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The Smoking Goat Restaurant

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982 reviews
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$30 and under
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French American
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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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Neighborhood
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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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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

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Who wants overpriced brunch on Mother's Day? Treat the mothers in your life to a truly special experience of dinner at The Smoking Goat. We will be celebrating by offering complimentary sparkling wine and Amuse Bouche to all of our guests.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 982 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined 5 days ago

Could not get service, tried repeatedly and could not get help, would have loved to try it

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Perfect service, good food that's a little pricey for what it is. Would still go again.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Our evening started with a nice surprise in that they served Socite Apprentice IPA beer-somewhat hard to find in restaurants. All of the main courses were excellent and I highly recommend the cheese options for desert.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Beet salad was the best I've ever had. Chicken dish lovely but could have been cooked a little longer for me.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

If you want delicious French farm to table food that is excellent with great service, try the Smoking Goat. I had their prefix menus and loved everything

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The staff was amazing. We were thanked multiple times by different staff mementos for coming to their restaurant. They were all attentive. Food was really tasty and fresh. Great atmosphere-really hopping place!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Our waiter was great, drinks were tasty. According to my husband, the octopus is to die for. It does get crowded and tables are very close together and gets really warm and very loud. The steak was okay, I've definitely had better, it did lack flavor. The banana bread dessert was absolutely delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

They have several gluten free options and even happily adjusted one of the desserts to make it gluten free; I had the beet salad, salmon, and ice cream with bananas. It was all delicious!
Our waiter was friendly, competent, timely, and unobtrusive all at the same time...well done.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

I’ve lived in np for 10 years and never tried smoking goat. My wife and I went for a date night and we both agree it was one of the best meals we’ve ever had. Octopus is absurdly good.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Excellent service!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food and service were superb. We had the sea bass, chicken, pork, pear blue cheese salad, mac and cheese side, chocolate torte, creme brûlée, and bucheron cheese - all of it was amazing! Our server was incredibly knowledgeable. Unique, quaint atmosphere. Great spot!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

I made a reservation late, so our table wasn't where we preferred, but the manager (Michael, I think?), was so accommodating. He looked for alternate seating and when that wasn't available, he brought us a glass of champagne. The food was great, the ambience was lovely, but the service is what made The Smoking Goat a truly special place/experience.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The banana bread dessert was great, the rest of the food was just ok, not worth the price in my opinion. Tables were too close together, could easily bump elbows with the table right next to you, making it hard to have an intimate experience and conversation. Service was just so so, appetizer order was placed incorrectly, and timing between courses was off , and drinks went empty for far too long. Overall a very disappointing experience for a very long awaited dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Thanks to the Smoking Goat for their wonderful hospitality. I proposed to my girlfriend there on Good Friday and the staff was super helpful and accommodating. We had an amazing time and the food was out of this world. It's our favorite restaurant in San Diego! Looking forward to going back soon! Their Macaroni and Cheese is the best!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Excellent restaurant - very good food and very good service

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

It was great except the steak frittes was quite different than what I have had at a French restaurant. It was delicious but half
French.

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2.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Have been going here for years. Could be last time. The food cannot be beat like always. But the service was beyond bad. We did give our bus guy an extra tip since without him we'd have been utterly alone all night. 6 of us so we were charged an obligatory EIGHTEEN percent tip. Really?? We finally tracked down the manager who wasn't receptive. My husbands birthday, so with the terrible serviice I felt obligated to pick up the entire tab AND that crappy tip.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were looking for a fun place to go while on vacation. I would go again if I am ever in town. Everything was very delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Wonderful from the word GO! We'd arrived a little early for our reservation, but they were able to seat us right away, which was nice. The servers were both polite and expeditious, and we enjoyed everything about the meal, from the drinks (I had the cider, my partner had a glass of red wine, and my daughter had a house-made soft drink similar to a virgin mojito, with muddled mint and a red berry (I don't remember the name exactly). I ordered the salmon, which was served with three veggies, beautifully presented. My partner's beef cheeks looked really good, and my daughter's steak frites, with truffle fries (YUM) was generously portioned. I ordered the flourless chocolate cake, my daughter ordered the goat cheese cake, and my partner had a cheese plate with chevre. I didn't have room to eat mine, so they boxed it up for me. I ate it the next morning, and it was delicious! I tasted the goat's cheese cake, and it was really well-matched with a fruit compote that was just sweet enough to cut the richness of the cheese, but not overpowering at all.
Overall, a great experience. Worth the splurge (about $250, incl. tip).

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Excellent location, service and food. A very enjoyable dinner before a concert. Thank you!

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

very friendly staff. the food was delicious. We both chose the butternut squash ravioli. The owner (or manager?) checked in on us multiple times as well to ensure everything was to our liking.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Very pleasant ambience, satisfying food and variety! Nice, conversational level, not too noisy!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Our server recommended a lovely bottle of wine, loved the atmosphere but the food left something to be desired.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

My fiancee and I came here after taking our engagement photos, because we felt like we needed to celebrate with something a little better than a burrito. Our reservation was for 7:45, and when we arrived, we were told that some tables were still lingering, but were invited to sit at the bar and order a drink/appetizer, which we did. I had a Lily Rose and my fiancee had a beer - both drinks were good, but we felt bad taking up space at the bar while we waited for our table (which was ready about 20-25 minutes later, by which time we were STARVING).

