Friendliest Wine Bar in SD. My favorite place in the Gaslamp. Even when coming downtown to go somewhere else, usually end up coming in for at least one drink. The Grape is my escape from the Gaslamp. :)
Out of Date. We stopped into The Grape on Labor Day Weekend. We were disappointed by the wine selection. There were a lot of supermarket type brands & wines that were interesting 5-10 years ago. There were flights of wine, yet they were served in clunky 6oz glasses that deterrred from actually ejoying the bouquet/aroma of the wines. Our server was friendly & doing a nice job of waiting on her guests, yet overal it seemed as though this wine bar hadn't changed its wines or glasseware in a long time.
One of San Diego's first wine bars perpetuates the trend with dim lighting and an extensive list of the best grapes in California..
It's only a small awning on Fifth Avenue that marks the long and narrow space, where dim lighting and dark furniture make this cave-like cafe seem miles away from the bustling Gaslamp scene just outside its front door. A knowledgeable staff helps make selections from the extensive California wine list and can also suggest pairings with one of several cheeses or spreads.
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