Had a great time with friends at a local winery. If you live in San Diego, you should go spend a day at this little local treasure. Very fun, friends, great food, and wine! If you eat at Cafe Merlot and want a light lunch, just get the cheese plate and a pitcher of Sangria's. The cheese plate comes with a huge plate of bread and crackers, and another plate of olives, cheese, cranberries, roasted garlic and sun dried tomatoes. We didn't even finish it and hardly needed lunches after that.
There are all sorts of shops at the winery, you could spend a whole day there. If you have a dog, they are welcome at the winery, even in the wine tasting room.
But as in all cases, its not really the restaurant, the food, or any of that, its the friends you spend the day with.
cheers! Johanna Peterson