The Smoking Goat Restaurant

4.5
1701 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 1701 people are saying
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4.5
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JulieH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy ambiance and nice & kind service. French inspired cuisine, with nice wine list ! Enjoyed it a lot.

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MichaelC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The fries are exceptional. Other food were good.

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MelanieT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was great but the main course was not hot - calm out luke warm which made us think it had been sitting around

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Saks
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Dessert menu was not presented

Anniversary was listed on reservation but nothing was done, waiter did not acknowledge the celebration

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ScottInNorthPark
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the GOAT! Get the mussels, steak frites, and a bottle of red -- you won't be disappointed!

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Emma
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great date night place! We ordered escargot, pear salad, pork chop, and duck breast. Everything was superb. I tasted the duck breast - not a fan (a little gamey for me), but my husband liked it. Everything else tasted great! Lovely ambience, very friendly staff, and quiet place to chat with your date. Tasty Bordeaux red and white wine as well. We'll keep this on our list of romantic date night restos to go to in San Diego :)

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vipOli321
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very standard pseudo-French bistro fare. Average at best in terms of how the dishes were prepared and the flavor profiles. You can very much tell that dishes are line-prepped rather than prepared by an actual chef. Disappointing given the popularity of reviews, which is what drew us here, but not a place I’ll come back to. Too many superior alternatives, especially in this neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Our server was attentive and friendly. Kitchen had some kind of delay that meant waiting for 30+ mins between appetizer and entree. The Manager did a great job of working the room, and upon realizing the delay, comped our steak frites. Would definitely visit again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was great. It’s way too hot inside the restaurant during the summer. Also, large parties are terrible for noise. The large party was so loud you could hear nothing but them. We asked to be moved and it helped. The pork chop was outstanding and the duck with farro was amazing. Food and service were good. Noise and temp not so great.

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LuPe
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always enjoy a nice meal here, great food and friendly staff

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PaulM
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Relaxed North Park atmosphere, wait staff is attentive and pleasant, but not intrusive. Food is good, duck liver pate is amazing (5 stars), lamb chop cooked to perfection needed a bit more sauce, swordfish cooked right with an excellent sauce, duck slightly over cooked.

All in all nice place and will go again

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ReneeS
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food leans French without being too overt or self-impressed about it. There's a good mix of lighter dishes and heavy, full meals. The wine list covers the bases, with a mix of styles and price points, without getting intimidating. We shared salads and apps and everything we had was good. The truffle fries are a HUGE dish, plenty for the table. (Try the octopus, too.)

We sat outside, which was nice--with enough table spacing and some careful lighting choices that made it feel inside-outside for people like us who aren't quite ready to hang out indoors with strangers. We were there during the EuroCup finals, and it's next to a sports bar, so it was somewhat loud and there was a lot of traffic. But, it's a popular spot on a busy block, and it was Saturday night in the summer. I'm just glad there's enough happening to make it sound like summer again.

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Matt
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food was good, but service was very slow. Room temperature was also quite warm.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Worst pork chop I have ever had in an upscale restaurant. Meat was tough and under seasoned. Capresee salad was subpar. French onion soup was average at best. Given the quality of food, it was overpriced.

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VERONICAM
Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Waiter was very knowledgeable and recommended drinks and food.

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BobD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food2service4ambience3

Have been to this restaurant in the past and have enjoyed it. This time was a bit of a disappointment, as reported to the server and manager - my duck breast was tasteless.

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Foodie4
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely flexible seating inside or outside offered. Readily seated early by 15 minutes. Freshly popped champagne, superb French onion soup, and amazing swordfish with many terrific accompaniments. A cheese plate to remember, no stinting on the sides. Great wine selection.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent pork chop and steak frites

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AndrewB
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor dining availability!

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gbpubgrub
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

An excellent spot all around. Comfortable, good service, nice surroundings, and a comfort-based French menu that's expertly executed and just elevated enough to be interesting but not stuffy. There's no bar, but various versions of wine and beer are available, including a few housemade rice wine cocktails.

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KathyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was great!! Will go back again. Only thing doesn't have full cocktail menu wine and beer only.

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Susie
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The service was excellent. The food was very good. We had the Filet Tartare, which was delicious. Highly recommend. The wine list was interesting and good. They have a nice house white, red and rose from France, and offer 6 oz and 9 oz pours.

Our objection was that they seated us at the very end of the parklet sidewalk, next to the dumpster, away from the hustle and the bustle. It was a weird place to sit. A little uncomfortable.

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jimmersgal
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are such a welcoming restaurant. They made us feel extra special. The service was top notch and paid attention to details which many other higher end restaurants sometimes forgets.
Our appetizers were dee-lish as well as our main entrees— salmon plate and mussels. They have very good choices for cocktails, wine or beer. From the hostess to the chefs and everyone in between are an amazing team!
Well done! Will come back for sure!!

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DiscerningDiner
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was just great! The food was mostly great; only the steak was a little over-cooked. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. It’s been a while since I’ve been here and I’m so glad to return!

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vipDMartin
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

I have been here before and really enjoyed it. This time, I felt like the service was dismissive and standoffish. I mentioned the wine was just OK and that I didn't like one of the cheeses at all (I left it on the plate) and there was no accommodation made or even referenced. I will not go back. Honestly, we were treated like we were an inconvenience.

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Jbarnard
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

It was nice but a tad over priced. There was s constant smell, maybe from dirty sidewalks?

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service great food

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DeborahH
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, delicious food!! I would definitely visit again.

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KarenR
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were so impressed with The smoking goat. Every single dish that came out was phenomenal. The atmosphere sitting outside was perfect. They had heaters at every table. The service was great and food came out quick (couldn't believe how fast our appetizers arrived). We had visitors with us from LA, and they said it was some of the best food they've had, and they're used to eating at the best restaurants in LA. Highest recommendations for Appetizers: Baked brie, Octopus, French onion soup.
Main dishes: the Salmon & the Chicken. We will be back very soon!!

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vipEdnilson
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service here are always excellent and almost felt like pre-pandemic days with no masks required except that the staff is still wearing masks.

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vipcomposer
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The duck fries were the highlight of the meal. The steaks
were cooked perfectly. Even if it's not on the menu asked for the ice cream. The vanilla ice cream is outstanding

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and fresh food. Everyone in our group enjoyed their meal. The pork chop is HUGE.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, the service was even better! We sat at the bar and the owner and kitchen manager were so nice and accommodating I would recommend this place to anyone. Great night!!!

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vipKaylaO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and service was perfect.

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SueK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything was wonderful as usual though we were next to a large loud table and it was hard to hear. Since we were early it would have ben nicer to have been seated farther away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time to dine here and food was great! We will definitely come back. Customer service is on point! Excellent suggestions by Sean our server.

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ChasB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, albeit a little pricey. Excellent atmosphere and friendly, competent staff. Been coming here for a few years and plan to return many times.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service, fantastic ambience!! One of the best restaurants in San Diego!!!

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JasmineL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great, food was delicious, wine was flowing! Will definitely add this into my regular rotation

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Anna
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Tasty food. Great ambience! Would certainly be coming back

FAQs

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 4.5 stars by 1701 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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