La Bonne Table

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562 reviews
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LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
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New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were greeted as if they were waiting for us.The Duck was sensational as were the Mussels.
Service was excellent,unobtrusive but efficient. It is a small room so it was a bit noisey

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SH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good brunch experience; great ambience in such a small space and wonderful omelets! Finding parking is down side.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding. We love the cozy and intimate atmosphere.

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CL
Singapore
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The menu was concise. We ordered the steak and pork chop. Both were cook perfectly, so tender and juicy. The restaurant is small and cozy but this meant the tables were small and placed closed to each other. In terms of value, the portions served were generous to the price. Service was attentive and friendly. I would definitely return again.

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CJ
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

I have gone to La Bonne Table a number of times and have been very pleased with the food and the overall experience. This visit, however, was not at the same level of previous experiences. I love the duck -- usually. And the salads too. However, this time, the duck was way, way overdone. It didn't even look appetizing. I mentioned something regarding this to our waiter as he was picking up my dish that had hardly been eaten, and there was no response. I must say, the onion soup was great. The salad was just -- nondescript. I hope this was a fluke rather than indicative of where La Bonne Table is regarding care of the quality of the food served. I am now hesitant to recommend La Bonne Table to a friend... which is something I did many times before.

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DH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional restaurant where the excellence of the food is matched by the service. Always a great experience and we always look forward to returning.

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SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and I was disappointed. The escargots were a little chewey which we don't think we would have again. The pork chop and duck confit were excellent. The creme brulee was ok but not my favorite. Otherwise, the ambiance is awesome. A quiet little place with not too many tables which makes the ambiance so quaint. Overall, I would go there again with the exception of those two foods that I would not order again.

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c
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Brunch! The salmon and poached egg in avocado toast very good. The brioche French toast also BH. PS ask for a small scoop of black current. The asparagus and cheese omelet was good nothing special. Pamplemousse gin and Bloody Mary nice! The restaurant comped a mousse for birthday! It did take an hour to get our order so relax, talk and lunate!

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HI
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect setting for a quiet date night! The food was delicious and reminded us of when we lived in Brussels and the service was attentive but not overbearing.

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H
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lamb shank special was delicious. Yo is the consummate host.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love atmosphere and attentive wait staff and of course food delicious

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DL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful ! Our first visit to La Bonne Table was a treat... so reminiscent of a small, family-run bistro in France. From the frisee salad with chevre to the scrumptious pork chop, the meal was terrific and authentic. Service warm and friendly; cozy atmosphere where you can actually have a conversation ! Will definitely return !

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PC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, ambiance and service. We had had an early 5pm dinner for business, and the noise level was excellent. It's a small room, which makes the ambiance very nice. I would recommend La Bonne to anyone who wants a pleasant and unique experience.

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M
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always

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CW
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in an intimate setting. I recommend the slow cooked lamb shank!

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DM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I still feel like this restaurant is as close to a Paris Cafe as you will find in San Diego. The food is every bit as good as you will find in Paris, the service much better, and the ambience just right for conversation. The clientele have been delightful as well; people looking for a divine piece of France in San Diego. Highly, highly recommended

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NF
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. We were made to feel very welcome

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B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always like eating here. Great food and service and it quiet enough for conversation. Healthy options at least for brunch. I do wish they would put nid d’oeuf back on the brunch menu!

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D
Las Vegas
42 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellant service! Tight seating but that is what it is and will be! But food and service makes up for any inconvenience and or discomfort.

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b
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was great, on time and excellent service. Outstanding waiter and Chef

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A
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but overall a wonderful restaurant with really yummy French food. We had the escargot as an appetizer and main dish of the pork chop and the braised lamb shank. Sooooo good!

