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Red Pearl Kitchen

440 J St, San Diego, CA 92101-6980 (Downtown)
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Ranked #921 of 3,979 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 4th Street
Transit: San Diego Trolley - Orange Line. Exit at Gaslamp Quarter Station. Proceed north on 5th Avenue. Turn left on J Street. We are on the north side of the street. Look for the Big Red Chair!
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78% Recommend
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Buderim, Australia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

It is closed unfortunately no one has updated this site but there are many more restaurants in this area but none are Asian. Moretons is fantastic

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San Diego, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

A group of 5 adults and 2 children went to Red Pearl Kitchen on New Year's Eve for dinner. The restaurant is in the Gaslamp District and it offers a contemporary decor. We ordered several appetizers and main courses and sampled all of them. Every dish was well prepared, well presented and delicious. The service was excellent, attentive and pleasant.... More

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La Jolla, CA
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56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

We like this restaurant, but since it is in the Gaslamp District, we hate the parking so we don't go as often as we might. The sign outside isn't spectacular and I have always thought that a better sign would attract more patrons. Last night we finally went after we had heard that the menu had changed. Sad to see... More

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New London, Connecticut, United States
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97 reviews 97 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

My wife and I had dinner at the Red Pearl Kitchen, an Asian restaurant, on November 19, 2012. We had a reservation. We showed up on time and were promptly seated. The restaurant is nicely decorated and very cozy. The menu consists of appetizers and entrees, both of which are served family style. My favorite appetizer is the chicken wings... More

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San Diego, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

I called the restaurant to make a reservation for dinner with a couple of my coworkers who were in San Diego. I made the reservation without any issue. We showed up on time only to be told we needed to finish our meals within an hour and 15 minutes. That did not set the appropriate tone for us. We had... More

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San Antonio, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

I ordered the pistachio crusted Ahi Tuna with plum sauce which was excellent. Very friendly people and atmosphere.

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Top Contributor
240 reviews 240 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
335 helpful votes 335 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Forget the Slanted Door in SF, China Doll in Sydney and all the others in Seattle and Vancouver. This little gem shocked me as I did not expect the sort if top gastronomic meal that I heartily enjoyed... So much so that I over indulged and I am on the way to the gym. Great cool yet cozy atmosphere with... More

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177 reviews 177 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012 via mobile

Monday evening - restaurant half empty, but lacking atmosphere anyway. Food was not good at all and service was sloppy as we even were assumed to eat from the pan for lack of plates. Fried calamari was just that, no taste at all. No point in choosing this restaurant if in San Diego.

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Tampa, Florida
14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by hotel staff at our Gaslamp Quarter hotel -The Palomar. We arrived quite hungry , after a busy day of sightseeing early -around 4 pm, and sadly dinner was not being served until 5 pm. The bartender suggested we come in for Happy Hour and nosh on a selection of their specially priced appetizers... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012 via mobile

Took our family of 5 here. Really cool atmosphere. Noodle dishes and dim sum great. Crispy salmon and shaken Kobe beef average. Great service. Probably would not return.

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