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About Vincent's

For 21 years, Vincent’s restaurant has won rave reviews and the hearts of diners at its location in historic downtown Escondido.

In Avignon, France, young Vincent studied the culinary arts at Ecole Hoteliere D’Avignon. Combining classic French techniques with his passion for quality ingredients, proprietor and chef Vincent Grumel offers a seasonally inspired cuisine. His dishes are meticulously balanced, complete, fresh and stunning.

The cellar includes an exceptional selection of sought-after-wines including wines from grand vintages as well as coveted wines of small producers. For five consecutive years, Vincent has been honored by receiving the “Award of Excellence” from the Wine Spectator.

Vincent’s staff is a graceful blend of polished professionalism and straightforward friendliness. The ambiance is warm, refined and comfortable. Join Vincent, Lisa and staff for a dining experience that captures the essence of Joie de Vivre.

113 W Grand Ave
Escondido, CA 92025
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Californian, Continental

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close
Closed: Sunday and Monday

Cross Street:
Broadway

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 745-3835

Website:
http://www.vincentsongrand.com/

Entertainment:
Every Wednesday night is La Nuit du Vin (Night of Wine). Every bottle of wine listed on Vincent’s Wine List is half-off listed price. (Does not include wines from Vincent’s Private Cellar.)

Trois et Trois
Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 PM – 6 PM


3 Course ~ Appetizer, Entrée & Dessert


3 Choices ~ Each Course Offers Three Choices


$30 per Guest


(A new menu each week.)

Catering:
For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Vincent.

Parking Details:
Street parking is usually available on Grand Ave and Broadway. Within a close distance to the restaurant there are also public parking lots.

Executive Chef:
Vincent Grumel

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Vincent's Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (20)
Good for a Date (18)
Good for Anniversaries (17)
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Fit for Foodies (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Romantic (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Creative Cuisine (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Cozy (9)
Authentic (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Notable Wine List (7)
Good for Groups (3)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Fun (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
Hot Spot (1)
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2018

We loved this restaurant. The beet andmushroom salad was to die for and the rest of the meal left nothing to be desired. They also had a great selection of wines. Will definitely return and recommend this place to friends

Tags: Romantic, Tasting Menu
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Our bill was grossly overstated. Charged double for wine and $2 extra for each entree. Was corrected without question- but, left a bad feeling. Waiters were very good as was host. Food very French country.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Very small restaurant. We were seated by the bartender (I believe). The waiter seemed disinterested in waiting on us. I wasn't sure if he did not approve of the wine we selected or he was just not happy to be working that night. The bartender brought water & bread and our meal. The waiter did serve the wine and ask us about our meal. It was a Wednesday and the restaurant was almost empty except for a 2 top that left soon after we arrived and there was a 4 top eating when we left. The Beef Wellington was excellent and we would highly recommend. We specifically went to Vincent's because we had heard the Wellington was good. Would recommend this restaurant. Even though the waiter was "dour" everything else was great.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Our first time there and my husband and I both enjoyed everything about Vincent’s.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

A wonderful experience with delicious food. We found our new favorite French restaurant

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Vincent's is a gem. The New Year's Eve menu was a bit limited, yet we had no trouble finding excellent selections. The pear-chestnut soup was to die for! This is one of the best restaurants in the San Diego area.

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·Dined on December 25, 2017

The atmosphere was cozy and slightly decorated for the holidays. Christmas Eve Menu was superb. Service was professional.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Waiter was upset we didn’t order wine with our meal and after that provided sub-par service. It was not advertised on open table or the restaurant’s website, there was only a prefixe menu offering for the evening. This should be a choice, not a surprise.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Our meal was absolutely wonderful. I love this restaurant. Will continue to keep coming back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

French quisine, te chef really knows his craft. Rack of lambe prepared exactly as requested. The duck was true quality. was perfect atmosphere for a 1st date.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 13, 2017

It was our first time going and we went to celebrate an anniversary. There were a number of very good things and things that weren't....bad, no, just could do better. We had made a reservation thru Open Table making note that it was an important anniversary and which one it was. When we arrived we were seated as it was early but there was no mention of our reservation and the note about our anniversary. What's the point of that input if no one is going to read and react when we arrive?

It seemed the server was new which we don't mind. We are patient with new servers but it seems that maybe the person training wasn't prompting her to interact with my us often enough. Learning the flow of seeing to your tables is an art an it takes time to learn. She was very pleasant and on top of things otherwise.

The meal was superb but it took surprising long to get the appetizers to our table. We had gone early so it wasn't busy yet. We couldn't figure out why the delay. One thing nice was the delay between the appetizer and the entree. Quite noticeable but it felt refreshing no to be rushed like many restaurants do these days. Again, a little too many minutes in between courses.

The entrees were very good and plentiful. We enjoyed them that evening and again for lunch the next day.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We have been to Vincent’s many, many times but this last visit was not pleasant. We arrived at 5:30 for an early birthday dinner so it wasn’t busy. Our server had no clue as to what she was doing. We asked about wines by the glass and instead of giving us a list she said “uh, we have Chardonnay, Cabernet, uh, Shiraz “...no names, no prices. We had to ask what the specials were after overhearing another table being told by another server. I ordered the bone marrow appetizer...”oh, sorry, I forgot to tell you we don’t have that tonight”. Our petrale sole dish barely had had any fish but instead was practically all gnocchi which was terrible. We both left our plates full of the pasta after eating the minuscule fish and the server didn’t even inquire about it. Needless to say it was not a happy birthday dinner ! Not sure if we’ll go back again which is a shame because it’s always been one of our favorites.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Went here before a concert, quiet, fantastic food, reasonable prices

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 2, 2017

My wife and I were attending a show near by and looked for a nice restaurant close to the Center for the Arts. I found Vincent's online and made the reservation. We had a great dinner, wine, and service. It was well worth it and we will be back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Fun, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I can not give this restaurant enough praise! We have never ever been disappointed! I believe it is one of the top/best places to eat in San Diego, HANDS DOWN!! The menu changes often and the Tues-Thurs. specials are such a value for exquisite food. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

I love the warm, welcoming service second only to the amazingly delectable dishes. The 1/2 off bottles of wine special on Wednesday is a great come-on as the the fixed price menu they offer early in the evening. I have had only good food here. It is my go-to place for dinners with friends when I want a setting that is comfortable yet upscale, where I always feel welcomed and leave very satisfied.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 30, 2017

We go to Vincents quite often. Very friend efficient wait staff, good drinks and always great food, every thing on the plate is thoughtfully prepared and seasoned well. Never needs salt or pepper though they are on the table. I found this place by looking online for the best French restaurants in San Diego area, they had great reviews and turned out to be close by.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The team at Vincent’s always provides great service. That night we celebrated my Huzzbend’s birthday with his parents, who were visiting from Pittsburgh, and some very dear friends.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary at Vincents. It was our first visit. With cocktails, salads, entres, and dessert it was a $$$$$ meal. But this was one place where the food, service and ambiance was worth every penny. We'll go back and would highly recommend. It's perfect for special occasions.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Food was excellent. We had appetizers, dinner and desert. All very good. Highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Consistently good. They totally over-cooked the Beef Wellington but everything else was good.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Food is always consistent and good but the service is something they need to work on.The waiters are always in a hurry and seem to rush us out.They quickly clear the table before we have a chance to finish our piece of bread.I hate this in any restaurant!!!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I don't like to write bad reviews of restaurants, but the experience we had at Vincent was as described by other people who ate there. We ordered the salmon from the menu. Our waitress let us know that they had run out of the salmon and the other fish that was in the menu. She told us that instead they had a special fish dish. She never gave us the run on the specials before we ordered. Since we weren't interested in the fish special, the waitress offered a poussin, young chicken, special. I ordered the poussin and my husband ordered the chicken dish that was in the menu. After waiting for a long time for the food, the waitress came over and let us know that they had run out of the chicken dish that was in the menu. By this time, we had been in the restaurant for one and a half hour. My husband accepted to eat the poussin. We waited another twenty minutes until finally the meal came. The poussin, which is a young chicken and one would imagine that it would be very tender, was awfully hard and chewy. There was very little flesh that was eatable. Therefore, the portion of poussin was so small that it felt like we barely eaten. At this point we were so disappointed and frustrated that we just wanted to leave the restaurant... The whole experience was a comedy of errors... and that is too bad because the restaurant is cozy and has a nice ambience... I believe that the restaurant is not well managed and the chef either forgot how to cook well or he wasn't there...

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Our first time with a party of six and the experience was outstanding. All was great, especially the food was exceptionally good. We will be back

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 18, 2017

We recently celebrated a birthday at Vincent’s . There were 13 of us! The food was
terrific , the ambiance was intimate & delightful. I love that there is a quaint, delicious, French restaurant in downtown Escondido! Thank you for a great evening !!
keep up the good work
becky

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Service started slow even though the restaurant was nearly empty. The wine list was limited and they were out of the first two wines I requested. Also, one of the entrees I was interested in was not available.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Absolutely wonderful food and service. My in laws were very impressed. The lamb was perfect and the soups were better than I remembered. Thanks for a great dinner experience.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 7, 2017

We discovered this place a few years ago, and every year we've gone back. We're always reminded of how amazing it is, as if we forgot.

