The best we had in San Diego area
This was the most perfect mix of amazing food , attentive but not intrusive service, elegant without pretension, and welcoming warm but mannered atmosphere. Lobster in foamed butter/saffron sauce and lamb that was melting in our mouths. Best vichyssoise we ever had (and we seek that out regularly). Martinis cold, dry, and right sized. Wine list is not large but good quality and finds at particularly reasonable prices. Had a 2005 Pomerol from a lesser Chateau but it opened up as the waiter promised it would to be one exceptional enough we will add to our home collection. We mentioned it was our anniversary and they surprised with a lovely petit cake plate with happy anniversary in chocolate. Will be on our priority for return
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding French Cuisine
Tapenade is a perfect place for a superb French dinner.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Refined Dining in La Jolla
We love eating at Tapenade. The staff is always gracious and the ambience is lovely.
Everyone is so attentive. The food is consistently good and beautifully plated.
We especially like the experience of dining at Tapenade. We never feel rushed (like
some restaurants want to turn the tables for numerous sittings.) The staff always asks
before clearing plates "is everyone finished." That is a rarity in todays restaurant scene.
7/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having dined at Tapenade several
Having dined at Tapenade several times over the past few years, I have found the food and service to be consistently impeccable. Saturday evening did not disappoint for my mother's 93rd birthday celebration. The dining area is spacious yet intimate, the noise level comfortable and the ambiance casual, yet with a touch of formality and elegance. Everything we ordered was carefully prepared with the best ingredients, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. The service is attentive but not rushed. For a lovely adult evening of fine dining and good conversation, I highly recommend Tapenade and look forward to dining here again..and again.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Stellar pretty much describes
Stellar pretty much describes Tapenade! In all of the years we have been eating here, we have never once been disappointed. The food is always amazing and if you really want a treat try the wild mushroom ravioli which is amazing. For a quite, enjoyable, amazing dinner try this restaurant, you will not be disappointed.
7/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Consistently Outstanding Food
Continental cuisine that is always good, with interesting specials. Sauces make this restaurant really special. Great place for a special occasion. Noise level was moderate where we were in the bar area, which was expected. It's quieter in the main dining area, and they have two separate areas for groups.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very Pleasing Dinner for Two
There are many good choices on the menu, all very tasty. Flavors are excellent, portions are sensible and presentation is attractive. Our waiter tactfully understood that we wanted to take our time. He was both attentive and accommodating. There's good space between tables. So, it was all very enjoyable for just the two of us.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
From the great food to the
From the great food to the impeccable service, the Tapenade was a very enjoyable experience.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We eat here every time we are in La Jolla and it never disappoints. Great service and lovely food.
8/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
The mushroom ravioli at lunch
The mushroom ravioli at lunch are outstanding!!!! Can't wait to get back to La Jolla to have them again.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have eaten at Tapenade many times before, but not recently, and it was as good as I remember. We were greeted and our group (4) quickly seated. We brought a special bottle, and the waiter was quick to bring out a small table to decant it and put it on. Nice touch.
We know Jean-Michel (chef & owner) and were quite surprised when the waiter told us he had prepared a food & wine pairing meal for us for the night. We were all thrilled, as the wonderful choices on the menu were going to make it difficult to choose!
Each course was brought out and explained to us, and each wine as well. The food was sublime- perfectly prepared and seasoned. The wines were a bit spotty- I would have preferred all french, but they did pair well.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet midweek birthday dinner
Restaurant was nice. Very quiet. We went midweek for my wife's birthday. Food was good and they had a solid wine menu. The restaurant wasn't very exciting though and I felt like most of the people there crawled out of their graves to go out to dinner.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another wonderful meal!
Impeccable service and delicious cuisine -- another wonderful meal at Tapenade! The fig and melted blue cheese starter was absolutely incredible, the bouillabaisse was delectable -- we wanted to lick up every drop of the savory broth -- and the Montagny Chardonnay was a perfect accompaniment.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
For our recent Anniversary
For our recent Anniversary dinner we tried Tapenade. We started with a Burrata Cheese & Summer Vegetable Salad which was outstanding. For entrees I had the Fish of the Day which was a local California seabass served with spinach gnocchi and vegetables sitting over a very flavorful light emulsion (Meyer lemon, onion and herbs). My husband had the Bouilabaisse which was a nice mixture of seabass, shrimp, scallops, mussels and potatoes in a fantastic saffron broth - served with crostini and a saffron aioli. Portions are small but adequate (typical French). The service was wonderful -- our waiter, Hadrian, very personable and professional. We definitely plan to eat at Tapenade as often as we're in the area.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little disappointing
Despite extremely good service and lovely appetizers, the rest of the meal a bit of a disappointment. My friend's crabcake starter was excellent and my crab and mango salad tasted as good as it looked. However, my friend's serving of bouillabaisse barely contained enough food for a young child, let alone a grown man. My beef tornadoe was tasty and perfectly cooked. However, the plate contained wa-a-y too many french fries (falling off the plate) and a pile of limp, over-dressed salad. Not a very professional presentation. The desserts where nothing special. Overall, I expected more considering the prices.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a delicious seabass with gnocchi... and profiteroles for the dessert.
