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About La Bonne Table
LA BONNE TABLE is a cozy and intimate restaurant in the heart of the bustling neighborhood of Hillcrest. We serve country french food in a bistro fashion. Our menu consists of classic french dishes, a modest but excellent selection that will change with the seasons. We offer a romantic atmosphere and elegant setting, full bar and french beer on tap. Reservations are recommended as seating is very limited in this exclusive restaurant. Bon Appetit!
San Diego, CA 92103
Hours of Operation:
Monday -Saturday dinner 5pm-10pm
Sunday brunch 10am-3pm
Sunday dinner 4pm-9pm
$30 and under
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
La Bonne Table Ratings and Reviews
This tiny bistro is a true gem for San Diego! It’s as close to Paris as we can get here in Southern CA! Must make reservation...at least 10 people were turned away at door while we were there! Small but very select menu and the food is outstanding as is the service! Lets please keep this special restaurant thriving !!
Week night visit, 7:00 pm , glad we reserved as tables & bar were quite full with diners our table was available as reserved. Service was excellent, intelligent and friendly, attentive but not bothersome. Dining and bar share a common space and there are a couple of tables in alcoves off the main space. Overall, though full, the restaurant is conducive to conversation. Food was very good, quite authentic French style. Wines well chosen both by bottle & glass, appropriately priced. We will go back without a doubt.
We were there on a Wednesday evening and I would suggest you always make a reservation as the dining area is relatively small. The staff was wonderful and we enjoyed the service there. We had the Fromage plate and Escargo to start and the cheese was especially good! I like escargo and the preparation with a puff pastry on top is great dish. She had the Trout Almondine and I had the Entrecote. Both were excellent and the portion was perfect in size. I have to say though the Trout was exceptionally good because of course I had to try some of it.
Just this morning I recommended La Bonne Table to a friend who was thrilled to hear of this little gem in the Hillcrest area.
My wife and I wanted a quiet, romantic dining spot to celebrate my birthday.
The restaurant delivered on this and some.
We were both first given a complimentary glass of champagne to start our evening.
Our waiter was very attentive and friendly.
The French menu offers several choices for both starters and entrees and we both thoroughly enjoyed all that we ordered. I had the braised lamb shank in a delicious wine sauce that was just wonderful and very filling. The lamb shank is rich so I would recommend a light starter choice.
I had the French onion soup to start, which was delicious but might have chosen something a bit lighter had I known how rich and delicious the lamb shank was going to be.
The restaurant ambience was just right with low-level jazz music playing in the background and although the restaurant was almost full when we arrived, the noise level remained quiet throughout the evening. It seems everyone was there to enjoy the quiet ambience.
For us, this was a great dining experience and so glad it is so near to our North Park residence. A true neighborhood gem!
Reynaud and his wife have done a great job transforming his bar/restaurant into this quaint French restaurant. The brunch menu offers nice options and I'm hard to please when it comes to breakfast fare. I had the poached eggs and asked for them firm - they were almost as firm as I'd like but I'd be more emphatic next time. I plan to try the salad next time though. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
second time hoping to be good. I hope they do not have this bad of night in the kitchen for their sake as it is a nice small place that should really be outstanding and not marginal for waht it is representing. unfortunately, nothing new, limited same menu for years! this time all we ordered was badl. overcooked trout with way too many bones of every size left in, and overly oily at same time. sides were nonexistent in taste. lamb was also overcooked an poor choice of pieces. foi gras jus ok, although repetitive special. to add insult to the night, creme brulee had been made up many hours before and hard and no taste! after ordered, it was brought out in literally 30 seconds, stone cold and no freshness. when asked to talk to the manager or chef (which is same person I understand) he refused to come out even though we were the only people in the restaurant at that time. There are many alternative restaurants in the city for this faire and price to try before coming back. i really was hoping for a special date night.
Our New Favorite! We went to La Bonne Table before the theatre and were all impressed. My husband said their duck confit was the best he's had outside of Paris (perfectly done, crisp skin, moist inside, generous portion), my trout almondine melted in the mouth, the double cut pork chop was beautiful and tender with dauphinois potatoes that were to die for. The pork rillettes took me right back to France - very authentic and delicious, as were the escargot in garlic/parsley butter. Desserts are simple, traditional and very good. Limited but nice winelist, and classic French cocktails are a nice touch. We'll definitely be back!
The steak frites was a bit of a letdown - a bit too chewy.
Six of us had a holiday dinner at La Bonne Table, a charming and intimate local French bistro. The entire experience really exceeded our expectations. Street parking was fairly easy (watch the meters as they operate until 8 pm). The cozy charm was perfect for our small group dinner. We let the server suggest a classic red blend wine and it was yummy ($65/bottle). We each had something different as entree and everyone raved. Moules with chunks of lobster in the bisque broth was out-of-this-world. So were the fresh, hot fries. Others had huge, thick tender pork chop; super fresh trout; lamb shank that was tender and delicious; and a huge hunk of tender duck with leg and thighs. For dessert we all shared great chocolat mousse and cream brulee. La Bonne Table is perfect for a romantic dinner, but I wouldn't recommend for groups larger than 6 as it would get a bit loud and lose the cozy touch. Keep it small and enjoy an evening of romance and excellent, fine French food.
We went for brunch and it was out of this world. I wanted almost everything on the menu! Can't recommend anything because there is no bad options here. Our lovely waiter, Victor, couldn't do enough to serve us, and was super sweet too. Great place for any occasion.
As usual, La Bonne Table delivers a beautiful experience - relaxed, cozy atmosphere, excellent service and extraordinary food. The chef accommodated my friend, who is a vegetarian, with a lovely dish, and my duck was perfect - crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
If you can't make it to Paris for dinner, come here instead. You won't be disappointed.
Excellent French cuisine & service. We had the French onion soup (delicious) and the mussels & pork chop, which was super thick and perfectly cooked! The pomme frites were rather thick, resembling more of an Irish French fry, but we aren't complaining. Will be back!
La Bonne Table is authentic French cuisine, nothing less. It is not especially pretentious, though: the chef allows their food to speak for them. Everything from the baguette served first, through the appetizers, and on to the main course was absolutely delicious, perfectly seasoned, perfectly cooked. This was our second visit. We will be back. Soon.
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