Pamplemousse Grille
Pamplemousse Grille

Pamplemousse Grille

  • 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
  • Payment Options:
  • Cuisine: Continental, American, French
  • 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 8587929090

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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Pamplemousse Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
112 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (78)fit for foodies (75)notable wine list (63)romantic (44)neighborhood gem (39)hot spot (13)vibrant bar scene (13)good for groups (13)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (3)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • always special
    MACfoodie
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We like Pamplemousse for the great food and for entertaining special friends. It never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Timers
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/19/2014
    Took my wife there for her birthday. We were first timers. Everything was excellent from greeting to service and the food was really out of this world. We had the special's; flattened lobster with crab overlay and the bone in rib-eye with a great bottle of wine. While the entry is really nice, this restaurant loses it on the internal ambiance. You get the feeling that your sitting right on top of the table next to you. Even though it was a Wednesday night and the restaurant less than half full, they seated a party of six right on top of us. When you pay the kind of money you do at Pamplemousse, you expect more. The food delivers, the ambiance misses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!
    LarryGVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    One of the very best special occasion restaurants in San Diego. Terriffic food, service and atmosphere. Our first time here, but many visits to come.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Consistently one of the best restaurants anywhere. Each course perfectly prepared. Cocktails, each side dish-wow. Don't know what they do to their steaks but the filet was better than any steakhouse. If they were in NYC they would compete with anyone. Service - responsive. Took goodies from back east and they flipped
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  • RaywooVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Food portions were excellent and the fact you are not paying extra for potatoes, etc. is always a plus with me. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but NOT at the Prices Charged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    4 of us spent about $250 including tip and we had no alcohol drinks. Food was good but not at the price we paid. Very pricy for a C ambiance.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply perfect.
    sara
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My husband's crispy duck? Excellent. My friend's scallops? Perfection. Her husband's salmon? Magnificent. So why do I feel sorry for them? Because I ordered the aged bone in ribeye special; it is not possible for there to be a better. All concurred. The restaurant itself is refreshngly simple and, rare these days, quiet enough that we could carry on a conversation without raised voices. The wait staff was friendly and attentive but not overbearing. But my favorite thing of the evening by far was the grapefruit sorbet. I'm going to call and see if I can order a gallon to go. Pamplemousse is why you go to an expensive restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Comfortable Dining Experience
    toatwayVIP
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    It is unfair I guess that our expectations were really high after reading other reviews and noting the history of the chef but in every sense of the word this is a 'Grille' and not the fancy restaurant we were expecting. But even on their website they note that this is all about getting back to what is comfortable and it was. The food was great but no one at our table remarked that anything was outstanding. The service was relaxed and friendly. The wine list had a comfortable range of prices for some excellent wines. Perfect. And I don't think anything was over-priced. It is just, for that evening, we were looking for something more; but this was not a bad experience in any way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dinner
    TMelt
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    I went here on the recommendation of a friend, who joined me at this dinner. The food was excellent. We both had the steak specials, and they were cooked perfectly -- the waiter asked us to cut into them to make sure we were happy with the steak preparation. We also had the gnocchi and black truffle appetizer from the truffle tasting menu and the abalone appetizer -- both were delicious. The food menu and the wine menu are extensive -- the point of being overwhelming. The waiter, though, was very knowledgeable and helpful with suggestions. I will definitely return when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    DelMarDiner
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    This is still one of the finest restaurants in San Diego--food, service, wine list are exceptional. Don't be fooled by the somewhat odd location. It is an elegant place to dine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • the pleasure is worth the cost
    cware
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The pleasure is worth the cost. Service is always outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food, attentive service
    s22kVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    They had a special truffle menu to celebrate white truffle season. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    jtsd
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    This was our second trip to Pamplemousse and both meals were excellent. Don't be fooled by the business building look from the outside. great food, self park with 10 second walk, outstanding service and love the pastry chef working her magic at the entry. Going back in 2 weeks,love celebrating birthdays and anniversaries there.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Second disappointing meal
    foodie4ever
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I typically don't leave dining reviews but just want to briefly say that my dinner at Pamplemousse this last weekend was one of the worst meals that I have ever been served. I would normally brush it off to the kitchen possibly having a rare off night, unfortunately though, this is the second time I have been served a meal that was literally inedible there. Where did the chef and/or quality control go?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stuff happens
    JohnAVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The extension of Restaurant Week added to a packed house. Our celebrating foursome arrived for our 7:30 reservation expecting reasonably prompt seating and remained standing at reception having been told the table was being cleared. After a while I asked: "Could we order a drink?" After waiting a good hour we were graciously seated. The manager, a delightful chap, carefully reviewed the menu and followed up bring a nice bottle of champagne, which along with the drinks, was compted. Problem aside, our ratings remain TOPS.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fantastic meal
    mj13126
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We went to Pamplemouse for Restaurant Week and both my guest and I had a perfect meal In addition to the restaurant week meal we could have ordered from the regular menu. All of the food we were served was exceptional but we both agreed we would happily return was the trio of sorbets.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Expensive
    Dineouttwiceaday
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Great food, service, etc. Most expensive restaurant in San Diego area
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Worth the trip
    etLyannaVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    My husband and I went during restaurant week and although the restaurant was very busy, the food and service were excellent. The waiter was very attentive and courteous. We enjoyed the roasted duck and the filet of beef/ short rib duo their kobe beef burger with truffle tries is a must try too. Will definitely recommend to family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wineselection
    Bestfinedining
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Pamplemousse has an amazing wine list - many bottles that you could not find elsewhere - and there is a good selection for $100 a bottle and under, and what is on that list is surprisingly well-priced. They keep you in the database and had noted that my take home package from last year (Kobe beef burger with truffle fries) was misplaced (I had forgotten this) and they presented our table with a burger and fries as an appetizer. Fantastic service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    After an absence of 5 years, I find Pamplemousse as fine as ever. Imaginative dishes, fine service. Will be looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delish
    BarbW
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was absolutely delicious! I have been wanting to go to this restaurant for years and finally made it. The reviews I had heard were spot on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    PampleMousse never ceases to delight. We went for dinner during restaurant week and although the restaurant was very busy, the food and service were outstanding. The waiter was attentive and had a great sense of humor. We thoroughly enjoyed the roasted duck and the filet of beef/ short rib duo. They did not sacrifice quality in any way. It is the best restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stan
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We have a wonderful time whenever we have dinner here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Overcooked duck (dark meat too), dry braised meat, sloppy presentation, and uninspired menu (everything over a bed of corn and green beans).
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal during restaurant week. Highlights: perfectly cooked duck, a seafood boudin tender as foam, and a tender, buttery tarte tatin. Awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodies
    TJek
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    terrific menu. great presentation. and not but not least, delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back to the drawing board
    Veggielady
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Having had extremely good experiences dining at the Pamplemousse Grille in the past I was very disappointed with the vegetable Wellington dish. Soggy, tasteless pastry, bland vegetables and an overabundance of greens... I will stick to meat or fish dishes in the future!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad table, Flippant waiter
    natethegreatVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We were seated at the WORST table in the restaurant (adjacent to the front entry) despite making the reservation weeks in advance. Our waiter (who did not look very happy about our toting fine wines from home) inquired as to whether we would like to pour our own wines or should he pour them? I've never heard such an inquiry in a fine dining establishment -- a bit of flippancy and hubris on his part. Aside from the fact for what are we paying $25 per bottle corkage??
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  • Fav for Special Occasions
    bestofthebest
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    We always find the food incredible and the service even more so. The wait staff anticipates our needs before we even know we have them...and yet they don't hover. This is our favorite special occasion restaurant. When given an opportunity we always recommend the Pamplemousse Grille to anyone looking for a special please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week Sep 14
    RedSoxFanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Seafood Boudin appetizer - succulent, subtle, delicious Duck- always wonderful; hardly ever matched at other places I've dined in the US Filet and shortribs- tender, flavorful, nice combo Brown Butter Francier dessert- what a treat! Moist cake, crunchy dried raspberries and perfect sweet sauces. Favorite restaurant in San Diego, maybe even all California.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Depends on the dish
    D4OT
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Four of us, all "Restaurant Week" courses. Tomato/Fennel soup was very light and natural, but rather plain, like healthy veggie/tomato smoothie.--To be fair, you might like it if you like light and healthy. Heirloom tomato salad was excellent and visually pleasing. My son ordered Kobe burger medium rare, but was served well-done. He ate it anyway, and I tried a bite, and we both enjoyed it nonetheless. My main dish was duck, which was way too dry.--My wife had the same assessment. My wife ordered a beef dish that came with rib & steak.--Both my wife and I agreed that the steak was excellent, but the rib was rather dry and tasted okay, but nothing special. Our waiter was attentive and courteous and we were well cared for.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner at Pampelmousse during Restaurant Week 2014
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Beautiful food in a cozy atmosphere
    coiptic
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Came again for Restaurant Week after a few years away and was not disappointed. Excellent tomato basil bisque and pear tarte tatin, but the duck came out a bit dry for my taste. Otherwise, everything was bursting with a perfect balance of flavor. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Babblesat
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Went here for restaurant week, the food was amazing. It is expensive but the quality and ambiance makes it worth it. The wait staff were great and quick with refills and checking in on if we needed anything. Their short rib and truffle cake are t die for.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slightly over rated
    Wackywife
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    A party of 4 and most of us really enjoyed our meal. The service was amazing, the food just average. One of us ordered their Kobe beef burger and that was definitely the best entree of the night. I had John Dory, and it was dry, over cooked and bland. My husband had the Lobster Thermidor and it was a beautiful portion and we're not sure it was worth the $20 up charge. Overall I'd probably return to sit at the bar and enjoy the burger.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant Week 2014
    vbresdVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    PG is one of my usual Restaurant Week stops...have been going for years. This year, though, was disappointed with my entree, which was the duck. Who doesn't love crispy duck skin...? But the meat itself was pretty dry and chewy, so it was not of the caliber that I'm used to. The shrimp/crab cocktail that I started with was great, but not hard to do...the more disturbing thing about that one was that after we ordered it, around 6:30 (so early in the evening), they already told another table they were out of it. Second day of restaurant week, early in the evening, how do you already run out of something. Also, was not a fan of the table we had. Overall, I rate it still very good because of what I know. But on this night, not so good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent restaurant
    JimS
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We dined during Restaurant Week, and we suspect they added a few tables and servers for the occasion. (It was a bit more bustling than one would expect for a top restaurant) But the food was superb - and we mean every item from the first taste of bread to the last bite of dessert. We were also pleasantly surprised at the generous size of the Restaurant Week portions. Our server was friendly and pleasant, and he coped very well with the load of customers. This place won our hearts and stomachs, and we will definitely return. A top, top restaurant. (The only reason we slightly downrated "ambience" and "service" was the slightly crowded nature the night we dined. We suspect these would be 5-star any other week.)
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  • Never disappoints
    lovetoeatVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    You just can't go wrong at Pamplemousse. A restaurant week gem as well as year round.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, but could have been better
    diner
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The food was good except i ordered a fish entree because i don't eat meat. I put something in my mouth that runed out to be meat. I reviewed the menu with the waiter and saw that there was no mention of the meat. For a true pescatarian or vegetarian, to have meat on your plate is a big no-no. I should have been offered a discount or replacement, but given that it was restaurant week and the staff was busy, i did not trouble them for either. And because it was restaurant week, they jammed smaller tables into the aisles. My head was bumped from behind by waiters three times. My husband and i moved the table ourselves, but that only gave us inches of additional room. If i was struck again, we were going to ask to be relocated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay
    Kiki
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Nice service. Skip the lobster ravioli. I'm sure there are wonderful things on the menu but, unfortunately, I didn't get one. This was at lunchtime. The dessert, however, was really delicious - chocolate bombe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate