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About Café Bleu

Café Bleu, in San Diego, serves mouth-watering modern French and Latin-inspired cuisine in its relaxing and atmospheric restaurant. The artisan cheese plate of the day laden honey comb, dried fruit salpicon and crostini and the mussels mariniere sautéed with white wine, butter, lemon, garlic and shallots made sensational starter plates. Some of Café Bleu's specialty entrées include the rajas and shrimp with Spanish chorizo, sautéed jumbo shrimp, roasted corn and pasilla rajas in crème fraiche, the wine-braised chicken coq au vin with roasted pork belly and potato gratin and the filet mignon au poivre in a tri-color pepper crust and peppercorn demi-glace, all of which are perfcetly prepared.

Café Bleu's brunch offerings are wildly popular, including the classic croque monsier sandwich with French ham, gruyere cheese and béchamel sauce and the brioche brandy French toast with maple syrup and strawberries

807 W. Washington St.
San Diego, CA 92103
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary French, Latin American

Hours of Operation:
Weekend Brunch: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Falcon St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 291-1717

Website:
http://www.cafebleusd.com/

Catering:
Catering available customized to your price range and event.

Parking Details:
Parking lot available behind restaurant. (Driveway entrance off Falcon St.)

Public Transit:
San Diego transit bus stop 1/2 block east on W. Washington St.

Executive Chef:
Manny Vargas

Private Party Facilities:
Restaurant buy-out available for private dining / business meetings for up to 45 guests.

Private Party Contact:
Ric Libiran: (619) 291-1717

Additional:
Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Café Bleu Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (978)
Fit for Foodies (745)
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Special Occasion (455)
Notable Wine List (399)
Great for Brunch (293)
Great for Lunch (228)
Good for Groups (151)
Hot Spot (96)
Late-night Find (74)
Kid-friendly (27)
Vibrant Bar Scene (21)
Good for a Date (9)
Scenic View (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Casual (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Cozy (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Business Meals (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Exceptional food and service. Our server, Grady, is easily one of the best servers we've had. He knows the menu and is very attentive.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2016

My favorite place! This visit was with "the girls" and we were all very pleased.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Exceptional food and service!!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2016

A wonderful find!Food is excellent and wait staff friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Quick Bite, Outstanding Value, Casual, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 18, 2016

Great service & excellent food. Only downfall the noise level is horrible!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2016

My girlfriend and I ate at Cafe Bleu. I'll give you the positives and negatives.

We'll start with the positives. The restaurant is cute and in a good location. Prices are fair, but I'd probably give it 3 dollar signs instead of two. The cheapest wine on the list was very good. I also thought the service was very pleasant and efficient.

Now the negatives. We visited their website and saw that they offered a Prix Fixe menu for $21.95 with a wine pairing for $15.95. We asked for that and was told by one gentleman that the Prix Fixe menu is only offered on Sunday. If you click on their website's "specials" link, it does not mention that the Prix Fixe menu is only on Sunday. While the first gentleman said that the wine pairing too was on Sunday only, our waiter said they had discontinued the wine pairing although "we know pretty much what wine pairs with which dish". Okay fine, but again no mention of the wine pairing being discontinued on the website, and there was even disparity between the two gentlemen as to whether or not it was offered at all.

Now on to the food. We started with French Onion soup. Pretty good, but there was a "turkey stuffing" like flavor that I didn't love. Out of fairness, my girlfriend didn't pick up on that flavor and said that it was "not bad".

I had the Coq au Vin. I didn't think that the flavors were that great nor did they come together properly. Seems like it could have used some/longer marinade and the spices seemed a bit off to me. It also came with a potato and cheese side that was above average.

My girlfriend had the Steak Frittes. The steak was cooked properly but was a bit tough. I do understand that Hanger Steak is far from Filet Mignon, but it could have benefited from some marinading, or maybe they did that. The fries were just fine.

