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La Bastide Bistro

534 reviews
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$30 and under
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La Bastide Bistro is a French-American fusion restaurant that offers a casual, yet intimate setting, that's perfect for large groups, as well as special dates. There are many unique menu items at La Bastide Bistro that incorporate unexpected ingredients. Try the goat cheese salad with lavender honey dressing, vanilla risotto with grilled shrimp or a traditional favorite, like the French onion soup with gruyere.

La Bastide Bistro welcomes you to stop in and order a drink from the full bar and browse the Internet thanks to the free Wi-Fi. If you want to make sure that your table is ready when you are, make a reservation. When the weather is nice, you can enjoy your meal outdoors on the patio.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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French, American
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Hours of operation
Monday-Thursday 11:00am-9:00pm; Friday-Saturday 11:00am-10:00pm;
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Phone number
(858) 577-0033
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Timothy Angel
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Parking details
We have unlimited free parking.
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Special events & promotions
Please take a look at our website to see our special events. Wednesday Night Live Maine Lobster 1 and 1/4 lbs for $17.99 +tax + service
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1  based on all time ratings
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on March 12, 2016

I was disappointed that the lamb was taken off the menu and that the potatoes were no longer in a separate bowl

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

My main dish of sole was cold and raw. it was very disappointing for the previous dishes were delicious. I sent it back and the second time around was even more disappointing because there was one tiny piece of fish on my plate the size of my ring finger. The rest of the dish was carrots.

judy (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

This restaurant has won many awards, it has always been a place we felt proud to take your friends too!! We had not been there for dinner since the change of Chefs. I was embarrassed by the presentation (or lack of) and the food was nothing special (really not good!).
Sorry to say we won't go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

Me and my fiancé spent our valentines dinner here. We ordered the Valentine's Day for course special and an hour and a half later we still hadn't received our main course yet. I then told the waiter to cash out and I would just pay for the food I ate and they couldn't seem to figure that one out.

apapoolgod1 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2016

We enjoy the everything about this little gem. The service is great and the food is fantastic. The wine list is just right and the bar service is perfect.

food (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

I was not told my main was unavailable for more than 20 minutes after I had ordered it.
Numerous dishes were unavailable.

SanDiegoeater49 (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

There were four of us. We have been to this restaurant several times before. This visit was disappointing. The quality of the food and service has deteriorated since our last visit. Two had the Caesar salad as an appetizer and had the same complaint, that the salad was not very flavorful. One had the onion soup, which was not hot enough and not adequately seasoned. Two of the entrees were disappointing in that they were overcooked. In in all, the service was slow and not attentive. We expected better and will not return until we hear that the restaurant has improved.

vipbleset (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 12, 2016

This used to be a very nice restaurant with good food. My last visit was less then adequate. No wine list? You are at the mercy of what the waiter will bring ( some lame story about Valentine Day). Food not very good. Boneless short rib was boneless, but full of gristle. A far cry from the original Bastide.

HongKongGirl (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on January 25, 2016

Their service and ambiance is great but not the food.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 23, 2016

The Creme Brule was perfect!

Sumptuous (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 14, 2016

This was our third visit, second time for dinner. Three in our party, myself included had the trout, and it was excellent. Great dessert menu as well, where my wife and I shared the mousse. I had the riesling, which was a solid complement to the trout. Service was good, meal was better, and I like the fact that the restaurant didn't get noisy, enabling easy conversation. We'll be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on January 4, 2016

I love the Frenchy food at this bistro. However, I went on a Monday night with a long time foody friend who had never been and they were out of everything we really wanted ... especially the mussels! Even the charcuterie platters were compromised first by an old menu and then being out of something! Almost as bad as being out of mussels, they were out of Sancerre!!! SO, this bistro lost out on a much bigger tab that we would have racked up and instead of being raving fans telling everyone about it I suggest you call in advance after looking at the menu online to make sure they have what you want. The waiter was largely unapologetic too and didn't compensate us in any way for the HUGE inconvenience since I'd been bragging about the mussels, the cheeses and meat trays, the Sancerre, and all the other things I wanted but they were out of that night. The waiter's response was that Mondays are tough because they get their food shipments on Tuesdays so we should plan to come back on a Tuesday. Geez. If the mussles weren't so awesome I'd write this place off. Instead, I will call ahead because the mussels really are worth it.

OpenTable Diner (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2015

Do not eat at this restaurant on a Monday--they are provisioned on Tuesdays, and run out of entrees before they are restocked. The food was mediocre and overpriced. Service was good, and we enjoyed the ambiance. About the only game in town (Scripps Ranch).

vipBrujo (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on December 21, 2015

Having eaten at La Bastide since the first week they opened for a total of maybe 200 times I am sad to say that the place has lost my loyalty. I had lunch there a couple of weeks ago and while the food and service was above average the kitchen did not have one of menu entree items and two of the desserts--we found out only upon ordering.
Last Monday night was a disaster-one waiter/bartender and one bus boy/food runner----really??? Waited 25 minutes for a wine we ordered only to find out they were out. Ordered a 2nd bottle, they were out. I felt bad for Anthony but come on. At least put on a busboy who is of age so he can run backup and serve wine. The owner Victor needs to pay attention and return this place to a true functioning bistro.

Fitzer (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on December 17, 2015

Very long wait without restaurant being crowded; had to ask twice for bread while waiting over 30 minutes after food ordered. They were out of both specials,which is, apparently, a not uncommon problem. Food when we got it was good, but pricey.