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Wine Steals

Wine Bar, Pizza
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1243 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92147
6192951188
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Seating

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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Comfortable Casual Wine Bar

We have been visiting the location in Point Loma for years whenever visiting San Diego. Sadly, that location closed in spring of 2015 (high rents) as we tried out this location in Hillcrest. Great options for seating - high chairs situated around large barrels, comfortable chairs & couches, or the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2016
SFDutchman
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San Francisco, California
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San Francisco, California
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160 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

We have been visiting the location in Point Loma for years whenever visiting San Diego. Sadly, that location closed in spring of 2015 (high rents) as we tried out this location in Hillcrest. Great options for seating - high chairs situated around large barrels, comfortable chairs & couches, or the bar area. Lots of choices for wine & bubbly. Also,... More 

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Thank SFDutchman
Egham, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

My brother in law wanted to go here as he said it was one of his favourite places . I do not have a clue why ! It had a very odd menu , as there was not much choice for me I chose a Greek salad . I admit it did say it had spinach with it , but... More 

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Thank Debbie B
Munich, Germany
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311 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Friends took us to this wine bar / store on our last visit to San Diego and we loved the concept: One can pick any wine from the shelves and pays a corkage fee to have it at the bar or take it home instead. We ordered pizzas and the cheese / charcuterie boards, which were gigantic and delicious. The... More 

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Thank SFLeonce
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

It's rare that I can enjoy an evening out and feel that I should have paid more. The food is great, the wines are excellent, and the staff is welcoming and efficient. The happy hour is a steal (the pizzas, at $2 a slice, have never disappointed) and the weekend specials make it way too tempting to stay home. Dog... More 

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Thank Stephanie S
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Wine Steals is terrible! Dont waste your time or money. Dont get me wrong.. Its an ok bar.. as far as scenery.. but the staff sucks so much its not worth it. Particularly Clayton the manager! He is not worth going there. He will ruin your night! He ruined mine! Been there.. done that.. cya!

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Carlsbad, California
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179 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

My family (uncle, aunt, and her husband) and I were looking for a place to stop for a late lunch/early dinner when we happened to walk by Wine Steals. We popped in to see if they had food and found out that we could do wine tastings as well (they only do wine tasting a couple days a week and... More 

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Thank MyCuppaJo
Los Angeles, California
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92 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

A hot Saturday afternoon, and you need a cool glass of Chardonnay to set the world straight. So we parked ourselves at Wine Steals on University Ave. Well informed and helpul staff, the lady serving us was great. So was the unofficial entertainment. A group of housewives on a Saturday Afternoon. They were viscious to their absent comrades, highly indiscreet... More 

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Thank George H
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Dunno why but every time I leave that place, I have the feeling of been ripped off... especially when I ordered the cheese tray.. I mean, there are few tiny cheesy bites and five slices of bread and the price is kinda expensive considering that there is also nothing cooked. One of the bartender once told me that those are... More 

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Oceanside, California
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138 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

We like to go to Wine Steals for several glasses of wine during their happy hour. The prices are great and even better during happy hour. They have a huge selection of bottled wine that you can shop from in the back. You can then pay a corkage fee and drink it there. They also have a large selection of... More 

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Thank Michael M
San Diego, California
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2012

We went to the Wine Steals in Cardiff on Saturday. The weather was beautiful and the atmosphere was fun. We love that it is dog friendly. Our dog, Brady, was not the only dog there. There were mostly adults and some kids and babies. We has such a nice time. The service was very good but the food was great.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1243 University Avenue, San Diego, CA 92147
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 6192951188

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Wine Bar, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?