The Smoking Goat Restaurant

4.6
1841 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 1841 people are saying
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gbpubgrub
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Been there three times and it has become our favorite neighborhood bistro when we want a comfort meal that's nicer than fast casual but not as fancy as a high-end restaurant. Menu is smallish, but everything they do, they do well.

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CindyE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The salmon dish was excellent, cooked the way I like it, not overdone.
My husband liked the chicken dish, the gravy was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was amazing! The food was incredible.

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City068
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was awesome! The best I've had in some time. The service was outstanding as well. It seemed like all the staff that passed by asked how things were and if anything was needed. Alex and Jared made the experience pleasant.

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EricB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous dinner and service. Ate outside and 30th ST is fairly loud but a wonderful night.

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CaroleC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Food was amazing. Fries are no joke best damn fries I have ever had. Won't be disappointed. Great food, great drinks and great price

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ChristopherQ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We enjoyed our time at this restaurant which we had selected for a special occasion. The restaurant asked if this was a special occasion but forgot. When we brought it to their attention they were very apologetic and provided a special dessert to go.

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LizN
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it!! The food was delicious, great menu options. Awesome service.

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AshleeR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time there and I already can’t wait to go back! Everything was excellent from the mussels (insaneeee) to the octopus (perfect) and the amazing steak frites! Loved the truffle fries it came with. Also the service was great.

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Himmelstoss
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall2food1service3ambience1

salad was full of sand. Main dish cold and chees cake tasting old. the outside seating was unheated and the tables wobbly. super loud in a tight outside space.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience & Allan was a great server!

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KatlynR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had dinner here for NYE. Food was delicious! Service was great! We will definitely be back.

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Stan
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

We left hungry and not satisfied despite the New Year’s eve overpriced menu!
The Duck breast was tasty but the portion size was like a pigeon.

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MatthewC
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and atmosphere! Will definitely be back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Gotten worse with each visit, think this was the final chance. French onion bowl was cold therefore the soup rapidly followed suit with clumpy cheese and poor flavor.

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RonaldC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Superb food everyone of the four of us loved what we had, highlights: the baked brie was outstanding, as was the wild mushroom linguine and the duck
The website does say "cocktails" but does not say they do not have a liquor license only wine and beer, I was a little embarrassed as my guests were looking looking forward to a "real" cocktail before dinner. Perhaps the restaurant could clarify this.
they were also out of sparkling water.
Other than that it was a great evening with outstanding food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent. We sat outdoors where it was more quiet.

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CatherineK
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot recommend this place highly enough!! Went there for my birthday and had the most amazing experience. The food is delicious, the staff is very friendly and attentive, and the owner was continuously checking with guests to ensure everything was perfect. We planned to order two desserts to go when our server brought over a crème brûlée with a candle for me. We chose our to go desserts and when the owner saw we were going to have had three of the four desserts, he wanted us to try the last one so he sent that one to us on the house. They helped make my 50th birthday very special and we will be going there again.

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AshleyM
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was excellent. The service was a little slow, but I do think it was rather busy for a Tuesday night, so it was understandable. We still had a great time!

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RobinS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I took my daughter to Smoking Goat before attending a nearby concert. I am so glad we chose Smoking Goat! The ambience, the food, the wine selection and the service were all excellent!!!!

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Porsha
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Server was nice. Alex the manager was amazing went out of his way to make sure my friends and I were satisfied even when the chicken dish was not to my liking.

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TravisD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing. Perfect spot for a date night.

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Maria
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place!!! Food, ambience, service was amazing!!!

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ShannanM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great night! The food was DELICIOUS, the service was lovely and the atmosphere was very laid back but still very gorgeous. We will be returning!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This restaurant may be nice, but we never found out because we were waiting for 30 minutes after being seated without anyone noticing we were there. I suspect this was because we had an outdoor table. Don’t reserve an outdoor table at this restaurant, you may be forgotten.

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viprsmcallister
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned two nights after our first time because the food and amiable service were so enjoyable. If we lived in San Diego we would be regulars at the Smoking Goat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. The salmon was cooked perfect. Served on a bed of lentils. Everything with seasoned to perfection.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is spectacular. The vibe is great, the service is amazing- and the food is incredible. We can't wait to come back everytime we are in San Diego.

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MitchP
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great (even though they were busy). Appetizers were fun - octopus good, snail good, brie was great.
Steak and fries YUM!

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vipJaneB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was excellent- still my fave San Diego restaurant! Especially impressed with their service during these challenging times.

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Frenchy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After living in France for 17 years and eating at several Michelin starred restaurants I can honestly say that the meal I just had at the Smoking Goat was every bit as good. The food is just fabulous. The menu is varied and there is something for everyone. Don't miss the goat cheese cheesecake for dessert - if you have room!

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PeterS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

French food is not very common in San Diego. This was an all around excellent meal. All dinners were great as well as dessert. The banana bread foster was so good we tried to order a second one but they were sold out at that point - that was the only disappointment of the evening. The escargot was a standout appetizer.

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AvrahamF
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and service. Creative dishes that are a joy to eat.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE THIS PLACE! Wanted to try a new restaurant in the neighborhood and this did not disappoint. The best French onion soup I’ve had in a long time. Great wine. Just good, quality food and a service staff that wants you to have a the best time. Will for sure dining here again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and staff was all really friendly. Food was amazing as well, we split 5 appetizers and 2 desserts. The atmosphere was fun and we loved the music! We will definitely be back.

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KellyC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, delicious wine- The Smoking Goat Bordeaux was quite goo! My date loved his chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I didn’t have very high expectations for this place, but even then, it was still a disappointment. I made a reservation and they seated us in the bar area, not the dining room. I had to persistently ask if we could move. No cocktails or hard liquor due to not having a liquor license. Just beer and wine. They make some “signature” cocktails using sake rice wine. Their signature steak and frites, and pork chop that the server said was the best thing on the menu was a really sad representation of their “best”. The steak was cold, not Luke warm, but actually cold and grisly, hard to even cut through with a serrated steak knife. The pork chop was dry and over cooked. A couple of good things were the tiny flourless chocolate cake, the fries, and ice cream, but that’s it. Way over-priced and poor quality for the food of a neighborhood place or any place for that matter. Might do yourself a favor and avoid this place. There’s much better places in North Park!

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Joedib
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food, good service. Would recommend for a great dinner with friends or a special occasion.

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Surfncali
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful night everyone was accommodating and very friendly. The food was exquisite the Octopus appetizer and the steak Frites were unbelievably delicious I can still taste them. Thank you for a great night

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vipBeto
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Finally back after a while, and it looks like the pandemic has taken its toll; however, I am sure they’ll come back strong. Been here many times before with excellent results.

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You can order delivery directly from The Smoking Goat Restaurant using the Order Online button. The Smoking Goat Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 955-5295.

The Smoking Goat Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 1841 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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