About La Bonne Table
San Diego, CA 92103
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!
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Wine
La Bonne Table Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I spent our anniversary night there. The dinner was superb! We couldn't finish the plentiful helpings and happily took it home. Honestly, it was as delicious the next day.
Our busboy and waiter were warm and welcoming.
It was, all in all, a lovely experience and I would definitely recommend it and we intend to go back.
First time at this very small restaurant. Appetizers, onion soup, salad above average. Duck and mussels, average. Service very good. Tables on top of each other, adjoining diners may as well be sitting at your table, everybody hears everybody's conversation.
Shouldn't let surroundings affect meal enjoyment, but it does.
This was my second time at La Bonne Table and it was as great as the first time. I went on a Thursday and a Wednesday and both times the restaurant was full by 7:30pm so definitely make a reservation regardless of the day!
The escargot is crazy good (although served literally boiling hot so be careful!). Last time I had the duck confit and this time I had the steak-frites and both were excellent. Service is great; the waiter was very knowledgeable and good at recommending wine pairings that really enhanced each dish. At one point I dropped my fork by accident and was brought a new one before I even had to ask. The crème brulee wasn't quite as bruleed as it could have been so it was a little soft and grainy at the edges, but I'll forgive it because it's absolutely amazing with their Sauternes by the glass.
Overall a great place for a date! The small and low-lit room is nice and romantic. It's on the pricey side but well worth it in my opinion. Will definitely be back.
Amazing food elegant and quaint romantic restaurant. One of my new top destinations for for dinner. I would say that the only weak point at the restaurant is that the waiters need to be stronger they relied heavily upon the head waiter. But overall an excellent restaurant I must in San Diego.
We went there on Valentine's Day. Simply excellent. We've been there a few times before and I was concerned that since they were going to be full that things would not be as good as before. I was wrong. Service was excellent. Our two meals were excellent. This is without a doubt one of our top five in San Diego. Love the place!
Bonne experience! Chose this for pre-theater dining. Food was delicious. I had the frisée salad starter and halibut with asparagus entree paired with a white Bordeaux. Service was excellent. Ambience cozy but can still enjoy a conversation. I will be back. It's small so I recommend a reservation.
Love, love, love this place. My husband and I come here often when we want to enjoy in some French fare. The waiter is always very attentive and the food never disappoints. The duck confit and the boudin noir are amazing dishes but you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu. We've pretty much tasted everything on it and it's all delicious. If you want to transport yourself to a little bistro in Paris and have a taste of France then this is the spot to go to.
This was as close to a perfect meal as we could have asked for. Best duck confit I have ever tasted (even better than the many duck dishes we had in Paris). Absolutely delicious. The wait staff was on top of every item - never intrusive and always gracious. However, it was not really a formal feel. It felt more like we were having dinner with a very attentive family. Cannot recommend La Bonne Table enough. Exceeded every one of my expectations.
Just had to go back for our last dinner in San Diego. It was just as perfect as on our first visit. The second visit was during the Restaurant Week, and fortunately all the items I wanted to try were on that menu. We both had the onion soup, which was superb and my partner had the Duck confit made to perfection; and I agree with another customer who commented that the Brussel sprouts were delicious, even though they were soft. I had a delicious Steak Frites. The portions were large, and we couldn't even finish the mousse, which was also outstanding. Overall, I would HIGHLY recommend La Bonne Table to anyone who loves or would like to experience French food at its best. Congratulations to the restaurant, for the service, the decor and obviously for the food!!
The food and the service lacked. If you're going to be serving $30 entrees then there are expectations that come with that. There was no bus service, we had dirty plates that sat on the table forever. They serve diner butter cold in wrappers. The fish of the day was halibut and it was horrible - could not tell if it was under cooked or over cooked - very rubbery. The steak was OK but had a lot of fat on it. With the other great French restaurants close by we would not return.
First time at this restaurant after hearing many good things about it. Had escargot and partner had the salad. Both were great. Escargot had great butter and garlic sauce with a nice bread crumb topping. My wife had the pork chop which was both tasty and moist. I had the bouillabaisse. Outstanding! This is a very intimate restaurant, it is small and cozy. Good for a romantic date. We will go back.
We read some good reviews and decided to give it a try. The restaurant is smaller than we expected, there might be around 12 tables total, but some of them are put together as 4-tops. The decoration is very European, with many small prints hanging on the wall and it makes the restaurant feel very cozy, inviting and romantic. Service was perfect. Our waiter was always there if we needed him, but not if we didn't. The food was delicious. From beginning to end, everything was amazing. We had a bottle of Sancerre, then as appetizers the escargots and the frisée salad. Both delicious. My partner ordered the pork chop which was incredibly tender and cook to perfection. It was almost as tender as a filet mignon. I had the bouillabaisse, which was also fantastic. There was a lot of seafood, very few potatoes and the broth was fragrant and rich without being overwhelming. We finished the evening with some port wine, grand marnier and we shared the delicious profiteroles. I loved that the creme chantilly wasn't too sweet at all. We are in San Diego on vacation and normally we like to keep trying new places, but I will need to go back for dinner at La Bonne Table again before going home.
Amazing French Restaurant!
I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we absolutely loved it!! It has a small intimate feel, there's only about 6-10 tables in this restaurant and it's almost the size of a large living room. Dim lighting and a wonderful staff make this place a must go and will return!
Our waiter, Renaud, was very friendly and professional and gave great service they even comped us a creme brulee for the birthday we celebrated! Would come back just for the service!
Now the food... my girlfriend and I love French food and we've been to a handful of San Diego French restaurants and this is definitely one of our top two places now. Their menu isn't very large but all their dishes are delicious. We started with escargot which had a pesto sauce and puff pastry on top, so good. Then we had french onion soup which was also delicious on a rainy San Diego night with an amazing gruyere crust. I had the steak frites which is a 10oz new york strip, cooked perfectly medium rare, crunchy on the outside but soft on the inside frites, and a slightly spicy, savory green peppercorn gravy... to die for! My girlfriend had the duck confit which had a beautiful crunchy skin that was on top of a bed of tender brussel sprouts in a savory mustard sauce. I never thought I would like soft/boiled/tender brussel sprouts but it was so good! And our complimentary creme brulee was classic and delicious.
Definitely make reservations, don't ever just walk in. Will definitely be coming back here!
The setting is great, very intimate for the most part; the only thing that took away from this was the fact that there was a large group of obnoxious college kids next to us, making it anything but an enjoyable volume inside. My date and I enjoyed our appetizers (onion soup & escargot) and wine, but we both ordered the mussels for an entree and agreed that they definitely missed the mark. I'm not at all saying that they were "bad," but they were simply lacking any notable flavor, with the ones on top of the pile even being a little dry. The staff is very friendly and attentive, and they have a perfect wine assortment to go with your meal. All in all, it's probably a great place to go, and if it weren't for the mussels being so mediocre, I would give this place a solid 4 stars, perhaps even 5 if there had been any wow factors.
La Bonne Table is my new favorite. I love French food and wine and I love food that starts with high-quality ingredients which are then treated respectfully. I especially love the aperitifs and plan to work my way through their list. The Vol-au-Vent is a lovely little starter and the pork chop is a huge blessing for carnivores. The service is discreet and complete, and the wine list has good French wines at reasonable prices. What's not to like?
My girlfriend and I went to La Bonne Table and felt as if we walked back in time. The restaurant definitely has an aged feeling and I was so happy that I left my jeans at home and we both decided to dress up a bit. Perfect lighting created intimacy for 2 or warmth for 2 old friends in search of fine dining to fortify great conversation. The food, it was rich, flavorful and worth ordering more bread so that even the sauce wouldn't go to waste. The waiter above all, was humble, friendly and attentive to the entire room's needs. It was as if he allowed you to create the perfect night you and your date envisioned by being there right on time!
Leave your jeans at home, bring your date to La Bonne Table and step back into time for fine dining. Rinse and Repeat!
Went for dinner after a movie. Warm and pleasant small interior reminiscent of France. Full bar and reasonable wine choices. Escargot were excellent with plenty of garlic butter and parsley. Bouillabaisse was generous and tasty and the Côte de porc juicy and tender with s side of very rich potatoes augratin. Too full for dessert but chocolate mousse looked quite good.
While most of the food was quite delicious, my steak was not. I ordered the steak "very well done" - yes, I know that steak should not be cooked to this extent, but that's the way I like them. The steak came out with small amount of blood pooling on the top of the meat. When I cut it, the center was pink and cool. This is NOT well done. Very disappointed. I ate the rest of the meal, and took the steak home, where I completed the cooking process and enjoyed it very much.
Read the reviews and had to try it. This place has been in the neighborhood for quite a while, but under different ownership/names. They found the perfect combination of a pleasing wine list, great food (I had the lamb and my friend had the mussels), attentive service, and the perfect French Bistro ambiance. Will definitely go back!
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