The French Gourmet

4.7
906 reviews
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French
Our restaurant serves California-influenced French cuisine in a quaint countryside environment. We are a long-time favorite of locals who appreciate the value of the menu and our extensive wine list. After more than three decades of serving our clients, it is as much an honor and a privilege, as it is a reassurance to know, that while culinary trends come and go, appreciation and dedication to quality endure.

Breakfast and Lunch served daily; Dinner Tuesday-Saturday after 4pm.

Specials

Early Bird Special: FREE appetizers and desert with 2 entrées!

Between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm purchase any two entrées and get a Soupe á L’onion Gratinée or Salade Maison for each entrée and any dessert to share! Our house wines and house martinis are on special for $5!

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 10, 2018

Ends: November 11, 2117

Availability: Tue-Sat 4:00PM-5:30PM

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San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Quaint French bistro food off the beaten path. Food was excellent and service to match. French cuisine with a gourmet flavor. Very affordable. Prix fix 3 course is an amazing bargain. Entree specials are noteworthy. On premise bakery provides the French bread and pastries. Will definitely return to try the other menu items. Diamond in the rough honestly.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great Valentine's Day dinner here. We had to wait a bit despite our reservation, but that is understandable because it's a very small restaurant. The food was delicious, cooked perfectly, and we loved every bit of it, especially the pork belly, steak & lobster, and the duck. However, I was not expecting a prix fixe menu that night because it was not advertised on OpenTable nor the restaurant's own website. When choosing a Valentine's restaurant, I factor price into my decision and it helps to know how much each restaurant's prix fixe menu is going to cost per person ahead of time. One of the reasons I chose The French Gourmet over other restaurants was because it didn't appear to be serving an expensive prix fixe menu that night, until we got seated and I saw that the price per person was even higher than the other restaurant I chose not to book. Had I known ahead of time, I would have booked at the other restaurant. I didn't make any fuss about it because it was too late to change our minds and I didn't want to appear cheap, but I felt kind of side-swiped by that. Please make sure to advertise the Valentine's special menu on OpenTable and/or on your company website. It was probably worth the price considering the quality of the food and free glass of sparkling wine, but it was more than I had budgeted for that night.

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G
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A very good experienc, as it has always been. We always enjoy the food, the wine & the excellent service.

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HH
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faboulous food and wine and desserts galore! n I miss the Bruschetta though

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C
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, sensitive servers.. delightful evening.

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W
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We starting going to The French Gourmet several years ago and continue to go back as it is a charming, inviting small space in which to enjoy great food and service!

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b
San Diego
57 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a lovely and wonderful meal we had at The French Gourmet. The dining area is small and quiet. We were actually able to have great conversations! Our server could not have been better. He was able to answer our questions and take fantastic care of our table without being invasive. The food, oh man, it was outstanding. We were a group of 4 and we ordered the Onion soup and Escargot to start. BEST French Onion soup I have ever had! Not too salty with the perfect layer of cheese and bread. Must say, I did not have the Escargot, but the friends who did loved them! The bread is served warm with tasty butter, not waxy and frozen like most restaurants. I had the special Halibut which was moist and perfectly cooked over pearl couscous and veggies in a light sauce that was fabulous. Rack of lamb was also perfectly cooked and plentiful. Short Ribs looked great and friend loved his meal as well and husband had the Duck Leg Confit which was so yummy. PERFECT evening! No complaints or disappointments! We were too full for dessert but purchased croissants, cookie and a Palmier which was out of this world buttery and flaky. I cannot wait to go back!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time for this restaurant, I am impressed. Really lovely hommy food and environment, and their desert is perfect.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I took my daughter for a date night dessert.. really good. Super friendly.

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PG
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Have been dining at The French Gourmet for many years and for the most part our experience has been excellent. However, on our last two visits, the experience was not up to their usual standards. On 24 Dec we had a longer wait than usual, and due too an “incident” in the kitchen our entrees were delayed quite a bit and others who arrived after us were served before us, with similar orders. This visit, during restaurant week, we were seated next to a larger group, who very very loud. Also noticed our entrees were somewhat smaller than others. Overall though, I guess it’s too much to expect perfection every time, so we definitely will continue to dine at The French Gourmet!

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TD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the moment we stepped into the restaurant, we were greeted with a smile, and also complimentary danish while waiting. Service was excellent, food was really good, and the right amount. Overall, it was an amazing experience.

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CB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Great place to go!

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C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the French gourmet during restaurant week for lunch. Despite being very busy, with a line out the door, the wait staff was courteous and efficient

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SD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The wine was also really good and a great value. Bought sone pastries and wine to enjoy later. Will definately reccomend and return.

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M
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Intimate restaurant with excellent food and friendly, attentive service. Bakery items are fantastic too!

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ST
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and good service. Small restaurant seating area that is nice for an intimate dinner or conversation with friends.

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PL
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The French Gourmet is a treasure. Authentic French food at reasonable prices. Not to mention the outstanding retail bakery on the premises. I wish I lived closer, I would probably be there every week.

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MK
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here is delicious and never disappointed. Then the value for restaurant week is unbeatable. Me and my boyfriend went for a weekday lunch Nd will return soon for dinner. Plus the pastry selection is to die for.

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SD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great deal during Restaurant Week but an excellent spot year 'round. Excellent food, friendly service and fair prices. Worth a visit if you've never been there.

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TS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as usual as well as the service. You cannot go wrong with any choices here. The chef knows their stuff!

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L
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely experience. When you have lived in France, the opening note of a dinner is the perfect bread. French Gourmet have perfect bread, every time. And the rest of the meal was just divine.

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P
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Where is Shephen and the young woman we had last year - they were excellent servers

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

They have been doing Restaurant Week for over a decade, so should be experienced in how busy it is. There was a line of people *with reservations* who were not greeted until it was their "turn" to be in the front. I'm not sure why they bothered with reservations at all as a party of 2 *without* reservations was seated ahead of three other party of 2 groups *with* reservations, 10-30 minutes *after* their reservation time due to the long wait at the hostess stand. For myself, I arrived on time for my 12:15pm lunch reservation and was not seated until 12:47pm. There was only 1 server working, along with 1 busser and 1 manager for the entire rush. Order was taken within a reasonable amount of time. Food came out okay, but I had to ask for bread, water refills, coffee refills, cream refills, and more sugar. I never received the steak knife that was supposedly coming out. Entrees didn't come until a solid 10 minutes after appetizers were cleared. Fortunately, the food quality is top notch and it was not my first time eating here. The place was overbooked and understaffed for the volume. Hopefully they resolve this in the future.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Service was amazing.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

First night in SD for short vacation. Small, quaint, and cozy place. Great food. Waitress a bit flighty and forgetful but very friendly and I would definitely return if back in area.

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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food superb service!
We highly recommend this place the food is outstanding and we will return

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MJ
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. Service Superb. Very cozy place. Next time we indulge on desert. They look amazing.

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JO
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was excellent and made our experience even more fun. The food was delicious and the pricing is very reasonable. It was the first time for all six of us and everyone said it was an excellent choice.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Positive reviews on OT encouraged our vacationing family to give it a shot. Turned out to be so accommodating and comfortable we went back the next night. Food professionally prepared and presented. If this place was in my neighborhood I’d go twice a month.

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AT
Milwaukee
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Prix Fixe Menu, but even without, good value -- love their escargots, their cabernet-braised short ribs, their crème brulee, and multiple pastries. Have never had an unsatisfactory meal (nor unsatisfactory service) here in 20+ years. Took out-of-town visitors to the restaurant last evening, and they were equally pleased with their meals. Highly recommend The French Gourmet to all!

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OT
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have lived up the road from French Gourmet for three years but never had a sit down meal there (although I’ve grabbed items from their bakery which were delicious) - the service was perfect and friendly, food was excellent. I had the croissant sandwich with ham which was on an amazingly flaky and buttery fresh croissant. My husband had the corn beef hash and raved about it. Thumbs up all around!!

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SJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a really pleasant dining experience. Great food, friendly service, homey atmosphere. Always ready to go back.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No sirvió la reservación empiezan a atender a las 16:00 horas me fui a buscar otro restaurante perdí mi tiempo

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MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and I brought our three teenage grandkids for brunch. Food was very good and ample enough for hungry kids. Waiters were extremely nice and accommodating. We did have to speak loudly to each other as it was noisy. Only other complaint is lack of parking, but I would definitely come again.

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DM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This long established restaurant continues to provide excellent food and service. The small dining room reflects its French theme. The limited wine list provides excellent wine and great values , so not to worry that it is short. The prix fix menus provide more food than we can comfortably eat, so we usually split something. On New Year's Eve, it was prix fix and I ended up with a nice take home lunch.

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NM
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very excellent meal at the French Gourmet for New Year's Eve. I had the rack of lamb and it was so so delicious. One of the best rack of lamb I have ever had and I have eaten many! Perfectly prepared. My husband had the duck. The skin was crispy and done perfectly but the meat was quite dry. If it had more sauce it would have been fine. That was our only complaint. Every other dish was excellent. The lobster bisque was great and the winter salad fantastic. A small appetizer of fois gras and lobster was amazing. The crab cake had a sauce that was wonderful! We asked for our desserts to be packed to go because the portions were perfect for us to take back some to our hotel room to be eaten later.

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P
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

what a wonderful way to end the year, food and service was just so good. We will definitely go back even though is is over a 45 min drive from Vista

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j
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Great holiday menu but poor execution. Duck very tough (maybe over cooked), rack of lamb well done when ordered medium. I have had better meals here on other occasions

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S
San Diego
84 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Our experience this time was not good. It may take a while before we come back if we even come back.

2 of our party of 5 were late due to car issues and in addition they were lost. However they asked me to order for them. We were told that they could only take our order when ALL guests have arrived, that is the POLICY. I reiterated that we are not ordering in installment, rather ordering for everyone in our group because such was their "POLICY". Im not blaming the waitress she was only following POLICY. After sometime they did take our order.

After a long wait my escargot came, our bread had gotten COLD so i asked for fresh bread. I was told they were running low on bread (on Christmas Eve when they know they will have lots of guests and they have a bakery????).

The risotto was still hard and too aldente.

The cake was dry.

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FG
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most incredible place!
Great local vibe, wonderful French food, and warm, personal service... and at a surprisingly affordable price.
Don't skip dessert - their bakery is the best!

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