The Smoking Goat Restaurant
The Smoking Goat Restaurant

The Smoking Goat Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6199555295x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

    Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    Sunday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French / American, American, French
  • Executive Chef: Fred Piehl
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Upas St
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Smoking Goat Restaurant
The Smoking Goat serves up French & American countryside fare using highest quality meat, and local produce. Our service is casual. We carry a carefully chosen beer and wine list at a range of price points. The small space offers a most unique and enjoyable experience to our guests.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Smoking Goat Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
101 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (80)fit for foodies (73)special occasion (36)notable wine list (33)romantic (31)great for outdoor dining (22)hot spot (17)good for groups (16)late-night find (8)vibrant bar scene (6)kid-friendly (4)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The Food
    JoeBurger
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Very unique, probably the best roasted chicken I've ever had. The pork chop was also very different from were I've had it before, in a good way.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We had been here when it was a true hole in the wall, prior to expansion. We have tried twice without reservations to get in, they were not able to accommodate. I tried OpenTable, was successful. We arrived and were led to a high rise table for four in the bar. I rejected the table because they are very uncomfortable for persons with knees that do not bend. we were led to an acceptable table in the main dining room. We were curious as to why we were offered an inferior table in the bar at the outset. My wife asked and was told that we needed to make our preferences known. I had never heard of such a thing. With a reservation, one would expect a superior table not an overflow table. Food was great, Jordon's service also.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing appetizers
    CarolDiego
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Instead of dinner we ordered four appetizers. The duck fat fries are amazing, but I did think they were aggressively seasoned. We also ordered the mac and cheese. It was great. The burrata on toast with arugula and heirloom tomatoes and balsamic was great. We ordered the Brie with toasts. My main complaint in most places is that you don't get enough bread - not here! There was plenty. Very good! The only bad thing was it was stiflingly hot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious but still won't come back
    docdoor
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The food was fantastic. The flavors of the dishes and presentation of the food were wonderful but the service ruined the experience. The waiter didn't get our entire order so we got our entrees before we got our appetizer. The food took almost 40 minutes to come out and the waiter didn't come back to see if we needed refills on our cocktails during the wait. The only time he was quick was when it was time to give the bill to us. In addition there was food and a dirty straw on the seats and the restaurant did not have good A/C airflow (basically sweating during dinner). The waiter did not comp our appetizer or try to rectify the partially missing food order. Won't come back and probably wouldn't recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never a bad meal
    honestreview
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I don't commonly write reviews, however, this is more of an extended review for my many visits to The Smoking Goat. Maybe I can start off by saying I am a foodie. Or I can skip the pretentious know-it-all jargon that proves I watch a lot of Food Network. I've got it! Let me name drop all the fantastic restaurants I've been to..... I have eaten at Smoking Goat several times over the years, even before they expanded. The one thing you can expect from The Smoking Goat, is a constantly changing menu. I have never had a disappointing meal. Each time I have found my meal highly enjoyable. Its 30th Street so I expect a little bit of noise with my meal. The size of the slow cooked pork belly was a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uneven-Mix of very good and bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The appetisers were generally good-especially the duck pate which was excellent. However, the mussels special was subpar-the mussels were like rubber. The banana dessert was excellent. The main courses (pork chop and chicken) were suprisingly poor. The pork chop was dry. The mashed potatoes were bland and the vegetables were overcooked. We had an excellent bottle of wine and the 1/2 off on the bottle (Wednesday special) is a great deal.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour
    Camille
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Walked in expecting to have an amazing dinner, and ending up having a great sampling of all their happy hour food for only $6/plate! And a bunch of drinks (wine/beer) for under $5/drink. What a great surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Un-prententious Foodie Find
    Foodieforthought
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was excellent, especially the Rib Eye and Truffled Fries entrée. Menu is limited but you have an entrée for most every protein (beef, pork, fish, chicken) and all are done to a very high level of flavor and taste. I will take a few amazing menu options over a lot of so-so options any day! Ambience is cozy and low key. Service was excellent with a wait staff that was accommodating without being oppressive. As a "Foodie" it was pleasant to find such a high level of culinary expertise in a location and environment that was unpretentious. It was an enjoyable experience that I would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We had a really knowledgeable server. Food was real good. I got the pork chop which I highly recommend..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent restaurant!!!
