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Bernini's Bistro

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner


US$21 - US$30
European, Italian, International
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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meals, features


Cup $6.0
Bowl $8.5
Soup of the Day
Homemade; Daily selection
Brussels Sprouts
duck bacon, garlic aioli, balsamic reduction
Calamari Fritti
served with 3 shrimp, house cocktail sauce
Crab Cakes
on a bed of mixed greens, lemon pesto aioli
Shrimp Cocktail
jumbo Black Tiger shrimp, cucumber, house cocktail sauce
Mozzarella Caprese
fresh mozzarella, kalamata olives, roma tomatoes, basil, avocado
Seared Ahi Tataki
Ahi, sesame seed, chive, cilantro, maldon, napa cabbage, radish, pickled red onion, sesame vinaigrette
white wine sauce, tomatoes, garlic, shallots, french fries, lemon pesto aioli
Add to any salad jumbo white beans +$2, flame broiled chicken breast +$5.50, grilled or blackened salmon, or shrimp +$6, filet mignon +$7
Little $8.0
Full $14.0
Sweet Walnut Salad
field greens, cranberries, apples, caramelized walnuts, balsamic vinaigrette
Little $8.0
Full $14.0
hearts of romaine, croutons, shaved parmesan; Gluten Free without croutons
Little $11.0
Full $15.9
Beet Salad
field greens, tomatoes, shredded carrots, red onions, red and gold beets, walnuts, feta cheese, apple pecan vinaigrette
Shrimp Louie Salad
romaine, field greens, egg, tomato, carrot, cucumber, avocado, bay shrimp, shaved shallot, radish
Farmers Vegetable Salad
arugula, jumbo white beans, carrots, roasted peppers, roasted garlic, egg, avocado, grilled asparagus, our special green goddess dressing
Grilled Shrimp Salad
field greens, romaine, tomatoes, feta, green onions, bell peppers, roasted almonds, balsamic vinaigrette
Cobb Salad
flame broiled chicken breast, bacon, avocado, tomato, romaine, field greens, gorgonzola, hard boiled egg, ranch dressing
Ahi Crunchy Salad
seared rare, field greens, shredded carrots, napa cabbage, sesame seeds, crispy wantons, soy vinaigrette
All sandwiches served with a choice of french fries, or baby greens. Gluten Free pasta +$3
Berninis Signature Burger
cheddar cheese, grilled onions, bacon, fresh tomatoes, lettuce, mayo, brioche bun
Greek Chicken Wrap
hummus, romaine, avocado, roasted red pepper, green onion, pesto aioli
Prime Rib French Dip
thinly sliced fresh Prime Rib, ciabatta, au jus, creamed horseradish
Salmon Sandwich
grilled salmon with roasted red pepper, arugula, dill and lemon pesto aioli on focaccia
Chicken Salad Sandwich
chicken, celery, cranberries, pecans, mayo, malted brown bread
Half Sandwich & Soup
1/2 Chicken Salad sandwich with a bowl of soup (no sides)
Pistachio Crusted Salmon
French lentils, spinach, citrus beurre blanc
Fettuccini Nero
home made organic fettuccini, leeks, shallots, garlic, shrimp, local wild scallops, leek cream sauce
Cheese Ravioli
butternut squash, peas, sage, parmesan cream sauce
Spaghetti Bolognese
signature home made bolognese sauce
Gluten Free pizza +$4 (pizza available after 1pm)
pepperoni, mozzarella, tomato sauce
Spinach & Ricotta
spinach, ricotta cheese, garlic, mozzarella
Meat Lovers
pepperoni, beef short ribs, ham, bacon, mozzarella, tomato sauce
mozzarella, fresh roma tomatoes, fresh basil, garlic, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce
Nature Lovers
caramelized onions, mozzarella, grilled zucchini, grilled peppers, jumbo white beans, artichoke hearts, garlic oil, pesto, parsley
Everything but the Kitchen Sink
mozzarella, grilled peppers, grilled zucchini, mushrooms, grilled spanish onions, pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, prosciutto, garlic oil
Turkish Affair
Turkish all beef sausage, green peppers, spanish onions, mozzarella, tomato sauce
Eggs Diavola
grilled polenta rounds (homemade corncakes), poached eggs, pasilla tomato sauce, cheddar cheese
Berninis Benedict
our version poached eggs, English muffins, crumbled bacon, tomato, avocado Hollandaise
Eggs Benedict
two poached eggs, Canadian bacon, English muffins, Hollandaise sauce
Crabcake Benedict
crispy crab cakes, 2 poached eggs, pesto Hollandaise
cream cheese, tomatoes, spanish onions, capers, bagel
Breakfast Burrito
scrambled eggs, hash browns, green onions, guacamole, bacon and cheddar cheese all wrapped in a large flour tortilla
Chicken Chilaquiles
grilled chicken, chilaquiles, two eggs, guacamole, cheddar
Beef Short Rib Hash
onions, corn, peas, green onions topped with 2 over easy eggs
brown sugar, caramelized walnuts, bananas
Homemade Baked Goods
ask for today's selection
Been To Heaven and Back Waffle
kiwis, bananas, strawberries, Nutella, whipped cream, chopped walnuts
Plain Belgian Waffle
plain, dusted with powdered sugar
Lemon Ricotta Pancakes
served with butter and syrup
Buttermilk Pancakes
served with butter and syrup
Stuffed French Toast
french toast stuffed with fresh strawberries, mascarpone cheese, whip, vanilla sauce
French Toast
served with whipped cream
Served with your choice of hash browns, rosemary potatoes, fresh fruit or green salad and homemade cheese scone (grain toast available upon request). Egg whites add $1.50. The skillets are baked in cash iron skillets
Traditional Breakfast
two eggs any style
Grilled Veggie Omelet
asparagus, broccoli, onion, tomato, swiss
Artichoke Omelet
spinach, artichoke hearts, roasted red peppers, goat cheese
Mediterranean Omelet
tomatoes, kalamata olives, fresh dill, feta
Meat Lovers Omelet
Canadian bacon, sausage, green onions, mozzarella
Filet Mignon Skillet
shredded filet mignon, bell peppers, onions, cheddar
Crab Skillet
avocado, roasted bell pepper, shallots, garlic, mozzarella
Southwest Omelet
avocado, pasilla chiles, mozzarella, applewood bacon
Turkish Sausage Sucuk
3 eggs sunny side up with all beef sausage
Hash Browns
Rosemary Potatoes
1 Pancake
One Egg
Two Eggs
Egg Whites
Champagne & Orange or Pomegranate juice
Berninis Bloody Mary
Vodka & Tomato Juice dash of spice, bacon garnish
Small $3.0
Large $4.0
Fresh Squeezed Juice
freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit
Berninis Organic Lemonade
with added hints of strawberry, mango, mint and lemon
Organic Lemonade
Clean Paradiso (Non-Alcoholic)
Pomegranate, lime, ginger beer, pineapple, sparkling water
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All reviews brunch walnut salad pizza trout tiramisu bread steak pappardelle ahi crab cakes the outdoor dining area we sat inside italian place wonderful evening visited this restaurant our waiter service was great
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

