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About French Market Grille

French Market Grille is an affordable, neighborhood restaurant where friends and families could gather several times a week for casual dining and good company.We invite you to sample our award-winning cuisine, to linger over a bottle of wine and enjoy our cozy atmosphere. We offer specials every day. Open Seven Days a week for Lunch and Dinner.

15717 Bernardo Heights Pkway
San Diego, CA 92128
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:30pm: Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Pomerado Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 485-8055

Website:
http://www.frenchmarketgrille.com/

Catering:
Invite us to your next dinner party, cocktail reception , or office luncheon. We’ll be there with our award-winning cuisine and a menu custom-designed for the occasion.
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

Parking Details:
Plenty of parking in front of restaurant and arround

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas with family and friends at French market grille We will be offering a la carte gourmet menu from 4pm till 10pm, make your reservation now!
featuring traditional turkey, duck, salmon and much moore!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Celebrate Christmas Day with family and friends at French market grille We will be offering a la carte gourmet menu from 12noon till 8pm, make your reservation now!
featuring traditional turkey, duck, salmon and much moore!

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French Market Grille Ratings and Reviews

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3.9

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

83% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (28)
Special Occasion (26)
Quiet Conversation (24)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Good for a Date (21)
Business Meals (17)
Cozy (16)
Good for Groups (16)
Worth the Drive (16)
Romantic (15)
Good for Birthdays (15)
Hot Spot (12)
Casual (12)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Authentic (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Fun (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The night we went, the veal osso bucco was a nightly special. All three of us had it. It was exceptional. Started with a Caesar salad and a shared order of escargot. Finished with a superb Crème brûlée (and three spoons). It was a delightful evening.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Outstanding as usual!!! The owner Patrick was there to greet us, always a pleasure!

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

The first time I have not enjoyed this restaurant. Waiter seemed to be having a bad day.. brought the wrong wine to start.. brought one (of four) incorrect dinners. Offered bread halfway through the meal. Otherwise, things weren't too bad..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

The French Market Grille has become an institution in our neighborhood over 20+ years...under the same management. It serves classic French cuisine at reasonable prices that are hard to beat. I thoroughly enjoyed classic sweetbreads served with wild mushrooms and a wonderful reduction sauce. For my entree, I had their grilled calf's liver and onions...which were outstanding, served with haricot vert green beans. My wife had escargot for an appetizer and prime top sirloin w/ béarnaise sauce. We topped this off with capucinno split a crepe suzette. It was all excellent.

We hadn't been there for awhile because we travel a lot for business. We have dined here many times over the past 20+ years thought and one thing I can say is that the quality of their food is very consistent.

Tags: Comfort Food, Cozy, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2017

We had dinner here to celebrate our anniversary. It is one of my favorite restaurants. It's a lovely setting, excellent service and excellent food.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great experience as always. Good oysters and fresh seafood

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 (Austin)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great food - steak was grissly though. Service was great. They REALLLY need to warm it up ambience wise - felt like we were in a bus station - no, not the Musee D Orsay. The lighting overall was way too bright. Seating in the bar needs to be redone - could be a lot more French and cozier.
Austin needs a good french restaurant! Please figure it out and stick around!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Late-night Find, Seasonal
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

The service was very poor. The restaurant was busy and the Owner and 1 waiter was the entire staff. Ordered wine and never got it until my husband got up and asked for it again. We waited a good long time for our food and were served our entrees and had yet been served our salads. They took them back and about 15 minutes later they tried the same thing again. They finally got it right but the food was really only so so. We won’t be back. It is a shame but when you are spending $50 a person you expect decent service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Read some bad reviews mainly about the service. Only 2 servers and 1 was the owner. No problem for us. You do what you must to survive. Took a little longer but food was very good and we enjoyed ourselves a lot.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 3, 2017

We always enjoy a quality meal at French Market Grill.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Waiters and servers very rude. Food was covered in orange... too much orange. Ran out of water, no one checked up on us. When they said it’s tome to sit down... they pointed to a spot and kept walking. I was aware what they did, but girlfriend followed them because it was awkward how they did that. I would never go back here, nor would I recommended.
By the way, their choice of beverage was wine or tap water

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

food good, but service slow and inattentive. go if you don't mind waiting.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Service can't be worse. No host. Have to stand waiting for 30 minutes to be seated with reservation. Staffs passed by just like we are not existing. The worst part is even the owner (he is the host) didn't greet you and he is very rude towards the customers.

The foods were the worst French foods I have ever had.

PS, there is a group in front of me just couldn't wait and left. The owner gave a "what's the heck?" gesture when seating us and noticing that group had left.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The prix fixed meal was delicious! The lobster was succulent and the white wine cream sauce devine. Benjamin brought out a special dessert since I couldn't have the alcohol based options. It was sublime! Heavenly chocolate mousse with hard chocolate glaze. The whole meal was absolutely fabulous. This restaurant is a gem!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We asked to be seated on the patio for our 7:30PM reservation and the host didn't want to sit us out side because they were getting ready to shut down the patio and clean it (on a Saturday night when they close at 10PM. We protested twice but we met resistance both times and basically gave up. During our dinner there were still the two parties outside on the patio finishing their meals, so we couldn't have been that far behind them. At the end of the night the patio wasn't being cleaned in any fashion. In fact when we left the staff was up front having a conversation. The food was tasty (very French...i.e. one small red potatoe, one-half a carrot and 11 string beans...I counted) but the host was so rude, it basically caused the entire night to be a bummer.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We try this restaurant about once per year, even though it is the closest restaurant to our house. We have found that there are always issues, sometimes minor, sometimes not. Tonight was no exception.

The server/busboy who has worked there forever, does not have a clue as to what good service is. He barely looks at you. He only takes away dirty plates or refills water glasses when you say something to him. And, he couldn't be bothered.

Of course, this attitude emanates down from the top. The owner barely tolerates his guests. If you don't want to be nice to customers, then you should be in a different business. There was broken glass on the floor next to our table and nobody took care of it, even though we brought it to their attention.

This is really a pity, as the food is excellent. We had the French onion soup and then liver & onions for my main course; my wife had salmon. Both were cooked perfectly and were delicious.

The desserts were equally as yummy. However, without an improvement in service, I doubt we will be back before another year. Too bad.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Nice food and setting. Good ingredients. San Diego Restaurant week.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Sad to say this restuarant needs to be updated and the food was just very average. Don't think I will return.

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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 25, 2017

If you are in the area of San Bernardo, this restaurant is a must try. I highly recommend it. The food is super delicious and with great service. I'm sure I'll go back again. 😊

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Went here for San Diego Restaurant Week. Good selection for dinner. Lamb and filet sauce was amazing. Crepe Suzette and flambé banana cheesecake were amazing!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Our food was very good but service was extremely slow and automated. We were not in a hurry, so no problem for us. There seemed to be only one server. Such a lovely restaurant but
each time I have dined there, service seems to be a problem.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A little eclectic, but the French flair was charming. Great place for a quiet meal. Staff are extremely friendly and food was very good. Will definitely be back to visit.

Tags: Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Overall good experience. We sat outside and were the only ones, so were forgotten on occasion I think. This is a great 'hidden' spot that I'd recommend for anyone on a special occasion that doesn't want to leave the Poway/RB area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 4, 2017

French Market Grille is located nearby and we like their varied menu options and fresh fish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Cozy
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

For being a French restaurant, this was nothing special considering the prices. The sauce on the sea bass was broken and oily. Decor is dated. There was one waiter for the whole restaurant. Only 3 tables occupied on Friday night at 6:30. (should have been a clue).
Wine and salad appetizer were the only highlights. For $140 meal for two and the quality of the food, won't be going back. Not sure how they are staying open all these years.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The French Market Grille is one of the best. We have been to other French restaurants, but none compare to this one. The atmosphere was quiet; the service was outstanding, and the food was fantastic.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Casual, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 20, 2017

My wife and I have dined at the French Market Grill many times over the years. And I am sorry to say that this was the very first time I have been a bit disappointed. Though the service was very good, the steak that I ordered was very tough. At the same time my wife was very pleased with her meal and we will be returning in the future.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

We have had many good dinners there and enjoyable evening there

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

We really enjoy eating at this restaurant. The atmosphere is very nice. They have a nice inside and a very nice patio.. The food is very good. I had sea bass with mediteranean sauce and my husband had shrimp scampi with pasta. We both thought our dinner was great. The service was good as well.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Lovely environment and consistent in quality food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (West Sussex)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Not very busy on a Sunday evening, excellent service, great food, good wine, all at a reasonable price. Pleasant to have a good traditional French meal for a change instead of the ubiquitous "fusion" food that all the currently fashionable restaurants are serving.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Food overall is very good. The caesar salad was awful. Short ribs and lamb - delicious! Service is a little slow. Not many people in the restaurant.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

The service was terrible, the ambience was dated and the food was mediocre. The manager or owner bossed around his employees in front of patrons and was only slightly friendly to select tables. It was not hip nor cool in any way. Bad choice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Lovely dinner out with friends. So enjoyable as the environment was conducive to conversation and being able to hear one another. Food was prepared and served elegantly. Great service as well.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The restaurant needs an overhaul in their decor. Rugs are soiled and furniture is shabby.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Houston)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Recommended by family. We went there for the special of $19.95. When the bill came it was not the special, But $29.95. No excuse for this as the owner was the greeter & our waiter. Place got busy and never came back to refill or see if we needed anything. He needs to hire waitstaff.
Will not return. ☹️

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great find for us. We really enjoyed our dinner and evening.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 11, 2017

We really like the ambiance in this restaurant.The food is very good. Both my husband and I had the sea bass with a mediteranian sauce. I've had it many times but this was my husbands first and he really did enjoy it. Our friend had the duck He thought it was very good. We always enjoy this restaurant. we like their fire place in the winter. The patio is very nice too.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Great food in the French tradition Pleasant setting with a very attentive wait staff. A great moderately priced wine list.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Balanced menu, good portions, all plated with finesse.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch
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