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Female inspired craft drinks- The Born This Way - Barrel & Board Social, San Diego, CA

Barrel & Board Social

4.8
4.8
149 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
A New Woman-Forward Intimate Cocktail & Food Experience is Here!
Welcome to Hillcrest’s chicest spot for craft cocktails, barrel-aged potables, and chef-inspired shareable boards. An upscale LGBTQ+ bar, restaurant & event space brought to you by the Mo’s Universe Group!
Named San Diego's Top 10 Hottest Cocktail spots by EATER, as well as Open Table's Top 10 DINERS CHOICE Winner!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 902-4646

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Walsh

  • Catering

    Yes, we can absolutely cater your next event!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact our Events Director Lea@barrelandboardsd.com for private events and larger parties reservations.

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 149 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Contemporary American

  • San Diego

    Contemporary American

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated our anniversary with another couple who share the same anniversary date as we do. As always, the food was amazing and the service was exceptional. Instead of our usual cocktails we had the white wine flight. All three wines were delicious and paired well with our Mediterranean Board and grilled cauliflower with rice dish. Barrel & Board is our go-to restaurant for a fun evening with good friends.
  2. AS

    AyrissaS

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Music was a bit loud, but incredible food as always
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Barrel & Board. Definitely our go-to and favorite local spot!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our First Time Here And It Was EVERYTHING!! The staff was amazing and the door was great. The Drinks were my favorite!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    The food was ok, the service was terrible. The server was not friendly at all, negligent, the few times he came to the table he couldn’t be any more irritated with myself or my friend, it was a Wednesday and we just wanted to have appetizers and two drinks and we did not feel welcomed. Really disappointed, the restaurant that was in the space before was so warm and welcoming, I can’t say the same about this place. Definitely won’t be back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    So badly wanted to love my experience. 3 stars because I attend to go back and see if the experience is better. We went with an evening reservation for 2 at an indoor table. The ambience inside is very cute from what I saw! However, the host did not seem like they were having a good night, and was determined to continue their rude demeanor from the beginning. It took them quite a while to find a table for us and they then offered two tables outside, by the front door--between two large groups. We politely let them know our reservation was for inside and wouldn't mind waiting. It didn't seem the host was looking to resolve any issue, rather, they rolled their eyes after every conversation and huffed and puffed around as if they were just told to save someone's life! I mean quite dramatic LOL! My partner and I stayed for 1 cocktail, outside and realized we did not want to continue the night there. Hopefully we will be back and have a better experience with the staff! Drinks were tasty and our waitress did great with them!
  7. L

    Laura

    Los Angeles

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fun place to dine / great wine recommendation from waiter. Yummy Mediterranean Board!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated my Mom’s birthday and the food and service were excellent! Drinks had a heavy pour but were good.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I cannot say more amazing things about board and barrel! Our greeter Kimberly and our server, Darion, were incredible, the drinks were out of the world and the boards were a dream come true. Highly recommend the Goldwater cocktail and the Mediterranean board!
  10. MB

    MikloBoi

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food took a little longer than expected to come out but it was delicious and worth it!!! The drinks and server were awesome!
  11. N

    Nikki

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Mo and everything she’s done with and to the community. She’s an amazing business woman and amazing in general. The restaurant was amazing from top to bottom. The food and drinks were also great!
  12. IP

    IsabelP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Outstanding drinks and the charcuterie boards are amazing
  13. GL

    GailL

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening and it looked like everyone else around us did, too. It's that kind of place. We will go back often!
  14. L

    Leon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An amazing eatery with a true appreciation for the community. The service was fantastic and very friendly. Food was delicious!! I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone. Our family is definitely returning.
  15. W

    Wendells

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    What a great last minute find! The service was super friendly and fast. The food was great and the presentation even better! The coolest was the "Boardroom" bar area- next time I come back without the kids, I'll be sure to check that out!
  16. CB

    CindyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so good! Drinks were on point. The ambiance was perfect. I will definitely come here again. 💕
  17. LM

    LisaM

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The charcuterie board was tasty and the shareable portion was enough for 4. Our friends had the margarita flight and enjoyed them. Service was very good and there was fun background music.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service with amazing charcuterie boards and yummy cocktails! Perfect for a girls night out or date night!
  19. RK

