Welcome to Bernini`s Bistro


For 17 years Bernini’s Bistro has been a place where locals find a hearty breakfast, a fast fresh lunch or an exquisite dinner.
We feature a relaxed and approachable dining atmosphere balanced with the finest local ingredients.
Be it a candle lit dinner for two or a pizza party for the whole family, let us provide you with your own special Bernini’s Bistro experience.

Good in more ways than one.

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Weekend Brunch

You can order from our delicious weekend brunch menu till 4pm every Saturday and Sunday.


Enjoy healthy salads, large mouth watering sandwiches and homemade organic pasta. We also have a nice selection of our favorite
breakfast dishes available as well


Woodfired Pizza, Pistachio Crusted Salmon and 24 hour braised Short Ribs are some of our specialties you will find during dinner.


Enjoy your cocktail on our beautiful patio while enjoying Sunny San Diego.


Your meal, our challenge.

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Meet our stuff

Executive Chef Mario Medina

Mario_Medina2Spending many childhood days in the kitchen with his mother in Mexico City, Mario Medina developed a deep passion for food that inspired his journey of becoming an executive chef. After finishing culinary school in his hometown, Mario came to the United States to follow his dream. Working and learning in some of the finer kitchens on the west coast, Mario quickly established a reputation for great food and hospitality, driven by his desire to please every guest. His dream was soon realized when, in less than a year as Sous Chef at Chateau La Jolla Inn, he was offered the position of Executive Chef. Mario next took the helm at Paradise Grill in Del Mar, then Finch’s bistro for five years and is now leading the kitchen at Bernini’s Bistro in La Jolla.

Although still young and early in his career, Mario is becoming noteworthy for his culinary achievements, having been featured in magazines “San Diego Home and Garden”, “Dining Out”, “About Town”, “Where”, “Riviera”, “Fine”, “Ranch & Coast” and “Mexico Aquí”, and on many local television news channels. Mario has been a participating chef for numerous fundraisers and events like Cooking for Cancer, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Mama’s Kitchen, Taste of the Cove, the La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, and the Latin Food Festival, San Diego Food and Bank Chefs Gala, to name but a few.

He is featured in a cookbook showcasing San Diego’s top chefs – San Diego Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from America’s Finest City – and is a weekly recipe contributor to 860AM Radio and Mexico Aqui Magazine. Mario’s ongoing commitment to excellence and true hospitality, paired with his passion and love of food, always ensure his guests leave happy.


Bernini`s Bistro

“Where the locals eat”


Featured on Channel 10 News “Restaurant Row”


Channel 8 “Unknown Eater” Restaurant of Choice


Featured on KUSI news

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Bernini`s Bistro
Restaurant and Bar
7550 Fay Avenue; La Jolla; California 92037

Serving Lunch and Dinner 7 days a week and brunch on weekends.
Are you a late riser?  Well not to worry as our most popular breakfast items
are available on our lunch menu throughout the week.

(858) 454 – 5013


Sunday   8am – 10pm
Monday   11:00am – 10pm
Tuesday   11:00am – 10pm
Wednesday   11:00am – 10pm
Thursday   11:00am – 10pm
Friday   11:00am – 11pm
Saturday   8am – 11pm


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