Bistro du Marché by Tapenade

4.7
508 reviews
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French
Bistro du Marché by Tapenade is Chef Jean-Michel Diot's latest restaurant creation located in La Jolla.

Diot's inspiration is Paris' bistronomic scene that combines simple local ingredients with culinary elegance and flavorful complexity.

Bistro du Marché brings guests to Paris with a vibrant art deco scene, including a gallery of photographs and art pieces that hail turn of the century Paris.

Conveniently located by the Farmer's Market on Girard Avenue, Chef Diot and his culinary team enjoy visits to the market, where they converse with farmers' representatives. After picking up ingredients from the market, Chef Diot and his team head back to the kitchen to play with hand-picked vegetables and other seasonal ingredients.

Please note that due to a limited seating, we do not take specific table requests. Furthermore, we kindly ask that reservations of over eight people be made via telephone.

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BI
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GETTING BETTER AND BETTER, FOOD, SERVICE, AMBIANCE, VISITED THE BISTRO WEEKLY SINCE THEY RELOCATED, J'AIME !

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S
New Mexico
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food and ambiance but way too noisy. It looks like the ceiling has no sound insulation. Difficult to carry a conversation. You need to determine if is too much for you. There were a few little things with the service that could have been better but it was a solid good.

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RD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Loved this bit of Paris. Would recommend to everyone wanting an excellent experience

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EK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Too noisy to carry on a conversation we were sitting one four person table over from bar...if I went again would request back corner.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went there for their “bouillabaisse” which was spectacular. We also took an octopus as an appetizer which was so tender that I tried to get their secret. The whole experience was fantastic and we’ll definitely go again and bring some friends next time.

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W
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Excellent starter (grilled octopus). The fish special had spent a bit too long under a warmer. My companion's scallops were excellent. Service was somewhat diffident. Nice space.

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HR
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday. Great place to celebrate!!!

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J
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite. Always good. Quieter at lunchtime.

PS; you are going to miss a lot of good short reviews by insisting on 50 characters.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best service I've EVER had in La Jolla! Wow! The owner personally went around and greeted everyone there and you could really tell he actually cares about the experience. The music was cute. Loved the ambiance. Everyone there seemed like friends and come often. And I can see why! The raviolis deserve the attention. I had the guyere Puffs and they were delicious. I loved how beautiful the food looked and I could tell it was authentic. The bartender was very knowledgeable and even the food runners were nice! I definitely will be back to try more. Also....what do they put in the fries? Those things are crack! New favorite spot in La Jolla and definitely the best French restaurant in town. I'd recommend having happy hour with Chris before sitting down at your table.

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AE
Phoenix
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our neighbor in Scottsdale who has family members in La Jolla raves about Bistro du Marche. In fact she brought the menu to our door and said "you must not miss this Bistro. She was right, it is a place not to miss.

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ZW
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mr. Bean comes out to check the tables as did the headwaiter a few seconds before. Two sets of eyes look at each table for a few seconds analyzing the pace of consumption and report back to the chef. This place is a well run business that happens to be a great restaurant.

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

Our first brunch and it will not be our last.

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DI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Memorable meal, the duck confit was superb. Deserts were fantastic! Highly recommended.

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S
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an amazing experience. We celebrated my mom's birthday and all went magnifique!

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Cleveland
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Very disappointing. Came highly recommended and ambiance was fantastic. Waited for our table 30minutes past our reservation. Ordered immediately on sitting but food didn’t come for over an hour. When it showed up the grilled octopus was fairly good. My venison arrived lukewarm, charred, and tasted like chemicals. It was served with Brussels sprouts and carrots that looked like they came from a microwave bag. My date’s scallops were also room temperature. The waiter didn’t come back to check on our meals. Final tab was about $150. In summary, great atmosphere, mediocre service, subpar food, and atrocious value.

