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Chinese & Thai Restaurants in La Jolla

If you're a fan of good Chinese or Thai food, you won't be disappointed in the choices La Jolla restaurants have to offer. Whether you want to enjoy a relaxing meal, pick up food to go, or have fresh, exotic food delivered to your door, check out the local Asian fare.

For more than three decades, the Mandarin House on La Jolla Boulevard has been a popular eating place for locals and visitors. Whether you want a smaller lunch, a romantic dinner for two, or a large gathering, the Mandarin invites you beyond its red doors to settle into comfortable booths and enjoy friendly service and a delicious selection of Mandarin Szechuan food. The menu includes lunch specials and family-style dinners, as well as a full range of appetizers and entrees, including noodles and rice, vegetables, beef, poultry, and seafood. To add some spicy drama to your table, ask for a flaming po-po platter or one of the other sizzling platters. In addition to sharing generous portions of food, you can share a variety of tropical drinks, including one called The Volcano that comes with two straws. And, if you would prefer to eat at home, the Mandarin house is one of the Chinese restaurants in La Jolla that has to go menus for lunch and dinner and delivers too.

The China Chef on Pearl Street is also very popular with La Jollans and is consistently voted as the best Chinese food in La Jolla and best take-out restaurant in local newspaper polls. This is a smaller place, but the menu is large and the staff friendly and likely to remember you if you're a regular. China Chef is opened daily except Sundays and serves lunch and dinner specials and family dinners. This Chinese restaurant in La Jolla also offers quick takeout or delivery service and a special catering menu if you're planning a party. The menu includes several appetizers, soups, vegetable dishes, more than a dozen chicken dishes, 16 seafood platters, and several beef and pork dishes. China Chef also offers several gluten free items, many rice and noodle selections, chop suey, egg foo young, and chef's specialties, including Shanghai shrimp with chicken, orange chicken, honey walnut shrimp, crispy beef, double happiness (shrimp and scallops). If there is a dish you're craving that's not on the menu, the chef at China Chef will make it for you.

Thai food seldom disappoints the palate or the appetite. You can satisfy both easily at La Basil Thai in Bird Rock, the La Jolla Thai food specialists. Their Thai recipes are unique, healthy, and delicious, made with fresh herbs and fine jasmine rice. La Basil Thai is open for lunch and dinner and has a full menu of Thai food, including a generous lunch special of entree, soup, salad, wonton, and spring rolls. For dinner, you can order larger portions of Thai food, including appetizers (such as crispy tofu in sweet and sour sauce), soups (vegetable, chicken, seafood, or tofu), salads (such as green papaya, spicy shrimp, or chicken larb), noodle and rice dishes (such as spicy pad thai), curries (red, green, yellow, and Panang), entrees (such as eggplant, cashew chicken, or spicy beef) and many specials (such as Thai chicken, spicy Tiger Cry Steak, pineapple fried rice, Panang curried duck, Panang salmon, scallops with chili sauce, or steamed fish with plum sauce). La Basil Thai offers indoor and outdoor seating and takeout and delivery service in case you'd prefer to satisfy your taste buds with Thai food at home.

Chedi Thai in La Jolla is located on Pearl also offers fresh, healthy and distinctive dishes from traditional Thai favorites to unique vegetarian creations. The interior of this restaurant is beautiful, quiet and relaxing and the menu full of outstanding selections and combinations. Lunch specials are served every week day and include two first courses (spring rolls, green salad, tofu and veggies) and one second course (including curries, chicken cashew, pad thai with shrimp). All meals are served with Jasmine rice and you can also request brown, sticky or quinoa rice. Dinners include appetizers, salad (such as green papaya, yum seafood), soup (shrimp lemongrass, beef tamararind consomme, tofu and veggies) and entrees (such as grilled pork, fish, duck, shrimp garlic, wok dishes, curries and noodles). You can request that all dishes be prepared mild, medium or spicy. Chedi Thai restaurant in La Jolla also hosts a weekday happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., with special prices on tasty dishes such as crispy calamari, fried shrimp, larb chicken or steamed vegetables.

Another popular Thai restaurant in La Jolla is Spice and Rice Thai Kitchen on Girard. Enjoy the dining area inside or sit outside on the friendly patio and watch people walk by. Spice and Rice is a popular Thai restaurant in La Jolla offering a popular, intriguing menu, with all dishes cooked to your preferred level of spiciness. Chose from salads, soups, specialties (Panang curry duck, pineapple fried rice), weekly specials (fried tofu squares with red curry sauce, crispy chicken with red curry), entrees (choice of meats, sauces such as hot basil, cashew nut, garlic pepper), noodles and rice (choice of vegetables, chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, squid, scallops), appetizers including sweet starters (mee krob, orange zest crispy noodles, fresh spring rolls), spicy starters (lime and herb chicken, steamed mussels). Spice and Rice also offers catering and takeout services.

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