The French Gourmet
The French Gourmet

The French Gourmet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefrenchgourmet.com/
  • Phone: 8584881725x316
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast and Lunch: Daily: 8:00am -3:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 4:00 - 9:00pm (Closed Monday nights)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Fusion / Eclectic, French
  • Executive Chef: Michel Malecot
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Also a versatile San Diego catering company, our products are all prepared fresh daily on the premises. The dishes conjured up in our kitchen reflect a commitment to originality, freshness and the celebration of taste. Our knowledgeable sales team will work with you to create a menu and style that will compliment your event and your budget. As a local catering company, we can provide you with china, glassware, place settings, equipment rentals, servers and bartenders, and much more.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our restaurant is available for private parties on Sunday and Monday evenings. We host large parties all the time in our restaurant even during regular service. Custom menus available. Consider us for your bridal shower, office holiday party or organization's meeting spot!
  • Private Party Contact: Michel Malecot 8779263990

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cass Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There's 15 minute parking in front of the bakery, and parking on nearby side streets.
A word from The French Gourmet
Our restaurant serves California-influenced French cuisine in a quaint countryside environment. We are a long-time favorite of locals who appreciate the value of the menu and our extensive wine list. After three decades of serving our clients, it is as much an honor and a privilege, as it is a reassurance to know, that while culinary trends come and go, appreciation and dedication to quality endure.