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m
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our second visit in two weeks. Wonderful on both occasions. The duck and the mushroom ravioli were memorable and the service is professional and attentive. Very nice wine list.
We visit La Jolla once a year for a month stay and look forward to dining again at Bistro du Marché.

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c
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!

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PD
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We regularly go here for a great dining experience.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I are huge fans of French food. Having been to almost all of the French restaurants here in San Diego this is the best we have had. My wife had the Duck with the lime gastrique and it was incredible. I had the Venison and it too was top of the line! Flavorful and tender. For dessert the creme burlee was the best we have had. Overall great place and we will be coming back!

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IB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had an enjoyable evening - the food choices were great and we all seemed to have found what we really liked. The service was great - they were completely easy about splitting orders and that made it easier for those who just eat small amounts.
The place was full but it only added to the experience - it was nice to see so many people enjoying the food.
The best thing was it is so easy to park in front and just walk in.

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S
Denver
31 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful food. The bread for the table is delicious. Fresh cod with risotto was perfectly done. My husband had the duck breast which he said was perfection. And guests had the mushroom ravioli and halibut. Wine choices are as reasonably priced as most hotels and some interesting French wine choices. Only negative was noise level. It was packed and on a Saturday so a bit difficult to hear conversation.

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O
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Even though it was a Valentine’s Day, the staff and kitchen were able to address my special dietary needs, which was an unexpected and delightful surprise! This is a wonderful restaurant that I will continue to go back to frequently.

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F
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite French restaurants in San Diego. Their mushroom ravioli is mouthwatering. Also amazing warm crusty french bread. Great place for a date. Cute bar area.

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K
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My go to place in LJ. Always treated well as a regular guest

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OT
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Bistro

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OT
Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente servicio

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

Our first visit. With my 19 y.o. son. He said the frites were the best ever and the steak was "better than Marine Room."
The moules were fat, juicy and tasty. The service fantastic with great beverage recommendations. The atmosphere is casual but very nice--patron in coats and t shirts. I can't believe I waited so long to try it.

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

Everything we had was delicious. I highly recommend the grilled octopus appetizer and the scallops!

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S
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The perfect experience, food was amazing, wine superb, service efficient. Thank you for bringing your talent to our table!

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JF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything over the top perfect except unusually loud noise level last two visits. All noticed it. Remember when Tapenade put in acoustic cloud and improved that?

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S
San Diego
117 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We all loved what we ordered. We arrived early enough so that it was easy to visit in the beginning, but as more people came, the noise level increased

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G
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro du Marche is a warm and inviting bistro, with a menu that has unusual item choices, as with their fresh fish and it’s preparation. I love taking someone there for their first visit as I did this week. Their appetizer - pate, is always a first course with wine and drinks. I had the pheasant and my guest the fresh fish, which I had enjoyed T the bar earlier in the week. You won’t be disappointed.

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PW
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was restaurant week so it was busy. Everything was superb except our entrees arrived tepid. Wonderful service and food!

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GL
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Unexpected to say the least. A top-notch french restaurant. It was a full house on the Sunday night. Very friendly staff. Our server was right on point with her recommendations. Could have ordered anything from the menu and it would have been outstanding. A very civilzed estalishment, medium in size. Just plain lovely in every respect. No need to look for French food anywhere else. This is it!

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H
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Food is very salty and not fresh. We ordered duck and veal. All taste terrible.

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DO
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good. The service was great. I thought the tables were too close. I can hear conversations on either side perfectly well as they can ours as well. It made it very intimate to get to know your neighbor’s whether you want to or not.

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l
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good!
The service was a little slow, not sure if our waiter was new or what?
We will try it again.

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

Best French food in San Diego. We especially like the duck confit and the casoulette.

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j
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did 4 Restaurant Week meals. B du M was clearly the best value.

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t
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We have eaten at the Bistro once or twice a year for the past few years This year was pretty bad. The mussels were hard and dry, the salad lacked vinegrete and the house rose served in a reused bottle was priced at $42. We are not going again.

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