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828 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6108
+1 619-338-0008
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good26%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
$$ - $$$
828 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6108
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

This is the real deal. Soltani was perfectly cooked and the maust a khiyar was the best I’ve had. Come here for great authentic Persian food!

Thank Layla M
Reviewed 4 November 2017

Great food, great service entertaining area whet else we could ask! Then, they informed that today special is cheaper beers...that is it. We had good time and accompanied with delicious food. Hostess was very nice and friendly.

Thank FreeJohnny
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

I am not normally one to leave reviews but the chicken kabob dish is amazing at Sadaf. Wholehearted, simple ingredients that complement each other exceptionally well. Will definitely be returning soon!

Thank Jesse S
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is a hidden gem, the food is cooked and has delicious flavor in each bite. I ordered the "Beef Soltani" and my date ordered the "Salmon Kabob" and the portions are massive that left us both full with leftovers to take home. I am...More

Thank Preston D
Reviewed 6 October 2017

The fillet and lamb kabobs were literally melt in your mouth delicious. The Dolmeh was very yummy also. Preston was an amazing host and had great conversation about San Diego. And life. LOVED my experience here and highly recommend this delightful place. I was very...More

Thank Jeanne D
Reviewed 18 September 2017

My wife and I enjoy sampling International cuisine. So last night we decided (for the first time) to try some Persian food from Sadaf in Downtown San Diego... It is simply amazing! The variety and quality of food were superb. We had Dolmeh, lamb and...More

Thank James B
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We went there to celebrate a birthday before an evening show at the San Diego Rep. Having been in the GasLamp later on a summer evening when it is crowded, noisy and hard to find a seat, coming early for dinner was a real pleasure....More

Thank Lyn K
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

Hummus: very good, not too oily, nice texture. I had lamb and grilled vegetables, it was good and very reasonable for the price. I couldn't even finish and trust me, I have tried. Very nice place, in the end of the touristic area, it was...More

Thank Dom_Bourgeon
Reviewed 2 August 2017

I keep returning to this restaurant every time I visit San Diego. It is on a fun street in Gas Lamp District in a central location. Very diverse and large selection of authentic dishes on the menu. Extremely friendly staff and owners. Outdoor seating is...More

Thank Jason A
Reviewed 21 June 2017

no manner, rude ,bad service,all the bad things you can think of, so go there and have a bad exp.by the way watch your bill really good because there is no refund after you pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank mk051963
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Questions & Answers
2 January 2017|
Response from Jason A | Reviewed this property |
I believe there is a lunch menu. I usually ate lunch there and it was a very lengthy menu with lots of delicious items to choose from.
Vera H
28 June 2016|
Response from Vera H |
My clients are looking for a middle eastern restaurant with halal meat, preferably downtown area. What is the address of the Sadaf restaurant, please.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 828 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6108
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-338-0008
Offering the finest Royal Persian cuisine.
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