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Imperial House Restaurant and Lounge

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505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-234-3525
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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Tue - Wed 4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thu 4:00 pm - 12:30 am
Fri 4:00 pm - 1:30 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 1:30 am
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North Salt Lake, Utah
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352 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016

Imperial House is best described as an old school supper club right down to the tux-dressed waiters and red booths. We dropped by twice, once for cherries jubilee (flambe) and once for a drink while walking out of Balboa Park. Both times the experience was like a throw back, right down to the Manhattens in the bar. Had I been... More 

Thank diinslc
San Diego, California
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

Close to Balboa Park. Formal dining but casual dress if you like. dishes prepared at you table such as Steak Diane. Most items are from years ago that today's new place don't serve. A great treat to find some of the old school dishes. Waiters in tuxes.

Thank C C
Beverly Hills, California
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2015

This Restaurant had a good reputation two decades ago. Today it is shocking old fashioned in the Menu set up, non qualified service and tasteless food. Wasted my evening with date.

Thank JRodolphe L
Daniel C, Manager at Imperial House Restaurant and Lounge, responded to this review

Dear Guest, First of all I would like to thank you for having chosen to dine at the Imperial House Restaurant , and also for sharing your impressions. I was sorry to hear that you did not find our staff to be as friendly and helpful as we expect them to be at all times. I do apologize for the... More 

Del Mar, CA
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 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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389 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Cynhoff
Warminster, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles 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)

1 Thank Olga B
Kansas City, Missouri
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34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

1 Thank John P
San Diego, California
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank Blonditraveler
San Diego, California
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73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

Thank Jerry B
San Diego, California
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108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $50
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
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Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 10:30 pm
4:00 pm - 12:30 am
4:00 pm - 1:30 am
5:00 pm - 1:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 505 Kalmia St., San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-234-3525
Table side service dining. Lounge with Live entertainment Thursday through Saturday evenings. Lounge Happy Hour specials and Dining Room Chef's Specials.

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