The French Gourmet

4.7
917 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

What 917 People Are Saying
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TT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

It's good. A little over-priced. And the one waiter was overworked.

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M
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were traveling and we’re so glad we discovered this gem.

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HR
Manitoba
31 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! I had the Florentine Omelet and it was excellent. Fresh bread with butter and jam to start was great. Coffee was strong and flavourful. Breakfast potatoes were yummy. Farmers omelet, quiche, and sausage and eggs all excellent. We will go again!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was wonderful. The pre fix menu was a great value, and the service was excellent. We will be going back.

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SS
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The small room is dominated by a well executed mural of provincial French wine country. My rack of lamb was excellent; done exactly medium rare, nice sauce and mustard crust. Spouce's chicken also quite good. Excellent value as well as quality.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, as usual. Service was outstanding!

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S
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious, love the quaint ambiance. The bakery selection is outstanding. so many beautiful pastries to choose from.

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TL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!
This is our place for French food.

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TW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Usually an enjoyable meal at a reasonable price, if you take advantage of the specials they offer. The Roast Chicken was enjoyable. I would not recommend the Duck Confit, as it is overcooked an dry. This was the second time/chance I tasted it, and there won't be a third. The Filet Mignon with Bernaise sauce very good.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service...delicious food! The French bread is amazing. The best I've found aside from being in France!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Perfect place for us to dine!! They r so friendly!!

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d
San Francisco
32 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
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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A
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
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 on February 12, 2019
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 9, 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 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, sensitive servers.. delightful evening.

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W
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 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 January 31, 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 27, 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 26, 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
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 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 24, 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 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, amazing service. Great place to go!

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C
San Diego
5 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 23, 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 23, 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 22, 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
30 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
San Diego
2 reviews
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 20, 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 20, 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
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 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 20, 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 19, 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 12, 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 12, 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 9, 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 8, 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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