French Market Grille
French Market Grille

French Market Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.frenchmarketgrille.com/
  • Phone: (858) 485-8055
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, French
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Invite us to your next dinner party, cocktail reception , or office luncheon. We’ll be there with our award-winning cuisine and a menu custom-designed for the occasion. Complete Catering Services available from 10 people to groups of 200. For more information regarding French Market Grille Catering, call Patrick at 858-485-8055

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Pomerad Road
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking in front of restaurant and arround
A word from French Market Grille
French Market Grille is an affordable, neighborhood restaurant where friends and families could gather several times a week for casual dining and good company.We invite you to sample our award-winning cuisine, to linger over a bottle of wine and enjoy our cozy atmosphere. We offer specials every day. Open Seven Days a week for Lunch and Dinner.
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French Market Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelQuiet
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)special occasion (27)fit for foodies (24)romantic (23)great for outdoor dining (19)notable wine list (12)great for lunch (9)great for brunch (4)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Questionable?
    FrenchFoodie
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Dinner was not up to usual standards. Is there a new chef ? If so, he needs to bring it up a notch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed Review
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Good food and service after a rocky start. Restaurant is looking aged. Music at times too loud and not appropriate for relaxed dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No chef, no brunch
    ReadsAlot
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We had made reservations for an 11:30 AM brunch with friends. I had called before making the reservations to find out about what they served, and had been told that they added omelets and eggs benedict to the lunch menu. When we arrived we were told that the chef was not there yet, but we were seated in the lovely patio area. About a half hour later we were told he was there and we could place our order but only omelets would be made for those who wanted breakfast. They arrived very dry with nothing in them to hold the onions, mushrooms and bell peppers together. No sauce, no cheese. It was a rather unpleasant concoction. We were disappointed as we'd heard the restaurant served great meals.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will return
    RobG
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We enjoyed the lamb and sea bass entries. They were expertly prepared. The dining area was quiet enough for conversation without needing to raise our voices. Overall, an excellent experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Frenchy
    Tomcat4130
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Nice ambiance, very nice and classy but not to far as you need to wear a suit. Awesome place for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome Back!
    davidVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Please come back to here often. We enjoyed a family business dinner here. We come to enjoy the food and great service. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great find!
    foodaddict100
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This is the first time I had been to this restaurant. A very pleasant surprise. I took a friend for lunch on a Saturday. We had the restaurant to ourselves. We ate on the open air patio. The service was superb and the food was excellent. The ambiance was quaint, with a French theme. I felt like I was at a European cafe. My friend had grilled eggplant, turkey and brie on grilled olive loaf bread. I had the grilled jumbo shrimp and spinach salad, both were delicious. Would definitely repeat. The only minor downside was that it is located in a strip mall type shopping center, but when you are inside the restaurant you forget all about that.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Had a great evening.
    Fritz
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I took my wife here for our 5th wedding anniversary and it was the first time either one of us had eaten here. I am very glad we tried it. The food was very good and according to my wife (who spent a year college in France) was authentic. The service was very good, the ambience very pleasant and the price for the excellent quality of the meal was very reasonable. We will definitely be back
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Poor Food
    NYfoodieGuy
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We went here and had a deal of Living Social for $100 worth of food. We had the tomato and mozzarella, crab cake and French oinion soup for apps, rack of lamb and shrimp scampi for our main course. Everything was bland and the sauce for the scampi was very pasty. The soup was also very dark and tasted like heavy wine and was not good and we love French onion soup. There was also only one waiter and he had a one assistant. However it was difficult for him to manage all nine tables at the time. Thank god we had the deal or I would have been very upset paying for a $130 meal of that poor quality. The only good part was the house wine glasses we ordered were a solid sized pour.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Baja Joe Goes French
    BajaJoe
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This was my fifth or sixth time at the French Market Grille. I have never been disappointed. This time I ordered a Caesar salad and an entree consisting of short ribs accompanied by mashed garlic spuds and green beans. A glass of pinot noir complemented the entree which was cooked to perfection and served HOT (a pet peeve of mine). Presentation was very nice. Leisurely service allowed time to savor each course. Never felt rushed. Excellent - once again, a perfect 6-0 record. Highly recommend the FMG if you are looking for good food in the Rancho Bernardo vicinity.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but...
