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The French Gourmet, San Diego, CA

The French Gourmet

4.4
4.4
1286 Reviews
$30 and under
French
OUTDOOR PATIO & LIMITED INDOOR SEATING IS OPEN FOR BRUNCH, HAPPY HOUR & DINNER (Wednesday-Sunday)

Our restaurant serves California-influenced French cuisine in our completely remodeled outdoor patio and limited indoor wine boutique, brand new menu and bar with signature craft cocktails. We are a long-time favorite of locals who appreciate the personal service and our extensive wine list. After more than four decades of serving our clients, it is as much an honor and a privilege, as it is a reassurance to know, that while culinary trends come and go, appreciation and dedication to quality endure.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Continental, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 488-1725 ext. 316

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Also a versatile San Diego catering company, our products are all prepared fresh daily on the premises. The dishes conjured up in our kitchen reflect a commitment to originality, freshness and the celebration of taste. Our knowledgeable sales team will work with you to create a menu and style that will compliment your event and your budget. As a local catering company, we can provide you with china, glassware, place settings, equipment rentals, servers and bartenders, and much more.

  • Private party contact

    Michel Malecot: (877) 926-3990

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Beach

  • Cross street

    Cass Street

  • Parking details

    There is 15 minute parking in front of the bakery, and parking on nearby side streets.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,286 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    French

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  1. JL

    JinnyL

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Everything was excellent. But I don't like smell of the restaurant. I may go back to sit outside for their tasty Onion Soup.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great sssssss
  3. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had excellent service, the food was good! It's too bad that one of us left her crepe all boxed and ready to take home. 😥
  4. S

    Sindee64

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My girlfriends and I decided to have lunch at French Gourmet for Restaurant Week. We were very impressed with the menu selection. Service was attentive and excellent. Food was outstanding. Thank you for the great experience! Will be back without a doubt.
  5. J

    Jasmine

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The pricing was a little weird but the food and service made up for it! $4 cup of coffee but it’s cheaper at the counter. I’ll be back as I love their croissants!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    Visited 10/1/22 during SD Restaurant Week based on The French Gourmet’s listing on the San Diego Restaurant Gift Card website, as I had recently purchased a few of the gift cards. The experience at the restaurant was fine and my wife and I enjoyed our time, but unfortunately we probably will not return based solely upon the billing experience. Upon receiving the check and attempting to pay with the gift cards, our server informed me that they were not accepting the gift cards as payment during SDRW. This was an unfortunate surprise as there was no fair warning of this temporary policy. In my opinion this should have been stated on the gift card website, OpenTable when placing the reservation (I double checked, it wasn’t), again at restaurant check-in, and again by the server prior to ordering. I visited the restaurant website the following morning and the info was not posted anywhere in plain view. However, on the SDRW pdf menu, which is linked, there is a brief statement in tiny fine print at the bottom, stating “No Synergy”, which apparently is the actual gift card brand. Make of this what you will. Technically The French Gourmet did post the statement, but the manner in which they did so is too close to “shady” for me to support. I don’t want to have to read the fine print on a date night, and this experience left a bad taste in my mouth.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    The food arrived after one hour fifteen minutes and was served cold and had missing items. Even worse, one of the dishes (Ravioli) tasted bitter and awful like poison. On top of that the waitress was aggressive and nobody in our group felt welcomed by her. Never return and would recommend you not to visit because it won’t worth it
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    The service is great but every time we have come there has been an issue with our food. This night my spouse didn’t have an entree because they messed it up twice.
  9. J

    Julessss

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely loved our experience and will definitely be back.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Saw my sister in laws post from social media so I immediately made a reservation. It was restaurant week and enjoyed their pre fixed menu with husband. Chose Onion soup, petit filet with frites and the chocolate cake to end the night. Everything was amazing from food to the service. The French Gourmet.. thank you for an awesome dinner! We will be visiting again 😊
  11. JW

