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Cafe Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar
Cafe Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar

Cafe Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.CafeBleuSD.com
  • Phone: (619) 291-1717
  • Hours of Operation: Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Manny Vargas
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available customized to your price range and event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Restaurant buy-out available for private dining / business meetings for up to 45 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Ric Libiran (619) 291-1717

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Falcon St.
  • Public Transit: San Diego transit bus stop 1/2 block east on W. Washington St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot available behind restaurant. (Driveway entrance off Falcon St.)
A word from Cafe Bleu Bistro & Wine Bar
Cafe Bleu, located in the heart of historic Mission Hills, is a charmingly intimate neighborhood bistro & wine bar featuring casually-affordable French Contemporary cuisine and exceptional boutique wines.

Chef Manny Vargas showcases his culinary talents with innovative French-influenced dishes as well as French bistro classics – Coq au Vin, Bouillabaisse and Steak Frites. Sommelier Deyna Libiran, offers an ever-changing unique wine list all available by the glass and 1/2 glass allowing you to create your own wine and food tasting experience.

Fine food and wine matched with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, Café Bleu truly offers a contemporary dining experience while always remaining comfortably casual and classy. Café Bleu promises to be the perfect place for an intimate dinner for two or a wonderful get-together with good friends.

Thank you and we look forward to serving you soon.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
Diner Reviews
  • "So we were looking for a new brunch and endless Mimosa and I came across Café Bleu. Javier the co-owner waited on us. He has a passion for making people happy and proud of the food they serve. No w the food was amazing. I had the Florentine crab Benedict- so very crabby and instead of some boring potato they serve a wonderful potato and leek patty with a tomato confit- no condiments needed here. Javier keeps your glass filled with the Mimosa that just have a blush of orange to them, be careful. The bread and wine and berry reduction that comes with the mimosa is a meal in itself. Will be back to try their French toast- Javier recommends it."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Good bistro menu. Very tasty steak tartar, which I consider a pretty reliable measuring stick. Soup du jour was a very creamy tomato and red pepper ... not inspired, but still very satisfying. Decent wine by the glass selection, including half-glasses, at favorable prices. Waiter was extremely knowledgeable abut the menu. Overall, recommended"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Really nice little restaurant. We were celebrating our anniversary and had a lovely meal."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "We dine at Caf Bleu regularly and alway enjoy it and recommend it to friends. My salmon was not good. I should have asked more about it, but since I usually order it and enjoy it, I did not question. My husband was disappointed in his entree and our friend and guest said it was fine. We will give it another chance, but will ask more about the preparation and serving."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "The food, the service, everything about this place is great. Javier the owner is very nice with the customers. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Down to the last minute my sister and I have debated where we can take our dad on Father's Day. We all know that deciding and making reservations should've been done a week or so earlier. As usual everything is booked, to my surprise Cafe Bleu has seats available. I've been here a couple of times before but only for their mimosas, so I had no idea what I was in for. We got there and to our surprise it's not the crowded at all. We were greeted by their friendly staff and our waiter was very courteous and funny. The food, spectacular! I will surely come back again! Surprised how few people opted to go there on that day but I'm glad we did!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "My wife and I try to do date night once a week and to try stand alone local restaurants and found this local gem on yelp. At first we were unsure (based on the sketchy parking) once entering we were greeted by energetic staff. Chef sent out a free small canape for us to try, yummy. Great wine selection with good size pours. I had asked for a quite table and yes the manager had read the request and asked if we minded waiting a few more minutes at the bar for the right table (nice touch) Overall a great menu, not to busy and prices made me want to come back again and try the rest of the menus"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Am always amazed by the consistently wonderful food and service at Cafe Bleu. We had the chef's canapes - a great way to whet your appetite - followed by the Crevettes Parisienne and the scallops. I highly recommend both. Enjoyed the riesling by the glass, too! Finished with the chocolate ganache - warm and velvety - perfect way to end an evening."