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French Market Grille

3.9
3.9
960 Reviews
$30 and under
French

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.

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3.9
3.9 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.7Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. LR

    LindaR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was exceptional. The ambiance is charming. The service was very good but as more people arrived to eat, the lone waiter had some difficulty keeping up with the demand.

  2. MT

    MichaelT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous talented chef. One man, prepared seven different main courses, and they all arrived together. Each was perfectly prepared! We then ordered four of the decedent desserts, which were again masterfully prepared. A definate place to go!

  3. CM

    CynthiaMarie

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I had a dinner date here and thought that the atmosphere was romantic and quaint. Although, our food was "good" at best, especially for the prices. If your normal portion sizes are on the larger side, expect to have a less-than-filling meal as they are rather small dishes, especially for a dinner entree. The service was friendly and prompt and dinner here was overall a decent experience.

  4. MS

    MaryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Had dinner with friends and family for my birthday. The food was excellent. The special desserts, chocolate and Grand Marnier soufflés, were spectacular.

  5. RS

    RicoSuave

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    When you go to FMG, think of it as going to a Parisian restaurant in the late 90's. Service may be rough - especially if you only speak English (wink!). Start out with a nice 'Bonjour' and you'll already be in for better service. Food is strong - classic French choices, lightly flavored (no overpowering sauces) and fair pricing. Soufflé is exceptional - order it when you sit so it is ready by dessert. This dessert is like abalone - exceptional, but few take the time or know how to prepare it. Yes, FMG décor is a bit dated - oh well - look at your plate instead. I might recommend dining on the patio if you want to feel less stuffy. It's French in flavor and attitude. Come strong and don't let yourself get easily offended...even laugh that you are experiencing classic real Parisianne experience....then enjoy a wonderful meal. Bon Appetite!

  6. G

    Gaby

    San Antonio

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Miguel Ángel was amazing! He made us feel that we were having dinner at his home!! Food was delicious and he was a great host!

  7. JL

    JesseL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a wonderful romantic restaurant! The food was amazing!

  8. DH

    DaveH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food excellent, service impeccable, ambience tranquil.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    I had a great meal and wonderful service. The waiter was super nice and made sure we were well taken care of. The only thing I will say is that restaurant could use an update in decor, meaning it was a beautiful place but you could tell the furniture was old. Also it felt a bit stuffy so I would suggest opening the doors more or maybe an AC. Apart from that everything was lovely and wonderful. I will be returning!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Worst experience ever. I see why it was all empty when we were there. I went there for my girlfriend's birthday. But it was my worst experience. French onion soup and sweetbread came out early. But the soup was lukewarm that cheese did not even melt, stayed in a chunk.. Sweetbread was okay. And then, we waited literally 30 mins to get seabass and lamb. The seabass was super greasy and sause was just blend.. couldnt taste anything but just greasiness.. lamb had a strong mutton smell.. and tasted no good. Those are definitely NOT worth the price.. Ruined our celebration...

  11. TH

    TamiH

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2019

    overall2food4service1ambience3

    I took my family here for Mother's day, and they had 1 server (the owner, I believe), one runner, and 2 people cooking. How do you staff like that on Mother's day with a packed restaurant. At our table of 6, each single drink was brought out separately, and not until we had been there for 45 minutes. The food was decent, but absolutely not worth the gong show the rest of the experience was!

  12. s

    solanaemon

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really nice genuine French restaurant with professional service and reasonable price.

  13. WH

    WayneH

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2019

    overall4food5service2ambience5

    The food, as always, was delicious. The challenge is to be able to put up with Patrick's surliness. He just doesn't seem like he wants to be doing what he is doing or wants to be there. It's a shame.

  14. MB

    MelanieBMonroe

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    I had a lovely dinner with my daughter. She had sea bass and I had chicken piccata. Both were excellent. The desserts were wonderful too. She had chocolate profiteroles with ice cream and I had chocolate mousse. The server was attentive without being toooo attentive and recommended a delightful glass of champagne to start dinner. We had a wonderful dinner date!

  15. CB

    ChristopherB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    Charming bistro in Poway/Rancho Bernardo. Reminds one of Provence country bistro. Lovely Garden patio. Service on Easter was a bit slow and abrupt. However, service is usually very good at other times that are less busy.

  16. SR

    SheldonR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were excellent, we really enjoyed ourselves.

