
                                4.9 based on recent ratings
                                • 4.8Food
                                • 4.8Service
                                • 4.8Ambience
                                • 4.6Value

                                NoiseModerate

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                                  Notable Wine List

                                • San Diego

                                  French

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                                1. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food3service4ambience5

                                  Three orders of Angus beef rib dishes We ordered were way too salty.

                                2. j

                                  jozak

                                  San Diego

                                  14 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  14 reviews

                                  Dined on May 5, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  After all these years, simply the best! Thank you all!

                                3. S

                                  Sicilian

                                  San Francisco

                                  31 reviews

                                  vip
                                  3.0

                                  31 reviews

                                  Dined on April 29, 2022

                                  overall3food2service4ambience4

                                  The duck was overcooked in an old school French restaurant kind of way better good fresh ingredients were easily available. I think there are many other places in San Diego with better French food,for eg. Et Viola! Or PARC Brasserie is better

                                4. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 28, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The service was wonderful. There was no rush, and we enjoyed a leisurely meal with great food and drinks. A party of four and we tried the duck, short ribs, sea bass, and chicken. It was all fantastic, but the duck was the winner! Paired it with a nice Pinot by the glass😋

                                5. R

                                  Robert

                                  San Diego

                                  2 reviews

                                  3.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 27, 2022

                                  overall3food3service5ambience4

                                  Tuna Tartare and corn soup good. Nothing special about scallops. Risotto was a bit salty and not as creamy as I like, but had strong flavor

                                6. TA

                                  TonyA

                                  San Diego

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on April 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This place is an amazing experience. We can’t wait to come back!!!

                                7. DM

                                  DelMarDiner

                                  San Diego

                                  103 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  103 reviews

                                  Dined on April 19, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fantastic place for a great business meal. Excellent, professional service!

                                8. MH

                                  MarykaH

                                  San Diego

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on April 16, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful dinner and great service.

                                9. PL

                                  PointLomaPam

                                  San Diego

                                  34 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  34 reviews

                                  Dined on April 14, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our lunch yesterday was delicious and delightful. We both started with English Pea Soup (absolutely delicious!), followed by a Beet Salad (so good!). Then, we treated ourselves to the Blackberry and Cabernet Sorbet, a new one to us and just perfect. Oh my goodness, all three courses were so wonderful in taste, quality, presentation and service. What a wonderful lunch! This restaurant never disappoints, always amazes with new flavor sensations. Yum!

                                10. KS

                                  KenS

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                  overall4food3service5ambience4

                                  The restaurant is located in an odd location. When we pulled up it seemed to be just mixed in with some warehouses. This is probably an excellent place if you love wine. Unfortunately, I am not much of a wine drinker. The menu was pretty limited and the food was just okay but not worth the price. Lot of old people there.

                                11. FG

                                  FrankG

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 10, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Did the restaurant week fixed price menu, was excellent!!

                                12. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Birthday. Great experience

                                13. T

                                  Tasty

                                  San Diego

                                  31 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  31 reviews

                                  Dined on April 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food here never disappoints! Delicious English pea soup (light and refreshing), escargot (classic but with perfectly toasted soft brioche bread), gnocchi (cheesy creamy deliciousness), fish of the day, short ribs, everything! Great sauces and beautiful plating. Very attentive service. And for the birthday boy there was a special festive centerpiece with confetti. Loved the whole meal, and got to polish it off with profiteroles and a delicious chocolate, hazelnut coffee cake, and wine shopping. Have been here several times and loved it every time. Very consistent! Highly recommend for a quiet evening out when you want to be pampered and eat delicious food and wine.

                                14. n

                                  none

                                  San Francisco

                                  6 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  6 reviews

                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Wonderful meal at this hidden gem. Beautiful dining room and bar and don’t forget to check out the wine selection in their wine store. Staff is so knowledgeable.

                                15. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  2 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on April 8, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The food are delicious. It’s one of my favorite restaurants now. Especially hardly to find a restaurant that serve delicate lunch! Can have the escargot every day! Highly recommended!

                                16. GT

                                  GreatTimeattheRose

                                  San Francisco

                                  31 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  31 reviews

                                  Dined on March 27, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  The food and wait staff were incredible!!! I found the staff knowledgeable and very friendly. I look forward to visiting again.

