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The WineSellar & Brasserie

4.6
507 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
Perfect For:
  • Notable Wine List
  • Special Occasion
  • Quiet Conversation
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, American, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30 - 9:00 pm

Happy Hour in The Casual Side:
Tuesday - Thursday 4:00 - 7:00 pm
Friday - 4:00 to Close.

Our Casual Side Bar is open Tuesday - Friday 4:00 - 9:00 pm
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Phone number
(858) 450-9557
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Gustavo Perez
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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.
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Private party contact
Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Steadman St.
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Parking details
Plenty of free parking.
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Public transit
Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights Blvd
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Entertainment
Not at this time.
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Special events & promotions
The WineSellar & Brasserie has a number of events all throughout the month. From wine flight tastings each Wednesday to Wine Dinners and Special Walk-Around Wine Tastings. Visit our website for full details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 507 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
service
4.4
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4.2
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Absolutely excellent all except for poor entrance to the restaurant for anyone with disability...back elevator designed for wine not humans in addition to 6 steps on the back stairway.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

This restaurant serves French cuisine. I had Alaskan halibut, which was excellent. My husband had rib-eye, which was presented in a more delicate way, sliced, with no bone, and perfectly cooked. Downstairs is a wine store and bar. Upstairs is the restaurant seating. It's an intimate, cozy setting where you can actually have a conversation (not loud!). The service is very good and attentive.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The WineSellar is a great find off the beaten path. It's located among office and buildings without a neighborhood setting or a view of any kind, yet is a special place with excellent offerings. I understand that it has been around for 30 years which is pretty impressive. Parking is easy. You enter through the retail wine store. There is a casual bar area downstairs that often looks lively, but I've never gone there. The restaurant is up the stairs with a quiet, refined ambiance. It's a great place for a romantic dinner, or, as in our case, a group of friends who wanted to have conversation. The service was superior. One unique feature is the variety of wines available from downstairs. If you ask the server to choose your wine, he will consider your price point to pick something out from the store and charge you just the retail price plus a corkage fee. There was a nice menu selection too. The only reason it doesn't get all five stars is that it's pricey yet some of the dishes lacked a lot of flavor despite their beautiful presentation. Another downside is the lack of bar space. Four of us attempted to have conversation by the bar in the entry, but we couldn't stand without being in the way of the servers. Once we were seated, however, we were give an ample table and the acoustics were good so that six of us could enjoy talking across the table.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Instead of ordering off of the menu, we the Chef’s menu 6 course dinner with a wine pairing for each course. I don’t know how it could have been better. The portions were a perfect size and the wine complimented each course beautifully. You need to be a little adventurous as each course is a Chef’s surprise. As an example, one corse was with beets and a raw fish. I would normally not eat either of these. However, nothing was left on my plate. It was delicious. It does come with a price. The dinner was $80 per person plus $60 per person for the wine pairing. But I will say it was worth every penny. This was our 2nd time there and it won’t be our last.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The ambiance is a plus--enabling conversation with ones dining companion(s) . The service is professional, competent, and friendly without being intrusive.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Outstanding in every way

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Always enjoyable and classy with varied by limited menu that doesn't overwhelm. Wine options are plentiful at reasonable prices when purchased in the wine shop below the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Always a great meal at WSB. The new chefs are inventive and the food is really good every time. Wish I could go almost every night! Everything was excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

We love using our Passport Unlimited cards here!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great service and wonderful dinner and dessert. Quiet, nice and not rushed.

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Fantastic place. I was there almost 30 years ago and when I was in town found it again and enjoyed it thoroughly.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Enjoyed every moment from happy hour to dinner. Loved the options to bring up the wines we bought to dinner

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2018

This place is a gem. Once you go you will go back!!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner was delicious. Service was attentive and food well timed and prepared. Duck confit was outstanding and the wagyu steak was great. Wines are fantastic. Well done

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4.0Dined on February 10, 2018

This restaurant is a part of a short list that always gets consideration when we decide to dine out. You can always count on both the food and the service being top notch not to mention an outstanding wine list at very reasonable price points.

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

As usual the food & service were wonderful. My scallops were cooked perfectly.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

There were no other diners in the restaurant the whole time we were there. So, it was very quiet. The service was excellent. (because no one was there??)There is no view or much ambience. I had the scallops, not very good. My husband had the rack of lamb and he said it was very good. The spring salad was boring, but the wine was excellent. They treated us to a Birthday dessert and it was excellent. I will not be going back, just not an exciting dinner venue.

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3.0Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was very mediocre for the cost. Our server was not interested in our wine questions. Nothing was horrible by any means but there are much better places for the money.

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3.0Dined on January 27, 2018

I was disappointed with the lamb chops - I asked for them "medium" and they came out
raw. (I sent them back and they were cooked well.)

My friend ordered the chops too - hers were very fatty.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Quality of the food and service we’re outstanding. The wine list is amongst the best and the sommelier’s advice is right on. The proposed pairings were great.
A bit noisy due to some loud patrons but that is not controllable by the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

Excellent service; excellent ambiance. The food is amazing! I highly recommend it! Huge wine list!

