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Café Bleu

550 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary French
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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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

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary French, Latin American
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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
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Phone number
(619) 291-1717
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Manny Vargas
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Private party facilities
Restaurant buy-out available for private dining / business meetings for up to 45 guests.
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Private party contact
Ric Libiran: (619) 291-1717
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Catering available customized to your price range and event.
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Cross street
Falcon St.
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Parking details
Parking lot available behind restaurant. (Driveway entrance off Falcon St.)
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Public transit
San Diego transit bus stop 1/2 block east on W. Washington St.
Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 550 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.5  based on all time ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

vipRoyce (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 21, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2016

Exceptional food and service!!!

vipCindyZ (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2016

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 18, 2016

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

vipStockjock (San Diego)
3.0  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.

graceporter (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipRedSoxFan (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

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

KarenR (San Diego)
4.0  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.

richc (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipDiner (San Diego)
4.0  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.

richc (San Diego)
4.0  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.

MelissaJ (Central Coast)
5.0  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!!!

Pleased (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.