The Smoking Goat Restaurant

4.6
1105 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
The Smoking Goat is an award-winning California-French bistro located in the heart of North Park, San Diego.

Inspired by his European Farm-to-Table up-bringing and culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Executive Chef and Owner Fred Piehl, marries classic French cuisine with the bounty of San Diego in a way that is rustic, yet refined, imaginative, yet unpretentious.

The dinners served feature in-season local, sustainable and organic ingredients and provide guests with a unique culinary experience, reminiscent of the European countryside.

Boasting an eclectic and carefully selected wine, beer, craft aperitifs and cocktail list with selections from both the old and new world, The Smoking Goat assures there is always the correct pairing available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, Contemporary French / American, French
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Hours of operation
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 955-5295
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Fred Piehl
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Catering
Please contact us if you are looking for divine French cuisine catered at your next event
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Cross street
Upas St
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Parking details
30th, Upas, 29th, and Myrtle are the best locations to find parking.
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Public transit
Bus stop at 30th street and Upas
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Special events & promotions
The Smoking Goat is the perfect atmosphere to host the most memorable private gatherings,
let the event specialist at The Smoking Goat create timeless menu offerings to delight your guests and enhance your memorable event. From inspired menu options, perfect for a formal sit down dining experience to a savory family style selection.
The culinary team at The Smoking Goat is at your service.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays! We are exclusively serving our 4 course menu on Christmas Eve for $55.00. It is a beautifully created menu by Chef/Owner Fred Piehl.

Monday, December 24, 2018

What 1105 People Are Saying
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JR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREAT FOOD AND WINE. We got there early and then the place filled up and service was still great.

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I love Smoking Goat! Consistently great food in a very congenial restaurant.

The rear table in the main dining room usually holds a large party celebrating some event. The noise level can get high if your table is close.

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c
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an awesome dinner at Smoking Goat on Saturday night. There were 6 in our party and everyone ordered something different from the appetizers, to entrees to desserts. We were blown away by the food, everything was amazing! Hopefully nobody noticed because we were all sharing bites. Definitely will be back again!. Although next time we'll Uber over, parking on a Saturday night is a bit of a challenge.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Smoking Goat is our staple date night spot. The standard is always high and the service is above average but not pushy in any way.

The New York steak with duck fat truffle fries is always delicious and the escargot and frois gras are both excellent appetizer choices.

The ambience is perfectly cozy for a date night, family dinner or if you want something a little more intimate. The place isn’t huge so you don’t get the feeling of being one of hundreds in a cavernous room.

Highly recommended.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great service.

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KT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was really great. Very nice wine selection

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PL
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good, waiter was good, but the wine selection by the glass was PRICEY...one glass was almost as much as my dinner!!

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FG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal from start to finish. Enjoy our meals everytime.

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CH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

To start with, they did not get me a table, but tried to seat me and my gf at a high top despite having a dinner reservation. They said there was no space available so we sat at the bar to wait for an outside table. 20 min later they sat us ... Not in the dining room, not outside.. but in this hallway sort of space between the bar and dining. It was loud and bright.

Then, the service. I give 2 stars because the runners and bussers worked hard. The server was abrupt, didn't.make eye contact and stopped by twice to take orders and leave.

The food was hot and tasty though.. just not the ravioli so much. The pork chop was really good.

2/5

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BB
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and wine were delicious. We will be back.

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D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really good. Menu had interesting options. Duck fat French fries were to die for

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, a little on the pricey side. One of the best cups of French Onion Soup I have had in SD. Will be back

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DW
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The duroc pork chop was red.... not pink, way under cooked

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AM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We almost ordered everything on the menu and every plate was better than the next. Service was great as well! Thank you smoking goat for a great evening

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KO
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Smoking Goat is one of our new favorites! Initially went for a weeknight meal and had to return for a birthday dinner. Great and friendly service with excellent food. Definitely recommend the octopus appetizer and the duck entree.

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JG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Very intrusive Electronic music not in keeping with any discernible ambience. Overly sweet sauce with duck dish. Poor value wine.

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g
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was outstanding quality and price very reasonable

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RC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and amazing service.
Thank You for the Great experience.

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OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A really nice spot where the food is consistently good and the service reliably excellent. The octopus appetizer is wonderfully delicious and the salmon entree prepared exactly as I like it. If only the music coming at us from the speakers were not quite so loud as to be intrusive I would give 5 stars across the board.

