Mille Fleurs

6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe CA 92091
$$$ French Top 10 Recommended Editor's Pick Special Offer Private Room Gift Certificates Outdoor Seating

Picture a romantic retreat in the French countryside where days conclude with glowing fireplaces and elegant meals, and you will have the essence of Mille Fleurs. The restaurant, which is located on a small estate off a windy road in Rancho Santa Fe, offers a warm and charming atmosphere that plays host to stunning haute cuisine. Chef Martin Wosele’s menu, which changes daily, delicately melds European culinary traditions with local California ingredients. The result is sensational and exquisite fine dining which, as evidenced by numerous awards and national recognition, makes Mille Fleurs one of the most significant dining establishments in San Diego.

Country Charm with a Fine Flourish

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With the likes of Bertrand Hug and Chef Martin Woesle running the show, it’s not hard to understand how the champion French restaurant Mille Fleurs would earn a position on Food and Wine magazine’s Top 25 Restaurants in America. The slew of accolades from various local and national sources that they’ve amassed in their 25 years of business has done nothing to disintegrate the quality of service or excellence of the food. Quite the contrary, Mille Fleurs has earned a reputation with locals and visitors alike as a restaurant that consistently serves food of the utmost freshness and quality. Most recently, they’ve expanded their clientele by serving an elegant three-course prix-fixe menu for the affordable price of $40. Despite having built a strong foundation on consistency and familiarity, Mille Fleur’s creators have no shortage of culinary ingenuity and appear to be meeting current economic challenges head-on.  

Discreetly tucked behind a stucco archway in sequestered Rancho Santa Fe, Mille Fleurs is a far-flung culinary sanctuary from the hustle of San Diego and its crowded beaches and freeways. Passing through a picturesque courtyard partially shaded by arching trees and the setting sun, we glide by a bubbling tile-lined fountain which momentarily sends me into a blissful reverie. Once through Mille Fleurs’ large mahogany doors, we’re warmly greeted by Host Julien Hug. He sweeps us past vivid floral arrangements and a roaring fire in the hearth to an elegant table accented with azure stemware and a bright sunflower. With all the charm of a dream country home in Provence, my eyes light upon French floral tile motifs, warm saffron walls, rich burgundy carpeting, and mahogany sweeping across slanting wooden ceiling beams and window frames. A delightful host, we watch Julien flit from table to table, the occasional lilting French trailing in his wake.

Before our first course can commence, a playful amuse bouche of rabbit and aspic is served announcing the official start of what will surely be an exquisite meal. A geometric presentation incorporates a transparent, small square plate with a dainty bite-size triangle of the rabbit and aspic, and playful circular button-like pieces of cucumber amid flaming red and golden yellow baby tomatoes. Inhaling deeply, the earthy notes of a basil dressing, chives, and vegetables greet me, adding a provincial element to the sophisticated course. The lean rabbit meat, securely contained within the jelly-like aspic, serves as a relatively blank palette for the other ingredients, punctuating the mild bite from the daikon radish. The airy freshness of this hors d’oeuvre  is a glimpse into Chef Woesle’s approach to cooking and a culinary ode to the dog days of summer.

Our taste buds properly roused, my dining companion and I switch gears and order the Tomato Soup with Gin and the Lobster Bisque. An elegant white tureen cradles a smooth vermillion-colored tomato soup touting a heady aroma of tomatoes and sweet pine from partially submerged fresh marjoram. Coarsely grated chunks of cheese mingle on the soup’s surface with baby dollops of cream, creating swirling patterns as my spoon vivaciously dips into the steaming bowl. The flavors that greet me render me momentarily speechless; the overflowing essence of smoothly blended farm-fresh tomatoes accented with the piney infusion of gin complement the delicate sweetness from the indigenously Mediterranean marjoram. 

The Lobster Bisque, a signature item at numerous fine dining establishments, has the pressure of having to stand apart in a sea of richly creamy shellfish soups. It does this effortlessly with an intoxicating tickle to the nostrils and a stunning visual presentation of chives dancing in and around cream delicately shaped into a flower. Nestled in the center of the bowl and barely peeking out are a few pieces of lobster; they are the first thing I seek out as I plunge my spoon down. My surprise is evident when I realize that burrowed in the burnt sienna broth’s shadowy depths are white corn and steamed zucchini as well. Despite dominant flavors from rich ingredients such as the cognac, cream, and lobster, these midsummer vegetables retain their individual identity, surely due to the freshness of their source. 

The Smoked Holland Eel follows closely behind. As soon as it is set in front of me, I’m struck with the resemblance of the presentation to a vibrant kaleidoscope. Varying colors and patterns from an assortment of thinly sliced radishes, dill cucumbers, and potatoes are symmetrically arranged on a large round sky blue plate. Blushing pieces of plump smoked eel surround a Lilliputian quail egg in the center while a light powdering of horseradish completes the dish. The most striking aroma is surely from the cucumbers, dill, and horseradish, ingredients which continue to uphold Chef Woesle’s command of farm-fresh produce. The eel is an ambrosial combination of oily fish and oak smoke, filling my mouth with the luxuriant texture of silk. Horseradish, the final, lingering note gives a hot, spicy finish to a truly unrivaled experience.

Next, my companion and I share the Salad of Maine Lobster, one of the few unchanging items on the menu due to its celebrity status among local habitués. Dill, thriving under the summer’s hot heat, makes its third appearance of the evening, this time mixed in with garden greens, sliced avocado, thinly cut watermelon triangles and large meaty pieces of flushed Maine lobster. The watermelon is a pleasant surprise alongside the lobster and avocado, adding a refreshing summer bite to an appetizer already ripe with light and fresh ingredients. The lemon dressing adds a tart undertone, fusing the varying flavors into a culinary harmony.

At last prepared to embark on the following course, we order two entrees to suit our palates. The first is the Strauss Farm Veal “Wiener Schnitzel”. Two thin veal cutlets that have been breaded and fried arrive carrying a quail egg perched atop a nest of energetic parsley leaves. A thin lemon butter is elegantly drizzled over the veal while caper berries sliced into small green and pink pinwheels add a mischievous touch to the overall presentation. Two mounds of vegetables round out the dish in the form of spaghetti-thin pieces of multi colored peppers and fleshy yellow and red diced heirloom tomatoes. The veal’s crispy breaded golden-brown exterior veils a tender interior with a delicate taste that takes on the many flavors of its supporting ingredients, especially the tang from the lemon sauce and the sharp piquantness of the caper berries. 

Our second entrée is duck not one but three ways; the breast, confit, and foie gras. Cloaked with an amber orange-ginger sauce, the confit sits at the head of the plate while pink slabs of the breast gently fold over one another like dominoes. The foie gras sits nestled between the two, an airy looking mass that has my mouth watering in anticipation. Sprigs of rosemary and grated orange peel are sprinkled over the duck and some halved baby potatoes, carrots, and spinach like colorful confetti. The rosemary emits the aromas of Provence which seems all too appropriate in a restaurant bedecked in soft yellows and azure blue. 

The confit, made by salt curing the duck’s leg and then poaching it in its own fat, is full-flavored, tender, and succulent, especially with the orange ginger sauce. The sauce seems to know its place among such elaborately prepared duck and does not try to steal the stage but rather lays it with a soft citrus bouquet and a soupcon of ginger. The only bursts of flavor occur from the occasional welcome piece of orange rind or rosemary. The breast is equally succulent. Expertly grilled, it is lightly pink on the inside while the outside is minimally seasoned with salt and pepper, in turn retaining and emphasizing the duck’s true flavors. 

Neither the duck confit nor the breast can compare to the foie gras in term of richness however. Sliced into small pieces, the flavors that greet me are nothing short of heavenly. Full-bodied, buttery, and delectable, the experience feels near sinful, yet ever so satisfying. 

Dessert has much to live up to after the last entrée, yet does so with whimsical grace. The White Peaches Au Gratin, a special on the prix fixe menu, is a daring combination of cappuccino ice cream, bulbous ripe raspberries in a rich coulis of their own making, and fresh slices of peach, all lightly torched to create a “gratin” effect. A fluted piece of almond tuile brings the presentation together with a classically French touch. The cappuccino ice cream juxtaposes bitter with sweet, and has a very fine graininess, an indication, I’m informed, that actual coffee beans were used in its production. 

Always a chocolate lover, I myself am especially partial to the chocolate cake. A crescent-inspired presentation boasts dried mixed berries in a semi circle to one side of the towering slice of cake, while a half-moon of dark chocolate and white chocolate on the other side sits waiting to be dipped into. The four-layer cake is cloaked in a dark chocolate ganache with some crisp coils of candied orange peel. The moist cake pr

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Business Info

  • Address: 6009 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe CA 92091
  • Cross Street: Avenida De Acacias
  • Location: North County Inland | Rancho Santa Fe
  • Cuisine: American | California | French |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Lunch | Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Diners Club |
  • Corkage Fee: 50.00 | Fee waived if guest purchases bottle off wine list
  • Staff: Martin Woesle | Chef de Cuisine
  • Phone: (858) 756-3085
  • Features: Late Dining, Famous Chef, Live Entertainment, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Private Room, Prix Fixe Menu, Smoking Area, Tasting Menu, Winning Wine List, Working Fireplace, Wheelchair Access,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion,


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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Dinner - Fountain Room 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 4:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lunch - Fountain Room 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Lunch - Fountain Room 11:30 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Brunch - Fountain Room 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dinner - Fountain Room 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Frequently Asked Questions
The menu changes daily to allow the use of only the freshest ingredients
Live music plays in the piano bar Sunday-Thursday, 8pm-12am
Mille Fleurs has a Business Casual.
Mille Fleurs is pronounced as "mill flur"
No, the restaurant is located in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego, which is north of the 94 freeway. In fact, the restaurant is just north of the 56 Freeway.
Yes, Bertrand Hug also owns Bertrand at Mister A's.
Yes, Mille Fleurs serves Medallions of Oven-Roasted Rabbit.
Yes, Mille Fleurs has a working fireplace in the dining room
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.5 out of 5 stars based on 1 votes