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Cam here with my wife and another couple of friends. Were fortunate enough to be there a few minutes before happy hour ended. Ordered the cheese plate, dates and kabob appetizers along with suggested list of wines. The food I would consider as french influenced since many of the plates offered are what I consider italian not french. I had the beet salad and the scallops. The food is very good and the service very attentive. I also enjoyed their wine list which has a pretty good selection of moderately priced wines. Also, enjoyed the fact that they had a Rose wine on their list. This place is recommended for casual foodies who appreciated good service and value. Overall and excellent time at Cafe Bleu. Cheers!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Very good wine list, and the menu is well done with many traditional French style dishes. Chocolate cake desert is to die for."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This place has always been wonderful. The food is always good and the cafe style furniture is comfy and unique. Definitely order the Brie and the ratatouille is one of my favorites! "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "small menu which i prefer, but everything on it is great. service is outstanding. they do french cuisine in a traditional way but modernized just enough, not with new interpretations or any fusion. it's refined and elegant but still bistro level cuisine with affordable prices. as a bonus is they have parking out back and there are always spots free which is very rare in mission hills."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "We have enjoyed Cafe Bleu several times since moving to Mission Hills. The food is delicious and the wine list is great. The Sunday supper special menu is always outstanding - lots of choices and wine pairings, as well. It is truly a neighborhood gem."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Outstanding meal (every course) and great wine pairing. Will be coming back with guests. Thanks for the amazing experience."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "This has become our "go to" before plays because it's a great location with very good service & food. From the amuse bouche to the halibut to the bread pudding with fig, everything was very tasty. "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I like to go here because the ambiance is elegantly relaxed and the food is exceptional. Their chef does a fantastic job. They also have a cheese board to show their currently selection of fine cheeses. I have yet to find something that I don't say "Wow" after nearly every bite. If you go for brunch, prepare yourself for bottomless Mimosas. Oh yeah!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "I wanted a low-key but sort of fancy place to go out with a group of friends for my 21st Birthday. This place was perfect! The service was very friendly and efficient, the food was excellent, and the wine was great! Being new to wine, I really enjoyed how the menu had descriptions of each wine. It made the experience fun and educational! For dinner, my group ordered the Brie en croute, which was amazing. For my entree, I had the shrimp dish with gnocci, which was the perfect portion size and full of flavor. I definitely want to go back for a romantic dinner date. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Took 2 Friends For The First Time. They can't Stop Raving About It!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have been to Cafe Bleu several times now and each time the food is top notch and the service is always very friendly and timely."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Celebrated my birthday dinner we were a large group 11 of us, the staff was right on point with service. Staff came around constantly; food was delivered all at once and was delicious. "
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "I had the ratatouille on creamy red-pepper polenta and it was delicious! Perfect portion size, too--not overwhelming, not skimpy. I no longer eat meat, but if I did, I'd dive into the coq au vin. It smelled amazing!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Love this place-have been several times-food is always great, they have a wonderful cheese selection, staff friendly and efficient"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "This is my new favorite restaurant...I could just live on the french onion soup. But the entire menu is delicious and the chef often includes an "amuse bouche" as a taste tester. Try it before it becomes "too popular" and difficult to get in."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We took my daughter here while visiting during her spring break. I was pleasantly surprised how low key this place is. It's small and intimate. The service is outstanding, the food was delicious, and the prices were not too expensive. It's a great value for dinner. You really can't go wrong with anything on the menu if you like French food."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Had seafood bouillabaisse, fish overlooked. A pescaterian, I didn't find many other edible options. Decor nice enough, though no sound-absorbing surfaces so very loud when full. Service was fair, not great. Overall, okay option, nothing special."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I often dine at Cafe Bleu and tonight was no exception. After a long day of air travel, sitting at Cafe Bleu with a glass of wine and relaxing was just the ticket. We ordered off the Happy Hour menu and all of our small plates were delivered in a timely manner, but more importantly, were delicious! The servers are very friendly and we did not feel hurried or rushed even though the place was quite busy. I recommend Cafe Bleu for lunch, dinner or Happy Hour and often take my friends there."