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Saigon on Fifth

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3900 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3121
+1 619-220-8828
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“pho” (21 reviews)
“spring rolls” (9 reviews)
“soup” (9 reviews)
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Asian, Vietnamese, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3900 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3121
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Reviewed June 5, 2017

Very good, go with no problem, if you like Vietnamese food you will love this restaurant. It's better to go early, the service is fast and they are educated, the only thing I did not like in this restaurant is the owners attitude with the...More

Thank rcoimbra
Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

Every time I come to San Diego I make a point of eating here. The Sea bass is excellent, as is the 360 beef, but the very best is the coconut shrimp!

Thank jmboze1
Reviewed March 29, 2017

This place is overprice! 2 egg rolls cut in 1/2 will cost you close of $6. A bowl of pho is close to $10. Food is not especially outstanding. Lots of msg used in cooking! Go somewhere else if you don't want to pay through...More

Thank EZCalifornian
Reviewed March 1, 2017

First the not so good part of our experience. The staff, which appeared to be the owner and another lady were not the most attentive. The place was less than half full (only the front was open) They were very friendly but we waited a...More

Thank bekntony
Reviewed January 4, 2017

This restaurant has a corner location in busy Hillcrest at the intersection of 5th and University Avenues. If you are traveling by car, no worry. There is validated parking under the restaurant - entrance off 5th Avenue. The menu has many choices including many dishes...More

Reviewed November 20, 2016

The food at this place is awesome, but let me warn you about the spicy factor. I ordered ginger chicken and the waiter asked how hot I wanted it on a scale of 1 to 10. I love spicy hot so I said 8. It...More

Thank BeastiePV
Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I have enjoyed the food on two visits to Vietnam. The food here was authentically Vietnamese: fresh and tasty. Portions were substantial. I enjoyed the mini fried pancakes stuffed with chicken to start and then beef cooked with lemon grass for mains. Service was efficient...More

Thank UKDavy7
Reviewed July 1, 2016

The food here is great, especially the Pho. The atmosphere is more elegant than many Asian restaurants, a titch pricier too but worth it. The service is friendly and efficient. Bonus for late night diners, they are open until 3 AM.

Thank Jones619
Reviewed June 28, 2016

Saigon on Fifth is a real find; a quiet, elegant restaurant tucked out of the way near the western edge of Balboa Park, away from the hustle and bustle of Hillcrest. We have enjoyed their fine cuisine and excellent service on several visits, and they...More

Thank Jerry S
Reviewed June 15, 2016

One of our favorite restaurants and my favorite dishes: Tamarin soup and creamy basil fish. The soup is tangy but not spicy, and full of flavorful vegetables. You can add tofu (my choice) or chicken or pork to this soup. The sea bass moist and...More

Thank leprof2015
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3900 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3121
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-220-8828
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