Vincent's

4.4
1023 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Californian, Continental
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - close
Closed: Sunday and Monday
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Phone number
(760) 745-3835
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Vincent Grumel
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Catering
For catering or private dinners call the restaurant and speak personally with Vincent.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Broadway
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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.
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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.)
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1023 People Are Saying
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4.3
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Chef was able to prepare a special Vegan dinner for my daughter which she absolutely loved.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Vincent's has been our favorite special occasion restaurant for many years and our recent visit was superb.

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5.0Dined on May 23, 2018

My husband rated his favorite French Onion Soup the best he'd ever had. We asked for both the tuna and the steak to be well done and, though the chef probably disapproved, he cooked them perfectly to our request. Our only slight disappointment was that the menu advertised a medley of seasonal vegetables as an accompaniment to both main courses but only spinach was served - a very minor criticism. The lemon sauce accompanying the strawberry/rhubarb cake dessert was a little too sour for our taste and we thought the house wine at $12 a glass rather more expensive than normal but, overall, it was an extremely enjoyable meal and we will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

This place is such a hidden gem. I have been here many times before, but felt inclined to post a review. The food, the atmopshere, and the service is absolutely flawless. This place is perfect for special occasions, and worth every penny. I am so glad I discovered this. Do yourself a favor and go!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

The most amazing place for dinner!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

This is our favorite go-to place for special occasions. The food is reliably delicious. The cocktails are well-made. The wine selections are very nice. Service is professional, prompt, done with style.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Birthday dinner was awesome

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We've been going to Vincent's for almost 20 years, food and service still continue to impress.

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We went for my parents anniversary. The food was delicious and the restaurant is beautiful. Very nice ambiance inside. Service was slow, considering we were really the only people there, but not enough to warrant a bad review because overall the food was great and the server was really nice.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food and service are wonderful! :)

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Great food, fresh ingredients. But waitress brought soup for table, but not enough spoons. Had to wait to ask and ultimately get up and help myself. Shouldn’t be the case for such nice restaurant. Other than that, very nice meal and experience.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2018

My folks and I went to Vincent’s to celebrate my birthday. The food was good but the service was slow. Our server was a young lady who seemed disinterested and inconvenienced by us. My Mom ordered a $13 margarita. It was very weak and tasteless so I asked if she could get some Grand Mariner. They charged another $12 for a shot. All I wanted was to make it a Cadillac margarita. So the drink cost $25!!! My bad for not noticing this until after we had left the restaurant. I have never paid that for a Margarita. And they do nothing to celebrate birthdays. The steak was good but we will not return. Vincent’s used to be a great restaurant. They have lost their edge. The restaurant is for sale so unfortunately they don’t seem to care about the customer experience. So sad because it used to be one of our favorite restaurants.

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3.0Dined on April 25, 2018

Out of fois gras and wine selection. Duck l orange was lacking orange flavor. Beef Wellington was not tasty. Last time there it was.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2018

Took my wife here for her birthday. She loved it so much we plan to go back regularly.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2018

I had Barramundi, which was fresh and perfectly prepared. It was on a bed of risotto that had excellent flavors but was a little mushy for my taste. Starter was a carrot soup that was very good, wonderful flavors . In general a very good meal, excellent service. Not my first visit to Vincent's and I will definitely dine there again.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great place. Feels like home and with a great dinner. Win-win.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

The best food in town, served in a warm, relaxed atmosphere by skillful servers. A consistently outstanding dining experience.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This made for a wonderful special date night dinner. The service was slow as other reviews had mentioned, but overall we really enjoyed this place. On Saturday it was very quiet which was surprising. We had reservations but it was not necessary for that evening.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was a lovely meal with a best friend at the end of a challenging week!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Outstanding food and ambiance. I recommend Vincent's for the great menu and friendly atmosphere.