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "I highly recommend Cafe Bleu. The atmosphere is so lovely and intimate and the food is absolutely delicious. Great place for Brunch with bottomless mimosas, let's just say your glass is never empty. And dinner is a savory treat. The service is friendly and accommodating to all of your needs. Since the restaurant is intimate it's always packed so I suggest you make a reservation beforehand."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "The food is really delicious and the presentation is beautiful . And the service was great! I got there a little before the rest of my party and they made sure to take care of me while I waited."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Easy to park, friendly staff, not crowded, excellent French onion soup - as good as the soup I've had in France."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A quaint and quiet bistro in Mission Hills with an excellent chef. I have already been there 4 or 5 times and have recommended to my friends. Each occasion has been a delicious and relaxing experience. The french menu and daily cheese board are outstanding with a special 5 star rating for the french onion soup! The restaurant even has free parking in the back lot....a real plus in the busy streets."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "fabulous neighborhood wine bar and restaurant with warm, friendly service."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great dining experience in the Hillcrest/Mission Hills neighborhood!"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Not only was our waiter nice and on top of our service, he was very knowledgeable in french cusine. Will recomend this resturant to my friends!"
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and always accommodating, friendly service make Cafe Bleu our favorite restaurant. Javier and his staff know how to run a restaurant right."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "My wife and I found this restaurant on Yelp before flying into SD from Chicago. We arrived on Sunday night for dinner. Not advertised on Yelp, this restaurant runs special Sunday pre-fixe 3-course dinner. Restaurant did not cut corner, and provided good portion of quality meal. We were totally satisfied. We were greeted and serviced by co-owner, who's friendly and accommodating special dietary requests. Good wine list as well. We highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Cafe Bleu is a decent restaurant but not up to high reviews it gets. Dinner started with a terrific puff pastry amuse bouche. Best dish of the night. .Steak tartare appetizer was bland and and needed capers their unique taste. Not good.. Onion soup was delicious and cheesy. My big disappointment though was the coq au vin, a fave personal dish. Since it was the signature dish of the restaurant I was expecting a great version, but I really did not care for it at all. The sauce was very watery and basically like a jus, and the chicken while reasonably juicy lacked the complexity of flavor one expects from the way the dish is traditionally prepared. In fact in tasted just like grilled chicken in au jus. Bland and unispired,"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Took my wife to dinner at Cafe Bleu this past Saturday. The food was fantastic, the service was done well (excellent teamwork), and we liked the fact that the prices for food and wine were reasonable, making for an exceptional value meal. I want to keep this place secret because it has all the right components for a great place to wine and dine....I don't want too many finding out and over-running this place. Kudos to the chef and the kitchen staff for great tasting food that was well presented. Compliments to Carina, our waitress, for the excellent service; and for the support of Javier, who stepped up often to refill glasses, clear plates, and to chat. We look forward to returning soon -- just don't tell too many others about it."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "It was a quiet night out just me and enjoying the evening. The service was prompt and friendly. The food was delicious and flavorful. Overall this is my second visit and it was a good evening out."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This place never fails to deliver. My wife and I went the day after Valentine's day and wow. We ordered the filet and lobster and it was downright delicious. Mussels for appetizer did not dissappoint. We were extremely well taken care of by Javier and the rest of the crew. When great service accompanies great food, you just cant go wrong. Go see for yourself San Diego. Bon apetit."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This place is small, cozy, dimly lit and romantic...perfect for a date. We started out with a complimentary chef's bite...and can I just say that I LOVE when restaurants do that. We had crab dip for an app...cheesy, creamy, crabby and delicious! My food recommendation is for the filet. Compared to notable steak houses, the price here at Bleu is a steal. The cut, quality and cook of the meat was fantastic. Small but carefully selected wine menu has no bottles over $50, so no pressure to break the bank with a ridiculous bottle of wine. Service was fantastic and I would highly recommend this place. I will definitely be back :)"
    Dined on 2/14/2014