The French Gourmet
The French Gourmet

The French Gourmet

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thefrenchgourmet.com/
  • Phone: (858) 488-1725 ext. 316
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
The French Gourmet reviews from OpenTable diners
50 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (30)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (17)romantic (15)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (9)good for groups (5)great for brunch (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Great neighborhood french bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    The onion soup was good and the portion was generous. I had mixed feelings about the moules marineres. While the cream broth was very delicious, it was unfortunate that they used green mussels instead of the sweeter and more delicate-tasting black mussels.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great value
    BoscoramaVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    This is such a charming restaurant with the bakery in the front and small restaurant in the back. Very comfortable and welcoming. The menu was very good, with selections for most palates. With most appetizers at $7 and entrees at $20 (plus or minus), the restaurant also offers a great value "prix fixe" which, in essence, means your dessert is free. The appetizers were very good - the sides and desserts were delicious. The main courses were lacking flavor - could be that we just ordered the wrong items. I will give this restaurant another try in the future - it is a place you really want to love - so charming and the staff was so enthusiastic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Experience
    TandP
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    This restaurant provides a more relaxed experience to many of the others in the area. The service and the food are good and it is also very good value for money.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fine food and service
    Italian
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    We were very happy with the prix fixe dinner we had at The French Gourmet. There was a delay in taking our order, but aside from that the waiter, Charles, was exceptionally helpful. The rabbit and the beef short rib dishes were superb, as were the escargots and pate selection appetizers (however, I think there was too much pate, which was ok for us since there was just the usual number of escargots; the chutney served with the pate was great). I just recommended this special deal to our foodie neighbor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Long time local favorite
    SDFrancophile
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Very nice and consistently good restaurant serving tasty French style cooking, including Escargot. Definitely recommend it when you are craving a taste of France.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice.
    Spats
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We got a booth which was a little tight but with a nice window view. I was not a fan of the vinyl table cloth which is the only reason for the 4 star. The food was very good and presented well. Great wine list. I think this restaurant prefers reservations be made over walk-ins. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    My husband and I came here for Restaurant week and very much enjoyed our meals. The service was great and the food was very yummy. The only thing I wished different was that the portion sizes were a bit large for us, given that it was a three-course meal. So slightly smaller would have been better, but everything was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic French
    mustangVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent bakery up front. Good service, and well executed French food. Escargots in garlicky butter sauce, duck confit with vegetables. Salmon with papaya sauce were excellent, tasty. Nice wine list, chose Pommard Les Epenots. Expresso was over priced at $3.50.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delectable food
    HappyMeal
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A group of four of us dined here during restaurant week. The escargot, onion soup, and green-lipped mussels were all delicious appetizers. The surf'n turf and rack of lamb were mouthwatering, so scrumptious! Last, but not least, the desserts were heavenly. We LOVED our meals and look forward to going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great!!
    teresa
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a great time and the food was great! Our server was awesome!! Perfect amount of food and dessert was great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • samm
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Great food and service! The menu for Restaurant week was definitely very enticing, many great selections and something for everyone. Would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great French food, service, wine
    Ktraveler
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    As always, found the food here to be fabulous, service efficient even though restaurant is small and always busy. Recommendations of our waiter for food and wine were spot on. Definitely recommend !
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week Gem!
    KookyGirl
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    i tried escargot for the first time & it was delicious! My entree was Duck Confit & i knew by the aroma i was going to Love this dish! the duck was so tender, just fell off the bone! the Pinot Blanc from France was so smooth, it is now my most favorite white wine! the bakery has items you can only find in France! the bagettes that are served before & during dinner are gloriously fresh! the espresso is perfect! the dessert options are phenomenal! the servers are amazing! Definitely going back to this little gem 😊
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I have eaten at the French Gourmet a few times and have always enjoyed the food. I was a bit surprised that the string beans they served seemed to be canned. I always remember having fresh vegetables served with the entree. It seemed that the food overall was not up to par like in the past.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great deal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    $32 for 3 course dinner with beef fillet and a lobster tail for SD restaurant week. Good service and good food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • alohasdVIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very slow service from an undermanned dining room staff. Salmon was good; sword fish overlooked, hence dry. Not up to what the FG was in the past.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great neighborhood find
    larryVIP
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Service
    • 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.
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 320 reviews are from the The French Gourmet reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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  • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
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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
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    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate