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505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-3525
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Today
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Mon 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wed 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Fri 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Sat 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 9
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A wonderful step back in time!

How fitting that Frank Sinatra was playing while we were dining. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip back in time. It brought back fond memories of going out for holiday dinners with our parents. Our food was delicious albeit a bit old school. We loved the flambe desserts & the table side service. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2014
Cynhoff
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Brewster, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Del Mar, CA
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

First time dining here and sadly we were disappointed. The owners should go to Palm Springs and dine at Mister Parker's and take notes. First off, the service could be more attentive, polished and friendly (waiters seem to be going through the motions). Secondly, have someone create some great "supper club" playlists and play those rather than random 70's elevator... More 

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Brewster, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

How fitting that Frank Sinatra was playing while we were dining. We thoroughly enjoyed our trip back in time. It brought back fond memories of going out for holiday dinners with our parents. Our food was delicious albeit a bit old school. We loved the flambe desserts & the table side service. We will be going back with our visiting... More 

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Phila
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The place was empty at dinner time. Service was OK. The quality of food was very low and dishes were on the heavy side. Spinach salad was impossible to eat, soaking in a heavy butter dressing. Halibut was dry, overcooked and didn't taste like a halibut. Lamb Chops were suspicious.I am just glad, I didn't get sick (to my surprise)

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Kansas City, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I feel like this place is the Grand Budapest Hotel of restaurants and could be used as a basis for a Wes Anderson movie, there was even a Pagoda type character working. Some of the people dining still might think of it as this fancy restaurant like it was in the 70s and 80s but deep down there were just... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

Right out of the 70's. You will love the bar area with the giant red leather cubbies you'll feel like your the only ones there. This place is old and worn but such an icon i give it a 4. Ive always received good service and the food is always above average.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Living in San Diego I,along with friends, have been to the Imperial House several times. Each time has been a special treat to celebrate an occasion..usually Christmas. The Imperial House reminds its guests of a premire East Coast eatery that sits here in San Diego. I bit pricey but worth it on any occasion. Both service and food are well... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

How many times have you said to yourself “What happened to old-fashioned service, extraordinary food, and a great location drenched with classic fixtures of yesteryear?” Well, it’s right here in San Diego on the corner of 5th and Kalmia streets. Last Saturday, while searching for a restaurant, not too far from the theatre, I selected the Imperial House. It’s not... More 

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San Diego, California
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

If you want a drink in the bar on Th,Fr,Sa you are in for some entertainment because you never know what kind of a crowd you will find. The cocktails are generous, the beer selection is average, the wine selection needs help. As far as the restaurant... The dining room needs to retire - It just isn't able to serve... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

I have visited the Imperial House for years and the food and service are always excellent. The Steak Diane is the best in San Diego and you can't beat the Bananas Flambe' for dessert. Our waiter John was awesome and the hostess was very friendly. We miss the Maitre D, Mr. Felix and wish him a speedy recovery from his... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

The Imperial House is old time steak house atmosphere. Specials are fantastically priced and the Chateaubriand is perfectly cooked to order and served tableside. Wait staff is has the perfect balance between attentiveness and privacy. We always go here for special occasions. My comments apply to the main restaurant and not the dinner playhouse. Although some may say this is... More 

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Additional Information about Imperial House

Address: 505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
Phone Number: 619-234-3525
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
Cuisine: Continental

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-234-3525

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 6:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?