Grant Grill

4.8
992 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Californian
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A remarkable epicurean experience awaits you at Grant Grill and Lounge. From the iconic, chic setting to our fresh California cuisine and innovative libations, Grant Grill and Lounge carries a tradition of excellence rich in history (since 1951) and history-in-the-making. Breakfast, lunch and dinner menus highlight the best ingredients of the season with a fresh approach to classics. From the bar, proprietary beverage creations are offered alongside an impressive menu of wine, beer and cocktails. Live music enhances the energy of this Downtown dining and lounge experience on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings starting at 8pm.
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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Californian, Contemporary American, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday-Friday: 6:30am - 11:00am / Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 6:30am - 2:30pm / Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm / Nightly Dinner: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Grant Grill Lounge: 11:00am - Midnight / Happy Hour: Sunday-Thursday 4-7pm
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Phone number
(619) 744-2077
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Mark Kropczynski
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Fourth Ave.
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Parking details
Complimentary Valet Parking for Breakfast & Lunch. Discounted Valet Parking Rate of $10 for Dinner Patrons.
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Entertainment
Live entertainment Thursday-Saturday at 8pm includes live Jazz, Blues, Pop, Soul and R&B presented by Local Artists and Special Guests, with a repertoire of classic and contemporary hits.

Schedule subject to change. Entertainment calendar available at www.grantgrill.com.
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Special events & promotions
We want to celebrate with you on your special day. Leave the cooking and entertaining to our team of experts, and choose Grant Grill for your Special Occasion Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or Reception. Customized menus aim to please even the most discerning guests of honor. Our luxurious Private Dining Room holds up to 12 people surrounded by Grant Grill's wine vault. The Semi-Private Upper Lounge boasts a sleek and modern setting with Art Deco details. Larger groups can also be accommodated in the Grant Grill's main dining room with classic wood finishes and crisp, white linens. Or, for more informal affairs, the Grant Grill Lounge provides an inviting backdrop for versatile receptions with tray-passed bites and craft cocktails. Call Grant Grill's Special Events Team at 619-744-2041 to discuss how we can create a personalized experience for you and your group!
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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Create a memorable event at the legendary Grant Grill for Fine Dining or Social Receptions. Bring family and friends together or impress clients & colleagues. We offer seasonal menus, fine wines and craft libations. We look forward to exceeding your expectations!

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Sun - Mon 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Tue - Thu 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Fri - Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

What 992 People Are Saying
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RB
5.0Dined 4 days ago

Typically I avoid hotel restaurants, but the food and service were really excellent. Enjoyed everything from amuse to desert, and very impressed with Brandon our service; as a nice little treat I ordered the fois gras app (excellent), and mentioned by Zinfadel I ordered for my main wouldn't work with it, and he brought a complimentary pairing of Sauternes so I would have the appropriate wine.

Pricy, but a great special occasion restaurant.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Birthday, unfortunately the table was not ready for us when arrived at 9:05pm. Table was set while we sat down and after dinner my boyfriend had remind the server we’re here to celebrate a birthday would like to get some desert. The chef generously offered a complimentary dessert on the house. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

One of the best meals I’ve eaten, and definitely the best vegetarian meal of my life. I always think a vegetarian meal is the test of a restaurant - if you can go without the animal products and STILL make something’s good you want to lick the plate, it means the chef knows and respects the ingredients. Y-U-M. Really, really good food here.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Brunch for Fathers Day. Mellow attentive staff. Great bacon pancakes

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DJ
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

The service was great and the food was off the chain with exquisite taste combinations. High compliments to the Chef. I plan to eat through the menu as time permits asap.

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C
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Excellent surprise! We needed something close to the theatre and was pleasantlt surprised! Already recommanded to 2 other thestre goers!

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5.0Dined on June 7, 2018

As part of a tour group, we enjoyed two dinners and three breakfasts here. The food and service were consistently good. At dinner, I tried the ribeye and chicken, wife had steelhead. Breakfast included the S’Mores French Toast and Cochinita Pibil, both excellent. The hotel lobby has such a grand, refined feel to it, and while The Grill is much more modern in decor, they work really well together. I regret we didn’t have time to enjoy Kropczynski’s Soft Shell Crab and Iberico Pork tasting....perhaps next time we’re in San Diego. I’d go back.

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S
5.0Dined on June 5, 2018

Excellent meal in a wonderful and historic Grant Hotel. Very creative dining and wonderful service! Expensive, but you get a wonderful meal and great service!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Wonderful staff.

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YT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

We were in San Diego for pleasure, having never been there I relied on OT for great suggestions. Dining on a Monday night, the restaurant had a very pleasant buzz, beautiful decor, excellent and meticulous service. AND THE FOOD.....one of the finest meals I've ever had the privilege to DEVOUR!! Hubs had the Soft Shell and Iberico ham tasting menu, it was excellent, the crab very fresh and tender (not crunchy like some soft shells). Perfect sized tastings. I had the Farmer's Market Pear and Apple salad, with a slightly citrus dressing, balanced to perfection. My entree, (my mouth is beginning to water) Braised Beef Cheeks served with Stilton bleu cheese tartlet, carmelized red onion, eggplant and stout beer mustard. Ya'll I DON'T LIKE EGGPLANT, and I scraped my plate clean. I'm above licking my plate (in public)! I pray I will be able to visit Grant Grill again soon, although living on the East Coast, it might be proven difficult. But I'm hopeful!

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CL
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Great dinner spot before a show. Excellent service, food and ambiance!!! Loved it so much that we came back after the show to enjoy the live music And enjoy their fabulous cocktails! Try the Voodoo priestess

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BD
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

The Grant Grill has delicious food and an attentive staff. The ambiance is rich, warm and welcoming.

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C
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Grant Grill is a favorite before going to the theater. The food and the service are both very good. The seabass is served atop farro...it's out of this world!

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OT
5.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Amazing. They got us seated right away ahead of reservation time. All staff was professional quite and courteous. The food was unbelievable. Would go back again and again.

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JM
5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Truly excellent restaurant in US Grant hotel. My wife has a gluten allergy and they addressed it perfectly from the minute that we stepped into the restaurant. Food was superb and service was exemplary.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018

Excellent food and service

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M
5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

The luxurious atmosphere was perfect for our anniversary.

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ZT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Pleasantly surprised! Typically when a menu boasts prices this high I leave with a tinge of disdain. No regrets at the grant grill, only wish I could have stayed longer.

The starters are amazing, so many unique flavors. Would be impossible for me to recreate at home and this is the measure I use for every restaurant where I dine. Entrees are beautiful and delicious; the drinks are expertly crafted and stiff! What else can I say? Win.

Love the discount on the valet parking -- this alone is invaluable downtown, and quite impressive on a date! Don't bother with street parking or a garage, the cost is $10 + tip, which is about what you would pay anywhere else around here.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

We always enjoy dinning at Grant Grill. Consistant service and quality food.

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T
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

We had wonderful meals and the service was great. The scallops and sea bass were presented beautifully with unusual side dishes that complimented them. It's been a while since we've had waiters who filled or water glasses often as just one example of the great service. The bread was amazing!

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RJ
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Fabulous food, congenial staff and lovely ambiance. Winner all around.

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CG
5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

The service from the Valet to the hostess to the wait staff and manager was superb. I took my mother for Mother's Day dinner. The staff were so friendly and accommodating. We felt like royalty and my mother smiled and laughed the whole time we were there. Sergio our waiter was very attentive without being bothersome. Some of the staff complimented us on our outfits...they made the whole experience just wonderful. I will be going back very soon. Good job!!

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CV
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Excellent service, great food!! They seated us right away, were very attentive, the food was tasty!!

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K
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We were on vacation in San Diego and went to Grant’s Grill for Mother’s Day brunch. It was wonderful to have the ambiance that is provided there. More relaxing rather than rushed. Excellent wait staff. My husband had a more traditional breakfast. I decided on a salad with added chicken and avocados. It was delicious.

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CD
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

An excellent pre-theatre experience on my wife's birthday. The menu is creative, the preparations excellent, and the service is attentive. The setting is like the old dining rooms of the 1950s in a good way, warm, friendly, more elegant than many contemporary restaurants, with well spaced seating allowing for conversations. The wines are interesting and the price point is fairly comparable to other restaurants. A delightful dinner and we will definitely return.

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AH
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Brought an out of town guest for dinner before the theatre nearby and had a wonderful time.
Impeccable service, delicious cocktails and food, delightful ambiance. Thank you, Grant Grill!

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R
1.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Horrible food. So sad because the setting is beautiful. I had a party of 6 and when the appetizers we ordered were not good, it should have been an indication of how the main course would be. It was horrible. Everything, including the dessert, missed the mark.

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M
5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

The Grant Grill is one of San Diego's best kept secrets. The food is amazing and the service warm and impeccable.

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KH
5.0Dined on May 2, 2018

Had a great pre-dinner cocktail and good discussion in the main restaurant before a large bus arrived and made the place to load to hear anymore.. Food was great until large crowd arrived.

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JY
5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

Another great experience there! The mock turtle soup is a staple there along with their freshly baked bread. I had the steak and normally it’s superb. It was cooked properly but surprised with the choice of cut (more fat than what I expected). But considering how often I eat there I expect to get the occasional misfire on the cut of steak. Regardless I highly recommend the place for great atmosphere. And don’t forget the live Jazz there!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 20, 2018

Very classy place with great cocktails, food and jazz. Definitely the place for a nice upper end dinner experience.

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DM
5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Pathetic... it’s always awesome!!!

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OT
5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Food was perfect! I got the salmon appetizer and sea bass. The entree was nice and hot.

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DJ
5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

In San Diego on business, I decided after several days of crowded meetings to find a quiet spot to have a good meal in a relaxed way by myself. The Grant Grill was perfect. The setting, in the histórica US Grant Hotel, is warm and inviting. The menu offered variety and delicious, creative dishes reflective of the season. I highly recommend the citrus and baby bok choy salad, which is beautiful as well as delicious. My main course was the steelhead, and my server told me that the chef had just unveiled the spring menu and that the steelhead, with its presentation featuring pea purée, roast fennel, and crispy fried squash blossoms, was one of the new dishes, I have rarely had a dish so wonderfully composed, with flavors perfect suited to complement. My server knew all about the history of the hotel when I asked, including a number of fascinating details. Recommended very highly! Excellent wine list too!

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s
4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great service
Interesting cocktails

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JY
5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

Great place for lunch. Food was excellent and the ambience was exquisite.

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M
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Second time at Grant Grill. This time for Easter breakfast. Excellent choices, and interesting, too! Really loved everything. Can't wait to be back.

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RM
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Pre-Theater meal at the Grant Grill. Excellent meal, excellent service. Right away the wait staff asked if we were off to the theater, and assured us not to worry about curtian time, (theater a very short walk away). Mock turtle soup a must. Also had the soup of the day, a delicious fish chouder. Shared a garden salad and the sea bass entree. Each menu selection excellent, along with a very good wine selection.
Will be back.

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ML
5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

First time at the Grant Grille and will definitely be back! Although pricey, it was top notch beginning to end. We had theater tickets, so time was an issue which our waiter was good at accommodating. Try one of their tableside craft cocktails. Quite a production!

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g
5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food, service, ambience and live music were superlative! I had dinner with my cousin and her friend who have dined in the finest restaurants in the US, Japan and Europe and they were thrilled with menu, dinner, wine selection and cocktails. Furthermore, we needed to have a lot of conversation so we were seated in a booth in an area out of direct sight of the band. This way we could talk and hear the fantastic music.

There is also room to dance!!!!

This was another memorable experience for me at The Grant Grill.

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