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“A Traditional French Restaurant Off the Strip”

Pamplemousse French Restaurant
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Ranked #523 of 4,825 Restaurants in Las Vegas
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $40
Cuisines: French, European
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Paradise
Transit: Monorail Sahara Station
USA
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93 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“A Traditional French Restaurant Off the Strip”
Reviewed April 6, 2014

For those of you who are special enough to remember, Pamplemousse reflects the ambiance and cuisine you would have encountered at a good French restaurant 40-50 years ago, and maybe earlier. The servers are proper, tuxedoed and very helpful.The ceilings are low, the tables draped with linens, the light a soft glow.

Two of us each ordered the 5 course prix fixe menu, which started with a generous basket of crudites accompanied by a house vinaigrette for dipping, reminiscent of Gabriel's a French country restaurant (now gone) near Washington, D.C. that we used to frequent in the 1960s and '70s, For our second course, we selected a bouchée de fruit de mer and a cassolete of wild forest mushrooms, but escargots were also available. Both of us ordered duck breast and duck leg confit for an entree. It was listed with a sauce a l'Orange, but we requested the armagnac peppercorn sauce available on the a la carte menu and were happily accommodated. Creme brulée and profiteroles completed our meal. All food was well prepared and the wine list offered a reasonable selection at reasonable prices. The only negative we experienced was an extremely loud couple at a nearby table of six, which may have simply been a problem of too loud voices or may have been the result of poor acoustics resulting from hard walls and low ceilings. We'll return; its definitely worth the trip and has the very distinct advantage of avoiding the excessive everything that comes with the celebrity chef culture encountered "on the strip."

  • Visited April 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Bad night, I hope!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We've been visiting the Pamplemousse for many years and have always enjoyed it. However, this past January, the food was really average - heavy sauces that detracted rather than added to the tastes. I was hosting a client, and while Pamplemousse used to be the out-of-the-way interesting place to bring people, I must admit I was really disappointed and a little embarrassed. Hopefully, we visited on an off night, but frankly, I am hesitant to go again.

Visited January 2014
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Palm Desert, California
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181 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“French food in a cozy cottage”
Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

My husband and I have been going here for years and it still makes delicious food in a quaint little building with small rooms for romantic dinners. No ringing of slot machines in the background. The basket of fresh veggies with a garlic dipping sauce starts every meal. Because eating duck liver is now illegal in California (don't get me started) we had to order the foie gras. Pierre, our waiter and brother of the chef owner, described the preparation process which takes 2 days. Yes, it is expensive, but this is not something you eat every day. He recommended a glass of Sauternes with it and the red wine aspic was perfect. Do not miss this. They only make a small amount so it is absolutely fresh. I hadp the rack of lamb and hubby had the filet mignon with mushroom sauce. The sauces are so deep in flavor, you know this is the real deal. Only wine, no liquor license. Ask Pierre why.

Visited February 2014
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24 reviews
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“Love this place”
Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Every time we visit Las Vegas we go to this restaurant off the strip. It is always a great meal in a relaxing, intimate restaurant.

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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“great times great memories”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

was there 20 years ago -- hasn't changed a bit -- i think the prices are still the same too! OLD SCHOOL! Great food, great service, retro atmosphere - very nice people.

Visited November 2013
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