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The French Gourmet
The French Gourmet

The French Gourmet Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefrenchgourmet.com
  • Email: restaurant@thefrenchgourmet.com
  • Phone: (858) 488-1725 x316
  • 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: French, Fusion / Eclectic, American
  • 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 (877) 926-3990

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
Diner Reviews
  • "Great greeting and services by a waiter. This place really reminds me of the country style French cuisine in France. We loved your food."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "great food. gray place. nothing else needs to be said. cannot beat this place."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We love the French Gourmet and eat there every time we are in LaJolla, CA!"
    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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "So happy we finally gave this lovely spot a try. Excellent food. Excellent service and amazin desserts."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Prix fixe menu very reasonable and delicious. Range of choices for seafood, meat or veggie lovers. Greasy wine list."
    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."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "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.."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Took my wife here for an early valentines day to beat the reservation fiasco and overpricing. We were seated shortly after arriving. The wait staff looked a bit understaffed when we arrived (1 guy for all tables) but during our meal, another waiter appeared and assisted when the place got busy. The food was very good and priced very reasonably, which was extra nice considering we're poor due to children siphoning our money and sanity. My wife noted that the french onion soup was amazing. She has not been able to find a french onion soup that beats what we had at the intercontinental hotel in Paris, until that night. Definitely recommend the place. The food is very, very good."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My dad and I had a very nice dinner last night - excellent food and service, and the prix fixe dinner is a terrific deal. My salmon with bearnaise sauce was delicious - so was my beet salad - my dad loved his short ribs. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "very friendly atmosphere and good service,the food was very good,I had the flat iron stake just perfectly cooked med/well. Must caution you, make reservation if possible, seating is limited . would recommend this restaurant anytime, I give it 5 stars."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "we love this restaurant, they are always very sweet regarding any request we have. We have been going to this place from we were dating, to our engagement, our wedding (they made our wedding cake, which is wonderful!) and now we have a baby. This restaurant has a special spot in our life! The wines are great (though my husband always did the ordering). They have very good French reds. The food has never failed us."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We found the restaurant through San Diego Restaurant Week. Based on the offerings, we were really looking forward to the meal. Unfortunately the reality did not quite live up to the expectation. It started out great with the crusty French bread and excellent appetizers -- escargot were wonderful, the onion soup tasty, and pate' tray delicious. There were issues with each of the main courses: the beef cheeks were very well done, but the risotto was not, the beef Wellington was less than spectacular, and the scallops were very forgetful. The desserts were equally disappointing. The cake in the baked Alaska had little flavor (it was supposed to have an orange taste), the Napoleon was tasty enough, but the pastry was very tough."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Service was very good and food was great. The waiter remembered me from the last Restaurant Week and where we sat! I like the fact that they offer different vegetable and sides that other places do not. When I was in Palm Springs last time we ate at Melvins, the veggies were steamed with no seasoning or special preparation. Although their prices were high. I appreciate a place that makes the sides as important as the main course!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We went to the French gourmet for lunch during restaurant week. The food was fairly good, especially the dessert but the waiter was really pushing us to buy expensive add-ons, which made for a somewhat uncomfortable dining experience. More than once he suggested that we buy a bottle of Dom Perignon, a little strange for a $15 lunch on a Wednesday? I ordered the duck confit and enjoyed it but my friend who had the salmon benedict was unimpressed. The dessert and onion soup were both excellent."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We love dining at the French Gourmet. The food is always wonderful, served in a timely fashion (the wait staff look to see where you are in your conversations and seem to keep the efficient kitchen updated), and at a very fair price. We had pate (my wife ALWAYS goes for that), I the escargot (I miss the challenge of extracting them myself from the shells) and for entrees the beef cheeks and duck confit - both outstanding as usual. I had the pinot noir by the glass (a very disappointing light pour by the waiter, he must have been told to push bottle sales). The only other negative is the virtually non-existent parking. It is always a challenge to find a spot, moreso with a handicapped companion."
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "I made a reservation for 3:30 and when my party and I showed up, we were turned away because the kitchen had "closed." Very disappointing."
    Dined on 1/26/2014
  • "Wonderful dinner! Great service & great food. Fabulous neighborhood gem!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We went to the French Gourmet during Restaurant Week for the first time. The food exceeded our expectations. The salad was particularlyoutstanding -- mustard and tarragon dressing, but very subtle flavors -- but all the food had lovely, light and flavorful sauces, perfectly cooked vegetables, and reasonable portions. They seemed to be rushing us along (e.g., clearing our plates before we'd finished), but it was restaurant week and I'm sure they wanted to have as many seatings as possible. We will definitely return to try their regular menu."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had a wonderful time at The French Gourmet last Friday night. Stephane was a great waiter, a very friendly and enthusiastic French guy. Food was delicious and surprisingly affordable for what you get. We will definitely be returning soon!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "My daughter and I had lunch here during Restaurant Week. We had wonderful appetizers and entrees. We had planned to have dessert but were too full. So we purchased dessert and had it for dinner! The service was extremely good. This is a very small restaurant -- about 20 tables. They also have fantastic catering food if you need this."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Just went here for restaurant week - have had their king's cake and breads which were awesoe but never a meal here. Lunch was ok - I felt like the pate and creme brûlée were mediocre but the duck confit was really good. Hard to tell if this is one of those restaurants that just gets frazzled and ends up with food and service being not as good as it would be normally. My friend was not impressed with the service as she said other people were taken care of and seated before her when we had a reservation, but again, not sure if it was just very busy when she got there. For me the service was fine, but the food only so-so."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "The French Gourmet has fantastic French cuisine at economical prices. I have eaten there since the eighties when they were in the La Jolla village. The experience last night during Restaurant Week reminded me of what I had been missing. My guest and I had a wonderful time."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Came here for lunch restaurant week. Great selection for affordable prices (both on and off the restaurant week menu). Loved the duck confit. The meat was so tender and juicy. The french onion soup was great too. Would recommend"
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We went for Restaurant Week. Although it was really busy, Stefan our server was efficient, friendly, upbeat, and charming. The food was fantastic as usual. Overall an A+ experience."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "Because it was MLK day and restaurant week the restaurant was busy with a lot of left over "relaxed" brunch folks. We had a reservation for lunch, but had to wait 35 minutes for a table. It took another 15 minutes for the server to come to our table. The two servers were razzled. They were not staffed for the day, which I would say is a management issue. By the way where was management?"
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "The food was outstanding. We started by sharing the onion soup which was divine. For the main course, I had the Vegetarian: Ratatouille because I love eggplant. My partner had the skirt steak. For desert, we shared a piece of white cake with strawberries off the pastry tray. The food was good enough to warrant a return for another lunch. The service was a little slow but since we were not rushed it was fine. Make sure you have a reservation as the restaurant is very popular and every table was occupied while we were there for a late lunch."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "We felt well taken care of. The owner/chef even checked with tables to make sure all was well. We could tell that he cared about his business. We are business owners also. Our server, although busy due to Restaurant Week, never made us or anyone feel rushed. He was fun, cordial and efficient. Overall, lovely. We will be back"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Came here for the first time during Restaurant week with my girlfriend. The service was great; it took a little bit longer than we would have liked to be moved to a nicer table but, once moved, the staff were always extremely nice and on hand without being pretentious (as may happen at some upscale restaurants). The food was amazing and the cherry on top was a free bowl of delicious onion soup! What had happened was that they had forgotten to include in the bill the extra soup I ordered outside of the Restaurant week prixe fix menu. When we alerted them to the mistake, they thanked us for the honesty and said that the soup's on the house. Made our night!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "The food is good and the service is excellent - especially "D" Morales the man in charge during the day."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "The service, coffee, and French onion soup were ok. But the entrees were disappointing. The quiche was dry. The chicken pot pie....I bet it was in freezer for a long long time. Mahi mahi was tasteless. And the crepes were just brunt. I think I can do better cooking these dishes and I am not a French!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "This was our second visit to the French Gourmet and it was very enjoyable once again. We were very surprised that what we thought were the large glasses of orange juice were only smalls (according to the check). Very nicely priced compared to other places with fresh-squeezed juice."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "their 3 course prix-fixe dinner is outstanding!! You get to order any appetizer, entree and dessert from the regular menu (a couple of items have a little up-charge) for $29.95. The only thing I don't like is that to get their filtered water, either still or bubbly, you pay $1/guest, but even taking that into account, your prix-fixe meal is just $30.95."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "All around rather disappointed. The monkfish was overcooked and salty and the chicken was blah. Waiter was nowhere to be seen after the server dropped off the entrees. When he finally collected the plates he said that he was sorry about the fish. What kind of response is that? The fruit tart tasted like it was several days old. The only positives were the bread and the on street parking."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "We ate here on Christmas Eve - food was excellent and loved the ambience."
    Dined on 12/24/2013