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Pailin Thai Cafe

16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
+1 858-674-4665
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good39%
  • Average14%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible7%
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“lunch” (7 reviews)
“thai food” (5 reviews)
“pineapple” (3 reviews)
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Asian, Thai
$$ - $$$
16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
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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 lindalD3988JV
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
Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Visited with family for Sunday dinner. Staff was as usual very nice and attentive but (as all other times I've been visiting) they make you believe you can order your dishes with different levels of spicyness (between 1 and 10). For one thing I personally...More

Thank Orc_L
Reviewed July 1, 2015

Ate here last year for lunch and the service and food was phenomenal.. but this year not so much. We had reservations, arrived for dinner, and was told (by the owner I think) that "your table is over there...not lead to the table and seated...More

1  Thank StevenZ007
Reviewed May 11, 2015

Haven't been here since the name change from Spices to Pailin but nothing has really changed. The menu is identical to what it was previously. The lunch specials are good value and tasty, this last visit one of our party ordered something from the menu...More

Thank DBinCA
Reviewed March 25, 2015

We've been to this restaurant a number of times when it was known as Spices. We went again this Sunday, and it is now called Pailin. We were amused when we read their ad that stated "Same owner, same menu, same hours, better service"! So...More

2  Thank John S
Reviewed May 1, 2014

This was formerly Spices Thai Cafe, in fact even though the sign on the building has changed to reflect Pailin Thai, the paper placemats still show Spices Thai. We used to love going here when it was Spices, but the place has gone downhill. There...More

1  Thank KTBlount
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Restaurant Details

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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
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 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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