Fodor's Expert Review Pamplemousse Grille

$$$$ Solana Beach French

One of North County's best restaurants, across the street from the Del Mar Fairgrounds and racetrack, offers French cuisine with California flare. 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.

French Service Trendy Sophisticated Lunch Dinner Dessert $$$$

Quick Facts

514 Via de la Valle
Solana Beach, California  92075, USA

858-792–9090

www.pgrille.com

Known For:
  • Exceptional service
  • Comprehensive wine list
  • Traditional French sauces to accompany entrées
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch Sat.–Thurs.

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