French Restaurants in San Diego

San Diego might not have a district dedicated to the French, but it is one of the more popular cuisines in the city. Up and down the coast, French bistros are typically the more exclusive and upscale eateries in the city. Typically, the more elusive ones are located downtown, but standard French fare isn't really our forte here. A new French bistro, Gaslamp Rendezvous, is a more recent addition to San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter and serves up fresh French pastries, coffee and entrees in a small shop. Otherwise, traditional favorites in the area include Cafe Chloe, Cavaillon Restaurant, Bernard'O and Oceanaire. French cuisine gets a little more traditional in the Pacific Beach French Gourmet, where they are known for great catering and desserts galore. Head up the coast and you'll find one of the most well known French restaurants on the west coast - Marine Room. The reservation list is long, and overlooks the Pacific Ocean and Dr. Seuss' house. French cuisine doesn't get any simpler only time, just better - especially in San Diego when we fuse our local favorites - like seafood and organic produce - with very standard French flavors. Every year, though there isn't a district called "Little France," we still celebrate the French cuisine and its locals with a French Festival.

Cafe Chloe

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721 Ninth Ave
At G St., East Village

France at Your Fingertips... read more

Bernard'O Restaurant

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12457 Rancho Bernardo Road

First-class treatment... read more


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7612 Fay Ave
Between Kline and Pearls sts

Tapenade Restaurant... read more

The Oceanaire Seafood Room

400 J St
At Fourth Ave., Gaslamp Quarter

A Visit to the Sea... read more

Bertrand at Mister A's

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2550 Fifth Ave
At Laurel Street, Hillcrest

Fine Dining with a View... read more

The 3rd Corner

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2265 Bacon St
At W. Point Loma Blvd., Ocean Beach

Fine Dining in Ocean Beach... read more

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The French Gourmet

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960 Turquoise Street

Bon Appetit!... read more

Cavaillon Restaurant

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14701 Via Bettona, Suite 200

Provencal dining experience... read more

Cilantro Live Restaurant

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3807 5th Ave.

Unpretentious French regional cooking... read more


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495 Laurel Street

Kiss of French Comfort... read more
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