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Peri Peri

3.7
3.7
67 Reviews
$30 and under
Southern African

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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3.7
3.7 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.6Ambience

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85% of people would recommend it to a friend

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  1. L

    Lovelifelovefood

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    We went for Friday dinner. Around 7, it was pretty crowded and everybody was mature and genuinely enjoying the food there. Great South African wine list and staff are also professional. Good was good portion and good quality. Will go again!

  2. HE

    HealthyEater

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    South Affrican Cuisine with its blend of traditional steaks and seafood and Indian inspired seasoning provided for a delightful dinner, accompanied by a nice selection of South American and international wines. Friendly and attentive service, nice ambiente.

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    foodiecutie5

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great, food was excellent, the prices reasonable and ambiance was very good. Not high end. The Peri Peri selections were excellent with the sides of rice and vegetables (you must ask for vegetables or you will get rice and fries!). The two desserts we tried were out of this world! The carrot cake is different from what you get from a bakery. It does not have nuts or frosting but is delicious with lots of spice. The pudding cake (can't remember what it was called) was a very moist cake with some coconut-probably enough for two but I ate it all! I'm not really a dessert person but these two were not overly sweet, which I love. I also ate the entire Half Chicken Peri Peri! I'm going back! Try it!

  4. J

    Judy

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Peri Peri was a great surprise. There were four of us & we all got different entrees. They were all excellent. The food was so good that we all got dessert, too! All of those were really good - especially the honey cake. Even better yet - there was a wonderful acoustical guitarist playing.

  5. LM

    LisaM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience2

    They were out of a lot of items. The mashed potatoes I had were cold and lumpy. My husbands meal was dry and not very good. Not worth what we paid. Would not recommend the restaurant.

  6. R

    Rich

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    As has been the case very time before, a great meail, excellent service. Perfect

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    This is a new restaurant with a South African theme. I would especially recommend the curry! A bit higher in price for something small and in a strip mall but I would go again.

  8. SA

    SouthAfrican

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Peri Peri offers a delicious selection of South African cuisine. I recommend the Peri Peri prawns, Peri Peri chicken, lamb shank, curries and sosaties (kebabs). The waitresses are very attentive and the ambiance pleasant.

  9. l

    luvfish

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2014

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Had the prawns w/ veggies over basmati rice. The veggies were great, the dish tasty BUT the prawns and rice were not hot or even warm, like they had been sitting out waiting for the veggies which were hot and tasty. Needed to be warmed up. Wine was good. Husband had portuguese steak with fries and his was dish was hot.

  10. g

    gastronomechinonais

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Had two prawn dishes during restaurant week - a nice bisque and a grilled platter. Very well prepared and tasty. They suggested I (sparingly) use their hot sauce - it was wonderful. All dishes come with crispy rice and fries which is reportedly a South African tradition. I ate it all but could have done without the fries.

  11. BC

    BaronessCore

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    The hot dishes are very good - portobello mushroom appetizer, short rib appetizer, natal curry, lamb shank, prawns or chicken peri-peri. Very intrigued by the Hot Rock Filet Mignon; might have to try that next time. Salads are disappointing - the grilled caesar was weird and the spinach/arugula salad was just off proportion wise. Needed more pear and goat cheese, a little less dressing to balance the abundance of greens. Would have also preferred more arugula to the spinach.

  12. D

    David

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2014

    overall1food4service1ambience4

    We had 5 kids and you would think the service would be quicker but it took over an hour for our food to arrive. Not sure what the problem is but this is the 2nd time this has happen and its going to be the last, we're not going back, which is a shame its a nice place

  13. SO

    SOrion

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2014

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    My friend and I came here for SDRW. I ordered the pre fixe menu and she stuck with the regular menu. I ordered the shrimp and avocado app, the lamb shank and the sponge cake dessert. The app was fine, not amazing; the lamb was under seasoned and the couscous was way overcooked; the sponge cake tasted good and I liked the texture but it finished off a very underwhelming meal. I thought my friend's curry was better so I may decide to come back. Unfortunately I was not impressed for my first visit.

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    mycroxyx

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2014

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    What Peri Peri does serve is very good. What they do not have on any plate is vegetables or fruit. This a Protein and Carb heavy serving. Fries with your rice is standard. No vegetable on the menu. While they do have Sagg which is awesome the small amount of spinich is not a serving of vegetables.

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    Diane

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2014

    overall2food1service2ambience3

    The food and the service were not very good. Would not recommend this restaurant.

  16. FL

    FoodLover

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I've eaten at Peri Peri about five times now, and have never been disappointed. Those of us in the area truly want this restaurant to survive, so I'm always happy when I go to see the tables filled! The food is always fresh and delicious.

  17. f

    foodie4fun

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2014

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    My friend and I have been talking about trying South African fare for a while now because we live near a place that we drive by often, but we just never got around to it. That's why I was very excited when I discovered a South African restaurant on the Restaurant Week list! The food is very flavorful and the place is very cute inside. I can't wait to go back and explore more of the menu!

  18. I

    Ieatfood

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My fortified and I went to Peri Peri for lunch during restaurant week. It was $15 for two courses. We were more than satisfied with the quality and amount of food.

  19. G

    Goodfood

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2014

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Me and my boyfriend went here for restaurant week. I like the decor of the restaurant. The beef curry and spinach curry could use more seasoning and spice. The lamb burger was good however.

  20. LH

    LeoH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    For a taste of South Africa this is a great place. We took the whole family and the kids enjoyed the food as well. We tried 4 appetizers, two main courses and three deserts. All very good. The server was very accommodating as well. Good parking. Kind of odd to get to,not hard, just rpound about. Use your GPS and it will be fine.

  21. C

    Carol

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everytime I go here I receive attentive service from knowledgeable staff. Last night I had the lamb burger, it was amazing!

  22. GT

    GoToMaui

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great neighborhood restaurant. It's refreshing to actually find something different out there. I look forward to my next visit!

  23. LG

    LydaG

    San Diego

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2014

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Very tasty & unique, especially if you like spicy foods.

  24. R

    Rodakesq

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2014

    overall3food4service4ambience3

    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.

  25. T

    Thien

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    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

  26. C

    Coolrad

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    The food was delicious. Great service. Prices are very reasonable. A location like del mar highlands is more fitting.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2014

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Bad service. Limited menu. Bad preparation. Grouchy host. What else can I say?

  28. w

    we8there

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  29. SE

    ScottE

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    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.

  30. PP

    PeriPeri

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2014

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Great ambience, great food, and reasonable prices for what you get. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to friends.

  31. A

    Abzmom

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    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.

  32. m

    mcgeefoodie

    Charlotte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    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.

  33. s

    specialoccasion

    San Diego

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2014

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    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.

  34. m

    mountainheifer

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    overall4food5service3ambience4

    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:)

  35. N

    Noodles

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2014

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    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!

  36. k

    ksc927

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  37. SF

    SaucyFausy

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    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.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    15 reviews

    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2014

    overall2food3service3ambience2

    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.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2014

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    Great place for South Africans to enjoy food from back home

  40. s

    serviceisimportant

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2014

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    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!

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Peri Peri is rated 3.7 stars by 67 OpenTable diners

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