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Wine Vault and Bistro

#382 of 3,785 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Wine Bar
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3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-3779
+1 619-295-3939
Thu - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Had an outstanding 5 course chef's tasting menu offering. The steak course was exceptionally fabulous! The wine pairing included some I had never heard of, and it was exciting to discover the new varieties. There are some stairs getting into and out of this quaint restaurant, so those with mobility issues will want to call ahead and inquire re: accommodations... More 

Thank arkiemommy
San Diego
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123 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We enjoyed visiting Stolpman winery in the Santa Barbara area and when we were notified about a wine dinner in the San Diego area, we decided to give it a try. We have attended many wine dinners over the years, but having never been here before, we were not sure what to expect. The five courses were delicious - particularly... More 

Thank SLindseySanDiego
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Booked this restaurant after reading about it on Eater San Diego, the welcome we received from the owners Chris and Mary was fantastic. Mary is a very calm and unassuming person who makes you feel completely at ease and because we had travelled from Ireland gave us two complimentary drinks to begin with. Food was full of flavours and wine... More 

Thank Declan550
Santee, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

We dine here almost once a month. It's a prefix meal. You have to have a reservation. The menus will be a 3 course to a 5 course typically. We've even had a 10 course. The setting is a cute house in little Italy and very romantic. Mary and Chris are the owners and are fabulous hosts. Greg the chef... More 

Thank debbiegC6126PN
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016

I was invited to join my friends for a five-course dinner with matching wines, all for about $80 per person, including tax and tip. What a deal. The food was marvelous. Unusual flavors complimented nicely be each paired wine. Two hours of delightful dining with verbal descriptions of each course before it was served. This place offers different dinners on... More 

Thank RBinDC2016
San Diego, California
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219 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

We go here fairly regularly for the Thursday-Saturday menus, but the WineMaker dinners are really special. The restaurant holds these on Sunday nites usually, and if there is reason they will do second ones on Monday nites. These are special menus paired with the featured wines and there are usually 6 or 7 courses. The Executive Chef is brilliant and... More 

Thank Mal H
Giessen, Germany
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184 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

This was my second meal at the Wine Vault and Bistro (on 2 April 2016), and it was great again! The service was excellent, hostess and waitress very friendly, quality of the food was excellent, and the wine-pairing worked for me! We were a group of eight. I definitely recommend the Wine Vault and Bistro in San Diego!

Thank RoryMorty
Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Wine vault and bistro Third floor of a gray house in a cool area off of India avenue. Relaxed, casual, welcoming atmosphere. The entire front of house was warming, informed and wonderful. Selected the 3 course tasting menu/ prix fixe with wine pairing. So glad that I did... Bright, crispy sweet tart Brussels sprouts in a zesty garlic chili sauce.... More 

Thank Aaron W
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Outstanding 3 and 5 course price fixe meals with well matched wine parings. Course options are well thought out and all are unique and excellently prepared. Wines are uniquely selected to tie to the food theme (i.e. Argentine wines with an Argentine bill of fare). You might want to take a taxi or Uber since the wine parings are plentiful.

Thank Michael J
San Diego, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2016 via mobile

I cannot say enough great things about this restaurant. Haven for food and wine lovers, Wine Bar & Bistro is an oasis of good food, great wine, affordable pricing and customer-centric owners who are proud of what they have built and grateful for their customers. From a restaurant perspective they are unique as they are only open 4 days a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Wine Bar
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3731 India St, San Diego, CA 92103-3779
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-3939

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