Rancho Santa Fe Bistro

4.6
131 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro located in the heart of the beautiful downtown Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Our unique bistro offers an amazing menu and a superior wine selection for any brunch, lunch or dinner occasion.

Owner / Chef Mozy Jahanguiri, who has run restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas, has opened The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro in the space formerly occupied by The Pantry on Paseo Delicias. Mozy has prepared a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy smoothies and juices, along with bistro favorites including grass fed sirloin burgers, a salmon BLT, baked brie with grapes, and more. Be sure to check out Bistro's beautiful wood wine cellar, housing an extensive collection that spans an impressive 100 years (1897-1997) at a variety of price points.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 131 people are saying
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vipsharonF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, friendly staff, comfortable and casual environment.

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ChristineD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, inviting ambiance and wonderful service. I'll definitely dine at The Bistro again.

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KathleenT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside Shortly after we arrived, the patio filled up. Despite how busy our server was he was still very attentive and personable. The food was great and the menu very extensive. We plan on returning soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was okay - tables were way too close to each other.

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gatinha
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I particularly appreciate the friendly server!!
She was very attentive!!

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vipPaulR
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

RSF Bistro has become a "go to" for us. Lovely hosts and servers. EXCELLENT food. Good wine selection and sane prices. Go there!

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KarlP
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Lovely outdoor dining area. All the more enjoyable with the singing birds in the cages on the patio. However, service was very slow. Waited for initial glasses of wine and extended wait for refills. Entree very slow to be delivered and had already started to cool. Restaurant was not crowded. Ribeye steak was one of worst I have ever had, extremely fatty and I know some fat is good. When I was finished, half my plate was covered in unedible fat and the waitress asked if I wanted a "to go box" - unbelievable!

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vipJuliana
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most lovely bistro with owners that are delightful, great food, great drink, and very relaxing environment.

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TylerH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the best places I have ever been to. The food was excellent and the ambience was very welcoming.

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vipBobH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful post Valentine’s Day lunch. Excellent in every way.

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vipAj00515
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great filet and wine selection

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience, amazing food and service

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2021

Stars shine and talk...thank you. Fara

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Have been to Rancho Santa Fe Bistro several times before, has always been kind of hit-and-miss in terms of the (slow) service, but food was usually okay.
On this occasion, the service was way worse than ever, it took almost an hour an a half to get our entrees, and then they were prepared wrong and very lacking.
Will not be returning unfortunately.

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vipJesperJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Nice salads. The bass special was good and I love the salmon

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vipGalSereno
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We really like the Bistro. The food is consistently good, the wines excellent, and the waitstaff knowledgable and friendly. Love the atmosphere there too! My salmon was a little over-cooked, but other than that, everything was perfect. Try the apple pie. Crazy good.

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ChristineD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance, food and service wonderful!!

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vipAquaV
San Diego
160 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience1

The food here was good. Good duck entree, great Caesar Salad, fantastic Brie App and amazing French Onion Soup. The service was great. They were very hospitable and kind. The ambience is wonky. This restaurant is very dusty with cob webs in the corners of the restaurant. They would do well to clear out the hoarded 50 years of junk and re-invent the space. It feels dirty and like sitting in a hoarders den. The outside is nice however. Anyway, we won't go back here unless we hear it's been thoroughly cleaned and re-vamped. It's one thing for a place to feel "homey" but this is beyond that...If we were to return before that, we would definitely sit outside.

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vipSteveS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love this place. There is an above average wait for food but a sign of the times

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SusanP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the Bistro was DELICIOUS!
It is always a lovely experience to dine there and never disappoints!
The owners and staff are always welcoming and attentive and the menu and food is delicious! There garden dining terrace is perfect for these COVID days, and we dined very comfortably by well- placed heaters! Rancho Santa Fe is very lucky they are there!

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Chrisg
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family has been dining her for years. we bring all of our guests here. The best

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StephenC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Made the reservation with special occasion anniversary which wasn't acknowledged. Service was faster than we really wanted. Food (sea bass and lamb chops) was great. Tiramasu was small but excellent.

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ChristineH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a very delightful evening.
The ambiance is old European charm
and the food is delicious. The service was very personable and helpful with our dinner choices and wine.
I will be going there again very soon.😊

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BellaLinda
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and we sat near the window. What a Treat. Thanks for staying open for us in the community.

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vipSteveS
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet place to get a wide variety of food

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in San Diego. Mediterranean style dining with great food. Family owned and it shows

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alyssiak
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It felt like we were in a Hallmark movie. The atmosphere was just magical. Food, wait staff, service and ambiance top notch. Great wine selection and nice chat with the owner. Highly recommend going there for lunch or dinner and certainly if you are celebrating a special occasion.

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vipAndre
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice accommodations during this difficult time. Food was amazing along with the drinks. The service was phenomenal to say the least. Highly recommend the experience, I will definitely be back.

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vipSeth
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and great personal service at this charming bistro.

We had the chicken cobb salad, which was disappointingly presented in a bowl with nothing showing except shredded chicken and boiled egg. We eventually uncovered a little bit of blue cheese crumbles and bacon crumbles (looked to be from a package). The dressing tasted bottled. It was fine but very unremarkable.

The salmon club sandwich was salmon “tenders”, something I did not recognize. It was served on a sesame seed burger bun, which was a surprise.

Our overall impression was that the quality of the food did not live up to the quality of the location and venue.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance

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Donald
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro is a perfect place for a date night or a night out with friends. Great food, service, and wonderful atmosphere. This place has a lot of character.

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vipKevin
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great outdoor dining experience. Holiday festive and quaint patio environment.

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vipMeganP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my birthday in our favorite, romantic spot. Excellent food and service, as always!

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vipBryan
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro is a cute neighborhood gem with excellent food and service. We will be back for sure.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
10 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service amd excellent food! All 5 of us can’t wait to come back as the food was amazing. The atmosphere is so unique and cozy. We had a great experience all around.

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vipphyl
San Diego
79 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always nice to dine at the Bistro. Outside patio is very festive and tables spread out for health reasons. Heaters are there but do dress warm now that he cool evenings have begin. Service great and food was wonderful. We will be back soon.

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vipBarbaraM
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute charming venue!! Great food, outdoor dining, a nice little gem in Rancho Santa Fe.

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vipPaulR
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Broad menu. Good wine list. Rational prices. We love it here.

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro
Responded on February 26, 2021

Dear Paul, Thank you so much for your kind and beautiful review . Hope to see you again soon. Fara

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richardg
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

service was a bit slow but there was only 1 server for a number of tables. She did her best.

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PascalS
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charming outdoor patio and delicious food at this downtown RSF restaurant.

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vipChristineO
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro is one of our favorites. We took my son to dinner recently & had a lovely time. It was quiet enough in the patio to have a conversation & the food was excellent.

Service was slower than normal, but we chalked it up to the crowd who all came at once. The staff is very polite & kept us informed about the delay.

FAQs

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 756-1221.

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro is rated 4.6 stars by 131 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.