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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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Hours:
Thu - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Special occasions

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 35
    Excellent
  • 7
    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
Most recent review
Loved it.

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
FoodieCyclists
via mobile
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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47 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
137 reviews 137 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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
163 reviews 163 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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
182 helpful votes 182 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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St Cloud MN
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I must start out by saying our Prix Fixe 3 -course dinner and several appetizers were good. However, the service is what left a very negative feeling about ever returning to this restaurant. We (12 diners) waited a significant amount of time to be acknowledged by the wait-staff....plenty of time to determine 2 of us preferred to order a bottle... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This bistro is most of the week first and foremost a very good wine store/ eclectic wine tasting room (serving small plates) , but, on the weekend, starting Thursday it is a full fledged restaurant with a limited but fabulous menu created with fresh products of the week and served with absolutely perfect wine pairings that allow the guest to... More 

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Wine Vault & Bistro has become my favorite San Diego restaurant over the last year. Hidden away on India Street, south of Washington, you cannot go wrong with the constantly changing menus with wine pairings that are exquisite. The food is superb, the service is excellent and if you are a wine lover that enjoys wine pairings, you will be... More 

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El Cajon, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014 via mobile

Went for Valentines Day with high expectations after good reviews from a friend. It was a special occasion, our anniversary celebration. If you are used to spending high prices for dinner, you probably will not be disappointed. The ad on the internet said $55 per person. It turned out to be $65 per person plus a 20% gratuity. The food... 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: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions
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?