                                17. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Each item on my plate was perfectly prepared to both stand alone and also to complement the the others. That’s the signature of this warm and welcoming restaurant.

                                18. h

                                  howlingthunder

                                  San Diego

                                  11 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  11 reviews

                                  Dined on March 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Can’t say enough great things about eating here! Keep in mind it is small with limited seating - so definitely reserve. Price was great. Food choices were amazing. Please try this place and enjoy!

                                19. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Phoenix

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It is and interesting space. Was not what we were expecting when we arrived but were pleasantly surprised with wonderful food and wine. We started on the causal side for a glass and appetizer before heading upstairs to the formal dining room for an elegant dinner that did not disappoint. The homemade gnocchi was amazing followed by the duck two ways and short rib. All was wonderful. Our server was very nice, knowledgeable and engaging. It was a very nice evening out.

                                20. BF

                                  BFBSD

                                  San Diego

                                  105 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  105 reviews

                                  Dined on March 12, 2022

                                  overall5food4service5ambience3

                                  While perhaps not grand gourmet, the food was very good and attractively presented. The service was excellent and the value (weekly prix-fixe for three courses at $55) was an excellent value. The WineSellar has had its ups and downs in recent years but is now "up."

                                21. PJ

                                  PJCs

                                  San Diego

                                  3 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  3 reviews

                                  Dined on March 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food, service and ambiance as always. My go to place!

                                22. MG

                                  MargaretG

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on March 9, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We went for our anniversary, 54 years! We had a wonderful time, the service & management staff were very pleasant & helpful! We definitely will be dining there again!!

                                23. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  2 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  2 reviews

                                  Dined on March 4, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is one of La Jolla’s best kept secrets. We celebrated my birthday here and they set out table up with birthday decorations and confetti. Everything about this restaurant is fantastic, and the wine bar and shop downstairs are great too.

                                24. W

                                  Winer

                                  San Diego

                                  13 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  13 reviews

                                  Dined on March 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  This is such a great go-to venue for special occasions. Food, service (knowledgeable and attentive), ambiance, wine...no complaints!

                                25. I

                                  Inder

                                  San Diego

                                  9 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on March 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Our experience at the restaurant yesterday for dinner was most pleasant and gratifying. Kat, the lovely lady at the reception made sure we were given a quiet table, next to the heater, indeed she ensured we were seated in comfort that met all the needs of our advanced years. Morro, who attended to us was absolutely wonderful. We hope all in his line of work would follow his example. He gives the organization he works in and his profession a good name. He was kind, attentive, very knowledgeable about both the wine and all items on the menu. Clara, who was assisting him did so very admirably, again with obvious devotion to her work. All in all the delicious food was made that much more delectable by the service rendered.

                                26. DM

                                  DennisM

                                  Vancouver

                                  19 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  19 reviews

                                  Dined on February 27, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  It's been a long time since I dined at the WineSeller and now I kick myself. Was excellent, may well be one of the best restaurants in San Diego. A real hidden gem. Leslie our server was wonderful with a professional style and a personable side making the evening enjoyable. Tom stopped by our table. It was nice that he remembered us from a previous visit. Hats of to Chef David. Can't wait to get back.

                                27. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  San Diego

                                  14 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  14 reviews

                                  Dined on February 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  The service is above and beyond! Leslie greets and seats. So sweet! Our favorite waiter is Morro. He remembers what wine we like and has it ready for us. His meal suggestions are always exactly what we want. I had pheasant with truffle risotto that was fabulous. My sister had Chilean sea bass with a Meyer lemon buerre blanc sauce. Very good! Warm bread was brought to the table more than once. And the tiramisu was perfect! We love this place!!

                                28. SU

                                  SUSANR

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 23, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  another fabulous dining experience in an intimate setting with superb service

                                29. R

                                  Rich

                                  San Diego

                                  27 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  27 reviews

                                  Dined on February 18, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We always have an excellent time when we come to the wine seller in Brosseri it’s got excellent service excellent maître d’ food is fantastic I’ll Beyonce is very good. Just very very enjoyable always special.

                                30. GS

                                  GlennS

                                  Orange County

                                  10 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  10 reviews

                                  Dined on February 17, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Fabulous food and service. Morro and his team provide friendly, responsive and professional service throughout the meal. And all the rest of the WineSellar staff back them up so well What a fabulous gem!

