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aSpecial New Year's Eve Dinner
                                    December 31, 2008

         Reserve Your Table Today 760-736-8035

Please be our guest on New Year's Eve.  If you are looking for a 'low-key' evening without the hoopla of a NYE party - BUT with FABULOUS FOOD at a reasonable price, then Friars Folly is a perfect choice.In addition to our regular dinner menu, the chef has added some extra special appetizer and entree choices for your New Year's Eve Dinner.  See the special additions to the menu below.  You can view our regular menu that is also offered.

aFeatured Sparkling Wines 

Mont Ferrant Grand Cuvee 2005 Brut, Spain 8

San Antonio Champagne, California 6
Guinot Cremant de Limoux Brut  France 15
Moscati dei Asti, Piedmont Italy 7.5



Regular Menu Tapas Selections

Smoked Salmon with Caper Berries, Olives, Tomatoes, Cucumbers & Horseradish Crème Fraiche   14

Duck & Pork Galantine with Pistachios & a Chicken Mushroom Pork Pate  12

Warm Sesame Coated Goat Cheese
on Mixed Greens with Sherry Vinagrette 9

Shrimp Cocktail with Horseradish Cocktail Sauce   10

            Soups & Salads

                           SherryLobster Bisque  9

Roasted Garlic & Tomato 7 


Seared Duck Breast and Confit with an Orange Pomegranate Glaze  21

Rib Eye Steak with Pancetta and a Wild Mushroom Brandy Sauce  28

Seared Salmon w Lemon Almond Sauce 20

Desserts a

Chocolate Lava Souffle 
White Cocolate Raspberry Cheesecake 
Homemade Apple Pie a la Mode
Ice Cream & Berries 
Coconut Flan 
Chocolate Mousse
Girls Gone Wine Specials will return next Wednesday, January 7, 2009.
Restaurant will be closed on January 1, New Year's Day.
Live Entertainment will resume on January 3, 2009 with Harry Joe Reynolds & his Friend Kathleen
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Weather permitting, music will continue to be performed on the patio with the fire pits. Here's a WEATHER LINK to keep abreast of San Marcos temperatures.

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Experience CAL-SPANISH CUISINE and gracious Californian hospitality in a beautiful wine bar and restaurant hidden away in the Village Shop Boutique courtyard in Old California Restaurant Row. A Mission Bell Tower above the restaurant beckons you to come in and have some fun, drink some great wine or micro brews, eat some great tapas, a romantic dinner or simply homemade desserts, listen to talented musical performers and connect with other people.

Wine is the main theme but you'll find a great selection of micro brews too.   The live entertainment that performs here are truly some of the best performers San Diego has to offer - many of them award winning musicians.  Girls Gone Wine is a popular tradition every Wednesday when bottles of wine are discounted up to 50%.

Please visit our About Us page to learn more about our selections of wine, food, entertainment, ambiance are discover how they are influenced by the history of California. Our mission is to preserve the past to protect the future.

By creating an interest and respect for the history of California and the communities you live in, we hope this effort builds pride and stewardship of the land and stronger ties to your community. Find out what Rancho you live on by looking at an old Mexican land grant map made before California became part of the United States.



Reservations - 760-736-8035
Located in San Marcos Old California Restaurant Row

Happy Hour 4:00-6:00 Tues-Sunday
Open Daily 4:00 Except Monday
We are no longer open for Sunday Brunch.


Bringing You New Wines For Your Tasting Adventure

Last week these wines were added to our list - more Pinot Noirs & Eclectic Varieties. We've made it easy for you to be adventurous to try them out. All of them are offered 'By the Glass' or you can purchase a half glass and try a few! Some of the new wines are also included on our Flight List where you can have fun tasting wines side by side for comparison.


Discount Wine Night Girls Gone Wine

Everybody LOVES
Friars Folly!

"Where else am I going to get the best world class wines and food and live music to boot? This is a "must" visit for all." Carl

"All-Around Awesomely Addictive!"
Holley Graham

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Friars Folly, a beautiful wine bar and restaurant serving WINE COUNTRY CUISINE that reflects the cultural heritage of California, is hidden away in the Village Shop Boutique courtyard in Old California Restaurant Row. Located next door is Edwards Cinema Theatre. It's a great place to have a glass of wine and share some tapas, have a dinner or enjoy a dessert and coffee. Voted one of the MOST ROMANTIC RESTAURANTS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY, it's a perfect place for a date.

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10 Most Popular Things
People Love About Friars Folly
  1. Listening to some of the most talented musicians in San Diego County at their PREFERRED VENUE - the Friars Folly Courtyard with fire pits.
    Live Music Every Friday & Saturday

  2. Having a choice of 30-50 Wines Served by the Glass from all around the world

  3. Eating TAPAS and drinking carafes of the BEST SANGRIA in San Diego County - maybe all of California!

  4. Enjoying the Spanish-influenced California menu of freshly prepared salads, soups, pastas, entrees & our FAMOUS TAPAS!

  5. Drinking wine with friends on Wednesday's GIRLS GONE WINE where bottles of wine are discounted up to 50%.

  6. Having Tami Ridley, the owner, give you expert knowledge about the wines you drink.

  7. The friendly casual environment that makes it so easy to stop by and end up meeting really interesting people.

  8. Relaxing in a safe, cozy and comfortable environment.

  9. Being served by happy and friendly people that want to welcome you with gracious hospitality.

  10. Having memorable experiences that you'll never forget!

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