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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%
Travellers talk about
“pizza” (40 reviews)
“ravioli” (10 reviews)
Open Now
09:30 - 23:00All hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2171 Avenida de La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
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Reviewed 6 May 2016

We live locally, just up the hill, and I love the variety of eclectic offerings as well as classic bistro dishes. For breakfast, the "pizza max" is my favorite recently: crisp pizza crust with salmon and creme fraiche! Lunch favorite is a bibb lettuce salad...More

Thank 2beans2000
Reviewed 26 March 2016

The half a chicken was exceptionally good, with a lemony sauce, capers, etc. The other meals were mediocre, The 6 cheese raviolis with marinara sauce was just ok. The pizza was just ok, it was on list of specials, had no sauce, but had different...More

Thank Judy K
Reviewed 15 March 2016

I just loved their heated patio; its decor was so cozy. Service was excellent. They offered to and were happy to accommodate my dairy-intolerant daughter by letting her choose her pasta and sauce. Parking is a bit difficult in this location, but if you drive...More

Thank AmberA777
Reviewed 13 March 2016

On a whim my wife and I decided on a healthy Italian lunch down in La Jolla Shores and picked the Barbarella. Loved the outside tables in the mid-day sun (a warm, sunny, clear 75° day in early March, a rarity). I had a wonderful...More

Thank Phineasfogg25
Reviewed 2 March 2016

Went to this restaurant last night with a person who regularly goes there and raves about it. Last night was one of disappointment and apology. It took an inordinate amount of time to get water, bread etc. Wait staff seemed very busy as they rushed...More

Thank shmillermd
Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

I have to say, for a location that would be busy constantly no matter how bad the servuce or food was, their food and service is top notch. As I went to order a chicken sandwich with apple chutney and seemed confused as to how...More

Thank Dany Z
Reviewed 23 February 2016

I came here for lunch this past Saturday. I was visiting from New York and came here for friends for lunch. Cherry was our server and she was really sweet and friendly. to start I had their green lentil soup, which was a special. for...More

Thank Deidre2014
Reviewed 21 February 2016 via mobile

I had a great experience, I'm not sure if it is just USA hospitality culture or not, but I felt valued and my needs were more than met. The food was good, ate it all.

Thank Jamie B
Reviewed 9 February 2016

We had a great breakfast, very dfferent, with an italian twist, the portiens were perfect, not overserved, the staff is the friendliest, quick service. Not too many tourists, mostly local people that gonthere for a great breakfast. Ive heard thar the dinner menu is also...More

Reviewed 9 February 2016

Went with my wife for supper end of January. The restaurant has a cozy atmosphere and the owner (well known to a lot of the customers) came around a couple of times to check. Menu was a good size and reasonably priced ($70 for 2...More

Thank M'times
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 22:00
09:30 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
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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