Pardon My French Bar & Kitchen

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95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Pardon My French Bar and Kitchen is a unique French-fusion restaurant that offers a fun atmosphere filled with Parisian flair. Enjoy the outdoor eating space year-round thanks to the fireplace or sit indoors and enjoy beautiful art and music. The Pardon My French Bar and Kitchen is dog-friendly, serving freshly cooked meals for your pooch while you dine.

The menu at Pardon My French Bar and Kitchen includes hors d�oeuvres such as freshly shucked oysters and chicken liver p�t�. Try the roasted duck breast or fried filet of cod for dinner. The menu also features a variety of cocktails and carefully selected wines to complement your meal.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary European
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Hours of operation
Tuesday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday - 4:00pm-10:00p
Friday: 10:00am-11:00p
Saturday: 9:00am–11:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am–9:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 546-4328
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Dariusz Szelag
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Catering
On location only. Pardon My French can accommodate almost any palate by preparing a special menu based on our existing menu or create a complete custom dining experience.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
University & Robinson
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Parking details
Plenty of metered parking on Park Blvd and free parking on side streets. Pay lot on the NE corner of Park & Robinson
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Public transit
Major public transport hub on Park blvd with the main stop being just north of University.
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Entertainment
Live Jazz & Blues on Friday nights and Downtempo Jazz DJ's on Saturday nights
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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L
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This a great restaurant for pre theater. The service was quick and attentive without being over bearing. Great house wines! The food was delicious and the portions a good size. There is a very nice side patio in which to dine. Highly recommended.

TE
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is becoming one of my favorites around town. Servers are knowledgeable and attentive. Menu is filled with good choices, reasonably priced.

SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun, helpful staff.

F
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was phenomenal. The food was tasty. I especially loved the ginger mimosa.

C
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good, if a bit overpriced. Two of us ordered a green salad (pricey at $11) to split and when the bill came, they had charged us another $6 to split it making it way overpriced. Fish of the day was perfectly cooked and flavorful. The menu seemed like they were aiming for fine dining, but the ambience is more bistro; noisier and more casual.

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

I never have been charged $ 4.00 for extra olives in my martini before anywhere that poor customer service or disservice and the special, was the most expensive item on the menu. we were not told that rack of lamb,

s
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a f$@&in gem! Pardon my French. Amazing all around. Friendly service, great food and perfect ambiance for any occasion. Highly recommend!

s
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Escargot and steak with frites and the best baguette in town!

CV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

They did not bring me what I had ordered, then were not particularly helpful in correcting the error. The sea bass was overdone, the steak was fair, and the fries were hard as rocks. There are much better French restaurants in town with equivalent prices. Would not recommend.

b
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and delicious

E
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating a birthday. We loved the old movies playing and music as well. The food was delicious but a couple of things on the menu were not available that evening. Desserts were yummy! Thomas, our waiter was very upbeat, friendly and attentive to our group. A great place for a date!

SS
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2016
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was good but we had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, with reservations, then 25 for them to take our order and 30 or more to bring our food

JN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service after awhile became slow, had to ask for bill multiple times and ask for server to order dinner. Great food though so worth the wait.

C
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

Food was good, but the ambiance and service was lacking. Considering that San Diego has a lot of great restaurants I would not go back to this restaurant or recommend it. The service could improve - we waited a long time just for waters and ordering took longer than needed. The place is very small inside and there were a lot of big groups around us and my table (which was only 4 girls) could barely hear each other.

Would not recommend and service needs to improve.

CG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was for my bday and the people were really nice it just took a LONG time for our food to come out and for the bill to come!

D
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Food was really quite good. But as someone who is an avid cook and having worked in restaurants, dining out is much more than good food. Honestly, the kitchen crew deserves 4+ stars! But the front of house staff lacked the ability to handle a busy restaurant and maintain quality of service. Take for instance almost 10 minutes for 2 bloody Mary's and a grapefruit juice. That's too long. The server made extra trips for no reason. After waiting 3-5 minutes for fresh pepper and hot sauce, the server came out with the hot sauce, and then went back for pepper. If front of house can match food quality, this will be a great place for a bite.

A
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The menu has changed. There Is no more chilliqualie or crab cake Benedict. The fried chicken sandwich is not very good.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic everything. The best rack of lamb I've had In a long long time.

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I had heard a lot of buzz about this restaurant and it did not disappoint. The cocktails, food and service were wonderful. It was the perfect spot for two friends to catch up on a Saturday night before going to the theatre. We enjoyed our evening immensely.

KI
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was great, the fromage delightful, however the main courses were just so so.

CB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food,service and ambiance. We will come back a and again! A delightful experience!😂

C
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Pork chop, excellent

b
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and the service excellent. My date and I enjoyed our steak and duck. The music and old movies give it a nice retro feel.

