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Diners' Choice: French restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall French cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of The WineSellar & Brasserie restaurant
4.9
4.9 (971)
$31 to $50
French
Sorrento Mesa
About the restaurant
Established in 1988, The WineSellar & Brasserie is San Diego's premiere destination for fine wine and exquisitely crafted locally sourced, organic fare.

Consistently ranked among OpenTable's Top 10 local restaurants, The Brasserie has been honored with either Wine Spectator's "Grand Award" and "Best Of Award Of Excellence" every year since our inception.

With your meal, enjoy a bottle from the adjoining WineSellar boutique wine shop or choose a wine from our award-winning list. Either way, you’ll find an outstanding selection of unique small-production wines not found anywhere else. Not in the mood for wine? Choose from our rotating list of craft beers or seasonally available craft cocktails.
Top review
stevemvip
Dined 3 days ago
Always consistent and always excellent.Highly recommend.
A photo of Bistro du Marché by Tapenade restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1383)
$31 to $50
French
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Named after La Jolla’s popular Open Aire Farmer’s Market, Bistro du Marché allows chef Diot to work closely with farmers to incorporate the finest local flavors into his dishes. Led by Cheffe Amélie Gadoum, Bistro du Marché incorporates quality ingredients and rigorous French technique. Signature dish includes Wild Mushroom Ravioli in Port wine Sauce. One of the specialties: Un Coq au Vin "Ivre de Bourgogne" Organic Chicken Braised in Red Wine Sauce, Yukon Gold Mashed Potato, Carrot, Mushrooms.

Bistro du Marché is based on the culinary concept of “bistronomie”, that emerged in Paris. Bistronomie, is a play on words on the concepts of “bistro” and “gastronomie”. It is a form of French cuisine that emphasizes the blending of haute gastronomic expertise, seasonality, and the traditional “cuisine de terroir” found in bistros across France. The youthfulness of the bistronomie movement has succeeded in reinvigorating French classic cuisine, and raised the bar of traditional French bistros.
Top review
Pleasedvip
Dined 2 days ago
We love Bistro du Marche in LaJolla as it reminds us of the delicious food in Paris. The fish dishes are superb; service excellent! I highly recommend dining at Bistro du Marche if you enjoy French prepared food or would like to try! We like to eat a meal there after a show at LaJolla Playhouse or a special family occasion!
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4.9
4.9 (1345)
$30 and under
French
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. ​Bon Appetit!
Top review
GarySvip
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Even there a couple times. Everytime things were excellent.
A photo of Et Voilà! French Bistro - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (2392)
$30 and under
French
North Park
About the restaurant
Et Voilà! is a vibrant neighborhood bistro, located along the North Park corridor. Et Voilà! French Bistro showcases Chef Vincent Viale’s talents, mixing French classics with a modern accent. Find local and seasonal products building upon French recipes from various regions, such as Steak Frites, Coquilles St. Jacques, and soufflés. Explore the diverse regions of France through a curated wine list, and taste a variety of distinct local ingredients with our crafted cocktails. Et Voila! French Bistro is the destination for those looking for a vibrant dining experience, or even for those looking for a simple glass of wine and informal bite at the bar.

No reservations accepted for happy hour

Please be on time to your reservation. Note that your allocated time slot starts at the time of your reservation and NOT when your party is complete. (1.30 hours for 2, 1.45pm for 3/4 people) We likely will not be able to extend your time if you are running late . Thank you for
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
Service was friendly and nice. All the food was good and very tasty. The foie gras/duck mousse was excellent. The Soufflé for dessert is a must! The duck breast and lamb shank was good as well.
A photo of Tapas & Beers restaurant
4.9
4.9 (466)
$30 and under
French
Downtown
About the restaurant
Located in Downtown San Diego's historic Spreckels building, Tapas & Beers is a French and Spanish Restaurant.

We offer a large selection of Tapas plates to share between friends & family
but also normal size dishes if you don't want to share !

Our beers on tap selection highlights breweries from San Diego County and our wine selection from all around the world will make any wine lover happy too !

Everything you will eat at Tapas & Beers will be made from scratch to order with fresh and mostly organic ingredients !

Discover why our place isso highly rated !

Cheers!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This is our second visit to Tapas & Beers prior to shows at the Balboa Theater. We do the shared plates (Tapas) and have enjoyed them all. However, the best thing about this place is the woman who serves EVERYONE by herself. The place was almost full, but you never feel like you are being overlooked. She reminds us of the servers in french bistros, although she is more friendly. We also like the slow pace of the food prep from the kitchen. Everything is prepared to order, so don't fast food. We will be back.
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4.7
4.7 (50)
$31 to $50
French
North Park
About the restaurant
Pâtisserie Mélanie offers a taste of Paris in our little corner in North Park. Helmed by Le Cordon Bleu Paris graduate Chef Melanie Dunn, we offer a wide variety of French pastries, coffees drinks, teas, brunch and lunch. At night, join us for elevated bistro fare and a curated selection of French wines, beer and cider.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
North Park’s best kept secret: this fine patisserie serves dinner, transforming the minimalist patisserie decor with tables, white tableclothes, candles, fresh flowers and so forth into a venue for fine dining. And the dining is memorable. My wife and I agree, this was the finest restaurant meal we’ve had since we moved to SD four years ago. Chef Brad is a gem. Waitstaff is knowledgeable, efficient, friendly, and professional. Don’t be afraid to try anything. Every bite was delicious. Just go and enjoy! Ruth and Ron
A photo of Parc Bistro-Brasserie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2936)
$30 and under
French
Banker's Hill
About the restaurant
Listed as one of OpenTable’s “100 Best Neighborhood Gems in America for 2021”, Parc Bistro is located in the center of beautiful Bankers Hill, just minutes away from everything San Diego has to offer. We have an incredible wine menu, creative craft cocktails, dedicated, attentive, warm, and knowledgeable service, a fantastic heated patio and Multi-Award Winning Cuisine. We are a seafood focused French Bistro that offers both classic French cuisine and globally inspired dishes. Don't miss our Famous Brunch, Voted "Best Brunch in San Diego!"
Once you visit us once…you’ll want to become a regular!

Offering Private Events Spaces that can accommodate anything from 10-150 guests, Parc Bistro is an excellent choice for your next event! We specialize in birthday parties, baby showers, wedding rehearsal dinners, corporate events, family gathering and more. We know how to make each event special. Sit back, relax, and let us take care of the details! Email jenny@parcbb.com for inquires
Top review
PickyDiners
Dined 6 days ago
The food was delicious and the service was impeccable!
A photo of Wormwood restaurant
4.7
4.7 (695)
$31 to $50
French
North Park
About the restaurant
Wormwood welcomes you into a journey of the past, when poets, writers & painters made the Green Fairy their muse. At Wormwood we aim to introduce you to some of the best Absinthe currently available, relate some the best of counts around the golden exhalation and take your palette into an unique journey.

From oysters with absinthe foam to scallops in absinthe butter, our menu is based in French technique but doesn’t limit itself to a single cuisine. Some of our menu highlights include caviar served with sea urchin flan and eggplant sour cream to wagyu tartare with roasted bone marrow and steak with cherry-mezcal bordelaise, creamed pearl onions, and pommes paillasson.

We also feature a wide Wine selection as well as an unique cocktail selection with revisited classics.


Top review
JAR71vip
Dined 5 days ago
We love this place. We love sitting at the bar. We love the food, the drinks, the staff and the service, and the space. Thank you so much as always…
A photo of Little Frenchie restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1280)
$30 and under
French
Coronado
About the restaurant
Little Frenchie is a chef-driven approachable bistro modeled after Parisian neighborhood cafes. Enjoy our rotating menu of Provencal classics, our immense selection of unique cheeses imported from France and our extensive wine collection from both France and California. We take pride in the imported and local ingredients we use; our produce is sourced from regional farmers, and our seafood from local area fisherman.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing services and food!! They had so many beautiful touches like a book for the bill that you could write notes in. Sitting outside made it feel like you were in France. It was a lovely way to celebrate my 50th birthday.
A photo of Bleu Boheme restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3457)
$31 to $50
French
Kensington
About the restaurant
"World travel and its pleasures; items brought back from different places for décors; great stories shared with others; and very importantly, simple, yet delicious recipes from different cultures. Our mission is humble. It is simply for people coming to our restaurant to be transported around the world, and to travel with us for an evening, to a place of well-being and happiness."

Bleu Bohème is designed to create a feeling of France's past generations. It mixes the Bohemian and artistic free spirited left bank of Paris with the roots and tradition of the rural areas. Bleu Bohème is a neighborhood restaurant that serves accessible, affordable and comforting French cuisine.
Top review
justmevip
Dined 4 days ago
Our anniversary dinner couldn’t have been better. Blue Boheme was a perfect choice
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