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Wine Steals

Wine Bar
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1243 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3311
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
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San Francisco, California
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stop by at the Hillcrest location at least once on our San Diego visits. See previous review in 2015. On this last visit, we popped in to buy a bottle of wine and have them open it for us to share for a $6 corkage. We opted to try one of their pizzas. SInce one of us is gluten-free we... More 

Thank SFDutchman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time, the staff was so friendly & the manager really took care of us. Food was great, sat on the patio, ordered yummy wine and enjoyed a perfect San Diego night.

Thank 319theam
Barstow, California
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170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

i have been meeting friends here off and on for quite some time. I like the open room feel, though it does get a little loud. I like coming on Sundays since there's no cork fee. They have a nice selection of wines to choose from and I can always find a really good Malbec that is reasonably priced. They... More 

Thank heuster3
Cromwell, Connecticut
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106 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

Stopped in mid-week and the bottles of wine were on sale. Paid for wine and corkage of $6.00 Had a terrific Artisan Cheese Platter. The wine was delicious! Sat on a big old saggy couch. Very different. Casual and cozy.

Thank Lesley G
San Francisco, California
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186 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 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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Egham, United Kingdom
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171 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank Debbie B
Munich, Germany
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198 restaurant reviews
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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 

Thank SFLeonce
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

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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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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wine Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1243 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3311
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 6192951188

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