ON
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The special of the day--

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service is awesome. Thank you pardon my french we always have a good time

D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While the menu is not extensive, it is very well thought out and quite well coordinated, with a mix of fairly traditional and novel items. A good wine list complements well, and is pretty moderately priced for the values it provides, especially in the middle of its ranges. Staff is accommodating and gracious, well trained and pretty efficient

The food itself is wonderful, and we certainly plan on retire in both for this menu and when it changes in a couple of months. The only small criticism I have is the the chef seems a bit too find of rosemary. A little of that particular herb goes a long way, and I would suggest a bit less enthusiasm with it.

M
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Treated very special and cared for.

Service impeccable:
Tomas our sever took great care going over the happy hour menu, wine, food. He was friendly and professional.

Our food was outstanding, cream of asparagus soup - delicious
The angus burger with the different sauces was flavorful and melted in your mouth goodness;
The open face mushroom, asparagus lasagna ... I was crying because it was amazing. I had to ask my friends not to talk with me while I am eating so I can enjoy the flavors bursting in my mouth and acknowledge the love that went into the creation of this food, plus I wanted only the heightened sense of taste to fully experience the love in this food. Wow! A gastronomic experience.

Atmosphere is org sized, cleans and spacious. Large patio outside. We sat inside.

Would I return - absolutely like every day.
I highly suggest coming here for dinner, happy hour and brunch Amin Sunday's. The live music on Fridays is outrageously great!

Overall experience - fantastic!

Thank you.

CH
San Diego
66 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find. My husband and I dine out every day and have lost some of our
favorite places recently. We decided to give Pardon my French a try and were gob smacked how great it is. From the moment we walked in the door to the moment we left we were cared for like old friends. The ambiance is a little deco a little neighborhood bistro. They have a 2 star michelin chef behind the kitchen and it shows in every detail. From the perfect bread and french butter to the care put in to all of the vegetables ( which usually get overlooked by most). Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection and bursting with flavor. There were no cloying heavy sauces just pure delicious cuisine. We did not have room for dessert but we saw some walk by and they looked super too.

Thank you to Goose and Eric so much for a beautiful evening.

o
San Diego
344 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Do not miss the pot of foie gras, a very large portion beyond delicious. Chacuterie is another must.
The pork chop is the best I've ever had. Word has it there a 2 star Michelin chef in the kitchen and it shows on the plate.
AND it's dog friendly, patio seating with water bowls and a doggy menu. So clever.
The wait staff are extremely pleasant and attractive. Owner, Eric, has done a great job in this old spot.

Word of caution, try to save room for dessert.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we were greeted and seated by Chris, our server at Pardon My French, we knew we were in for an evening of entertaining, memorable, and service. My husband, daughter, her significant other and I were all mad

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to kick off our Sunday Funday with bottomless mimosa brunch. We were not disappointed. The food was delicious, the mimosas were flowing and the staff was great. Only downer was the bathroom line. It got pretty busy at the peak, and there's only 1 women's toilet so you either had to take a chance and hold it, or wait in line for 10 mins.

OT
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Lots of flies.....

SS
Sydney / NSW
49 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We heard this place is great....and it is. The service was outstanding, wish I could recall the waiter's name, the owners stopped by and greeted us,and the happy hour prices and drink selection were a good way to start. My husband had sea bass on squid ink pasta......and I had their rack of lamb. Both mm mm excellent! We didn't have room for dessert. We will be back....love this place. Oh, we got there early and had a reservation but didn't need one--however when we left the place was packed so if you're a diner from 7 on I'd recommend a reservation.

OT
San Diego
79 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Loved the Drinks the food was so so. My chicken sandwich wasn't very well seasoned and my girlfriend's food wasn't hot (temperature).

w
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Calm midweek dining , first visit. Very pleasant atmosphere, relaxed but attentive service. Outstanding cheese and charcuterie appetizer, then shared a huge porterhouse special with frites. Many other good choices. Had a very nice Bordeaux for a very reasonable price. We'll return.

l
Orange County
41 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My fiancé and I LOVED our entres and salads.... and the dessert was superb!!!

Definitely going back!

N
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We were a little early ... So before the crowds came , our waiter seemed to want us to have made all our decisions and then brought all three courses on top of one another...
No feeling of relaxing in between

SD
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My date said it was the best pork chop he had ever had in his whole (57 year) life. Service was outstanding and everything we ordered was delicious. Wonderful wine list and very well priced for wines you won't get at another restaurant in San Diego.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each dish was cooked with love and you could tell this was locally owned and not a chain. I loved everything about it. Food was devine!

L
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Love the decor and interior design. Staff was very friendly and attentive! Will for sure go again!!

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