Come Celebrate Your Senses!

Custom Catering for any event
  • Weddings, Rehearsal Dinners & Anniversary Parties
  • Sit Down Dinners & Buffets
  • Corporate Events / Team Building
  • Custom Menus designed with your needs in mind

In our Rustic/Casual Dining room you can enjoy a private event with unparalleled views of the 125+ year old Winery, as well as Bernardo Winery's tasting room, one of the best locations to hold an event anywhere in the San Diego area. Cafe Merlot can accommodate intimate dinners for 20 and up to 60 in our Dining Room. Events can be held outside in the lawn area of Winery, as well as on the beautiful grounds of the Bernardo Winery. Ask about special dinners on the patio! Sit back and let our surroundings take you in and you will immediately relax and be glad that you planned your special day with us.

Toni Kraft, co-owner of Cafe Merlot says, "We are very glad to have such talented Chefs in our kitchen. They have proven time and time again that the great reputation for food creativity and quality sets the standard in Southern California. Based on our reputation for great food and service, as well as a great destination to hold an event, we are quickly becoming the premiere social/corporate event planners and caterers in North County!"
According to Toni's husband Rick," I believe that our Restaurant and catering will rival all others for food and service in all other Wineries locally."

Weddings on a Shoe String
Shoestring Package
DIY 2013

Let the Team at Café Merlot Create an event with endless possibilities

Wedding Menu Packages start $20.95pp*

  • Wedding Day Cheese, Fruit and Baguette Platter for Bridal Party in Brides Room
  • Menu Discount on Rehearsal Brunch/Dinner in Dining Room
  • Weekday/Daytime Wedding Discounts
  • Upgrades on Linen and China Specials
Sample Menu
  • Domestic Cheese Platter with Fresh Fruit, Roasted Garlic, Sundried Tomatoes, Olives, Baguettes and Crackers.
  • All Natural Hummus with Pita and Corn Chips

First Course Down:
  • Micro Farm Mixed Green Tri Salad Served with Sweet Onions, Roma Tomatoes, Fresh Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Served with Basil Balsamic Vinaigrette and Merlot Dressing

Choose One Main Course:
  1. Sicilian Chicken- Plump Natural Chicken Breasts with Artichoke Hearts, Marinara, Black Olives
  2. Penne Pasta Marinara with Sicilian Meatballs
  3. Almond Crusted Pork Tenderloin-Lightly Toasted Smoked Almonds with Glazed Natural Gravy and Dried Fruit
  4. Seafood Newburg- Shrimp, Dover Sole, Lobster Sautéed and Adorned with a Chardonnay Cream Sauce
  5. Burgundy of Beef – Tenderloin of Beef Soaked in Burgundy with Roasted Carrots, Onions, and New Baby Red Potatoes

Choose One:
  1. Garlic Mashed Potatoes
  2. Herb Roasted Red Bliss Potatoes
  3. Wild Rice Blend

Choose One:
  1. Roasted Harvest Vegetables
  2. Eggplant Ratatouille
  3. Mixed Seasonal Vegetables

Petite Cookies, Brownie Bites, Bread Pudding, Cake Service Includes coffee, decaf

**Please add Staffing Linen, Tax & Gratuity, and Bundled Menus Available by Request



Event Calendar
Cafe Merlot up coming events calendar of activities.

Hors D'oeuvres

Buffet Menu

Custom Design Menu
Cafe Merlot creates unique and bountiful events from rustic old world charm to new world contemporary.

Bernardo Winery
Take a walk into yesterday at Southern California's oldest operating winery - over 125 years old!

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