Fortunate Son

4.8
82 Reviews
$30 and under
Chinese
“Among my chef friends and the epicurean elites, aka “foodies”, the conversation around great Chinese food was always centered around authenticity, with classic American Chinese takeout dishes not considered authentic. But, having grown up in the Chinese American restaurant my parents have worked at for the past 25 years, I’ve always seen it as a by-product of enormous creativity and ingenuity of Chinese Immigrants. They adapted to what was available to them in the early 20th century and created some of the most iconic dishes in the history of this country, I’m really proud of this cuisine,” says Chef Tony Guan who is helming the kitchen at Fortunate Son.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 82 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can’t believe I have been living in San Diego for over 5 years and have never tried this place before now. It is so good, affordably priced, and the service is impeccable! Can’t recommend this place enough! 10/10

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WorthAVisit
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibe, decor, drinks, and food. Order everything and get ready to share.

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vipChristinaM
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Large, family style portions at very reasonable prices. Service was a bit slow. I would have really liked to sit inside. The patio was underwhelming with a lot of street noise.

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JaclynH
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance and the food! Such a cool spot

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BrittnieD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy I was able to finally come here! Not only is the ambience amazing but the food is delicious and reasonably priced! Definitely will be visiting again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was so friendly and welcoming. The restaurant is so beautiful and the food is delicious!!

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ArleneG
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Dinner with my kids

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StephanieI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A hidden gem! The food is absolutely amazing and the decor is pretty cool.

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RachelG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything! Food was great, atmosphere was great! They also gave me an ice cream since it was my bday :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and great food!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fortunate Son was recommended to me from a Twitter friend in the San Diego area. I told her we would try on our trip down from the Bay Area.

I don’t even know where to start. We tried Crab Fried Rice, General Tso Chicken, Salt + Pepper Shrimp and the Green Beans. Everything was AMAZING from the food, service ( Alicia ) & the specialty cocktails from Polite Provisions next door.

We will be back!

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Eatingout
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well, making reservations only led to a 4:30 seating. OK, we could live with that but when we arrived their "table of choice" was literally up against the podium where the "greeter" was standing. We asked for another and was told "that's it" yet "4tops" were available further away and there were two 4tops occupied by only two people each. We then asked well, we will sit inside then (as it was vacant, remember it's 4:30) and we were abruptly told "you asked for outside" "and this is it" "you can't have inside" "you reserved outside".
We left and never to return.

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DeniseL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such a great time! Music was good, decor is fab, food was amazing, and the drinks from next door are always top notch. Definitely coming back soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and drinks! Short wait for the food also! The best music ever 🤟🏼

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vipCelinaP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the Kung-Pao chicken wings, honey walnut shrimp, pork spare ribs, and the green beans; and everything was delicious. Great service, and lovely ambiance. I can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved all of it!

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Laura
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fortunate Son exceeded my expectations. Everything we ate was 10/10 and our server was so friendly and helpful. I would recommend Fortunate Son to everyone! Highly recommend the green beans, cauliflower, and crab rangoon (and have fun exploring the entrees)!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, and we loved the cauliflower!

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MichelleD
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

One of my favorite Chinese food places to dine as well as take out. Love the Kung Pao chicken, General Tso cauliflower, Dan Dan noodles, and fried rice. The drinks are from Polite Provisions and never disappoint.

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vipMnMdiners
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Four of us "older ladies" started off next door at the sister spot, Polite Provisions to celebrate my friend's 70+ birthday with some cocktails. When it was time for our reservation the wonderfully attentive waiter happily guided us (and carried a drink or two) through the back connecting entrance into the restaurant. We had a lovely table by the fireplace. We tried a variety of menu items and enjoyed them all (dumplings, crab wontons, dan dan noodles, a chicken dish, the cauliflower--super yummy and the beef with shishito peppers. (leftovers for all at the end). One member found the dishes all a bit spicy but was happy with the steamed rice to cool it all down. Great service, wonderful food and if there was a complaint in our group it might have been the music was too loud. However, that complaint was not voiced from us as we know if the music is too loud, you are too old!

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PeriPlaneta
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

When it comes to the San Diego dining scene, Consortium restaurants can be equated to fast-fashion retailers. While superficially trendy and attractive, the goods and services they sell are not intended to be high quality. Fortunate Son is no exception. Right off the bat, we noticed that the host, while dapper in his shiny, multi-colored, dragon-print coat, was surly. The service was decent, except our server changed in the middle of our meal. It was pretty obvious that one left without letting someone else know what we ordered, or letting us know that we were going to be taken care of by someone different for the remainder of our meal. Both servers we had were polite and accommodating, but something was definitely amiss.

