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“Pei Wei, consistent, flavorful and a good value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pei Wei Asian Diner

Pei Wei Asian Diner
Ranked #2,214 of 4,537 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $15
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Mission Valley / Hotel Circle
La Quinta, California
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120 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Pei Wei, consistent, flavorful and a good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Pei Wei in San Diego is a good example of a quality fast food Asian Restaurant; one with table seating, waiter service and a quality menu.

First timers to Pei Wei may be a little in intimidated by the rapidity of order taking and the number of people lining up or already seated at the restaurant. This is an unnecessary concern, because the service is rapid (not rushed) and the turnover is fairly quick.

The menu looks and sounds Asian traditional (coming from several cultures), but with the flavors Pei Wei uses, the dishes seem unique.

Our family favorites (vegetarian) are any of the tofu dishes. The tofu is served sliced rather than chunky, giving a distinctly different appearance and a somewhat different taste when fried.

Sauces, even the "spicy", are not tongue damaging, rather they are an intriguing blend of flavors, successfully bringing out the other components of the meal.

Pricing is fair, quantity of food is good, and value is excellent.

The restaurant being fast food with a high turnover of clients, is typically noisy.

The servers we have had at the San Diego Pei Wei are very courteous, knowledgeable about the selections and seem happy to be working there.

A good fast food Asian restaurant with a distinctly different twist.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 4 of 5 stars
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Orange County, California
Level Contributor
12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Dependable flavors and service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Had pad thai, which definitely hit the spot. Just like at McDonald's, the food tastes the same no matter which Pei Wei location you eat at, which is just fine when you are tired and hungry. Even on a busy Saturday night, I didn't have to wait for a table.

Visited October 2012
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Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent food and value!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

We stopped off after a long day of touring and this place really hit the spot. Very popular for take-out, but we ate in. Pretty quick service. We had a 7 and 9 year old and they both liked their kids meals. I had caramel chicken. My wife had lettuce wraps, a veggie spring roll and a pork spring roll. Other than the egg rolls, everything was perfect. I guess we just weren't expecting these to be deep fried, so it was a bit more greasy that we wanted. Very reasonable prices for such good quality food.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Good but a little expensive for portion size, fast food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

Food is tasty with fresh made Chinese fast food. They are not overly generous with the portions and the price is high compared to similar places.

Visited April 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Love this place!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

Ate here on our last trip to Cali. We are from Arizona so this is our local favorite spot anyways. Enjoyed it again! Never get tired of popping in to Pei Wei :)

Visited March 2012
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