4455 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115
Pho Saigon Seafood Restaurant
Parking: Lot, Free
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Cuisines: Vietnamese, Asian, Family Style, Chinese
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Below Average
I started going there in 99'. I've the change of ownership passed to current owner Victor to countless waiters I've that have come and gone. Many of them I've befriended. Anyhow, I used to go at least three times a week to order my #25 ALWAYS. Wife would get Mongolian beef which still by far the best. HOWEVER, the quality and quantity has dropped significantly. The service has gotten even worse and with those combination of those three factors I stopped going to this place 8 months ago. Sorry Victor...My family and I wish u the best.
Word to the wise, if you liked their special chili oil sauce that sits on the tables, make sure there are no dead flies in there. Its difficult to see them until its too late. It happened to me 5 times on seperate occasions and at different tables. Fortunately by the time I scooped the chili oil sauce into my bowl, the dead fly would already have floated to the surface. BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS.
I like to call myself a "Pho Connoisseur" and this place used to be one of my favorite places to come back to after being out the country. Now I can't even drive by this place without feeling nauseous but at the same time pitty for such a wonderful family restaunt to now becoming a sespool of filth. Rude and forgetful waitors also are bring down a nice little touch that Victor added to the menu.
07/20/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I guess I should have figured the food would be bad by the scent of old dead fish, but hey I am generally an optimist and I was starving. I eat vietnamese food about once a week, so I know how it is supposed to taste. When I am leery about a place I will generally order a rare steak pho or a beef with rice plate. (It is very difficult to ruin this).
I first ordered the egg rolls. They tasted like rubber on the outside, and everything inside of them tasted old. By this point I was very very nervous, but I had already ordered my food. After getting my food, my worst fears were confirmed. Like the tank with many dead crab and lobster (I solved the case of the terrible dead fish scent), my meat tasted old. Like left on the counter for hours without refrigeration old. I brought this problem up with my waiter. . .you know the problem where my food tastes very bad. He said, ""Well some people don't like our food, but that is their preference. The food is fine."" IT WAS NOT FINE, IT WAS THE MOST TERRIBLE THING I HAVE EVER HAD THE DISPLEASURE OF EATING. When I told him that this food tasted bad, he told me I should have been careful with my order. He then tried to explain somethings to me but I had a very difficult time understanding his accent. . so I am not sure what he said.
I have been to fifteen different pho places (That I can think of), and I have never tasted food so gamey or bad. I asked to speak to his manager, and he said no that he had already talked to her.
If I could give negative stars for this place, I would. The service is bad, and the food is worse. I have placed a complaint with the county health inspector about their terribly old food. My advice, steer far away from this place. I would go to Pho Express up the street on fairmont. The have way better service, and way better food.
FAIR WARNING, if they mess up your order, they will not fix it, and they will expect you to pay for it.
01/02/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I go to Saigon occasionally whenever I'm in east SD, but will never go back again. I'm pretty aquainted with the MSG coma after eating here, but nothing compares to recycled vegetables. The veggies that came with my egg rolls smelled like fish sauce before I had a chance to dip. My girlfriend told the server, but he didn't seem to care nor replace it for us. I guess that's the trade-off for cheap prices.