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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

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

Private Dining

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!

The French Gourmet Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.3

value

4.5

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Special Occasion (20)
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Neighborhood Gem (18)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Cozy (14)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Authentic (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Brunch (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Romantic (8)
Comfort Food (5)
Business Meals (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fun (1)
Seasonal (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Organic (1)
People Watching (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Always an extremely good value on French cuisine. Very good onion soup. The wife's pate was good but not much taste difference between the 3.(duck/chicken and a mix). My arugula salad was dressed very nicely and the goat cheese was a good compliment to it as were the grilled pears. The wife's filet was cooked perfectly mid rare as was my rack of lamb. Both were quite juicy and very well seasoned. The only miss is the veggies(broccoli and cauliflower) which come out steamed and cooked ok but not seasoned at all. A little bit would have gone a long way but we used the béarnaise sauce(leftover from the filet) for them. The napoleon and crème brulee were perfect and all in all a really good meal at a great price point for French.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 10, 2017

We have eaten at the French Gourmet many times. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. My husband had the lamb and enjoyed it very much. They presented a special birthday cake which was a total surprise. We are never disappointed when we eat there.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Friendly and excellent service; yummy food choices as always. Love it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Healthy, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Great food and excellent service! The staff is exceptionally good.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 20, 2017

One of the best French casual restaurants in all of San Diego. Service, and food are just excellent. We will try to visit the restaurant every time we travel to San Diego. A hidden gem.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Very good experience. Hard to find a place free of eardrum splitting racket, loud voices loud music but French Gourmet has it all. Quiet enough for conversation and excellent menu . Service was great.

Barbara

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

I was there for Mother's Day. The food was great! They accommodated an order off the menu during a busy time. Great place.

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Wonderful food, great service, wonderful deserts.....awesome specials from the Chef.
3rd time at the French Gourmet....looking forward to more.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2017

My wife and I tried this restaurant based on the Open Table ratings and have a mixed review regarding the food and the service. This was our first time at the restaurant and did not know what to expect. However, we eat out often at similar restaurants and have developed a certain level of expectation for service and food quality and taste.

My wife had the bruschetta and the chicken marsala. The bruschetta was tasty and we enjoyed that. The chicken marsala wasn't up to what it should be. The chicken was over cooked and tough. The sauce was very good but it didn't do anything to make the chicken juicy as it should be. My wife had the Rose...don't bother.

I had the pate appetizer and the rabbit. The rabbit was very good, juicy and very tasty. Probably one of the best I've had in the county. The vegetables that came with it were cooked correctly and not under done as they so often are.. However, the pate let a lot to be desired. The dish offers three types and these had to be three of the least flavorable pates I have had. Also, the dish was set down in front of me and the server walked off without explaining which of the three was which plus there was no bread or cracker accompanying it. Our bread basket was empty and there was no inquiry if we wanted more in general or more to accompany the pate. I had the beaujolais which was very good.

Desert was good. Creme brulee and a chocolate mousse cake.

Servers were very nice but trying to get more water was a bigger effort than it should have been. They should have checked the bread as well when serving the pate. I know the three servers who worked in tandem were busy but it's these touches in service that often will bring someone back to give the restaurant another chance when the meal had such mixed results.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 3, 2017

First the good. Food is again excellent. It has been up and down but now definitely much better. At end of day that is what matters. Ok, now the negatives. They are always one person short on thei wait staff. Every time I'm there it's the same frustrating issue with slow service. Not bad service, the people working are doing their best. But they are one person short. Also the room can be so noisy. But I guess I'm not allowed to complain about that. I can complain though about the ancient bathrooms that desperately need a make over

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Best escargot I've had! I had iron steak is amazing and the duck was OK a bit sweet. The couscous was delicious😋

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 18, 2017

Their food is always so very very good and the setting is charming - small and intimate but not crowded. We love dining here.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Though we live in Wisconsin, we've been coming to The French Gourmet since 2003 when our son started at UCSD and we've never been disappointed, whether with the food or the prompt, personable service. And the prix fixe menu is a true bargain. We've enjoyed several other French restaurants in San Diego, in Seattle, and at L'Etoile back home Madison (yes, Wisconsin does have a French restaurant!) -- but none is any better for all around dining than The French Gourmet.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Just discovered this gem in Pacific Beach. Food and service are fantastic. I had calfs liver and my friend had the rabbit, wonderful sauces on both, came with an arugula/pear/goat cheese salad , mashed potatoes and string beans as well as two delicious desserts. Price was around 30.00 a piece ordered from pre-fixe menu with many tempting selections. One of the best meals we've had in quite a while. Will definitely return

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Food is not good. Service is pretty bad but it's not intentional, they are just incompetent.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 7, 2017

The only non touristy excellent food restaurant we found in the San Diego area. We highly recommend it the only best restaurant we found in San Diego

Tags: Hot Spot, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 28, 2017

We were not impressed with any thing. Appetizer was either plane or salty, auntrey was ok,and desert were overly sweet and I was surprised that they serve carrot cake! It is not French! After tax and tip, I paid more than $85 for two. It's not worth for the price. It was a very disappointing experience...