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MB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Real French Food in a Real French Setting—in Provençal Hillcrest

The Good Table is flawless. Service is impeccable, not intrusive, but friendly and attentive; the foods eaten at our recent visit were among the best of their kind anywhere, in France or in San Diego: broth-rich onion soup, garlicky gorgeously presented escargot, juicy duck confit, a perfect pork chop. A short wine list is deliberate: reasonable, known, carefully selected. The cocktails are all French, of course. Can’t help loving the kir. If you have never been invited to enjoy dinner at the home of a resident of Provence, no worries: you can have a strikingly similar experience right here in Hillcrest.

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C
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

As a special treat, we booked Valentine's dinner at La Bonne Table, not knowing it was a prix fixe menu. Meal was a quite pricey ($69 pp, plus drinks) and food was good, but not as great as it has been on previous non-holiday visits. I had the lobster bisque, halibut and asparagus, and chocolate mousse dessert. All were good, but nothing out-of-this-world. Hubby had traditional salad, duck and mashed potatoes, and very sweet crepe suzette. Again, very good, but he was not raving, as usual. Ambiance was charming and service was good. I think it'd be best to go to La Bonne Table for a regular date night over a holiday treat.

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A
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb! The food, the service, the ambience...we loved it all. Thank you so much!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing and the staff were friendly. Highly recommended

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LC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go to place when we want to have a great dining experience. They never disappoint on the food or service.

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TC
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just spectacular. Sooo authentic, cozy, and perfectly executed. Finally a great soupe a l'oignon. Solid wines by the glass. My confit de canard was croustillant et tendre! Easily one of my top 5 restaurants in San Diego, and by far the best French! Merci La Bonne Table, on a déjà hâte de retourner chez vous!

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MD
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great. Let Yo (sp?) choose the wines to go with your meal. He always comes up with interesting matches

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l
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Unfortunately, I found the menu very limited and without much choice if one doesn't like meat. My husband ordered the entrecôte which was very fatty and only ate half of it.
I had a salad, very nice, and the mousse de canard, very good, but a big slab of it. I would prefer more choices of a lighter nature. Not our cup of tea.

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JF
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I shared a serendipitous meal with my son while my husband was in skilled nursing facility. I particularly chose the restaurant as I knew it would be hard to go to with my husband as steep steps make this restaurant hard for disabled to access. The French 75 is as good as I've had for starter cocktail. The escargots were appropriately hot with crispy pastry tops and lots of garlic...delicious if you like lots of garlic. I do. The French onion soup was perfect on a chilly night. My son said he'd go back just for the soup. But i save my raves for the duck confit. Seriously, the best I've ever tasted... moist, delicious, perfect.

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M
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. Service is impeccable and the food bursting with flavor. Mussels are always a favorite

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WC
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Bonne Table was amazing. The food, the fantastic service, and the entire experience were a delight. I brought new people who wondered why they'd never been to this fantastic restaurant before!

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DH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional restaurant. The food is outstanding and the service is better! Great place to be at any time but especially on a rainy night. You will crave the steak frites. Better than the steak frites in Paris.

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SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved this very quaint pleasant French restaurant. It's small and with a French bistro atmosphere, nice open air deck with a couple tables and windows open into the main part of the restaurant. The food and service was good.

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MB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Limited menu for Restaurant Week was unimaginative. Traditional dishes were competently prepared but uninspiring. Must say the Duroc pork chop was perfectly cooked but lacked a vigorous mustard sauce. La Bonne Table did not live up to its lofty reputation. It just must be too far away from Paris.

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T
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a very small size Restaurant make sure you make reservations. If not you will be turn down due to available tables.

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K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We were here for restaurant week my wife and I, we had a good dinner for a good value. My only concern would be the size of the tables, small...to small..!? But there are only 10 in the entire restaurant so I understand.
FYI: there is a cigar cave at a walking distance from here...!

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BR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent and authentic French cuisine. The owner/chef is a true gourmet. The steak was divine and the pork chop heavenly. The intimate ambiance makes this a dining delight.

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RL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great & friendly service, great food

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L
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went during Restaurant Week and the menu options and prices were excellent.
The server was outstanding also.
Thank you.

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