When was the last time you sipped wine or ate dinner in an alley? Unless you are looking for free scraps of food I would bet that you haven’t done it very often. Finch’s Bistro and wine bar affords an opportunity to enjoy a California alleyway with a little style and without the dumpster diving. Nestled between a number of businesses is a little slice of sophisticated enjoyment and European style arrangements.
The menu includes French, Seafood and American dishes with a fairly large spread of options. The five areas of interest are small plates, lunch, dinner, wine, and desert. Small plates include selections such as wrapped roasted asparagus for $11 or mussels of the day for $13. Lunch is also equally affordable with the Finch Burger for $13 and the Portobello ravioli for around $13.
Supper time brings a different venue. You may be interested in the lobster carbonara for $19 or something a little more standard such as braised chicken for $18. Of course you will need to wash this down with some wine to clear the pallet. Most glasses range from $7 to $15 with old world and new world brands. A fairly large selection of port is also available for those who are interested in desert wine.
This is not a late night establishment so don’t come in expecting to be drinking the night away until the wee hours of the morning. For a dining experience and few glasses of wine as a beginning location or before heading home for an early night it works out great. Patrons range in different ages but are generally of the middle age or older crowd. A few younger couples may dot the bar for a quiet evening of conversation.
The atmosphere is romantic and includes soft live music and a subdued buzz of nightlife conversation. This would not be the place to expect a bar brawl or single men chasing down married ladies. One can choose between the alleyway, the restaurant area, or the bar area. Each has a slightly different feel and environment.
Address: 7644 Girard Avenue,
La Jolla, CA. 92037
Hours: 11:30am to 10:00pm
You may view their website and menu at http://www.finchslajolla.com/