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Wine Vault and Bistro

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3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-3779
619-295-3939
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5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A (well) hidden neighbourhood gem.

I'm lucky enough to live only a couple of blocks from Wine Vault & Bistro, and it has quickly become my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Tucked away as it is, open for dinner just three days a week, and with seating available only by reservation, it took me a while discover the place but once I... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Jerry U
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San Diego, California
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, California
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I'm lucky enough to live only a couple of blocks from Wine Vault & Bistro, and it has quickly become my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Tucked away as it is, open for dinner just three days a week, and with seating available only by reservation, it took me a while discover the place but once I did, I became... More 

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Irvine, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We drove from Orange County to visit the Wine Vault & Bistro for my sister's birthday. She had been there before; I had not, and i don't do steps very well. My sister called ahead and learned that they have a back door and to call upon our arrival and they will come and guide us in! This was just... More 

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Keizer, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Let me first start by saying that the Wine Vault enjoys a great reputation in San Diego and deservingly so. Four of us made reservations for their Cajun Tasting meal at $47.50 per person. The food and wine pairings were fun and tasty. Only one thing I didn't care for on a 10 course meal was the ham, but I... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I've been here several times. It's a great time if you know what your getting into. Let me explain... It's a very small place so you will get great service. Ideal for 4-6 people, not a large group. It's on the romantic side, So couples, yes, Friends yes, children.. I would leave at home. Every week there is a wine... More 

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33 reviews 33 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 via mobile

Owner greeted us with a flute of champagne, and the tone for the evening was set. It was all amazing. Enjoyed different paired 3 course dinners, and we were both very, very satisfied. My date's gnocchi was to die for.

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Set off the beaten path in Midtown, this is a superior restaurant per San Fran foodies that rivals those in San Fran. The executive chef creates menus based on what's fresh, so the menu changes often. Often there is a fixed-price menu for a reasonable $25 or $30. Wine pairings are usually an even more reasonable $15-25. Since the food... More 

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San Marcos, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This is a no brainer review. Wine Vault is one of the best possible experiences one can have in dining. Their winemaker dinners are always fun, innovative, and well prepared. Chris and Mary (the owners) are so very friendly, and take a lot of pride in what they do. I have no hesitation sending my closest friends and family there,... More 

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California
Top Contributor
146 reviews 146 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

but I think you'll really like it. This restaurant is a real find - great food, reasonable prices, great wait staff. The portions are small, but with the number of courses, there's plenty to eat. And, the neat thing is you'll try things you've never had - like the crispy duck tacos. The wines pair well with the food if... More 

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La Jolla, California
Top Contributor
182 reviews 182 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I guess I would rate them with a C+, but I can't really rate them much higher. The fixed menu was good, but I wasn't impressed with the limited wine selection. The 5 wines on the tasting menu were the only wines we could get an individual glass of. I don't like whites or dessert wines, so that left 2... More 

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San Diego, CA
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
188 helpful votes 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I live in San Diego and have been going to the Wine Vault for many years. Because the menu changes every week, it's like visiting a different restaurant every time you go, I haven't had the same meal twice in over 6 years of going there. Thye use the freshest ingredients, they use very creative ingredients, nothing necessarily out of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-3779
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-295-3939

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Bistro, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?