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The WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego, CA
Casual Side Bar - The WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego, CA
Private Dining Room - The WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego, CA
The WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego, CA
The WineSellar & Brasserie, San Diego, CA

The WineSellar & Brasserie

4.9
4.9
954 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 450-9557
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Oscar Bautista
  • Catering
    The WineSellar & Brasserie provides excellent meeting and party facilities for groups up to 60 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 6-12 people. A high-definition television monitor is available for your presentations. sarah@winesellar.com
  • Private party facilities
    The WineSellar & Brasserie offers an intimate dining experience, a privately sectioned off area for a private party of up to 10, or the Casual Side Bar area for Happy Hour parties. Contact Sarah@winesellar.com for details and availability.
  • Private party contact
    Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557
  • Neighborhood
    Sorrento Mesa
  • Cross street
    Steadman St.
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free parking. <br />
  • Public transit
    Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights Blvd
  • Entertainment
    Not at this time.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 954 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Value

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • San Diego

    French

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Value

  • San Diego

    Good for business meals

  • San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • San Diego

    French

954 Reviews
  1. Tommaso

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a delicious charred romaine salad with 3 beautiful scallops. My husband had the burger and said it was great, cooked perfectly medium rare as requested

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  2. JanaC

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service from Tom, Leslie, Cat and Sarah. Food is fantastic. Eat here almost every week.

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  3. LynnG

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    So happy to have rediscovered this restaurant. Close to home and the food and service are outstanding! The dining room could really use a makeover which takes away from the overall experience. Caught in a time warp. But we can’t say enough about the food and service here. Fabulous!!!

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  4. DaveP

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This restaurant continues to be one of the hidden gems of San Diego. The new chef appears to be on his A-game. The prices have increased and, as a result, its not the value that it used to be but the quality is still there.

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  5. opinionated

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden gem. Excellent experience all the way around.

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  6. anthonyg

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow what A nice little gem. This is my second time here and overall had a wonderful experience. Value: This is a great value with the caliper food and wine choices available. We were able to enjoy french wine without breaking the bank. Portion size: this is a great place for people who watch their weight like I do. The portions are small and delicious and not heavy. desert is small, delicious, and will keep your waist line tight . Flavor: I order the duck and it came up a little short in the flavor department. In all fairness the breast was perfectly done but the leg was dry and lacked flavor. special note the french press coffee was outstanding. Service: service was great, the waitress that served us admitted she did not serve during dinner time but overall did a great job. Overall I high recommend this gem for a casual dinning experience.

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  7. RobbW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite elegant San Diego dining. Moro is the finest waiter we have experienced in the city over the last 20 plus years. Consistency is so hard to achieve but Winesellar manages to do just that every time we visit.

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  8. LaurieI

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great meal and great wine. One of my favorites in San Diego.

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  9. Samuel

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice quiet setting for a Tuesday night dinner. Service was excellent. Water glasses were always full, wine glasses were topped up. Entree recommendations were spot on. Sea Bass special was delicious. Rib eye was an interesting presentation, but very good. Wife's petite filet was perfect. We also enjoyed unusual desserts including balsamic strawberries with ice cream. Prices were reasonable, staff was very friendly and attentive.

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  10. Arthur

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great service. Best place in town for an important business meeting or special occasion!

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  11. Sandiegoguy

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service and delicious food. It is a wonderful place to have lunch.

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  12. stevem

    Central Coast

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time in 10 years— we won’t wait that long again. Excellent food, service and value.

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  13. OTTS

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Going to the brasserie reminded me how much I missed this place. It really is a hidden gem in the middle of Sorrento Mesa/Mira Mesa. I think I will go here for my next dinner before I go to La Jolla Playhouse. It’s great for business meetings, I also think it’s great for date nights. it is a a little formal with white tablecloths REALLY silver plate ware, and attentive waiter/waitress. We had a wonderful carrot ginger soup, followed by a perfectly prepared Seabass with crisp skin. The three of us dining on great food was less than $140 (lunch, so no alcohol.) For those unfamiliar, the location will surprise you, but once you’re inside, you will get lost in the world of the Brasserie. Again, highly recommended for business lunches, or for a higher class, more formal date night. You won’t find booming base or hipsters here, but you may well find the innovators and movers and shakers of San Diego.

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  14. MichaelB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new lunch menu is amazing! My wife and I had a great time. The waiters were thoughtful and attentive as always. The food was excellent. We're looking forward to what the new chef has in store for the dinner menu.

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  15. LLBB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent birthday lunch. Great food and service! Short ribs and hamburger were outstanding. We really appreciated the table decorations and birthday dessert! THANK YOU!

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  16. MichaelM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a hidden Gem, the food, service and ambiance are always great. Love coming this great restaurant with fabulous everything.

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  17. Norwichman

    San Diego

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for lunch. Sea Bass was fine. Steak Salad was great. Sancerre and Chateau neuf du Pape splendid. Hey this place is always a hidden gem. Don't tell anyone.

