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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

4.1

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (10)
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Authentic (7)
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Bar Seating (4)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

As always exceptional service from Jerry, food outstanding and ambience wonderful.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

The food as always was top notch...the service was below standard. My husband and I have been to this restaurant many times and consider it a favorite of ours. This last visit was not what we were used to. Our server was downright rude at times. She walked away mid-sentence to attend to another table, she didn't bring us what we asked for (wine list) instead brought a bottle of her favorite wine, was snarky in her remarks to my husband...almost offensive to our friends who were with us. She then questioned the tip % she received as we were walking out the door. Completely unprofessional and uncomfortable. If we go back and we have the same server we will request to be seated in another area.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

I was very excited to dine there for my birthday with 2 other couples. I’d never been there before but heard great things. Overall, it was good, NOT great...and extremely overpriced for what it was. The menu seemed dated, very basic, not creative. I got the crispy duck which was ok. It was on a bed of flavorless corn and the “gnocchi” on the plate was NOT gnocchi. They were literally tough potato dough bricks! I was honestly shocked!! My husbands halibut was good, again not worth $52. Rock shrimp appetizer was the best thing of the night, but $19?? I don’t think so! Yikes. My girlfriend’s chicken was $29 for basic fried chicken with the standard veggies... Really?? If you have the nerve to charge that much money, I expect the flavor and execution to be up to par & it just wasn’t. Service was friendly enough. Older couples with money seems to the niche clientele. All the windows are covered which makes it seem very enclosed. If I was going to spend that kind of money, I’d definately go to Juniper & Ivy or somewhere where the atmosphere is fantastic and fun, and the food is creative and executed perfectly. Just lower the prices significantly and I’d be back. Otherwise I have no desire to spend that kind of money on “ok” food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had to wait 15 minutes but it was worth it to get the exact right table for seniors who want to talk. The quality of the food and the attentiveness of the staff made us proud to have chosen Pamplemousse as a thank you meal for a favor done by our friend and colleague.

Tags: Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Always enjoy the food and service at Pamplemousse Grill everyone so friendly. We make sure every time we are in town that we eat there. Highly recommended.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Best restaurant in Del Mar.
Superb food.
Terrific Waitstaff

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this restaurant, been going there for 20 years!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Terribly disappointing. My tuna was tasteless and stringy.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our first visit and we will be back! The menu offerings were very interesting, and, more importantly, absolutely delicious. The service was very accommodating. We were celebrating our 49th anniversary. We mentioned this to our waiter and every server and the maître de then congratulated us. Well done.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Easily the best food in San Diego. And a place to get those rare menu items like foie gras and abalone.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Stunning food and amazing dining experience!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Fantastic as Always!! Request Chris as you waitress!! She is Great - has been there for 20 years!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 17, 2017

For a truly exceptional dining experience. Our group of friends has now celebrated the holidays there for the last seven years, and all look forward to returning, every time. A treat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

My expectations are always exceeded.
The food and service are perfect.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

I got the 10oz Bison Steak Special and it was excellent. My girlfriend loved the Rosemary Cucumber Gimlet!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Great dining experience. Everyone very friendly and accommodating.

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·Dined on December 4, 2017

The food was incredible. I had the day boat scallops and the orzo with lobster mushroom sauce was divine, and my husband got the wagyu beef. We both thoroughly enjoyed our entrees. Everything was cooked perfectly. We tried the foie gras special for a starter. Warm chocolate cake on the house for our anniversary, which we would have ordered, it was delicious. Service was wonderful as well. Very happy with our anniversary dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Really good place. Great menu. Execution a little sloppy here and there. Standouts were the white asparagus black truffle soup; truffle risotto; truffle parmasean pasta. Halibut special could have been good but the halibut was overcooked and dry, not even salavagable by the delicious porcini mushroom sauce. Hamachi appetizer was way too mushy. Needed some crunch factor. The fish was fresh but the dish was not creative at all. Service was amazing. Wine list was amazing. The place is just off by a degree on the food, and with such an amazing menu, I was disappointed the execution was a notch below what it should be. I recommend this restaurant but I also recommend that when ordering you should show your server this review so the kitchen takes a hint and perhaps gets in sync with the fabulous service and wine. At the end of the day you could put truffles on a shoe and it would be GREAT. It was everything without truffles that needed some work!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Hands down the best restaurant in town! The food is consistently delicious. They have abalone! My favorite!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food here is amazing and never disappoints. I ordered the filet this time and it had to be one of the best I’ve ever had.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This restaurant still amazes. The food is outstanding and the wine list is one of the best. We have never been disappointed and you won’t be either

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

The quality of the food and service have deteriorated compared to prior years. The corn chowder Maine lobster soup tasted like water down with no lobster and no flavor. The main dish was mediocre. The best dish was the desert. We were very disappointed.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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