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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.
San Diego, CA 92116
Persian, Fusion / Eclectic, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Madison and Adams
$30 and under
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 can be hard on weekends. We offer handicap and take out parking right next to the restaurant.
Beer, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
Soltan Banoo Ratings and Reviews
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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!
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