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Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro

4.8
4.8
317 reviews
$30 and under
American
Welcome to The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro located in the heart of the beautiful downtown Rancho Santa Fe, CA. Our unique bistro offers an amazing menu and a superior wine selection for any brunch, lunch or dinner occasion.

Owner / Chef Mozy Jahanguiri, who has run restaurants in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Dallas, has opened The Rancho Santa Fe Bistro in the space formerly occupied by The Pantry on Paseo Delicias. Mozy has prepared a menu that offers a wide variety of healthy and stylish fresh grill and more offering a balanced approach to food and wine along with bistro favorites including Oysters Rockefeller, traditional escargots, baked brie with grapes and honey and more for starters. Entrees to satisfy any taste of carefully sourced meats, seafood and much more. Be sure to check out Bistro's beautiful wood wine cellar, housing an extensive collection that spans an impressive 100 years (1897-1997) at a variety of price points.

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2 people

22:00


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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Continental
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 756-1221
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 317 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • San Diego

    American

  • North San Diego

    Best Overall

  • North San Diego

    Best Ambience

  • North San Diego

    Best Value

  • North San Diego

    Great for fine wines

  • North San Diego

    American

317 Reviews
  1. Samalsar

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely neighborhood gem to take guests to for a good dining experience.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our new favorite spot! Service is phenomenal, atmosphere is stunning and food is excellent. Makes us feel like we are out of town in a good way! We will be back again and again.

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  3. StevenS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a chance to try the pork chop. It was a prime choice of meat and the prep and cooking of this item was premier as well. Delicious. Especially with mashed potatoes. Oddly enough our daughter had the escargot. And she said it was well prepared and delish as well. Thank you for your ambience and service RSF Bistro.

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  4. Davethediner

    San Diego

    301 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    301 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A really memorable evening - the owner spent half his evening chatting with us - really interesting gentleman - and bringing us wonderful wine. The pork chop was truly the best I’ve ever had - he said it was from a special place in Chicago. Awesome meal!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very pleasant evening. Great service. And the very best pork chop I've ever had.

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  6. NancyF

    Mexico City

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A cozy restaurant with tasty dishes. Fun, upbeat place.

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  7. KeithF

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was weird to charge $2.20 per person for 1 piece of bread about 1.5" x 5" It was good and warm. But not uniquely special at all. Food was good.

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  8. AndrewT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and food, loved the decor and they had plenty of wine choices.

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  9. Randy

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Great ambience with indoor and patio dining.

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  10. SandyS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 14 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a hidden gem. Food is excellent and well priced.

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  11. Samalsar

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely neighborhood restaurant. Food quality, taste were just perfect. My only comment would be that I did not think it's appropriate to charge $2 for each small breadstick. Bread is free in all other restaurants I frequent including those more expensive than this!! I ordered the short rib which was a stew and it needed bread to enjoy the gravy.

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  12. Michele

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I love this little place. The food is delicious. We have eaten there twice now and enjoyed both meals.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely fabulous meal at what we think of as a secret gem. Dining hear always feels like being transported to another place and time. And, our waiter, Gregory, took care of us like no other waiter has. Outstanding service, delicious and well-prepared food (the pork chop was the best ever), and incomparable ambience.

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  14. NancyF

    Mexico City

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on 1 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the Bistro, cozy, sweet with delicious meals. The service is great and the owner is usually there keeping things moving along. You feel welcome always.

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  15. Darin

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Average food at best. Wasn't hot enough, more like lukewarm when served.

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  16. VickiH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful birthday experience we had with Gregory! All the yummies we ordered were SO yummy! We loved it and will be back soon!

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  17. MarilynY

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 11 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have the best food and service here. We feel like we are in Europe in their courtyard. Our out of town guests were impressed!

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  18. JimC

    Dallas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent as usual . Great Beet salad and tomato soup with Conundrum wine . Best place in Rancho !

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  19. CaseyP

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 4 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charming outdoor patio with string lights and greenery. Professional, friendly service and impeccably prepared dishes.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a lovely romantic setting whether it’s indoor or outdoor. We chose the patio with lighted olive bushes and Spanish ambience. Server was delightful and the owner came over and said hi. Just lovely

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service and ambiance. Charming restaurant.

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  22. meandmylady

    San Diego

    84 reviews

    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on 24 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love this cute little place in Rancho Santa Fe. I have a recommendation in here.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Took 20 minutes for the waiter to come over after we had been seated and said that the reason being was that they were understaffed which was not the case. There were people who came in after us who got their food before anyone even asked our order Waiter then got our order wrong, the portions were small. The food was mediocre. Then he got our order wrong again for dessert as well. There was a lot of fake smiling and apologizing about his negligence but I don’t buy it. I’ve been telling people, it’s not a place that I would refuse to go to but not somewhere I would go on my own. Mille fleurs across the street is much better in terms or food quality, and service. I would recommend that restaurant instead

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  24. JessicaN

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date night spot with lovely, romantic ambiance. Delicious food. Excellent service.

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  25. Winer

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A gem in the heart of Rancho Santa Fe. Sleepy town which shuts down early even on a Saturday, so it was quiet but food service and ambience lovely as always.

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  26. JJCMGC

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 17 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the bistro in Rancho Santa Fe! It’s always excellent!

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  27. NickD

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went there the other night and had Jesse as our server. He told us about the specials with such detail I was amazed! I went with the filet special and it nearly melted in my mouth! Such a great setting with a garden like feel. I don't know that I've ever been to a place like this! I highly recommend this place for a quaint date and a very good meal! I will be back for sure

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  28. gourmetgirl

    San Diego

    124 reviews

    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on 8 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The bistro is one of our local favorites, and not just because it’s local. The food is wonderful. They have a great wine list, and the owners could not be more accommodating and friendly. The ambience feels like a Bistro in Paris you sit outdoors with all the little lights, and the birds in the foliage, it’s beautiful, and inside is charming and warm and comfortable. If you have not been there yet, I suggest you do and remember the escargots are one of the best I’ve ever had absolutely delicious, but all their food is exceptional.

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  29. HoussamJ

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 27 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot. Food is very average. I'd prob go there again for the spot not for the food

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  30. Lady

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’d been here for lunch with friends a couple times and enjoyed it so I decided to bring my husband here for an anniversary dinner and it was a hit. We sat in the charming indoor dining room next to an open window and enjoyed a delicious dinner (a shared caprese salad, fillet mignon for him and rack of lamb for me) and it was all delicious. My husband loves apple pie and he declared their apple pie à la mode to be the best he’s ever had. They have an extensive wine list with a large number of wines by the glass and I enjoyed a delicious pinot noir. Our server was friendly and just attentive enough. We may have found our new favorite North County restaurant.

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  31. bday

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was terrible! This restaurant caters to the locals. If you are a visitor beware. It took us 15 minutes jut to get our menus and that was because I asked a busboy to bring them to us. It was an hour in a half and we still did not get our food as we watched the waiters mingle with the locals that they knew by name, while they would get their meals we were still waiting. We had to go to the service window where the cooks area was and asked the manager why hadn't we been served we were seated at 7:30 pm and it was already 9pm. The restaurant was not busy or short handed just a place that favors the locals.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible experience! We had lunch here, and came back for dinner shortly after!

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  33. April

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    we reserved a table to celebrate our anniversary. Never have escargot like this before without shells on them. Flat bread for starter and it brought out them same time with our entrees. And my sea food sampler: salmon and scallops were overcooked and dried. The waitress offered to redo my food but I didn't want to, because I didn't want my husband to wait for mine. Over all it could be better if more though was put into the details of how it is served.

    1 person found this helpful

  34. GayleS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous experience at this sweet bistro nestled in RSF. Service, food & ambiance were perfect for a relaxing Friday evening.

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  35. Oye123

    San Diego

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Rancho Santa Fee Bistro it is a real gem. Everything on the menu is delicious especially the eggplant. I had the duck with cherry sauce and it was perfect.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I’m thinking this was a “one off” evening as we have been there many times. The Caesar salad was chopped in shreds making it difficult to eat, the croutons were almost nonexistent and the dressing was bland. The stuffed pepper was the usual delicious, the salmon was passable but I would guess it was frozen and not fresh. IMHO Could have been better…. Also, I do not live in Palm Springs. I am a long time local!

    1 person found this helpful

  37. FrequentDiner

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything about the night was a horrible experience. The progression of the evening would require more characters than I have here but suffice to say we will not be going back.
    Rancho Santa Fe BistroResponded on 7 August 2023
    Dear Diner, This is Fara, sorry about your horrible experience that unfortunately had to be ended by 9:00pm when the restaurant was about to close and everyone including staff had already gone. This was a Tuesday evening, I came to your table to ask about your experience, as I remember there was no complaint about the food and you both enjoyed everything. we sincerely apologize again and want you to know that we always care deeply about every single of our guests and their experiences.

    1 person found this helpful

  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My family have been dining at the Bistro for years now and the experience has always been excellent… the owners are there to greet and welcome you…recommend this restaurant highly…

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  39. brendons

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, patio experience and service were all fantastic!

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  40. gourmetgirl

    San Diego

    124 reviews

    5.0

    124 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I love the bistro! The food is great the staff could not be nicer and we love the ambience with the twinkle lights outside in a comfortable atmosphere inside it couldn’t be a nicer place to go for an evening out. And don’t forget to try to ask her go best I’ve ever had.!!

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FAQs

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 756-1221.

Rancho Santa Fe Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 317 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

22:00


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Google Map for Rancho Santa Fe Bistro

6024 Paseo Delicias, Ste C, Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067-9512

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Rancho Santa Fe
  • Hours of Operation
    Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Comfort Food, Continental
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Plenty of parking spaces available on the streets and also a huge Parking lot is available behind the restaurant only at evening hours
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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