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1.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I have been going to Vincent's for years and labeled it as one of my favorite restaurants to date. Unfortunately I had a terrible experience most recently. Upon being seated we sat for nearly 20 minutes before being addressed by our server (looked at my watch). After placing our order we waited another 15 for our app and an additional 15 for our dinner. Keep in mind our reservation was at 5:15 and the restaurant was only about 30% full. I would totally understand if it was late in the evening and packed. In total we were in the restaurant for over 2 hours (mainly waiting).

The food was good but not anywhere as good as I remember.

I had planned for a nice evening with my daughter and ended up very disappointed. Especially for the cost.

Will not return.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is our go to restaurant in Escondido, and has been for years.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The restaurant's ambience is nice but unassuming. The real highlights of Vincent's are the service and the food. The food is authentically French; however, the portions are decidedly not! I had the beef Wellington and it was large enough for dinner that evening and lunch the following day. It was my first time dining at Vincent's and although I do enjoy a good/trendy scene, it was refreshing to be in a quiet setting enjoying food that makes your day and speaks for itself.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Excellent food! We met friend there and everything was delicious. Cozy atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The atmosphere, food and service were wonderful! Met the owner and she was just lovely. Great steak and great sides.

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I love this place. It is unassuming, just like you would find on a small side street in Nice, France. We recommend this place all the time. The food is always delicious and is one of our favorite places in San Diego. The chef is so creative and has a new menu for the Trois et Trois every week. Can't say enough good things-please go and see for yourself. Also, the staff is very attentive. Thank you, Vincent's on Grand!

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3.0Dined on March 22, 2018

I loved this restaurant. But not so much anymore. Since Vincent isn't at the helm , it just is not the same. The food and service have gone down hill. We will continue to visit but not nearly as often as before. And if no improvement it will be off our list.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Went there for our Anniversary. It was Amazing and the service was Top Notch. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Food was delicious and the atmosphere perfect for a decadent birthday meal for my wife.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Like our last visits to Vincent's everything was excellent. The only other comment I have is that the Foie Gras was a bit stringy and a bit overpriced at $25 for the appetizer.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

another amazing evening here at Vincent’s .
delightful and delicious !
thank you

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Scrumptious French food! Cozy and romantic! Loved it,

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

This was our first experience at Vincent’s and I’m sorry to say it was a disappointment. We were there to have dinner before a concert which I had indicated in my reservation so time was of the essence. When we arrived our table was not available so after a short wait I asked to be seated at the bar. At the time I mentioned to the person who seated us that were attending a concert that evening. We ordered right away and then waited 40 minutes for our meal. Consequently we had to eat very quickly. My duck was delicious but I was not really able to fully enjoy it.

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2.0Dined on March 9, 2018

One fish plate-baramundi- was fishy tasting/old.
My wine was not that good and they don't tell you how much the wine is.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

On a quiet Tuesday evening, Vincent's chef and staff were creating wonderful dishes in a lovely atmosphere.....right in downtown Escondido!
I am always delighted in my Vincent's experiences.
My only wish would be for Vincent's to have some more French wines in the cellar.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Beautiful ambiance to enjoy great food well served‼️

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Food is always excellent and always served as expected. Great wine menu.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Never been disappointed! The best French restaurant in all of San Diego! Been many times in the last year since finding it. So close to home is one of the perks. I do think they have been named Best French in San Diego. The sauces and purees are the best! and never the same thing as every other French restaurant in town.

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Went to Vincent's with 2 other couples for their midweek Trois et Trois dinner. The choices for appetizers, entree's and desserts were varied enough that there was something for everyone. One in our party ordered off the regular menu which was also available. Several of us wanted the Baked Alaska, but for some reason it was unavailable. While disappointing, we did find dessert alternatives that were delicious. Our food was very good, but for my husband and I could have had a bit less salt. Our waitress was a lovely young woman who was quietly attentive to our needs. The ambiance was warm, cozy and comfortable. The night we were there, the restaurant was not full, but all guests were seated in a cluster rather which would have been find had all tables been filled. Under the circumstances, it would have been nice to have some additional space between our party and other patrons.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Food was excellent service was a bit slow between courses. Highly recommend this place for a quiet evening dinner

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