The WineSellar & Brasserie

4.8
602 reviews
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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 Wine Spectator's "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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DS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food and service. NY steak with polenta was amazing. They poured my wine with a cheesecloth which is an absolute rarity in all of San Diego. Quiet, romantic, and perfect food and service. Love this restaurant!

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DM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food. Consistently great service, and not overly expensive. Highly recommended.

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PG
Phoenix
44 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this little very classy restaurant in the middle of Qualcom city.
This area have few restaurants of this nature in the are and we found this one by accident. We come to Sand Diego each year and we will always return to WineSellar and Brasserie!

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r
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service exceptional, food and wine impeccable. Great special occasion destination.

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DG
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is Mira Mesa's hidden gem. As the matter of fact, you would not know there is an upscale French restaurant upstairs walking into a wine store. This is not my first time at this place and it has been excellent every time! Delicious escargot and sea bass on special... both were spectacular. Highly recommend!

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OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WE love this place for a nice dinner with friends. It's intimate, perfect for conversation, great staff, and superb food. Can't say enough!

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SG
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic. From food to service.

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S
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The execution of the menu at WSB continues to be a challenge. Everything else was so-so. Kitchen was slow and unprepared for Sat. We greatly enjoy Greg, the main server there. We wish he would move to a restaurant better deserving his knowledge and personality.

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PL
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food, wine and service, as always. The salmon I had was both delicious and served beautifully, and the salad and dessert wonderful as well. Terrific wine list, and the waiter was very helpful on wine selections.

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MH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been going to the WineSellar for some years now and it's invariably a top-notch experience. If we have a party of six or eight, we request the private room. It's furnished with just the right touch of elegance, designed to heighten the occasion. But either way, private room or main dining room (which is still intimate), there's nothing left to wish for by the end of the evening. Greg Freche, their sommelier, has become a friend, as we're into wine and he invariably heightens the evening with nuggets of wisdom on the wine we're having, whether it's one of theirs or one we brought in.
We and our friends are in our sixties or older now, meaning some of life's potential joys are now out of our reach, but as we left the WineSellar this last time, I remarked that this was one of the joys of life: dining with good friends at an excellent restaurant. That and going home to an early evening afterwards :)

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s
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Have visited twice now in the last two months as it was recommended by a family member. Did not disappoint! It is tucked away in Sorrento Valley/Sorrento Mesa area in a business park so you really have to look for the modest sign from the road and drive all the way to back of the business part to find it, but worth the work!

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s
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My companion enjoyed her meal. We were both disappointed that the bread was not warm, as we were told it was coming out of the oven. My lamb salad had almost no lamb. Usually a very good dining experience - not so much this time :-/

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KK
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Even during a very busy luncheon hour, the service was attentive and smooth.
Our foods order were prepared deliciously and decorative.
Will be back to do dinner soon, so we can try out the wine list.

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J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Of course. I have known you for some time but circumstances have kept me away.

Now as an octogenarian with an amazing friend of French origin who LOVES good wine, why not come more often?

Stay tuned.

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PM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is one of the best restaurants in San Diego that most people don't know exists. Service is top notch, and the food is even better.

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S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. It has some of the best service, wine selection and food you can find in San Diego County. The menu is a nice mix of staples of gourmet cuisine and adventurous farm-to-table dishes. The service is top notch and can suggest a wine to pair with your meal.

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JU
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was Ok..small piece of duck with tons of white beans ..no veggies, husband salmon was good..not greatI do cook..and when we go go out at those prices it needs to be better then I can make at home!

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SH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite restaurant , best food , best service , best menu !

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ET
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I love The Winesellar & Brasserie. They have an especially great wine selection on the main level that includes a broad range of prices, such that it is reasonable even with the corkage fee in the dining room upstairs. And the food upstairs is exceptional French cooking at its finest! The ambience is fantastic, and the service as good or better than any in San Diego County restuarants. We highly recommend The Winesellar & Brasserie to those with a discriminating pallet.

