Pamplemousse Grille
Pamplemousse Grille

Pamplemousse Grille

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pgrille.com/
  • Phone: 8587929090
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Pamplemousse Grille reviews from OpenTable diners
70 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (49)fit for foodies (47)notable wine list (39)romantic (35)neighborhood gem (25)hot spot (15)good for groups (14)vibrant bar scene (9)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • mediocre. not worth it.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The mixed fish grille was terrible. Below the standards pamplemousse has set for itself. No flavor at all. Very dissastified. The watermelon salad sufficed I suppose...The ingredients and menu need sprucing up. Competition is fierce, this restaurant can not sit idly by.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jordan was great and good food
    Ddiner
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Good food- appetizer sampler was average - The Trio game is very good! Pomp Martini was excellent And Jordan our server was very good! Very knowledgable and friendly. The hostess was not friendly at all.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Five Star
    smartbooks
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Took my wife to enjoy what I had enjoyed before. Was not disappointed. All was superb. However, Kim Chee seafood appetizer could have used a bit more kick, and the marbling in my steak was a bit much at times, resulting in a mouthful of fat. But, overall Pamplemousse is a class restaurant that I would return to for another five star experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • solid as always
    Strokeanddistance
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    another great meal at Pamplemousse with excellent service. The aged bone-in ribeye is a thing of beauty!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • real gem
    55cosmogirl
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food is always wonderful. Each dish is special--so artfully presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • They Like Regulars
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Unlike many of the tourist traps in town, this place treats the locals very well, and we are most appreciative. Kris is a great server. I think they are long overdue for a remodel; nonetheless the food here is superb…
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  • fresh and lovely presentation
    Powayfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    had their trio of fish - excellent! so fresh and the sauce was perfect to pair it with. ahi, seabass and salmon. Shiitake mushroom salad was very nice. The Meyer lemon tart was a nice light finish,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pamplemouse Grille
    enosteak1VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    One of the best restaurants ever! Service, food, ambiance excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ladies room
    eatingout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant was good, food was delicious, but.... only ONE ladies' bathroom stall in the ENTIRE restaurant?! Are you kidding me? Was there on a Saturday night, and had to wait (and wait) to use the ladies room. There were 5 people waiting in line at one point! For a restaurant of that size, please EXPAND the bathroom!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Mousse
    BrookeEB
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    It's our favorite restaurant in SD. It's always a special treat to dine at Pamplemouse. We love it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Halibut Regret
    tdine
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I have experienced Pamplemousse on a few occasions. However the halibut was a little over cooked and dry and not much flavor in the sauce.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow.
    timothy
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Its a bit of a local's spot, it feels like everybody seems to know everybody else, and you can see what keeps them all coming back. Pomplemousse is simply incredible. Save room for the warm chocolate cake. It's so good I swore aloud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An amazing gastronomic Experience
    Tastybites5
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A perfect way to end the races. The server was very knowledgable and great recommendations of fish and steak dishes. Sorbet to cleanse the palate and desserts amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Two nights in a row
    RevDaveVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Thursday was our second night this week that I had an opportunity to dine at the Grill. The first night we had an infant with us and our server was more than helpful with bringing a cup of hot water to warm the bottle, twice. Not much to say about the food, it's always cooked to perfection and delicious. I had the Alaskan Halibut. It was cooked beautifully. The second night I had the Salmon special and it was one of the best I've had. What I really appreciate is they are very open to accommodating any food restrictions. This helps me a lot as I'm on a low sodium diet as well as allergic to shellfish.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A must every trip to SD
    MichelinLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Our favorite restaurant. We always start with the truffle lobster grilled cheese to share with the table. Decadent but soooooo good. Their sushi appetizers selections are fresh and never disappoint. A guest in my party ordered the 3 different crabs appetizer special and loved it. My only disappointment this trip was I always order the bananas foster dessert and the new pastry chef's version was not good. But others in my party were happy with their berry crumble. Wine selection is great! We will still be visiting next time in SD!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    KCsMomVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Exceptional food and service. Dinner paced beautifully. Every time we come it is a dining experience. Hats off to the chef and the staff. You cannot go wrong here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best kitchens in SD!
    DelMarDiner
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    With all the great (and expensive) restaurants opening in S.D., people may forget about Pamplemousse. Don't! Jeffrey Strauss runs one of the finest restaurant operations anywhere, and you will have a meal you'll long remember. Yes, it is expensive. But it is worth it. And if you are a wine aficionado, you have a treat in store--his cellar is unparalleled.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very disappointing
    Llajollachef
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    The best dinner in the metro San Diego area. Excellent food and outstanding service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Carolynn
    CWCWVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Wonderful, delicious, interesting menu, great service . Always a treat to dine at Pamplemousse.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ElPaso
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Great service and dining experience. A place that treats you like you're special
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Great... but a bit pricey
    HumanGarbageDisposal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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  • Delicious Eats, Helpful Service
    farmersthenewhipster
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Add this to your bucket list
    Phuudluvr
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Honestly, ambient is not that great but the food quality and taste are great!!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Bash
    AintMe
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    This is our favorite restaurant in San Diego. Great food, service, ambiance and wine
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Love Jerry your server, and your bartender Mike remembers every detail of or previous orders and preferences, always makes us feel so welcome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing
    Frankly1dont
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was exceptionally paired with the food!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pickyfoodie
    pickyfoodie
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Experiance
    KawaiiFoodLover
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow Again!
    DWPMNVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 38 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 711 reviews are from the Pamplemousse Grille reviews archive.
  • Super specials
    Jgraydon
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special date made extra special
    JustTasteItVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    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++
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Okay, so I will stop complaining about the décor. Everything else is always top notch here... Kris is a great server....
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  • Best in all of San Diego
    happycamper
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • VIP Treatment, Great Food
    DJandB
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always an excellent meal!!
    MissT
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Pamplemousse is a go to place for celebrating special times. This time it was my birthday and the meal was as perfect as ever.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Needs a remodel, BUT… High quality ingredients…good preparation.. Great all around dining experience.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pamplemousse Rocks
    ScottythebeeVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    What else can I say? Great food, service and generous portions. Well worth the expense.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic