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Emerald Chinese Cuisine

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3709 Convoy Street, #101, San Diego, CA 92111
+1 858-565-6888
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 15
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 8
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
A Has Been or just bad Jus?

I have eaten here about 30 times in the last 10 years and have always made it a point to at least once every visit. Always for brunch except once for dinner. This visit was around 1:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday. I felt that Asians were given preferential seating and had to search out a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2014
Charles M
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California
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
San Diego, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It was remodeled recently, so decided to have a birthday party hoping better food and service, but ended up with full of disappointment. Prices went up 30-40%, but service was worse than before. Servers were really annoying by pushing high-priced food, alcohols over and over even we refused the drinks. My favorite duck dish was supposed to cut at the... More 

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Coronado, California
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Emerald Chinese Cuisine is one the oldest & better chinese restaurants in San Diego. Located in Kearny Mesa area which has 2 or 3 Asian restaurants per block.Chinese, Japanese, Korean & Vietnamese . Most are all quite good. We prefer Emerald although the service is sometimes slow because it is so busy. The space is very large with a huge... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

With the just completed renovation, nothing is the same -- no more carts, less selection, smaller portions, higher prices and poor service. Everyone around us was clearly disappointed. For years, the Emerald had the best dim sum in San Diego. Now I would rate it the worst!!!

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

I go nuts here, the Dim Sum is the very best. Service is superb, this is the San Diego Center for real Dim Sum.

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California
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39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

I have eaten here about 30 times in the last 10 years and have always made it a point to at least once every visit. Always for brunch except once for dinner. This visit was around 1:00 in the afternoon on a Saturday. I felt that Asians were given preferential seating and had to search out a section manager to... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

When served, the kung pao squid looks exactly the same as black bean cod. They are both filled with celery and onion. Then we picked into them, we found 10 pitiful smelly squid pieces with some stale peanuts. The cod fish dish is smelly with amonia odor. The ginger clam is stinky and sandy. We did not care about the... More 

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Toronto, Ontario
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

It is a popular Chinese restaurant. There were a lot of customer, so the staff tried to fit in everyone. We had a small table, not ideal, but the food is great. I enjoy my meal very much.

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Sedona, Arizona
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went to Emerald yesterday. Ordered Wonton Soup and Whole Flounder. Received fish soup instead, and when I got the bill, it showed the Flounder at $32. I asked the waiter to see the menu, and he went to his station, he looked through 2 or 3 menu before bringing me one where the $26 price was crossed over and a... More 

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Tustin, California
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38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The first time we went there the food was great. We had a great time and tasty food. The second I went to do take out and the food was awful. I also did not realize how expensive this place is. Vegetarian chow mein for $16? A whole ginger chicken for $26? A Thai Tea for $5? Why don't they... More 

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San Diego, California, USA
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Always good and fresh. Great place to get a quick lunch or enjoy a long visit. Restaurant is quiet and service is great.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3709 Convoy Street, #101, San Diego, CA 92111
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-565-6888

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?