Restaurant Review : “Bo-beau” in Ocean Beach

by on October 18, 2013 · 10 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach, The Widder Curry

Bo-beau inside jc “Bo Beau kitchen + bar”
4996 W. Point Loma Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
619-224-2884

 When I do a restaurant review, I try to stay within a certain price range , primarily because I live on a limited income. I had heard that the food at “Bo-Beau” was very good, but was also told it was quite pricey. I am happy to say that the food WAS very good, and although more than I usually spend on a meal, was not that pricey compared to other restaurants of its quality.

My friend Mary had asked to take me out for dinner  – we were in a celebratory mood -, and since we were coming back to Ocean Beach via La Jolla, we decided to go to Bo-beau kitchen and bar, as she had told me many times it was one of her favorites.

Bo-beau brussprts jc

Crispy Brussel Sprouts. All photos by Judi Curry.

Because we were early – not quite 5:00pm, we were seated immediately. We were taken to the patio at first, but the wind was picking up and we decided to eat inside. We picked the only table that had an air vent overhead, and soon we were both very cold from the air conditioner. We asked our waiter – Orion – named after the “hunter” if we could change seats, but he said he would turn off the air – which he did, and we were very comfortable staying where we were.

There is a very extensive menu (on line here)  that has everything listed except the specials of the night. Because Mary had been there before I let her do most of the ordering.

We each ordered a glass of wine – a red for her and a white for me – and it was served in individual carafe’s. And it wasn’t just one glassful – it was close to two glasses. Both were tasty and satisfying.

Bo-Beau chorizo jc

Chorizo flatbread with Serrano chili’s, a marinara sauce, basil and 5 Italian cheeses

We started out with Crispy Brussel Sprouts ($9.50) because she said they were wonderful. I had my doubts when she ordered them, but they were excellent. They were cooked in a sauce of pancetta, Parmesan and balsamic vinegar. I must say I was pleasantly surprised and pleased with the taste, texture, and sauce.

Mary thought we should also have a sample of their flatbread so we ordered the Chorizo with Serrano chili’s, a marinara sauce, basil and 5 Italian cheeses. It was one of the best flatbreads I have ever tasted. Hot, tasty, and very pleasing to the palate. The cost was $15.

Mary then ordered the Boeuf Bourguignon, made with tiny carrots, pancetta, mushrooms, pearl onions and fingerling potatoes. Of course everything was cooked in a nice tasting Burgundy and practically melted in your mouth. The cost was $20.50.

Bo-beau burgrfries jc

Hamburger and fries.

I had difficulty in making my entrée selection as I was torn between two items – the bouillabaisse ($22.00) or a Beaujolais hamburger, made with filet mignon. I decided to ask Orion what he suggested and he said the hamburger was to die for. It was. It had mushrooms, onions, lettuce, spinach on it and it was served with a tasty sauce and a huge order of shoe-string potatoes. Mary made the comment that I could give Buddy – my Golden Retriever – what I was taking home, but there was no way I would share it with him. Maybe I’d let him lick my fingers, but it was so succulent that I am looking forward to finishing it tomorrow.

Although we were not going to order dessert, but when Orion heard it was Mary’s birthday, he told us the dessert was free. (Can’t beat that price!). We ordered the chocolate flan, made with amaretto, and so rich that we took that home too. The taste of the bittersweet dark chocolate was an excellent end to a wonderful meal.

Would I go back to Bo Beau? In a heartbeat. The food was good; the service was excellent; the noise was loud but not too loud so that we could not hear each other. But when I go back it will be for a special occasion, because the $115 + tab is still steep for me. But I could not find fault with anything – and my readers all know that I tried! My suggestion to you – go and try it. I think you will be very happy.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar Mari October 18, 2013 at 12:17 pm

Judi,

Have you tried The Joint on Bacon & Newport? The Atmospere is a little different but the food is right up there with Bo Beau :-)

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avatar judi curry October 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Hi Mari, Yes I did a review of it earlier this year – http://obrag.org/?p=73478 – and I agree. The one thing I liked better about Bo-Beau was that the noise level was lower. Thanks for asking. Judi

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avatar Debbie October 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm

It’s been on my list and now I will give it a go :-)

Thanks for the review.

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avatar judi curry October 18, 2013 at 1:41 pm

You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

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avatar Steve October 18, 2013 at 5:20 pm

When writing articles for the web, it’s generally good practice to include a map link whenever you post an address. Something like this –

4996 W. Point Loma Ave.
Ocean Beach, CA 92107
http://goo.gl/maps/rPgv9

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avatar judi curry October 18, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Editor-dude. What do you think of this suggestion?

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avatar Gil Field October 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

Judi: I love your columns. Even though I live well up into North County, I enjoy reading your take on OB and neighboring areas. Have you considered branching out into North County ? :)

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avatar judi curry October 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Hi Gil, thanks for the compliment. When I get out to No. County I do a review, but don’t get out there much. Will keep it in mind because now that I am “dating” – sort of – I do go out with some men in No. County but they usually come here. I could go there….Thanks for the idea.

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avatar OB Mercy October 20, 2013 at 6:59 pm

I love BB! My fave upscale resto here along with 3rd Corner.

Chef Katherine Humphus is wonderfully creative. I went there last week with my boyfriend and we told her to just bring out whatever. We had 5 courses, she brought out smaller versions of some apps, the brussel sprouts of course, the beet flat bread, and a wonderful portobello app and then we split that Beaujolais Burger, first time I had it…..WOW!

She also makes what is the best peanut brittle I’ve ever had! She serves it with some chocolate ganache on the side, yumm! For our tasting last week, we had pumpkin cheesecake…best I’ve ever had.

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avatar Bob March 12, 2014 at 11:45 am

Quality, or perceived quality? Is any of the meat or eggs free range or natural? Do the meats come in frozen? Are the French fries frozen? Maybe the quality isn’t the same as other places. One person above mentioned the Joint, which does use free range chicken and eggs, natural pork, grass fed beef, and fresh, not frozen fries (per their menu). Maybe all things aren’t equal quality wise… Just saying…

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