The WineSellar & Brasserie

4.8
705 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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Safety precautions

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 705 people are saying
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RachelP
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Very personable owner. The atmosphere led to a very romantic evening.

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vipTERRISD
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

With Covid and outside seating is the only reason we gave ambiance a lower rating. All other aspects of the night were 5+! Knowledgeable staff, gourmet chef choices that we all loved every bite and plentiful portions. Wine pairings were spot on and enjoyed by all.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daughter’s birthday

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vipLeAnnJ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and wine are both great! The service is so good especially during these times of COVID restrictions. Outside dining with tents and heating...very comfortable. Try it.

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vipLeAnnJ
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as usual!! A hidden gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It had been years since coming to this restaurant. I wanted to take my friend somewhere very nice and special. We had a wonderful time. Just as great as I remember. I will need to come more often.

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vipKimD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant. Hidden gem. Reasonable pricing. Personalized service. The food is over the top. Genius creations.

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
145 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been eating at the Winesellar since it opened over 20 years ago and have never been disappointed. We were there for a personal celebration and totally enjoyed the whole experience. I wish them all the luck getting through this difficult period and we will try to help them out as much as possible.

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DonaldP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner food was awesome as usual and the fresh tomato salad was delicious. As it was our anniversary we wree treated to fresh vanilla ice cream. The great service began at the door where we were met by our server and continued till we left the restaurant.

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vipvictoriac
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the hidden jewel in SD. We were from Las Vegas. The food and service are exceptional. Me and my husband got 5-course chef creation with 5-glass wine pairing! What a delight night! Our teen girls love their duck. My older one turned 14 and we had an amazing celebration over there. Must go place.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Making the best of the outdoor dining in the parking lot...food was great and service was good. Yum!!

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vipSusanG
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best chicken picatta I have ever had. Lovely outdoor setting. Attentive server.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food and great wine👍😍

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vipJudyZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, as always. Felt safe and well cared for.

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Rob007W
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service are ALWAYS top notch. This has beenn our go to special occasions restaurant for the past several years. Moro is an outstanding, well informed and gracious waiter.

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vipMarkB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the Winesellar many times before; this was our first venture out to any restaurant since the pandemic. The staff, as always, provided stellar service; masks were worn and other appropriate accommodations made. I'm not sure if it was just the anticipation, but the food was the best it's ever been. We are so glad to see this restaurant back in business!

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AlfredM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've dined here five times in the last 2 years and have never had the same thing twice from their tasting menu. Everything is delicious, the service is impeccable and a very good value.

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Townsend
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary Dinner during these crazy times it was nice to have a quiet dinner great wine and great food

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vipLSwik
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Glad this neighborhood gem has reopened. The food is exceptional and the staff is fantastic. We had the Chef's Mercy Dinner paired with wines, all 5 courses were creative interpretations of great locally sourced ingredients. I highly recommend this place.

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vipDori
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was superb, the food was excellent, and we had a nice relaxing time.

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LindaF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been a while since we last ate there and so we were pleased to find it was as good as we remembered. The service was excellent; unhurried, yet prompt with water refills and keeping the wine topped off. The food was very well prepared. We will return soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at dinner.
The restaurant upstairs was a great surprise.

Wine store downstairs and the wine bar downstairs were equally impressive. This place is a hidden gem!

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Samblu1
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A birthday for my wife, just the two of us in a nice romantic setting. It was our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised to find a upscale restaurant in this area so close to home. I have nothing negative to say only positives from how we were treated to how we were served, the quality of the food. A very pleasant evening we will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Made Valentines reservations for 9pm. When making the reservation it lets you know that if you cancel there will be a $25 charge. I felt like that was weird but didn’t plan on canceling so I booked the reservation. We showed up at 8:45 and went to the host who told us it would be a 30 to 45min wait. I told them we had reservations and they said even with the reservation it was still a wait. I felt this was unfair because if I was to cancel I would have been charged. We were seated around 9:30. After that we had dinner from their Valentines menu which was good but they did not let me know ahead that was the only menu available. Over the food was excellent, but the service was terrible. We were there for a total of over 3 hours, so with being seated late and slow service we did not leave until after 11:30pm. I enjoy taking my time and not feeling rushed, especially on a date, but when you wait until 9 at night to eat and then don’t get your actual meal until around 10:30 it was a bit frustrating. I most likely won’t return. For the price the food matches but the service does not.