I didn't hate Cafe Bleu, but candidly I doubt that we would return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2016

Glad we visited Café Bleu!
Food was delicious (we had the steak frites & duck breast à l'orange) and the service was excellent (thanks Ric). The selection of wines by the glass is very good.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Hd a great Sunday Brunch birthday celebration. Service and food top notch. Great French onion soup, Blue burger.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 22, 2016

I consider Cafe Bleu a lucky find, especially for getting together with a friend or small group. The food and wine are very good, a charming ambiance, friendly and good service, price is right, and it is open more hours and days than a lot of restaurants.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2016

always a great spot, for great food. New server, who I do not think has the necessities to work in a restaurant of this quality. Better suited for a beer bar.

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 19, 2016

First of all: my confirmation was for 6:30. When we got to the restaurant they had it in their system for 8:30. They did do their best to accommodate. Thumbs up to them.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 18, 2016

Always a great meal. Our server, who was new, does not seem to fit the type of restaurant that Cafe Bleu is. He seems more suited for a beer bar. Nice person, who tries, but over his head.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 16, 2016

We love Cafe Bleu- we stumbled upon this place by accident and discovered a fantastic gem!!
The service is on point, professional yet friendly, helpful with our wine preferences. The food is amazing! We loved everything but have found escargot not very tasty at other places. Cafe Bleu's is wonderful. Everything we have ordered from the salads, entrees, appetizers, desserts is delicious. Go pay them a visit!!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 15, 2016

We have enjoyed many meals, both lunches and dinners, at Cafe Bleu. The food is outstanding and the service is friendly and professional. One of the best "value-for-money" restaurants in San Diego.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2016

We dined here for our anniversary. We have eaten at Cafe Bleu many times and have never had a bad experience. The service is attentive and unhurried. Our waiter made some great menu suggestions and was very knowledgeable regarding their wine selections and what would pair well with our meal.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 13, 2016

Great little place. I have dined here now on four separate occasions and the food is great! You can't beat great food + bottomless mimosas!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2016

It is fun and varied decent food. Brie en Croute is something I have not found in other SD French restaurants. Their smoked Mac n Cheese is great.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2016

Lovely place, great for nice dinner and get-together. I had wine, salad and mussels, which were excellent; my companion had beer & hanger steak, done exactly as she requested it, and said it was also excellent. Not a huge menu, they clearly focus on what they can do well, but there is sufficient choice for all members of a group to find something they will like.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2016

We went here for my birthday on Saturday and it was not the dining experience I expected. The cafe is small and smelled like a very old building. The inside could use a good renovation. These things would not necessarily be a deal breaker for me had the food been superb and the service friendly. Unfortunately, that was not the case. The food was okay, but nothing to rave about. The atmosphere was the worst part for me. It seemed like no one was happy to be there, like the whole restaurant was in mourning. I don't think anyone smiled the whole time we were there. Overall the experience was depressing. I will not be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 29, 2016

This place is always outstanding!!!! Food is on point, service is excellent, cute and upscale setting!!

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Excellent all around!!! Grady provided exceptional service. All his suggestions were spot on from the wine pairing through dessert. We'll definitely be back. Thank you for a very nice evening out. You're our new favorite dinner spot.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 16, 2016

Great food! ! Cheese plate and bubbly went great together. Dessert, appetizers and main entree were great! The price was a great deal as well. Servers were friendly and kind.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 14, 2016

We were in town for a quick visit and decided last minute to try Cafe Bleu. Great decision.
This particular night they had a "date night" special of two meals from a limited list and
a bottle of wine, Verdiccio, for $49.50. The wine alone was listed at $38.50 and well priced
at that. Food was great, service was great and an unexpected bargain.

