Bistro du Marché by Tapenade

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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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What 671 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Tasty but small dinner plates, great desert, expensive.

MW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and service.

2
San Diego
194 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We started with the Lobster Bisque and the Endive Salad and both were delicious. Our entrees were the Lobster Special which was wonderful - Maine lobster on a bed of perfectly cooked white corn in a nicely flavored light foam, and another special for the night - a beautiful piece of Cod with a tasty sauce. A very nice evening!

t
Washington DC
134 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting family and friends for Sunday brunch, our group of five had not previously been here and found the menu, service, and setting great. We especially appreciated the noise level where we could listen to one another without shouting.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Excellent food

SW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro du Marche is our favorite restaurant in La Jolla. It never disappoints. Hadrian and the entire staff are a joy and provide an atmosphere of grace and welcome. And the food is, in a word, superb.

K
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wet nice Valentine’s Day menu offering. Great service and excellent quiet evening.

AL
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. The food is delicious and the ambiance delightful. I highly recommend this restaurant

r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was quite good but service was bad. Had to ask for more bread several times. Haricot Vert, always available before, could not be ordered as a side dish...never had this happen before... Bill was quite expensive for what we had. An exception was the wine (a Paso Robles Cabernet) which was well priced and good...

AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Beautifully prepared meal with wonderful flavor. Very pleasant wait staff. When the restaurant is full, the noise level is high; it would benefit from fewer hard surfaces. However, the food and the decor more than make up for the loudness. The best steak-frites this side of France.

TF
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

We love the food at Bistro du Marche and have always had good service until this last visit. I hope this was just an off day and that it doesn't continue to be the norm. We wanted to order dessert but it took the waitress ten minutes just to bring us the menu. There were plenty of servers and it wasn't particularly busy so I'm not sure what took so long. We were so annoyed we ended up just laying the bill and going somewhere else for dessert.

LL
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST STEAK AU POIVRE IN SAN DIEGO, WILL BE BACK, THANK YOU

EE
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I liked our waitress, nothing bad, would go get the snails again

B
Philadelphia
775 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our Saturday evening meal at busy Bistro Marché in La Jolla. From the classic pate appetizer to the petite Basque cheese, everything was nicely presented and delicious. This restaurant never misses a beat.

JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The sauce used on two roasted meat dishes we had was not savory. Did it lack salt, pepper, or what? Just flavorless.

KW
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Each of the four of us ordered something different, but we all claimed that it was the best version we’d ever had. We loved it and will return often.

E
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat - best in town. The scallops, risotto were excellent.
:You can be assured to have a lovely meal.

Edie Smith

LW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New adventure, great night! A fun night out! Staff did well with the extra people who showed up for restaurant week...

PV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food and incredible service! Absolutely my most favorite restaurant in town.

KB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food with large portions. Very busy night during restaurant week led to inconsistent service. I hate having a course served before the previous course is finished. Wine glasses were empty several times.

OT
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Slow service!

RK
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The food was ok. I had ordered the duck cassoulet, it was very salty and overcooked. The desserts were delicious!

AD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the staff was very friendly. I highly recommend this place for anyone wanting to try authentic French food.

MS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our adult kids and their significant others to Bistro du Marche for a celebration dinner after coming to this place with friends a few months back and enjoying our experience. This time was even better with the best waiter ever. I brought three bottles of older French wine with us and it was opened and served perfectly with our meal. The food was outstanding on all levels and spaced perfectly throughout the multiple courses. We spent three hours lost in the moment. The place was full most of the time, yet we felt intimate in our setting. I like the bistro setting and will come back soon.

MK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Tres Bien!

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 18, 2020

C'est toujours avec beaucoup de plaisir. Merci a vous!

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K
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant. We will be back very soon. Food and service excellent. Dinner menu was awesome. So many choices. Ambiance is warm and inviting.

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you Kathleen for your star rating and comment. We are delighted to hear that you have enjoyed your evening with us. Please keep in mind that we have Happy Hours seven nights 5 to 6.30 pm at the Bar only.We hope to see you soon. Best wishes for 2020!

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JG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent food, very french. very quiet, great place to relax, enjoy your food in La Jolla.

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you JGAM; Just in few words you described very well who we are and what guests can get visiting us! Best wishes fpr 2020!

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SP
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go often and enjoy always. First class restaurant, haute cuisine food and friendly efficient service.

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

So many "Mercis" Susan. I feel that by now you are fluent in French... Meilleurs voeux pour 2020!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE dinner. Waiter Julian was great. Prix Fixe menu was nice. Chose the pheasant (phenomenal) and venison (very good) Desserts were fine but not spectacular. Older affluent (La Jolla) crowd. We had a very nice night.

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Thank you for dining with us for New Year's Eve. Chefs Diot, Delahaye and their team are wonderful. They enjoy crafting menus and making savors blast. Best wishes for 2020!

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BJ
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fine bistrot dining in La Jolla Village: Hard to beat for a splendid evening out!

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Hello Barry: Merci for your warm comment and rating... The Bistrot spelling is the right French spelling.. Awesome! Best wishes for 2020!

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AK
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our New Year's Eve dining experience was terrific. Each of us had been to Bistro before, so we are familiar with the restaurant. We arrived early for a pre-dinner cocktail at the bar, and before we sat down, the bartender asked, "How about a glass of champagne ?" Yes ! What a wonderful way to greet guests; it was if we were in someone's home. Service throughout the evening was friendly, attentive and prompt. The next course was never brought until all guests had finished the previous one. This attention to detail is very professional and appreciated. The food was excellent (as always), and the pacing of our dinner was perfect. We had such a nice time we made a reservation for next New Year's Eve. Merci to everyone who made the occasion so memorable.

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Dearest Alice; Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your New Year's Eve experience with us with the kindest words and the warmest thoughts. We wish you and your guests the best for 2020!

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LA
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy that we went here for our son's 25 birthday celebration. The food was amazing. Better than the food we had in Paris!

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Hello; Thank you for your star rating, your gratitude and appreciation. With wonderful Californian/US products and passion we can definitely showcase great French food. Best wishes for 2020!

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OT
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Traditional French food executed perfectly. We loved it!

Bistro du Marché by Tapenade
Responded on January 11, 2020

Bonjour and Thank you for your rating and comment. Recognizing Traditional French food means to us that you are appreciative and discerning you must have good culinary skills . May be you have traveled to France.. Any ways mille fois mercis! Best wishes for 2020!

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CC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Absolutely wonderful. We each chose different entrees, appetizers and dessert- all incredible. Wine list superb

CE
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in San Diego

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SC
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took brother & sister-in-law from LA for their birthdays & they loved it, felt very special to them.

N
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Service wasn't great; my halibut was dry and tasteless.

JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would like to come back on Thursday, January 2 at noon but there’s no table available.

CK
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Came for the duck cassoulet, which was excellent. Finished with a lemon tart with a brulee topping, also exceptional. Overall, a relaxing and refreshing meal.