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2.0Dined on January 23, 2018

We had let the restaurant know we were celebrating a birthday when I made the reservation. When we got there, the manager had asked if we are celebrating something special. “Yes, we are celebrating our friend’s birthday”. I did not expect anything free but I would expect that during the dinner, a member of the staff would say “happy birthday”, but NO.

Our reservation was for 5:45. We got there 15 minutes early. After we were seated, we waited for about 10 minutes before anyone comes to say hello or anything even though we were the first one there.

I have not been to the WineSellar for many years for dinner, but do not remember being that ignored.


On the other hand, the food was fabulous and our waiter truly knows about wine.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2017

Don’t let the odd location in a business park put you off. This place is a gem. The wine store on the first floor is fun to browse before or after dinner. When you make your way upstairs you will be treated by attentive staff who provide outstanding service from the beginning of your meal to the end. The menu selections had enough variety for the meat and seafood lovers. We started with the pumpkin soup and seasonal salad. Both were delicious, fresh and simply prepared to highlight the fresh ingredients. For my entree I had sea bass that was cooked to perfection with crispy edges and served with okra and roasted cauliflower. My husband had the short ribs that were tender, full of flavor and delicious. The wait staff were very knowledgeable about the extensive wine selection and helped us choose a great option for our meal. We rounded out our meal with strawberries served with aged balsamic—a unique and delicious combination. To op off our meal with finished with a lovely port—again, this place is the go to spot for wine choices and the selection of ports was impressive. if You enjoy food and wine pairings, this is your place!

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4.0Dined on December 12, 2017

I have been to the WS many times and it is always great. This time I picked the wrong vintage of wine (my bad) and the food was not as top notch as times pass. Maybe just a bad night and would go back but would be more careful in selection.

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3.0Dined on December 12, 2017

Two flies in the ointment: 1) one of my guests ordered a Bloody Mary and was told they had no tomato juice. A few minutes later, a BM was brought to my guest, but was told there was no more TJ to make another drink. How can a full bar, during the holidays, not have tomato juice? Secondly, we asked for more butter and the butter gestapo guy told us only one butter to every two people. We waited a period of time, then asked again for more butter. Since when is butter being rationed?
Both circumstances were witnessed by our entire table, and took the top-notch, first-class factor away from what would have otherwise been a nice lunch.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

This is my hidden gem. It is off the beaten path, so not always crowded, Go after 7 for a quiet dinner. One of my favorite restaurants in SD. I've been coming here for over 20 years and have yet to have a bad meal. No corkage if you buy your wine in their wine shop. Excellent food, we had the duck breast this time which was perfect. Seafood is always great here as well.
Highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic evening. Noise level is a bit high with recorded music but that goes away around 7, allowing for an intimate dinner and quiet conversation, something harder to get these days!

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3.0Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good as always, but my biggest complaint is that we ordered a wine that retails for approx $10 and we were charged $50, which was totally unusual and not acceptable when the restaurant is also a wine cellar.

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2017

We love the food and service. Always too notch. Kinda quiet, not a place to see and be seen, but a great place if you want great food and wonderful wine list!

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3.0Dined on December 7, 2017

Usually love this for lunch but have found the menu to be limited and very blah last few visits. Service is always great but even seasonal menu is pumpkin and boring!! Come on guys come back to us!

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5.0Dined on December 1, 2017

It was my daughter’s 10th birthday. They made it really special for us.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2017

A 30 year JEM!! Every tine I'm in SD I go and for almost 30 years I've never been disappointed. As good as any NY or SF five star restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 25, 2017

We were very impressed with the food, wine and service. Greg was very knowledgeable and gave excellent recommendations. Our food was delicious and there atmosphere was intimate and welcoming. We will definitely be back! I look forward to trying out the wine bar next time!

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2017

Enjoyed their Fall Menu - great lamb chops with amazing mushrooms on toast for appetizer. Sea Bass was a favorite!

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2017

As always WSB continues to impress with the new menu and changes to the older items on the menu. Chefs' Gustavo and Rojo have put their stamp on this wonderful venue owned by Mr. Gary Parker. I am having my 2nd annual Birthday celebration in the private room next month and have with the chefs help designed an 8 course meal that I know will be outstanding. Kudos to the new staff and I cannot wait for next months evening.

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4.0Dined on November 10, 2017

The duck breast ordered by one of our party was undercooked and the waiter kindly took the item off our bill. The remainder of our meals was great as were the recommendations for wine with our meal!

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5.0Dined on November 10, 2017

ANOTHER AWESOME MEAL AT WSB!! KUDOS TO CHEFS GUSTAVO AND ROJO AGAIN!!

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We've enjoyed this restaurant on many occasions and have never been disappointed. Service is really five star as is the food and wine options. Seating is private, quiet, romantic. Not a big bar scene, just great food, wine, service. Downstairs wine shop is one of the best.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a wonderful experience with a group of six friends. We were in a very special private dining room. Service was superb, as was the food. We will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Their escargot was delicious and so was the duck breast. This place is a hidden gem in a business park area which is not visible from the road.

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5.0Dined on October 19, 2017

Great place in a surprising location. Perfect for when you want to enjoy dinner conversation with a small group.

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