  17. T

    Toms

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome find. We’ve been going here for 20 years. Patrick is a wonderful host.

  18. RC

    RudyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The sevice was great very friendly, the was food is very delicious I will be going back

  19. MF

    MarkF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love this place for business dinners. The atmosphere is warm and inviting and quiet so we can have conversations with table mates without shouting. The food is divine and the service is very European - time to eat and visit between courses. Wonderful!

  20. CG

    CatherineG

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience2

    Hardly any French food offered, was disappointed with selection. Escargot bourguinionne were tepid, not much flavor. Thou the veal osobucco special was tasty(but not French). We spent $150 for 2 + tip, disappointed for the cost.

  21. GJ

    GeorgeJ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    The answer is "Yes" if they have a lot of money and a lot of time. We had a 6:30 PM reservation. Got seated at 7. Got out at 8:30. The place is obviously understaffed for events such as Valentine's day; We experienced the same during San Diego Restaurant Week a few weeks earlier. After the first wave of customers left, many tables were left un-bussed (again because of inadequate staffing!) The menu had far fewer items than the one displayed on their web site, which was disappointing. [2 desserts instead of 4!] Truth in advertising?! The Short Ribs were excellent!

  22. K

    Kini

    San Diego

    46 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall2food4service2ambience3

    I'd recommend it, but not on a holiday! They really dropped the ball on Valentine's Day. Sub-par, all around.

  23. A

    Alexis53

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a great place for eating good food and enjoying the company of friends or family. Great french decor, intimate seating and friendly service for lunch or dinner situations. Fantastic wine list and good but not overwhelming lunch menu which can be adapted to your personal taste. 5 stars from me.

  24. MF

    MarkF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely quiet restaurant with great food and service. We were there for a business meeting, which was perfect except for the table next to us having a loud party all by themselves. Not the restaurant's fault, we would absolutely use them again for this purpose! Also great for romantic dinners for two!

  25. R

    Richard

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    It's a bit of a drive but offers probably the best French food in the San Diego area.

  26. r

    rntrv

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Appalling service. Owner/host is incredibly rude and incompetent. Reservations are meaningless and seating order is disorganized. Dining room is tight and relies on outdated "charm". Patio is sad and awkward. Food is small portions, stale and boring, presented badly. Terrible representation of French Cuisine. Patrons go for convenience and clearly don't know any better. 1980s stereotype. Never again!

  27. S

    Stuart

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    I agree with other reviews I read after patronizing this restaurant regarding the service. Wish I had read the reviews first. While the food was very good, the service was so terrible that we would never return. Once we were seating it was 10-15 min before anyone approached us. We asked for bread several times before getting some, and finally got 4 small slices of a baguette. When we asked for more, the server was quite nasty about getting more. The waiter refused to help my husband decide between two entrees, saying if he did not like the choice, the waiter did not want to be responsible. We were not approached by the waiter during the meal to make sure we were OK, and our water glasses were never refilled. Once we finished and had our check, no one came back to the table; so we had to take the check to the front of the restaurant and ask to pay. We were not the only ones to do this, as there were 3 other couples who opted to do that same. It was a Saturday night during restaurant week, and there were only 3 people working the front of the house. Our meals were served by someone from the kitchen. They were clearly overwhelmed by the amount of customers and did not plan their staff sufficiently. If restaurant week is a way of showing off your restaurant and bringing in new patrons who will be repeat customers, this restaurant failed miserably.

  28. S

    Steve

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3

    Being in the service industry for decades I have a lot of patience with restaurants being busy especially during restaurant week. With that, I have NEVER gotten worse service at a restaurant. It was not even busy. Our server, who I assume is the owner was rude from the start. The entrees came out before we were finished with the apps, plates never cleared from the table, never checked back on when any food arrived, never offered another glass of wine..and was rude again when he brought the check and asked why my date hadn't eaten her dessert, which was terrible. Suprised they paticipated in Restaurant week as I believe it's a way to boost business when this place seems to not want that at all!!

  29. J

    Juju

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2019

    overall2food3service1ambience3

    Although we had reservations, we waited 20 min to be seated. The service was horrible and the server was rude. She rushed my mom to make a decision on her dessert stating she "needed to put the order in now because they were very busy." Note that their dessert was pre-made for restaurant week and not made to order. They did not check on us; they just merely asked if everything was ok then cleared our table. There were only 2 servers, one busboy, and the owner helped serve and bus the tables. The presentation of the food was bad and looked sloppy. The food was ok. I would not recommend this restaurant.

