1290 West Valley Pkwy.
Escondido, CA 92029
Phone: (760) 489-1010
Fax: (760) 489-7847
Bars & Cafes
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature bread sticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu such as their cakes, custards and ice creams are sure to win you over.
Perched high on a hill in the industrial outskirts of Escondido, Stone World Bistro is quite literally a desert oasis. The cavernous dining room is adorned with slabs of granite, beams of steel and a 30-foot bamboo tree. The bar sits in one corner, in the shadow of the brewery's series of two-story brew kettles (which you can see up close and personal on the free daily brewery tour). Across the way, airplane-hangar-like doors open onto the facility's centerpiece, a beautifully manicured patio and garden about the size of a city block. Pathways snake past lawns, fountains, a creek, and a fire pit. Pick a spot and down a pint or two of the award-winning homemade beer including rarities. The food menu is a cut above your average pub grub, focusing on locally raised seasonal ingredients and exotic preparations. The on-site gift shop features everything from Arrogant Bastard hoodies to freshly jugged beer to go. See website for full menu, beer info, event calendar, online shopping, tour schedule and more.
A European cafe and gallery that features an espresso bar and serves and array of unique sandwiches and desserts.
Also known around town by the name Sirino's Restaurant, this dining venue consistently draws large crowds with an innovative menu of French specialties served at unbelievably low prices. The duck entrees are all highly recommended, as well as Eggplant Ravioli and Filet Mignon. The food is upscale, yet the atmosphere is relaxed. Enjoy your meal in the inside dining room or on the cozy, outdoor patio. A full bar is available. Vincent's has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for both 2004 and 2005. See their website for further information.
Roasting since 1990, Safari Coffee are importers of fine coffee. While browsing their exotic lineup of roasted coffees, be sure to enjoy a cup of their specialty coffee in the cafe. They also serve a variety of fresh pastries, muffins, scones, cookies, and other desserts.
A traditional, half-timbered Tudor-style building houses this eatery, drawing expatriate Englishmen and Anglophiles of all descriptions for the food, music and fun. Churchill's Pub & Grille is divided into a regular dining area on the right side with the pub on the left. Menu specialties include the Fish and Chips, Bangers and Mash, Irish Corned Beef Dinner, Sausage Butty, and House Made Bread and Butter Pudding. Churchill's also offers free wireless internet access to all customers.
A fun, yet relaxing atmosphere awaits you at this sports bar and grill that features a menu of traditional pub style food, two pool tables, video games, and 24 beers on tap.
Old California Coffee House & Juice Bar boasts an innovative menu and low-key atmosphere. The inside section hosts only an order counter, with a large glass display case. However, seating is offered on the tree-shaded patio. Tiny tables are painted with eclectic designs and accompanied by wooden chairs. Fruit smoothies top the menu, with such combinations as raspberry, peach and pineapple. For the health-conscious guest, consider a vegetable blend, combining three ingredients from an expansive list. Dessert smoothies are not neglected. Consider the Peanut Butter Dream.
At the front of Old California Restaurant Row, San Marcos Brewery & Grill welcomes both locals and tourists to an evening of fine cuisine and handcrafted ales. The restaurant is covered in dark woods and forest green accents. At the center of the dining room, several tall tables are seated near the prominently placed bar. The lunch menu features sandwiches, burgers and pastas. At dinnertime, try traditional Fish and Chips. The fish is dipped in premium ale batter, then fried golden brown and served with fries.
The Veranda Fireside Lounge & Restaurant is located in the Rancho Bernardo Inn and has a romantic ambience to it. This beautifully done restaurant serves up decadent breakfasts like Veranda french toast with house-made cinnamon bread and Vermont maple syrup, and more. Some of the menu highlights are Maryland lump crab cakes and blood-orange coffee mousse bombe in raspberry sauce. From tasty tidbits to Spanish Mediterranean buffet, the food is real good and innovative. During the weekends, you will be lured away by the musical notes of the Spanish classical guitar. With its warm brown toned decor to its beautifully done patio, you will love the experience of feeling special and being special.
Fine dining is an art form at this old-world, mission-style restaurant called El Bizcocho. The black tie service is attentive yet unobtrusive. You cannot go wrong with any of the classic French cuisine but the Seared Arctic Char, complete with cauliflower, oyster mushrooms and basil pistou, is arguably the best on the planet. There is a set menu, but there are also daily specials augmenting the usual finely-prepared items. The prices reflect the quality and service making this a special-event splurge for many patrons.
One of the oldest in California, Bernardo Winery is located in the northern part of San Diego in the city of Rancho Bernardo, upon what was once a Spanish land grant. Since 1928, the Rizzo family has been producing fine wine here. You are free to wander through the rolling hillside covered with grapevines, sip wine on the patio, and shop in specialty stores converted from some of the original winery buildings.