The Seabass was really amazing and the menu overall was looking great.
Would suggest to re-visit the profiteroles as the "Chou" was too crunchy and the chocolate sauce was cold!
Would come back again anytime :-)
8/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
My brother was visiting from
My brother was visiting from London, where we know there are many wonderful restaurants. He had never been and he found it to be exceptional! I love this restaurant.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We always go back to Tapenade
We always go back to Tapenade knowing the food will be fantastic. I like to cook and am hard to please. I am always impressed with their choices. Out of this world!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
This restaurant is one of the best
We love the food,wine and wine advice,
We adore the smooth, capable Ludo with his wonderful sense of humor.
The delightful little sweets after dinner are lovely, yummy treats.
Cest parfait, toujours.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dinner was very good and so
Dinner was very good and so was the service. We have never been disappointed with the quality of the food or the service at Tapenade.
9/13/2013 5:00:00 PM
9/2013 Restaurant Week
The 3 of us tried most of the menu. If you like corn, the corn soup appetizer is amazing. The salad appetizer is good because of the cheese, so delicious. The figs were interesting but I wouldn't choose it again. The mushroom raviolis broth was amazing, you get 6 sizable raviolis. The duck was pretty good too, the sauce was yummy but I don't like the bed of lentils? underneath. The sea bass/mussels dish was horrible, way too fishy, especially the mussels. The profiterole dessert was ok, but I'm not a huge fan of orange flavors so I didn't like the Grand Marnier ice cream. The chocolate tart was super dark chocolately and the yummy pistachio ice cream went really well with it. I wished I had tried the roasted peach dessert but oh well. :P
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
I went to this restaurant for restaurant week. I arrived a few minutes before my scheduled reservation and a table was already set for me. The patio heater was on, too! It was a nice, quiet patio and the food was great. The hostess and servers were all very nice and very attentive, even though we were the only people outside on the patio!
9/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Above the Rest
This restaurant is one of San Diego's best restaurants and has become one of our go to places when we want great food, properly proportioned, a very strong wine selection,and terrific service. There are not many restaurants in San Diego that meet the quality of flavors of this one.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great French Dining
As always, food excellent, great display, portions just right, service excellent on a busy evening and good pace.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
A very special evening
Everything about our meal was impeccable. The choices on the Restaurant Week menu were interesting and generous. The food was outstanding and the service was superb without being pretentious. Both the waiter and the busboy were knowledgeable and available without being obtrusive. What a wonderful experience to be in a restaurant where everything is done well. I can't wait to go back. The fish I had was excellent and probably the finest, most delicate sauce I've had in San Diego.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Ate with 2 suppliers, plates
Ate with 2 suppliers, plates are impeccably and artistically presented but on the small side (although not bite size like is the case in some restaurants)
table was outside, taking advantage of La Jolla weather.Mix of French classics and Italian influenced creations.
Food was really really good, but note quite "outstanding"
good and fast service, but not very"personal"
9/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a wonderful lunch. I had the basil linguini and it was the best plate of pasta I have been served in San Diego. My colleague ordered the mussels with fries and they were also delicious. We both loved the house salad, too. Great wines by the glass which went very well with our choices.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
The most outstanding meal I've ever had in San Diego.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
I loved the food it was delicious and the wine went perfect with my meal. Everything we ordered was mouth watering. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our Waiter Was Fantastic . Helpful , polite , classy . ( forgot his name, but he is from Belgium). I took my friend out for her Birthday, She was impressed with your restaurant, but the service will make her come back 100 percent. Thank you. Excellent experience.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Long time favorite pleases again
We've been many times and are always pleased. We went with another couple to enjoy the featured moules and frites. A bargain at only $11, they come in tour preparations. Three of us had mouliniere and one had curry. Yum!
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best French restaurant in town!
La Tapenade is by far the best French restaurant in the San Diego area. How do I know? I am French and I have been there many many many times and the food is consistently delicious, well portioned, just like in French restaurant in France... If you want to stuff yourself with greasy food, definitely not the place to go, but if you like gourmet food and like to try different things and have a three course diner or more, La Tapenade is your place! I love eating there whether with a group of friends in the evening, with colleagues for a business meeting at lunch or simply on my own at the bar... I love this restaurant and the staff is great! Superb service! I will be back time and time again when I miss French food...
