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Bernini's Bistro

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7550 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4839
+1 858-454-5013
08:00 - 22:00
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

We visited Berninis for the first time thinking that it was an Italian restaraunt ,but found out that it is in fact it is a general Mediterranean restaurant. The food was very good and huge portions. I had Chicken Parmegian and it was delicious. I took half of it back in a box to my hotel to finish it off... More 

1 Thank LES H
Rancho Murieta, California
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

I LOVE this place - it is like no other when it comes to creating the perfect blend of delicious, pretty and plentiful brunch plates with stylish, yet casual European ambiance. You feel like you're sitting on a sidewalk cafe with all the time in the world, thanks to attentive, relaxed servers who get every detail just right. A huge... More 

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Sandbach, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015 via mobile

We were on holiday from the UK and were shopping at Vons and noticed this place. We booked a table for our first evening in San Diego and were not disappointed. Lovely bread and dipping oils. Great cocktails and beers and lovely tasty food. Pizza, spaghetti meatballs, lasagna and home made soup all went down really well. Good value for... More 

Thank Fiona C
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

On a whim my family and I stopped into Bernini's Bistro for lunch. Needless to say we were extremely pleased. One of the main problems I had with restaurants throughout La Jolla was that I found the menus to be too small with maybe only 1 or 2 options that I really cared for. This was not the case here.... More 

Thank Redsox3
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119 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015 via mobile

Came for lunch and they gave us bread with some kind of olive oil dip with Olives, pine nuts, garlic and I don't know what else but it was amazing and I ate way too much bread. We didn't have any wine but sat in the back room where they keep the wine and it looks like they have an... More 

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Munich, Germany
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29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

At least for us... We tried a few others in La Jolla that were listed a bit higher on tripadvisor. Bernini wins it for us with very welcoming staff, good food whenever you show up: dinner, lunch or dinner. High quality products are well prepared and properly cooked for delicious dishes. Salads are very fresh and nicely presented, Italian dishes... More 

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Eagle River, Wisconsin, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Family of four went for evening dinner. Was a beautiful evening and we were able to dine on the outdoor patio. We had the calamari appetizer which was very good. For entrees my husband had the lamb shank which he said was good but a little to rich. I had the special which was the steak and was excellent. Two... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

The meat a balls were delicious according to my friend that had them with some tasty spaghetti. My penne pasta was okay at best, very dry. The sidewalk setting was very pleasant.

Thank wannatraveltexas
Vista, California
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72 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

My wife and daughter treated me to a wonderful breakfast at Bernini's. I had the Bernini Egg Benedicts, a cheese scone, hash browns and a Bloody Mary and everything was delicious. The atmosphere is very cozy. It felt like a neighborhood cafe in Europe somewhere. The owners have put a very nice personal touch into the restaurant by hanging paintings... More 

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La Jolla, California
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

This is probably the most reliable restaurant in La Jolla for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I typically eat breakfast here when I have friends in town visiting who like egg dishes. Great food and value.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, International, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7550 Fay Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4839
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-5013

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