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Soltan Banoo

4.3
48 reviews
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$30 and under
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Persian
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic

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About

Before Soltan Banoo opened its doors, Mahin and her two daughters Roxanne and Sanam ran Cafe Caspian across the street. Cafe Caspian, a tiny two room tearoom came about through the encouragement of the community for Mahin to express her creativity and cooking.

So it went that in 2003, the trio moved operations across the street and named the restaurant after Mahin's grandmother, Soltan Banoo (King Lady). Today the three ladies work hard to create a warm place for all to gather, see a little of Iran (or Persia as it was at the time of Soltan Banoo) in University Heights and try Mahin's healthy, creative and eclectic homecooking.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Persian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 298-2801
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mahin Mofazeli
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Catering
Our catering options are listed on the website. If the packets don't meet your needs, email us with your budget, time and number of guest and we'll design a specific one for you.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Madison and Adams
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Parking details
Parking can be hard on weekends. We offer handicap and take out parking right next to the restaurant.
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Public transit
Bus #11
Additional
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
What 48 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.3  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.2
service
4.1
ambience
4.4
value
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2017

Consistently great food and service! Reasonable prices for wonderfully prepared Persian food!!!

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RAYNBOW (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2017

Excellent food, decor, and service; reasonably quick and moderately priced; casual and comfortable.

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Rupert (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 2017

great food, cosy and friendly place, and friendly staff

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 2016

Always delicious!

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vipMrFriendly (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 14, 2016

Great Persion Food, Reasonable Prices. Good Value and a Good Time was Had!

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on October 1, 2016

We spent a tasty evening at Soltan Banoo before a play at the nearby Diversionary. The Persian food was delicious, the wait-staff was friendly, and the service was good. Thumbs up.

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vipOmniguy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2016

Food, service, atmosphere was great! We had a group of 6. We ordered 3 apps to start, hummus, dolmas and tabule. Most ordered the wild salmon plate (Friday, Saturday and Sunday special) for the entree and the curry. The food was delicious! This is great local restaurant with authentic Persian cuisine. Yum!

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vipPLRyan (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 22, 2016

This is just an over all wonderful restaurant. The food is always delicious.

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vipPlatelicker (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on August 26, 2016

We are Persian and were so charmed by Soltan Banoo. Authentic setting like back home. The dishes were delightful- and each with a creative twist by the mother and daughters. Don't miss the Persian hot tea , babeh tabeh Iranian

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vipPLRyan (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 12, 2016

This is a great restaurant and we have a wonderful time. The food was delicious and we had great service.

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vipOmniguy (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

If you enjoy Persian cuisine this is your place. The wild salmon is a good choice. The wraps are delicious. Service is great! Nice neighborhood gem.

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vipsmeredith (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 8, 2016

Great authentic Persian food. We had a great time visiting with each other and our server was very attentive, when need be. Will return again soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 28, 2016

superb and pleasant dinner. Lovely server (Sanam) ... very fun, pleasant and professional.
Great Dinner ...
HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on June 9, 2016

Soltan was a nice evening out. Decent priced, tasty food. Good for getting out of the house with no strings attached.

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vipDavidB (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 6, 2016

This is the perfect place for any occasion and any mix of culinary tastes. It's just as easy to eat vegetarian or gluten free, as it is to get meat or fish. And everything is excellent - ingredients, presentation, service.

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vippup1 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 26, 2016

Food was good and the service was good and friendly. Ambiance was great as we got there at 5:15 and few other customers had arrived at that time. Will return to this place!

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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined on May 22, 2016

The food was superb, the wait staff helpful, and it was a terrific bargain. Definitely will go back again next time we are in the area.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2016

The lamb stew was delicious and so was the rose and pistachio ice cream.

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rox59 (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

It's always a wonderful evening at this neighborhood gem. The food is lovely, the staff amazing. A perfect way to end the work week.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2016

Their food is very accessible with deep fresh flavors. I had a chicken kabob that was was so juicy. The dipping sauce was a great topper.

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