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:
French, American, 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

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.

Private Party Contact:
Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557

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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Details
Tue - Thu 5:30PM - 9:00PM

The WineSellar & Brasserie Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

service

4.4

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4.2

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89% would recommend it to a friend

Notable Wine List (12)
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Special Occasion (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for a Date (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Business Meals (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Cozy (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Bar Seating (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Authentic (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Seasonal (3)
Casual (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Local Ingredients (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 7 days ago

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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (Orlando)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (San Diego)·Dined 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!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

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

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Seasonal, Cozy, Authentic, Healthy, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Tasting Menu
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 (Orange County)·Dined 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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 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.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined 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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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

This is definitely a special occasion place. The food is always superb and the wine recommendations are phenomenal. I have never had anything where I didn't try to lick the plate clean. It's a must go if you've never been.

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Excellent service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Great food and service. Background music and environment very nice. Will come back.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great dinner in honor of the restaurant's 29th Anniversary - very well prepared and the service was excellent!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Beautiful hidden place. Wouldn't think it would be in a business neighboorhood like Sorrento Valley. Intimate and romantic lighting. Food was excellent. Very nice presentation. Very large wine selection and some craft beer.

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

We enjoyed the 7-course Tasting Menu and it was exquisite! The selection of dishes and the preparation were outstanding and the service impeccable. We enjoyed the wine pairing and it too was excellent. We especially enjoyed the pasta course - the Gnocchi was very well prepared and the "Steak & Eggs Entree" of Waygu Beef with the poached quail egg and variations was delicious and beautifully presented! We will definitely return here.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

One of the best restaurants in greater San Diego. Interesting wine list too.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Took my parents here who were visiting from out of town. They really liked it.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Great staff, service was excellent and the food was perfect. We had a bottle of wine with dinner and they have a large selection to choose from. Our first time here and we do plan on returning.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2017

It's hidden away off Mira Mesa Blvd, it was a pleasant surprise how nice this place was. The service was fantastic and the food was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

We have been there before and it was always very good. This last time, food seemed very basic and bland. Small portions. The mussels were very good.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 12, 2017

A delightful spot often neglected by weekend diners because it's in a business park. Consistently excellent menu. The paired tasting offerings are always a treat. We love the quiet ambiance and attentive service as well.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The chef is incredible. She can work with any dietary constrain it seems. My wife has gluten and dairy allergies and she was able to make the food taste very good with those restrictions. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and how it's prepared. The only thing I would say is that it does take the food a little bit of time to come out but other than that it was fine.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Excellent service. Excellent food. Would definitely return

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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