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“Quiet atmosphere with the most amazing food”

Pamplemousse Grille
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Ranked #9 of 76 Restaurants in Solana Beach
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $35 - $50
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

This is a restaurant for adults. The food from bread to coffee is outstanding. It is perfect for special occasions or an evening away from children. I don't think that I have ever had a better steak anywhere including Donovan or Ruth Chris. It is an amazing place!

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Thank Vera B
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Reviewed January 31, 2013

Jeff Strauss is a top chef in So Cal, probably the US. His eclectic blends of Americana and Cal-Pacific Fusion with a French flair (pamplemousse = grapefruit in French) is excellent. His wine cellar is unmatched. The food is prepared and served to the nth degree of excellence. The artwork (pigs that are all heading towards the kitchen if you are observant, other interesting objet's d'art) makes you feel like you are with friends in a very special place.

Thank bkm425
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Reviewed December 25, 2012

It was all pretty good and I love the way they plate the salad, but nothing stood out. But on the bright side, I found out I really don't like the truffles. Good to know

Thank Anthony311
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

My wife and I ate at Pamplemousse Grill again for the first time since we moved to this area 17 years ago. It was her birthday and the first time we had been in town for it in 5 years and we wanted something special. The atmosphere is very nice with large paintings of animals (geese, pigs) on the walls (and a couple of bikers on the walls by the bathroom). The service was wonderful. Our waiter was friendly, efficient, helpful, and totally NOT pretentious. The food was also very good. Let me say that again: the food was very good. Not superb. Not fantastic. Rather traditional but very good French cooking. The prices on the other hand are even greater than the meal. Most main dishes were in the $40 range with a few special steaks in the $50-60 range. That's high even these days but perhaps acceptable for a very good meal. My wife ordered one of the specials, however, the scallops and they were again, very good. But I was a bit taken aback when the bill showed two or three scallops and some clams royale cost $75! So the place is somewhat overpriced but very good. In our experience there are a lot of good restaurants in San Diego area, a few very good ones, of which this is one, but no real great ones compared to other large cities in the world. Unfortunately, Pamplemousse Grill does not break that pattern. And be aware of the prices.

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Thank SANTraveler8
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Reviewed November 13, 2012

Fabulous food and elegant dining. A little on the expensive side but more than worth it. You will be treated as royalty.

Thank marvelme_7
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