We ordered beef tartare, steak frites, the pork, a side of mac and cheese, and the flourless chocolate cake for dessert. The tartare was good - I was expecting the yolk to be on top, not already mixed in, because breaking open a runny egg yolk is one of my great joys in life, but the little toasts and cornichons were plentiful and delicious. The steak portion of the "steak frites" is pretty basic - just a standard grilled NY strip, but the duck fat fries were AMAZING. Pork was also acceptable, and the mac & cheese was on par with the duck fat fries. Smoking Goat, you sure know how to do carby deliciousness! Our dessert was tasty, but we were pretty full after demolishing our carbs on carbs.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

French Fries unforgettable!

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Loved everything about our dinner here. Lovely bottle of burgundy, welcoming service, warm vibes and killer food! Thanks Scottie and Wendy!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

The appetizer menu is absolutely amazing! Each one is great and there are a variety of options to choose from...

Main courses are so-so.. I've had a few meals here and they just seem to fall short with flavors and taste. Great ideas, but maybe not implemented well?

I will be going back but probably just for appetizers.

Side note: Great wines that you don't see very often!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Great all around

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

You can get 3 items (appetizer, entree and dessert/cheese) from the menu for a prix fixe, and very affordable. Four of us shared 4 appetizers, so we got to try the octopus (grilled served with a marvelous sauce), escargot (good butter herb), and passable fois gras and beef tartare. It was the entree that made the day for me: the white sea bass melted in my mouth and was served wit an exquisite light sauce (wine, butter, stock?) on mushrooms and spinach, quite wonderful. Two cheeses and two desserts closed the deal; the boucheron was fabulous (if you like this, which I do), and my friends and I were split 50-50 on whether the flowerless chocolate cake or the banana bread pudding were better. Monday night, few customers made for quiet (ah!) and good service. We brought our wine and paid corking fee ($25), so I don't know about their wine list.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Very nice neighborhood restaurant in a rustic building. The wait staff were pleasant and the service efficient. The food was very good. The 3 course dinner was a value and the corkage was reasonable. I would recommend the restaurant to anyone.

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3.0Dined on March 4, 2018

The food was delicious, but the restaurant is really loud and hard to have a conversation with someone. It is also a fairly small space so the tables are really close together and the bar is tight. We enjoyed the food, but did feel like we were too on top of others.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

It was our engagement dinner, it was just the two of us enjoying and celebrating.
The food was very good, no the best i have ever tasted but as introduction to french style cooking it think it was very good. As appetizers we tried the french onion soup and the crisp octopus which was delicious.

After that we split ( we are not big eaters) on the beef cakes which would have to be one of the softess pieces of meat i have ever tasted. It was confited and came with some deliciously cooked vegetables and potatoes on the side.

My girlfriend had a cocktail called lily rose which she said was pretty , it was basil and vodka based. I had a glass of their house wine which was pretty good for a house wine. Usually house wines sometimes can be pretty comerical or lack taste, but not this one.

Great food, ambience is excellent and the service is absolutely wonderful.
Will recomend to eat here on what ever the ocassion is .

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

I enjoyed the service very much. I was dining alone, and staff were great. I ordered the Smoking Goat cocktail, which was presented beautifully and a nice change from typical cocktail ingredients. The wine by the glass menu had multiple choices to fit different foods and tastes. I enjoyed my steak tartare Sooooo much. I followed that with the Sea Bass with mushrooms and gnocchi. Everything was presented with care, the ingredients were fresh, and the combinations a nice blend. I wanted to order a tshirt. They didn't have one in my size, but kindly took my information for when they come in.

This place is quite loud, which worked out well, though I usually like things a bit softer. I enjoyed the view into the kitchen. The hostess was very attentive as was my server and a young Brazilian food runner. Thanks for the nice time

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Always delicious! Having the option of doing a 3 course tasting menu makes it easy to try a several dishes, especially if doining with company.
Glad to have had the steak tartare

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Quality of the food and creative presentation was outstanding, as was the service.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Having dined here before I wanted relatives to have the superb experience in wonderfully put together entres. Always a delight.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Selected at the recommendation of a local friend. It didn’t disappoint. The food was spot on and the drinks tasty! A little loud, but the price you pay for dining at a popular place on Saturday night. Worth a try.. get the goat!!

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

We totally enjoyed ourselves. My husbad loved his birthday dinner!

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

I had reservations so our party was seated right away. The wait staff was extremely attentive but not over the top. The food was hot and scrumptious. The presentation was perfectly balanced and colorful.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

What a wonderful dinner experience! We sat at the bar and ordered the 2 course prix fixe meal. Octopus was super tender! Great flavor! Our server Scotty was quite knowledgeable about the menu and wine. Bartender Wendy was the epitome of hospitality! Highly recommend the restaurant and the beef cheeks!

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