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
36 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (20)special occasion (18)neighborhood gem (18)romantic (14)great for lunch (8)notable wine list (7)great for brunch (7)good for groups (5)kid-friendly (3)Show More
  • great neighborhood find
    larry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    great french restaurant in North PB, captured the flavor of french food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Edge of La Jolla Charmer
    Symilarian
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    This is definetly a neighborhood gem. The staff goes out of it's way to make sure your dining experience is the best. Their Prefixe offer on the menu has to be the best deal in town. Simply Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second Visit
    jvsniderVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I've dined at The French Gourmet twice and both times were excellent. And such a great value. I'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So Disappointed
    Penelope
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    A special Birthday Dinner turned out to be a bad mistake. Appetzers were wrong - waited for the correct ones only to find the escargot burned in their attempt to "broil" them for fast turn around. Liver and onions were smothered in a gravy which I had never experienced before. Very slow service - very disappointed when we even told them when reserving through Opentable that it was a "birthday" celebration....went unnoticed. We won't be back when we visit our summer home in Pacific Beach.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Date!
    foodforfun
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This would be a wonderful spot for a couple to have dinner. French food is always romantic and this place is no exception.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great finding!
    RTerra
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Awesome food and ambiance! It just became one of my favorite spots in SD! Great bakery too...
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    paul
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Totally a "10" experience. Maybe a .01takeaway for the wait for coffee refill :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice
    Colorado
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Great tasting halibut & filet mignon. Wonderful service, not snooty at all. Nice ambiance. with good tip, glass of wine and two dinners, ~$100.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Medium Rare? Maybe not.
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My friend ordered a steak medium rare. It came out more rare than anything. Actually, more like a slab of tartare with a giant vein of gristle right in the middle of it. She sent it back for a different cut and for a little more cooking to it. It took almost 30 mins to get it back. By then everyone else in the party was done and she had to take her steak home. Service was slow. Three servers tried to be attentive to a full restaurant, but we felt forgotten at times. Food was good, but they need to either hire more servers or keep better tabs on their clients.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    JJay
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food,was terrific...great service too. We,really enjoyed the evening
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Prix fix Special Menu
    LeLa2pups
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I upgraded my dinner to the Halibut for $2.00 extra. It was cooked perfectly, and my waiter was Stephan. The service , food and ambience was exceptional. I was 15 minutes early for my reservation, I had to wait for a table to open, it was worth the wait. Since I was dining alone, I was glad to be seated in a booth near the back of the dining room. Very private. The Resturant was packed, and everyone was having a great time! My husband was out sailing, and what's a girl to do for dinner, but take herself out to our neighborhood gem! I suggest you make reservations for this wonderful Resturant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • surprisd to be disappointed
    joanVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This has always been a great place to dine. Shockingly, this one time, lunch was horrible. Crepes were like rubber. Difficult to even swallow. Nothing delicate about what should be a delicate dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MrFoodie
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Very good food at reasonable prices. Nice fixed prixe menu -- $26 for 3 courses. Awesome desserts from the pastery case.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dining
    roger5155
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Our preference is to have Sunday lunch at the French Gourmet. Everything they do is excellent. We have invited friends in several occasions to join us. They were very impressed with the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    GolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our first visit to The French Gourmet and we will definitely return! The service was wonderful - Stefan was so pleasant and friendly! Our food was delicious. Try the onion soup! Yummy! I had the duck confit and my husband had one of the chicken dishes - both excellant! We then had creme brulee and chocolate cake for dessert - sooooo good! For $25 for 3 courses, this place is beyond amazing! Parking can be tough but other than that, nothing negative to say!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice menu very slow service
    Lu222
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Food was great but the waiting staff seemed to spend most of their time out of sight in the kitchen. Very slow service. The menu was great and the food was good but the service or lack of it meant I would be unlikely to go back. Maybe breakfast / brunch would be better?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noisy
    cindiesueVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    our favorite little spot has been spoiled. There was a table of completely over served women who made our favorite neighborhood spot very disapppointing. Service was slow, and food was not like it was last summer when our last visit was.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always good
    CTLeftyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    The food here is delightful. It is always different but great. And the desserts are a perfect way to end the meal.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch!
    Rosie
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Dan enjoyed steak and eggs while I had the salad nicoise. Both were delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 309 reviews are from the The French Gourmet reviews archive.