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E
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were outstanding as usual. This is one of our 4-5 favorite restaurants in San Diego.

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CG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Was expecting service to be a little nicer, more helpful. It was our first time dining here, didn't leave a good first impression on any of us. The food was good no complaints, but waiter was a bit too pretentious for our liking. He would walk by and drop things onto the table, rather than placing it down. The first time we thought it was an accident but after he did it with the bread and dessert menu, we noticed that was his service style. We also had mentioned we were celebrating a birthday, no dessert or anything (doesn't have to be on the house, I wouldn't have minded paying for it but at least bring something or say Happy Birthday). Shame...

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PR
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Had dinner with my husband. Menu is perfect, something for everyone. Service was awesome and a Hispanic and Caucasian working that evening of Oct. 08, 2018 was very accommodating and very professionl. Will be back definitely!

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JM
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A busy Friday night, but our friends from England were impressed with food, waiter’s knowledge of wines, and service. We had French onion soup, steak tartare—best ever-, Brie appetizer, and Pei mussels. Those were just starters! Then followed by duck breast and salmon for entrees—all delicious. The Pinot Noir was memorable.
We stayed for 2 1/2 hours. A favorite place to dine!

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e
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

we were celebrating 2 anniversaries...excellent steak frites and duroc pork! house lable wine was excellent and a good value. nice, comfortable spot, good background music

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KR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was wonderful, attentive staff and great food! Will come back again!

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FM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Perhaps it was just a fluke this time, I’ve dined here a number of times although it has been a while, but it wasn’t as good as it has been in the past.

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DB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent on ever lebel

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PC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was decent. Went for restaurant week and prices were decent. Would not recommend sitting outside. Too many flies

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JY
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was phenomanel! The Foie Gras is a mush try, very flavorful.

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SD
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Smoking Goat never disappoints. Always a wonderful meal and great service. Thank you!

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N
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 2

None of it really wowed us. Everything tasted pretty bland. If I’m going to spend $100+ on a meal for two I need to be impressed before considering going back and neither of us were. Also not sure why I made a reservation a week in advance to be sat at a high table next to the bar/entrance. The chairs are super uncomfortable.

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OF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, as usual, was the highlight. The bar is limited to wine and the Korean wine substitute for vodka. Wine pours were short. Amount of food for the money, however, was surprisingly good. And the food quality was outstanding. For the service, they seemed to be in a big rush, despite not having all the tables filled, because they gave us the wrong food twice, and switched the orders in our table of four twice.

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A
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I have ever had. The service was outstanding. Can’t wait to go back!

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EJ
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having previously traveled to San Diego several times for work, I was never able to escape the downtown and therefore thought the dining experience in the area was limited. With some encouragement from locals we ventured out and discovered this gem. Excellent service, amazing cocktails and delicious food. I recommend the scallops while my friends loved the pork chop and lamb. If you are looking for goat you won’t find it here — apparently it’s merely a mascot!

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MB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Service very good and ambiance was nice. Appetizers... Tartar was okay, Octopus was amazing. Entrees... Pork chop was very good, Duck special was slightly over done. For the cost the food issues were a bit disappointing.

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MS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been had dinner now three times and we love the Rack of Lamb dinner entree and all the waiters and servers are hospitable, attentive to our needs and request, friendly, sociable and polite and experienced in their craft.

We have become a regular and hope to continue dining with you all.

Maria and Jose Moreno

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NB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Smoking Goat is one of our favorite places to eat. We live in the neighborhood and walk/drive for a great meal and they have never disappointed us.

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PH
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was stunning! We would go back in a heartbeat. Our server was totally underwhelming unfortunately... Everyone around him was amazing and working hard however. He was the weakest link. The food and preparation was top notch! The crab stuffed peppers appetizer was out of this world and worth the trip, even if you ate nothing else! I’ve eaten and enjoyed rack of lamb all around the world. The Smoking Goat’s lamb is easily on my Top 3 Ever List, if not my #1.

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D
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My steak was excellent and cooked to perfection all the way through. Meal was delivered hot to the table. All in my party of four loved their meal. Server was attentive, helpful, warm and fun. He made suggestions for my drink choice bringing me samples of two before I ordered. We were too full for dessert but then were overheard by our server saying we had no birthday dessert to celebrate my son’s birthday. Server brought out a complimentary dessert. Great evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing spot! Hand made noodles were to die for!

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