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“Yummy! And I'm Vietnamese!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Saigon on Fifth

Saigon on Fifth
3900 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3121
619-220-8828
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Ranked #54 of 4,044 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Vietnamese
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Good for: Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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74 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Yummy! And I'm Vietnamese!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Been a while since I've been here, maybe a year. In San Diego, going to a "nice" Vietnamese restaurant isn't so common. Why pay more for something that probably tastes better elsewhere right? But! Saigon on Fifth, though it costs more than the average San Diego Vietnamese restaurant, is quite delicious. You're paying for both the food and the ambiance. Is it worth it? I think so. The service was great and the my picky Vietnamese palate approves! If you never had Vietnamese food before, this would be a good place to start. Parking in this neighborhood of Hillcrest can be tough so save some extra time to find parking.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“This Is American version Vietnamese food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013 via mobile

The food lack authentic flavor. It was not original. Good place to bring a date if you want to impress her. Overall, average. I had better at Phung Trang.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New Germany, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Best meal in San Diego!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Traveling with a group of friends, we happened upon Saigon on Fifth on a recommendation from one of our pals. What a perfect setting for a long, delicious meal of shared entrees. From beef to shrimp, from chicken to pork, from tofu to eggplant, we ordered separately and passed around dishes. Every dish was a delight! I think the yellow curry with chicken was my favorite, but everything was marvelous. The eggplant dish was a taste of summer in the midst of February. Cocktails were creative and appreciated. The atmosphere and decor were serene and the service was attentive without being intrusive. If I had only one night in San Diego, and I've been there often, Saigon on Fifth is without a doubt my first & only choice!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California
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11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Vietnamese dishes are great, very authentic tasting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

We come here often; Vietnamese dishes are great, very authentic tasting! Atmosphere, decor, and layout is nice. Only downside is the prices are little on the high side for Vietnamese dishes, but hey it's a nice place.

Parking structure with validation is sure nice in this area of very little available street parking.

Visited January 2013
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“Very good Vietnamese”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

This is a lovely restaurant owned and run by family who take great pride in their establishment. We dined there twice during our visit. The salad rolls are made with basil leaves, adding a lovely change of taste from establishments who make their's with lettuce leaves. The special rice served Ina carved pineapple had a lovely flavour and texture,as did the chicken clay pot (although a bit too sweet at times), vermicelli also very nice. Service is very attentive.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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