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“shotgun approach never works” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Vagabond Kitchen
Price range: US$ 21 - US$ 30
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Juniper Street
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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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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 23 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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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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“Great food, nice atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2008

Great food, nice atmosphere

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2008

Excellent. Chilean Sea Bass in the corn husk and good South American Reds...

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