Peri Peri

Peri Peri

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.periperisd.com/
  • Phone: 8585382282x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, South African
  • Executive Chef: Kenny Raponi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Camino Del Sur
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Restaurant is located in a mall with adequate parking for everyone.
A word from Peri Peri
Experience the spices and flavors of Southern Africa with it's rich heritage of Indonesian, Indian, Malaysian, and Dutch influences. Sometimes spicy, sometimes not. Always flavorful and aromatic. Please join us for a dining experience unlike any other in San Diego.
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Peri Peri reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.7
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (18)kid-friendly (16)good for groups (13)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (10)special occasion (3)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)hot spot (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • South African?
    Rodakesq
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Yes! Less weird than Australian somehow. It was 1:30 on a Tuesday afternoon and pretty quiet. Their curry was fantastic, so was the arugula salad. They also had burgers, which were huge. A great place to stop and visit over a white wine spritzer, too. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Raw chicken, not once but twice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were looking forward to dinner at Peri Peri. One of the dishes we ordered was the signature dish, flame grilled Peri Peri chicken. The chicken came out and we split it up into pieces. Upon closer inspection, I noticed some redness around the bone and definitely found some undercooked chicken. When we alerted the staff, they made a quick apology and took away the dish. About 15 mins later, the dish returned this time the outside was very crispy and so we were all thinking that it was overdone but at least it was cooked. I cut into the thigh piece and there was blood coming out of the meat. The chef was apologetic but said he was having issues with the chicken that evening, that it had arrived frozen... so we weren't the only ones
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  • Great find
    Coolrad
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was delicious. Great service. Prices are very reasonable. A location like del mar highlands is more fitting.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not going to make it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Bad service. Limited menu. Bad preparation. Grouchy host. What else can I say?
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  • A taste of African fine dining
    we8there
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I've travelled a lot...and when I first walked in the door at Peri Peri, I knew that I would be pleased with their whole presentation. Their staff is well trained and very responsive. Their menu is nicely designed with just enough breadth and depth to showcase their special talents. The atmosphere and decor took me immediately back to Africa while completely avoiding any hint of tacky or forced. We enjoyed food from across their entire menu and were delighted with all. There was great attention to color, texture, balance and flavor without having to go over the top. It almost made me feel like an expat in Africa again....a VERY good feeling!
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than expected
    ScottEVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    You wouldn't know it by the location - in a strip mall, at a spot where many mediocre restaurants have come and gone in the past - but Peri Peri has interesting food and wine at reasonable prices. We've been there twice now, and each time the host is exceptionally jovial, and finds us a good seat. The dishes are unusual when compared to the typical strip mall fare, largely South African influenced; a nice change from Mexican and Italian. We had a salad which was decent (not outstanding), and shared an entree making use of the Peri Peri chile. Yum! Service was good, the food was good, and my shiraz was tasty. I'm sure we'll go back.
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • Very nice restaurant good value
    PeriPeri
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Great ambience, great food, and reasonable prices for what you get. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Peri peri
    Abzmom
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I went with a group, I had never had South African food before. The lamb burger was very good. We had 2 children who had Mac & cheese, but that looked good too. The service was friendly and efficient.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    mcgeefoodie
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The restaurant was beautiful in decor. It was not a large place, but seated a fair number of people comfortably. The service seemed very slow based on the number of people in the restaurant; it took an hour to get our food after being seated. The food was great, even for the kids. My husband and I would love to return for a date night if we were from this area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Foodie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We came late, after they had a very busy night, so they were all out of our favorite dish, the shrimp bisque. too bad. We enjoyed the Natal curry and the Chicken Saag curry. When you order don't anticipate that at the recipes will be like what you know of Indian or other food. The Saag was not a spinach sauce, it was a very light concoction with bits of spinach in it. I recommend to get it with chicken, it was tender and flavorful. Service was great, as usual. Its a nice relaxing place.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • 11th Anniversary
    mountainheifer
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Been here before. Knew the food would be delicious. Also, knew that there would be a wait before our waitress would come to see us. If you want prompt service, it will not happen here. That being said, this a very good restuarant. I would recommend that you come and experience the peri peri sauce. If that is too Spicy for you, there many other tasty dishes to choose from. We have been here before. We will be back:)
