The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines

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493 reviews
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Providing guests an exclusive view of the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course, The Grill is a popular dining destination at The Lodge at Torrey Pines, one of Southern California’s most notable resorts. A favorite place for gathering with friends and family, The Grill invites locals and visitors to lounge beside five cozy fire pits, taste local craft beers beneath an artfully designed trellis and enjoy meals from the restaurant’s custom-built wood-burning suite. The latter serves as the foundation for nationally acclaimed Executive Chef Jeff Jackson’s slow-cooked, farm fresh menu - including the trademark Drugstore Burger, a true San Diego classic. Whether coming together for breakfast, lunch or dinner, The Grill’s welcoming ambiance and thoughtful team promise a memorable experience for guests and an ongoing dedication to local ingredients, sound craftsmanship and the creative California spirit.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Bar service was pretty poor, the bartender clearly was either new or a fill in and drinks were slow and not very good. Table service was fair, though our wait for drinks was longer than for dinner. The food was not incredibly good, the tomato soup was pretty bland. It’s a nice restaurant, quite pretty, but our experience wasn’t great.

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! We loved the granola pancakes, especially!

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GE
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I really loved the food here! The room is smaller and more intimate than many restaurants and the location is just spectacular next to the golf course! It’s quite a gem!
Loved the specialty cocktails too!

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S
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Heated outdoor patio very nice. Service was a bit slow when it was not that busy.

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue, views, sunset and dinner under the heaters out on the patio.

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GB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to Torrey Pines Lodge is always incredible! It makes you feel like you're on vacation in your own town. In my opinion it's the most beautiful hotel in San Diego. AR Valentine and the Grille never disappoint. I brought a friend there for her birthday and they served us the best piece of German chocolate cake! Yum! They smoke all their meats on the premises. I have tried most things on the menu and everything is always so tasty.

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MO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We both had the cobb salad for lunch and shared the cardamon rice pudding for dessert ... both were delicious!

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SW
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service with a breathtaking view of the course and ocean. We all look forward to a return trip!

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RB
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iconic golf course is combined with awesome food. What more could one ask for? The view is spectacular.

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, the Lodge is rustic and charming. Staff went out of their way to ensure we were comfortable. From the valet (in his kilt) to two different banquet servers that had nothing to do with my party, our restaurant server, and the gift shop clerk, all well trained in customer service and attention to detail. We sat outside and the view was amazing looking out over the course and ocean. A musician played a nice soft guitar for added ambiance. The food was ok. Not great. Probably just not my thing, I had chicken and waffles and tasted the trout. Neither is a go to for me but I wanted to try something different. Stay for a drink before or after dinner around the numerous fire pits and enjoy the scene. Will certainly be back.
(I heard the burger was quite good but I didn’t get a chance to taste it.)

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H
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service by warm, friendly, knowledgeable servers. Really haven’t had that level of service in quite a while. Food was wonderful and large portions.

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KN
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Squeezed in to close to bar with a table for four. Too noisy.

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C
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was fair. Ambiance was great. For this place it should be better. Been here before so a bit disappointed. Overall, still enjoyed the night.

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of our entrees was a little under cooked, however we would definitely return

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c
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Generous portions of thoughtful variations plus some classics. Highly recommend.

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LG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Home made potato chips and dip are excellent. My steak wasn't prepared as requested (asked for it to be medium but was medium rare), but it was delicious. Service was ok - it took an unusually long time to receive our entrees. The waitress was nowhere to be found when I wanted to send my steak back so it could be cooked to medium. We've dined here several times and this was the first time I've ever been disappointed with the food or service.

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DJ
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved it
Great food service and atmosphere!!

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D
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We love both restaurants at the lodge. Food is usually very good. We ate at The Grill Sunday. My cousin’s pork chop was over cooked and Irish coffees were cold. His wife and I enjoyed are meals.

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S
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best burger ever! Enjoy the ambiance, service, and delicious burger here!

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JR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

They give you homemade French onion dip and potato chips- so delicious! The food wasn’t anything fabulous but good. they have a great beverage list and the most beautiful view! I prefer brunch to dinner. But it’s always a lovely ambiance.

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DC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The wait staff was not pleasant and seemed insulted that we came!

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DT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

Not super exciting - mediocre food, mediocre service, mediocre decor. I expected much more.

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G
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a delicious dinner. My nine year old daughter loved the chicken and waffles and my husband and I shared a couple of salad and steak! All were delicious and high quality ingredients! Worth a trip even if your not staying there! And if you are staying there don’t feel like you are compromising to stay on campus relax and have a great dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was amazing with the sunset over Torrey Pines. The food was casual, but classy. Thank God for the outdoor heaters on a chilly February day.

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JM
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

It’s a good place for lunch but I would not recommend for dinner. The food was just “good” not great. They seated us at a table the size of a Television tray and had to remove the small succulent arrangement to make room for the chips and dip. Even though we had made reservations several weeks in advance they tried to seat us in the bar first... too bad I don’t like leaving a review like this

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JU
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Because of the rain, we were seated in the Bar section, and it was noisy and distracting with TVs on, but food and service was good.

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f
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and even better food. The chicken and waffles were exceptional. The maple syrup butter was out of this world. Danny was outstanding.

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LW
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the lodge. I could use a few more salads with protein. I need to eat gluten free so not a big issue for your broader clientele. We got charged for a second carafe of coffee. Not sure I would do that. But generally really enjoy all my time at the Lodge at both restaurants and the spa.

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SG
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The scene was awesome: sunset. The ambiance fitted just fine. Friendly staff. Food was very good. Somewhat expensive but worth the view and the ambiance. Live guitar was a plus!

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 2ambience 3

The staff was terrific to greet my party with a “happy birthday,“ because this was a special occasion that I had registered in OpenTable. Multiple times throughout our dining experience staff members were saying happy birthday to my mom, and also repeated that as we left following our meal. Thanks so much for that graciousness and hospitality!

Otherwise, unfortunately the service was particularly slow that day, so it took a long time for us to receive food with each of the courses we ordered.

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DH
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Torry Pines is a spectacular gem! The service in The Grill was great as was the view from our booth by the window. Southern California has an almost solid guarantee of love at first bite with fish tacos no matter where you're eating them. The Twin Fish Tacos I had at The Grill this week were flavorless. The long portions of fried fish were nestled on top of shredded purple cabbage on corn tortillas, but there close to no seasoning on the fish or in the tortilla. The pinto beans served with the tacos had zero flavor. It was a very disappointing dining experience given the renown of the Torrey Pines Lodge. We'll give it another shot sometime and ask the server for a recommendation.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food. We sat on the patio which was beautiful. We especially loved the homemade chips they put on the table.

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CA
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great deal for Restaurant Week. The ambiance is more like a chain restaurant, however it may be nicer to dine outside. We opted for inside as it was cold.

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r
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful hotel and grounds. Restaurant could've better capitalized on the view. Service was fantastic!, although every time someone passed through the kitchen door they YELL 'DOOR!'. Unnerving.
Salad, tomato soup with grilled cheese, stroganoff and desserts were excellent. Salmon was tasteless except for the overly-fishy flavor. Couscous looked great but also tasteless. This isn't the hotel's 'fine dining', but worth a visit just to see the hotel. Nice patio, cozy and relaxing dining room.

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DS
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite dining places.

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JC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

I had the swordfish entree and it was probably the worst dinner I have ever had. The waiter did not ask us if the food was good and when the cleared the table, they didn't comment on why so little of my dinner was eaten. Extremely disappointed with this experience. Will not come back or recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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BC
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been there twice for business lunches. Always very good service and excellent food.

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NK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Job Celebration

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J
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a great lunch spot. Food and views are terrific. Be prepared for a longer walk from the parking structure and/or the lobby.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I were visiting the La Jolla area with another couple and were staying nearby. We had eaten at The Grill previously and, along with our friends, were excited to return. Although the weather was too cool to sit outside comfortably, the inside proved to be very cozy on the cool evening. The salads were very fresh and, although not huge, we found them large enough for each couple to share. Our friends also ended up sharing an entre -- the stroganoff. My wife enjoyed the trout and I loved the large, juicy pork chop. The cocktails were expertly prepared and The Grill's wine list, while not overly extensive, is top notch. Prices at The Grill are a bit high, even for the La Jolla area, but not outlandish and, having eaten here previously, we were not surprised. Great spot for a quiet evening dinner. (We're very sensitive to restaurant acoustics). Weather permitting, outdoor seating on the patio (overlooking the property grounds and Torrey Pines golf course), should be requested.

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