Parc Bistro-Brasserie

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$30 and under
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French
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We are a family owned and operated French Restaurant in the heart of Bankers Hill. Our mission is to create remarkable and exemplary experiences for all of our guests. We aim to consistently provide our guests with impeccable service by demonstrating warmth, graciousness, efficiency, knowledge, professionalism and integrity into our work. We strive to be a hub for everyday diners and to become a fixture in our community. We focus on simple, fresh ingredients and items that are made from scratch daily and take pride in our commitment to excellence.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for an UNFORGETTABLE 3 Course Prix Fixe Thanksgiving Feast for $49.95. Come celebrate with us and enjoy your time with your loved ones while we cater to your every need. Visit us at parcbb.com to view menu. We are Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Friendly

Thursday, November 28, 2019

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p
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dishes we ordered were very good to excellent. The excellent dishes included the mussels, the bison meatballs and the brussel sprouts.

FM
Houston
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Parc Bistro while visiting in San Diego. What a joy! We originally requested indoor seating to be closer to the live music, but it was a bit loud so we opted to sit outside. The outdoor area is open to the indoor area, so it was the perfect place to enjoy the music. The performer, Don LeMaster, is fabulous. It was another great treat when his fiancee got up and graced us with a lovely opera solo.
As for food, we dined on a variety of small plates and wine. Everything was incredibly delicious. I can highly recommend the Lobster Arancini, Baby Roasted Beet Salad, Boulettes De Bison (bison meatballs), and the Dungeness Lump Crab Cake. Our server, Nicholas, was wonderful - very knowledgeable and perfectly attentive but never overbearing. I would definitely ask for him again.
Parc Bistro is a neighborhood gem. There were many regulars there; lots of greetings between tables. Several couples were dancing to the great tunes. I think the live music is on Saturdays, but would recommend calling the restaurant to be sure.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fun place to have food prior to the event later on in the night.

DY
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

My lunch was ruined because of the 3 dogs and a cat permitted in the restaurant. A CAT!! Fur flying everywhere. These were not service animals. The pet owners appeared to be regulars and that somehow made it OK for them to violate health codes. Service slow. Food good, but I won't return. Also charged double the advertised price for restaurant week.

B
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our second visit, once for lunch and now for dinner. It was restaurant week, so it was a fixed menu. The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. Can't wait to come back.

DG
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service Nd quality foof

JP
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for Restaurant Week, opening night! We were all pleased with our meals. I loved the escargot appetizer. Others enjoyed the beet salad and ahi. All enjoyed it. The salmon was very tasty as was the filet which several of us had. Dessert of lemon tart was perfect, tart and sweet at the same time. I am glad to have gone for the restaurant week and will DEFINITELY come back.

S
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Food mediocre fish tasted “fishy” - not fresh
Service very slow, took almost 1hr to get food
Definitely would NOT RETURN OR RECOMMEND

w
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

This was my 3rd visit, and the only one to disappoint, based on the ambiance. Service was gracious and attentive. Food generally excellent - exceptional crab cake (moist and flavorful), brightly dressed beet salad, and rich short rib bourguignon. Of less interest: tomato basil soup, and lamb. My dining partner said delicious but almost impossible to get the meat off the bone. She gave up.

The fail was in our seating. We arrived early - the restaurant was quiet and the table for 2 seemed fine. But there was a private room directly behind, which was empty when we arrived and within 2 hours held 80-100 guests. I’m glad restaurants can host these events and I participate in several a year, understanding the impact it can have on other guests. The only path leading into the private dining room was right next to our table...sometimes groups of 5-6 people waited in line to enter, literally inches from our plates. At one point a young woman leaned to her side to see into the room - and her long hair swing in front of my dining partners face and over her food. it was a packed room and a slow process). This went on for the better part of 45 minutes. The professional photographer took literally every attendee’s picture in front of a backdrop , and each picture was accompanied by a flash. They seemed to be having a great time and when finally every one was in, the sliding glass wall was shut along with the sheer curtains, the disruption quieted down....at that point we were finishing up our meal.

So why was our table where it was? This was a major oversight and there was no reason for it. It would have been thoughtful to just forego the table for 2, allowing more room for guests to enter the private dining area, and not disrupt those dining.

In retrospect - perhaps we should have requested a move, but the restaurant by that time was quite full, we were mid-meal and had no idea how bad it would get.

Ultimately what could have been a wonderful experience was not.

d
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

French Onion au Gratin soup is to die for!

IP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly delicious food. Excellent service. Great wine selection. Pleasant atmosphere.

DC
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was excellent great fun

DG
San Diego
62 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We live in Bankers Hill and love to dine at Parc Bistro. While always good over the years, it seems to be getting better all the time. The atmosphere is friendly and upscale without being stuffy.

OT
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Reliably hiqh quality experience. Everything we had was perfectly cooked and beautifully prepared from appetizer through dessert. Prices are moderate for the quality of the meal, including a good selection of wines. We ate there on a Sunday with a very sparse group of diners, and were advised of a significant number if menu items that weren't available because, the waiter told us, "It's the weekend." The one hitch in the service occurred while we were eating our appetizer and enjoying a drink: our soup showed up. They did take it back, but when we were finally ready, it arrived a bit shopworn, but still quite good.
I don't know if the desserts are house-made, but the two we had (chocolate lava cake and a lemon tart) were both delicious, and a fitting end to a satisfying meal. We'll definitely be back.

CP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful ambiance, great service and outstanding food!

C
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, and our server was very good. The only negative was that it took a long time for our food to arrive. But our server was very attentive with cocktails and bread, so we just enjoyed being there.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite neighborhood restaurant
Once a week for us!

MC
Richmond
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, superb setting, outstanding food.

b
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good meal. Nice service. A bit pricey. My income doesn’t go up with restaurant price ces!

T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Interesting well-prepared French food. Service was pretty attentive, but took a while to get our bill as we were headed to a theater performance.

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal and a great job by our waiter, Nick. He was very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly.
Spinach and the tapenade were MUCH too garlicky but everything else was perfect.

d
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food, pleasant nice patio, above average service. We picked the patio hoping for less noise. The loudest element was the waiter - who "yucked" it up with other tables! Still enjoyed the evening.

T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Overpriced. Service was acceptable. Food was blah. The french onion soup was flavorless, the flatiron steak was just OK (peppercorn sauce was terrible), french fries were the highlight of the meal. Dessert (Chocolate mousse cheesecake) was stale like something from a grocery store. If you are looking for french food there are many other better choices.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was off. Took awhile to be served. No spoon, sugar or cream for my coffee and no one asked.

JJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I edited my review after a pleasant conversation with the manager. She was nice enough to reach out to me the day after our meal. I increased the overall rating but left the service rating due to the server we had.

The service is normally really good. But our most recent dining experience did not meet expectations. The service at Parc Bistro-Brasserie is phenomenal. With the exception of our server from last night. He was rude and inattentive. Toward the end, he disappeared for about 30 minutes before finally bringing the check. For our party of 6, a 20% gratuity was added. He did not earn 20%. We would ask for a different server if we were seated in his section again.

V
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Although some of the staff were very helpful I initially sat at the bar for over ten minutes while a waiter talked with guest that they know from a previous employer. Finally I received my drink which was made very good and the bar tender from that point was at best fair as he was paying more attention to cleaning bar ware glasses then to tenditto the customers.
I ordered a Caesar Salad and it was dry with day old Romain and box croutons. The main dish was shrimp scampi which had Alma’s no garlic and loaded with pasta and limited shrimp.
After a while I wanted coffee and dessert but they brought the bill and walked away without asking if I wanted anything in such a way that they wanted to go home for the night and I was between the door and my credit card so, I simply left.

Overall Amat have been looking for to much as was listed a one of the better French restaurants in the area and it was at best Acceptable and overpriced.

L
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good food with attentive staff. Certainly one of the best French restaurants around!

AT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vibrant yet relaxed French experience. Well-appointed wine list, delicious and well-presented dishes. Live music lends to fun atmosphere. Gracious staff.

K
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sam goes out of her way to make every visit special. Food is delicious and love, love lavender martini. Wonderful wine list and happy hour.

F
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine French bistro dining with an attentive staff, excellent food and a wonderful wine list.
Dining at an outside table is a joy.

p
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent from the moment we entered. Our waiter (Kegan?) was very attentive and friendly throughout the meal. All the dinners were excellent. The mussels were the best that we've had here (U.S.) or in Europe.

PJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Very noisy bar. Service and food was fine. Will go again.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food is very overpriced for what you received. Very few vegetarian options available. Not being able to have happy hour items anywhere in the restaurant was very strange. Cocktails were weak. We were there to celebrate a birthday, it was very disappointing.

T
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Our party of three visited Parc Bistro early on a Friday night. We needed to be out by 6:30 for a 7:00 curtain at the Old Globe. Since the restaurant wasn’t very busy at that hour we had no problem meeting that requirement. Our server was exceedingly helpful in getting our order in ahead of an anticipated crowd. He was personable, attentive and added to the enjoyment of our dining experience. The French themed menu met expectations—tasty, beautifully prepared and artfully arranged. The European ambiance is comfortable and suitably formal without being pretentious. It is aided by the absence of throbbing background musak that promotes a focus on food and conversation. It’s become our favorite choice when attending activities in Balboa Park.

WT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best food and service we had in San Diego.

a
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We loved their food when we visited there on the last New Year's Eve even we found a plastic piece in the dessert. So I picked this restaurant for my birthday dinner with my husband.
We were excited to be there, and drove in the heavy traffic from North County. However, I was so disappointed. It was nothing to celebrate for us, but a hostess, a waiter, and a server gave us a bad attitude. The waiter was very friendly and nice to the other tables. I don't know why. I will never go back there again.

E
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We LOVED our night at Parc Bistro-Brasserie. We are always looking for pre-theater restaurants near the Old Globe and a delicious dinner al fresco was perfectly delightful. We will indeed return.

b
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We've been seeking out "neighborhood gems", and this fits that category. Started out with the baby roasted beet salad with goat cheese, pear and arugula. It was great. Wife had the filet and enjoyed it. I had the "Ménage À Deuxduck" (duck breast and leg confit) and found it cooked just right. It was Monday night and pretty quiet. Sat outside for a beautiful evening. Service was fine. Main wine list is a bit pricey, so check out the the wines offered by the glass as they are also offered by the bottle. More reasonable but no bargains. With two drinks, salad, a couple of entrees, a bottle of wine + tip, your right at $200. No issues parking. Plenty on the street.

GD
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Finally! A place to dine where you can hear the conversation at your table without yelling!!!

J
San Diego
143 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was great, service just as good but the obnoxious music was totally distracting and lame. Second time we tried this place and it's probably the last.

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