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Pailin Thai Cafe

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16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
+1 858-674-4665
11:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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39 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Restaurant was in an odd little center, but is right off the freeway. The food was excellent and portions were generous. Service was exceptional. The restaurant was full of "regulars " who came in knowing exactly what they wanted to order, attesting to the popularity of their food and service.

Thank lindalD3988JV
Ramona, California
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98 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

My wife eats here almost every week, and sometimes she lets me tag along. Bottom line, it may be the best Thai food I've had, and I have eaten a lot! The staff is very friendly, and the atmosphere is perfect. I brought my kids here one time, and now they constantly ask to come back, even though it is... More 

Thank MarkUSNA1998
San Diego, California
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69 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

The lunch specials cannot be beat for the price and taste. So simple to order, pick a meat, pick a dish you would like it added too, and select a spiciness from 1-10. I normally order between a 3 and a 4.

Thank JJSpersrud
San Diego, California
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664 reviews
373 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 June 2016

Pailin changed name and ownership but its essentially the same restaurant. I had a good pad thai for lunch and it came as a set with soup, egg rolls and some salad. I had the Thai coffee which was good. Spicy level 7 was about right.

Thank gzau
Rancho Bernardo, California
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166 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016

We like the lovely decor at this Thai place, clean and bright. Service was good. The Hawaiian Fried Rice, Chicken Pad Thai and the Fried Halibut with a delightful basil sauce were very good. We asked for the sauce to be on the side just to be sure and wow! we love the flavor. For Hawaiian Fried Rice, We were... More 

Thank truthfultravel
Uppsala, Sweden
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2015 via mobile

Visited with family for Sunday dinner. Staff was as usual very nice and attentive but (as all other times I've been visiting) they make you believe you can order your dishes with different levels of spicyness (between 1 and 10). For one thing I personally want dishes to be served as the chef intended them to. Specifically that means I... More 

Thank Orc_L
Islamorada Fl
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56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2015

Ate here last year for lunch and the service and food was phenomenal.. but this year not so much. We had reservations, arrived for dinner, and was told (by the owner I think) that "your table is over there...not lead to the table and seated or anything. He seemed preoccupied with everything other than taking care of the customers. Certainly... More 

1 Thank StevenZ007
San Diego, California
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147 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2015

Haven't been here since the name change from Spices to Pailin but nothing has really changed. The menu is identical to what it was previously. The lunch specials are good value and tasty, this last visit one of our party ordered something from the menu that must have taken longer to prepare as it arrived 10 minutes after all the... More 

Thank DBinCA
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

We've been to this restaurant a number of times when it was known as Spices. We went again this Sunday, and it is now called Pailin. We were amused when we read their ad that stated "Same owner, same menu, same hours, better service"! So why change the name? Anyway, having traveled in Thailand, and dined in a fair number... More 

2 Thank John S
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235 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2014

This was formerly Spices Thai Cafe, in fact even though the sign on the building has changed to reflect Pailin Thai, the paper placemats still show Spices Thai. We used to love going here when it was Spices, but the place has gone downhill. There is dirt everywhere you look, starting with the restroom door around the handle. Dirt in... More 

1 Thank KTBlount

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$15
Asian, Thai
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16441 Bernardo Center Dr, San Diego, CA 92128-2523
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-674-4665
We prepare traditional Thai food every day. Only the best ingredients are used and your meal is made fresh after you order. We also have a range of vegetarian options. Our goal at the restaurant is to provide you with the best Asian food you have ever had! Our Thai restaurant will give you the feeling of a tradition. Come visit and enjoy our delectable entrees. We look forward to serving you the finest taste of Thai cuisine!

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