La Bonne Table

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592 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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JF
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another memorable dinner at what has become my favorite French bistro in San Diego. My son and I ordered four items and asked for them to be served one at a time , and we shared each course. Perfect! We enjoyed the escargots, frisee salad, moules aux frites, and trout. Hard to pick out a favorite, but must say that the trout is better and more moist than any fish I've had at any fish restaurant in San Diego. Do order the French 75 cocktail. Very French and very refreshing!

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TK
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never have a bad meal. Always excellent and the waiters are friendly.

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BR
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and team. The duck and trout were fabulous!

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PL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, food and service are fantastic. Highly recommend trying La Bonne Table if you’ve never been before.

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RL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Croque Madame I have ever had. My wife’s omelette, cheese and ham and other things looked beautiful and tasted great. Outstanding Mothers Day brunch experience

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was bland. The gratin had no flavor. The seasonal lamb shank was smothered in a red sauce that stole away how the lamb should taste. However the mussels were pretty good.

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a
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Place is always a great ambiance. Great and simple food. Very oh la la

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AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as always. I particularly like the Duroc pork chop. The chocolate mousse for dessert is outstanding. Service is always faultless.

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YM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful brunch experience - the food was delicious and with great presentation, service was excellent and we felt welcome with no pressure to leave. It's lovely to be able to stay and chat. I'd recommend it in a heartbeat!

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V
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service all-around. Would love to visit again soon.

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NY
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A lovely family run small restaurant which serves genuine French bistro food. They truly treat you as if you are a guest in their home. A real touch of France. Who knew such a exquisite place could be in San Diego.

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P
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a tiny quaint venue with charm and a nice menu. The food was quite well prepared and served by accommodating staff.

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BT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming environment - intimate and tasteful. Authentic French food. Great service.

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CA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten here four times now. Always the food is excellent. This is a classic French restaurant. It reminds me of the bistros in Paris. Small. Intimate.. superb food. Excellent service. Always enjoyable.

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LE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This little bistro is so quaint. The servers are very attentive and very pleasant with a smile non their faces at al times. I love the ambiance of the place, very soothing. The food is magnificent.

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DH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and wonderful food. LBT is a gem that has become our favorite restaurant. We recommend LBT to everyone!

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OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite neighborhood restaurant. Tonight I celebrated my birthday here. I began with the frisée salad, which is lightly dressed and includes a slice of toasted baguette topped with goat cheese and walnuts. The roasted duck thighs are done to perfection and served with Brussels sprouts in light mustard sauce. The portion is so generous that I took home half which I will enjoy tomorrow. Dessert was creme brûlée. The decaf expresso was excellent. The service is impeccable.
Having dinner here brings back memories of cafes in Paris.

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l
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was from out of town, found this slice of Paris on Open table and enjoyed every aspect, especially it's small café ambiance.

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SB
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, small dining room and bar. Every table was filled, but the noise level quiet for good conversation. Highly recommend.

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DG
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love, love, love me some La Bonne Table. Great service, great food and great ambiance! Probably the only restaurant in San Diego where you can actually here yourself speak. No loud, raging music which makes this place even more cozy and inviting. Highly recommend.

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MB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is consistently excellent and the service superb. The atmosphere is intimate and romantic. We love it.

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b
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time there and enjoyed. Ordered the mussels that came with chunks of lobster. I'm not sure that the lobsters didn't get over powered by the broth. Not bad at all, but for strictly my tastes I would have preferred omitting the lobster and amping up the garlic. Wife had the strip steak, which is always her last choice of steak. She said it was fixed perfectly, tasted delicious, and ate almost all of it.

Ambiance reminded me of a small restaurant/bar in France. Really nice. Service appeared to be handled by one waitperson, but no complaints about the service.

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PS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Small and quaint neighborhood dining. Many traditional French menu items, prepared nicely. Suitable French wine selections. Service as attentive without being overbearing. Mellow background music.

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D
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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MV
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Specials were amazing, my date and I enjoyed both and we kept sharing each other’s plates...

Must try peeps.

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LK
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been to La Bonne Table several times now, and have always enjoyed it immensely. The service is some of the best in SD - professional, warm, attentive but not obtrusive (and no one ever says "Are you done working on that?") It has a very authentic French bistro atmosphere, albeit quite small, so you do need to book ahead.

The menu is limited, but everything we've ordered has been perfectly prepared and delicious. The frisee salad doesn't look like much until you take your first bite, and then it hits you how perfectly balanced it is. Same with the escargot. They used to have a lovely pate' plate, but it wasn't on the menu last time, which forced me to try the salad, so it was kind of a good thing. But it's hard to find good pate' starters, and theirs was.

For mains, the duck confit in particular is a real treat, as is the trout almondine. The veggie sides aren't my favorites (asparagus, brussels sprouts) but they are well prepared and go with the dishes, so it's just personal preference.

The first time we came we had no room for dessert, but since then we've saved space and have been well rewarded. The chocolate mousse is to die for! Even if you're not a chocolate (or mousse) lover, it will win you over. The creme brulee is light and lovely, and we'll try other desserts next time. They've also improved the coffee since our last visit, so now it's rich and very good. Perfect ending to a lovely meal. Merci!

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BH
Charleston
17 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is consistently a pleasure. After four years I still consider it a neighborhood gem. The food is of high quality and beautifully prepared and presented. The service is personal, gracious and attentive. The ambience is French Bistro, charming and intimate.
All in all the experience is a real value in terms of pricing and gourmet quality.

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LL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Small, intimate neighborhood restaurant. Service is excellent. Menu options are limited, so check the menu online before you book. The food is very well prepared.

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N
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming restaurant with delicious food and attentive but low key service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a favorite for my husband and me. The food is traditional French and always consistent. This is the closest thing we’ve found to a European experience in San Diego. We have found that a film at Hillcrest cinema followed by a dinner at La Bonne Table is a perfect evening for dates or a group of friends.

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t
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
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
3 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
3 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
7 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
90 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
98 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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