We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2016

We have been fans of Cafe Blue Bistro for several years and enjoy the food and the service. The last time we were there we found the food, service and the noise level terrible. We also felt that the menu prices were higher and not worth the additional amount.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2016

this is a super restaurant. The food is top notch, great sauces, great tastes and very un American. everything I miss in US food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 26, 2016

Food was en pointe, delicious and very creative! The hardest part was choosing what to order...so many delicious possibilities! We will definitely be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2016

Tried this restaurant for the first time. Food was very good as well as service. We got there early (5:30 reservation) so very few people mid-week & quiet. The wine list was strange; lots of blended wines; not a fan. Bread was mediocre. Would rather spend more money & get better value somewhere else.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2016

So perfectly quiet - we could TALK to each other & be HEARD!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 19, 2016

I took my parents here for father's day brunch. The crab benedict was amazing! My dad ordered the Bourbon French Toast, which was tasty but could hardly taste the bourbon. My mom had the traditional eggs benedict. She enjoyed it very much. Bottomless mimosas were great! My glass was never empty.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Our waitress on Saturday, June 18, 2016 was fantastic!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2016

A very pleasant atmosphere. And we had a first-rate waiter. But the food is quite ordinary.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Cafe Blue is a "hidden treasure." The food is outstanding and the service is always friendly, attentive, and professional. You are always made to feel welcome. Excellent value for your money. This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Delightful service and cushy chairs at the window for lunch. Mimosa refilled often as others had noted. Croque monsieurs are one of my fave French dishes. This one was not so good. The ham, cheese and bread were good, and it was served hot... but the beautiful broiled bechamel sauce was missing. I loved the atmosphere here, and would have liked to try a crab dish, just not with eggs Benedict. Cozy decor. Would have liked to have seen French onion soup on the lunch menu

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 15, 2016

Had a lovely date-night dinner with my husband. The table was next to the front window so was a great location for people-watching, had we been so inclined. We chose the date-night special of two meals and a bottle of wine. I had the pork chop with roasted carrots and fingerling potatoes. The pork was moist and delicious. My husband chose the Coq-au-vin and loved it. We will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Disappointing wine list...For a French inspired restaurant very few French Wines
Food was ok for the value. Beef Bourgogne was to salty probably from the sauce sitting on steam table reducing to long.....The canopies were tasteless and the the Steak tartar was done in a sweet balsamic , why mess with steak tartar with sweet balsamic?? Serve it the right way with dijon and capers.
Duck Confiet was fine. Our server was very good and attentive. I feel Cafe Blue could be so much better if they stop trying to hard to be Pacific fusion French...

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 8, 2016

Great as usual

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2016

We absolutely loved this space. From the moment we walked in it felt inviting! I took 2 of my friends for a business dinner there. It was a great spot to be able to talk. The food is amazing. Must get the crab dip. The dessert wine was also yummy!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 29, 2016

I was celebrating my birthday there and the food was amazing. The wine I had from their spicy list was amazing and overal we had a great time. The waiter was very nice and accommodating when my friend didn't care for her entree and got something else and we appreciated that.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 29, 2016

This place has such good food for such reasonable prices that I am shocked it's not always crowded. It may be San Diego's best kept secret at the moment*.

The food is pretty traditional French cuisine, including coq au vin and beef bourguignon. Many of these dishes require long preparation (overnight slow cooking), so the flavors are really developed. The French onion soup is one of the better ones I've had in San Diego, which is to be expected at French restaurant! And of course, just like in Europe, one can order a cheese plate for dessert.

The service, too is usually impeccable. It's the service I would expect at a much more expensive restaurant. (So, remember to tip based on service, not the bill total!)

*Okay, so the actual big secret is that they have Sunday night pre fixe menus for $25 (and I think it's $40 with wine pairing). But for this reason, it gets pretty crowded. Also, I hear they have a good brunch, but also expect it to be crowded. If you want a romantic, quiet, private date, just come here on a weeknight.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 29, 2016

I had the eggs Benedict and my friend had the avocado Benedict. Both were very good. The eggs were cooked perfectly. My friend is from France and she loved the hollandaise sauce. Very creamy with a hint of lemon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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