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Pamplemousse Grille

  • 514 Via de la Valle Map It
  • Solana Beach
  • French
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/23/2014

Fodor's Review

One of North County's best restaurants, across the street from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack, offers casual French-country dining California style. Chef-proprietor Jeffrey Strauss brings a caterer's sensibilities to the details, like a mix-or-match selection of sauces—such as wild mushroom, grain mustard, or peppercorn—to complement the simple but absolutely top-quality grilled meats and seafood. Appetizers can be very clever, like the Kim Chee seafood martini.

Whatever you do, save room for dessert; you can watch the pastry chef build it for you at the demonstration area in the dining room. Popular sweet endings include pear tart tatin and chocolate peanut-butter bombe. The comfortable rooms are painted with murals of bucolic country scenes, and the service is quiet and professional.

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514 Via de la Valle, Solana Beach, California, 92075, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch Sat.–Thurs.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 10/23/2014


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