French Market Grille
Complete Catering Services available from 10 people to groups of 200. For more information regarding French Market Grille Catering, call Patrick at 858-485-8055
Rancho Bernardo hidden gem. Definitely get on their e-mail for one or two day specials.
We had an excellent dinner on a quiet weeknight; the setting was romantic, with the softly lit patio and open doors into the dining room. Patrick, the owner, was our host and server, and offered excellent suggestions for wine to pair with our dinners. We had the rack of lamb and braised short ribs; both excellent. The crusty bread and the desserts were also excellent. It was the first time we had eaten there in 10 years, and we are very glad to see that they are still open and doing well. Won't wait another 10 years before we dine there again.
I gave this restaurant only two stars because the service was so bad it was almost comical! This happened to us last time we went there, but we thought maybe that was an isolated incident.
One table of six in the restaurant (they were seated when we arrived) actually got up en masse and started to leave because they were tired of waiting so long!
All that being said, the "Chicken Bercy" was delicious!
If we go back, we'll plan on really poor service, then we won't be disappointed!
We came in as a family for lunch and the food was excellent. The decor could use some updating, but a great overall dining experience.
Very authentic and intimate . Excellent food and services by the owner.
Great food and good service....only problem was the small (and very annoying) fruit flies or gnats or whatever that were buzzing about the entire evening. Mentioned it to the owner and were told that they always seem to come in during this time of year, possibly due to heat. Seems as though this issue could be resolved as it appears to be an annual happening. Other than that, great evening with friends, good food and wine. Will return
Wow! Amazing food! It is like being in a small village tucked away cafe in Provence. Everytime simply délicieux! Do not go if you are in a rush, and why would you hurry out of this quaint old world French gem, with Patrick as your maitre d', server and haute cuisine expert? Rack of lamb last time, steak and lobster this time. Be sure to ask for the warm French bread to soak up all the sauces! Cannot wait to go back....cap the meal off with one of the desserts....apple tarte tatin....banana Fosters cheesecake.....do I have to share? Yummy!
I have dined at the French Market a number of times, and the food, the service, and the ambience have always ben superb.
Always love the French Market Grill. Braised short ribs were great and the
Duck Cassoulet was every bit as good as when I had it in France last month.
Highly recommend! !
A friend took us to dinner at the French Market Grille on a balmy Friday evening. We decided to sit outdoors and were seated at table in a quiet corner of a well landscaped covered dining area. All three courses (salad, main, dessert) were simply superb--especially the grilled beef tenderloin in Cabernet sauce that was incredibly tender and grilled to perfection. No doubt about it, Mrs. Lovebird and I will be back to this neighborhood gem.
Wholesome dinner, the plates were generous, and the price very reasonable.
A quiet comfortable setting made for an enjoyable evening.
A nice Wine selection too.
Always excellent, I visit every time I am in town. Tried the halibut this time, yummy.
We both had the Sea Bass and it was Amazing!! The service was excellent. I would definitely come back again.
Always enjoy the great food at the French Market Grille.
I've shared the brilliant experience of French Market Grille with friends & family for 25 years (approximately). The staff makes you feel like a VIP. I crave the food--my fave is calf's liver. Love the patio & fireplace--romantic yet like home.
We really enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. It is tastefully decorated, quiet conversation, comfortable and has an excellent menu. We will definitely go again.
Our second time here. First time was Valentine’s Day and the food was great but, as you could expect, the place was super busy. The staff did their best and so it warranted another visit. This time we had the sea bass, short ribs, and the lemon meringue tart. The food, the wine, the dessert was all great. Will return.
We dine at the French Market Grill 3 or 4 times a year and have for many years now. It is solid as a predictable, comfortable and high value restaurant. The wine list is not extensive and we often bring our own bottle for that reason. We often take guests there and have found that they always find something to their liking. It is what we would characterize as a neighborhood gem. So many restaurant reviews seem aimed at finding something wrong rather than whether the restaurant provided, overall, a pleasant experience. This one provides just that.
One of my favorite French restaurants! My date had the lamb chop and I had the short ribs and they were both delicious. Very romantic and quiet, so easy to care on a conversation at the table.
Lovely evening, good wine pour, nice interaction with staff.
Very pleasant authentic interior in a strip mall - unexpected. Great service and food. Extensive wine list.
Valentines Day. The place was very busy. It seemed to be understaff, but the small staff was working extremely hard to meet the demand, so service was a bit slow. The food however was excellent. We had the appetizer with shrimp and mushroom and the sea bass as an entre. We had a great time. Did not order coffee because the staff was slammed and we did not want to wait.need to go back on a regular night.
Service was awful. Food was good.
A valentines three course menu had been prepared with a nice variety to choose from. Seating was expedited which was nice. The ambiance was also nice. As the venue began filling up, the service quickly diminished. The food was very good once it arrived. After the main course, the wait was extremely long for the final course. Overall the experience would have been better if the service had not diminished.
Valentine Day lunch with my husband. We ate on the patio which was nice and cool, food was delicious, would go again.
