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Saigon on Fifth

#391 of 3,733 Restaurants in San Diego
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3900 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3121
619-220-8828
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 am
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San Diego, California
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 stars 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.

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Thank Jones619
Carlsbad, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 never fail to please. My wife seems to be addicted to the Saigon Love Boat,... More 

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Thank Jerry S
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 tender is served in a tasty creamy sauce flavored with fresh basil and accompanied by... More 

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Henderson, Nevada
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016

When to dinner at the Saigon on Fifth with friends to celebrate their birthdays. We all ordered and shared several dishes. The Sea Bass was excellent. My favorite was the 360 Beef. Service was excellent. If you have not tried Vietnamese food go to Saigon on Fifth first.

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Thank Hugh403
La Jolla, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2016

Every dish they serve is always delicious. Service is very good. It's close to the Hillcrest Landmark movie theater. One important extra - they validate parking in the gated bank building in Hillcrest.

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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71 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Saigon on Fifth street is an interesting and rather genuine Vietnamese restaurant in San Diego. I wouldn't know genuine from ersatz but a Vietnamese guide we met a day later, vouched for its authenticity. There are many things on the regular menu, some of which our waiter advised us against. Apparently he didn't think women of a certain age would... More 

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San Diego, California
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

Food is very good and service is good too. Would recommend coconut shrimp and spring rolls. Just parking is very tough because location.

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Thank Ham N
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We had a reservation at 9 pm but we came here at 7 pm. The restaurant manager was kind enough to give us the first table though there are a few Q in front of us. Excellent food and customer service. We love the curry duck. Tip: Park at Union bank and restaurant give complimentary ticket.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We had pho in beef broth. We loved the fried bean-curd with peanut sauce...it was just so nice and tasty.....we order another plate......fried rice was good..... Food Quality: Good. It retains the taste of Asia.......4.5/5 Food Quantity: Enough.........4/5 Location: Along the main road, easy to locate and find.....4/5 Restaurant Ambient: Nice setting, not fancy or elaborate....4/5 Staff Service: Too busy... More 

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Del Mar, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

We walked into the restaurant at a little after 8pm tonight. It was only 1/3 full. It is 40 degrees outside and even though most of the tables are empty they tried to sit us right next to the door which would have blasted us with cold air anytime someone came in or went out. They took our order. Our... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Asian, Vietnamese
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
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: 619-220-8828

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?