Come Celebrate Your Senses!
 

 


 
 

 

Lane Elliott

 


Taste, See and Experience Cafe Merlot!

Enjoy terrific weekend breakfasts (Fri-Sun) including Jazz Buzz Breakfast on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm with Standards music. Come for brunch on Sundays and then stay for live jazz music on the winery's patio. Music starts at 2 pm.

Choose dining alfresco on the patio, or in the warm ambience of our dining room. If you don't feel like coming to us for lunch or dinner, Café Merlot will now come to you with home delivery!

Besides the award-winning menu, farm-fresh naturally grown produce from Connelly Farms is available to bring home. Farm bags cost $20 and can be picked up every Thursday if orders are in by the previous Tuesday by 6 pm. For more information or to purchase a bag, visit the Connelly Farms website at connellyfarms.com.

Learn how to create theme-oriented meals at one of our cooking classes or demonstrations, attend a wine pairing dinner, meet a favorite author, or get help planning your next special event. Visit our website for information on events, menus and more, or call 858-592-7785. Café Merlot is located at the Bernardo Winery at 13330 Paseo del Verano Norte in Rancho Bernardo.

Welcome to Cafe Merlot, located in the Bernardo Winery, the oldest family-run working winery in Southern California.

Proud new owners, Toni and Rick Kraft, have taken their years of culinary experience, their love of food, and the Southern Californian sun, and transformed an already great restaurant into a full dining experience.

Discover why discerning individuals who know and enjoy great food and wine from around the globe come and dine at Cafe Merlot.

Its about the food...

Toni and Rick are no strangers to Culinary Tourism and the Hospitality Industry. Toni was born from a family tradition of bread making and cooking - she could not and did not want to escape the smells coming through her family's home every day. Along with a developed passion for quality food as well as being creative with fresh herbs and seasonal ingredients, she set off in the Midwest to open her own Catering Company. Toni was able to work along side WolfGang Puck, and Oprah Winfry, and design many events for dignitaries and corporations. Custom catering became a natural for her for parties from 20-20,000.

Today she shares that same passion with her customers and balances this with fine wine and a serene surrounding. With her feet firmly planted at the Vineyard, she draws on her memories and on all of her 5 senses  to have added to the recipes of Cafe Merlot. She recognizes the importance of family and those who have touched her life not only  in the kitchen but in all aspects of business. This has taught her to work hard, have integrity, and to  always be optimistic in life. Thus the result is the fruition of Toni's life long dream to produce great food, and teach the love of cooking - she can now see a little glimpse of paradise here on earth.

Calender of Winemakers Dinners, Cooking Classes and Chef Demonstrations.

Café Merlot as guest on Fox 5.

Café Merlot in the Bernardo Windery pairs wine with breakfast. Café Merlot explains how to pair wine with a seasonal menu

Click here to view the interview.

Winemakers Dinners: You can almost hear the voices from those who worked the Winery back in the mid-1900's when you enter into the Barrel Room. This makes a perfect setting for you to relax and forget the cares of today! Guests will experience the warmth and aroma of the Historic Barrel Room at Bernardo Winery. Overflowing barrels filled with Bernardo Winery Port and Wine dating back from as early as 1939, are the backdrop of this great NEW event.
Cooking Classes. GOOD BYE BOOK CLUBS, hello Cooking Clubs! Join us in our restaurant while we stir up a whole new way to socialize. Watch as our talented Culinary Team prepares your meal in an interactive Learning Environment and gives you tips about how to cook special dishes. 3 hour hands on experience includes all food/beverage. $60.00 per person.
Cooking Demonstrations: by top local chefs will provide an intimate atmosphere for you to ask questions and get straight answers from the experts. They will prepare and reveal the secrets of their finest recipes. This is a fun-filled and entertaining evening that you'll not soon forget.

 

 

Event Calender
Cafe Merlot up coming events calendar of activities.

Bernardo Winery
Take a walk into yesterday at Southern California's oldest operating winery - 116 years old!

Meet the Chefs

Wine Pairing
Let Cafe Merlot help you match the weight and body of a wine with the delicacy or richness of a particular dish.

Author's Corner
Famous authors that meet regularly at our cafe

Customized Events
Cafe Merlot creates unique and bountiful events from rustic old world charm to chic.

Cafe Merlot in the News
Toni's interview with KYXY

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