About us

This cozy, Santa Monica wine room and restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy a fine bottle of 95+ point wine with an antipasto plate of imported cheeses and charcuterie or a full dinner that changes seasonally. Signature dishes include the “Santa BARBARA” and Eggplant Parmigiana Ravioli.

Heroic Wine Bar offers a unique gastronomic and oenological experience of Italian fare and carefully selected high-quality wines from California and Italy all rated 90+ points as well as a premium wine list featuring only wines ranked 95 and above. Heroic Wine Bar is a partnership between Jeffery Merrihue and award-winning Executive Chef Barbara Pollastrini.



Chef Barbara was born in Rome and raised by her mother who taught her to use fewer ingredients but of the utmost quality, beautifully presented. Barbara developed this philosophy at Cordon Bleu where she refined her cooking further to reflect the marriage of art and food preparation. When she landed in Los Angeles in 2005 these skills secured her positions as food stylist for the Food Network as well as major Hollywood productions like Star Trek and The Hunger Games as well as cooking for the Hollywood elite like Dustin Hoffman and Oprah Winfrey.