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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.

3408 30th St
San Diego, CA 92104
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Upas St

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 955-5295

Website:
http://www.thesmokinggoatrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Please contact us if you are looking for divine French cuisine catered at your next event

Parking Details:
30th, Upas, 29th, and Myrtle are the best locations to find parking.

Public Transit:
Bus stop at 30th street and Upas

Executive Chef:
Fred Piehl

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

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.

The Smoking Goat Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Fit for Foodies (34)
Neighborhood Gem (32)
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Special Occasion (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Casual (21)
Romantic (21)
Authentic (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Cozy (18)
Notable Wine List (17)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Local Ingredients (14)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Business Meals (9)
Fun (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Healthy (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Disabled Access (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Organic (3)
People Watching (3)
Great Beer (2)
Vegan (2)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Had a wonderful time celebrating my husbands birthday, food was amazing, great service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

We had an excellent meal and service--tried the Onion Soup, Pear Salad, Ravioli, Salmon and of course the French Fries!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

great service and excellent food. atmosphere is very nice.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

Always excellent food, friendly service. If the weather is good, go on the patio for Happy Hour.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Happy Hour, Casual, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The restaurant was great, the food was great, but if you’re going on the weekend, give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

The food was absolutely great. It never disappointed us. Especially the chicken I had. It was so good

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Fantastic food, slow service, very quiet ambiance. Went w group of 8 for a party.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great food, and great wine. Our server was polite, knowledgeable, and provided great a dining experience.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We came here for a nice dinner and really enjoyed it! The prix fixe menu is a very good deal. We enjoyed every bite. The wine was wonderful as well. Perfect atmosphere for a romantic date.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Everything, and especially service were excellent!!!

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Delicious menu. Duck truffle fries are a must. The service is impeccable. What more do you want in a restaurant?

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The only negative is that the waiter didn't really know his wines.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 3, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Extensive wine list but I think when we went before, there was a full service bar - sorely missed but other than that great staff, friendly service, and a GREAT Prix Fix menu

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Loved the duck!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Restaurant week did you no favors. Food choices were bland. Limited menu and pricing was out of line. Steak was the caliber of supermarket left overs. You are usually terrific. You compromised. Don't!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Hot Spot, Disabled Access, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 2, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Had visitors in town and wanted to show them a fun part of town mixed with good food

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Great food and service!👍It was just a bit noisy other than that it's a great restaurant.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

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.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Fantastic food. Great environment.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Really delicious!!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Ask for Wendy, she provides great service. Manager was also very attentive!

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Our waitress was so friendly and sweet! What a cute little place with great staff. The food was delicious. I couldn't get enough of the ricotta and pea ravioli. We will definitely be back.

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·Dined on September 11, 2017

One of the best restaurants in San Diego. Ill continue to come here and bring visitors who are unaware of the gastronomical greatness that is The Smoking Goat.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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