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“Great find in San Diego!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vagabond Kitchen - CLOSED

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Vagabond Kitchen
Price range: USD 21 - USD 30
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Juniper Street
Palm Desert
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
“Great find in San Diego!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2009

We went to San Diego for a long weekend break and were fortunate to have friends who picked us up at our downtown hotel and took us to this great little restaurant. We arrived for a seven o'clock reservation and were placed at a table for 5 next to the window. Sure, the tables are all placed close together but the atmosphere is very special...where else can you go and see a quote from Lao Tzu on the wall? We started with drinks...I had a basil martini which was interesting but I probably wouldn't order it again. Everyone else had wine--they were happy. Before dinner we ordered calamari which was excellent...and clams with sausage...very good. The special for the evening was rack of lamb and 3 of us ordered this for our entree...My DH had the shrimp/scallop curry which he really enjoyed and another friend had a stir fry type dish. The lamb was excellent. I very much enjoyed the variety of the menu and the had a difficult time trying to decide. I am looking forward to returning and trying some of the other selections. The restaurant did fill up and was very crowded by the time we left...and certainly the noise level is rather loud, but we had no trouble talking and enjoying each other's company. The wait staff was very gracious and competent. We very much enjoyed this restaurant because it offers a unique and special atmosphere, tasty and inventive entrees, and great service. We will be back.

    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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36 reviews from our community

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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Doha, Qatar
Level Contributor
34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“One of my Favorite SD Restaurants”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2009

I have been here many times. Their lunches are awesome, extensive wine list, and their servers are really wonderful. I love their curry dishes, and the pomme frites are the best. This restaurant was recently voted as the best in San Diego for mussels! Wonderful dish. It is crowded, yes. Get there a bit early if you can, or reserve one of the comfy tables at the back...lots of pillows and a bit out of the traffic flow.
South Park is luck to have this in their midst!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank marpar
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San Diego
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63 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“shotgun approach never works”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

I couldn't agree more with the recent review in the San Diego Reader--lame place. Trying to cook so many ethnic dishes is way to hard and rarely comes out anywhere near great.
For a place that's supposed to be "the bomb" there was little to warrant a return trip.
Lamb tagine was a joke , fake cous cous and no flavors. Appetizer size portion served in tagine. Come on.
Seabass was mediocre served with the worst non flavored black rice and beans.
Appetizer of calamari was with hoisen sauce from jar with peanuts.
Red curry with 3--three-shrimp was 21$ and also tasted like from jar. My wife had to had 1/4 bottle of hot pepper sauce to cut the sweetness.
Sorry, but won't go back.

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Thank J-Boy99
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San Diego, California
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54 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Very diverse menu which...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2009

Very diverse menu which took some disection understand. Compiled from the chef's travels so it had some interesting flairs. Excellant service made the evening enjoyable. Tables are close together and environment is rather noisey so don't choose here for that quite dinner to discuss your future ;-)

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Thank ramsj900SanDiego
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Level Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“too cramped”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2008

Great location, hit and miss on the food dishes, very attractive interior, great service, but too crowded. The tables for two are just way to close together, I mean you actually have to move the table over just to get into the bench seat to sit right next to a complete stranger who's conversation you will hear throughout your dinner. It makes for a very uncomfortable experience. They should do their patrons a favor and not try to squeeze as many people in at a time and more of us would want to come back. Don't go here on a date.

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