    Stephd
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    They were out of my favorite dish, the braised short ribs at 5pm...do you mean you didn't make any that day? So disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Do over
    Smithdon31
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Good food, great service, reasonable price. Definite repeat
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    bananasplit5
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    I was reading reviews on the bad service and food, but it was not the case for me. It may have been because it was a slow night and they were not participating in restaurant week, but the service was pretty attentive, friendly, and helpful. The ambiance was nice. They have half bottles of wine which was nice. The food was most of the time good. The lamb and beef tenderloin were cooked perfectly. The au gratin potatoes & mashed potatoes were good. I loved the mix of vegetables but some were more cooked than what I liked. The escargot was good. The creme brulee was delicious but they need some work on not charring the top of it. I was slightly disappointed a little extra effort, like a candle, wasn't placed on our dessert (special occasion).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Food and Service
    cpadresVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Top notch dining ! Great food choices ! Wonderful Ambiance ! Impecable Service !
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food & Service
    ChuckG
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed our visit. I had the Pate for an appetizer. It was good but did not come with any crackers only the bread on the table. My wife had salmon and I had the halibut and both were very well prepared and tasty. For desert we had the Crepe Suzette and the Chocolate Bombe and both were excellent. This would be a five star restaurant if the building had some fresh paint and was cleaned up. The service was very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Place
    Lynne
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Once again, we came late,8PM and middle of the week. We were the only table after we were seated. That was fine for us. We sat in front of the fireplace which is one of our favorite table. The atmosphere is great. It was restaurant week and we took advantage of the menu. Two of us had escargot and our guest had the goat cheese salad. He said it was excellent. The escargot was good but a little tough. One of us had filet and I had swordfish as they were out of the sea bass. The swordfish was excellent. Our friend had the duck and said it was great. Next were the Desserts. They were out of the Apple Tart with ice cream. The lemon tart was very good. and the Crepes Suzette was ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It is over one year since my last visit which had a 'goon' as our server. This server had been there for years and his actions degraded from fair to terrible. I've seen him degrade people and always tried to make you feel stupid when you asked a question. The staff was new to me.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not great on our anniversary!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were disappointed by the service. Food was good however when told they had a vegetable soup for a starter it was not explained that it was heavily creamed and COLD. Needless to say I sent that dish back. I ordered the crab cake as a substitute appetizer but that never came. The saving grace was the bottle of white burgundy which my wife and I both appreciate We had had lunch there about a month ago and that was why we chose it for our anniversary dinner. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, great chef.
    Lynne
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    IT WAS A QUIET NIGHT. WE WERE THE LAST CUSTOMERS OF THE NIGHT AND THE ONLY ONE LEFT AFTER THE ONLY OTHER COUPLE LEFT. WE DIDN'T MIND , BECAUSE WE LIKE IT QUIET. OUR DINNER WAS AMAZING. I HAD THE FILET AND MY HUSBAND HAD THE PRIME RIB WITH BEARNAISE SAUCE. THERE WAS A NEW CHEF, AT LEAST TO US. APPARENTLY HE WAS THERE ABOUT THREE YEARS AGO AND IS NOW BACK. WE HOPE TO EAT THERE AGAIN SOON. WE SAT ON THE PATIO AND IT WAS VERY LOVELY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Doesn't disappoint
    MaryS
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    We went for a birthday. Food was wonderful. Our waiter even sang the first line of "Happy Birthday to You" in French.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Wonderful Gem
    toatwayVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I have read many of the reviews on Yelp and yes, many are correct but this restaurant is still my favorite and a real neighborhood gem. The food is consistently good and we have come to know all of the staff. Yes, when I take clients out we go to the high end restaurants with all the hobnobbery that goes with it but my friends I take to the French Market Grill which, I feel, is a breath of fresh air. If you give it time the French Market Grill will grow comfortable like an old sweater, if not, you are going to notice the holes in the elbows and the missing button.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a disappointment!!
    Jazz
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We have been dining at the French Market Grill for 20 years, we went there last Friday night for my husbands birthday, when we walked in we were surprised to see the restaurant nearly empty on a Friday evening, when we ordered our dinner they did not have any of the hors d'oeuvre's or soup we always have then when the waitress was taking our order the selections were minimal to the point of only a very few items were available on the menu. So, none of their Signature dishes were available, at that point we should have gotten up to leave but it was my husbands birthday we had the family with us and just made the best of it but there was no best of it, the food was not as usual the service was poor, we will not return!!!
