La Bastide Bistro
La Bastide Bistro

La Bastide Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.labastidebistro.com/
  • Phone: 8585770033x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, French
  • Executive Chef: Timothy Angel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: Please take a look at our website to see our special events. Wednesday Night Live Maine Lobster 1 and 1/4 lbs for $17.99 +tax + service

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have unlimited free parking.
A word from La Bastide Bistro
La Bastide offers French-American cuisine with a contemporary flair. You will do a Tour de France enjoying such delicacies as our famous moules marinieres, salmon papillotes, coq au vin, duck confit, crème brulee, or crepes suzettes prepared by our well known chef de cuisine Barry Coalson. Enjoy a glass of wine or a cocktail at the bar. The atmosphere is very relaxing and casual, no dress code enforced.
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La Bastide Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
36 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (27)fit for foodies (17)great for lunch (11)special occasion (10)notable wine list (9)romantic (9)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (5)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Disappointed
    Koala
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Been coming here for years ( prior and current ownership)and never had a bad meal. This time was very poor in ever respect. Restaurant week lunch menu . The onion soup was tasteless. Provençal crepe thrown together and totally void of flavor. Service very slow. Doubt we will return. Sorry , this used to be a favorite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Changed But Still Great
    BrujoVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    As one of La Bastide's first customers several years ago I have seen the restaurant go through many changes including ownership and chefs. At this juncture and based on a dinner and lunch in the past two weeks I am happy to note that La Bastide remains a great place to get good service, great value, and consistently excellent food. The menu and wine list has changed from Franco-centric to a bit more Cali-Franco but not to any disadvantage. The mussels and fries still please, the steaks are also excellent, the salads are fresh and creative, the onion soup is (most of the time) among the best in San Diego, and the duck confit, while not always consistent, can be superb. From simple, basic fare to more elaborate meals-I highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special
    nursecarlah
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Tried this place for restraunt week and it was awesome food was so good. Walnut salad and mousse to die for. Enjoy it
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't go for Restaurant Week Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been here in the past for dinner and had great food. Which made my lunch there a disappointment - glorified sandwiches @ a french restaurant? Not what I was expecting.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Services, but...
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A group of us had tried this restaurant for restaurant week because of the great reviews. Ordered the pork chop entree with fries and green beans. The fries had been so salted that it was like biting down on french fries flavored salt crystals. The pork chop was tender, yet again, it was over salted to the point that I couldn't taste anything but the salt. I thought it had just been my plate, until my friends mentioned what I was thinking. I don't feel like the food was as upscale or on par with the price point. At the end of the meal, none of use decided to take any of our leftovers home, even though I hate to waste food. Reviews had mentioned "bland food" during restaurant week. Wonder if they tried to overcompensate by overseasoning.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Evening with friends
    Kirk
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We recently enjoyed an evening with friends at La Bastide. The wait staff was pleasant and not overly zealous, the food was delicious and paced adequately. All in all it was a very pleasant evening and we will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Even the simple pork chop is sublime. I have been cooking for many years, with very positive feedback, and I would be hard pressed to recreate the food we had here.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Busy
    Otldoc
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    It was restaurant week and they were slammed. Service was a bit slow as a result, but the food was worth the wait. I would not hold the wait against them because when you go places for restaurant week crowds need to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • wonderful food
    judinsd
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    This was my first time here & went for lunch with a friend, I had the shrimp crepe and she had one of their salads, my crepe was delish and those fries....ohhhh yum, she also said her salad was very good. The service was excellent also, very attentive and friendly but not pushy. This is a great little spot which I will revisit soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mokee
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    First time here with a group of 6 friends. We all loved it. Great Food, Great Atmosphere. Will come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gem
    Cardinalfan
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This neighborhood find never disappoints. Great food, varied menu, attentive staff and martinis are awesome. Relatively small in size, makes it the perfect atmosphere for romance, good friends, family meals, or small group business meals. Love this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent Food Quiet Neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Found La Bastide doing a quick search for upper scale fare for a special occasion. I am extremely pleased I found this and so was the rest of our large party! The food was amazing across the board. Food took a little longer to come out, but well worth the wait. Highly recommend this to others and I will be going back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the VIsit
    SanDiegoDiner
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Restaurants come and go but La Bastide is a restaurant that deserves a high and consistent level of patronage. We have dined at La Bastide three times now a Lunch and twice at dinner all on different days and all consistently well done. There are so many great places in SD County that we try to move around, however, we have our top five that will we try to patronize routinely, La Bastide is among them for their fresh, consistent, well prepared and presented meals.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lovely neighborhood restaurant
    MsSpoon
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Surprised to enjoy such deliciousness in a shopping mall! Our dinners were well prepared, beautifully plated, and graciously presented. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friesen Filly
    Friesen87Filly
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I dine often at La Bastide and usually enjoy the food very much. However, last Monday the mixed green salad had many spoiled pieces of lettuce in it. Picking around to find a leaf good enough to eat (and there weren't many!) diminished my dining pleasure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    Ronbert
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I knew nothing about the place so it was a stab in the dark. Our dinner was a wonderful experience - the ambiance, the food, and the service were all great. Now I'm going to take three other friends there for a special lunch in August.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Visited for a dinner on a Sunday night. Asked for extra bread and was told they had just put bread in the oven (seems like they would have that already set up). For desert asked for a coffee and was told they were just brewing (again seems they would have that already set up) Wasn't crowded so hard to believe they would have had a run on bread and coffee.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine French Food
    shoppermama
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Dinner before a play downtown so we were early. Sat outside on patio but the parking lot noise made it distracting. We shared the Warm Goat Cheese Crouton which was very good and just enough for two to share. I ordered the Coq Au Vin which was good but not great. My dining companion ordered Seared Scallops and she said they were excellent. We didn't order wine but had cocktails instead. Our dining experience was great and I want to go back again when we aren't rushed. Our server did a great job getting us out in time to beat the rush hour traffic and arrive in time for our play. He was very attentive.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 421 reviews are from the La Bastide Bistro reviews archive.
  • La Bastide, Scripps Ranch
    JoyceVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The Jidori chicken with bacon cream sauce is divine. Went with a group of four and we all were very happy with our lunch. After we paid our bill we sat and talked for about another hour and our waiter kept refilling our iced tea and was still very attentive. A lovely dining experience, definitely recommend and will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Food!
    Julie
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Seriously amazing food. We ordered the Ahi and the Parisian Gnocchi -- both get an A+. Our server Jillian was also very helpful with recommendations. Such a great little find in the middle of a quiet neighborhood!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a charming french bistro
    garfield
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    La bastide is a cosy french restaurant.the service is friendly,yet very professionel.the food is great.in my opinion as french as you can get in san diego.the menu is well balance and offer great selection.the wine list is fine but they should have a selection with more french wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very rough around the edges
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food quality and creativity does not match the dishes' price points. Servers were extremely nice but inexperienced. I would not return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mother's Day
    Lucio
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    A wonderful venue for Mother's day, service and food was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodie5
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The food was delicious except the service we expected was not altogether there. While everybody else in our party received their food, we waited more than 15 minutes to receive ours. We dined on a Monday night and there were 3 other tables dining when we had dinner. It was not busy but it surprised us that we had to remind/ask our server for water constantly, and one of our dining guests had to fix his own table to keep it from wobbling. For dinner entrees priced above $20, we have had better quality service elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence in a strip mall
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    La Bastide is a quiet little neighborhood restaurant tucked away in a grocery store strip mall in Scripps Ranch, but it's quality far surpasses it's location. The food was excellent, with vibrant and nuanced flavors in every dish we had - prawn appetizer, salad with goat cheese, ahi tuna over spicy butternut squash, and duck. The wine list was not too extensive or exciting, but it had some interesting selections. Luckily, we had brought our own Pinot Noir, which they opened fôr a reasonable corkage fee. Service was attentive and punctual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I started with the Scallop appetizer which was cooked perfectly. The rack of lamb was terrific. I asked for medium rare and got medium rare. The spices were delicious. The mushroom purses tasted great. The service was attentive and helpful. I would recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Neighborhood Gem
    lindafoodie
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    We have been here many times and have never had a bad experience -- each time we try new entrees and are always pleasantly surprised by the new creations! Our dinner on Friday was excellent. The swordfish was amazingly tender and the lobster appetizer was a delicious treat! Keep up the great innovations! Service is attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood Restaurant
    Cocobilli
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Great food. Good food selection.Good service and nice ambience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • casual dining with amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We've been to La Bastide Bistro several times and food is always wonderful. It takes us over 30 minutes to drive there but it's always worth it. Top quality produce, meat, fish, and cheeses is the hands of an amazing chef and kitchen staff make this restaurant a must for foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time visit
    yumyum
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I've been wanting to try this place for a while. The location is a strip mall in Scripps Ranch but the interior has a nice ambiance. Though it was a little loud. Our server was a little more casual than the food/setting required but she did what she was supposed to do. The other staff seemed great. The food was wonderful and was timed perfectly. We had the rack of lamb, lobster gnocchi, bibb salad, and caesar salad. We both had delicious cockails. Overall a great place and I'll go there again for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great valentines day dinner
    Kris
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    great dinner, great ambience for a romantic Valentines dinner with my wife.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nothing Special!
