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“Gourmet Panda Express” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Pei Wei Asian Diner

Pei Wei Asian Diner
1025 Camino De La Reina, San Diego, CA 92108 (Mission Valley / Hotel Circle)
619-321-6670
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Ranked #836 of 3,982 restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Asian fusion
Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
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Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
CA
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63 reviews 63 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Gourmet Panda Express”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

You order at the register and then they deliver to your seat. They have different dishes that come with your choice or chicken, steak or shrimp.

I had the spring rolls (good), lettuce wraps (ok), black pepper chicken (ok), Korean style beef (ok).

I found all the dishes to be too salty and too saucey for my taste. I was impressed that they offered brown rice at no extra charge.

They have quite an interesting soda machine with a touch screen.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Yumn city!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We love Pei Wei. It's a quick fix and very casual when you're not in the mood to wait @ PF Changs. Their lettuce wraps are excellent, as well as anything else you will order. It's Asian style, quick seating and eating. You're in and out within 1/2 hour. They also serve some Thai specialties as well as Korean dishes. I guarantee you will not be disappointed. They also serve beer and wine. You can count on a great meal for a great price.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Long Beach, California
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70 restaurant reviews
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
“Pei Wei, consistent, flavorful and a good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Pei Wei in San Diego is a good example of a quality fast food Asian Restaurant; one with table seating, waiter service and a quality menu.

First timers to Pei Wei may be a little in intimidated by the rapidity of order taking and the number of people lining up or already seated at the restaurant. This is an unnecessary concern, because the service is rapid (not rushed) and the turnover is fairly quick.

The menu looks and sounds Asian traditional (coming from several cultures), but with the flavors Pei Wei uses, the dishes seem unique.

Our family favorites (vegetarian) are any of the tofu dishes. The tofu is served sliced rather than chunky, giving a distinctly different appearance and a somewhat different taste when fried.

Sauces, even the "spicy", are not tongue damaging, rather they are an intriguing blend of flavors, successfully bringing out the other components of the meal.

Pricing is fair, quantity of food is good, and value is excellent.

The restaurant being fast food with a high turnover of clients, is typically noisy.

The servers we have had at the San Diego Pei Wei are very courteous, knowledgeable about the selections and seem happy to be working there.

A good fast food Asian restaurant with a distinctly different twist.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Orange County, California
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Dependable flavors and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Had pad thai, which definitely hit the spot. Just like at McDonald's, the food tastes the same no matter which Pei Wei location you eat at, which is just fine when you are tired and hungry. Even on a busy Saturday night, I didn't have to wait for a table.

Visited October 2012
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Bakersfield, California
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Excellent food and value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

We stopped off after a long day of touring and this place really hit the spot. Very popular for take-out, but we ate in. Pretty quick service. We had a 7 and 9 year old and they both liked their kids meals. I had caramel chicken. My wife had lettuce wraps, a veggie spring roll and a pork spring roll. Other than the egg rolls, everything was perfect. I guess we just weren't expecting these to be deep fried, so it was a bit more greasy that we wanted. Very reasonable prices for such good quality food.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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