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Saint James French Diner, San Diego, CA

Saint James French Diner

4.5
4.5
115 Reviews
$31 to $50
French American
This American diner meets elegant French bistro is open daily for Barista Service and Wednesday to Sunday for Dinner & Happy Hours. With a full bar and an approachable menu, locals and travelers can indulge in a variety of French-inspired classics, from shared mussels to ratatouille and burgers.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French American
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (323) 327-9702
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Catering
    For catered events please contact us at <br /><br />BONJOUR@SAINTJAMESFRENCHDINER.COM<br /><br />619.678.1007
  • Private party facilities
    For private events please contact us at BONJOUR@SAINTJAMESFRENCHDINER.COM619.678.1007

Experiences

  • Society Brunch Club!

    Multiple dates available
    Stay sparkling San Diego with $19 Bottomless Mimosa's during brunch! Make it a Saint James Combo! French toast and bottomless mimosas for $25 per person.
    Society Brunch Club! Photo
  • Sunday Supper!

    $30.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Every Sunday we serve a french -inspired specialty menu for 2 + a bottle of wine for $59. Solo diners can enjoy the same meal + glass of wine for $30. Ask our Server for the french inspired Sunday Supper entree and wine of the day.
    Sunday Supper! Photo
  • Wine Wednesdays!

    $24.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    WINE WEDNESDAYS × 8AM–10PM Bottles of wine are half-priced all day long. We’ll toast to that
    Wine Wednesdays! Photo

Offers

  • Feels Like Friday...Happy Hour All Day Long!

    Multiple dates available
    Thu - 3:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Thursdays only! Half-priced burgers, $4 beers, $7 wines by the glass, $8 cocktails and more! All day long from 3pm - 10pm

    Feels Like Friday...Happy Hour All Day Long! Photo
  • Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM,Wed - Sat - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    Wednesday - Sunday from 3pm - 6pm. $4 beers, $7 wines by the glass, $8 cocktails, $10 burgers, and so much more. Vive la Vie!

    Happy Hour Photo

What 115 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • San Diego

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

115 Reviews
  1. DnlC

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dinner in a beautiful space. The staff was great. Would highly recommend this place!

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  2. Rastratton

    San Diego

    208 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    208 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The French omelette was delicious as was the steak and eggs. The staff was very friendly and the building is really cute. We will be back again. All the food looks delicious.

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  3. DandD

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Top notch cocktails and elevated diner food. High quality ingredients and large portions. The burgers are really something special. People love the French Onion Soup. Very friendly and competent staff. Do yourself a favor and try it.

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  4. foodaddict

    New York City

    56 reviews

    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    here for a conference and was thrilled with the excellent service as we were starving! menu was very good and the oysters were superb!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the happy hour specials and ambience and service!

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  6. JoeU

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    You need to somehow dampen the noise coming from the bar area into the dinning room. Way to loud!!

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  7. StevenC

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for their Easter Brunch. Bottomless Mimosas were good. Casual atmosphere. Food was delicious.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic French bistro food for an excellent value. Our service was top notch, cocktails fantastic, wine list was brief but well positioned and ambiance was perfect for a French bistro. Highly recommend for a relatively casual yet refined meal.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, drinks, servers, and restaurant were outstanding! Thank!

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  10. Priss

    Philadelphia

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great burgers and friendly, helpful servers. Highly recommend.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was all day happy hour and we had a fabulous meal with cocktails and the bill was under $100! Service was fantastic and the hotel is wonderful! Will definitely visit again.

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  12. SeanM

    Houston

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tied with what I believe the best burger place in San Diego

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this restaurant was authentically French and having been to Paris with Thor enjoyed our time and meal there. The food was excellent with great variations of the French onion soup. 

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, the food was great. Service was pleasant and good, but they forgot a requested side that was asked for a couple of times.

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  15. DandD

    Los Angeles

    57 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    St James French Diner did not disappoint. Casual and fun atmosphere , with high quality food and cocktails. We liked the retro style and booth seating. Bouillabaisse was incredible but a lot of work (worth it for the fresh seafood and awesome broth). Loved the roasted bass. French fries seasoning was great. It was really busy, so reservations are a good idea. Bar did allow walk-in’s. Wait Staff was really competent and gave great service even though they were very busy. Glassware and cocktails were very well executed and good twist on classics.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved this charming place! The Parisian burger was delicious!

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  17. Cmt13

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was a delightful surprise. The food was delicious, we had the burger which was decadent. The service was impeccable, and our waiter, Creyton, was truly a stand out. We will definitely be back!

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  18. Dominique

    Alabama

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely amazing!! Came here for the first time and ordered from their prix fixe restaurant week menu— croquettes, clams, french onion soup, Caesar salad, Parisian burger, and steak frites were devoured upon arrival. Standouts were definitely the French onion soup and burger!! Our server was kind and attentive as well! Found a new go to downtown spot :)

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed dinner! Our waitress Shay was very attentive and super friendly…we will def go back when in SD.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We went for early theater dinner, the happy hour menu of half price hamburgers was a fantastic value for French inspired burgers. since we were still there after 5, when the full kitchen reopened, we tried some of the dinner options too. All were delicious. All in all a great experience. I will definitely be back

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  21. TimothyF

    Atlanta Metro

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The dressings for both salads (Caesar and nicoise) were pretty mediocre and flavorless. Fries were good. Service was slow for a relatively empty dining room.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I only had the avocado toast and it was delicious. Service was excellent:)

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for my birthday dinner with friends and also to experience their restaurant week. Delicious food and drinks and amazing service. Can’t wait to make plans to go back for brunch!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Was only one waitress, seemed as though she was spread to thin. The 1st entree, clams, got to our table cold. The second entree, salad, the dressing had settled to the bottom. The main entree was cold as well. Expected a bit more of the food for the price. This was our second visit to Santa James French Diner. Our first experience was pleasant enough to return. Will be sometime until we return again.

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  25. ArtR

    Greater Boston

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a diner in name only; the brunch and lunch menus come closest but the menus are nothing like an American diner. The owners refrained from calling the restaurant a bistro, but that is really what it is. The only downside is the high noise level; the acoustics could be toned down a bit. The food is terrific, the wine list is small but impressive, and the service was wonderful when we were there. Hard to say about the value; we were there during restaurant week and additionally on wine Wednesday so the check was very low for the wonderful meals we had. Glancing at the regular menu, the restaurant seems reasonably priced. All in all, it was a great dining experience and we would surely return.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was spot on. Will definitely go back.

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  27. Becky

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came for SD Restaurant Week-and enjoyed HH first at the bar which was great! Loved the service and ambience. Then enjoyed the BEST French Onion Soup ever!!! Also half off wine bottles on Wine Wednesdays! Could you ask for anything better! Definitely a lovely and delicious 😋 dinner and look forward to going back.

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  28. JosieG

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Aaron and the team went out of their way to ensure the visit was special. The food was divine and the service approach was perfect for our occasion. Will definitely come back next time we're in town.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved our Sunday lunch at Saint James. Such a lovely ambiance, fantastic service and the burger was delicious! I would definitely go back again.

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  30. Frenchrunner

    Los Angeles

    82 reviews

    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great table by the window. Food was competent but not great. Service was a little slow as they don't seem to have enough staff. Still an overall good experience.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We went early for Happy Hour prior to a show. The menu is abbreviated until 5:00 but the burgers & fries were excellent! Beautiful brioche buns and smash burger and other toppings based on which of 3 burger style you order. Delish! My husband have a half dozen oysters and a glass of bubbles. It was lovely and the staff were delightful.

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  32. CroqueJamais

    Mexico City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered a croque madame and the frisée was old and dry, with yellowed edges, although nicely dressed. The egg was cold but cooked well, and it came with black pepper pre-cracked on top of it rather than cracked fresh at the table as most restaurants would offer. The Gruyère was I am pretty sure off, because it had a different texture than most croque madame’s I have had in my life. It made me have a headache. Drip coffee was good and refills were included in the price. The ambiance was good and the restaurant staff was attentive. I really love the look of this place, and I have been before and loved their onion soup and martinis but I would not recommend it as a morning or brunch spot after this only as a great happy hour venue.

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  33. Anuno

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome happy hour and nice staff! The burgers were delicious. Want to try the onion soup next time.

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  34. Mariza

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cocktail of the day was really good, loved the Parisene Burger.

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  35. Elayne001

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent server and Happy Hour wines & Oysters were a thumbs up. We would definitely come next time for dinner 😋

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  36. JamesP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    our waiter was very attentive and professional. our table was near the door, and it seems the door does not close automatically it was cold at times. The noise level is high, but we are senior citizens and susceptible to loud noises. food was excellent, molted cake was over baked. we will be back!!!

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  37. khug

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I enjoyed our Valentines at The French Diner. This place is really worth the visit. The food was outstanding and the decor was spot on for what you think a French diner would be like. We plan on coming back. I have already suggested this restaurant to multiple friends.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Highly recommend! Our valentines dinner was a success. Thanks to our server and the whole team.

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  39. DaveH

    Las Vegas

    47 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great brunch, food was great and drinks were really great. Nice place for a quick bite.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were seated at a table right next to the cold drafty door. Menu is extremely limited and not authentic French cuisine. The reviews overhype this establishment. I left with much to be desired.

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FAQs

Saint James French Diner is rated 4.5 stars by 115 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Saint James French Diner

830 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6307

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Wed–Sun 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (323) 327-9702
  • Catering
    For catered events please contact us at <br /><br />BONJOUR@SAINTJAMESFRENCHDINER.COM<br /><br />619.678.1007
  • Private party facilities
    For private events please contact us at BONJOUR@SAINTJAMESFRENCHDINER.COM619.678.1007
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