Bleu Boheme

4.6
2148 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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(619) 255-4167
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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.

Check www.bleuboheme.com for details...
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

Reviews from verified diners
2,148 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
24%
Good
5%
Fair
2%
Poor
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4.5
food
4.6
service
4.7
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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St. Louis
5.0
Dined 19 hours ago

Amazing food! Thanks for a wonderful meal.

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F
New England
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

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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New Orleans
2.0
Dined 3 days ago

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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EI
5.0
Dined 3 days ago

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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CW
San Diego
3.0
Dined 4 days ago

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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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined 7 days ago

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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o
San Diego
5.0
Dined on July 9, 2018

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

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l
5.0
Dined 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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LK
San Diego
4.0
Dined 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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KW
5.0
Dined 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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s
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined on June 27, 2018

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

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C
San Francisco
5.0
Dined 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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O
3.0
Dined on June 24, 2018

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

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OT
San Diego
4.0
Dined 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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CS
San Diego
5.0
Dined 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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KW
Washington DC
2.0
Dined 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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MM
San Diego
4.0
Dined 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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C
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 21, 2018

Most Romantic Restaurant in San Diegetic!

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d
San Diego
5.0
Dined 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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RP
4.0
Dined 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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IA
San Diego
4.0
Dined 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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OT
Los Angeles
5.0
Dined 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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OT
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 15, 2018

Our server Sarah was fantastic. The food was amazing. If there was a higher rating to give, I would. Thank you!

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ES
Naples
4.0
Dined on June 12, 2018

We are in San Diego for a holiday and a decade birthday celebration. We chose Blue Boheme because of good reviews and it was a wise choice for us. Our opinion is it must be a neighborhood restaurant and there were diners there with dogs and lots of people walking dogs passed by. I would say nothing special about the decor, what for? The food said it all. Our service was excellent, friendly, personable and refreshing and made us feel like we were locals. The food: excellent! Four of us shared a charcuterie board which was as as good or better than the server’s suggestion. I especially loved the pork pate. One diner thought the Foie Gras was excellent. Another raved about the Strip Steak Frites. The salmon was outstanding. Blue Boheme is excellent for a date, low keyed, great wine selections, quiet and understated. If we had more time in San Diego, we would be back in a heartbeat.

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LW
Charleston
5.0
Dined on June 8, 2018

We visited this restaurant twice in one week. Consistently well prepared food & excellent service- attentive but not obtrusive. Every dish we ordered was well seasoned and delicious. Save room for dessert! The Gateau au chocolat & profiteroles were divine!

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SU
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 7, 2018

Went with my daughter for our birthdays. My duck was delicious, but her salmon was under cooked (basically raw). Tried sending in back twice, the restaurant DID remove it from our bill without us asking. Even though it was a Wednesday evening it was extremely busy.

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BH
San Diego
5.0
Dined on June 4, 2018

One of the best dining experiences we have had in a long time. The food, service and ambience were beyond excellent, and we enjoyed it so much that we are planning on returning in just a few weeks.

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IB
San Francisco
5.0
Dined on June 3, 2018

I live in the neighborhood and frequent Bleu Boheme, it's always excellent - the service, food and wine are always great.

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BH
San Diego
4.0
Dined on June 2, 2018

Ce magnifique! This place is really a special gem in San Diego. 1) Great neighborhood restaurant away from the crowds, traffic and tourist. 2) Great ambiance with candle-lit tables, homey decor and french music. 3) Food was great from first to last bite. Highly recommend the Fois Gras, Boeuf Bourguignon, Moules aux Champignons and Confirt de Canard. BTW, they make a mean Martini as well. Will definitely be in my rotation. Highly recommended.

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JM
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 29, 2018

We chose the price fix menu of three courses served until 6 p.m. that is a good bargain. The bibb lettuce and beet salad was delicious and beautifully presented. The pates were scrumptious. For the entrees we had the duck confit and beef bourguignon that were delicious as were the gingerbread and ice cream desserts. The waitress was knowledgeable about the food and wines, especially the Rhones. Bleu Bohemme serves authentic French food. Always a treat to come here to dine.

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KS
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

This was our first time here and we really enjoyed, the ambiance and the bone marrow escargot was fantastic!

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DS
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

this is the real deal, quality food, service, ambiance. Really a great value and delightful experience.

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NS
5.0
Dined on May 26, 2018

We had a delightful evening at Bleu Boheme. An exquisite martini, fresh salad and delicious scallops. Finished with chocolate mousse. Excellent service and the ambience is very inviting. Highly recommend and will return!

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b
Adelaide / SA
1.0
Dined on May 23, 2018

Wow, this place has changed. I had the Boef Bourguignon and French onion soup. The beef was very tender but was a very fatty cut. The carrots were under cooked and the sauce was too sweet. The French Onion soup was all cheese and bread - where are the onions? I have eaten here since Pierre opened the restaurant and have been away for a couple years. I have had this dish many a time and perhaps this was an off night, but no. Staff are very friendly and attentive. The wine was excellent. For the price there are better options.

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TW
San Diego
4.0
Dined on May 20, 2018

Food was excellent. Service was not great. Waitress got initial order wrong, and then forgot a desert order later. They did comp the desert, when they brought it like 20 minutes later. We usually have good service here.

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WD
3.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Been 5X, went on Mothers day and quality of the food just wasn't the same. Bummer

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f
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Had s great lunch for Mother’s Day but didn’t realize it was fixed price till we were sitting down ordering drinks. It was fine but wished I had asked sooner. Didn’t note it on open table when made reservations

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k
San Diego
5.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Four stars for food, five for everything else. Lobster bisque was OK. Tarte chaud was great. Beef Bourgonone (sp) also great. Salmon was delicious. All the deserts were good. Pleasant place to dine overall.

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G
Baltimore
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

The restaurant is lovely and the food delicious. Highly recommend the quiche for brunch. I know it’s a French dining experience served in multiple courses, but the brunch took 2 hours. As adults, that’s no problem; however, small children don’t do as well with a long dining experience. Something to consider.

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CF
New York Area
4.0
Dined on May 13, 2018

Great food and great service! Scallops, Foi gras, Boeuf Bourguignonne, cocktails and deserts were all delish!

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