    Phantom37
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    Nothing special stands out... and really, that's the point. A dinning experience should be memorable. But there is nothing really memorable about our night out at La Bastide Bistro. The ambience was 'OK' , the service 'a bit lifeless', the food 'unspectacular', and the bill 'a bit pricy'. Sorry, but it is what it is... Check please!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding - worth a long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Outstanding - worth a long drive to. Really great restaurant week menu. Shrimp was particularly great, and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week success
    Francophiles
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This was not the first time here for our group of 6 and we were happy to see that La Bastide was the only north county restaurant which included the middle Saturday in their two weeks of Restaurant Week. Nice number of choices for all three courses, generous portions, and attentive service. Everyone loved what they chose - from the moules, bibb salad with goat cheese, or shrimp over risotto appetizers, to the duck confit, petrale sole, salmon entrees (and three others that we didn't choose sounded great also, though an extra fee for the beef entrees). One of the desserts on the menu was not available but the tarte tatin and mousse au chocolat were excellent. Great price of $35. Very good wine list and knowledgeable sommelier. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Updated French without the Attitude
    sharonredbarron
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This place provides some great food along with a pleasant ambiance. Their food is French with a California twist, and the proportions were much larger than we expected. It was Restaurant Week, so we had the three courses. The appetizers, sauteed shrimp with vanilla risotto and salad with warm goat cheese crouton drizzled with honey, were delicious and large. My spouse went with the coq au vin, and he loved the sauce. His only negative comment was that it was served with pommes frites rather than mashers, which he felt would have paired with the sauce better. I ordered a steak with the most delicious butter melted over the top, & pommes frites. We ended with the chocolate mousse (creamy and rich) and the apple tart tatin. Yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Food was not good at this place. Came here for restaurant week and very disappointed I paid 35 dollars for my meal. Very loud environment making it distracting and lights were too dim. Food took a long time to come out. Do not plan on coming here again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant week dining
    walkergurl13
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Very busy week at this restaurant. Robust menu with many gluten free options which was greatly appreciated! Portions were generous and mussels best I have eaten in very long time. Salmon and sauce was superb. I will definitely order again. Staff busy, but very friendly and helpful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Gem
    ThinkLoveDineWell
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    I love the shrimp risotto appetizer and pommes frites! They remind of Provence. The apple crisp dessert, though I think they changed the recipe since the last time I dined there. The food is why I make a point to go there during Restaurant Week. Unfortunately, due to the service, or lack thereof, I will probably take this restaurant off my Restaurant Week rotation. I realize that we had a "late" reservation (8pm), but that does not excuse the waiter from only appearing at our table to take our order and drop off the check. We had to keep asking the bussers and kitchen staff (that delivered our meal) for additional silverware, more water, etc. There are a lot of restaurants out there with great food...and they may have better service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • traditional french
    hamfam
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    the widest selection of a menu in restaurant week. Traditional dishes done well. No surprises.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHAT A DELIGHT!
    lindafoodie
    Dined on 1/21/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at LaBastide. The service was great and the food choices were some of the best offered during Restaurant Week. Great presentation and large portions. We have been to this restaurant many times and will continue to come back for their excellent cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate