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Pailin Thai Cafe

16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
+1 858-674-4665
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good39%
  • Average15%
  • Poor12%
  • Terrible6%
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“lunch” (9 reviews)
“thai food” (7 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Wr visited Pailin Thai on the recommendation of our granddaughter, Alexis. It was after tasting her food she brought home one evening that we went for lunch. The Yelliw curry is very tasty with lots of flavor. The restaurant is cozy with a nice ambiance....More

Thank BParent
Reviewed June 2, 2018

Business lunch for Thai food. Service was quick and the servers knowledgeable. The food was decent, but lacked punch. Even asking for medium spicy the food was quite plain. Something as standard as Panang was very, very plain. Acceptable, but there's better to be had.

Thank Scott_M_SubGuy
Reviewed February 23, 2018

Food here was very good as was the service. I appreciated being asked how spicy I wanted my green curry dish. Earlier in my trip to the US, at another Thai restaurant, I felt the level of spice had been reduced which for me meant...More

Thank Ian_Wand
Reviewed February 23, 2018

Pailin Thai presents a good front with nice location and décor. The inaccurate on-line ordering system will estimate 50% below actual delivery times to keep you from thinking twice and going elsewhere. Our to-go orders were dumped from wok to styrofoam with no lining layer,...More

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

This small restaurant is a hidden gem. Food was very good, although service was a bit slow so it was not a 5 star experience. Would still recommend as the food is hot and delicious. Clean, decorative and comfortable dining room. Prices are fair for...More

Thank DeeAnn M
Reviewed November 3, 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was in an odd little center, but is right off the freeway. The food was excellent and portions were generous. Service was exceptional. The restaurant was full of "regulars " who came in knowing exactly what they wanted to order, attesting to the popularity...More

Thank Linda L
Reviewed November 1, 2016

My wife eats here almost every week, and sometimes she lets me tag along. Bottom line, it may be the best Thai food I've had, and I have eaten a lot! The staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect. I brought my kids...More

Thank MarkUSNA1998
Reviewed June 28, 2016

The lunch specials cannot be beat for the price and taste. So simple to order, pick a meat, pick a dish you would like it added too, and select a spiciness from 1-10. I normally order between a 3 and a 4.

Thank JJSpersrud
Reviewed June 15, 2016

Pailin changed name and ownership but its essentially the same restaurant. I had a good pad thai for lunch and it came as a set with soup, egg rolls and some salad. I had the Thai coffee which was good. Spicy level 7 was about...More

Thank gzau
Reviewed May 27, 2016

We like the lovely decor at this Thai place, clean and bright. Service was good. The Hawaiian Fried Rice, Chicken Pad Thai and the Fried Halibut with a delightful basil sauce were very good. We asked for the sauce to be on the side just...More

Thank truthfultravel
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-674-4665
We prepare traditional Thai food every day. Only the best ingredients are used and your meal is made fresh after you order. We also have a range of vegetarian options. Our goal at the restaurant is to provide you with the best Asian food you have ever had! Our Thai restaurant will give you the feeling of a tradition. Come visit and enjoy our delectable entrees. We look forward to serving you the finest taste of Thai cuisine!
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