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“You must order the right food or else you will be disappointed!” 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 #1,268 of 4,100 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Asian, Asian fusion
Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
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Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
Farmington, Connecticut
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161 reviews 161 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 52 cities Reviews in 52 cities
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
“You must order the right food or else you will be disappointed!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

This is one of my daughter's favorite places to take her children. The portions are large and very tasty when you order the right dishes. Unfortunately, my wife and I ordered the fried rice with shrimp and lomein with bean curd. Neither dish was very tasty. We didn't realize our poor choice until we tasted our daughter's Kung pow shrimp which was fantastic! If ever we come here again we will not make this mistake. The food was hot and well prepared fresh. It is almost self served since you order at the front and the food is brought to the table.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Smiths Falls, Canada
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160 reviews 160 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“SO GOOD”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Wo w the food was so fresh you can see right into the kitchen.We had the vegetable spring rolls to start the best we have ever had .Then we tryed the pei wei spicey combo tastes like general tso chicken we get back in ontario but better.The chicken pieces had a really nice chile vinager sauce with scallions,garlic,snap peas and carrots served on your choice of rice.And best of all the prices are amazing.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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CA
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39 helpful votes 39 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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San Diego, California
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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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La Quinta, California
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“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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