The bartender/server was great. Excellent cocktail, and great service.

The food is top notch. The beef wellington was exactly what I expected, and I have high expectations. Their surf and turf was also perfectly prepared. Taste and presentation were great.

I'm looking forward to going again next year.

Tags: Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Only place we could find in San Diego that had beef Wellington on the menu. My wife and I came in for our anniversary, the Food was delicious and the staff was polite and attentive.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Like I told our friend at the dinner table: there are only 2 French restaurants in San Diego we believe worth going: Bertrand at Mr. A's, and Vincent's. We did not come for an ocean view, or a TV-ladened bar scene, or patronizing services; we came for the food, and food only, and Vincent's won us over again. The braised short rib was executed perfectly like our previous visits, and the orange molasses-glazed half duck was just a symphony of food delight. While the pate was firmer and more meat than liver than what we had preferred, it was fabulous nonetheless. See you next time!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We enjoy the Continental cuisine with a creative touch. Everything was delicious. The service was attentive. It's pretty easy to find a parking spot in this downtown Escondido area for dinner. This was our third time at this restaurant. We have always enjoyed the food and service here!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was unfortunate. The only thing my husband and I thought was fine was the appetizers which we had was the mushroom ravioli...I ordered the beef Wellington and my husband ordered the beef short ribs papppardelle. Both were not good and we left more than half of our food on the plate and did not bother to take them to go...the desserts were also horrible. Restaurant week is supposed to make people come to your restaurant and to want them to come back but we will not be coming back at all!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 30, 2017

We ate at Vincent's after making our reservation on OpenTable, so on arrival, we were surprised to find that it was San Diego restaurant week. There was no mention of it on OpenTable. There was also an end of season event that had the city packed.

The restaurant was overwhelmed to say the least. It's a small place with a small bar, but the tables are arranged so you don't feel too cramped. It looked like they added more tables to accommodate the crowd. The waiting area is a very small entry hall & it was packed to over pouring.

We barely made contact with our waiter, he was so rushed & sweaty he had no time to truly do his job. There was no check back & it took at least 1/2 hour to get an ice bucket. That kind of killed it for me.

After finally ordering, we waited another 45 minutes to get the first course. We were a party of 3, but a double, a party of 6 & another triple were seated 15-30 minutes after us & were being served. No one noticed we had been there for over an hour with nothing on our table. We finally told a bus boy & we had service about 20 minutes later, but it wasn't consistent. We think the waiter forgot to put our orders in.

The food was good, we had filet bordelaise, wild mushroom & short rib ravioli & coq au vin, but French should be served & savored, not dropped on the table & rushed. It wasn't the best atmosphere, but on another night I might recommend Vincent's.

Tags: Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went for San Diego restaurant week and never got seated. Ended up leaving after 30 minutes after our reservation when we were stuck at a table in he walkway by the kitchen.

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Went for Restaurant week but didnt like the choices. Ordered from regular menu. Usually on Wednesday bottles of wine are half price. Well due to Restaurant week they weren't. Overall food was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

Vincent's Restaurant Week menu was unbelievable. One of the best I have seen, though a few more dessert options would have made it perfect. The salted caramel chocolate mousse is to die for, as are the mushroom ravioli and the Maine lobster with gnocchi.

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·Dined on September 23, 2017

I can't emphasize enough how wonderful the food is here! Downside: the service was average at best - it took some time to be addressed when we walked in, we waited quite some time before our order was taken and they forgot to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday (which I had noted in my reservation and when we arrived). It felt as if our presence was bothersome to our server (a male working there on Friday evening). The gentleman that served our food was beyond terrific as he explained the meals we ordered.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food was really good BUT the restuarnat WAS so HOT. 87 degrees. They said they could not do anything about it. Not enjoyable at all. My hair was soaking wet. Also they didn't have some of their food items. At least 2 of the things I wanted. But what I ended up with was really good. The heat just really ruined it.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Be very specific when explaining your food allergies because they don't really listen unless you hevilly emphasise it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Always wonderful food and outstanding service. We have never had a complaint or a less than perfect meal at Vincent's
The trois et trois is an excellent option to enjoy Vincent's
Three courses and three choices per course and reasonably priced.ENJOY

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Authentic, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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