The French Gourmet

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$30 and under
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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

Restaurant Week - Jan 19-26, 2020

Join us during San Diego Restaurant Week Sun 1/19 - Sun 1/26! 3 courses $30 plus beverage, tax & gratuity (we will only be serving this menu at dinner during that week) https://bit.ly/36CRiPu

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 19, 2020

Ends: January 27, 2020

Availability: Daily 4:00PM-8:45PM

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is truly a hidden gem. I’ve lived in San Diego for 12 years and only ended up here because my mom, who was visiting, found it through researching online.
Fantastic value. The food is AMAZING and the wine prices and selection are outstanding. So not miss out on this experience!

KA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good place for business lunch

BD
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very enjoyable French restaurant with a nice menu, ambiance and service. Have been several times!!

CC
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Wine list made up of wines chosen from a convenience store should have been the tip-off, but I was hungry so stayed. Onion soup tasted canned with huge slab of Monterrey Jack cheese in it. Salad full of sprouts. The entree tasted like a frozen dinner that had been microwaved. Seriously this may have been my worst French restaurant dining experience ever.

MP
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our entire experience was awesome. The food was superb.

NP
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always good, love the french bread and the quiche.

FM
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Traditional French food. Good quality ingredients and delicious preparation. Very attentive service. Quiet atmosphere. One of the better if less recognized restaurants in San Diego. Highly recommend.

W
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was our go-to place for the last 7 years, it was always a reliably good dinner for a reasonable price. Until recently, when we noticed the portions had shrunk to literally HALF their prior size while the prices remained the same. The waiters confirmed that yep, they’ve gone to smaller portions. So unfortunately the French gourmet is no longer a good value or a good option, in my opinion. How unfortunate.

c
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great dining experience despite staff being short a server. Crew just upped the pace and took care of everyone. Place only had one empty table.

PA
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never knew this place existed until we dined here on Saturday. I couldn't decide between the beef wellington special, the duck, or the lamb...now I have to go back multiple times to try it all. Sooo satisfied with everything, the food, the servers/service, the atmosphere, AND the price point!!! They ran out of the double chocolate croissant so I have to make it a point to try it next time :)

P
Jackson Hole
15 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My favorite go to restaurant for any special occasion in La Jolla

JY
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Impeccable salmon in bernaise sauce, with lovely side veggies and a nice pilaf. The dining room is in the back of a bakery/European grocery storefront, so a bit funky, but comfy enough for the wonderful food.

O
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It has been years since we last dined at French Gourmet, but we are very happy we went back. The food is fantastic, and it is not overpriced. The zucchini fritter appetizer melted in the mouth. The salmon dijonnaise was perfectly prepared and delicious. The eggplant Napoleon entree was also great. We'll be back there soon.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We love this restaurant. We were celebrating our 31st Anniversary and it did not disappoint. They did not have our reservation from my Open Table entry. Not sure why, but I needed to insist on the table we wanted. Still a wonderful dinner and good service once the "reservation" problem was sorted.
Had the Filet with Bernaise sauce and the Roasted chicken. Very nice bottle of French Pinot Noir and a lovely slice of chocolate cake!

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience! Escargot is perfectly cooked, duck confit was a little dry, but the Dijon salmon was unparalleled - especially if you ask for it to be slightly undercooked. Dessert options in the prix fix menu are outstanding. One of the best spots in PB!

J
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food outstanding, service helpful, atmosphere soothing. Highly recommend and has reasonably price three course.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Allowed an open table reservation when no dining service was available. Wasted our time

BA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an excellent spot. It's size and moderate noise level (unlike so many other current places) made for a very enjoyable evening. Excellent entrees, but be sure to leave room for desert - their bakery provides some great selections.

SB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed when we have dinner here. The food and service seems always good amazing.

OT
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was also restaurant week.

h
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, setting and service. Couldn't have been nicer. We will be returning next weekend for my birthday!

MK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great French food. The seafood crepes were very good.

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Ambiance was great! Only two little things that weren't perfect were 1) dessert tasted a bit dry and stale and 2) two of four dishes we ordered were too salty for our tastes. Otherwise, our server was attentive and the food was delicious.

IA
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always an excellent meal

PB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us had dishes from the "Restaurant Week" menu. Everything was delicious. We had 2 different salads and each had a wonderful combination of vegetables and distinct dressings.
The main courses were also tasty as were the desserts. French Gourmet has been around for a long time because their food is fresh and well prepared. Always excellent.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Been going to FG for 20 years. Always amazing food. One of our restuarant week dinners so it was very busy. Intimate dinner for two ended up being a shared table for 6. Made new friends so that was okay. Our server was great. He was so busy but never missed a beat. I had beet salad, duck and creme brulee. The salad was fresh and full of flavor. The duck was a little over cooked but the sauce was addictive. I wanted to lick my plate but having other guests at the table, opted not. The creme brulee is always perfect combination of crispness and fluffiness. My guest was a vegan and had an asparagus salad, vegan wellington, and chocolate avocado mousse. Server recommended adding some zest to the wellington so they loaded it with garlic and onions. She was extremely happy. Neither of us believed that her dessert was vegan but it was so good, we decided forgiveness was the better approach so not to waste a single bite.

m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious Prix Fixe for Restaurant Week: chicken, duck confit, scallops! Service was first rate. A little noisy due to a full house.... and everyone was loving their food and in a festive mood. For wonderful lunch and dinner... and excellent and friendly/cordial service always....this is the place for you!

JT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazingly good. Scallops done perfectly and cut like butter. All 4 of us were thoroughly delighted.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

E
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went during Restaurant Week for lunch. It was busy so the service was a bit slower. Food is always good though.

t
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little spot with delicious food and friendly service

RH
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This relatively small French restaurant is located in the Pacific Beach neighborhood. It is casually elegant and absolutely unpretentious. The menu is not large, but all the dishes we ordered were excellent or outstanding. Both of us had prix fixe menus -- a tremendous value at $29.99 for this cuisine. Appetizers we tried were French onion soup (classic) and escargots (wonderful in a butter and garlic sauce). Entrees were chicken (best ever, absolutely delicious) and ratatouille (also wonderful). Desserts were chocolate cakes, excellent as expected since they also have their own bakery at the restaurant and sell baked goods in the adjacent space.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fish special!!!! Very fresh and interesting!!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very cozy, bistro style. Great tasting.

G
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful in every way

GN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was so knowledgeable and made the whole experience very special. It was my aunt’s birthday and he was very attentive and did not rush us in enjoying our evening. Thank you so much, we will definitely be back to celebrate more birthdays!

SM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We wnt there Friday for an early dinner. The room was quiet, our server very pleasant, and the food outstanding. Thank You.

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Intimate, pleasant French themed restaurant. Quiet, and, an added plus, a French Bakery.

MD
Orange County
61 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down my favorite breakfast stop for the best in French food. Nothing compares. Spent the weekend in SD. I eat here every chance I get.

JF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure, never fails to please. With a most wonderful selection of freshly made on site pastry.

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