Pali Wine Co. Opens New Tasting Room and Restaurant in Hillcrest
The Central Coast’s Pali Wine Co. establishes a second location in San Diego and opens another tasting room and restaurant in Hillcrest where it will replace Oscar Wilde’s Irish pub on University Avenue. The space consists of a 2,000 square foot restaurant matched with an equally sized patio and is slated to open in early 2023 after a renovation.
Comprised of three wine brands: Pali, which focuses on premium pinot noir and chardonnay, tower 23 single varietal wines, and Neighborhood, which focuses on wine blends, the Lompoc-based winery operates a handful of outposts across the state, including in Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Anaheim. Since 2016, Pali Wine Co. has run a satellite spot on India Street in Little Italy that includes a tasting bar, rooftop lounge, and front and back patios.
Executive chef Travis Clifford (Market, Fernside) tells Eater that the restaurant component of the Hillcrest location will be more comprehensive, with improved dishes and expanded offerings. In Little Italy, Clifford’s current seasonal menu includes wine-friendly plates like cumin-roasted carrots with miso and apple butter, bacon-wrapped dates and braised Spanish meatballs. Both locations will offer weekend brunch.
Mike Spilky of Location Matters, who negotiated the lease for tenant and landlord, says the University Avenue space was particularly coveted because it has scarce on-site parking.