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Pamplemousse Grille
Pamplemousse Grille

Pamplemousse Grille Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pgrille.com
  • Phone: (858) 792-9090
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily 5pm
  • Cuisine: French, Continental, American
  • Executive Chef: Jeffery Strauss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: The award-winning chef is the top caterer in the county. All sizes can be accommodated.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the restaurant for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Manager on site (858) 792-9090

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jimmy Durante Blvd.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking available as well.
A word from Pamplemousse Grille
Pamplemousse Grille offers upscale French Continental Cuisine featuring grilled seafood, meats, game and daily specials. With his first restaurant, Pamplemousse Grille, Strauss makes a personal statement on the pleasurable dining experience -casual yet elegant, inspired yet straightforward, quality food that delights all the senses.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "We were very disappointed. We brought our own wine and our waiter did not offer to decanter our wine we had to ask someone else. Also we ordered rib eye on the bone and the meat was off. We were so looking forward to celebrating our anniversary at Pamplemousse and have eaten there before. We were also given a table that faced a wall right in front of us. There were plenty of other tables that did not face a wall. We will not go back or recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The best dinner in the metro San Diego area. Excellent food and outstanding service."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great service and dining experience. A place that treats you like you're special"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Wonderful, delicious, interesting menu, great service . Always a treat to dine at Pamplemousse."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Great food and creative menu options. Excellent specialty cocktails. Excellent service. Delicious hand-made desserts that you can actually see being made as you enter the restaurant. Plain atmosphere."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "The food was fantastic. We had a kimchee seafood martini that was so fresh I felt like Gollum, biting into a fresh fish. Although the lump crabmeat, lobster and shrimp were cooked they were a perfectly left alone so that their oceanic goodness was obscured by nothing, only enhanced by the pieces of picante and slightly sweet kimchee. The miso glazed sea bass over forbidden rice was so good I couldn't resist asking for a spoon so as not to abandon any of the earthy sauce that was left at the end...despite my wife's imploring. The watermelon salad was delicious, but little overdressed for my taste. The service was excellent. Our server even took the time to write us a list of local restaurants that were less of a splurge."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "On the pricey side, but well worth the money spent. If you need a special place for a special someone for a special event go to Pamplemousse Grille at least once in your life. Odds are outstanding that you will return for an encore. The service, wine options, and food are tremendous. Parking and location are easy, not like too many touted high end restaurants. Give it a go!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Honestly, ambient is not that great but the food quality and taste are great!!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "When I think of special occasions, Valentine's Day, Birthdays, Graduations, I think of the Pamplemousse Grille. It is French Cuisine at its finest. If you want special, this restaurant has it in spades. This food is never mundane or ordinary! The server made some excellent menu suggestions for our party. You could tell that she really knew the menu items and specials. The entire staff took really good care of us. Thank you!"
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Great food, service, ambiance and wine"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "Love Jerry your server, and your bartender Mike remembers every detail of or previous orders and preferences, always makes us feel so welcome."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We went to Pamplemousse after searching for meal consisting of truffles. I must say the food and service was outstanding. We tried several things off the menu. We started with the complimentary bread, which was heaven in a basket. Seriously could have sat and ate that all night, but we moved on to the Gnocchi topped with truffles. A very small portion for such a big charge. Next we had the White Asparagus Truffle Soup, oh my the best thing of the evening! I had the truffle cheese hamburger and truffle Parmesan french fries. The burger only had the cheese and a very small amount of aoile. I guess the idea was to taste the meat, but I must say I would prefer In N Out. The decor was very strange but the service was great. So all over 4 stars!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Did not disappoint. Everything was good. This is an expensive restaurant but worth the money. Went to 2 other expensive restaurants in the last 6 weeks, one in La Jolla and the other in Gaslamp Quarters. Neither lived up to the prices they charged. Pamplemousse Grille is worth it. Service was very good as well. My only need improvement point will be the desserts. They should offer more interesting desserts instead of the same old creme brulee or sorbet, etc. We'll be back."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The food was amazing and the service was exceptionally paired with the food!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "2d time and as good as the first. They have a new addition with the Corvin device which allows them to sell high end wines by the glass (I had the Aubert Richie 2009). I had made a special request for a tasting menu and it was awesome. Their hamachi is particularly outstanding. While I live far away I will look for excuses to go back whenever I can."
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "after 20 years of a really good thang, hubster and i revisited Pamplemousse after a rather lengthy hiatus, fingers crossed that it'd be as memorable as in the past (a high bar indeed). difficulty was, too many delectable options (a welcome dilemma), but we managed lots of treats with only a few orders: a melange starter (5 preparations presented on geometrically complementary plates); for one entree (a starter, technically ) a second medley of four smoked sea offerings, served w/a celeriac galette (lovely); the other main, a grille of mixed game--now that's something not prepared in my home kitchen! the venison chop and smoked duck were delish, but our consensus? The winner was a succulent lemon-thyme marinated quail. BTY, service= A++"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dinner, decision making between regular menu items and specials was difficult. Service was perfectly attentive but at no point annoying. The game trio was more than ample and cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Okay, so I will stop complaining about the décor. Everything else is always top notch here... Kris is a great server...."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We are always treated very well here. All dishes are superb. Service is top notch. Please remodel….posthaste..."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "This is a superb place… I would give this a Michelin star or two if they would do a remodel !"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "On leaving this restaurant last Friday evening my date said that this was the best meal she had ever eaten. Ever. And this was in celebration of her 68th birthday. The menu here has expanded and gotten more imaginative. Our complete dining experience was delightful. The service was attentive but unintrusive. We enjoyed the stuffed zucchini and lobster kimchi appetizers. My crispy half duck was the best duck I have eaten in many years and her white salmon was presented elegantly. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "My wife, daughter and I celebrated my wives 50th Birthday, from the moment we got there we were treated like VIPs, the service and food was outstanding. My wife and I are a lower to middle income family and we only go to these places on special occasions, is a little costly, but absolutely worth it. we have been to a few of these restaurants over the years and this is the first time I felt our dining experience and the food was well worth the money. Over all I would give Pamplemousse 5 stars and thank them for a wonderful night and memory. "
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Pamplemousse is a go to place for celebrating special times. This time it was my birthday and the meal was as perfect as ever. "
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "High quality ingredients…good preparation.. Great all around dining experience, except a remodel is needed."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Needs a remodel, BUT… High quality ingredients…good preparation.. Great all around dining experience."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "What else can I say? Great food, service and generous portions. Well worth the expense."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Pamplemousse Grill is my go-to place when people come to visit., I'm from LA and I have to say I really miss high end restaurants. Aren't many of them in North County. The service is great, the people are friendly. It's a down-home environment in an upscale restaurant. Nice decor. The food is as good as you can get around these parts. The lobster was a bit tad undercooked but it was the best I've had in 3 years in San Diego County. The presentation is good, and the wine selection is too. I think the restaurant is a tad overpriced for what it is, but it's such a nice experience I don't really mind. It's such a comfy place to have a good meal."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food was wonderful, our waiter an absolute delight and the wine list was spectacular . . . . with a wide range of prices to suit all tastes and budgets. My ONLY complaint about the experience was a rather large, rather loud group seated in the near vicinity that could literally be heard throughout the entire restaurant."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "brought friends for the first time -- service late and poor -- table for 4 to tight -- food very good -- just poor service -- not what it was in the past --"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Lovely dinner - Cajun fried oysters were especially delicious. Had parts of truffle tasting menue - also very good. One minor point - service was very attentive but somewhat rushed. I would have liked to have lingered longer between course to be able to enjoy the company and the wine!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Wow - what a fantastic place for a special occasion! It's on the pricey side but the food and the service is well worth it!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "It was my birthday: I was looking for delicious food, warm ambience, friendly competent service and a casual atmosphere (meaning upretentious). Pamplemousse gave me the joy I was looking for! Expensive but worth it in every way. Just walking in one is met by the Dessert Chef at her station making the freshest desserts and breads. Portions are generous; flavors and quality exceptional with inventive ways of creating every dish. I may never eat lobster again after my superlative experience with the ginger and butter sauce on the side. I could go on and on - I'll just let you have the experience for yourself."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We've always come to expect excellent meals at Pamplemousse, the chef uses the highest quality ingredients in such a creative way. This evening was no exception, however in addition to the fine meal our waiter was outstanding! Very personable and knowledgeable. He attended quickly and efficiently yet wasn't overly present, giving us some quality time together. Will always come back to this great restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Had a great dinner here with a friend. I have to say that -- coming from living in LA my whole life -- I thought the food was a tad overpriced because while it was very good, it wasn't spectacular. But I will be a regular here anyway. It's my kinda place. Not too big, very friendly, elegant, and they have their own parking in front. Nice crowd at the small but friendly bar, where some guests were having happy hour. The paella (special of the night) looked fabulous. $287 for two with two glasses of wine."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "While both the rib eye and short ribs were very good and perfectly done, I can't say the same about the service. After we received our entrees, the waiter never stopped by to check on us. He was also very slow in delivering and picking up our check. This is not what I expect in a restaurant of this price and caliber."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our second visit when in San Diego was amazing. The food and service are top flight. The gnocchi with truffle was out of this world. I had the game trio and loved it. The menu is expansive so take time and ask questions. One of the best restaurants in Southern California for honest upscale French-style dining."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "I cant say enough good things about this restaurant...from the drinks at the bar, appetizers, entrees, dessert - everything was outstanding. Great service - we will definitely be back! Don't expect something this good for nothing though....our bill for two people including tip was $250 - we splurged and definitely worth it!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "My sister was visiting from Monterey and we decided to have dinner at Pamplemousse during her visit. The food never disappoints and the service had been exceptional until that evening. Our server Kris was a bit rough around the edges and yet treated our party as if we did not belong in a restaurant of that caliber when it was most likely the other way around. Her brash personality almost ruined what could have been a truly enjoyable dining experience. It was shocking to find such inadequate service at a wonderful place like PG. I'll be sure to request a different server the next time I dine there."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "So we check in with Pamplemousse every couple of years, at this point -- we are not loyal customers. The chef is obviously very talented, the food is made competently, but very little has truly changed in the past two years (or in the years prior, for that matter). The service is pretty poor for a restaurant as expensive as this one, and while the food is good, is it really worth the price? I'm not so sure. The ambiance is muddled and old-fashioned, and gloomy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We ate there for valentine's day. the service is top notch, and the food was cooked to perfection. I ordered the rack of lamb and prime rib combo and both were very tender and melted in my mouth. My wife had the quail and venison. First time I have had quail that wasn't a bit dry. Dessert was amazingly good. The only thing that I didn't enjoy was the cornbread, as It didn't pair well with the french style flavors."
    Dined on 2/14/2014