Bernini's is an easy go to. Food is all very nice, have never had a bad meal here. The bar is comfortable for a drink or a meal by yourself or with friends.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 2015tripper
Reviewed 16 November 2018

Nice local eatery in the La Jolla neighbourhood. We had the pizza and tuna and both were good. Service was good and our waiter was really nice giving us recommendations on what to do and see during our stay in San Diego. Nice atmosphere with...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank beanwandering
Reviewed 10 November 2018

Caesar salad was bland - basically lettuce, about 5 croutons and very little dressing. Pizza was disappointing. Very soggy, you have no choice but to eat it with a knife and fork as it cannot be picked up. You can do a lot better.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Inspire01665613348
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

Our late dinner, outdoor, was with seared tuna and a woodfire pizza. The tuna was excellent as the pizza could have been larger, and the dough seemed to be pre prepared. The service was rushed, the pizza being ready before we finished our first dishes,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank longtravel09
Reviewed 2 October 2018

La Jolla is a very upscale part of San Diego. It is nice to find a cozy neighborhood restaurant there. The food and service is good. You can comfortably sit inside or outside.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank CaliforniaLeslie
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

No complaints, food was solid, wait staff pleasant and accommodating. Nice patio. Overall a very solid choice but nothing I’d write home about. Some may thing 3* to be negative, but I don’t mean it that way. I mean that it is a solid choice...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank venturgrl
Reviewed 24 August 2018 via mobile

We ate here on our first night in La Jolla. Excellent friendly service. Between us we had salad, pizza and their dinner special pasta all were very good. The restaurant is well established and whilst it is not on the bay it is well worth...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank PeterG022
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

On our first night in LaJolla, we went to Bernini’s for dinner. Although it is not on The Bay and does not sport great views, the sidewalk seating is fun and the food and service were excellent! In addition, they had a nice wine list...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank 991maryal
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We had an anniversary dinner recently at Bernini's and were delighted with the European atmosphere and terrific menu. Lane was our server and went above and beyond to make our experience memorable with his welcoming attitude and spot-on recommendations. The restaurant has been there for...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JamesHJr
Reviewed 14 July 2018 via mobile

Found our way here after escaping crowds further south. Delightful weekend brunch choices, good lunch choices. One of group chose ahi crunch salad, said it was really good. Two omelets and one stuffed French toast on the order as well. All delicious. Wait staff friendly....More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank JB825
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I was a customer. You would need to contact the restaurant to obtain further ingormation regarding large parties and/or pricing. Thanks.
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