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Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215 (La Jolla Shores Drive)
+1 858-454-7373
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Chandler, Arizona
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The good: We ordered a Ceasar salad and Pizza. Both dishes were good. Friendly staff and good vibe. The bad: Very slow service. Beer had too much foam, so when it settled, I actually had 1/2 inch less beer than the glass full mark.

Thank Gilberto L
Houston, Texas
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83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The wait staff are excellent. The food is wonderful. The wild mushroom pizza is a great appetizer or meal and the mussels are tasty. You can bring your dog and sit outside under the stars. Dogs get VIP treatment. They have patio heaters so you never get cold.

Thank pa s
San Diego, California
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101 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed March 5, 2017

I love going to this restaurant which is located in a small street in walking distance from La Jolla Shores. You can sit outside and watch the people on their way to the breach. Its menu has a mediterranean flair. My absolute favorite is Pizza Max, the salmon pizza with crème fraiche and capers.

Thank Barbara S
Dallas, Texas
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

They focus on local and seasonal. The food was good, the service was good. Nothing really exceptional but a good solid meal.

Thank timbenner
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed December 12, 2016

We live in San Diego and often dine at Barbarella. The food from pizza to roasted chicken is outstanding. Some of our favorite items are the hamburger, roasted chicken and bolognese. They have the best sourdough bread in town.

Thank CMK1999
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3 reviews
Reviewed November 27, 2016 via mobile

Excellent location and great comfortable outdoor dining. Also delicious food and good wine list. We had the luncheon special which as fresh and yummy.

Thank Rose M
Carlsbad, California
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed November 20, 2016

Great little spot, excellent food and service. Loved all the holiday decor - best decorated place around!

Thank ltarmo5
Albuquerque, New Mexico
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed November 15, 2016

We had pizza there on the first night of our long weekend. We enjoyed it so much that we stopped for another on the way back to the airport. Barbara took very good care of us! Also, the bread they served was a wonderful crusty whole grain loaf!

Thank Chris K
San Francisco, California, United States
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155 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

It wasn't just the Halloween decor that attracted us...perfect timing! Super outside patio seating, with heat lamps! Cool La Jolla Shore neighborhood...very friendly service and clientele. Excellent salads "fresh organic local ingredients" pizza and seafood. Eclectic space inside too, lots of cozy seating areas...very popular...plan to return on my next visit to UCSD. Love the atmosphere!

Thank Christine C
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27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 20, 2016 via mobile

Came to town on business and went to this part of town, looking to go to a restaurant a colleague recommended. The place they recommended was closed, but we saw and heard a crowd across the street, so we wandered over to check it out. The place was decked out with a ton of Halloween decorations both inside an out,... More 

Thank Michael R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 10:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
    (La Jolla Shores Drive)
  • Public Transportation: Bus Stop is located within walking distance.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-7373

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