The WineSellar & Brasserie
Responded on February 19, 2020

Our sincere apologies that we didn't meet your full expectations. We only enact $25 policy for popular events as most restaurants do now. We factor in that people like to linger however it's not full proof. All of the food is made at order, this does take more time and we are so happy you enjoyed it. Our servers get high honors so we would love to have you back so you can get the full WineSellar & Brasserie experience. Thank you for your feedback so we can continually improve! Lori Parker, Owner

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CatherineM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful service and delightful food. I was only sad that the prefix did not include mushroom toast!

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Spark
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful Valentine’s Dinner (the day before Valentine’s Day)! This restaurant is the ultimate in fine dining. Greg is an exceptional waiter and the food was five-star level in every bite. The Pheasant with Truffle Risotto was exceptional as were the short ribs. Hope we can dine here again soon. Thank you to all who made our Valentine’s Day and 45th anniversary of my husband’s proposal so special.

The WineSellar & Brasserie
Responded on February 19, 2020

We are so delighted that you had a lovely experience for your special, special day! We look forward to seeing you again. Thank you so much for the review and letting us know how much you enjoyed!

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viptallyb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday for a friend. A real gem of a restaurant in a very unexpected location. Will for sure go back

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Mavifish
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem this place is! I always wanted to go there and finally I did! So far the best place I ever ate ate at! Best chicken piccata. Outstanding Chablis and our server Moro was very accommodating and very friendly. Superb!!! Thank you for a great experience! I will be back for sure!

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MikeF
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service, food and atmosphere were wonderful. The only negative at all was my duck breast was over-cooked.

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vipSusanG
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding. Service outstanding. Help with a wine selection was right on and worked perfectly with our dishes. thanks.

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PeterC
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lunch at the WineSellar the soups were excellent; the desserts very fine. The wine list, needless to say, offers fine choices by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding across the board. Can’t wait to come back.

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vipWayneH
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at WineSellar, with a great bottle of wine.

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MattScott
Central Coast
21 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I've been here 20 or so times, for lunch and dinner; however, today was my first time back in years. Very happy to confirm the meal, the service and the value remain as great as I remember.

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Semicondiner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice spot with excellent menu and great wine list. Comfortable and able to have a serious business discussion with privacy.

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PetraS
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved dining in this cozy, quaint restaurant. My Sea Bass was out of this world and my boyfriend's Beef Tenderloin melted in our mouths. The service was exceptional by Gregory Frech, our waiter. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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NancyG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The ambiance was wonderful. The service was very slow. The food seemed wonderful until I got home, I had explained I had a serious allergy to gluten. I was told the dishes I ordered were gluten free. I do not believe they were prepared in a safe way. By the time I got home my stomach was bloated. I felt terribly nauseas all night and all the next day. This only happens with exposure to gluten, or if the food is bad. I had sweetbreads, and a ribeye. both had a sauce which I was told was gluten free. It must not have been or had cross contamination from cooking utensils. It turned what was suppose to be a wonderful evening with friends to a terrible disappointment and 2 days of feeling sick to my stomach. I was not sick. It was the food!

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vipJesseB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently of the best lunch experiences in Mira Mesa

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ErnestH
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
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!

FAQs

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

The WineSellar & Brasserie is rated 4.8 stars by 705 OpenTable diners.

The WineSellar & Brasserie does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://winesellar.vinesos.com/gift-cards/.

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.

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