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About The Smoking Goat Restaurant
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.
San Diego, CA 92104
French American, Contemporary French / American, French
Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please contact us if you are looking for divine French cuisine catered at your next event
30th, Upas, 29th, and Myrtle are the best locations to find parking.
Bus stop at 30th street and Upas
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
Special Events & Promotions:
The Smoking Goat is the perfect atmosphere to host the most memorable private gatherings,
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The Smoking Goat Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The restaurant has a warm and inviting ambiance but once inside we were hit by an overwhelming smell of truffle oil. It was a bit much! We were seated by the hostess but there were no pleasantries or mention of our anniversary. The wait staff didn't seem to be very well informed on wine or the pronunciation of the menu items which was very confusing. When my steak arrived, I was asked to cut into it to make sure it was cooked enough. So classy. We were never asked if we wanted another drink and our plates weren't cleared for at least ten minutes. Unfortunately our dining experience ruined a very special occasion and we won't be back.
We had an exceptional time at The Smoking Goat. We were seated at the Chef's table and didn't even see a menu. We let the kitchen take us on a culinary experience and they outdid themselves.
The patè was exquisite, the octopus on the spot, we explored Sea, Pork, Birds and Beef and every bite was competing with the rest to be the best dish of all.
Desserts were fantastic too, a banana bread like you have never had before!
And on top of all, an extraordinary level of service! They made us feel like longtime friends and guests to their home.
Kudos for The Smoking Goat, definitely a place to recommend and revisit soon.
Not as quaint and fine dining as expected considering price. The music makes it feel like you’re in a bar and it’s overcrowded with tables in every square foot of the place. Overpriced wines (no bottles under $70 for domestic and very average bottles of wine). Don’t go expecting a quiet dinner experience. Food is ok but why would cassoulet have spicy sausage in it.
As usual great food and good service. We opted for the Sunday evening fixed price dinner ($42 for appetizer, entree and dessert), which I thought was a very good value. But, that value was offset by the rather pricey wine selections. Regardless, The Smoking Goat is one of my favorite San Diego restaurants. It has a cool vibe, good farm to table food and a ‘something for everyone’ menu.
We chose the Smoking Goat for our Saturday date night based on reviews. We both selected the three course prix fixe menu (same as a la carte menu) which we thought was very good value overall. I started with the escargot and my wife had the grilled octopus. Both were excellent. The octopus especially so with a wonderful accompanying sauce. For mains, we had the house cassoulet and salmon respectively. Again both were delicious. The desert course was where things fell apart a little. My wife had the creme brûlée. She described it as good, not great. I ordered the cheese selection but was informed that it was a selection of just one of the three or four cheeses on the menu. That was a surprise. Nevertheless, I settled on a what the waiter described as a pungent goat cheese. When it arrived it turned out to be a hard cheese more reminiscent of an aged gouda than the stinky soft goat that I'd expected. When I asked the waiter if I'd gotten the wrong cheese, he informed me condescendingly that goat cheese can be a hard cheese. I guess I need to be more precise with my questions. What I got were two big wedges of hard cheese. What I would have preferred (it is a French restaurant) would have been a cheese plate with small servings of a selection of cheeses. A small quibble maybe, but it detracted from the otherwise excellent experience, so four out of five stars. The ambiance is French Bistro casual and felt very comfortable. We would have no hesitation in coming back or in bringing friends here.
When eating at the Smoking goat we feel special because we are enjoying something special. The food is always seasoned, and cooked to perfection, no matter what we choose. When the food is served it's always arranged in an attractive manner so our plates always look perfect too... We've always had attentive servers and appreciate their knowledge and friendly service. This time my daughter and I enjoyed the pumpkin raviolis while my son and husband devoured the steak and fries. The steaks were cooked to perfection as usual and the raviolis were a seasonal treat.
Everyone was considerate and the food well prepared. Wish they would expand the gluten senstive options...the seasoning on the foods is sooooo good I would like to try more of them...but the use bread and flour restricts my options...sigh...just hungry for the good cooking!!
Cozy, yet upscale, it's the type of place you dress up for but feel instantly at ease once you sit down. The menu is reasonably priced and eat meal is delightfully satisfying. Serving staff takes pride in their work, and everybody is happy to help. I recommend buying a $40 bottle of red and pairing it with cheese and the escargot!
Everything was fabulous, however, when I made my reservation I specifically asked for two checks and I reiterated this to our server who at the end of our meal brought us one check. Not sure what the point is of asking for special instructions while making a reservation if you're not going to follow through.
Very disappointed - the onion soup was very blah and my husband's duck confit also bland. Smoking Goat wines also without much flavor. The positives would be the decor of the restaurant - quirky, industrial. And the waiter, Geraldo, who greeted our table with such enthusiasm and eagerness for us to enjoy our meal.
We love this restaurant. The staff is the best! They know their menu and can describe all the meals. We had the duck, salmon and pork chop. We all agreed it was the best pork chop we have ever had. The duck was cooked to perfection, can't say enough about it. We love to celebrate here.
Easily my favorite dinner all year!! I'm not usually a reviewer, but this dinner deserves it! We had one shot to go out for SDRW and we made the right choice! We even ordered an extra 3 course to split because it was too hard to choose. Had the raclette(sp?), pate, escargot, pea ravioli, ny strip, duck confit, goat cheesecake, creme brûlée, and choc cake. Perfect grill marks /temp on the steak, perfect texture on the raclette, creme brûlée, and cheesecake. That ravioli THOUGH!! Favorite course hands down! Honestly can't wait to go back.
We went for Restaurant Week again (went in spring) and wanted to try the french onion soup. Troy Johnson had chose it as one of the best in the city. I found it thin and watery, could have been a little more hardy, the bead was very hard to cut and eat crust was tough. The steak was a bit tough also. The goat cheese cheesecake was great.
It was restaurant week, so we (5) came at 5pm to avoid the crowds and of course, had the $40 menu. My snails and Scottish salmon were very good. The two at our table who had the steak loved it. Food was very good, but the service was not overly attentive. More smiles and smooth customer service from the hostess would have been appreciated and more water from our server, who was full of smiles when we saw him.
Thank you, we will be back during normal season.
Came for restaurant week after having wanted to try this place for a while. The food portions were normal size, not modified for SDRW which was wonderful. The food was flavorful and cooked to perfection. I will definitely return, preferably for restaurant week again or possibly to check out HH.
The Smoking Goat is a step above a neighborhood restaurant. But I did have the feeling that I was in a neighborhood favorite. The knew several of the waiter from The Smoking Goat for from other restaurants I frequent and I recognized several of the other guests.
A friend and I were there for the Restaurant Week menu, which was an excellent value.
I ordered onion soup, duck comfit, and goat cheese cake. Things I've had before, but not too frequently.
The service was a little quicker than I would have liked, but that might have been because of the nature of the Restaurant Week menu.
Wonderful restaurant. Will return often.
They didn't offer coffee with dessert. Put us on a a bad table even with request that was a special occasion (anniversary celebration). Creme Brûlée was cold and top was not hard. Duck was overcooked. They didn't have an open bar and we were not able to order the drink we would like to. Just not the experience we were hoping for.
The Smoking Goat is one of my favorite little neighborhood gems. Book it for a special occasion or just stop in unannounced. That staff is superb the food delightful and I would recommend it as one of the better places to be in San Diego Thank you to the folks at the Smoking Goat Julia
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