Wolfie's To Bring French Fare & Working Carousel Bar To San Diego's Little Italy

August 6, 2021

Scheduled to open this month in San Diego's Little Italy, Wolfie's Carousel Bar will be a classic French bistro with a dining room centered around a repurposed 1880s-era merry-go-round.

We reported in early 2020 that the founder of San Diego's now-closed El Camino had secured the space next-door to his now-shuttered Little Italy Mexican restaurant for the opening of Wolfie's Carousel - an amusement park-designed full service bar and French restaurant with an actual merry-go-round as its centerpiece. Originally, the restaurant was to be helmed by multiple-time Top Chef contestant Angelo Sosa, but former Charles and Dinorah Executive Chef Pete Ziegler is now tasked with leading the kitchen.

Wolfie's Carousel is partially named after owner Mauricio Couturier's son and inspired by the historic Carousel Bar & Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans. The restaurant will have a working carousel surrounding the bar, which was originally built in 1881 by German carousel master carver Charles "Wolfie" Looff, who built amusement park rides sited all over the country including the first carousel at Coney Island and the Santa Monica Pier. 
Wolfie's kitchen will offer a menu of Parisian brasserie style fare, including dishes like pommes frites topped tableside with fresh truffle, caviar, oysters Rockefeller, French onion soup gratinée with veal stock and with caramelized compté cheese, beef tartare with quail egg, and steak frites. There will also be a full liquor menu with classic and original craft cocktails, local and French beer, a globally curated wine list, and a lengthy spirits selection available from the moving carousel bar at the center of eatery. 

Wolfie's Carousel is expected to open on Tuesday, August 17, at 2401 Kettner Boulevard, Suite B, in San Diego's Little Italy. For more information, visit wolfiescarousel.com.