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Noodles
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We visited Peri Peri to experience South African food. We were not disappointed. Spare rib appetizer was delicious for a start. Carrot Ginger soup and the grilled Caesar Salad were. A Curry and a sausage/chicken skewered sampler for entrees was still better! All of course with the special Peri Peri sauce to spice things up - not too much - just right! Homemade pistachio ice cream for dessert. A couple of glasses of South African Pinot Grigio went well with all. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South African Fare
    ksc927
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Found this on a Groupon -- will be back. We are going to South Africa in the fall and wanted to try the food before going. It was excellent and the staff was so very helpful in choosing entrees. Even the owner came over and gave us tips on our upcoming trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thrillist worthy
    SaucyFausy
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We found this recommendation from thrillist, and were not disappointed. It was a little out of the way for us but the food was definitely worth it. The staff were friendly and really knowlegeable regarding the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Maybe Sundays are bad?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I wanted to like this place. They were out of 5 things from the menu including the house specialty and namesake- Peri Peri chicken. This was very disappointing.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Bokke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    Great place for South Africans to enjoy food from back home
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new restaurant
    serviceisimportant
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We were well taken care of by our server and the manager/owner. The food was really tasty and new to us. The pricing was very reasonable too. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • pass on this one
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Slow service, food was average for the price.the worse lamb shank ever
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  • Nice new resturant
    4jamiejam
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Staff were great and having never tried this cuisine, it was fun! Will have to try more dishes. I enjoyed my husbands ribs more than the shrimp I had. Was good, but not wowing. Will be back to try more options of a new cusine.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food, interesting selection. Appetizers and salads outweighed the entrees. Would return for lunch and a light bite of appetizers and a salad with a glass of wine. Still can't decide if this restaurant will remain open for to long. While it was pleasant, definitely not a show stopper.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A minor hiccup..
    dragonlady
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I made a reservation thru Open Table. When we got there, table wasn't quite ready. The hostess didn't seem to be wake up yet. My reservation was for 5 people, they grabbed a chair and put it at the end of the table, then placed 5 settings down. That's the only complain I have.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Looking forward to something new, but disappointed. Salad and dessert were quite good, but entree only just OK.
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  • Good food. Friendly servers
    bananasplit5
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    A very open dining area with windows for walls. Nice patio seating. It would be a wonderful spot to enjoy some tasty food on a normal wonderful San Diego day. I really enjoyed the Natal curry, lamb burger, and the shrimp bisque. Amazing savory and creamy flavors on the shrimp bisque. Lamb burger was tasty but there was a bit of gristle. The Natal curry was very tasty and I would recommend putting the chutney and a little spice in it because the curry is savory, the chutney adds a nice sweetness, and the kick from the diced pepper finishes off the dish nicely. The host and server were very friendly, attentive, and helpful. I will definitely be back again!
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    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Total gourmet
    TotalGourmet
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Food was good and price was fair. A little loud. Happy hour is good deals of food and wine. But when we ordered wine it is very small amount. Most places you get 4.5 to 5 glasses per bottle they must be getting 8 or more glasses out of the same size bottle. So come on let loose of the wine poure a real glass and we will be back
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • food was not tasty
    wonanVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    service was good but the food was not tasty. I ordered the sausage per our waitor's suggestions but it had no taste and the consistency was weird.
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  • Food was good, service was poor
    JayJay
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We were a party of 13. it tool 2 and half hours. Party members who order the all you can eat curry, waited 25-30 minutes between each serving. One party member's steak did not arrive until the rest of the party had completed their meal (less the curry folks who were still waiting on the second dish)
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  • 1st Try Not So Goody-Goody
    SantaluzFoodie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Went for our first visit last week & started with the servers suggested Seafood Corn Husks which had a nice corn flavor but the shrimp were cooked to the point that they were hard. As a suggested appetizer this didn't get the evening off to a great start. Since it was our first time we ordered the Chicken Peri-Peri. Listed on the menu as "Tender, half spring chicken, marinated and flame-roasted. Mild heat" it was good - not great. I expected a moist roasted chicken & it was too dry for my taste but full of flavor. Served on a small bed of Basmati rice with a tasty mix cardamom & cumin & a side of fries. The Peri-Peri sauce was a delicious mix of flavors! If this was a $8 plate lunch I'd be happy, but at the $15 price it was a let down.
