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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (28)
Neighborhood Gem (27)
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Cozy (24)
Good for Anniversaries (23)
Authentic (23)
Romantic (19)
Casual (18)
Creative Cuisine (17)
Notable Wine List (16)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Fit for Foodies (11)
Great for Lunch (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Great for Brunch (8)
Fun (8)
Healthy (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Business Meals (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Spent a special occasion here with my husband and had a GREAT experience from wine, waiter, food, and ambiance. We were able to use our San Diego Restaurant gift cards here, too, and will definitely return!

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 5 days ago

Neighbourhood French bistro that OpenTable sent us to while visiting San Diego. Bakery sales in front, restaurant further through and French accents to be heard among the staff. If the French Gourmet were in my neighbourhood, I'd be a regular.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic
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·Dined 5 days ago

Overall I enjoyed everything about this experience, except that the AC didn't appear to be functioning so it got rather warm. The food, the customer service, the ambiance overall was spectacular. I cannot wait to go back again for more of the amazing food and great service. Charles is an amazing waiter, with patience and humor. I genuinely enjoy this locale.
Also, the food and desserts are enough to get me in, even if the service wasn't awesome, the food is OUTSTANDING!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined 5 days ago

For the first time, the service was terrible really, under par.

dirty dishes left on table until we request to have them picked up, water had to be asked for twice, an ordered coffee never came.

If you are not served by Charles, you will be under served.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2018

I love this place. Great french food, great service, reasonable prices (especially the prix fixe menu), nice atmosphere. Appetizers are all great and I love the french onion soup.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Very, very good

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2018

The food and setting are always lovely. A well-priced tasty meal with nice staff

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Delicious meal- both fish and beef perfectly prepared to desired doneness. Would go again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Charles and Laura and Nathan were great- had a wonderful time!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The host and waiters were pleasant and amiable. I love the paintings and the bakery near the restaurant. The space is intimate, so the noise level can be slightly too loud when it's busy, but overall the food and dessert were delicious. Great place, and I would love to visit again!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent food and service as always. Our favorite breakfast location!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was a let down. Appetizers and dessert were good, but the sides for the main course were bland and boring. We also had issues with the temperatures of the meat we ordered. Overall, I did not thing it was worth the price, and probably won't be back.

Tags: Fun, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A+++, would go again. Service was as awesome, so was the food.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Many places don’t put their best on for restaurant week; however I didn’t find this to be true at French Gourmet. Great service, very accommodating to dietary restrictions, only complaint is it’s a very small restaurant so a little bit of a tight fit.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

As always the food and service were excellent. Our waiter was attentive and made useful suggestions. We will return soon and recommend the French Gourmet to our friends.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Casual, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Food was excellent as it always is. Great vaalue durinbg Restaurant Week but good for similar menu all of the time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

My son and I enjoyed our dinner. The food was excellent. The table arrangement was just a little too cozy. We just got lucky that the table next to us who I felt like we are sharing our meal with were such fine people celebrating their parents 60th wedding anniversary.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Comfort Food, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Authentic
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I've always had wonderful meals here -- love their escargots, their cabernet-braised short ribs, their bouillabaisse, their desserts -- really, I've never had a bad dish here. Service is attentive, but discreet. And their prix fixe menu and restaurant week menus make their meals quite modestly priced. We always choose a table by the wall, so even when the restaurant is full, noise isn't a problem. No matter where else we've eaten in San Diego, The French Gourmet remains our favorite for an evening out.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Everything was perfect. The food and service were outstanding.

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Great restaurant week menu! Very good! Just a little loud due to being busy so was hard to talk to each other.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Small restaurant and bakery, well worth going out of the way for. Wonderful food with a real French flair. Surprisingly affordable.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

All four of us really enjoyed ALL the courses of our food. It was delicious and the right size portions. Just the right attention in the service. Would go again!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Wonderful food & fun bistro atmosphere- will definitely return!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

We frequently go to the French Gourmet for the restaurant, the bakery and for catering.
This time we dined during Restaurant week, and the dinners were superb.
Everything was excellent.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great meal today, as always. The onion soup is to die for.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 22, 2018

First time here (tried it for restaurant week). The food was very well prepared and tasted wonderful. The service was excellent. Will definitely return. Smaller facility so you may want to make a reservation.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Love this place ! The food and ambiance never disappoints!!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Crepes for dessert were not-to-be-missed heavenly chocolate!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was great as always. Excellent service as well. Great job!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Service with Charles and Laura and bus-boy excellent - a bit different without Stephen but still extremely enjoyable meal...

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Healthy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was simply AMAZING !! We went for Restaurant week and was impressed by the variety of food choices to pick from. The food and the wine were awesome. Thank you

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 20, 2018

This restaurant was terrific!!! Everyone was very friendly and the food was beyond delicious!!

Tags: Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

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 on January 12, 2018

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 on January 11, 2018

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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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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 on January 10, 2018

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 4, 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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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 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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