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MD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great business lunch atmosphere. Casual and not rushed.

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WL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for the wine list and was not disappointed. The food and service surpassed expectations.

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LA
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to be back. It had been too long. The only thing that would have made it better would to have had my wife with me. I was on a business trip and couldn't resist.

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B
Philadelphia
750 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Our first experience at Winesellar was very good for the most part. The setting is on the second floor above a wine store that on this evening was crowded and noisy. The dining room itself is understated but pleasant and our server was solicitous and professional. My Manhattan was made exactly as I asked and their chicken pate appetizer with cherry compote was one of the best I’ve ever had. We selected a nice bottle of Chateau-Neuf du Pape from the extensive wine list. My wife had a delicious grouper entree. My NY strip was good but overdone. I asked beforehand what the chef considered to be medium rare and was satisfied that was what I would get. I didn’t. It was close to medium well. To have sent it back would have added another 20 minutes to an already late evening.

We will return but I won’t order a steak again.

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S
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite French gourmet restaurant. Food is always delicious!

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RM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I've been to in San Diego in many years! Food, presentation, service, atmosphere, low noise, absolutely everything was perfect!

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GH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always perfect service and excellent food! Would highly recommend!

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LG
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to WineSellar & Brasserie several times over the years but decided to try their five course tasting menu. It was excellent and well worth it.

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WK
San Francisco
50 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time eating here and we will be back. Everything was better than expected with attention to detail at every level...food prepared expertly, wine served at correct temp, sommelier was helpful and advised us on the best wine. This is the place to go for a great evening and dining experience.

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WH
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great ambiance. Great service. Great company.

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RM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and value for Restaurant Week.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic experience! There were 10 of us and we got the private dining room. Service was excellent. Food was exceptional and wine selection in the wine shop was outstanding. Would definitely come back

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VK
Memphis
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

You should be ashamed & fined for not having an ADA-accessible elevator. Until you do, I will contact the local ADA chapter.

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SB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The WineSellar is a great place for a casual or business lunch. Their food is always top-notch and the prices are very reasonable. It's quiet and comfortable.

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G
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always enjoy The Winesellar. Such a cool place to browse for some great and hard to find wines. Best business lunch place in town as far as I'm concerned. The Blue Nose Sea Bass with the Celery Root puree is to die for!

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RO
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the Brasserie many times and have never been
disappointed. Thank you for such good service.

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AS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This review is for a dinner at the Brasserie restaurant. We had the Mushroom Toast, Hamachi Crudo, Portobello Salad, Prime Short Rib, and an Apple Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream for dessert. The chef's play with taste and flavors was awesome. Everything was excellent—from food and service to parking. Menu selection is great—makes us want to try everything.

For wine lovers out there, the restaurant has an extensive wine list, and there is a wine store downstairs you can buy wine from for your dinner. The cork fee is very reasonable. When dining out, my biggest pet peeve is chemical smell in the wine glasses (from dishwashing)—it affects the nose big time. Here, the glasses don't have the bad chemical smell.

Staff was friendly and professional. We will definitely come back.

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s
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went for a late lunch. Resturant was nearly empty. Enjoyable food and wine.

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DC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

IF YOU WANT AUTHENTIC DUCK CONFIT, THIS IS THE ONLY PLACE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO GET IT!

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Z
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Relished in the dining experience. Service was superb and dinner delectable.
Delighted to once again patronize Gary's creation of Wine Seller & Brasserie

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OT
Los Angeles
160 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately our entrees were not prepared as ordered and were not good. I ordered the rack of lamb and said that I like it “very pink but not bloody”. This usually means ~medium rare. It arrived totally brown and dry...very, very well done! My companion ordered his salmon cooked with “the skin and underlying gray” removed in the kitchen. This was not done and it was served with both!

The management was very fair and gave us a substantial credit off our bill. Nevertheless, with so many excellent restaurants in the area, we’ll probably not return soon..

As an aside, the restaurant and restrooms are dated and worn. The restaurant badly needs updating!

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