La Bonne Table

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$30 and under
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French
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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EL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very little and cozy place. Food is just mediocre. Service is good.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is top notch and the door is absolutely Amazing.

OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place and hight quality food

G
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - I've been many times and it never disappoints!!!! I look forward to my next visit.

CM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!!! A beautiful Complimentary champagne treat to celebrate a birthday was a WOW! All of the food was fantastic. A new favorite.

SD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

50th Birthday. Small but excellent menu. Cozy and not commercial dining room. Will definitely be back.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, the food was amazing.

EL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

An authentic, intimate, and elegant French restaurant in a gritty neighborhood. You'd never expect old world tradition in this location. Everything about this place "screams" Paris.

The escargot was the winner among entrees. Garlicky and well prepared. Among the entrees, the beef dish was about the best beef we've had in town. Order it medium rare. The trout...what can I say? I've had better. The wine was limited, but adequate.

The service was appropriate for a stuffy restaurant, a little stuffy. but have no issues with how we were treated.

Dinner for two, including drinks, an appetizer for each, and no dessert, with tip and tax was $175. Pricey, a dinner price that I can accommodate rarely.

A once in a lifetime experience everyone n San Diego should experience. Is it a twice in a lifetime experience? Not sure.

S
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. The onion soup, the escargots, the duck confit and the steak frites are as good as in the best french bistrot. Service by Victor is perfect: always present but unobtrusive.

T
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good. Could use additional tables

RB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service (though when dining at this type of restaurant we are not looking for fast but friendly and timely service).

t
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would seated promptly. It is small (10 tables) cozy and gives a 'French' vibe. Food was excellent.

L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Love the atmosphere! I would ask if they could switch up their fries - seemed tasteless and perhaps frozen - maybe we go an old batch? Old-school french restaurant.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I eat dinner here at least once a month. Everything about the experience is exceptional: the menu, the service, the quality of the food, and the atmosphere. Even a seat at the bar is fun! This is my absolute favorite restaurant in San Diego.

RO
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great French Restaurant. Like all the reviews say the Pork Chop is probably the BEST in town. We were greeted with a complimentary glass of champagne to celebrate our Anniversary. Downside: slow paced, very small dining area, 1 server/bartender for restaurant. If you don't mind the slow pace, this would be 5 stars!

EL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service and ambiance was good but food was lack luster except for the Escargot and Creme brule. It was good but I was expecting more based on reviews.

TC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love French bistro food so everything on the menu sounded delicious to me. With our table of 4, each person got a different appetizer, entree, and dessert so with friends that like to share, we each got to sample a lot of what La Bonne Table has to offer. Normally, French food portions can be small, but I have to say I was pleasantly stuffed after my 3 courses. The escargot was the hit of the evening simply because it's preparation allowed even the skeptics to enjoy eating snails. The duck was sublime, the pork chop hearty, the steak tender, and the trout moist. Dessert was the only reason I knocked my review down a star as the crepes suzette was a bit chewy and bland while the chocolate mousse was too much whipped cream and not enough chocolate decadence. The creme brulee was outstanding and the tarte tartin was a classic. Love the atmosphere and will definitely be returning. I am putting it on par with the OB location of Bo-Beau and a notch above Bleu Boheme on Adams.

G
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a memorable meal during Restaurant Week. Four of us shared four wonderful choices of apps, mains and desserts. Service was perfect, cocktails were delicious and the servings were generous. Highly recommended.

JF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I went to La Bonne Table on a Monday evening and the place was totally full, which isn’t hard to do because it’s also very small. But pretty much as soon as we sat down we realized why, the waiters were incredibly friendly and attentive, the food smelled incredible and it very much felt like a small Parisian bistro. We had the escargot, onion soup, pork chop and duck confit, followed by the crime brûlée and the chocolate mousse. Everything was absolutely delicious, the sauce on the pork chop was crazy good. 5/5 we will absolutely be going back here. A real gem in Hillcrest.

LW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

all was good. food especially perfect. nice find. good experience

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing! The food was classic French. And the atmosphere was relaxed.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Would recommend the wine pairing during restaurant week!

SR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this restaurant was "tres bon!" We were seated immediately and were attended to perfectly. The food was just wonderful. I had the onion soup to start and it was hot and yummy. Next I had fish that was cooked perfectly. For dessert Ihad the chocolate mousse and my usband had the creme brulee! I will definitely come back here again

LF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Great service. Always a pleasure.

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food and cozy restaurant.

CA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family in town.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. We go for every holiday and birthday. It is a classic French restaurant with less than a dozen tables. The atmosphere is unpretentious yet elegant. You know the food will be authentic when there is a picture of Bernard Hinault above your table. They have perfected each item on the menu, the portions are perfect, and it is very well priced.

H
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great food and service with lovely ambiance. An authentic French bistro! We will come back often!

d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

What a charming restaurant in busy Hillcrest! Whole experience was very enjoyable. Looking forward to going back

A
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bonne Table continues with dedication to achieve high quality and culinary consistency in its role as a charming and authentic French Bistro. Kudos!

s
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite dining spots in San Diego. They do everything right!

KE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bonne Table is a "hidden gem" French restaurant in Hillcrest. It is small and intimate in a charming former house, and has excellent food and service, plus a full bar. One of the most important aspects for me is that it is quiet and one can actually have a conversation without having to shout over ambient noise which is the case with so many restaurants. I highly recommend La Bonne Table for a relaxed evening of French dining.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about this charming restaurant. Been 5 times and everything is always perfect!

PB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sauce and potatoes with the pork chop were outstanding. Frisee salad and crepes were also excellent

CB
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BRUNCH in town. Always great. Very consistent. AMAZING SERVICE!!!

c
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bonne Table never fails to perform to perfection. Victor is an excellent server, always attuned to your every need.

RS
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pate maison was very flavorful, and quite large for an appetizer, easily good for two.
Cote de Porc was huge, brought leftover home and had another meal. The accompanying mushroom sauce and potato gratin were perfect.
Cassoulet was sublime, duck leg and two kinds of sausage in a sauce with creamy flageolet beans. Best in town.

PL
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Victor is a very attentive & personable waiter. The pork chops are perfection!!

DS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant
Wonderful food and staff
Atmosphere is intimate and charming

S
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even though La Bonne Table is NOT a steakhouse, you will eat the best steak in the world (steak frites). Top notch service by Joe and Victor. Not to be missed!!

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