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Vincent's Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.VincentsOnGrand.com
  • Email: BestFrenchSD@gmail.com
  • Phone: (760) 745-3835
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm Closed: Sunday and Monday
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Californian, Continental
  • Executive Chef: Vincent Grumel
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Vincent.
  • Entertainment: Every Wednesday night is La Nuit du Vin (Night of Wine). Every bottle of wine listed on Vincent’s Wine List is half-off listed price. (Does not include wines from Vincent’s Private Cellar.) Trois et Trois Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 PM – 6 PM 3 Course ~ Appetizer, Entrée & Dessert 3 Choices ~ Each Course Offers Three Choices $30 per Guest (A new menu each week.)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Broadway
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is usually available on Grand Ave and Broadway. Within a close distance to the restaurant there are also public parking lots.
A word from Vincent's
For 15 years, Vincent’s restaurant has won rave reviews and the hearts of diners at its location in historic downtown Escondido. In Avignon, France, young Vincent studied the culinary arts at Ecole Hoteliere D’Avignon. Combining classic French techniques with his passion for quality ingredients, proprietor and chef Vincent Grumel offers a seasonally inspired cuisine. His dishes are meticulously balanced, complete, fresh and stunning. The cellar holds over 2000 wines bottles and includes an exceptional selection of sought-after-wines including wines from grand vintages as well as coveted wines of small producers. For five consecutive years, Vincent has been honored by receiving the “Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator. Vincent’s staff is a graceful blend of polished professionalism and straightforward friendliness. The ambiance is warm, refined and comfortable. Join Vincent, Lisa and staff for a dining experience that captures the essence of Joie de Vivre.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "A hidden gem of delicious food without a pretentious atmosphere. Can't wait to return and try more on the menu."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "This place is a total anomaly! I would expect a restaurant this amazing in the Gaslamp district downtown or in Golden Hill or something. My wife and I were extremely impressed to say the least. The service was awesome to start. Our waiter was very knowledgeable and took pride in the chef's creations. The food was absolutely incredible. French onion soup was the best I've ever had. The broth was incredible and flavors were over the top! I had the rack of lamb and my wife had the filet and both were fantastic. Even the side veggies were a cool mix that complemented well and had great flavor. I don't know how he did the potatoes au gratin but I wish I could do that at home and I wish the plate had more! We WILL be going back again and again!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Going to Vincent's is something that I always look forward to for so many reasons. You walk in and are immediately greeted by the friendly staff, you're seated quickly in their wonderful ambiance and then the wine list and menus are presented with such a list of quality choices. Their 'Specials' have always been wonderful (if offered, always get the Paella for 2), the food quality is so fresh and the wait staff and others work in this sort of on-going orchestra of moving about the room, delivery, pouring, picking up and conversating with you in a dance throughout the evening. On occasion, you might even see the maestro himself make an appearance as he chats with the guests at the tables throughout the night."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "First time we have been here. Had 3-course special dinner, all 3 courses were excellent. Bit pricey but we found the dinner well justified it. Plan on coming back every 2-3 weeks to try other menu items"
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Excellent preparation and presentation. The four of us all had different and we were all very pleased."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Arrived for our 7:45 reservation. Table not ready... wait would be 20 to 25 mins. Questioned this, since two tables empty; informed tables reserved for party of six booked for 8pm. They proceeded to push the tables together and reset for party of six. We questioned the logic (we had the earlier reservation!) ..."restaurant protocol. " Requested the manager. At 8:10, still not seated, manager had not emerged and the 8pm reservation had yet to show. Requested manager again... Ilya emerges. Offers free drinks, the hostess was "wrong," BUT no indication as to when we might be seated. We left the restaurant at 8:15 without having eaten, the table for six was still empty...we can only suppose that it was being held open for some local celebrity"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Vincent's has been our special occasion favorite restaurant for several years. Last Saturday's birthday celebration dinner was superb. My wife and I agreed the potato and leek soup was tasty and my bone-in ribeye was scrumptious. The apple tart was a delicious finish to the meal. Service and ambiance were first rate."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We had escargots that were great. However, the Filet Wellington was disappointing. Instead of served in crisp puff pastry, it was served in a thin, 1/4" layer of what appeared to be bread. It was soggy and the beef came rather medium to well-done instead of medium rare as it was ordered. For a dinner that ran $500 for four (including exquisite wine, though), we would have expected better and found better before in North San Diego county."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Escondido has a treasure in Vincents, serving French bistro cuisine in an upscale setting. From the wrought iron arbor at the entrance, outside patio dining to watch the street scene, friendly greeting in the entryway to the privacy afforded by the placement of the tables, this restaurant is a real gem. The menu and wine list are superb and the service friendly and attentive. Although the prices are on the high side the quality of the food and the experience make it a worthwhile expenditure. Vincent is known for several specialities that he has served since opening twenty some years ago. Be sure to ask your waitperson about them."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. Brought my parents from out of town and my dad is snooty about wine (not a fan of most of the CA wines). Got a sitter so we could have a nice quiet adult conversation. And what happened but we showed up at 6:30 to find a table of young girls celebrating a birthday. The one adult at the table tried to keep them quiet, but the restaurant is so small, there was little anyone could do but talk loudly to one another and try to concentrate on your own conversation. When they left after 7, the night turned into what I expected, great food, great wine, nice ambience, great service, ... Probably just a fluke that this happened to us so I will definitely go back and I have already recommended to others."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "My husband and I dined at Vincent's before going to the theater. I have eaten here many times and as always, everything thing was delicious! The ambiance reminds me of a bistro in Paris, casual, yet elegant at the same time."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It is a small and cozy restaurant. The food is excellent, very well prepared. Nice place for a romantic dinner."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "My wife and I were very excited to come here for Valentine's Day, and were so disappointed. I want to look for a positive in the experience, and I simply can't. The food was bland, improperly cooked, and not tasty in the least. After we were done the waitress came up to us and asked us what the desert was because apparently they didn't tell the staff. She was asking us how it tasted, and the texture. Aren't you supposed to give the dishes to your servers so they know what they are serving? This was pretty unbelievable. For a $200 meal, I was beyond disappointed - and left hungry. We love fine dining, and were excited at the prospect of another fine dining restaurant in Escondido, but alas, we will not be coming back here."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We arrived 8 minutes early and you would think it was an hour early by all the frustration on the hostess part. Then she sits us with 2 other people that are having a private conversation . Had to ask for napkins and water refills (horrible service!) The food was ok. We came on the 13 th instead of valentines day to receive better service but instead it was the worst! soup was terrific! Sauce on filet was way overdone. We have been to Vincent's many times and enjoyed the food, service and ambience. Our waiter didn't serve our food nor ever stop by and ask if we needed anything. Instead we had to wave to anyone to get something. Never again will we go to Vincent's. the also did not ask if we would like coffee or desert after dinner."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Excellent food, great presentation. Extensive wine list and full bar. On 2/13 completely sold out therefore somewhat noisy but service was good."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Our lunch was very fresh and tasty. Service was great."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "As per usual, food was all noteworthy. Surprising and very disappointing was the indifferent/distracted service that was far below the standard we have come to expect at this establishment."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "We went to Vincent's for our anniversary and were delighted. The food was excellent and the menu alone made you drool."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Except for a laggardly service experience, it was most pleasant. Don't get me wrong, our server was quite professional, but he could not make up for what appeared to be a staffing issue. It was not a major issue, and we will return to dine again."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "This is my favorite restaurant - always great food and service"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Food was very good , service a little slow but overall experience was very good. We will be back and I would recommend this restaurant to a friend."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Had a wonderful meal at Vincent's. The waiters was very attentive; the food came out in a timely fashion; the ambiance was lovely. It was a great evening."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food is consistently outstanding and the menu has great options and variety. This is one of our top favorite restaurants."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Food was very good to excellent. Presentation was superb. Went during restaurant week, and the quality and amount of food was amazing for the price. The only real negative was our waiter seemed to have a chip on his shoulder or something……maybe he hates restaurant week since the bills are lower and thus his tips are lower. Somehow…..that shouldn't be my problem. Had it not been for his attitude, it would have been a perfect dinner. Why did I leave a 20% tip??????? I'm the idiot."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Good morning ! The waitress should learn étiquette service as serving wine and our meals without arms over the table. The menu should be more diversified."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "As always a great local restaurant. Also on Wednesdays a great bargain."
    Dined on 1/22/2014
  • "We have dined at Vincent's many times and everything is always excellent, from the wine list to Vincent's homenade soups, can't miss."
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Greatly enjoyed our dinner, excellent food and service."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The food was excellent, as one would expect from the existing reputation of the restaurant with other critics and reviewers. The wine list is currently being ' revamped' so don't necessarily expect to find that French Pinot you so wanted to try with the duck to be available. Overall the meal was excellent, the collared green soup was an unexpected pleasure. The Beef Bourgignon was tender and flavourful. The creme brulee was a little heavy for our liking, but had wonderful flavour. Vincent's is definitely worth putting on the list of great local restaurant to visit from time to time."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "Having lived in Europe for a number of years we feel going to Vincent's is like stepping into a small, intimate French bistro in Paris. Vincent himself is usually on hand to stop by your table to say hi and to ensure everything is to your satisfaction. "Magnifique!""
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Vincent's has operated for decades in Escondido. Why? Because the restaurant is delightful and the cuisine is consistently excellent. While other restaurants come and go in Escondido, Vincent's continues because of its commitment to gourmet cuisine and great service. Our most recent dinner was on New Year's Eve and we enjoyed a wonderful prix fixe dinner. Each course was beautifully created and wonderfully tasty. The evening was festive and friendly. We have enjoyed Vincent's for years and highly recommend it."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Superb attention to detail in food, ambience and service. Best venison I've had. Allergic to fish so would have liked an even split of nonfish/fish starters. But overall one of best dining experiences ever !"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We were there for a dual birthday dinner, which the hostess politely recognized when we arrived. But after that no mention of it -- which in some respects was worse because it went from being an oversight to we do nothing to recognize your celebration. Wine we brought in was not handled correctly in decanting. The Beouf Bourginounne was to be served with wide noodles, and even though ordered relatively early (before 7:30) was served with rigatoni noodles that clearly were from a box. And there was no mention of it by the waitstaff. Makes a difference for that dish. For a restaurant that promotes itself as being very authentically French and with Chef Cuisine Francaise credentials on the wall, would expect more attention to detail."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Ranks with the better upscale french restaurants that I have eaten at, including several in southern France. Some of the dishes (e,g. duck and shrimp were excellent due to outstanding sauces and proper cooking times) and some were very good (such as the soup of the day and the escargot). Reasonable prices were another plus"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "My husband and I discovered Vincent's with some friends three years ago on a weekend golf outing. We have been coming back every year since then and the food at this delightful restaurant just keeps getting better and better. The brie on croute with fig compote was a great starter. This year we tried the fabulous beef wellington and a wonderful duck entree, both of which were delicious. The wellington was absolutely the finest either of us has ever tasted. You can't go wrong at this restaurant. Let it become one of your favorites too."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Been going to Vincent's for many years. The food and desserts are always outstanding. The service however was terrible. The waiter took drink orders and disappeared for 45 minutes. Had to ask the hostess for another server to take dinner orders. When replacement showed up, he botched the order. Then 20 minutes later we were advised that 3 of our 4 entrees had run out. Made alternate selections but that was also slightly mixed up."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "It wascway too crowded. It is a wonder that the wait staff did not collide with each other. Perhaps it was extra crowded because of the Holidays."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "I had the salmon dish that was cooked in a bag and it was excellent! My guests had the duck salad , hamburger plate, and another salad and were equally impressed. Vincent came out to greet us and it made the lunch even more special"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Love this restaurant as it is small, friendly, and has a wonderful "no rush" European ambiance. The trois-et-trois meals are a bargain and large enough for a take-home bag. Great neighborhood restaurant!"
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "The ambience at Vincent's is perfect! Attentive but not intrusive service, great wine list, ample variety on the menu. I had New Zealand rack of lamb that was prepared to perfection. My partner had steak that was amazing! The portions are generous, and everything--all the accompanying veggies were delicious. Their creme brulee is the BEST!!! The couple at a nearby table got engaged over dinner--a very special night! We all basked in their happiness!! Vincent's is a GREAT place to dine!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013