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About The French Gourmet

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.

960 Turquoise Street
San Diego, CA 92109
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Fusion / Eclectic, American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast and Lunch: Daily: 8:00am -3:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00 - 9:00pm (Closed Sunday & Monday nights)

Cross Street:
Cass Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 488-1725 ext. 316

Website:
http://www.thefrenchgourmet.com/

Catering:
Also a versatile San Diego catering company, our products are all prepared fresh daily on the premises. The dishes conjured up in our kitchen reflect a commitment to originality, freshness and the celebration of taste. Our knowledgeable sales team will work with you to create a menu and style that will compliment your event and your budget. As a local catering company, we can provide you with china, glassware, place settings, equipment rentals, servers and bartenders, and much more.

Parking Details:
There's 15 minute parking in front of the bakery, and parking on nearby side streets.

Executive Chef:
Michel Malecot

Private Party Facilities:
Our restaurant is available for private parties on Sunday and Monday evenings. We host large parties all the time in our restaurant even during regular service. Custom menus available. Consider us for your bridal shower, office holiday party or organization's meeting spot!

Private Party Contact:
Michel Malecot: (877) 926-3990

Additional:
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

The French Gourmet Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (27)
Special Occasion (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
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Good for Anniversaries (22)
Casual (19)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Cozy (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Authentic (13)
Good for Birthdays (12)
Notable Wine List (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Romantic (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Comfort Food (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Business Meals (3)
Healthy (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Fun (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Organic (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
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Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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Happy Hour (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

Outstanding food in a casual, charming, quiet environment. As always the service was impeccable and very friendly.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 days ago

This is a wonderful place, reminding me of a small neighborhood bistro in Paris. The place is small, the tables close together and the atmosphere very friendly. We will definitely be back again and again.

The food is classic french comfort food. And the service is excellent. Special note- the baguette was to die for! Perfectly done with a super-thin light crust - the best since the last visit to Europe.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Was expecting a larger restaurant based on the pictures. It was our anniversary and we had a very nice time. Our waitress was very pleasant and our food was very good and authentic.

Tags: Cozy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

Our waiter was great. He had an extremely demanding table and the table was rude wanting faster service etc. they bent over backwards to apologize and treated us to free dessert that was nice but did not have to do that.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined 6 days ago

Had to leave for a personal emergency & waitress wrapped up my meal & even dessert in a hurry for me & she was really busy that night. The food is DELICIOUS, & I will never forget the service.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

OK but uninspired.
Told waitress I did not want scallops overdone and they were overdone

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Why oh why did I wait so many years to come here! My friend and I made a revservation for 5:30 and met at the restaurant at around 4:30pm to take a walk before we ate. What a perfect idea! We both kept commenting on how delicious the food was and the wait staff attentive and helpful. Do have the onion soup. A good French restaurant has yummy onion soup and The French Gourmet did not disappoint. Salmon was delish and the Chicken dish crispy and perfectly done. If you can have desert. If you can...

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Such a lovely atmosphere for a couple. It definitely has an authentic french feel. Loved it and will be returning. The staff are professional and knowledgeable.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

It was another great meal at The French Gourmet! Really nice, helpful wait staff. Loved the salmon and the crème Brule especially.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Lovely small location
Delicious cuisine
Excellent attentive service

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have eaten at the French Gourmet for eight years and in the last two years, the restaurant has changed, not for the better. We will not be back after waiting 55 minutes for our dinner the other night with a waiter more concerned with setting tables than taking care of his patrons.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Best Bruschetta I have ever tasted! Recommend the Shallot salad dressing, the house dressing is a bit plain tasting. Fancy French Pastries, cookies and petit-fours available to go. Wine available at retail. Real French waiters.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

My third time at The French Gourmet and each a time the food was delicious and the service beyond friendly. Do not expect to be in and out in a hurry, a good meal takes time, this is old world class food and is well worth the wait, so meanwhile enjoy the charcuterie board with the delicious fresh baked bread and butter.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Organic, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Went with another couple. Enjoyed escargot and onion soup, flank steak, grouper and salmon. Great bread. Creme brûlée was rich and good. Very good neighborhood spot

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything from pate, salads, appetizers, fish and steak was excellent....fresh and well prepared with great sauces. And the desserts were a special treat.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on November 18, 2017

The French Gourmet is very much a place for locals. Very cute and quaint, but the vibe from the other diners was not overly welcoming to a large-ish group of outsiders. Nevertheless, the service provided was good. The food delivery a bit slow (but I think the size of our group may have overtaxed the kitchen a tad). The au gratin potatoes were tasty but heavily salted. The bouillabaisse was very lightly salted/seasoned with a healthy selection of fish. I enjoyed the pear and arugula salad. The escargot were amazing! The raspberry tart and napoleon pastry were delicious. All in all, I think this restaurant is would be an excellent choice for a quiet dinner for two.