  • Took great care of us
    zipporahVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    First time that we took our infant to French Gourmet and they had specifically reserved two separate tables for us to choose from. That's a great way to start off impressing a new mom and dad! Food was wonderful, as always. We look forward to continuing to visit this wonderful little place for years to come.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Gourmet; a neighborhood gem
    ladylimey
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We have been going to The French Gourmet in Pacific Beach on & off for years, but in trying new restaurants we had not eaten there for some time. We are there on Saturday night and were delighted to re-discover what an excellent restaurant this is. They have a Prix Fixe menu for $25.95 which has a large selection of items and is very good value. My husband had the Duck Leg Confit and I had Mediterranean Chicken both of which were fabulous. They are rightly known for their wonderful pastries. The service is excellent and the small restaurant has a lovely ambiance. We can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • French Gem in Pacific Beach
    Enophile
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Needed a relatively inexpensive venue with good food for a social event for 4 people lasting about 2 hours in PB and this met all requirements. All of us decided to do the $25.95 fixed price 3-course menu option and all choices turned out to be very tasty, but the salmon and mahi-mahi dishes were somewhat overcooked. Martinis before dinner were a little dilute, probably because the vodka & gin were too warm and melted too much ice during the shaking process. Wine list was a bit limited but a relatively nice 2005 Grand Cru Bordeaux for under $60 was a pleasant surprise and turned out to be quite food friendly.`There was one extremely noisy table but the wait staff were very friendly and the little place is definitely worth a second visit!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent Food
    rockyyrockk
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've been here multiple times and sometimes it's great and sometimes it's horrible. I have been there 5 times, and twice it's been so bad I've left feeling I needed to go buy an actual dinner from somewhere else. When it's good, it's amazing. However, the inconsistent food and services makes me not want to come back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mother's day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We were seated at a table near the bathroom, which was slightly annoying. The restaurant's table layout seemed a bit cramped, like they crammed a way too many tables in too small of a space. The food was delicious though and I would come here again, without my kids this time, so I can enjoy myself more.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great French Restaurant
    Chris
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    This is the best French Restaurant in San Diego hands down. Cozy, warm, delicious with excellent service. Their desserts are to die for. Highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • cozy French
    joanVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Small cozy restaurant owned by a real Frenchman...and the food reflects his good cooking.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Charming French Restaurant
    internationalfoodie
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This restaurant has delicious food, great desserts, an intimate atmosphere, and the prices are good, too. It has it's own parking right next door (didn't know it until too late). The service was friendly as well. It was my daughter's birthday and she got an extra treat to take home. We will keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food
    dinner
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    great food. gray place. nothing else needs to be said. cannot beat this place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great services and foods
    Happy
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great greeting and services by a waiter. This place really reminds me of the country style French cuisine in France. We loved your food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dependable Performer
    SANTROM
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The French Gourmet has been creating great food for a long time. The quality is always consistent and the staff is friendly…they seem to actually enjoy what they do! Moderately priced with a great dessert selection. This is a consistent experience to recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • our dependable French Restaurant
    carrieVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    As usual...really good and innovative food. More consideration should be given when charging another corkage for a second bottle of wine....we would all go more often as a group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Wonderful Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We love the French Gourmet and eat there every time we are in LaJolla, CA!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    SDFoodiesVIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    So happy we finally gave this lovely spot a try. Excellent food. Excellent service and amazin desserts.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    We had a great dinner at the French Gourmet. Our waiter was very engaging and helpful. The fixed-price menu was very reasonably priced. After a week in San Diego. This was our favorite restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We like it!
    SVjbVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Prix fixe menu very reasonable and delicious. Range of choices for seafood, meat or veggie lovers. Greasy wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Leonard
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Energetic service marked the evening of our anniversary. Flowers awaited our arrival which I ordered through Open Table. Stephan was gracious and attentive to everything. A few classic French dishes are on the menu with a Mediterranean mix. The smoked herring potato salad is exceptional. I had the special, a Mahi Mahi with raspberry sauce, risotto and Brussels sprouts. An excellent combo of tart and spice, sweet and bitter with the buttery fish. My wife had the scallops in a tomato sauce with potatoes gratin which seemed very Italian but maybe common in Provence. Despite rumors of bad service the night was excellent. The food is not over the top but made excellent use of local ingredients with French rustic flare. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couldn't be better
    KD2014
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Wait service by Stephane and the food that arrived as a result could not better. We had the duck confit and the monkfish, both new to us and worth recommending. The restaurant is small, so tables are closely spaced, and there was a community food event going on the night we were there, so our ambience and noise ratings go down a notch, but the food and service more than made up for it on our visit to celebrate our anniversary. PS: Parking is on the street, so allow a little extra time to find a parking place nearby.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as usual
    roger5155
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We have dined at the French Gourmet many times. We have never been disappointed. We highly recommend it for an adventure in cuisine as well as the fine service..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Holly
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I am very sad to say that dining at French Gourmet was a great disappointment. Our server was very attentive to diners around us who arrived later. The bread arrived without the Brie en Croute and was not brought until we asked for it. The Pomegranite Granite was delicious but, difficult to consume with a fork. No spoons were offered. My wife had been looking forward to Lobster. It was so tough and stringy that she was unable to eat it! Her Au gratin potatoes were undercooked and inedible. The only saving grace was the Escargot which, was very good. The price of this meal was far too great for the quality and not one that we will repeat. Sincere regrets.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First Visit
    jvsniderVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I've been interested to try The French Gourmet for some time and finally did on Saturday. I was very pleased. The food was excellent and the entire dining experience was very good. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.