The WineSellar & Brasserie

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$31 to $50
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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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EH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I had the duck two ways. The leg confit was the second best I've ever had. The best was from Baltazuar, New York. My duck breast was quite dry, but the sides were to die for. The butternut squash was rich and velvety. The roast root veg was carmelized just right with a little bit of char and the citrus wedges were inspiring. We did have to wait awhile for the entrees after the salad, but otherwise, everything was great. The compliment dessert for our anniversary was wonderful and much appreciated. I found out that the wine corkage is only $15 and the Patricia Green Pinot reserve sells for less than $30 in the wine shop downstairs. This is a great value!

D
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We haven't been to the WineSellar & Brasserie in a Very long time -- years in fact -- just drifted on to new restaurants. We decided to see if it was as good as we remembered -- it was. We decided to go with the 5 course Chef's menu -- let the chef choose each course. We also did the wine pairing. The food did not disappoint -- wonderful presentation and the food was delicious. The wine paired excellently with each course. The gentleman serving the wine, I think his name is Greg, was great -- knew the wines, friendly. The waitstaff is very sparse, --- it appeared there were only 3 working the dining room -- the hostess, who seated us and served bread (no offer of more bread after the initial serving), a young man serving the food, clearing the dishes and refilling water glasses and the gentleman pouring the wine. The service between the courses was Very Slow -- Not well timed at all --- a very uncomfortably long wait. No one ever came by the table to check on us -- a complete feeling of 'ignored'. We were dining early Wednesday evening, so the restaurant was not crowded. While the food was outstanding and we'd go again for the food, what would make us not return is the thought of the lack of service -- 3 hours for dinner does not make for an enjoyable dining experience. Too bad because the food is outstanding.

m
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and service were very good but over priced for lunch.

B
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The four of us enjoyed an excellent dinner along with good service. Both the Chilian Seabass and AHI were a delight. We are also previleged to say hello to Gary Parker, the long time owner. A wonderful evening was had by all!

JB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are amazing. You really feel like they are cooking an elegant meal just for you!

CM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Service was a little slow but overall experience was great! Will definitely go back! The food was delicious.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and the food delicious. We both ordered the tuna entree and it was perfectly seared. The wine list was outstanding!

j
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I have been here many times for dinner and always have had good experiences. I also have been here many times for lunch and those have always been good too. They have friendly wait people and staff.

MP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food is always good, the wine list is excellent, and it is all "topped" by the excellent service!

DA
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Winesellar and Brasserie consistently has terrific food to compliment their incredible wine selection.

NL
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The only complaint is that it seemed like it took a very long time between courses for our food to arrive. There must have been some problem in the kitchen, as it didn't seem that busy. We were fine with a leisurely dinner, but this seemed a bit more than that. Otherwise everything was wonderful!

KD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was the best. 3 visit in 4 months. Consistent. New chef still Fantastic or better. Personalized service. Excellent Value and food. Highly recommend.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mauro is the best nicest waiter

BM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yum! Had not eaten at the WineSeller in a number of years but will be back sooner! Copious wine selection and our server really knew what to recommend. Terrific service. Phenomenal food!

LA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I asked them to arrange a special meal and they went above and beyond.

LG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. We had their five course chef’s mercy. Each dish was well prepared

VJ
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent prompt service, friendly staff, delicious food, very cozy and meticulous environment. Really can not ask for more than that. They are also very good with honoring discounts through open table and corporate passport program. Thank you!

R
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We hadn't been to back to this restaurant in several years and were quite pleased that it was every bit as good as we remembered it. The food was tasty, amply portioned and attractively presented and the service was pleasantly attentive. We won't wait as long to return.

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were incredible when we were there for our small party of 6 good friends. The wine list was extensive, too.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buy your wine at the store...$15 cork fee. C(K)at is great at recommendations.

MS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

WineSellar is a reliable and lovely venue for a business meal. The food and service are excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great overall experience. One my go to places when a high quality, seamless experience is needed. Highly recommend.

WH
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great dinner with great friends. Lamb salad, Short ribs, Ribeye steak, 2 desserts, all beautifully and deliciously prepared. Bertrand took great care of us.

g
San Diego
102 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are always wonderful.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a lovely dinner. Quiet, nice music and great service😍

MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Solid experience. Location is odd but well worth exploring. Ideal for any business lunch meetings.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken salad sandwich is delicious!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a top notch experience. What is not on the wine list, is downstairs. Never a rushed moment.

PG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we ordered was perfect! Our waiter even paired our wine selection perfectly!

F
Montreal
49 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our only complaint was that the food was slow to arrive.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great special today! Sea bass with walnuts, broccoli and a schmear of celery paste. Topped off with a good Chablis. Love this place for lunch.

s
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to meet for an excellent meal and the ability to actually conduct business while dining. I am also looking forward to checking out the bar next week!

MK
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rediscovered after a several year absence.
Still great in every way. Had the lamb rack, duck confit and the always special tuna tartare appetizer.

PE
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a wine tasting first then went upstairs for a lovely meal. We have always enjoyed eating here

MS
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic Seafood dishes. Amazing wine. Great Service. Decor is a bit dated, but overall was a great spot for a business dinner for 8. Thank you WineSellar!

K
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came to celebrate the life of my mother. Her memorial service was at El Camino just before our reservation. This restaurant is wonderful! The food, the service, the wine, all was perfect. It was truly a beautiful day for us. Thank you, The Wine Cellar and Braserrie!!!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Use to live in San Diego 15 years ago and had been to this restaurant many times. Was back in town and decided we needed to go here. If anything the food was even better then I remember.

MH
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely excellent experience in all areas, food, service and ambience

CC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The wine was good but not worth the price! Food excellent

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