Partake Gastropub ~ Pre Opening Report

I was recently invited ( and by invited I mean I bugged them and they were kind enough to put up with me) to get a look at the soon to open Partake Gastropub in Vista.

When using Google Maps to get their location prior to my visit, I used street view to check out the area and became very curious. The street view photos have not been updated for some time but the area seemed to be old school Mexican eateries and I wouldn’t say industrial but auto shops and the like. The great thing is when I drove by their place it stood out like a shinning light. You will not have trouble finding it.


The entrance, the bar area and the dinning room all have windows like these. ( I was going to cross the street to take a full building shot but I didn’t want to die crossing S. Santa Fe midday.)

The interior is even more impressive. Owners Keith and Nancy wanted to create a space that was unique and exciting without being pretentious. The kind of place that feels special but you would have no hesitation rolling in wearing a black t-shirt and jeans for a glass of wine and some food on a Friday night.

I think they pulled it off nicely. The space is big seating about 80 with a dinning room on the left and bar area on the right. I would call the decor baroque industrial.

entry fireplace


Entry way ~ I love the penny fireplace.

They used a lot of reclaimed furniture and wood. One example are the refurbished church pews converted into cool bench seating.

bar bench seating

bar bench seating 2

Bar area seating


The Bar

Keith’s goal is to create a unique wine program that features quality boutique wines from wineries that may be unfamiliar to most. To quote him “stuff you can not buy at your local Bev-mo”. The wine list will be affordable and mostly by the glass. There will be of course Chardonnay and Pinot Noir but he plans to feature lesser know varietals as well.

Two examples of these wines would be a
2013 Pinot noir from Sonoma called hook and ladder
and Purple corduroy’s Red siren Zinfandel

The beer selection will reflect the same concept as the wine program featuring smaller unique breweries not found most places. If larger local breweries are on tap, like Coronado or Ballast point, it will not be the common or obvious choice available at every bar in North County.

Once up and running expect to see monthly beer and wine dinners.

dining room

Dinning area

looking out

Dinning area looking out




Details ~ Corrugated wall, light fixtures, dinning entrance to bar entrance.

Just to show what a great job they did converting the space I found some before pictures of the former restaurant Zucchero online for comparison.

before after entrance

Before and after entrance

before after dinning room

Before and after dinning room.

The menu created by Chef Ian Smith will be farm to table New American. Familiar classics using quality ingredients. Plus you know your going to get a something special even with a classic like sandwich from Chef Ian.


Braised short rib / grilled taleggio cheese sandwich.

Their soft opening is set and the grand opening should be announced shortly. I will post those dates when I have them.

Partake Gastropub
721 South Santa Fe
Vista, ca

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  1. Pingback: Partake Gastropub Part 3 ~ Soft Opening (AKA Food and Service) | North County Food

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