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Barbarella Restaurant & Bar

2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
+1 858-454-7373
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pizza” (44 reviews)
“salad” (21 reviews)
Open Now
9:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a small family gathering at Barbarella recently and I was disappointed, given all the hype I had heard about this place. The wait staff was great - no issues at all - we had one member of our group that was 15 minutes...More

Thank Mizzou1965
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I almost expected to meet Jane Fonda dining here reenacting her early career role. It is not your typical Italian restaurant with its artsy vibe and look, while playing new world music in the background. I liked it a lot! The food was also very...More

Thank Jerry L
Reviewed 29 December 2017

We went with friends to this lovely little Restaurant and Bar in La Jolla. Great Service and a fun atmosphere. Nice wine and beer selection. We all had something different for Brunch and everyone enjoyed what they had ordered. The Eggs Benedict were wonderful according...More

Thank Marsha A
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We like to go here periodically. I am crazy about her hamburgers and her black and blue salad. The setting is charming and funky. Barbara goes all out for each and every holiday. In between she also has neat art.

Thank wally k
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

We live in the neighborhood and the La Jolla Shores area is plentiful with friendly eateries but you just can’t beat Barbarella!! Barbara loves, loves, loves to decorate.... did I mention that Barbara loves to decorate??!! For every conceivable holiday, Barbara’s got the decorations. Bring...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 5 December 2017

Great fresh pasta and pizza.visited Friday nite after Thanksgiving while visiting la Jolla.Barbara,the owner and her manager make all feel welcomed.Try it sometime you'll be glad

Thank sean k
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

Booked to avoid disappointment, food when it turned up was good, service left a lot to be desired 🙁, server preoccupied which meant repeatedly asking for things to be bought out. Was expecting more as the reviews were great and the place was far from...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 19 November 2017

Patio service is a little crowded, but it is nice to be outside a short walk from La Jolla Shores Park. The lunch menu choices here are not extensive, but the food was tasty if a little pricey. The one negative was the service: dirty...More

Thank Susan M
Reviewed 15 November 2017

I made a reservation based on TA reviews. It's so difficult to find good restaurants which allow dogs. We just happened to be dining during October so the restaurant was decorated over the top both inside and out for Halloween. We both ordered the pasta...More

Thank GoldenJudy
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

I love breakfast in The Shores, just a block from the beach where everything is casual and the sand/surf is near at all times. Barbarella is a classic gathering place in The Shores and if there is a holiday on the calendar there will be...More

Thank 2beans2000
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
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
  • E-mail
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