    Cydney
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food is fantastic!! The pork chop was outstanding!!! Everything is made with the freshest ingredients and the staff is always nice and helpful too. Thanks for an enjoyable evening!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    kneecee
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I was looking forward to dinner here as I had read reviews and received positive recommendation from acquaintance whose opinion I trust. Service was fair trending to poor. Food was served cold, corrected quickly and appetizer and drink were comped. However, food was not to expectation. Noise level was so loud, conversation was nearly impossible. No likely to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • never disappoints
    hardtoplease
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Smoking Goat has great food and a and a very good wine list and wine by the glass. When I feel like treating myself and husband to an exceptional night I choose the Smoking Goat. If someone is visiting and I want to make a good impression I choose the Smoking Goat. Besides a great food and wine experience the service and ambience makes for a totally satisfying experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    DineOutSDVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The baked Brie, sauce on the ribeye, and goat cheese cheesecake were amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Diners
    SDVisitor
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Food was good but the service was almost non existant. We ordered appetizers immediately upon being seated and, even after inquirying about their status, didn't receive them for 50 minutes. The waiter blamed it on the crabcake taking a long time. It would have been more acceptable to us if he just admitted our order was overlooked. The pepper appetizer was incorrectly described as "peppers from Spain and not spicy". But, beware, while not off the charts hot, they definitely have some spice.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must visit!
    Deacon
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Smoking Goat is the real deal. Great menu with quality food. Lovely layout and but could use more outdoor seating arrangements. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food was great everything was very tasty and the service was amazing and very attentive without being overbearing.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very nice manager
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We went to smoking goat with another couple for dinner. They had the ceviche to start which I was told was good. The waiter recommended it. For dinner I had the summer salad. Our friends had beat soup and split a burger. Everything was good. Throughout the meal the restaurant manager came by to check on us and chitchat. He was very nice and engaging. He made us feel genuinely welcome and was concerned that we had a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable experience
    scooter
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Duck fat fries were awesome! Although the halibut was very good, the waiter said it was poached, but it came with a fried crust around it which also dried it out a bit. Not my idea of poached. Nice atmosphere and the wait staff is very attentive. I did mention in my open table reservation that it was our anniversary but no one said anything to us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice neighborhood eatery
    weeklydinerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Well prepared and tasty food in a casual atmosphere, moderate pricing. Enjoyed it. The only reason I don't do 4 stars is I like good wine, and this is a beer drinkers neighborhood. One Chardonnay by the glass, un-oaked and acid, too fruity Sencerre...they need some better stuff, or at least some of the usual standbys (recommend La Crema chard) . One drinkable Bordeaux (cru bourgeois) by the glass thank goodness!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Duckfat Truffle Fries <3
    anonymous
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Duckfat Truffle Fries were amaaaazing. I wish they had more options on the menu, but the pork chop and chicken were both good as well. Love the ambiance and they have a huge wine selection, which is pretty great. Wednesdays, they have 50% off bottles!! It was a little on the expensive side, but well worth it for the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!!
