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About 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.

514 Via de la Valle, Suite 100
Solana Beach, CA 92075
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Continental, Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Daily 5pm;
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 4:30-6:30pm

Cross Street:
Jimmy Durante Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 792-9090

Website:
http://www.pgrille.com/

Catering:
The award-winning chef is the top caterer in the county. All sizes can be accommodated.

Parking Details:
Street parking available as well.

Executive Chef:
Jeffery Strauss

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Pamplemousse Grille Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

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Business Meals (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Neighborhood Gem (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Bar Seating (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined a day ago

Very average and overpriced

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Don’t judge a book by its cover. This place has signage which looks more like a car rental shop then a fine dining restaurant. Upon entering we immediately smelled the baked goods and saw the flames of bananas Foster at the dessert station. We were seated immediately however our waiter was obviously overburdened and had way too many tables, so it took longer than expected to get served. That being said, when he did arrive he was profusely apologetic and attentive. I ordered the vegetable plate because I was not very hungry and my husband ordered the halibut. Both were excellent. I was not a fan of the house martini, and without even me asking, our waiter gladly took it off of our bill, which was very classy. For dessert we had bananas Foster which was delicious. Overall, we would go back again.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 10, 2017

One of the best dining experiences in San Diego....every time. Superlative food created without missing a beat. The food is always perfect. The service is great. Chris is one of the all time great waitresses, Steve (manager/sommelier) takes wonderful care of us and Jeffrey is always there to infuse his over the top but warm personality.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Pamplemousse Grill was a great place to dine. The service was excellent - loved having Chris as our server; she really goes out of her way to make the dining experience special. The atmosphere is nice; like the big booths, and the amount of seating is just right (tables are not crammed into the space--you have elbow room between tables to be able to have a conversation without feeling like you're talking to the people seated next to you). Overall the food was excellent, however, there was a mix up in that my dinner (scallops) was supposed to come with a chiffonade of spinach, but it came with large spears of broccolini instead. When I asked about the vegetable substitution, the kitchen ended up sending a bowl of soupy whole cooked spinach (with awful seasoning). The scallops and toasted orzo were delicious and my husband's steak was delicious. I had the lobster, avocado, Pamplemousse appetizer, which was delicious! Big chunks of lobster (I'd say they put a whole lobster tail in the dish, so the dish was expensive ($28)). On the down side, the price was very high ($65 for the steak). Also, the menu doesn't mention that the lobster appetizer has grapefruit in it, which is an important ingredient to exclude on the menu because people who take a certain type of common medicine cannot eat grapefruit--I guess we are all supposed to know that pamplemousse=graprefruit. Lastly, the bar seating is extremely limited, and we were told the only way to receive happy hour drink prices was to sit at the bar (and no seats were available, so we had to be seated earlier than we planned, where happy hour prices are not available). All in all, it was a very good dinner, and I would recommend the restaurant for a special occasion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The oysters were good, although a bit salty, but overall good flavor. I was hoping for a variety to choose from, but none was offered.
I had the Scottish Salmon for my main course & it was over cooked & bland. I would have sent it back, but I was on a date. I chose the restaurant & was a bit embarrassed with my choice. It’s not the 1st time that I had been there, the previous experiences were much better, perhaps the chef has changed.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Very unhappy with the experience. I made a VERY big deal about wanting my fish Overcooked when the order was taken. Mentioned it several times and the other diners with us chimed in as well saying how I really liked my fish well done. When my meal came it was way UNDER cooked. They offered to take it back to the kitchen to cook it some more, but by then the others would have been done eating, so I declined. No adjustment was made on the bill either. Also, one of our other diners was celebrating his birthday and his fish was so small he thought it was an appetizer. We had been to Pamplemousse several times in the past, and had always enjoyed it. Not anymore. We will not be returning and will not recommend it.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Shane was awesome and Chef Jeffrey always creates magic in the kitchen

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (Charleston)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Here for Breeders Cup 2017. Absolutely delicious. Best meal we had entire trip!

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 (Nashville)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Fabulous dinner there following Breeders Cup 2017 at Del Mar.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We were in town for the Breeder’s Cup horse racing championships. A local friend recommended the restaurant...all we can. say is WOW! Very nice decor in Del Mar, a cool Oceanside City and some of the best food we’ve had anywhere! Our entrees were pork chop, black cod and duck - all were fantastic. Extremely creative and fresh ingredients, amazing flavors. Lobster ravioli appetizer was superb- not the usual heavy cream sauce but a very light, delicious and unique version. We can’t say enough positive things - everything we tried was awesome. We loved it - just go! You won’t regret it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Naples)·Dined on November 2, 2017

My favorite restaurant in the USA. The menu is unique and unbelievable. The food is beautifully presented and the timing is perfect.

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Consistently good for many years. Better when not busy.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great meal and the service was impeccable, but not intrusive! It wasn’t too noisy so we were able to have great conversation.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Great food. Polite staff. Very pleasant pre-theater experience. Great location.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 21, 2017

My second time eating at Pamplemousse. We ordered starters off the tasting menu and they were terrific (two different pastas with truffles). My partner had the duck and it was a bit dry and disappointing. I had the miso cod and it was very good. Wine options are many. Really appreciate they provide a separate page for wines under $75. Service was good.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Great food and service; I will definitely be a repeat customer!

Good bar and carry out Wine list; in bar dining is available at bar or at a cozy banquette table.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Disabled Access, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Hot Spot, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food was good but the servings were small and it was overpriced. The service was atrocious and we had to ask for bread several times and never got water refills. I has wine and was never asked if I wanted another glass. No one asked my guest if her steak was cooked to her liking. I would recommend avoiding this restaurant

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Outstanding dining experience in every way! Creative entrees, beautifully presented and delicious beyond words! Truly a feast for the senses!

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Organic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The quality of the food and the breadth and depth of the wine list are a cut above most other fine dining restaurants and the service has always been impeccable during this and our previous meals. The waiters know their wine list, and Steve the sommelier can offer additional advice without pushing into the priciest selections. In fact, there are many delicious offering under $100 as they don't have exorbitant markups.

I only wish they were located on the oceanfront and closer to my home!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing food and service. Will definitely return!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I think this is by far the best restaurant in the San Diego area. The owner/chef is very charitable and kind, and is present in his restaurant. He is a shining gem of a restauranteur and the food is literally perfect every time we dine there. We are always satisfied when we leave. Don't forget the "piggy" sugar cookies at the end..a great end to delicious dinners.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, People Watching, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 29, 2017

The $50 menu for Restaurant Week included a hamburger, really?! Replace that item next year with a nice steak option please.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on September 28, 2017

This is a special place. Every time we are in the area this is a must-stop for a superb dinner. The ambience is both comfortable and romantic. The staff is very attentive. It can be expensive, but well worth every penny!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 25, 2017

It was our first time at Pamplemousse, during Restaurant Week. The food was fabulous and prepared perfectly. Portions were on the large side, actually, and we took some food home. We particularly enjoyed the duck entree (leg and breast, prepared differently) and the melon-and-prosciutto starter. We'll be back@

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 25, 2017

IT was restaurant week. We love this place the food is always VERY good. Service was excellent. He did not rush us at all. Did I say the food was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

A nice evening with friends and worth the drive. Staff was great and friendly. Accommodating to our needs and made sure we had a good time. Bar was great after with the big college games playing, so a good mix of high end, great food and fun scene. Only issue was my steak was over-cooked.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Great Food! Great Atmosphere! Great Staff and Service! We come each year for a birthday celebration and love it every time!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

One of our favorite dining venues. Food is excellent as is service. A special treat to us is the interaction with Stephen who manages the wine inventory. Very knowledgeable and an excellent list.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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 (Houston)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Shocked that the seating was very tight, the restaurant loud, and the very expensive food unacceptable and no sense of intimacy. French? I lived in France & was surprised that that food was called "French". Duck was dry, food not impressive at all to our party of 8. Disappointing to say the least.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 8, 2017

Hands down one of the best restaurants in north San Diego county. Must try! Diverse menu with specials added daily.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 3, 2017

This restaurant consistently has amazing food and the quality is the best. Service is outstanding. What a local Gem for San Diego.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 29, 2017

We had a fabulous dinner at Pamplemousse while celebrating the blessing of our18 year marriage. Our server, Jason and his assistant John were professional, friendly and attentive. The food was delicious from the burrata and heirloom tomato appetizer to the NY steak my husband had and the surf and turf for me. The wagyu beef was the best steak I have ever tasted in my life! The peanut butter and chocolate bomb dessert was just that - the bomb and I mean that in a good way! All in all it was a wonderful evening. Not inexpensive but well worth the money. Thank you, Pamplemousse!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Great business lunch environment with top notch food and service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Food was terrific. Service the best. This is definitely a local Gem.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Excellent food and fantastic service. One of our favorites!!!

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

As always, one of the premier dining experiences in town. Mille Fleurs and Addison are superb but what sets Pamplemousse apart is the sheer creativity of the chef, the number of excellent new (fine dining) dishes you can try and the large number of specials each night. Always something new. The wine list is one of the best in SD and the Som's use of Coravin makes top Bordeaux and California wines available by the glass for a special experience that won't set you back the entire bottle.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Our favorite restaurant. Food is outstanding. Service outstanding. The place to go in race season. Besides the food and service, the people watching is the best! Never know who's going to be there! Love this restaurant.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The Sunday spaghetti and meatball special is fantastic. Best meatballs I've ever had

Tags: Comfort Food, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Been here several times now, and I gotta say ... the service keeps getting worse. Not just the table service, but also how slowly and poorly timed the kitchen sends out its food. At this price level, things should be working a hell of a lot better.

The food itself tends to be very good (if not inspired). There are hits (fresh seafood; truffles) and misses (the shamefully dry and tasteless lobster ravioli).

While the restaurant remains a go-to place for birthdays and other special occasions, it's partly a reflection of how little else there is available at this level in the neighborhood. Maybe they need some competition to kick them back into gear.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Food and service are exceptional. The menu is creative with new items to tempt the tastebuds.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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