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French Market Grille
French Market Grille
  • Address:
    15717 Bernardo Heights Pkway
    San Diego, CA 92128
    Neighborhood:
    Poway / Rancho Bernardo
  • Cuisine:
    French
    Price: $30 and under

French Market Grille Details

  • 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: French, Californian
  • 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.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Nous avons eu la chance d'être servi par un serveur qui parlait français. De plus, le propriétaire était présent et il s'est adressé à nous en français. Ce fût très apprécié."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We were there on the evening of the 4th of July the service,food and ambience were very good.An unexpecred treat was that we could view the fire works from our table which made for a great finish to our evening."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "The food was pretty good but the service was so awful that it ruined the experience. The waiter was condescending initially, then virtually unavailable."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We eat here at least every 2-3 months. It's always nice, sometimes great. It can be more than quiet depending how big the crowd. We like it quiet rather than loud so try to come a little later. Two of us had the bean with bacon soup of the day and it was excellent. All of the entrees were very good. One had scallops and thought it was very good. Two of us had the steak with bearnaise and it was very good. The atmosphere was very good and condusive to good conversation. The wine was very nice as well."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Food by far surpasses the wait staff and the decor, but it was odd to have my steak served in a huge bowl, i asked the cook before i was leaving and he apologized and said that they had run out of plates and he would address that to the owner. Sad to say will not be back for a while till the dump the waiters and buy some plates for peet sakes , too bad because some of our dishes were way better than their competitors near by."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Great preparation of food from a knowledgeable chef. Everything is prepared as you watch, fresh, unique in its sauces, and tasty. Great for those who enjoy a good French touch!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This restaurant could be good, but it is outdated. The service is consistently terrible. The entire wait crew needs some good training. Our drink order was never taken. Our dishes were mis-matched. A saucer plate was a bread and butter plate. We were missing silverware. Please please train these people."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I always like the food at this restaurant however; during more crowded times......Fridays, Saturdays, Mothers Day, Fathers Day, Valentines the service is just not there.....too slow too cumbersome especially if you have a slightly larger party"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Very disappointing. This restaurant used to be a neighborhood gem, and sadly this is no longer the case. At 7:00pm on a Friday night - there was no mgmt, no host, no bartender, and just 3 servers and a cook running the show, and each server only had two tables each. Our first impression was that the restaurant might be closing - and after our experience we're certain it will be. The service was ATROCIOUS, their "signature" onion soup was the most tasteless we have ever had - we couldn't understand how something so dark and attractive could taste so bad. None of us (4) could eat it, and when our server took the bowls away, didn't even ask why we didn't eat it. No drink refills without begging and don't even ask for a glass of water!"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The French Market Grill is tucked away in a small shopping center. It is worth looking for. The atmosphere is romantic and the food is delicious - everything from escargot to short ribs and duck. Prices are good also."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We had taken a break after some disappointing meals. There is a new chef who knows how to cook. Speed has picked up over the past few weeks and we have not been disappointed this time!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Omg short ribs were soooooo good crispy on the outside , moist and so tender on the inside, the sauce!!! Wow perfect, the ravioli were just ok I think they defiantly we're not homemade so ahhhhh. But who cares wine was perfect Miguel our waiter suggested a bottle of chateau bizard off the list it was delicious, he was so attentive and great! The only thing was the bread wasn't hot but when I mentioned it the corrected it right away. Also the chocolate bomb he suggested was out of this world, apple tart was great but would have been better with caramel sauce. But over all what a excellent place, but my only really complaint was the chips of paint falling off the air ducts gross"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "This time around was the best experience I have had at this restaurant yet, the menu has been reduced a little a few of my favorites are gone but the waiter told me he would ask the chef if he could make me a tortilla cheese sandwich, the chef said yes but I decided to try the Cobb salad, best I have ever had everything was fresher than normal, chicken hot, lettuce crisp, and the dressing just right. Wow what a change if they keep it up I'll be here every week. Thanks french market"
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Have eaten here many times, always a wonderful experience. This last visit did not meet our expectations. They were out of three items we ordered. Three of the entrees were very good, one was terrible over salted. The waiter seemed indifferent at best. I would however go back as I am hoping this was just an off night and not a sign of things to come."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Only issue was that a greeter needed to present, especially on a Friday night. Had to wait at least 10 minutes before someone acknowledged that we had walked in and were standing at the entrance!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We loved our dinner at the French Market Grille on Sunday night. We had almost teh place to ourselves and were seated in the patio near a fountain. Food and service were great...a very good French experience."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I can overlook bad service and an uncreative menu if the food is good, which in this case it wasn't. Poor service and even worse food from a place that claims its cuisine comes from a country where it takes its food more seriously than its politics. There are better restaurants in Rancho Bernardo, let alone San Diego, to patronize rather than to waste your time and money on this sorry excuse for a fine dining establishment. The only thing it got right was the location; right next to a Goodwill store...where it belongs. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Though they noted having several "classics", we tried a few including the French onion soup (bitter tasting), escargot (all garlic), and the scallops, which were good. We decided to go to another french place down the road which was much better, for our main course."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great Food, we will return, but we like the lunch service better than dinner. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Our reservation on Mother's Day was for 1pm. We were finally served our first course at 2:45! The restaurant was so overcrowded, my daughter had to get up and move her chair to let another party leave their table. They were so understaffed and harried that we had to ask for everything; bread, water refills, silverware, sugar for the iced tea and our food! We were told a few times that "It will just be a few minutes," which was merely a pacifier. The owner obviously decided to capitalize on Mother's Day and chose profits over good service and a special experience for us Mothers that were being treated by our children. At $32-$38 per plate with no Champagne, this was an overpriced exercise in frustration. We got our check at 4pm! Wow."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This place might have been something 30years ago. The entire crown consisted of 85+ year olds who could not tell the difference between good or bad food. Everything was so overcooked and tasteless. The mussels were bad. Went right thru me within a half hour. Chef Ramsey would have a field day at this place. NEVER EVER AGAIN!!!!!!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Our Mother's Day Brunch was disappointing, slow and relatively expensive. The restaurant was busy and understaffed both regarding the chefs and the waiters. It took over 2 hours to dine. The meals were not served together, meaning some in our group were served while others were waiting a significant time. The brunch was 3 courses, and it would have been better to simplify the menu and eliminate a course. We ordered 2 macaroni and cheese meals from the kid's menu, and was served angel hair pasta in wine and sharp cheese sauce. Neither meal was eaten, but each cost $15. Although the appetizer was good, my main course was average at best, and we took the dessert home in a box."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Good food, once it was delivered, but we and all the tables around us kept wondering if we'd been forgotten. The waiter's response to when our food would come: I don't know. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went to French Market Grille for Mother's Day, and I will never go back. We were seated a little bit late, which was fine. It's a busy day. We ordered drinks and got them within a few minutes, which was fine. Then it took over AN HOUR to get our salads. I'm talking like 1:15. I know it was a busy day, but, come on. It was a set menu! Worst of all was the owner. He was smug and unapologetic. Didn't say sorry just made excuses. No offer to comp anything. I can't believe we paid full price for that meal, and I'm not a complainer...it was just absurdly bad."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "This would be perfect on a calm evening, but unfortunately, we went for mother's day brunch when it was extremely packed. Even though they had a price fixed set menu, they couldn't keep up. It took 30 minutes for our appetizers to arrive. It was then an additional 1 hour and 20 minutes before our entrees came! Overall, brunch took over 2.5 hours. It was ridiculous. Our appetizers were delicious, but it went downhill from there. 2 in our party ordered the eggs benedict, and they were served COLD. Not lukewarm, completely cold. The restaurant hardly apologized. For dessert, my mother's blueberry and ice cream cassis was served with the ice cream fully melted. It was an ice cream soup. Very disappointing. They do not handle large crowds well."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We were hoping to enjoy a nice evening out. Unfortunately, our server, Miguel, ruined the entire dining experience for us. He didn't seem to want to work that evening or be cordial or helpful to us as diners. Usually when you go to a restaurant, the server asks if you would like any drinks, cocktails, or beverages at the start of the meal. He said nothing & offered nothing. In fact, after he took our orders for food, my husband had to ask what kind of beer they had for drinks. Miguel said they had no beer! We then saw other diners with beer on their tables. To us, the service is an integral part of the dining experience - it's not just the food or the ambiance. Miguel ruined our special evening out."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "If you are looking for good food this is the place. Place is not kid friendly and there service is extremely slow. If you are not in a hurry food is good."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Have been here several times for lunch and always very pleased.....scallops are awesome !!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Enjoyed an early dinner with a varied menu and excellent sauces and seasonings. The lamb loin was a tip from our waiter and was excellent as was the sirloin, cooked exactly right. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went to have dinner but we're disappointed. Service was the biggest problem. Only 2 servers for entire place plus manager. Manager did nothing to help so poor servers had to run around trying to cover multiple tables. In our case we received inferior attention. Food only so so, thus the 3 star rating. Finally, manager didn't check us in so we're had to work with opentable to get credit. "
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Thanks again for a great dinner. We had the Alaskan special for three with a wonderful wine and dessert. Please keep up the great work!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is very good. The personnel is polite with attitude. The menu is extensive."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "We have been to this restaurant 4 or 5 times. The food is always unbelieveably excellent. The presentation is very good. Service is very personal and done with a smile. The sauces are wonderful. Always a treat to go back. We live about 20 miles from this restaurant, so it is a committment to eat there."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "We found this place years ago when we were looking for beef wellington. It's not on their menu but they serve it if you order it ahead of time. It was delicious and now we come back for special occasions and when we want to go someplace nice with friends."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "...our appetizers where prepared by the chef and sat on the bar for quite a while. When the waiter brought them to the table the soup was no longer hot. When the entrees were ready, they brought them to the table but my husband was only half way through his appetizer! We were really surprised that they would do this at a high end restaurant."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The place was busy when we arrived but calmed down soon after and has a very nice atmosphere. The food was excellent on this visit. the asparagus soup with a little bacon was amazing, one of the best we've had. My husband had the sirloin with bearnaise and I had the sea bass. Both were very good. We will definitely return. One thing we would like is to actually sit in front of the fireplace. We have requested it many times, but have only been close to it."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My daughter and I both enjoyed our dinners.. The Beet Soup was amazing! She had the Salmon with lentels and Red Pepper Sauce and she loved it! The Bananas Foster Cheese Cake was great! We had a lovely evening. Only problem was the service was a little slow. The waiter was very kind to ask the chef if my halibut plate was gluten free (it was :)"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Three of us friends celebrated a birthday. The food was excellent, especially my Sea Bass, cooked perfectly.. One friend had the sirloin steak...again cooked as ordered. The dining room is small and inttimate, including a fireplace and outside patio dining. they alwasy have "specials" on the week-end. Many under $25.00 each."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "Menu doesn't have a lot of variety. Only offered a single special menu. if you want wine it is fine but they don't have anything else to offer, like no cocktails and very limited choice of soda. Not kid friendly. Service is somewhat lacking for the type of food served. We have been there twice and will not go again."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "A must. Lovely food in a pleasant setting with a friendly staff. Laurie is a wonderful server and we had the pleasure of meeting Patrick, after 15 years of enjoying French Market Grille. Try the Short Ribs -exquisite. We drive from Coronado! It has to be good!"
    Dined on 4/2/2014