    JeslynW

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Loud group of 20 something women next to us inside . Place ran out of French onion soup long before we arrived. Strange offerings under appetizers for breakfast. Just want them to put their best ever salad Nicoise on lunch menu exactly like it always was before Covid!!! Best lunch ever !!
  12. R

    Ragcy26

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really great and the service by Kaitie was outstanding. The whole experience was amazing. Highly recomend this restaurant.
  13. TK

    ThomasK

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely outdoor table with excellent service and lots of French touches. Nice selection of dishes!
  14. j

    jpunkson

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    restaurant week dinner was great...the service was a bit on the slow side and parking was a bit difficult
  15. S

    Sonny

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tony our server was exceptional! He was so tentative to us.
  16. MM

    MeganM

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this restaurant! The food is so yummy! The outdoor seating was so nice too!
  17. T

    Tina

    San Diego

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    tres manifique!! it's our local place to have consistently great meals, brunch, lunch or dinner!! if you've never been == GO NOW!!
  18. s

    sdworkmom

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Really enjoyed the food, but outside was a little less than desirable, sunburnt and flies. Will sit inside next time or get it to go.
  19. y

    yujun

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    A charming outdoor restaurant. The food was not that great but the ambiance was really nice. I would avoid going back during summer time - too many flies...
  20. SM

    SharonM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience3
    We had reservations at 6:00 p.m. and it was 6:35p.m. and we were not served our meal. When I finally received my dinner, it was cold. I would not recommend this restaurant for a meal because of the late service! However the waitress was great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    this is my favorite restaurant <3
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Des escargots !! Eh oui. Plat façonnés à la française. Après 5j de nourriture américaine, un petit bol d’air !
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great French restaurant
  24. S

    Shimmy

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We had a large group for brunch seated in the outdoor patio. Excellent service, and great outdoor vibes. Food was okay, not very unique or new but I enjoyed it!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My state of mind was at peace. I didn’t know what to expect therefore there was no bar. I enjoyed the chair I sat in, in the very most corner of the room with a view of the whole. I felt like I was in Paris with the music & the servers’ uniform. I’ve never been so I could only imagine & I felt I didn’t need to go, if only for that moment. :) It’s been extremely hot these last few weeks & the air was think but despite that the only thing missing was a view of the nearby ocean through the big window. Next time I shall like to sit on that end. My husband & I had a positive experience & will return.
  26. RC

    RocioC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was excelent We loved the escargots, crab cakes pate and quiche It was a hot day in SD, and the restaurant's AC was not good
  27. d

    dmfoodie1

    San Diego

    154 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    154 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    This was our first dining at this restaurant. We went on Thursday for the "Date" Night special. Our Server Mark M was excellent, professional, and responsive. We ordered the duck which was good a bit overdone for my taste. The wine which is included with the special was excellent and the dessert was delicious. If it wasn't for the difficulty in finding parking, we would return more often. We had to park 4 blocks on a side street from the restaurant. Overall a positive experience.
  28. TG

    TonyG

    Phoenix

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Magnificent! My wife and I travel from Arizona to Pacific Beach just to frequent this French masterpiece. The date night special is great value, not to mention the fantastic duck and other entrees available. Service is very attentive as well.
  29. JS

    JohnS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Our first visit since the end of the pandemic. We attended Sunday brunch on a pleasant summer day. The most notable difference is the significant number of outdoor seating added which was well attended by a younger and livelier crowd. We elected to stick with the traditional indoor dining area instead. The principal effect was to improve the overall atmosphere, however there was a relatively large party of younger people insided who were quite loud and boisterous for the majority of the dining experience. The food was very good and completely satisfying, though the service was noticeably slower due to the larger customer demand resulting from the exterior dining arrangements. All in all, a very good dining experience.
  30. RB

    RickB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Need more staff. Poor Miguel wa running around like crazy
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    Sat outside and there were flies everywhere. French onion soup was not very good. Bernaise sauce tasted like poison. Bread tasted like cardboard
  32. CD

