Bleu Boheme

4.5
2167 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
"World travel and its pleasures; items brought back from different places for décors; great stories shared with others; and very importantly, simple, yet delicious recipes from different cultures. Our mission is humble. It is simply for people coming to our restaurant to be transported around the world, and to travel with us for an evening, to a place of well-being and happiness."

Bleu Bohème is designed to create a feeling of France's past generations. It mixes the Bohemian and artistic free spirited left bank of Paris with the roots and tradition of the rural areas. Bleu Bohème is a neighborhood restaurant that serves accessible, affordable and comforting French cuisine.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 255-4167
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Ken Irvine, Owner
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kensington
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Parking details
Parking after 6pm- everynight behind restaurant
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Special events & promotions
Come join us for our new Happy Hour "une Cinq a Six" every night from 5-6pm for food and drink specials. All Special events and Holiday reservations must also be confirmed with a member of our staff.

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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

When it comes to special occasions, Bleu Bohème is a favorite among our neighbors and regulars. At Bleu Bohème, we believe the food, atmosphere and friendly service combine to make your evening a memorable experience. Our Chef will work with you to create a custom menu for your special group.

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Sun - Mon 5:00PM - 6:30PM
Wed - Thu 5:00PM - 6:30PM

What 2167 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Small plates, soups, desserts, were great. Disappointed in he Boef Burgundy (higher grade of beef needed). Wine fairly priced (for restaurants). Lovely atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Apetizers were creative and tasty. Basil Martinis are awesome.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Excellent preparation made with fresh ingredients. Top notch French cuisine-authentic. What I miss about actually being in a French restaurant is the noise level. Like far too many American restaurants the shouting and loud laughter sounds more like bar. The dinning room is beautiful but with hard surfaces and Amercans, not so peaceful.

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3.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Food was just ok - not well seasoned. $187 for 4 people- no alcohol. Service was nice but slow.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great food and service as always .. we will be back soon!!!

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Love this place as we use it.... we go just before 6 for the very reasonable 3 course fixed menu at $32. That is a great deal! and before six it is reasonably quiet. One room which has a nice atmosphere has stone walls and must be very loud when crowded. Another room isn't as "french" feeling. Our service last time was disappointingly slow especially given the early hour. Food very good.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Outside seating quieter. Mussels terrific. Service efficient and not intrusive. Lovely evening.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

I go to this restaurant from time to time and always enjoy the experience, the food, the ambiance, the service. The fish is always outstanding.

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1.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Both my husband and I got sick with the food. I actually reacted right away after finishing my entree. We both shared the mussels and I believe they were not fresh. Will definitely not go back.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Very good food and service.

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4.0Dined on July 27, 2018

My salmon was very small and old. This was the first time I did
not really enjoy the food.

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1.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The food was very blend

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4.0Dined on July 25, 2018

The prix fixe menu was a very good value! Staff very pleasant and accommodating. Ambiance
quiet unlike many restaurants today. Main negative was the bare wood seats and benches. My group was five retired men who meet once a month for dinner. Service was slow so we had to stand up between courses to relieve our protesting posteriors! Never had to do that in a restaurant before.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Service great
Food great
Ambiance: lovely but NOISY

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Yum! Such a great neighborhood staple with high quality, thoughtful food.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Absolutely amazing food and everyone is nice and polite. Highly recommended

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Very good food and service. We had a great time there!

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5.0Dined on July 18, 2018

Amazing food! Thanks for a wonderful meal.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

I've been here several times, and requested to go here for my birthday. It is always wonderful. I love that they offer a 3 course prix fix menu for only 32.00 from 5-6pm nightly. Great gem in the Kensington area.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

We ate outside. Everything was great but the waiter apologized for the long wait between ordering and dining. Even getting our drinks took a long time

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

This would be such a great place if only the food lived up to the ambiance and service. I've eaten here 5-7 times and discovered it's more a question of what isn't bad, than what's good on the menu. The onion soup for example--thin, watery and too sweet. Nothing like what it's supposed to be--rich, deep and beefy. Ever hear of roasting beef bones then boiling them for hours in water with bouquet garni until the liquid reduces? Broth I believe it's called. Another example--both the salmon and steak tartare (had them on last visit) were completely unseasoned. Where's the salt, pepper (and for the beef a little mustard, egg yoke, chopped onion, pickle, maybe)? Not in those dishes. The mussels are okay--if only because you can't really mess those up. I don't think this is an execution issue with the cooks, I think the corporate bosses just don't have (or don't use) good recipes and ingredients. In short, bad food at high prices in what would otherwise be a great place given the quality ambiance and service.