    RichardK

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing good, atmosphere and drinks. The Boardroom bar in the back is amazing!!
  20. LJ

    LoJo

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A little confusing as to where the happy hour is but the service was great. Food was delicious and the drinks were impeccable!!! 5 stars!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great people, food, and amazing drinks.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary. We had a great experience, our server Mars was excellent, the ambiance was great. The decor was beautiful and our food was also beautiful and delicious.
  23. WC

    WestCoastFoodie

    San Diego

    75 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great space great experience, GREAT BOARDS! A welcome addition to the neighborhood!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mars is the best!!!!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time and loved it! Boards were really good.
  26. AD

    AmyD

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is amazing! The back bar where Chloe is the bartender is a lot of fun. Her energy and help selecting drinks is great. The food is filling and a cute conversation starter.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience and excellent service
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!!! I went for my birthday and was treated like a Queen. Is a must for some great drinks and sexy ambiance.
  29. GR

    GinaR

    West Virginia

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The boards were amazing and loved the specialty cocktails menu with drinks all named after iconic women singers!!
  30. LP

    LeslieP

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food, and drinks as always! Mars is one of the best servers around and the bartenders make phenomenal cocktails.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Table wasn’t ready. Our reservation was for 9:30pm and we weren’t sat down until 10pm.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service and food was great! Will be returning soon!
  33. NC

    NoelleC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    They sat us outside in the rain. Drinks took forever. The server told us the bartender wasn’t happy with our drink orders. “The bartender loves you” in a sarcastic tone. Took Forever to get more bread for the board. Not worth it.
  34. j

    juliec

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s beautiful and yes it’s noisy but it’s a great place!
  35. RK

    RubyK

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend this place it’s not necessarily charcuterie but it’s does have fantastic boards and you can add meats making it charcuterie. I love the cheese selections, the thinly sliced melons, the fruit is juicy, and their drinks are fantastic. Ambience 10/10. Great customer service.
  36. AR

    AshleyR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I found this place through tik tok and knew I needed to try it asap! I made a reso through Open Table about a week prior and parking was fairly easy in the residential area right behind. As soon as I walked in I was impressed! First let's talk about their creative cocktail names. As soon as I saw Ariana Grande I knew I had to get it. There are drinks inspired from other female artists like Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, and Lady Gaga. My girlfriend and I shared the charcuterie board & steak. Both were delicious and the presentation was STUNNING. I had so many people respond to my IG stories about this place! They were also playing a fun throwback playlist. Our server, Dorian, was so kind and attentive. This is such a fun girls night spot! Must check out :)
  37. J

    James

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Great charcuterie board, but the caesar salad was a full romaine head cut in half and was impractical to eat when served on a small board.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall2food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant was really packed and due the rain they closed the outdoor area and didn’t have a table for us at all. The Hostess wasn’t very friendly; we understand the situation and head to the bar as she suggested since she didn’t make any effort securing us a future table. In the other hand this blonde server I can’t recall the name saw us struggling at the bar and made sure to help and she got us a great table. Our table was helped by Tori an awesome server; he definitely changed how we were felling about the whole place. Food was delicious and drinks very creative. We definitely will come back; not in a rainy day.
  39. J

    Jams

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    This was my second time at Board and Barrel. I love the food, the drink selections and the ambiance. Both times they seemed really understaffed. It took forever to get water, which with 6 guests we drank quickly. Our waiter was amazing, I just noticed was very busy. This also happened the previous time so it's less about the service from an individual and more about the staffing. Would recommend to a friend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our experience at Barrel and Board! The ambiance on the back patio was cozy and cute. The cocktails were creative. We didn’t get a chance to try the food, but we can’t wait to come back to sample them!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Barrel & Board Social offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 902-4646.

Barrel & Board Social is rated 4.8 stars by 149 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today
Google Map for Barrel & Board Social

1027 University Ave San Diego, CA 92103-3309

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Hillcrest

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–8:00 pm Wed–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Walsh

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Firepit, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 902-4646

  • Catering

    Yes, we can absolutely cater your next event!

  • Private party facilities

    Please contact our Events Director Lea@barrelandboardsd.com for private events and larger parties reservations.

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