    Kimitik
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The most thoughtfully, carefully prepared food in the neighborhood! A gem of a restaurant with great ambience and excellent yet relaxed service. I had the Bavette Steak last night. It was mouth wateringly delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great daily menu
    Sanchez
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    the atmosphere of the Smoking Goat matched the food - Great! You won't be let down at this hot little eatery. We had 2 apps, the Scallops were cooked to perfection& the Crabcakes were ehh - tasted more like tuna filler than anything else just not what I expected from this place , but still tasty. Entree's - She had the Pork chop cooked to perfection, very moist inside. I had the Rib-Eye with truffle fries and small greens. The steak was cooked to perfection. Beer & wine menu was exceptional. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NoelVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Good food, but too noisy. The noise level was beyond being comfortable. Waiter was sarcastic almost rude.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect first date
    MGR1
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    Smoking Goat was the perfect recommendation from a good friend of mine. No wonder it's his favorite restaurant. The staff was just perfect. Their food is prepared flawlessly, and their wine recommendation was spot on. I will be back again very soon. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great (1st) visit to Smoking Goat - we're glad we finally tried it after hearing the buzz for years. Great servers (Guillermo is terrific), delicious flavors. Enjoyed: heirloom tomato/burrata/arugula salad (delicious grilled bread made for great croutons), tomato risotto (so delicious), Lillet blanc with blood orange as aperitif, roast chicken. Not a stuffy vibe, but a wonderful place with great food and wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They need to step it back up
    Zillionaire
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Was great place now average at best - not firing on all cylinders
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great
    None
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Food was delicious, service was fantastic, the griddled banana bread was spectacular!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great choice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    First time at this restaurant. Glad we went! DO NOT MISS THE DUCK FAT FRIES!! Fish of the day was white sea bass. Chef prepared this dish to let the fish shine, other components on the plate accompanied the fish nicely. Great wine by the glass list.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great North Park eatery
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Second visit to Smoking Goat was a great success. My husband and I get to go out about never so the experience has to be good. We had early reservations (6:45) got there at 6:30 and were seated right away. Service was prompt and friendly. We ordered several small plates and split a burger. All were super tasty. The only one I wouldn't order again was the short rib angliotti but the scallop, pork belly and burger were delish. The fries were outstanding. I couldn't drink (pregnant) but their wine list looks pretty nice. Beer list ok, could be better. Restaurant is really cute inside and pleasant for a date night conversation. A bit pricey, but since we go out never, why not splurge? We will certainly return I'm sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Second time there and food was even better. Try the burger, risotto, burratta, scallop, and crab cakes. Service was great and very professional. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • High-end food, underwhelming settin
    chuck
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The food was very good and well presented, with prices to match the high end taste. The setting was a dive bar, with exposed conduits, dim lights, and kitschy stuffed goats. The feeling was less than casual. The wait staff was attentive, but not the outgoing type. I thought with the high ceilings that ambient noise was going to be an issue especially with our table in the open, but the echoes and reverberations were moderate. Overall experience was good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • best food in North Park
    Kevin
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Having been multiple times to the Smoking Goat and to the other top places in North Park over the years, I believe the Goat has the best food of them all and there is some other very good food places in the area. The quality and presentation is consistently terrific at the Goat and it is also a very comfortable place to dine. A nice wine list as well as decent selection of bottle and draft beers. Don't believe they have cocktails if that is important.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    TheaterGoer
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We have eaten at the Smoking Goat twice before and been very satisfied. This time the menu was so limited I ordered appetizers instead of an entree. The beet soup was good but the rest was ordinary. My husband's steak was chewy and very thin. We will not be going back anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic Scallops
    EatAlittle
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Had a fantastic scallop appetizer. Wonderfully browned on the outside, great blend of flavors with mushrooms and puree. Staff is friendly but there always seems to be a bit of lack of interest from management in their customers experience. We live in the neighborhood but only go in once a year. Never really figured out who is running the show there. Staff could use a little coaching on how to describe the food items considering you are asking for top dollar on entrees. Some great dessert and location is great.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Diner's Delight
    Goatdinner
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We have enjoyed the unique offerings at the "goat" on several occasions and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An unexpected surprise...
    alteredegoVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    Dined at this restaurant before attending a concert in the North Park area of San Diego, a 15 minute walk from University Avenue. Seated immediately in a nicely appointed venue with some of the most comfortable chairs I have sat in in a restaurant. Wine list simple and superb. I had gazpacho before being served a pork chop as the main entree, and both were well prepared and delicious. My wife had a chicken dish that was also excellent. Americano-style coffee afterward completed an excellent meal. We do not dine in this area often, but when we return, we will make a beeline to this fine establishment--a real gem that deserves more recognition!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Eclectic and endulgent menu- ordered only small plates and had great understanding of style and taste
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent, as always.
    Lindsvh
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Smoking Goat has never disappointed. Best steak in San Diego, hands down, and best risotto I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cwilson
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Sat outside...food was very good - very good. The 4 star rating is for my gf's steak being a bit overcooked (more medium than med-rare), but it still had great flavor. I had halibut and it was perfectly cooked and flavored.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food here!
    Food4Thought
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Love the French inspired food with an American twist. My favorite is the duck fat fries! You can't stop eating them! Recommended if you like French food with with a twist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic