The Florence

3.8
89 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

About

The Florence will feature thoughtful and premium design and creative spaces, an exceptional, locally-sourced menu, refined beer, wine and cocktail program and an array of unique amenities, such as intimate fire pits, a regulation-sized bocce ball court, covered “boat shack” dining room and chic, beach resort-style seating throughout. Paying homage to San Diego swimming legend Florence Chadwick, the 10,000-square-foot indoor and two-acre outdoor space will be located at Kilroy Sabre Springs and include a restaurant, cocktail bar and cafe.
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3.8based on all time ratings
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food
3.8
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4.5
ambience
3.7
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74% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MichelleR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sitting outdoors was really nice!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to the Florence a lot for date nights, brunch with friends, and even for celebrations. The food is always good and I especially love the decor. They’re one of very few good restaurants in my area so I really hope they stick around!

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vipkiml
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time there. A hidden little gem. My husband love's their pork chop. My salmon was outstanding.

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
149 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

A group of friends met at the Florence because of the location and because I'd heard good things about the place. We were there for happy hour so just wanted drinks and light snacks. The first two items we wanted to order were not on the menu because it was undergoing some changes. We were left with fries and onion rings, neither very special. The drinks were good and at decent prices. The place is very nice and the venue was quiet for our gathering.
Would I go there again? Maybe, just no overwhelmed at all.

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Love07
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice decor, spacious place (indoor and outdoor). Not too busy on the weekdays, people may come during happy hour. It’s in an industrial area where you can’t see the restaurant until you get into front. Food is good: deviled eggs are tasty, steak was cooked how I ordered it- medium , salmon was good -moist and skin had perfect crisp. The drinks we got were great, I liked the old fashioned and the one that had with ginger and honey. The strawberry one was refreshing also.

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viptn248
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Three items were unavailable, the prime rib was well done beyond belief, there was a happy hour that was extremely loud with bad acoustics, service was slow.

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vipElle
Sacramento
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

It was really difficult to get service and the food wasn’t very good for how expensive it was.

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live2savor
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I chose the Florence for a ladies' lunch. This venue is a great alternative to the hustle and bustle of strip malls and fast-casual dining. The ambiance is welcoming, open, and airy. Interesting menu and something for everyone. Enjoyed the Florence salad with salmon and then shared the chocolate croissant bread pudding. Fun!

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AmandaC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great space for an intimate dinner, catch up with a few friends or host an event. Great menu, and the desserts are heaven!

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Rose
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great. Our server, Jordan, was attentive and responsive. The food was delicious, as well as the drinks. Overall a great experience. We were celebrating a birthday. After our meal, Jordan brought over a cup of ice cream with sprinkles to the birthday girl - it was lovely. I highly recommend this location.

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AlanaT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

food is amazing, good sized portions, super cute place

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The full menu wasn’t available, as the NYD brunch was the only item on the menu. The food was ok, but it was rather cold as I was served buffet style and the burners weren’t frequently tended.

The food is normally really good, just bummed it wasn’t available

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Roxy4travel
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service ! People need to know about this hidden gem. Looking forward to trying dinner there soon😃

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Slow, cheap food, out of everything, staff nice but super super slow. Nice space and decor

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Brittany30
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Overall our experience was great and our server was really good but it seemed a little chaotic for the staff and short staffed as well.

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vipAKX71
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was just ok.

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NanaK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation 2weeks ago and the reservation day one staff from the Florence called me and asked us if we could come early because sudden private party! We had to move to another restaurant. Waste our time! So unacceptable experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We were basically the only ones in the restaurant - so the staff started cleaning up the restaurant while we’re still dining. Made us feel like we needed to leave.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great spot located in a convenient area for local businesses.

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VictorT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I had the prime rib - Florence cut. It was huge, but delicious. Get the Parker House rolls delicious!

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SerenaW
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Burger tastes like in n out. Porridge was decent, very nice ambiance

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JenniferP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

LOVED the atmosphere and decor. Drinks were tasty. I only had a small veggie but could have been cooked more for sure. Overall fun and will come back and hang outside with the kiddos!

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vipMsGrace
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

To expensive and their drinks are small. Food is not that great. Not much on the menu to choose from. Never go back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Two orders of eggs were undercooked. Waitress did not come back in a timely enough manner to say anything as food was getting cold. Food for party of 10 came out slow.
Overall was a fun time getting together with family. Please pay attention (food runners and waitress) to food as it comes out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Ambience is awesome
Unfortunately the menu is awful
I have tried Both breakfast and dinner now and the food lacks flavor and variety. The menu is way too limited and the food needs improvement in both taste and variety. I really hope they can change things so they can be successful.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience4

We tried this place twice - for dinner and brunch. Food portions for dinner were tiny but tasty. The breakfast menu was super basic and nothing special. Each time we had to wait a ridiculously long time to order, for food, to pay, for drink refills. Will not be returning

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vipMeritage7
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! We enjoyed the happy hour and then dinner. The people working there went out of their way to make sure we had a fabulous time.

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JulieC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I was excited to go see it because Florence was my husband’s great Aunt. There is a lot of ambience but we were seated in a back corner. It took over a half hour for our orders to be taken and our food all came at different times. I did not eat mine because I didn’t like it. I would still try it again.

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vipWhome
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best place to have Japanese food!

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viptakisv
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is located in a hidden area.
I decorated well and it seems that the owners have spent a lot of money in it.
Is clean and quite upscale.
The only thing that worries me is the location
We will go again for coffee, branch and dinner

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yumfood
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Loved the outdoor boathouse and all of the trees. The indoor space looks wonderful. Kacy was very sweet and attentive. Food was good, with nice variety. My only complaint is no one answers the phone, and no one responded to the email I sent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The ambiance was wonderful. It was like a little slice of downtown in the suburbs. Cocktails were creative and delicious. The menu was limited and the two main dishes we had were bland and not very good. I would recommend to his place for the ambiance, cocktails and appetizers but not dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

None of us had been here, so we decided to give it a try since it was in the neighborhood. It was a real surprise. It was great. Restaurant was nice, had outside seating too. Server was very accommodating and patient. We sat there for hours and talked and ate. Would definitely go again. So many items looked good on the menu. We all had halibut and definitely enjoyed it. We’ll be back!!

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vipJamesMackayJMM
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Just a great restaurant for weekend brunch - great food and great location

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vipHonestfeedback
San Diego
56 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Felt the facility far out weighed the food...Just so so. To bad, to far of a drive for me to come back...

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MelindaS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The Florence is a much needed restaurant in inland North County - an independent with good bones and aspirations. There are a few independents in the Poway/Rancho Bernardo/Carmel Mountain/Scripps Ranch areas, but not nearly enough. The Florence can lay claim to an innovative atmosphere and stellar service. I've been three times and consistently each staff interaction has been smile inducing. Where they fumble is the food. It's only fair at best. But they'll get it right. Keep at it Florence team. We want you to succeed!

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vipPocket
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

After looking at the menu, I was really looking forward to this dinner. After having eaten here, I have my doubts that I’ll ever return. I started with the tomato bisque, with was unlike any tomato bisque I have ever had. It was super thick, just like a marinara sauce. They really should have served it with spaghetti. It was just awful. For my meal, I had the steak frites. The steak was cooked properly, but it came out cold. I don’t know what cut of steak that was but one thing I am sure of, that was not a wagyu steak.The staff seemed friendly and mostly attentive but the food is just terrible. What a shame, because the menu looked so good. There were four of us at the table, and everyone pretty much felt the same way.

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vipJamesMackayJMM
San Diego
90 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant for weekend brunch - great location and great food. Excellent service

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

It was nice place, but the whole experience was mediocre, food, service, atmosphere. We won't be back too many better options.

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vipHarryM
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Limited menu,what is available is good!

FAQs

The Florence does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. The Florence also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 433-1545.

The Florence is rated 3.8 stars by 89 OpenTable diners.