If you’re headed out to dinner in La Jolla on a weekday, why not score yourself a bargain on the wine. Several La Jolla restaurants feature Wine Wednesday or half-priced bottle or glass of wine offers on Tuesdays. Here is a list of current La Jolla restaurants with these wine deals, in alphabetical order. However, it always pays to call before you go to be sure any specials are still available.
This small neighborhood, Italian bistro is popular with locals for moderate prices, hearty portions, and good food. It’s an easy walk from La Valencia Hotel and other hotels in the Village if you happen to be visiting. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, all bottled wines are half-priced. Bistro Pazzo does say that this deal does not apply on some special occasions so call before you go.
Go to Nautilus Tavern, a neighborhood bar and grill located in Windansea, for forward-thinking cocktails, 30 beers on tap and Wine Wednesday which features half-off select bottles of wine and appetizers. Also popular are the scratch-made burgers and wings.
NINE-TEN (Top Pick)
NINE-TEN is one of San Diego’s best restaurants and located inside the Grande Colonial Hotel. The entire seasonal menu is delicious and features produce from local artisan farmers. Wednesday is the day to visit Nine-Ten for 1/2 Price Wine Day. Guests may enjoy any bottle of wine from the extensive Wine Spectator Award-winning list at lunch, dinner or at the NINE-TEN Bar for 50% off of the retail price. This is your chance to try that bucket list bottle or simply pair something epic with the famous short ribs or half-baked chocolate cake.
The wine list does change daily. Sommelier Summer Haines selects wines in multiple price ranges including the unique and hard-to-find. It’s also possible to buy bottles directly from their cellar at 35% off.
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Half-priced bottle of wine night at this La Jolla Shores restaurant is on Tuesday. I met a friend there once not knowing this. The waiter told us his favorite Pinot Grigio was $15 per bottle because it was 50% off. He certainly could have upsold us, so I appreciated that. The catch is, this Wine Wednesday deal only applies to 2 bottles per check. If you have a large party, your first 2 bottles will be 50% off and the rest will be full price (still a deal). Splitting your table into separate checks will not entitle you to more discounted wine.
We like to sit on the patio here when the weather is nice. Osteria Romantica does a nice job with larger parties and will reserve the entire. Heat lamps warm the space if it’s chilly. I like the lasagne and capellini.
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We Olive & Wine Bar
On Prospect in the heart of downtown La Jolla, above La Jolla Cove, We Olive & Wine Bar features artisanal wines, craft beers, and olive oil-inspired tapas. It is also a retail outlet for fantastic oils and bottles of vinegar that you may also taste. Staff will help you to select flavors for the ideal seasonings and dressings. I love stopping in here and sipping wine on their small ocean view patio. Their Wine Wednesday deal features half-off glasses of wine all day long.
The list of La Jolla half price bottle of wine nights:
Tuesday: Bistro Pazzo, Osteria Romantica
Wednesday: Bistro Pazzo, Nautilus Tavern, Nine-Ten, We Olive & Wine Bar
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