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5.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Bleu Boheme always delivers! Service is great, cocktails are lovely, and the BREAD! My only complaint was the steak tartare, which was smoked (not raw) and otherwise flavorless. A poor choice if expecting a traditional French treat.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Dinner on Bastille Day started out well; service was slow because it was a Saturday and it had been busy earlier than our 8:00 reservation. But as tables started clearing, the service did not get more timely. Bread was prompt and good; water glasses were kept filled. Table was in a nice spot but was quite warm; when I mentioned that to the server he basically just agreed and implied there was nothing to be done. Appetizers were tasty. Husband’s rack of lamb special was delicious. My steak frite however, as I told the server, was disapponting. Meat was over cooked ( supposed to be medium rare), fries were tepid, and the kitchen had included carmelized onions (not mentioned on the menu) between my steak and the sauce bernaise, which defeated the taste of the sauce. (The waiter claimed they had just started including onions on steaks.) I sent it back to the kitchen after a few bites and said it wasn’t acceptable but at that point I didn’t want to wait any longer for a replacement. The manager came over, apologized for the busy kitchen (although no longer busy), and said they would comp drinks and desserts, which we thought meant for both of us. On the bill they did comp mine, total $24, but charged $32 for the steak. So the net cost meant I paid $8 for an entree I couldn’t eat.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Great little place in Kensington. A vast wine list to choose from and the food is superb. I was recommended this place by a friend and it did not disappoint!

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Everything was fine, except that the noise level was a little high.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Fabulous dining experience
Food was alive with taste, service was smooth and the ambience was romantic
This is one of my favorite restaurants to eat at. It is a rock solid 10 plus eatery.

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4.0Dined on July 4, 2018

We've celebrated many birthdays at BB, and will continue to because we've never been disappointed. The seasonal menu is nice, the service is always good/excellent, the wine list is authentic and varied, and the prix fixe menu is a great bargain!
This time we enjoyed two classic French dishes; steak frites and duck confit. Both were excellent! The bibb salad was very nice, and for dessert we selected profiteroles (good, not great) and a delicious chocolate mousse. In the past we loved the Alsatian onion and bacon tarte, will definitely have that next time!
Please keep up the good work!

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

This place is the best kept secret in San Diego. It is a very French atmosphere and will not disappoint. Our waiter, Leo, was very attentive and professional. The food here is creative and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

Bleu Boheme is simply one of my favorites in San Diego!!

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5.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We come to Bleu Boheme over and over for the ambiance and delicious French food. Prices are pretty average for this type of restaurant. The house specialty is mussels and the many sauce options can't be beat. All are delicious. This time I tried the moutarde sauce and it quickly become my new fave. Friend had the mussels Provencales and she also raved. Love the extra bit of wine in every pichet. Nice. Hubby had the salmon, and although not a fan of eggplant, he did love the touch of eggplant puree.

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great fries, good wine, the rest was not recommendable...

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4.0Dined on June 24, 2018

It has great food and great service. The wine list is out of this world and it suits a French restaurant. I highly recommend the tasting menu if you're going there for the first time.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Our group gathering was to celebrate a friends birthday, and to continue a French theme that she has made a part of her life for now. Your restaurant was perfect in all aspects!!

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2.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We were really excited to try this restaurant for a special occasion and were very underwhelmed with the service and value. The service was poor and the quality of the dishes did not match up with the price point.

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4.0Dined on June 22, 2018

For Kensington, parking was easy. Service was excellent. Promptly seated, promptly asked for drink orders, handed menus. Hadn't been there for about six months, but our server remembered my wife and me and was very friendly. The main thing, of course, is the food. Maybe just a slight bit too salty. I had the Coquille St. Jacques with English peas and fingerling potatoes. Scallops done perfectly and those were the best peas I've ever eaten. My wife loved her chicken dish. Tried it; moist and delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Most Romantic Restaurant in San Diegetic!

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

This place has been a favorite for years. Incredible consistency. Keep up the amazing work! Basil martini; great wine selection; steak frites to die for. Early bird special is a crazy good deal.

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4.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Have been and always been a loyal customer

I would recommend this restaurant to anyone and have done so numerous time.

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

I have been waiting to visit this restaurant for a long time. The service was great. The food was amazing.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

We were in from out of town for a graduation. We found this wonderful restaurant on open table. Food was delicious. I loved the French onion soup. I highly recommend this treasure.

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