Tags: Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Their menu and food improved greatly from 6 months ago. As usual, their service is sloooooooow. If you have time to relax, you'll enjoy the food and cozy ambiance.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 16, 2017

Stopped here on short notice, they offer a prix fixe dinner which is a very good value. The food was good not great and the venue is okay but could use a bit of sprucing up. The wait staff are friendly and reasonably professional but did disappear for long periods of time even though it was a Wednesday night and not crowded.
All in all it was middle of the road, and I am not sure that we would return again.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Beyond catering our wedding in 2013....know they hosted our daughters Sweet 16 and treated her and her friends with grace! The French Gourmet are like family at this point and I can’t give a higher recommendation! Great food always!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Always wonderful
Great service
The food was great

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Once again, The French Gourmet does not disappoint. Delicious lunch and ooh la la, the desserts!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Been coming here for years. The bread there is amazing, and they're smart and served softened (room temperature) butter with it. Consistently good food, and super nice friendly staff. Check out their deli/bakery. I got some good treats for mom and dad, and a Mushroom Quiche to eat later which was delicious.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Meh. My husbands duck confit was super salty and we had to wait an extra half hour for it. I had the chicken and it was pretty good. I don’t think we’ll bother going back.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

We came for our anniversary, the ambiance was great and the food was delicious. They have a restaurant week-esque deal where you can choose an appetizer, main course and desert for $30 which is an awesome value for the delicious food. The service was funny and friendly and we enjoyed a nice quiet table to celebrate

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

As always the menu was perfect, the food incredible and the service fabulous. Will definitely return as we always do.

Tags: Special Occasion, Organic, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

This was not first visit to French Gourmet. I always love it and the service is incredible. I always get points using my Upromise charge card and making reservations. I did both. Please check your records. Just went there about a month ago. Virginia

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Disabled Access
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Always a favorite when in the area! Great food, good, service and wines! Had the Escargot and the Salmon - both prepared perfectly and flavorful! My husband had French Onion soup and lamb chops. Both excellent!' Definitely recommend the French Gourmet when in Pacific Beach!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great menu option: 3 courses for $30. Love the French food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Every meal I've had at The French Gourmet has been a delight. The service is excellent, every dish is well prepared and the Prix Fixe menu is a terrific bargain. I wouldn't change a thing about The French Gourmet!

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Enjoyed the whole experience

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

As always, the quality of the food was wonderful. Everything was very fresh and prepared just as we asked. Service was attentive but not intrusive which always a plus. And the desserts were really just a delight. Been many times and hope to go again just as often.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Excellent French food at a reasonable price. Servers very responsive and friendly but although garlic potatoes and extra Bernaise sauce was ordered none was delivered. White zin n/a.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Wonderful place to have a dinner with a couple of people. Not big but that's part of the intimate, French appeal. The food was amazing! Had the onion soup, filet mignon, and creme brûlée. Everything tasted so fresh, even the bread was amazing! Service was great and everyone was very nice! Go, you won't regret it

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We went for restaurant week and they had a wonderful menu for the price. The food was wonderful and the service was outstanding. Will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Enjoyed our Restaurant Week dinner. Great dishes - filet migon and duck confit and excellent value. A small intimate place. Friendly service attentive service. Will definitely go again!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience! We had a few issues with the meat having to be sent back.. but it seemed like a strange cut and nothing wrong with the way it was cut. The staff went above and beyond to make sure we were happy with our meals and comped a part of it to make sure we were satisfied. Overall we had a really great time and I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Our food was delicious... perfectly prepared and served... enjoyed our dinner and wine very much!

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Unfortunately, the food just was not very good. I really expected (much) more from such a highly rated restaurant. Additionally, as I looked around the dining area, I couldn't help but notice that every single entree came with the same exact two sides: roasted potatoes and a carrot broccoli medley. Whether you ordered a seafood crepe or lamb (as my wife and I did, respectively) or the filet mignon, it was like looking at cookie-cutter carbon copy food at every table. The dishes just all lacked any originality and were bland, especially my wife's crepe. Perhaps it was because my wife and I went during restaurant week, but the whole experience really felt like they just phoned this one in. The one thing I must compliment them for, however, was that the waiter removed our wines from the bill upon learning that my wife was not happy with her dish. That was a kind gesture since it ended up saving us more than the cost of her entree.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

We savored the filet of beef with Berniase sauce. Bread was fresh and crisp, oignon soup was hot , tasty and enclosed in a rather thin cover o f Swiss cheese. Regrettably there is still no white zin available but my friend thoroughly enjoyed her white French wine and I, my coffee. We have enjoyed this restaurant for years and look forward to our continued visits.

Tags: Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

We had a Wonderful time!!! Can't wait to go back. Everything was perfect and the service was outstanding!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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