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Night Out
Tapenade provided my wife and me with a quiet and most pleasant dining experience. While there were several tables of diners near us, none were excessively loud and all were obviously there to enjoy the food and the company rather than just to talk and drink. The service was excellent and the food was correctly prepared for the most part.
We do not drink alcohol and on the reservation I requested sparkling cider be available. I was pleased that it was not only available, but also served as though it were champagne.
Only the dessert was disappointing. The tarte tartin was tough and the Meyer lemon custard had not set and was runny, but presented in a pastry box that was too tough to cut with a fork!
Good visit overall. We will go back.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I went with
My husband and I went with another couple for the mussel special this October. We each tried a different version, so all tasted all four. Each was delicious, but each of us had definitely picked our preference. From the timing of food to the knowledgeable servers to the efficient table service to the excellent food, the whole experience was wonderful. We had a very good time.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Be sure to try the mushroom ravioli starter - it's over the top.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a Favorite
Tapenade is always one of our favorite restaurants to visit whether for a special occasion or just for a great meal. As usually the menu reflects the season and the food is very very good!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Two of us had the duck with peppercorns and red wine sauce. We agreed that it was the best duck preparation we had experienced. Spouse had the sea bass and said it was excellent. The mushroom soup was delicious even though I am not a truffle oil fan. The service was impeccable as always. The food compares very well with the two and three star restaurants in Napa.
10/25/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went with friends while visiting the area and loved the food, service and decor. Cocktails were tasty and creative. Their specials were truly special. No downside to the experience. Would go again!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had one of the best meals we've had in ages. We will most certainly go back again. Next time we plan to go on a Thursday to try the rabbit with mustard sauce.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
France in La Jolla
As we've occasionally eaten in France on numerous trips, it's indeed a pleasure to dine at Tapenade for it's authentic modern French food, service, and taste of French casual dining without the 12-hour flight time. We brought a wine from our last trip to Beaune and combined it with the 'tasting menu' at Tapenade and good friends for 3 hours of bliss. As we left, we noticed the big clock on the wall said that it was 12:25, undoubtedly Parisien time, but time stood still...as the French would surely enjoy...and we surely enjoyed Tapenade.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great La Jolla Restaurant
Whether you are looking for a very French bistro meal or elegant continental cuisine, this friendly restaurant never disappoints.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful tasting menu
We were celebrating an anniversary and picked Tapenade's wine tasting menu. The meal and wines were excellent, from start to finish, as was the service. It was a wonderful experience.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Still the best in La Jolla
For food, French wine, and service. I love this place.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tapenade is the best French
Tapenade is the best French restaurant in San Diego. The menu is excellent and the service is excellent as well. The Lobster bisque is the best we have ever had. Everything on the menu is wonderful.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was good from appetizer to dessert. Service was also very good. Lovely space inside. Would definitely recommend going on a Saturday for the duck. It was the best. And we celebrated the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. :)
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
French Food in San Diego?
Yes. Tapenade delivered an exquisite French meal with excellent wine suggestions at a proper pace.
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place was wonderful. Gave it an overall four star because we requested to sit in a booth and behind the wall were the swinging kitchen doors. The doors were loud. I haven't noticed that at other places I have dined at. The food was fabulous and the service was wonderful. Don't believe the bad reviews about service. Our service was great.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Their Thanksgiving Prix Fixe menu was limited, but good. The turkey definitely had a French flavor. This is a cozy, elegant and carefully managed restaurant. High quality consistently. Very comfortable and attractive seating. Will come again.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had an excellent dinner
We had an excellent dinner on a quiet Saturday night on Thanksgiving weekend. The food, wine, and service fairly can be described as superb. If you are looking for classic French cuisine, this is the place.
We are from out of town and plan to return upon our next visit to the San Diego area.
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
When my daughters visit we always plan lunch at the Tapenade. The Carte allows me to recapture the wonders of French cuisine, its delicate flavors and unique preparations. Although accustomed to family French traditional cooking, my daughters appreciate the refinement, the different and always delicate scrumptious sauces, their flavors, the freshness, the impeccable service and presentations. . The chef's expertise is very much appreciated as well as the original and personal care of his dishes.
I wish my daughters could visit more frequently to experience a wonderful moment at your table.
I plan to share a mea at The Tapenade with my grand daughter when she visits, usually once a year as she much appreciates French cuisine.
12/10/2013 4:00:00 PM