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Imperial House

505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
619-234-3525
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Ranked #1,102 of 4,067 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $25 - $100
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
Cuisines: Continental
Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Reservations
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English first
Del Mar, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
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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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
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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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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san diego
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20 reviews 20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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