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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

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French Market Grille Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

3.8

ambience

4.0

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

79% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (23)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Special Occasion (23)
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Quiet Conversation (20)
Good for a Date (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Business Meals (16)
Worth the Drive (15)
Cozy (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Romantic (10)
Casual (9)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Hot Spot (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Authentic (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
Seasonal (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Quick Bite (1)
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·Dined on January 15, 2018

Excellent, thoughtfully prepared French cuisine. Amiable host provides helpful advice on wine suggestions to compliment the food.

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Organic, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

As usual, the French Market Grill was outstanding in all respects. It truly is a neighborhood gem. It is also a high value restaurant. If you have not tried it, give it a go.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Came for New Year’s Eve dinner but there was nothing special about the menu. Same items as were on regular menu online. Had reservations but were seated 30 minutes later despite empty tables available. Ordered a glass of wine which was delivered in an obviously dirty glass (food on inside of glass). Wine replaced with no apologies. Salad and appetizer were good, but fish and duck were dry and tasteless like they had been pre made. Dessert was good but nothing exceptional. Will not return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We've been going to the French Market Grille ever since it opened some 20 years ago. We were looking forward to a nice New Years Eve dinner but it was really disappointing. My wife ordered the duck confit and it was mostly fat - not much meat. I ordered the rack of lamb - medium rare. What I received was some brown meat smothered in a brown sauce. There was no taste of lamb. I didn't even get a sharp knife for cutting the meat. The waiter delivered the food and never stopped back to ask how it was. The most pleasant part of the experience was sitting outside on the covered patio listening to nice music. We'll have to think hard about whether or not we'll go back.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2017

THIS IS A VERY NICE AND RELAXING PLACE. THE FOOD WAS VERY GOOD. WE BOTH HAD THE TENDERLOIN STEAK. MY HUSBAND WANTED HIS WELL DONE. IN DOING THIS THEY CUT THE MEAT IN HALF I THINK AND IT ENDED UP BEING TOO WELL DONE. HE DIDN'T COMPLAIN. I SAID I WANTED MINE MEDIUM. IT WAS OK BUT THE CENTER WAS STILL RED.Ii DECIDED NOT TOO SEND IT BACK BECAUSE I ATE THE OUTSIDE OF THE STEAK AND BROUGHT THE REST HOME TO EAT LATER. EVERYTHING ELSE WAS GOOD AND WE LIKE THE RESTAURANT AND WILL RETURN BUT NEXT TIME WILL SPEAK UP IF THERE ARE PROBLEMS.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an amazing experience. Everyone treated gave us first class service and the was absolutely exquisite

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

This was Christmas dinner for 3. My wife ordered hot tea at the beginning our waiter brought it at the end of dinner and did not appoliges for forgetting it, it was cold. My wife ordered escargot recived 3 all the other restaurants we have eaten at it was 6,same price. I had turkey and fixens,change of pase, their was no tast all very poor, like fast food. Over all not good, starting with the waiter. Will not return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We had an excellent Christmas Eve dinner with our grown children. The food was great, the prices were reasonable and the service was excellent. Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Went here for Christmas Eve dinner. We ate from out of town and were mostly ignored after being seated. My wife ordered a glass of champagne and was waiting to order a glass of wine with her entree, but the waiter never checked back to see how our food was or whether we wanted anything else. Service was slow and indifferent. Entrees came with mashed potatoes which were watery - the worst I’ve ever experienced in an upscale restaurant. Lamb was undistinguished and basically tasteless. We didn’t stay for dessert because we were never asked if we wanted any. We had to request the check three times and then I had to deliver it to the front desk myself because no one ever pocked it up. Overall a bad experience I wouldn’t recommend.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

I made reservations for my son and me to have Christmas Eve dinner at French Market Cafe. We were seated by a very gracious Patrick, were fortunate to have Catherine as our server and enjoyed a perfectly delicious rack of lamb dinner paired with a beautiful Malbec wine which had been suggested by Catherine. The service was just right allowing us to chat and relax.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Once they turned the music down, we had a lovely Christmas Eve dinner! Sea bass, lamb shanks, beef tenderloin, etc. Very tasty!

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The food is excellent and the menu has options that are satisfying to ALL of my family members. Not an easy task! We enjoy the cozy, yet elegant atmosphere.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food was so delicious. Enjoyed our dinner very much!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I cannot praise Patrick and his FMG enough. Just there for one of their specials: $19.00 for a petite filet and a lobster tail. I was able to cut my filet with my fork! The sauce was divine.
This is French food at it's finest. I encourage you to try this great restaurant.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

I had the liver and onions and it was the best I have ever eaten. Being from the South, liver and onions was a staple growing up so I often get it when it is on a restaurant menu. This version was light, delicious, and served with an excellent light sauce. Thanks, French Market Grill!

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Our family and friends love the atmosphere and cuisine. We’ve been fans of Patrick and his staff for the past two decades. Never have we been even slightly disappointed. Peter and Rose Mueller.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Made reservation but not enforced. Not crowded but foods took long time. Funny thing is waiter came to ask did we get our foods when the table was bare and clean. Plates were wiped on edges but see wiping pattern so not sure of the wiping material. The only quality was plates were very hot. Foods may have been sat in oven and delayed serving. Very disappointed.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Thank you for a nice Thanksgiving dinner. It was great.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

We were here for Thanksgiving, so not an average night. The food was excellent, and everyone left happy. I never like going out for Thanksgiving, because the food never seems as good as home made. This was. The kumquat in the cranberry sauce was amazing.

The service on Thanksgiving was spotty. I doubt that they are used to being this busy, and may have been short staffed. We were there at an odd time.

We will go back and I hope at that point to be able To update the service to be excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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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.

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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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