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  18. Arthur

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Food and Service! We are huge fans of the WineSellar restaurant in the Mira Mesa area of San Diego. This is a very sophisticated and refined restaurant with excellent food and attentive service. Everything on the dinner menu is scrumptious! You cannot go wrong with fresh fish, scallops, duck or rack of lamb. Highly recommend!

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  19. WendyK

    San Diego

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The new chef does an amazing job with all the food we tasted. We like the way Moro pairs our wine with our food. This is definitely a top-notch restaurant.

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  20. Mary

    San Diego

    144 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had not been in years - probably 20. Food still good. Nice decoration for birthday.

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  21. WayneH

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the duck and the ahi tostadas. And great service and ambiance.

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  22. Stitch

    San Diego

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful seafood salad. They were able to meet my dietary needs. I will return.

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  23. Sandiegoguy

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are always excellent. So happy that Tom has come back to the staff!

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  24. WayneH

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another wonderful dinner at Wine Seller & Brasserie. Great food, service, ambiance, and friends. Will be back soon .

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  25. PointLomaPam

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at the WineSellar and Brasserie is just such a wonderful experience... always! The staff is so nice, welcoming, well-informed and competent. The food choices are varied and so delicious, always making it tough to decide what to get from so many wonderful options. The wine list and the wait staff's ability to suggest a wine to match the chosen food is terrific. All in all, this place is the top of the list for me for a special dinner or just for a really nice lunch out! Most recently I had the open face cured salmon sandwich with a side salad for lunch .... yum! One of my friends had the fish plate, which looked like a plate transported from a picture in a gourmet magazine. With a paired wine, then balsamic strawberries with vanilla ice cream for dessert.... wow, wow, wow. A foodie's dream! Always happy to recommend this restaurant!

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  26. NancyH

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We love eating at this restaurant. The food is always wonderful. Muro is so knowledgeable about wines. One of our favorite places!!

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  27. Arthur

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Great venue for a business lunch!

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  28. Rosa

    Greater Boston

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service! Love coming here. Food is espectacular.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food; great wine. Restaurant is very understaffed. Extremely nice waitress, but she couldn’t keep up because she was the only one there.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always amazing service, food and wine. One of our favorite places in the most unassuming location. The staff goes out of their way to make it an experience. Highly recommend

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  31. Arthur

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great bistro for business dinner or date night! Great food and service!

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  32. MarkB

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The WineSellar never disappoints us. We attended the annual champagne dinner. The food, pairings and service were all excellent.

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  33. ErikR

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always. This restaurant has been consistently good for over 30 years. Carla was a delight as our server.

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  34. Mike

    San Diego

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The scallops are fantastic! Great wine selection. Sophisticated but not stuffy

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  35. Maynoel24

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a culinary experience. An intimate place, very welcoming. The food was exquisite, the wine was perfection, the atmosphere was quiet, private, and service was excellent.

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  36. BFBSD

    San Diego

    111 reviews

    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Very good food and service is excellent but a meal can get pricey although they occasionally offer an attractively priced Prix-fixe three course meal. They don't provide an amuse bouche to start or a candy or cookie with the bill but at least, so far, they have stayed away from a surcharge. The lighting is a right but the jazz backgroun music is very pleasant. Wine by the glass is relatively expensive. A glass of Sancerre was $16. It's better to order a bottle and take the remainder home. A 750 ml bottle contains enough wine for 4.21 6oz pours. If a restaurant only serves 5 oz n a pour, there are 5 in a bottle, so at $16 a glass you can pay $64 to $80 for a bottle depending on how much is in each glass.

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  37. Pearl

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there to celebrate my friend’s milestone birthday. Everything was perfect from beginning to end! I appreciate the decorations on our table and the excellent professional service. We thoroughly enjoyed the wine recommended by our server. The food, seared sea bass was perfectly cooked. Thank you for a memorable meal and celebration! My friend had a great time.

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  38. JohnS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great dining experience, and the staff was very attentive.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service and wine here are consistently outstanding.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic as was the service , we had the filet and the rack of lamb

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

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

The WineSellar & Brasserie is rated 4.9 stars by 954 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for The WineSellar & Brasserie

9550 Waples Street, Suite 115, San Diego, CA 92121

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Steadman St.
  • Neighborhood
    Sorrento Mesa
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:30 am–2:00 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 4:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French, American, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Plenty of free parking. <br />
  • Public transit
    Mira Mesa Blvd and Pacific Heights Blvd
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Oscar Bautista
  • Entertainment
    Not at this time.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 450-9557
  • Catering
    The WineSellar &amp; Brasserie provides excellent meeting and party facilities for groups up to 60 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 6-12 people. A high-definition television monitor is available for your presentations. sarah@winesellar.com
  • Private party facilities
    The WineSellar & Brasserie offers an intimate dining experience, a privately sectioned off area for a private party of up to 10, or the Casual Side Bar area for Happy Hour parties. Contact Sarah@winesellar.com for details and availability.
  • Private party contact
    Tom Bertrand: (858) 450-9557
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