    CaptD

    San Diego

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for brunch! The French toast churro was awesome for kids and adults alike, and escargot were very good in a tasty butter garlic sauce. They also have a pastry/bakery side with a wide variety of desserts to go as well. Real neighborhood gem!
  33. c

    carrie

    San Diego

    112 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Unfortunately- we sat outside which we would always prefer however- we had a FLY family that did not stop. In between sips of a very good Chardonnay- we tried to hit the little buggers to no avail- So they lived in for another day and meal!
  34. LQ

    LQfoodie

    Palm Springs

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Thanks for another great evening. The food was delicious, and service was good.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The food was simply awful. Absolutely the worst food I have had in the past 10 years. Service was even worse. We ordered charcuterie board specifically because it said it had pate on it. We received the board without pate and waitress just shrugged her shoulders and said “well, sometimes they change the menu”, but that’s not what the menu said. We asked if we can get pate, and she eventually brought it. We ordered prime rib done medium. It was brought to us soaked in blood, basically still moving. We asked to cook it further, and they cooked It’s literally for two more minutes, and it was basically not better than previously. In addition, 60% of the steak was pure fat that we just had to throw away. We also ordered duck which was severely overcooked. Our table did not get bread, but other tables did immediately after ordering. We had to ask for it three times until finally we got it. When it came to dessert time we asked if the crème brûlée was in the menu. Waitress again shrugged her shoulders and said she doesn’t know but will ask. They did have it, and it actually was decent. But overall, for the money, I will not return. There are many, many better French restaurants in San Diego by a long shot.
  36. JF

    JanF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've never been disappointed at the French gourmet. Try their French onion soup it is spectacular!
  37. AM

    AnnaMarieS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We tried this place because it was recommended to us. For the life of me, I can't figure out why??? The best part of the whole meal was the basket of fresh bread and butter. When our food finally arrived we asked for some ketchup. Even though the place was far from busy, it took over 5 minutes for the tiniest souffle cup of ketchup to arrive to share between us. The egg on the breakfast plate had runny whites. We also ordered a side of ham. Although it had grill marks on it, it was stone cold. We only saw our waiter twice, once when he took our order and again to cash us out. We were underwhelmed and can't see ever going out of our way to go back. They do have an outdoor seating area that is dog friendly.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Party of 6- we were celebrating our daughter’s engagement. Everything was outstanding. Service from being greeted by the host to the final payment and everything in between. It was all of our 1st time dining there & will not he our last. Thank you for the great dining experience.
  39. MI

    MICAELAB

    Milan

    9 reviews

    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Questo ristorante ha molto poco di francese . I piatti sono molto lontani dalla cucina francese
  40. MM

    ManjulaM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Looking for a nice experience? This was one! The staff work hard, but keep smiling. The bread was amazing. It was baked fresh on site. I had a martini which was good . The onion soup was very good also. The ratatouille was cooked to perfection but could’ve been better with a little more flavor. My husband’s salmon was well cooked and flavorful. My friends in our party gave me a taste of their Chicken and also the shrimp. Both were well cooked but could be a bit more flavorful. I will definitely be recommending this place to friends and family.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The French Gourmet offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 488-1725 ext. 316.

The French Gourmet is rated 4.4 stars by 1286 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for The French Gourmet

960 Turquoise Street, San Diego, CA 92109

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cass Street

  • Neighborhood

    Pacific Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Wed–Sun 9:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Continental, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    There is 15 minute parking in front of the bakery, and parking on nearby side streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 488-1725 ext. 316

  • Catering

    Also a versatile San Diego catering company, our products are all prepared fresh daily on the premises. The dishes conjured up in our kitchen reflect a commitment to originality, freshness and the celebration of taste. Our knowledgeable sales team will work with you to create a menu and style that will compliment your event and your budget. As a local catering company, we can provide you with china, glassware, place settings, equipment rentals, servers and bartenders, and much more.

  • Private party contact

    Michel Malecot: (877) 926-3990

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