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About Soltan Banoo

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.

4645 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Persian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Madison and Adams

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 298-2801

Website:
http://www.soltanbanoo.com/

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.

Parking Details:
Parking can be hard on weekends. We offer handicap and take out parking right next to the restaurant.

Public Transit:
Bus #11

Executive Chef:
Mahin Mofazeli

Additional:
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine

Soltan Banoo Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.2

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4.1

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94% would recommend it to a friend

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Casual (6)
Cozy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Gluten Free Options (4)
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Healthy (4)
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Outstanding Value (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (2)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fun, Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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food5
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service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 6, 2017

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

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Outstanding Value, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2017

great food, cosy and friendly place, and friendly staff

Tags: Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service3
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2016

Always delicious!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2016

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

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2016

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

Tags: Outstanding Value, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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vip
 (Dallas)·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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vip
 (San Diego)·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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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2016

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

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·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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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·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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vip
 (San Diego)·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!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 21, 2016

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

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·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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vip
 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2016

Great food, sweet servers, very reasonable prices for outstanding food. I have loved everything so far, been there 5 times.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 13, 2016

We enjoyed almost everything about our outing to Soltan Banoo. The best was having a normal conversation over dinner because of the quiet atmosphere. No talking loudly or having to repeat comments because of noisy surroundings. Food was tasty and reasonably priced. Service was good. Beer and wine only. Parking was a problem as we were lucky to find a spot on an adjacent street.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 30, 2016

Soltan Banoo has never disappointed. I have been going there for at least three years. The service is always great and the staff is friendly. This is a family owned restaurant and is very deserving of your patronage.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 23, 2016

The food was not authentic Persian AT ALL! And the quality was only marginal. It wasn't tasty, the cut of meat wasn't a high grade, the rice was broken into bits and was dry (an absolute no no in Persian cuisine). It just generally made us sorry we came there. The server was good though.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 13, 2016

We went here for dinner. The ambiance is soothing, quiet and eclectic. Perfect for a relaxing and conversation-friendly dining experience. Highly recommend the tabouleh and baba ghanoush to start. The service is a little slow because they make everything from scratch and it is so worth the wait! All our entrees were great -- specifically recommend the "recommendation plate" for people like me who enjoy salad, rice and a delicious chicken kabob. The rice dishes were all tasty and we had no room for dessert. We will be back soon!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 16, 2016

Nothing to write home about. We ordered a wide variety of items from the menu, and everything was just ok. Hummus was straight out of Trader Joes it seemed. The entries were a bit over cooked. Prices were not commensurate with quality. I won't likely return, and would suggest heading to the gaslamp and enjoying Bandar.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 8, 2016

One of the owners served us a delicious dinner, it was like being a guest in her home, we lived the entire experience. Try the baba ganoush

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2012

It was our first time visiting Soltan Banoo, and we were very impressed with the service and food. All dishes were well-prepared and our needs were constantly being met. Portion sizes were appropriate for the dishes served, and we easily added appetizers and dessert without being too stuffed.

Can't wait to visit again!

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 23, 2012

This is a charming restaurant. They go overboard to give you the feeling that you are so welcome...the food is interesting. A must try is the Pomegranate Soup.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on March 24, 2012

There were some very unusual and tasty items on the menu. The food was really good. The place is pretty small and it's a little out of the way for visitors from out of town, but generally worth the effort. We found getting a cab back to the downtown district where our hotel was more challenging than would be ideal.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on March 4, 2012

This was our first introduction to Iranian cuisine. This was a unique dining experience that we really enjoyed. The bread pudding was fantastic and the service was really great. Our only complaint, that they ran out of their desserts on the menu. This is a local gem, that if in the area it is worth checking out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on February 4, 2012

We love Middle Eastern food so decided to try out Soltan Banoo after checking out the reviews. I particularly liked the fact that it was owned and operated by 3 Iranian women (girl power!). The atmosphere was homemade and homey/eclectic, the service was wonderful and very friendly. Our waitperson (I'm guessing one of the owners) helped us choose our dishes, two of them were the weekend specials: the Ghalieh Mahi, squares of wild salmon filet in a cilantro tamarind sauce; and the Koufteh-Berenji, 2 large "meatballs" with walnuts in the center and floating in a liquid sauce. I had the Albaloo Polo, a rice dish with pistachios, sour cherries, and saffron on top of a delicious lamb shank (the meat literally fell off the bone). We went wild and

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Soltan Banoo is awesome. Lots of choices for vegetarians, amazing cuisine and friendly, accommodating service!
One of my very favorite spots!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 16, 2012

Soltan Banoo is a family-run restaurant that is truly one-of-a-kind. The food is excellent for both vegetarians and carnivores - truly a culinary adventure!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Great service, very flavorful food. Lots of vegetarian options (if you swing that way).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2011

Despite the good reviews I'd read, I found the entrees to be bland and the accompaniments did not compliment them. They need to work up some sauces or dips to bring cohesiveness to the food. The setting is unique, being an enclosed porch, but then again, it was pretty cold. I would not go back or recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2011

The ambiance was nice. Service was very slow - it took at least 15 minutes to get water. There were 5 of us and we ordered appetizers, soup and different dinners and none of us were were impressed. This was very unusual since we love different ethnic foods. It was a disappointing experience.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2011

It's always an intimate setting. The lamb dishes are wonderful. Lunch prices are excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2011

My husband and I shared a meal with two very good friends. One had been to your restaurant before so he was helpful with our choices. Everything was perfect! The waitress was a delight and certainly efficient. We brought a "huge" bottle of special wine we'd been saving and she cheerfully took care of the corkage and pouring. We will definitely be seeing you again!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2011

Good food and always nice to find good for that easily made vegetarian. This is a very nice neighborhood restaurant that is relaxed and easy to enjoy. I've eaten there several times and always enjoy the food.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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