                                31. KK

                                  KarenK

                                  1 review

                                  4.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 16, 2022

                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                  Good food, quiet and good prices. Best selection of wine.

                                32. OT

                                  OpenTable Diner

                                  Exclusive

                                  14 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  14 reviews

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great food, awesome wine, wonderful valentines dinner

                                33. RS

                                  RiverS

                                  San Diego

                                  8 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  8 reviews

                                  Dined on February 15, 2022

                                  overall5food5service4ambience4

                                  I love coming to The WineSellar & Brasserie. Valentines is always a busy time anywhere you go, so I appreciate staff's warmth and effort to make it a special evening even though every table was full. The food was exceptional as always. The price was high and should have come with one glass of sparkling wine, but the extra cost to dine on Valentines is not unusual.

                                34. LM

                                  LarryM

                                  San Diego

                                  21 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  21 reviews

                                  Dined on February 13, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience4

                                  WSB kept its standards high on Valentines Saturday night. Food was very good, escargot being a treat. Found a gem on the always thoughtful wine list. Service was excellent and personable. Great choice for somewhere different.

                                35. BO

                                  BobbyO

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 11, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great personalized service. My wife and i enjoyed the experience. We will definitely come back. Highly recommended.

                                36. RL

                                  RalphL

                                  San Francisco

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on February 3, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Lunch was fantastic and the chef's specials were very special.

                                37. SR

                                  ScrippsRanchGuy

                                  San Diego

                                  7 reviews

                                  5.0

                                  7 reviews

                                  Dined on February 2, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Excellent food; outstanding and friendly service; highly recommended

                                38. AM

                                  AnneM

                                  San Diego

                                  1 review

                                  5.0

                                  1 review

                                  Dined on January 26, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  We attended for a birthday party. Three good friends hosted the Birthday "girl". The menu offers several first course and main course dishes, all of which sound wonderful. We had a hard time choosing and were very happy with our delicious choices. Our waiter was delightful and knowledgeable. He did not rush us through our three hour + luncheon. The venue itself makes you feel special with the white tablecloths, well spaced tables, ambient lighting and artwork throughout. The music is in the background and pleasant.

                                39. AB

                                  AlexB

                                  San Diego

                                  9 reviews

                                  vip
                                  4.0

                                  9 reviews

                                  Dined on January 21, 2022

                                  overall4food4service5ambience5

                                  Everything was great as usual, great service great dishes. The only thing I would recommend is to improve the dessert Canoli. It was to rich and the waffle was way to hard.

                                40. L

                                  Ltrain

                                  San Diego

                                  19 reviews

                                  vip
                                  5.0

                                  19 reviews

                                  Dined on January 14, 2022

                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                  Great service, food and place. Love this place.

                                Safety precautions

                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                • 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

                                FAQs

                                The WineSellar & Brasserie offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 450-9557.

                                The WineSellar & Brasserie is rated 4.9 stars by 807 OpenTable diners.

                                Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                Booked 5 times today
                                Google Map for The WineSellar & Brasserie

                                9550 Waples Street, Suite 115 San Diego, CA 92121

                                Additional information

                                • Cross street

                                  Steadman St.

                                • Neighborhood

                                  Sorrento Mesa

                                • Hours of operation

                                  Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm

                                • Cuisines

                                  French, American, Seafood

                                • Dining style

                                  Casual Elegant

                                • Dress code

                                  Business Casual

                                • Parking details

                                  Plenty of free parking. <br />

                                • Public transit

                                  Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights Blvd

                                • Payment options

                                  AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                • Executive chef

                                  David Gallardo

                                • Entertainment

                                  Not at this time.

                                • Additional

                                  Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                • Phone number

                                  (858) 450-9557

                                • Catering

                                  The WineSellar &amp; Brasserie provides excellent meeting and party facilities for groups up to 125 people and can cater to your special guests. The Brasserie also has a private dining room which is perfect for meetings or get togethers for 6-14 people. A high-definition television monitor comes out of the cabinet for your presentations. tom&#64;winesellar.com

                                • Private party facilities

                                  The WineSellar & Brasserie offers several separate rooms in which our guests may entertain friends and family. From an intimate dining experience in our Private Dining Room, to the relaxed and fun Casual Side Bar with pricing options for all budgets. tom@winesellar.com

                                • Private party contact

                                  Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557

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