  30. JT

    JeanetteT

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Extremely poor customer service. Totally ignored my concern if they would be able to seat me. I had reservation and arrived 30 minutes early. Others were still waiting 30 plus minutes beyond their reservations. Had the Owner/Manager bothered to answer my question I would not have wasted 45 minutes waiting to be sat outside on patio with fumes from heaters and still too cold to be sat outside. I walked out and the rude man got in my face when I voiced my displeasure. Totally not how anyone especially a 60 year old woman should have been treated.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2019

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Delicious food, incredibly slow wait staff.

  32. MJ

    MercyJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2019

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    We had not been there in years, but chose it to entertain our out of town guests. It was a perfect setting and the food was delicious. We were never hurried.

  33. E

    Ellen

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely place, charming owner, food just delicious!

  34. JT

    JeffT

    San Diego

    133 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    133 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2019

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Nice mix of offerings for SD restaurant week. I ended up getting the Escargot and they were very good. Also freshly warmed/Baggett was very good. The Duck leg was flavorful, and came with good amount of veggies. Cheesecake with blueberry compote and strawberry sliced on top was great and very fluffy vs. dense. Wine was good. Server was very energetic and friendly. Been here 3x all for SD RW, and worth it

  35. A

    Andy

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall3food5service3ambience4

    My husband and I have eaten here a few times, driving a fair distance from our home, because the food is delicious. To introduce our friends to French Market Grille, we came with two other couples for San Diego restaurant week dinner. Several of the dishes on the menu were simply not available by the time we arrived. We were annoyed that the online menu was different from the menu placed in front of us. Not only were a couple of dishes different, but the additional prices quoted for 'upgraded' menu items were more on the menu provided to us than the prices listed online. That is simply deceiving the customer and leaves a bad taste. We and our friends agreed that if an entree on the menu does not fall within the restaurant's 'prix fixe' menu price, don't include the dish on the menu. Adding $8 - $10 extra for a couple of menu items defeats the notion of a fixed price meal. Or, have two fixed price menus, one being higher for the fancier options. However, the food was delicious.

  36. GJ

    GeorgeJ

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We went for San Diego Restaurant Week. The three-course fixed price dinner had great choices of Starter, Entrée and Dessert! I loved the Escargots Bourguignon starter -- It had some wonderful green spices that went great with to ample serving of bread. Reasonable choices of wine by the glass. (Lots of it from Sonoma County that we just moved to San Diego from.) Price of the wines was not oppressive, but made up for the fact that the 3-course dinner cost only $30. [plus tax & tip, etc.] It was a worthwhile experience!

  37. BG

    BirthdayGirl

    Las Vegas

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful and perfectly prepared dishes, impeccable service in a cozy setting. We had a wonderful evening.

  38. P

    Patty

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Absolutely delicious food. The best calamari and escargot my husband and I ever tasted. Very relaxing, quiet and quaint. Nice to actually be able to have all of this and be able to talk and hear the other persons at your table as well. Will definitely go back!

  39. EG

    EllenG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2019

    overall2food3service2ambience2

    Upon arriving at our reservation time we waited at least five minutes for someone to greet us (there was absolutely no other people in the restaurant when we arrived..other than the chef)! The chef finally greeted us and told us that the server was running at least 10 minutes late! The chef took our order as no server had arrived! I ordered the Cobb Salad and by friend ordered a salmon salad, as she loved the description on the menu. The owner showed up ( I guess he was the server) and told me that they did not have bacon or avocado for my Cobb Salad. I changed my order. Our salads arrived and my friends salad did not have the candied walnuts or apples..both ingredients that were in the salad description. Though the salads did taste good, the overall lunch experience was terrible as the owner sat on a chair talking on his SPEAKER phone quite loudly the whole time that we were eating. I will not be back as the cost was about $40 for two salads and we had to listen to the owners phone conversation the entire time! They never came over to fill our water glasses or check on us. Please note that there was only ONE other table with two guests so the restaurant was not busy for the service to be so bad! There are so many other wonderful options in the area that we will not be back to the French Market Grill!

  40. P

    Paul

    San Diego

    68 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    We eat here several times a year and have done so for more than a decade. The food is consistently good and very reasonably priced. The menu does not change a lot, but there are usually regular specials. The wine list is a little limited. Parking is easy.

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