Worst experience ever.
The owner was serving and our dinner was completed around 7:00 pm.
We asked him what's closing time, and he responded "it will be closed as soon as you leave."
It is only 7:00 pm, and we asked him again about the official business hours.
But surprisingly he insulted us like "you are going to stay till midnight after eating $50 meal.
We were shocked by his comments, actually it was a contempt!
We meant allowing only few more min maximum 10 - 20 min to have a chat, and it was still very early hours for dinner.
He yelled at us, and showed us the highest rudeness as he can.
We had to leave the place with upset stomach.
Our special occasion had ruined completely.
It was Very SAD and bitter experience I had ever.
We were enticed to go there by their restaurant week menu. I had a delicious vegetable bisque, braised short ribs and a bowl of the best ice cream I have ever had. My short ribs were fall apart tender and very flavorful. The vegetables on the side were perfectly done. Ice cream was not one of the deserts on the restaurant week menu but because of an allergy, neither of the desserts on the menu were suitable for me. They happily substituted the ice cream. My husband's meal was equally delightful to him. We shared a bottle of Piper-Sonoma, our go to compromise wine because 'bubbly goes with everything." The only thing we didn't like was that we felt a little exposed, as there was only one other table occupied in the whole restaurant at 7:30 on a Thursday evening. We'd like to see this place a little fuller.
We dined here with friends during recent Restaurant Week. We had not been there before and we were not disappointed. The food and ambience were wonderful. Plating was beautiful. There was a large very loud group next to us that made conversation difficult. Our only other complaint was the rudeness of the bus boy/man. All the empty wine glasses were left on the table until we left...annoying.
The food was marginal. The main course was ice cold when it arrived. Service was the worst we’ve ever had. When dessert was served, dirty dishes from the main course remained on the table and remained there until we left the restaurant.
I went on the last Sunday of restaurant week at 6:30 by myself looking for a place with good French food. Pretty empty when I got there but it filled up quickly. Owner took my order and helped me decide what to order (special menu with limited but very good selections only). First course came quickly, entree was more of a wait but not totally out of line. I was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine nor was my water refilled. The check was laid on the table (no folio) before I got desert. Seemed surprised I had not had it yet. A couple at the next tale that came in when I did was also still waiting for desert but was not given check yet. I asked for hot tea to have with my desert but never got it. Desert was good as the rest of the food was. I don't know if the service issue was because it was Restaurant Week although I would think they would plan for that especially at the end of the week. I like to think it was not due to me being a female by myself but the couple next to me were checked on several times while I was only once. I was very disappointed.
Very slow service...they seemed to be out of clean dishes, we had to share bread plates and we had to ask for silverware at each course...had to ask for bread, ask for water multiple times...ordered a bottle of wine and was just poured all around without tasting, waiter stated “oh no one returns this one!”
Entree was lukewarm and one of our tables prime sirloin well done when med rare was ordered.we were there for rest week meal...possibly restaurant couldnt handle extra business! Too bad because it is good advertising for restaurant not just money maker for them.
I made 4 p.m. reservations, admittedly an odd hour. I had, however, checked Yelp and the restaurant website. Both listed the hours as 11 to 9. I made a reservation through OpenTable. The reservation was processed, a confirmation email, with confirmation number, arrived and all was right with the world, I thought.
Little did I know. We arrived at 4:03, admittedly three minutes late. The door to the restaurant was open, a sign in the window listed the hours as 11 to 9. No staff to be found. When we finally rousted someone he said the server was on break, elsewhere, and the owner wasn't there. No food, no explanation, no apology. The restaurant had my email and mobile number, yet no notification that they had no intention of honoring my reservation.
Why would OpenTable do business with this restaurant? Whatever fee you collect couldn't possibly offset the animus they have caused toward your service.
This isn't an one-off. I found at least one recent Yelp review (too late) that related an almost identical experience.
What, exactly, is the value of a reservation made through OpenTable?
I came here with my boyfriend for restaurant week. The food was amazing and service was great! Has a very cute atmosphere. I will definitely be coming back.
We went during restaurant week. The food is generally very good. A long time issue is the attitude of the wait staff. There is an arrogance reminiscent of 1970's dining in Paris. I don't understand how it happens as the owner, Patrick, is very gracious. If the food was not good, I'd go less often as the staff attitude detracts from the experience .
The food is great and the prices were good. It was restaurant week and they had a menu with three courses for $30. They seemed very short staffed. We had to wait for about 30 minutes for them to clear our plates and bring the next course. The restaurant was also crowded, as in too many tables in too small a space. The waiters kept bumping us as they walked through. Although the food was good, I don’t think I will go back.
Went for restaurant week. The food was delicious, but the entree was portion were on the small size. The service was good, but on the slow side. They were extremely busy with restaurant week.
Would recommend this restaurant.
Love this place. A real hidden gem
Great French inspired meal, would highly recommend giving them a try.
Great French Food, Ambiance and Service, great place for a get together with friends