The Smoking Goat Restaurant

4.6
1638 Reviews
$30 and under
French American
We have expanded our outdoor dining areas to continue to provide you with a safe and memorable dining experience.

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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1638 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelM
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I asked for a vegetable plate with mushrooms. I received broccolini almost raw and no mushrooms. I would think a restaurant w such a wonderful chef could have done better.

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Diane
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner with my boyfriend. We ate everything on the menu. So good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made dinner reservations for my wife and I to celebrate 15 years of marriage. The Smoking Goat provided a great vibe from the moment we turned direction to enter from the sidewalk. We were noticed and approached by the host with great energy, offered congratulations for our anniversary, and promptly seated. Our server was made aware of our celebration and maintained a super-friendly vibe all night never seeming rushed or distracted despite the many tables he looked to be taking care of. Each appetizer, entree, and dessert item was wonderfully balanced with a great care and developed flavor. Although my wife and I typically lean to what many would consider more “exotic” tastes, we will definitely go back to The Smoking Goat for tried and true classic techniques that produce amazing food. Again, compliments to the staff for maintaining a respectful, professional, friendly, and comfortable vibe without ever seeming stuffy or uptight.

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MelanieR
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was truly delicious but we were seated in the "covered" patio. It was noisy and I was frozen. Wasnt the atmosphere I had hoped for when I told them it was my anniversary. I would go back, request inside seating and I think it would be a much better experience

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Blue42
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Great food! Service was confusing. We did not have a dedicated server, dishes didn’t all come out at once, a wine bucket was not provided for a bottle of champagne we purchased ahead of time for a special occasion. They finally offered a celebratory glass of champagne after we paid and were about to leave...

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vipNikkor
Sacramento
7 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and experience. Would definitely go back!

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hereforthefood
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It’s a great option for French fare. I ordered a glass of the Bordeaux Blanc, octopus to start, Scottish salmon for my main, and crème brûlée for dessert. Personally, I prefer to receive a few thinner pieces of octopus vs the one large piece that comes with the dish as it is very chewy once you get to the thick center. Also, the flavor fell a touch flat for me. A little salt goes a long way. Salmon was cooked perfectly. Loved the parsnip purée and the blistered tomatoes were a nice touch. Crème brûlée had great flavor, but wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped it would be. It was a touch gelatinous. Closer to a Panna cotta rather than yogurt texture. Overall, a great experience! Will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We’d never been. Server was very nice and knowledgeable about the menu. He did take some time getting our order and bringing it back BUT it wasn’t bad. Management even came by and apologized for any delay. It really wasn’t an issue. Food was DELICIOUS. Had the escargot app, it was hot hot hot and so good. Just wish they gave us more bread to dunk into the buttery goodness leftover. I had the steak and frittes. It was juicy, easy to cut into, and just so good. Hubby ordered the biggest pork chop I’ve ever seen. Immediately regretted my delicious decision when I tasted his pork chop! The mashed potatoes were creamy and garlicky and the broccoli was crisp. We will lost definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My husband and I decided to treat yoself on a Friday night after a couple of super stressful weeks at work. The first time we happened into The Smoking Goat Restaurant was after I had gotten my hair did at my friend’s salon next door (The Keratin Shop). We LOVED it then. My husband particularly loved the duck fat truffle fries that came along with his 12 oz steak. I had the half chicken with potatoes and veggies which I loved. This time around we both got the steak and fries. The steak was cooked as requested (well done) but could have been seasoned more. It was a little bland and dry. But we still ate it and took some steak home for bfast the next day. We also had the Baked Brie which has pistachios, cranberries and honey and comes with baguette slices - this was YUM! Even my husband ate some. I got the creme brûlée again this time which did NOT disappoint! Top was crispy perfect and the vanilla bean custard - magnifique! I had the French 75 to drink (soju (Korean vodka), brut, lemon) and husband had a cpl Pilsners. Overall, a delightful way to spend a Friday! We will be back! Because of the limited menu this is not necessarily a place to go every week unless you like eating the same, rich foods once a week.

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AnnL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good place to hang with friends in a trendy spot in San Diego

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Our server completely ignored us... like to the point where we had to order things twice and some things we ordered never showed. There’s better places in north park tbh

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the escargot was amazing. Can’t wait to go back again.

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vipYumYum
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food amd atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, waiter and experience. Down side is we were next to the street due to covid but still excellent experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The octopus was amazing! The truffle fries are my favorite and the best cheesecake of my life!

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LisaM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great along with the service . Hope to sit indoors next crisis . Looks so cozy

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MichaelL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Noise level too high for normal conversation. Good service. Very good food, ample portions, expensive, limited entrees selection. Good wine by glass selection. Parking is a problem.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always so delicious and the staff is always so sweet.

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JemmaS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dishes were very tasteful, and everyone was very friendly.

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Elaine
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for SDRW 2021. It was great!

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BillS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Quite disappointing. My wife and I wanted to try this place for the last 4 years and felt totally let down. My steak was tough with a bland sauce the desperately needed salt. The waiter was great and attentive, but l took an hour for our main meals to arrive. The strawberry shortcake dessert was good. Later we both had stomach aches, possibly from the Brie we had as an appetizer.

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Danielamoviedo
Mexico City
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

The prefixed menu was good and the service was really fast and nice, it a little disappointing that they had soju as part of their cocktail offers and it was not that good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

I really want to give this place a better rating, but I was disappointed. The food just didn’t have the flavor I was hoping for. It was very bland and something you don’t expect from a French restaurant.

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MSayeed
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We went on a very busy 'Restaurant Week' Sat night. They were super busy. It took a hit on the food quality as far as I could tell. I have been there before and some of my favorites were still slightly off.

Again not a big deal. When you are that busy something gotta give, I get it. I will probably avoid that situation in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Service!!

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LeticiaR
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! My steak was amazing, and I was so happy that they could modify my French fries.( I don't like truffle oil)

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KyleeG
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleased with our restaurant week experience! We will be back!!

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LeoT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

We went for restaurant week, and unfortunately they hadn't accounted for the surge. The impact was that the food felt like the kind that one would get at a nice restaurant at a theme park. Tasty enough, but superficial and uninspired. I expect that the staff and chef mean well, and no doubt once things settle quality etc. will improve. But the experience we had was underwhelming.

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DavidG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We dined during San Diego Restaurant Week, so the menu was limited. I ordered the steak; it was prepared well and cooked to my request, but the cut itself was poor quality and certainly below my expectations. When I mentioned it to the host, he was apologetic and said that he had heard other reports of the same problem this evening. That was forgivable; things happen.

The more concerning issue was that this was supposed to be single-charge dinner (with an upcharge for the steak, which I understood and gladly paid. However, we were charged for the French onion soup appetizer, which should have been included. The server agreed and made the change, but brought back a check with the same appetizer charge. The host eventually came back with the proper check, again apologizing for the error.

In general, we were not satisfied with the meal (though the duck-fat fried french fries were amazing!). The wait was long to be seated, to be approached by our server the first time for our order, for the ordered drinks to arrive, and for the check. The food arrived pretty quickly after the drinks. The staff was helpful and friendly, but they were either understaffed or long waits are expected (I've been to France...). We will probably not return.

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WilM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very nice experience. Help attentive, friendly and informative.

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KathyE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Quite a lovely restaurant! Had the steak Frites and the duck pate which were both amazing… But I really want to try that onion soup. Strawberry shortcake during restaurant week was so so I recognized all the product in it but it was still okay.
I’ll be back!

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4275
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We went in for restaurant week and enjoyed the meal. Service was slow, but the food quality was very good. The table was on the sidewalk and it was a bit chilly.

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ATBM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We enjoyed a delightful Restaurant Week dinner at the Smoking Goat. The duck pate was excellent especially with the accompaniments--fig preserves, Point Reyes blue cheese, and poached pears. My Duroc pork chop was perfectly cooked! The strawberry shortcake missed the mark, the shortcake was dry. I appreciated the opportunity to have a selection of wine pours -- 6 ounces and 9 ounces. The house red (Carmel Road Point Noir) was very good and nicely priced. I experimented with the French 75 which was made with "Soju," I'll stick with gin but understand that the Smoking Goat does not have a "hard" liquor license. We also appreciated the "team" approach to service. If our server was busy other servers responded to our requests.

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DebbieD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

My boyfriend and I went for restaurant week. He got the French onion soup and I got the baked Brie. Both were pretty good. We ordered steaks which we are pretty particular about. The steaks could’ve been more flavorful. The dessert was phenomenal - strawberry shortcake. Overall it was quiet and the staff were friendly. A bit overpriced considering portions

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Unable to prepare steak as requested.

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vipJenny
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was very slow, food was okay and the waiter was not friendly at all.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Dined here over the weekend on the sidewalk outdoor setup. The food was mostly underwhelming. Nothing memorable about this experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We were out near the street - so it is understandable the noise we encountered. But we were seated all the way at the end of the section and it seemed a little less cozy and less a part of the restaurant atmosphere back there. Maybe some sort of way to make the space more a part of the restaurant and more visually enjoyable would have helped.
Our service was better than expected for “pandemic era food service.” The food was overall really tasty. Eating out is a community thing - even in our personal space we want to feel connected to the experience you’re providing everyone else in and out of the restaurant.

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The Smoking Goat Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1638 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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