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Reviewed August 15, 2021 via mobile

I have been to Pamplemousse many times and this particular visit was a disappointment. To be clear two of the five in our group ordered meat and they were very happy. My wife, daughter, and I ordered mostly vegetable dishes and the quality of the...food was poor, bland, and nothing special. My wife also ordered the lobster Mac and Cheese which was mushy. For $500 you really need to get almost perfect quality. If you do go, I highly recommend only ordering the meat.More

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed July 30, 2021

Pamplemousse dined under the tent. Tables spaced nicely. Subtle lighting. Plants breaking up the space. Reminded us of wedding reception dinners we’ve attended. We liked the open atmosphere more than inside. For appetizer, we enjoyed the lobster ravioli, a huge pocket with fresh lobster, scallops,...mushrooms, tomatoes, and asparagus in a light but very rich beurre blanc sauce, $25. Highly recommended. For beef-lovers, the mixed grill (lamb chop, filet of beef, pork tenderloin) with three sauces, $54. Decent size cuts of each, although the filet was a touch overcooked. We shared truffle parmesan fries ($14). Fine service, well-timed. Excellent, expensive wine list. Corkage, $35.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed September 24, 2019

Went there for San Diego Restaurant Week, hence the courses offered might not be completely representative of the establishment. Reception and service were good. Quality of the course choices varied summing in a three star rating. For starters, Kim Chee Seafood Martini was blunt while...Melon & Prosciutto salad was pretty good. Out of main dishes, both Prime Rib of Pork and Jidori Chicken Schnitze were frustratingly dry and lacking in taste whereas Surf and Turf (medium-rare) was quite good. The best choice of this dinner was a delicious Apple Tarte-Tatin desert, and I appreciated the selection of wines. Solid three stars for this visit.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 21, 2019 via mobile

Went there to celebrate a friends birthday. She was 94, and had always wanted to go as she had passed the restaurant many times when attending Delmar races and was our host for the evening. On arriving the decor was underwhelming and the wine store...feature looked in need of a clean. The dining area was equally dull. The food was very uneven, my kobe burger was over cooked but tasted fantastic, the fries were excellent. My wife’s John Dory was ok but the sauce was a little too overpowering and to me the fish was far too salty. Our host enjoyed her tomato soup but the lobster ravioli was disappointing with the past case like leather and reported to staff as such. We all thought the sorbet provided as a mid course cleanser was excellent. People on the next table sent their steak back twice, but they can post their own review. Given the ambience and standard of food we thought it overpriced. Finally on reaching the bathroom by squeezing past people dining at the cocktail bar, you are greeted by a very strange out of place portrait. Inside the bathroom as I used the urinal a recorded voice was heard laughing, and finally said “sucks to be you”. I assumed that they were making a judgment call based on the size of something and an infantile attempt at humour. Just not what you expected at a wannabe high end restaurant. Result is that I will never use this restaurant again and can someone explain what a 4% benefit surcharge is, our host who has worked in the restaurant industry all her life had no knowledge of it.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 8, 2019

We returned after being away for several years, due to no longer being in the area. This place is still excellent and has the same comfortable ambiance. Very good noise control. The food was excellent as always. The grilled veal chop was superb. Of special...note are the amazing (as always), extra crispy, thin French fries. They are real deal here, and oh so irresistible. This place has perhaps the best wine list in So. Cal., which is a good reason that we came here. Lots of rarities and wines that the general consumer cannot find or acquire. We had a 2010 Schrader RBS cab. and a 2004 Hundred Acres cab. The wine service is top notch, along with the excellent regular service.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed July 8, 2019

It's been several years since we last ate here and it remains one of the best restaurants in San Diego. There is an excellent choices of starters and appetizers along with many main courses and daily specials. Everything is delicious and well presented. The services...is great. The wine list is extensive. I highly recommend the 5 corner desert with a sampling of 5 great tastes. It's on the expensive side, but well worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 19, 2019

Great cocktails and martinis at the bar. You can eat at the bar if you are a single traveler or visitor. Excellent service. Make sure to make reservation as iti is often busy. Close to the race track in an office complex. Easy parking. Excellent...bread. Menu changes seasonally but always delicious. Great wine selection as well A bit pricey but worth the experience.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed April 5, 2019

Great food, very creative and tasty, but beware of 4% "benefit" surcharge on all bills. Why not just build into the price? Great service and little piggie cookies at the end of the meal.

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed March 22, 2019

Pamplemousse Grille has stand the test of time and is still one of my favourite restaurants in San Diego. Service is good and so is the food. You get their signature pig cookies at the end. Great meal!

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed March 11, 2019 via mobile

The food here was amazing from the appetizer to the dessert. We split the trio appetizer that had tuna, lobster salad and something else. The lobster salad was amazing. I had the pamplemousse martini which was fabulous. Grapefruit lovers should definitely order this. My meal...was the boat scallops which was excellent. We finished with the lemon tart but there were so many that sounded great. My only caveat would be the bill was not for the faint of heart.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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I can't say if they specifically have gluten free menu items, however they are extremely amenable and willing to customize your meal depending on your taste or dietary preferences.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4