Very pleasant ambience, satisfying food and variety! Nice, conversational level, not too noisy!
Our server recommended a lovely bottle of wine, loved the atmosphere but the food left something to be desired.
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.
French Fries unforgettable!
Loved everything about our dinner here. Lovely bottle of burgundy, welcoming service, warm vibes and killer food! Thanks Scottie and Wendy!
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!
Great all around
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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
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
Quality of the food and creative presentation was outstanding, as was the service.
Having dined here before I wanted relatives to have the superb experience in wonderfully put together entres. Always a delight.
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!!
We totally enjoyed ourselves. My husbad loved his birthday dinner!
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.
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!
Food was great. Service was good. Only serves beer and wine. Very casual vibe.
Very good restaurant that I plan to eat at again in the future. They have some excellent food, most of which is categorized as Starter, Entrée, and Desert. Essentially, it's an a la carte menu. But I would recommend the "Experience". It's a choice of one starter (try the crunchy Octopus - superb!), one entrée and dessert. This represents the best value, and is relatively inexpensive at $42 a person. The restaurant also has a full bar, so cocktails, spirits, wine & beer are all available at market prices. The reason they got 4 instead of 5 stars is the amount of time we waited between dinner plates ready to be cleared away, and dessert placed on the table - about 20 minutes, which I consider excessive.
This is one of my new favorites. I recommend it to not just family and friends, but to all who enjoy a good meal in a nice setting at reasonable prices.
Delicious French food! They did not offer the fresh John Dory, but I had a delicious sea bass vegetables served classically French style. Also my guests had chicken and pork, which they also pronounced thoroughly enjoyable. Portion sizes were unexpectedly large. But we shared the server recommendation cheese for dessert served with honey, baguette and fig jam.
I am French and love French food. My boyfriend is a former chef and loves french food-eating and cooking. It is not easy to find good French restaurants and not a type a place I go often. I was impressed with this place and since my family is French and I have been to France, I 100% say yes yes yes to this place. Amazing food, awesome staff, cool ambiance and reminded me of something that would be in certain southern parts of France or maybe the left bank of Paris. My boyfriend completely approved and loved it as well, we will definitely come back. This was the perfect place to celebrate his birthday! Maybe we will make it a tradition!
Delicious food and excellent service. We will definitely be back.
The food was good, the service was good but I was disappointed on been made to wait 40min for our reservation. There was no initiative to communicate the delay to us, instead we had to ask at 3 different times why we were having to wait. Needless to say it was NOT a good start to our overall experience.
Wonderful food and service! We’ll be back for another date night!
Had an AWESOME multi-course meal for my husband’s birthday! We got the big table in the back which was wonderful for our party of 5. Everything we ate was 5 star delicious!
We had finished our meal and kept chatting. We were asked to leave even though there were at least three other empty tables and no one waiting to be seated. I have been to many restaurants and have never been asked to leave after spending so much on dinner and it being a slow night. Very disappointed in the customer service of the hostess. They list four returning clients
Loved it! Not a fan of the chocolate cake but everything else was stellar!
This is one of my favorite restaurants in San Diego. The food is excellent and so is the service. It has a great atmosphere.
Great service and food! Thank you!
Delay was a little too long but understandable inguess
Made mine and my husband's fifth engage-versary extra special. Delicious food, great service.
The staff at smoking goat was extremely accommodating. We had a party of 9 and the entire table raved about their food. Not one complaint! Will definitely be back
We were supposed to be a group of 6 but ended up being only 5, we did get a pretty big table and the service was very good. We only ordered a couple of appetizers and desserts because we couldn’t make up our minds but everything was delicious.
Third time visit and as happy as the first.
Food is delicious, and staff is very friendly.
I went for my birthday with my two kids (5 and 1) and they were very accomodating of them.
Excellent food and creative French choices. Good wine. Definitely will be back.
It was our first time there, celebrating an anniversary with my partner, and the service, food and overall experience was fantastic.
The maître d' and waiter were very friendly and knowledgeable. They recommended us dishes and special courses and they were great choices.
I had the crunchy octopus, pan roasted salmon and flour-less chocolate cake, while my partner had the pear and blue cheese salad, steak and goat cheese cheesecake. Everything was delicious, EVERYTHING.
We will be coming back for another special occasion, definitely.
it was what one might call, "meh", in more ways than one! I reserved in advance for an anniversary and got the objectively worst table and a very disengaged service experience! Luckily the food wasn't bad, otherwise that would've sucked!
As soon as we entered The Smoking Goat we were met with wafts of melting cheese scents flowing from the open kitchen, not unpleasant especially as we knew some of that would be on our table shortly. Suffice it to say I would return just for the macaroni and cheese side - I could have eaten just that and been happy. The crispy octopus appetizer was grilled perfectly and the raclette au gratin had just the right cheese pull. The John Dory was a treat as it’s so rarely offered but the gnocchi stole the dish (could have used a few more), the roasted Scottish salmon was cooked spot on and the Straw Farms chicken was both moist and well flavored. The New York steak was cooked exactly as asked and the massive portion of duck fat truffle fries were enjoyed by everyone at the table. All servings were quite generous and we left with several take home boxes. Caleb, our server, was incredibly knowledgeable and accommodating, an all around genuinely nice guy, making our experience there that much more enjoyable. I can see why this is a very popular place in a great neighborhood.