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 25, 2017

The food is amazing. And for our anniversary, they gave us a special dessert. We always walk out smiling because we have had a great meal.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on March 7, 2017

One of the best food values in San Diego, the French Gourmet never fails to offer a great dining experience. Starting off with good French bread, then fine appetizers, including the salad, escargot and pate we had, on to the rabbit, monkfish and ratatouille entrees, everything was well-prepared and tasty. Hard to go wrong here.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 7, 2017

Excellent dining room but can be a bit loud at times.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 5, 2017

It was really good but after eating I felt bad with my stomach, I don't know if it's associated with what I ate but was the first time, normally I go there just because the food is genuine and light

Tags: Cozy
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vip
 (Richmond)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Everything about this meal was wonderful. The warm French bread brought to the table was very tasty. We decided on the prix fix menu and were not disappointed in any way. The mussels were large and flavorful in a delicious sauce, the French onion soup was loaded with cheese and very tasty too. Both of our salmon entrées were cooked perfectly and the potato sides and asparagus were as well. The salmon melted in our mouths. Cheesecake and a chocolate cake were our choices for dessert and both wonderful. The wines were very reasonably priced. The waitstaff couldn't have been nicer or more professional. A wonderful outing!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 23, 2017

we have been French Gourmet dinners for may years and this is second time that we were disappointed with food. Will wail awhile till we return.

Tags: Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The food and value are fabulous. Good variety offered. Never disappointing after many visits there.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good little gem of a place. Crab cake was amazing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Amazing food and service as always. A local favorite.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I was really looking forward to having a wonderful Valentine's Day dinner at the French Gourmet. They have an excellent reputation for excellent food, as I experienced first hand when they catered our wedding and when I have lunched at the restaurant. However, we were very disappointed in our dinner experience the other night. Although the service was superb, the food didn't measure up. For a pre fixe menu at $70 pp, I really felt gyped. First off, the appetizer was pathetic. They brought a tiny quiche, an escargot, and a teeny weeny bruschetta all of which we were supposed to divide into two to share. Really? My next course was risotto and it was just so so. My husband had the crab cake which tasted fishy. Our main courses were surf and turf for me and chicken breast rolled around asparagus for him. My lobster was mushy and rather tasteless, but the steak was excellent. My husband's chicken was also excellent. However, we both ordered fingerling potatoes and green beans, which were both seriously undercooked. We couldn't even eat them. We didn't want to make a fuss, it being Valentine's Day and we didn't want to ruin the mood. Dessert was delicious, a little heart-shaped chocolate cake to share. And I was given a long stemmed red rose. But these niceties didn't make up for a lackluster dinner that for us was pretty pricey.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 13, 2017

It is a favorite restaurant of mine BUT the food is becoming inconsistent.
And that is disappointing.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 9, 2017

Wonderful meal. 3-course prix fixed menu is about the best value in all of San Diego. This time we had escargot to start and then calves liver - perfectly done. Desserts were creme brûlée and a fabulous Napoleon. Service was friendly and professional. Hard to beat.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Casual
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 (Houston)·Dined on February 7, 2017

The French bread is delicious and the bernais is out of this world!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 4, 2017

It's a great place and seems to be run by people who enjoy what they are doing. It reminded me of all the wonderful little French restaurants that I enjoyed in New York in the 1960s. We will be back.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2017

Lovely meal. Love the escargot. Great service. Consistently good. The only complaint is that the bright lights from the service station across the street ruin the ambiance. Otherwise it is a charming place to dine.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We had reservations at 7:15pm and arrived promptly but after 30 mins of waiting to be seated we left (7:45pm). From the very beginning the staff advised us that it would only be a few minutes for our table to be ready (and we were told this repeatedly by multiple staff members) which was horribly inaccurate. When I mentioned to the wait staff that we would be leaving since we had waited too long given we had a reservation they could clearly not honor - the staff member was full of excuses about no one leaving their tables - I told him very politely and quietly this is really disappointing and we would never be back - he just rolled his eyes!!! Your staff is poorly trained and your inept ability to estimate table time is a disgrace!!! It should also be noted that another couple came in and waited 5mins and the staff never said a thing to them - no greetings or otherwise - and they just left.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Small place but very pleasant decor. Service was prompt and polite. Nose level increases as tables fill up but still able to hold a conversation. Lots of delicious desserts in the front case which may or may not be available with the prix fix price. Ask. Menu is heavy on meat choices but there are a couple of non meat dishes. The dishes we had we're very nice but i hesitate to call them excellent. There is a small parking lot next door so you may be able to avoid street parking

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2017

We had lunch. Service was good and food was also good but it seemed a limited menu.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2017

We've been to the French Gourmet many times and chose it again to celebrate two birthdays. We also had a special request for soft food for one person with a loose tooth. Once again, the French Gourmet met and exceeded our expectations. The food was superb, the prices reasonable, the service excellent and good humored. The birthday cake with two candles was just right. I even had some filet mignon to take home! We recommend the restaurant and bakery highly and will certainly be back again.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Outstanding Value, Comfort Food
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Always delicious food with excellent service by Charlie and Laura. The onion soup is authentic, like they serve in France, and so good. Not overly salty like other places. I have eaten here for lunch and dinner and have always been very satisfied. Nice atmosphere in a small restaurant (which I prefer). I will try breakfast soon as the menu looks enticing. Everything is so fresh and tasty.

Tags: Authentic, Outstanding Value, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2017

The servers were actually pleasant to talk to, not fake pleasant either, just fun. This place offers some unique entrees that are hard to find elsewhere in San Diego, and they're really good too.

Tags: Cozy, Great for Brunch, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2017

There's a real chef here, you can tell from the cuts on the veggies to the fantastic flavors of your meal from appetizer to dessert. Even the latte was well prepared!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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