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“Did Not Feel Welcome”
Review of Red Pearl Kitchen - CLOSED

Red Pearl Kitchen
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 4th Street
Transit: San Diego Trolley - Orange Line. Exit at Gaslamp Quarter Station. Proceed north on 5th Avenue. Turn left on J Street. We are on the north side of the street. Look for the Big Red Chair!
Reviewed November 12, 2012

I called the restaurant to make a reservation for dinner with a couple of my coworkers who were in San Diego. I made the reservation without any issue. We showed up on time only to be told we needed to finish our meals within an hour and 15 minutes. That did not set the appropriate tone for us. We had hoped for a meal to discuss some business matters and not checking our watches to ensure we were on time for the people who seemingly were more important than we were made to feel.

The food was very good and the server staff was attentive.

Recommendation: If you know you are going to have to give the bum's rush to customers who make a reservation, maybe you want to let them know over the phone so they can make an educated decision on whether this is the right place to have dinner.

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Thank DeannaTravels
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Reviewed October 22, 2012

I ordered the pistachio crusted Ahi Tuna with plum sauce which was excellent. Very friendly people and atmosphere.

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Thank DoodleBug63
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Reviewed October 20, 2012 via mobile

Forget the Slanted Door in SF, China Doll in Sydney and all the others in Seattle and Vancouver. This little gem shocked me as I did not expect the sort if top gastronomic meal that I heartily enjoyed... So much so that I over indulged and I am on the way to the gym. Great cool yet cozy atmosphere with a good buzz but not too loud. As I was one person they have these comfy booths where you can sit looking out at the comings and goings and it is very relaxing The servers ... I mean every single person there are beyond warm and very good at what they do. My waitress ( darn ... Her name .... Well she was a soccer player :) ) was amazing. Tranquil yet totally focused on my meal. Giving suggestions... Good suggestions! I had to try two of the appetizers as they looked great. For seafood lovers.. There are many great choices but I went wil for the chicken pit stickers with greens and dipping sauces and the spring rolls. I wanted easy or I would have gotten the 'Mongolian steak' that js a house specialty. Chicken with tons of exotic vegetables , cashews and an amazing ginger sauce was the BEST ever had. It was a great all around dining experience
Go!

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Thank LeTerrible
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

Monday evening - restaurant half empty, but lacking atmosphere anyway. Food was not good at all and service was sloppy as we even were assumed to eat from the pan for lack of plates. Fried calamari was just that, no taste at all.

No point in choosing this restaurant if in San Diego.

Thank Zia_Angelina
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

This restaurant was recommended to us by hotel staff at our Gaslamp Quarter hotel -The Palomar. We arrived quite hungry , after a busy day of sightseeing early -around 4 pm, and sadly dinner was not being served until 5 pm. The bartender suggested we come in for Happy Hour and nosh on a selection of their specially priced appetizers - a deal as they were only $4 and $6. I tried the chicken wings - they were delicious and were glazed with a special Hosein Sauce. My friend tried the spring rolls with Sweet and Sour Sriracha and they were decadent. I also tried a specially priced cocktail which was made with Ginger beer and vodka. I had never had anything like that and it was so unique...tasted like spicy ginger ale!

For dinner we shared/split 2 entrees. One was the Crispy Salmon, Cauliflower, Japanese Eggplant, Yu Choy, dish with a Red Curry Sauce. I was expecting something more flavorful in the sauce and it did not deliver. The salmon, although generous in portion and tender was lacking a crispy or even pan fried crust on the outside. It seemed limp and certainly not what the name of the dish implied. The sauce was creamy and had a hint of Red Curry; however, I would have liked something with more of a punch. The second entree we tried, the Chili Caramel Prawns with charred green beans and sweet corn was simply marvelous and was our top favorite. The plating was beautiful and was topped with very finely sliced flavorful onions. The dish also hinted of some fresh garlic.

The amibance at Red Pearl Kitchen was nice, dark inside with large lowly lit modern lighting and red and black decor on the tables and chairs throughout. This would be a nice place for a first date or casual romantic evening or even a place to go for Happy Hour. If we are in San Diego again, I would return and experience the Chili Caramel Prawns again.

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Thank lisaboots
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