Breakfast and Lunch served daily; Dinner Tues-Sat.
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The French Gourmet reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (20)romantic (16)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (9)good for groups (7)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • What a gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Everything was exceptional; food, staff, establishmenr. Very reasonable prices. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was good and well presented.
    pup1VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Food was good and well presented. Stephan, the waiter, was most friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really Good Food
    SnowbirdVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    We had the price fixe which allowed us to order anything on the menu. Everything was beautifully prepared and the portions were large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We eat often at the FrenchGourmet
    jac75VIP
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    We eat often at the FrenchGourmet and find the food, service and price very good. The management is very helpful and keep the restaurant as a super place to go with friends for a pleasant dining experience
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a wonderful meal
    HollyHands
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We had a BRILLIANT TIME! Food was spectacular. Walla Walla Washington Merlot went super great with our beef entrees! Wait service was entertaining, funny and attentive but not hovering. Thanks we will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for a quiet weekend breakfast
    zipporahVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We usually go to places a little further south in PB for breakfast and they tend to be very busy and very loud. The French Gourmet was a nice change! The service and food were both very good and the pastries (which we managed to resist this time around) looked delicious and they certainly did a brisk business of people coming in just to purchase from the pastry counter. Will have to try some next time! I also really like that both the breakfast and lunch menus are available simultaneously, as I'm not much of a breakfast food person, whereas my spouse loves breakfast and will order it for lunch. Offering both together makes our lives easier.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always good food
    markVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2013
    Nice menu with well prepared food. We went for lunch but a few members of our party had breakfast which really gave great variety to the menu. Service was good though as the restaurant is small it can get a bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitely a neighborhood gem
    DiningoutVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Wasn't expecting much after looking at the menu, but wow, what we had was delicious and nicely presented. The portions were generous and not the small portions you get would expect at most restaurants. We ordered the fixe prix menu that was only $45 per person.....very reasonable. We had so much food we could barely take in the dessert which we ended up sharing instead of having our own portions. Service was great! We were visiting from out of town. Wish we had a French Gourmet near us. Their bakery display looked delectable. We bought a loaf of their blueberry bread to take back to our hotel. I'll bet their brunch is wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellence!
    paul
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    From the moment one walks in the door until ones exit....Excellence!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and Delicious
    Yummy123
    Dined on 9/26/2013
    The French Gourmet is a hidden gem. Food is outstanding! It is actually a small bakery with a small dining which is perfect! It is not your urban modern chic restaurants but it is quaint and has character! The veal was amazing! And I got to try the escargot! Truly authentic French cuisine. Would def come back again!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always excellent French food
    petleopard
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    We had a wonderful time at this neighborhood gem at the edge of Pacific Beach. The food is excellent, the service is attentive without being overwhelming, and it's always a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious & Quaint!!
    DinerdelightVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    This was my first time and very impressed! Delicious food however Charles & staff were wonderful & made the dining experience perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met my expectations
    chocol8luvr
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    It has been years since I've dined here, but the fresh baguette and delicious lunch was just as I remembered! Desserts and pastries to take home are a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not go during Restaurant Week!
    Smarti
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I'm giving them the benefit of a doubt as we went for SDRW. The menu sounded great and got us to go. we walked in 6 minutes after our reservation time then stood around for 4-5 mins until someone noticed us. upon giving our name, the guy said oh you're late, huh? I bit my tongue & refrained from stating we were ignored for almost as long as we were late! the tables are so close together it's impossible to have any conversation without feeling like you're disturbing your neighbors. then the same guy was seating another table and promptly let them know they had to finish within an hour as he had a 6-top coming and needed their table! Really?!?! the food was good enough I might give them another try but my husband refuses to go there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tables too close
    cbethhath
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    I have eaten here a few times, love the food, but the place is just too small. Unless you get a booth, you will be almost touching elbows with your neighbors.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great dinner
    Ktraveler
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    Went during restaurant week and although very crowded, food and service was very good! Wine list excellent and relatively reasonable as usual. The only disappointment was that the sommelier, Michael, is no longer there - he was just excellent! Will definitely visit when in the area again.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't order wine by the glass
    lanriVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We found the atmosphere unpretentious and cozy, the service friendly and efficient, and the traditional French fare quite tasty, well prepared, and amply proportioned. Overall, a very satisfying meal for the price and a nice experience -- with one glaring exception: the smallest wine pours I have ever experienced when ordering wine by the glass. My $10 glass of Pouilly-Fuisse could not have been more than 3 ounces -- disappointing and unacceptably expensive for what it was. While we will likely go back to the restaurant (because of it's good food and attractive menu pricing), if we want wine we will know to either order a full bottle or bring our own and pay corkage.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Diamond in the Rough...
    Greg
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We never would have experienced this restaurant unless this was advertised for Restaurant Week. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    mrnavino
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We went here for Restaurant Week and it was definitely a great experience. Servers were friendly. Food came out quickly and was delicious
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always good to have a combo
    DaringDiner
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Always good to have a combo French bakery and restaurant. It means their bread is fresh and delicious as are their desserts. The food was flavorful and they even had frog legs!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Bakery But Meat Underdone
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Everything was very enjoyable except the duck and veal were underdone. Service and atmosphere were fine. The menu was varied and inviting. The desserts were special treats.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Service staff
    Vic70
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Great food. Service staff were all very nice. Food was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • cute authentic french place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Loved it! People were great. Very cute ambiance with a bakery. Came for restaurant week but would totally go back for brunch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • halibut unacceptable
    cindiesueVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We love our neighborhood French Goumet Restaurant. We always bring guests with us visiting from out of the state or country. We have never had a bad meal until this week. Three out of 4 of us ordered the halibut, which was the special of the day. When we were told the fish was mush vs flakey (as if was frozen for 2 years) we were told that the chef said, "Yes, it's not too good". They did not offer an adjustment on our bill or anything. My question, if the chef knew it was not suitable, why did he offer it on the menu. We were so disappointed in our French Gourmet. We will continue to visit this restaurant, but will stick to the wonderful duck!!!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service a bit off
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/5/2013
    We selected The French Gourmet because of wonderful experiences before. The food was consistently superb, but the service was a bit off this time. We all ordered the filet mignon, but cooked to different degrees, with different potatoes, and the server mixed up the orders. We didn't notice until well into the filets that each of us had the wrong serving. We attempted to adjust, which added to the confusion. I asked for additional Bearnaise sauce, but it took a long time to get the waiter's attention, and then he never did bring it: I had to flag down the server after another wait and ask again. The waiter made up for the mix-up by comping us each a glass of champagne, along with the great desserts.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French like it should be!
    Tony
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    This little bakery and restaurant is great. The food was excelant. I almost thought I was back in France. The service was like what I got over there many years ago. Well done!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have already been back for
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    Have already been back for a second visit!!! French bakery attached. Very popular caterer in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great disappointments
    Foodcritique
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    I looked at several restaurant menus near La Jolla and decided to try this small French restaurant . The fact that the ambience was as if one was in France at a restaurant that the locals would go to was encouraging. The menu gave us the impression that I had made the right choice. Unfortunately that is where the experience went downhill. The special for the day - the halibut - was ovecooked, mushy and tasteless. The dessert - a mango coconut cake was dry. What a disappointment! Perhaps the rest of the menu is better. There are enough really good restaurants at the price range of this restaurant in San Diego, that I doubt I will return.
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  • Our guests were in France!
    cindiesueVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2013
    Such a memorablel evening. we had a lovely evening, not rushed and shared great french wine and a French staff. Unforgettable
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  • Minimal service slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/6/2013
    Food excellent but too few staff to handle the dining room. Very long evening. Had to spend too much time asking for water refills, just spotty service. Check was wrong so extra wait for correction.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous French food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    We first met The French Gourmet as a catering company, and hired them to cater one of our anniversaries many years ago. Only in the last two years did we discover their restaurant, with wonderful French cuisine amid a casual atmosphere, along with a bakery so tempting with delights that we hardly dare to look at it. This time, for my birthday, I had my perpetual favorite, a filet mignon, done just the way I like it: medium well, with the cheese potatoes, ending with a chocolate birthday cake complete with a candle, and accompanied by a delightful flute of champagne.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    Neighborhood bistro that used to be pleasant for breakfast and an occasional dinner, now with disgracefully and annoyingly slow slow service (understaffed) . Badly prepared food (possibly prefrozen). I had a creme brulee that was less tasty than a school cafeteria vanilla pudding. Short ribs that I had were badly overcooked and dry. Never again!!
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  • Good food!
    PhilsterVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    Food was excellent, service as well. No wheelchair access, parking can be difficult.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cynthia Martin
    cindiesueVIP
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Don't tell anyone about this place. We want to keep it a secret. We're going back.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cozy and delicious
    Lucy
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    Fresh, delicious gourmet meal. French Gourmet is famous for their deserts and those didn't disappoint but we were so full by then, we couldn't finish them. The 3-course meal selections change daily. The appetizers were so-so. The mail course (both filet mignon and sea bass) was incredible. Not a huge portion but plenty. We loved it. Very nice, cozy,quiet place. Good service. Excellent for romantic dinner or a business meeting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • french restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/21/2013
    Have been to this restaurant several times, and always have had a great experience. Good food and great service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food and service were
    MunchVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    The food and service were excellent!! They have a wonderful prix fix dinner deal that is really a bargain for the quality of food served. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WOW!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    I have frequented this establishment twice for brunch in the past few months and our experience was spectacular each time. The portions are perfect and the food is tasty. If you are looking for a one of a kind experience, with friendly professional service, this is the spot. Thank you to the staff for enhancing the experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would love this place except
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Would love this place except it was very loud. Hard to have a romantic dinner when you are having trouble hearing each other. We will try again. There was a large party making most of the noise.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place-- very cozy, wonderful
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    great place-- very cozy, wonderful service, and nice varied menu m
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate