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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

4.2

service

3.7

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (30)
Neighborhood Gem (28)
Special Occasion (27)
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Good for a Date (26)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Worth the Drive (20)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (19)
Romantic (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Business Meals (17)
Good for Groups (13)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Casual (11)
Authentic (9)
Hot Spot (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Seasonal (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Fun (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Healthy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Service was awful. Food was good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Valentine Day lunch with my husband. We ate on the patio which was nice and cool, food was delicious, would go again.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on February 5, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 28, 2018

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?

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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 .

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Organic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Love this place. A real hidden gem

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great French inspired meal, would highly recommend giving them a try.

Tags: Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great French Food, Ambiance and Service, great place for a get together with friends

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We loved this hideaway with its unmistakable European charm! Food was delicious. My husband is a stickler for hot food, unfortunately it was not . But we still enjoyed it, and will be back. Enjoyed their house wine, beautyful golden color!

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Authentic, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Excellent food, but slow service because every table was filled. Always worth a visit.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

My friend and I had absolutely delicious meals! We both loved every bite!

The service was rather slow, which was unexpected.

But both of us would happily go back.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Just terrible service. We thought they must have had several waitstaff call in sick, but were told that was not the case. Very poor management of everything service wise.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

This is a cute little find, however, the service was horrible. The place was way understaffed. Plates not cleared, waited 40 minutes in between finishing our meal and getting the desert we ordered at the same time we ordered our meal, waited another 15 minutes for our check. I ordered the halibut. It was over cooked and very dry. The entire meal was cold. No one ever checked on us after the meal was brought out. It was restaurant week and they were very busy, so this could have been just a bad night, but I don’t think we’ll return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The short rib was just pot roast I believe. And the lamb chops lacked flavor and seasoning. Service was great. Food was not as good as expected.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

The restaurant has a very homey feel as you walk into the entrance, almost like going to your grandma's house. Because of restaurant week, I thought they would be well staffed. Ordering and food arrival was slow. The lunch sirloin was tender and delicious. Parking was difficult. Very few spaces for all the businesses in the area. I had to circle a couple of times.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Great food....
Scargot was delicious
Will come back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

We live very close to the French Market Grille and had never tried it before. The food was good and it was very cozy. The service was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Nice, quiet dinner with friends. Great meal during restaurant week. Very good price for what we got.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Yosemite)·Dined on January 21, 2018

GREAT food. Authentic French food! Romantic! French ambiance.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on January 20, 2018

The wine list is pretty lack luster. The wines they have are marked up 100%. Most wines on the list are retail $15 to $24. The Escargot was really good and so was the French salad which both were appetizers. Main course of beef tenderloins left something to be desired. This place needs a fresh look, much better wine list at appropriate pricing and concentrate on French culinary cooking with much better and fresh ingredients. We will not be going back as we had high hopes until we dined there.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I have been eating here periodically for many years. The food is consistently good and the prices are reasonable. The menu does not change much and the wine list is quite limited. So, it is a nice place to come back to every so often.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 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 9, 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 December 31, 2017

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 December 31, 2017

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 30, 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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 (San Diego)·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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 (San Francisco)·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 24, 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 24, 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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