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  • a short trip to Paris
    PrbayVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We found this enjoyable restaurant for lunch and then returned with some friends for Dinner another night. The sauces are fantastic and delicious. Everything we all ordered was enjoyable. Between the food, the atmosphere, and the service you feel like to are in a quaint french bistro in Paris.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Notafoodie
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Waiter tried. There were 4 tables occupied, 1 waiter. Service was very poor, waited long time to order. Soup was warm not hot, crab cake a disaster. Looked like it had been run over, flattened and tasted burnt. Partner's fish looked much better. Didn't have two items listed on menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food but…...
    diningduo
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The food at the French Market Grill is excellent, although the physical appearance of the dining area is showing its age and wear. Our first wine selections were unavailable, which also occurred during our last visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lobster Sea Bass special
    mlh2013VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Went for the lobster tail and sea bass special. Sea bass was, as always, amazing. Lobster was undercooked but didn't want to send it back and wait. Service was outstanding-didn't have to ask for anything and waiter checked often but not intrusively often to see if we needed anything. Always enjoy dinner here-was just disappointed in the lobster.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A French experience
    PrbayVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    While visiting Rancho Bernardo we came across this delightful restaurant. It was like having lunch in a French Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our special "go to" restaurant
    Singer4Him
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We've been going to French Market Grill since the opened and it remains one of our very favorites. It's a lovely place to take guests or just a quiet meal for the 2 of us.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not what it has been
    StevoskiVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Not like numerous past visits. Maybe a new chef, I know the owner Patrick is still owner. I started with the usual French onion soup. Came out warm at best. Less than halfway through it was totally cold. Then had my usual steamed clams, tough, old and three dead ones in the bowl along with a lot of sand, not cleaned very well. Had to send back and waiter tried making the excuse we cannot get all the sand out. I do not expect all the sand out but each of the three clams I ate were loaded with sand! Choked on it. Entrée was salmon. Fish good but tomato based sauce was stone cold as were the veg's.. Dates duck was excellent though, tender juicy and very good. Lemon tart was good also.
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  • First time at French Market Grille
    JPaeroVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I took my wife to the restaurant for a date night. At first there was some very loud noises coming from the kitchen so we loved seats to a quieter area. It hasa nice ambiance. After ordering we were served bread and butter but waited forever for our salad starters to arrive. Also, the butter was served chilled which makes spreading impossible. The salads did a rife and were tasty. We split the filet entree and it was very tasty but a little over cooked for medium. I don't think I will be using back as it seemed a little overpriced for the food you get.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Fun
    davidVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We come back for the great food and experience. We are happy to return to our local roots.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    worst Caesar salad dressing I've ever had, usually really good food here - hope it gets back to normal
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  • Good food, bad service
    mrframVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was pretty good but the service was so bad that it ruined the experience. The table also had a number of small flies, flying around (20+). My wine had collected three in the glass and I gave it to the waiter. The restaurant décor was tired and lacked energy.
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  • Great food
    ChuckG
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The sea bass was great. I loved the vegtables and sauce served with it.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No on Pureed Pots
    dinerWilly
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Love the restaurant, the food and the service. However, I am not fond of the pureed potatoes I had with the excellent salmon on the 9th of Aug. They were too thin and watery. Suggest regular mashed instead, or perhaps even thinly sliced roasted.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    erah
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    food was good but not hot, just warm. was cold by the end of the meal
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  • Nothing Special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was fine, the food was fine, the atmosphere was fine, but nothing was special. With the pricepoints in the mid-$20's for most entrees, we don't see any reason to go out of our way for a return visit.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 496 reviews are from the French Market Grille reviews archive.
  • Great Nitev Out
    UTC2
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We were a party of 4. Three of the orders were excellent. The fish on the fourth was over cooked but immediately replaced on request. The wait was wonderfully unobtrusive. The ambience was very pleasant. The new chef was good with his sauces. The desert crepes were great but I would have preferred an orange base sauce over the Grand Marinar.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    Karnak
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The food was cooked and presented just right.It was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent evening
    smuckey
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our waiter (younger gentleman) was fantastic! He was able to accommodate our needs and was on top of everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.