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  • Good Neighborhood Find!
    WannaBFoodiE
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Excited to try this place & happy to see it was busy! (The space has turned over a few times in not a long time frame.) The prawn appetizer was our favorite, overall. Very simple but incredibly tasty. My other favorites were the spinach & arugula salad and the beef kabob. Other dishes (Peri Peri chicken, homemade sausage) were tasty, but will try something different next time. Good kids' menu, too!
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    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    Lizardbelly
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    We are visiting from Arizona and my parents suggested Applebee's or Chili's. We have a rule: while traveling, no eating at a place we could find at home and never eat at a chain unless we have no other choice. Peri Peri was an interesting find given its focus on South African food. We all tried something different: lamb burger, Natal beef curry and the steak and kabob combo. All were wonderful and featured flavors that were new to us. Even the children's meals were amazing and easily constituted a suitable adult meal. The Service was very friendly and impeccable. As we left, I was envious of the people who lived across the street.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Might give it another try
    Debmona
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    My husband and I went with another couple to Peri Peri. The owner and waitress were very friendly. The food took quite awhile to arrive and when it did my husband's Peri Peri chicken was very under-cooked and very pink. He sent it back and the rest of us proceeded with our food. Two of us had lamb burgers and the other had a Caesar's salad with prawns. The lamb burger was tasty although I was unimpressed with the portion size for the price. It took an interminable amount of time for the new chicken to arrive. When it did it was reasonably tasty but could have been chicken from any restaurant-no hint of the peri peri tang. We were surprised that the dish wasn't comped or that we weren't offered something for the inconvenience.
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  • Excellent Meal can't wait to return
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Four of us each ate different meals and each one was more delicious than the next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food. Service can be improved
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were seated at the table and shown the wine list. The waitress recommended a wine which they were out of stock (We were specifically looking for South African wines to pair with the meal). I asked for a South African Merlot and the waitress returned with a Sonoma County wine. This was thoroughly disappointing as we came to experience South African cuisine and delights. Fish and shrimp portions were small (no one recommended we could double up on the portions). The Peri -Peri chicken was bland ......totally disappointing. The lamb shank, lamb burger and Saag curry are a must have.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Confusd in PQ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    I wish Peri-Peri the best as they're a local neighborhood restaurant, but each time we've been there some menu items were not available. Even the special email advertised "special" dish wasn't available, which is what we went for... Odd... Not sure if we'll be back soon... They really need to get it together, as I'd hate to see them go out of business.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Menu
    BlackhorseVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    I grew up in South Africa so I was impressed to find a menu with genuine South African food. The prawns were fresh and tasty. The curry, however, was on the dry side but the owner quickly compted the item when we mentioned it. Good place. I will definitely go back.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 23 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.2
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 10 reviews are from the Peri Peri reviews archive.
  • Good but ...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Nice food but portion is kind of small even for ladies.
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    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great flavor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    What a find! Great, flavorful food and friendly service.
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    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Wonderful South AFrican food
    Fred
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    We treasured the South African flavours of Peri-Peri. The food was excellent and we will be back many times to try out more. We found our favourite South African wines on the menu as well. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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  • Taste of South Africa
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Very nice end to a Sunday afternoon, trying the new Peri Peri in Torrey Highlands. Really liked the curry beef dish and the shrimp bisque. Full flavors, nicely prepared and presented. Will go back for chicken peri peri and Boerewors. Our server was great. Always attentive and good humored. But never in the way. The restaurant also has a bar. Try it!
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    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Fantastic!
    jlauVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Food was phenomenal and friendly service. Appreciation of something different. Enjoyed everything we had. The Seafood Corn Husk was so good! Peri Peri Chicken was great (minus the soggy fries). Watch out for the sauce, the heat comes on late and is a surprise! A fantastic addition to the neighborhood!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    LindseyVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    A great restaurant! The food was delicious, the service was fantastic, and the price is incredible for the quality. I've been to South Africa a few times and the food at Peri Peri took me right back...curry, boerwoers, and Pinotage!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate