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4 of 5 bubbles Review of Grant Grill

Grant Grill
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Ranked #289 of 4,717 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $60
Cuisines: Contemporary, American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: Fourth Ave.
Description: The Grant Grill offers a fresh approach to fine dining, elevating California cuisine with seasonal inspirations and creative execution. Start your day with signature breakfast dishes such as the South of the Border Chicken Migas. Meet colleagues for a business lunch that includes the Grant Grill's famous Mock Turtle Soup. Celebrate a romantic date night dinner savoring the 38 Day Dry Aged Ribeye with the Sommelier's selection of wine pairing. No matter what brings you to Grant Grill, we guarantee a memorable dining experience. From the sumptuous surroundings set inside a National Landmark to the fresh California cuisine, Grant Grill carries a tradition of excellence throughout. Renowned for shaking up some of the nation's best cocktails, the adjoining Lounge boasts a unique Gaslamp Quarter nightlife experience. The stars of the Lounge menu are Grant Grill's signature, hand crafted cocktails which include their very own 100 Day Barrel Aged Centennial Manhattan and a rotating collection of seasonal concoctions like the holiday's "Smashing Pumpkin" (as featured on The Food Network).
Orange County CA
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55 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

It was almost dinner time so we decided to head over to The Grant Grill before making our way back home to OC.

The décor is masculine with a heavy historic influence. The menu features seasonal, California cuisine created using only the freshest locally harvested ingredients, prime meats and sustainable seafood. For starters we choose the Hamachi, marinated with Citrus, Fennel, Horseradish and White Soy and the Dungeness Crab Risotto with Snap Peas, Capers, Toasted Pine Nuts and Crème Fraiche. For our entrees we select the Scallops with Charred Tomatoes, Olives, Pancetta and Polenta and the Omaha Natural Angus Tenderloin served with Crispy Yukon Potatoes, Bloomsdale Spinach, Nutmeg and Parsley Root.

Everything we had was good and the service was good.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank topaz309
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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“Wonderful food with excellent service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013 via mobile

After reading another review we decided the the Grant Grill was a must visit. We were not disappointed. We were greeted by our very friendly waitress Beatrice who had excellent knowledge of the food and hotel.
They have a nice selection of custom drinks and fine wines to accompany dinner. I ordered the sea scallops which were cooked perfectly.

The manager followed up in the middle of the meal to ensure our experience was a good one.

After dinner we moved into the lounge bar area to listen to the live jazz and have an after dinner cocktail.

A very classy place with top notch service and wonderful food!!! You will not be disappointed.

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1 Thank lemke2010
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Monrovia, California
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“Grant Grill - the great reviews are true!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

We have a couple favorite restaurants in the Gaslamp District of San Diego, but are always on the lookout for jazz clubs with food when we visit from Los Angeles. Grant Grill is a fine restaurant with the adjacent Grant Grill Lounge for music and a smaller menu. It's one of the highest ranked San Diego restaurant on Tripadvisor, too.

So we made early (7:00 pm) dinner reservations, and planned to move the the lounge for dessert and coffee.

I called to make reservations and had a very friendly hostess help me with my reservation - it turns out she was working when we arrived for dinner and escorted us to our table.

Our fabulous waitress Beatrice soon arrived and navigated us through the menu, which states at the bottom, that they get their produce from the Santa Monica Farmer's Market, their own US Grant Hotel rooftop garden, and Crows Pass Farms. I wonder if they offer tours of the rooftop garden???

We brought our own wine (corkage $25), a bottle of Terry Hoage 5 Block. 50% Syrah, 25% Mourvedre, 19% Grenache, 6% Cinsault.

Now on to our orders: Me: Roast beets, with citrus curd, homemade goat cheese wrapped in a shatteringly delicious tuille curl. There were date slivers, apple slices, watercress or some micro greens - so pretty and sweet/savory it could almost be a dessert! $13. Hubby had the farmer's market greens, with roasted spring vegetables including interesting delicious tomatoes, candied pecans, shallot vinaigrette $12. Salad was wonderful, he says.

Main course: I had the Pastrami Spiced albacore. That sounded intriguing! Rounds of seared albacore draped with dry slivers of speck ham were served atop carnarolli rice, a rice often used for risotto. Lovely tender-firm cipollini onions formed a border above the rice/albacore. I loved this dish. $28

Hubby ordered medium Omaha Natural Angus Tenderloin. It was definitely not medium, and although he enjoyed the first bites, sent it back for a little more cooking. It was perfect when returned. The tenderloin came with crispy (round) yukon potatoes like baby tater tots, Bloomsdale spinach - delicious, and roasted sweet onions. It was beautiful as well as delicious. $38

The bread was foccacia - it was a beautiful round loaf, cut in quarters with salt crystals on top. We had some, but didn't want to spoil our appetite.

After our meal we ordered dessert and coffee, our waitress, Bea peeked into the jazz lounge, saw it was filling up and reserved a lovely corner banquette table for us. We slid into the soft seat with a perfect view of the music - Ruby Blue, an acoustic jazz singer with a backup bass, drums and piano completed the quartet. The lounge wait staff and our waitress Bea seamlessly brought coffee, dessert, fresh water. No fuss, perfect service!

Now our desserts! Hubby ordered Tahitian Squash Cake, with a walnut crumble, grenache and amaretto ice cream. $9.50. He didn't like it a whole lot so I swapped him my delicious and huge Pistachio Berry tart, with vanilla creme fraiche and chopped pistachios. Also $9.50 This was a FABULOUS dessert, one of the best desserts I've ever had. Not sweet, the tart used ground pistachio in the crust, too. It is large enough to share. I'd return for this dessert alone!

We listened to the music, sipped our excellent coffee, then wandered down the street to our hotel. Highly recommend both restaurant and lounge!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank astrojane
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Oceanside, California
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“We will be back for an encore.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

My husband and I were on our way to the Lyceum Theatre to see the San Diego Ballet and to host my art show there, and wanted a bite to eat beforehand. The atmosphere: modern yet sophisticated. The food: a lot of La Jolla restaurants can learn a lesson or two. The meals were excellent, tasty, beautifully presented and quality ingredients. The service: We required quick service, and got it, with a smile and a care for our needs. Bravo!! We will be back for an encore.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Anita L
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Tijuana, Mexico
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“More than 60 years of excellence.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Open since 1951 and admitting women since a famous sit-in in 1969 forced the issue, the Grant Grill continues to evolve as a premiere dining destination in San Diego. It's been remodeled and instead of the original dark, men-only, smoke-filled private club atmosphere, it's now lighter, more spacious and welcoming. Throughout its history the food has been top-notch and it continues to be so today. Service is old-world excellent: efficient while unobtrusive. One of the signature dishes is the mock turtle soup which is still as delicious today as I remember it being more than 50 years ago when I first tasted it there.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank Michael B
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