As far as the food, my favorite dish we ordered were the pork rolls. Nothing to complain about there. Crispy, tasty, juicy, good deal.

Other than that, everything else we ordered missed the mark.
The orange chicken was under salted, but the sauce was good.
Beef and shishito peppers... again, the sauce was good, but the beef was tough and chewy.
The Dan Dan noodles were well seasoned and tasty, but the noodles were over cooked.
The honey walnut shrimp was extremely oily and had no redeeming characteristics. They smothered it in what we assumed is a honey aioli which coated the tongue unpleasantly.

I was hungry, so I cleaned those plates, and paid for (almost) all of them (the server was gracious enough to take the shrimp off our bill since we barely touched it). But I can’t help but notice how the level of detail afforded to the decorations of the place was not present in the preparation of the food, nor the quality of service.
Whatever, that’s Consortium. It’s cute.

At least they gave out fortune cookies!

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Cristina
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best experience I’ve had in a while. Everything was perfect! From the moment I made the reservation to the moment my family and I walked out.

The food was remarkably delicious! My brother was visiting from out of state, and I’m glad we came here because he was impressed. I’ll be bringing my mom too.

I’d give it ten stars if I could.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Tastefully designed and tasty Chinese American food! Classic New York style.

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LadyO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe, decor, details were everything! From the traditional take out boxes to the matches and fortune cookie 🥠 and staff uniform. Perfection!

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ChristineC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fortunate Son is an adorable place to eat and have drinks. The decor is absolutely cute. Chinese lanterns and flowers hanging from the ceiling and a fireplace that was a dragon I went with my daughter for dinner. I totally recommend the cauliflower if you like a little spice. Everything was delicious. Highly recommend this restaurant. All around awesome service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Affordable and authentic, also beautifully designed. Allow some time for parking.

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Mere
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Super cute and festive ambience. Food was good, nothing amazing. The service started out great, and then declined a bit as it got busier.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Chinese food ever!!!!!!! Very nice place, super cute, the drinks, food & service was excellent! Will be back very soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Great service

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WendyE
London
4 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely meal, quick and efficient service. Fun decor and reasonable prices. Definitely will return!

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RoseN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall a good experience. It being on Adams means parking will be an issue so arrive early to find a spot.

We had general Tso, beef with shisito peppers, crab Rangoon’s and more. The rangoons use actual crab so it can be a bit oceany for some although we enjoyed them. The general tso chicken was our favorite. Overall drinks and meal were very enjoyable.

Our only laments were the rice was a bit dry and hard like the cover had been left off for too long or maybe slightly undercooked. Also most of the tables are pedestal tables on a cobble floor so if you lean on the table wrong it can tip and tilt.

Service was good. Most of our food was on the table within 35 minutes of sitting down.

I would go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! The service and food was outstanding! It was my first time in an my date and I sat inside. The ambiance and decor was amazing and you couldn’t ask for better service. A+! I will definitely be coming back. My dishes included the crab wontons, general Tso chicken, Szechuan green beans, and orange chicken all the dishes were so good!

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JeanRamirez
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner .

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will be very pleased. Everything was so good!! We will definitely be back.

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Kylie
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are IN LOVE with Fortunate Son. We sat outside the first time before the indoor was open and the ambiance was still great... But the inside is really fabulous. The ceiling is a creation of laterns, blossoms, and magic. Sit near the dragonouth fireplace for extra coziness.
Now for the food! So good. The egg drop soup and Beef w/ shishito peppers are a must (this beef is seriously SO TENDER). My husband likes the Dan-Dan noodles and General Tso Chix too. Can't go wrong... The food is priced really well. The drinks will be the most expensive part of the bill but they're delish (from polite provisions nextdoor).
We've taken friends to this place already also and they raved about it.

Go tonight for a date!!!!

JD
vipJeanD
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just what we needed! Our hosts were simply lovely.

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vipRoxanneP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to try the Asian food and cocktails. Their cocktails were amazing, the service was great and the food was good. I loved the music they play at the restaurant as it gave a great mood vibe. We will definitely come back here. Consortium restaurants never disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great!

JK
JeniferK
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We came here to celebrate our anniversary. And hands down what a fun time we had! Great choice.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Fortunate Son using the Order Online button. Fortunate Son also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 391-3766.

Fortunate Son is rated 4.8 stars by 82 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.