About The WineSellar & Brasserie

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.

9550 Waples Street, Suite 115
San Diego, CA 92121
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary French / American, Steak, Seafood

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

Cross Street:
Steadman St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 450-9557

Website:
http://www.winesellar.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Plenty of free parking.

Executive Chef:
Gustavo Perez

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

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.

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Fri 7:30PM - 9:30PM

Private Dining

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.

The WineSellar & Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

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Quiet

93% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
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Fit for Foodies (12)
Romantic (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Business Meals (11)
Cozy (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Seasonal (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Casual (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Fun (3)
Healthy (3)
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 10, 2013

We were so excited to find this gem hidden near our office. We almost missed it because it is in an office park but then decided to go back and try to find it, so glad we did. Service was excellent and food was excellent.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2013

I went especially for the venison and I was not disappointed. The duck my wife enjoyed was also perfectly done. If it were not for it's location, this place would be packed every night.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 13, 2013

We are frequent diners at the Brasserie; our favorite is the Wine Tastings on Saturday.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2013

This was one of many times at Wine Sellars. Having lived in San Diego I make it a point of taking an evening in this lovely restaurant and great wine shop. They did not deceive. Wonderful dinner for 2. Outstanding tuna tartare and brussel sprouts were energizing appetizers. The duck leg confit and NZ venison were out of this world. Wine recommendations were perfect. And then, always the pleasure to shop for wines one will not find on the East Coast.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2013

I always enjoy coming here. It's quiet, very clean and the meal lived up to my expectations. Not even Morton's can serve up a most tender and flavorful filet. The service could use a little tweaking, but overall it was a wonderful culinary experience. Thank you.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2013

The service was fantastic, The food was exceptional. My wife and I each tried a different glass of wine. We enjoyed the wine so much that we bought a bottle of each on our way out through the wine sellar!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 17, 2013

Great food. Great service. The perfect place for a quick lunch in the Mira Mesa, Sorrento Valley area. I highly recommend it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2013

This place is a gem, whether for a business lunch/dinner, or a romantic evening, this place is among the best! Very weird location, which has become one of its trademarks. Sadly, they have limited days they're open for lunch. Wine list is of course amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 25, 2013

This is such an odd, unknown location for such a great meal, but it continually surprises me and my clients as a virtually unknown, out of the way, quiet restaurant with a great wine list and great food. The service is impeccable. I think they just love what they do and it shows. Will come back again and again each time I am close by.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2013

I always have a lovely time at WineSellar & Brasserie. The service is always wonderful and the food yummy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 21, 2013

The restaurant and wine shop are well hidden, in the middle of an industrial area. The concept of choosing the wine you'll be served is a fun experience. The food was good but for the price it should have been excellent. The two best things were the service and the home baked bread!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 27, 2013

We went for their Saturday special, Halibut. Everything was perfectly cooked and beautifully presented; the halibut was delicious and the vegetables were sill crunchy. We also ordered the Shaved Brussel Sprouts - Yum! Never had brussel sprouts like that before - more like a salad with parmesan, garlic and lemon dressing - it was so good and enough to share. The flight of wine was a nice complement to our meal. Of course, we had to have chocolate for dessert so we could finish the two red wines! Portion sizes were good, just the right amount. We will difinitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 20, 2013

This was such an unexpected delight - much better than even anticipated! Five great Spanish wines for tasting and generous pours on them, then a fantastic lunch of roast lamb with a killer sauce and crisp steamed veggies, and the desserts - the desserts were awesome - my party tasted four of them and they were all tremendous. We got excellent, personable table service and the ambiance was nicely elegant. I will definitely be returning for this again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 6, 2013

Hands down this is the best restaraunt in San Diego. We are never let down by the menu, wine list, or service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 3, 2013

The best duck dinner ever! With a savory risotto steeped in vegetable goodness.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 19, 2013

Tucked away obscurely in what is essentially a business park, this restaurant is a hidden gem for Foodies and wine lovers. The Wine Seller restaurant has a superb menu and fabulous service (all servers are exceptionally knowledgeable about the wines). The lower level is just a wine shop - well not just - an incredible wine shop. There is now an informal brasserie as well. But upstairs there is a cozy little restaurant. Not a lot of tables so reserve well in advance for Fridays and Saturdays.

Great place for business dinners.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2013

We love this restaurant for it's quiet atmosphere, great food and wonderful wine. It's a real gem in an unexpected location. We had the chef's tasting menu with accompanied wines for our anniversary diner and were very happy with our dinner. The seared scallops appetizer, the flat iron steak, and chocolate "cake" were just perfect.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2013

Great place to taste wines paired with excellent cuisine. Rabbit sausage (among others) was incredibly good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 13, 2013

We have eaten at The WineSellar before and have always enjoyed our meal. This time the steak was tough and the ribs mediocre. I usually don't like to complain but we were given a giftcard for Christmas and we were both looking forward to what turned out to be a disappointing dining experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2013

Incredibly consistent, with very high qulity food and good service. Whatever you do, make sure you do NOT try their bread...totally addictive!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (México)·Dined on March 20, 2013

Excellent wine list and good food

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 14, 2013

As always, the food at WineSellar Brasserie was excellent, the wine list extensive. I chose a Pinot from Sea Smoke. It was a great match to my Salmon (75% markup from list price, to be expected from a restaurant)

It was quiet, with service that watched what I needed. Nothing delivered too fast for me (reading).

A favored place of mine for many years.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 8, 2013

Awesome food, amazing wine list and excellent service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 6, 2013

Wednesday evening, after a 5 p.m. wine tasting session, there were only three tables occupied when we arrived at 8 p.m., and by 8:45 we were the only customers left. The 1-page menu (plus desert menu) surprises for a top level, high-price restaurant. The dishes we selected were OK but the chef's choices for preparation did not stand out for our tastes. Even the desert Profiteroles were nothing special. Overall, we concluded that Iris has better food at (somewhat) lower price, with comparable service and ambiance. So, next time it will be back to Iris. Sorry about that, Winecellar & Brasserie.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 28, 2013

Took a customer to lunch before the larger meeting between our companies to catch up on how things were going from both sides of this partnership. We needed this place not to be too crowded with lots of noise since we were talking over lunch. And WineSellar & Brasserie was ideal. Upstairs private restaurant with outstanding food combinations. I looked at the wine list and was dying to try a few...but couldn't due to the upcoming meeting. I am taking this same customer to lunch in a few weeks and she already requested that we come back and I 100% agree. Try it if you haven't. You will be very happy you did.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 23, 2013

Special occasion place. Excellent service. Pricey.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 16, 2013

Great food great service, relaxing and romantic. With my wife, no special occasion, just time together to enjoy each other, and the Brasserie was the perfect venue!

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2013

Perfect place for a romantic dinner.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2013

The menu was small but diverse, the service was prompt & courteous (from the host checking us in to the wait staff). The food was tasty, portions were not too small, not too big. We'd go back, would recommend to friends, would take guests.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 9, 2013

My mom and I came here for my birthday. We had a delicious meal, especially the tuna belly, the duck confit, and the veal cheeks. My only quibble was that the beet salad could more accurately be described as a salad garnished with beets, but otherwise I very much enjoyed the food and my glass of Zinfandel.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2013

The restaurant week menu was up to their usual amazingly consistent and delicious standards!

We are so lucky to have this world-class gem in San Diego~

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2013

The WineSeller and Brasserie consistently provides diners with a sophisticated menu, expertly prepared and served, complemented by its extensive wine list.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 31, 2012

We I thoroughly enjoyed our meal on New Year's Eve. The menu was a little more austere than what we remembered but the preparation was excellent. I always enjoy the wine list and the gems from smaller wineries.

Bravo to all the staff at WS&B. Have a Happy New Year.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2012

We celebrated our holiday corporate luncheon at The WineSellar & Brasserie. This is a high end restaurant in an unusual corporate setting. I was impressed by the overall quality of our dining experience.

Enjoy the privacy & do not be in a rush to receive the full experience of this restaurant. Sip the outstanding wine selection and save room for dessert.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2012

Service was excellent. Do not remember our waiters name, but I do believe he had a ponytail. He was very friendly and made sure we had the greatest time.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2012

I have been a patron at this restaurant for 13 years and it has never disappointed. Although the menu is limited for choice, everything on it is excellent. This is the perfect place to dine whilst the Sorrento Valley evening traffic dissipates.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on November 17, 2012

Our experience with the service and food was horrible, stay away.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2012

I took my wife to the WineSellar & Brasserie for her birthday, first off, you better turn on your GPS ahead of time to locate this restaurant, it's tucked away in a commercial building off Mira Mesa Boulevard, behind an office building, a bit hard to find.
The service was very attentive and thoughtful, not intrusive or disruptive. The food was OK, I ordered a steak (not filet) it was a bit chewy, but the cook decided to cover up the entire plate with a mustard-based sauce, which basically killed the deal for me. Lacked finesse. The restaurant boasts awards, kudos, etc.. portraying an image of fine gastronomical prowess, however, as the Michelin Guide would probably conclude, "this restaurant is NOT worth a detour".

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2012

It is sad to see what was once a great dining choice in San Diego slip into mediocrity. The food was marginal, and the service matched. Unfortunately, the prices have gone up, too. Won't be back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 27, 2012

Unfortunately, the WineSellar has deteriorated -- not to the point of being mediocre but it's not what it used to be. Never extensive, the menu has been cut down to the point that our guests had difficulty picking a main course. They wanted fish and they had two choices (Ahi or salmon) and scallops are no longer on the menu. There were no specials offered.

They are attempting to attrack a younger crowd to their downstairs bar area but it was empty on a Saturday night and there were only a few tables of people upstairs in the main restaurant. Either you are a gourmet restaurant or you're not and it appears they are doing things that drive away the people who used to be regular customers without getting new ones.

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