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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
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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
Appetizers were decent, and the main course were just ok. There is very little French influence in the main course. I consider it more American and very little French. The foie gras and the crispy octopus were good, but the escargot was disappointingly bland. And no duck breast on the menu!
Me and my three friends came to celebrate two of my friends birthdays. We were a little early to our reservation and they told us they would seat us as soon as they could but to take a seat at the bar. The bartender was so sweet and gave us all her honest opinions on the mixed drinks and beers. We all grabbed a drink per her selection and they were amazing. We then sat down and had the friendliest waiter. He was very kind, funny, and helpful when picking out what to eat and what wine we should buy. The food was one of a kind and to die for. The portions were bigger than I expected but so good. We all enjoyed our meals and had leftovers. The wine was delicious as well per suggestion from the waiter. And the manager was so kind to our whole group. Overall it was so good. I will definitely be coming back again!
The food was so good! The service, not so much. It took way too long to get our drinks and every time we needed another drink it took even longer. The food runners were so much more friendly than our actual server. He seemed to go missing a lot. Our server also didn’t ask if we wanted any coffee or dessert and didn’t ask us how we’d like to split the check with our friends. If the service was better it would’ve been an amazing experience.
Enjoyed the food and pleasant restaurant. Ordered French Onion Soup (5/10) and grilled Octopus (7/10, a bit overcooked) appetizers. Mains we had the Pork chop with mashed potatoes (8/10- good, tender pork well-cooked, but salty) and the chorizo/duck bean casserole (also good, 8/10). Both desserts-- flourless chocolate cake and banana bread were scrumptious. Pre-fixe pricing for 3 courses is a decent deal. We brought wine and paid $25 (per bottle) corkage to save a bit. Service was excellent. Ambience was nice but not that special. Overall would recommend. Food is good quality and tasty. Would have liked a little bit of veggie with my mains and some bread before dinner is always nice but no biggie.
Went there with friends for dinner and 3 of us got the 3-course meal to try many different things. Everything from the apps (escargot, burrata salad, crispy octopus), entrees and dessert were very good! I got the lamb cassoulet and it was excellent but a bit heavy. We shared the creme brûlée, flourless chocolate cake and banana bread and all were very good also. Will definitely go back there again! Service was great and friendly people!
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.
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