The Flying Toad

4.7
36 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary French / American
The Flying Toad is the brain child of Chef Hunsaker of Hunsaker at Vincent's; bringing the quality of his gourmet French training to the faster pace world of casual dining, losing none of the quality along the road. Try a bit of this or a little of that, assured nothing will disappoint.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • 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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 36 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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LaurieP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific outdoor dining and background LIVE entertainment to go with the fabulous chef inspired cuisine! So excited that we're fortunate enough to have such an amazing restaurant locally! This is our 3rd time there, and we can't wait to go again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food, service was fantastic! Highly recommend!!

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Rinz
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was perfect! Had live music out front which was great! They had a prefix dinner for New Years Eve. French onion soup was delicious, still thinking about it. Steak was cooked perfectly! Hubby chose the lobster risotto and that was great, Dessert was decadent, perfect with a cup of coffee at the end. All in all experience was absolutely amazing! We will be back!

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AarenM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service,
And ambiance were amazing. Shepard’s pie and beef stroganoff were the best we had ever had. Try the crab cakes too!

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FoodieSak
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is exquisite. You must try their French onion soup. 🤤

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Hunsakers/Flying Toad may be the best restaurant in Rscondido. The food is always delicious and elegant and the cocktails are amazing. I especially enjoyed the Purple Tier” cocktail during the ridiculous lockdown on restaurants.

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TheErstwhileChef
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The overall experience was excellent. I can’t recommend the Flying Toad more highly! Timeless classics with a twist, impeccable ingredients, executed with care. The portions are well-appointed and nicely plated. Come to the Flying Toad for an elevated comfort experience in these cold and distant times. Support our local community and economy by dining at the fantastic Flying Toad!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful staff! The bacon wrapped goat cheese dates, beef Wellington and beef stroganoff were all amazing.

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RoknRbn
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular, as always. I was excited to read they would remain open Friday and Saturday nights and took advantage of that. I swear the chef lays awake nights dreaming up very unique dishes. I've never been disappointed and was pleased to support the superb team.

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KimberlyB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always just a great overall experience- this restaurant does it right every time !

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SamS
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service! We will continue to visit The Flying Toad as the menu and drink specialties are amazing.

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Eddie
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Eating at a restaurant during COVID can cause problems but The Flying Toad addressed any issues presented. The service was impeccable... very attentive, friendly and knowledgeable! I had the Shepherds Pie which had way too much salt. I love salt but couldn’t eat this dish. I was disappointed. My wife had the stroganoff which was incredible!!! Not sure what happened with the Shepherds pie but I’m not going to let one experience turn me off. I’ll give them another try because I know they deserve it! Looking forward to returning!

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DianeC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was great and the outdoor setting was very nice. There were heaters to keep us warm also. I would highly recommend The Flying Toad.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Really good food and the service was prompt and friendly. I recommend.

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MollyS
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here 2x and it has yet to disappoint. Food is delicious and flavorfuk6and service is amazing.

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HeyoLocks
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I really wanted to love this place, but we didn’t like our meals. I had the skirt steak stuffed sweet potato and husband had the chicken pot pie. The pot pie didn’t have much flavor and mine seemed like a hodgepodge of flavors that didn’t blend, but the meat was cooked to perfection and delicious. Next time we will keep it simple with steak and wine. Both of those were great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! A wonderful evening which we will repeat very soon!

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vipJohnP
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, eclectic menu.

Especially like the Turkey Pot Pie!

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CraigU
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great staff, great food. Alternative seating provided a nice ambiance.

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Traceyc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I will definitely be back. I want to try everything on the menu

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ChicagoDave
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor Dining table separation is Excellent! Well thought out and over 90% covered with great air flow.
The Food is the REAL Star, however, at this hidden gem in Escondido. We were happy to make the drive from the coast to this inland hide-away that should be on any foodies destination for epicurean delights.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve dined here many times. The food is top notch, the servers are always eager to provide great service and it’s the best outdoor ambience on Grand.

The total experience has a very Western European feel. It was like visiting a busy street side cafe in France.

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MarcD
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great experience at The Flying Toad. Food couldn't have been better and waiter was great. Highly recommend.

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DanG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seemed like the servers were very inexperienced. The food quality and taste was poor.

The Flying Toad
Responded on October 13, 2020

We appreciate you spending your birthday with us. I am disappointed to hear that you were unhappy with your meal. I am sorry we don't offer a free birthday dessert, we just can't afford that in our current reality. I would have liked the opportunity to to speak to you while you were dining with us so that I could have tried to rectify your dissatisfaction. We are not in the business of providing poor quality anything. Our servers are new, which is a sign of the times I am afraid.

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Rachel
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had been to Vincent’s pre-COVID and we loved the ambiance of the restaurant and the food was amazing. We were thrilled to see they’ve survived the shut downs and opened The Flying Toad. Dinner was delicious! we started with the KFC cauliflower which was flavorful and a great starter. He had the Fried Chicken with biscuits and the biscuits were nice and fluffy. I had the stuffed russet potato with short rib and it was amazing. Perfect portion sizes! We finished the night by taking the pumpkin pecan cheesecake home with us and it was very tasty! The caramel sauce was definitely homemade and made the dish! We can’t wait to go back!

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Edmc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic, Staff was awesome! Try the Signature frog legs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All in all a pleasant experience/place

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Bighouseape
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience2

We have eaten at the Flying Toad many time. Service is always a littl slow but the food was good. But Sat. Everything was awful.

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FoodLvr
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great looking menu options. We went for drinks and dessert and based on that it was great. We will return for dinner next time.

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Ashly
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots. The staff is always extremely friendly. The food is just phenomenal. Not many places you can go and get this quality around this area. This is one of our regular spot and honestly, we cannot get enough. If you haven't tried The Flying Toad you are honestly missing out.

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danielf
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was awesome e and our server Jillian was amazing. Best restaurant in Escondido for sure.

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RoknRbn
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have decided The Flying Toad is my new favorite restaurant. The dishes are so creative and the staff is phenomenal. It’s nice that the menu changes because I have a tendency to find a dish I like and order it over and over. I’m excited about trying new dishes. I’d have posted a picture of the dessert, Warm Campfire Flying Toad Monster Cookie/French Vanilla ice cream but short of licking the bowl, it was all gone by the time it dawned on me I forgot to get a picture of it.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks good dining spot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, unique food and cocktails. We will be back soon

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christines
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The sole was amazing. It had the yummiest butter sauce.

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MontyM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite a “Ribiting” evening! Food, Service and Atmosphere was phenomenal, highly recommend and will definitely be back!! Hats off to the chef and staff!! We will be back!! Thank you!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from The Flying Toad using the Order Online button. The Flying Toad also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 705-8013.

The Flying Toad is rated 4.7 stars by 36 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.