Sipz Fusion Cafe - Clairemont Mesa

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5501 Clairemont Mesa Blvd (at I-805), San Diego, California, USA, 92117

One of two locations; the second location is in North Park. Casual dining in a large space. Menu features a range of Asian style rice and noodles plates, mockmeat dishes, appetizers. Everything is vegan except for one dish (noted on the menu). Vegan sushi menu is available from 5pm. Its own bakery makes vegan treats and desserts. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Asian, Bakery, Fusion, Vietnamese

38 Reviews

First Review by vixyash

Everybody is Happy - Edit

Met my family here, even the meat eaters where happy with the options that tasted like meat. Great variety and flavorful. Sauces were delicious. We had appetizers (spring rolls, spicy "shrimp" tempura), entrees (garlic tofu, kung pao chicken), and ended with chocolate cake with vanilla "ice cream". Everything exceeded expectations. We will be back.

Pros: My non-vegan friends liked the "shrimp" tempura., Large portions, Extensive menu

Cons: They were busy, water glasses were empty., Strip mall location

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large portions - Edit

it is a family friendly spot. the portions are huge. I had the drunken noodles with "chicken" and it was flavor packed. my picky 3 yr old devoured most of her chow mein.

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Favorite Veg Restaurant in San Diego - Edit

I'm from San Diego and this place is definitely my favorite veg place I've tried in SD yet. I love their pho in particular (I get it with tofu and sliced jalapeños), but I've enjoyed almost every dish I've tried there (one thing I don't recommend is the crab rangoons). I'm not a huge fan of mock meat products so I love that most dishes can be ordered with tofu instead. I'm also in love with their awesome desserts, which are all sooo enticing sitting in the case near the front door. Even my non-veg friends and family love this place -- I come here quite often with a group of carnivorous friends and also often with my carnivorous mother. They don't even comment on the fact that there's no meat, we all just really enjoy it.

Pros: large menu, big portions, decent prices

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Not bad at all! - Edit

Went here for the first time today. Good sized portions for the entrées.
Updated from previous review on Sunday January 17, 2016

Pros: HUGE selection

Cons: Some traditional recipes are different

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Great vegetarian asian food - Edit

Central location off 805 and Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Been going here for years. Only place I know that serves vegetarian sushi (faux fish) and only after 5pm. My favorites are yellow curry, wok fried drunken noodles and thai basil. My wife loves the pan fried pot stickers.

They are very accommodating on substitutions and have long offered a free mango iced tea if you pay cash. Place gets crowded on Friday and Saturday nights, but there are quite a few tables and the food comes out quickly, so usually not much of a wait. They are open almost every day. I have gotten food from there on Thanksgiving day!

Pros: Large portions, Great parking, Reasonable prices

Cons: Can be noisy, Service not consistent

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Mixed - Edit

I have very mixed feelings on this place. I have eaten here two or three times, but I always get an odd feeling going there.

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Non Authentic & Worst Fusion - Edit

1. It's Fusion Asian, so that means even though they're very good with mimicking the carnivore dishes by using gluten mock meat,
They unfortunately alter the original sauces, preparations and cuisine completely.

Ex:
1. Thai Papaya Salad:
Is served with regular soya sauce on the side....

What happened to Vegan Fish Chili sauce?!! That's the proper sauce for THAI Papaya Salad.

2. Crispy Noodle Bird's Nest Chinese dish, was replaced with these fat Mexican gluten noodles and was completely compromised. Not it's original cooking. It's very simple, stir fry.





3. Sipz is only known for the only Asian resto that offer Vietnamese Phone with vegetable broth until we discovered Phone La Jolla who can offer us the same but later hours.

4. The lettuce wrap was nothing like how it's normally prepared even with mock meat. Other non vegetarian places replace with at least non gmo tofu cubes, no msg sauce and gluten.

They can't even make this authentic enough.

5. The deep fried spicy rock salt jalapeño tofu was served with some Mexican red sauce paste.

Don't make something that doesn't represent especially the authenticity of the dish and cuisine!

Pros: Slightly Close, Happy Hours

Cons: Expensive, Nonauthentic, Boring

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The Best Restaurant in Sothern California - Edit

Sipz is it. They have Vegan Sushi after five p.m. and serve some of the best Vegan Chinese and Vegan Vietnamese food I have ever had. The prices are reasonable and the atmosphere is casual. Try the young coconuts, the caterpillar role, the soups, the appetizers like the BBQ chicken and have a great time. It is easy to get NOGO food (No garlic, no onions). Parking is easy and the restaurant is big so people rarely wait to be seated. The 'To Go Food' also works well. Service is great.

Pros: Taste of food, Service and Parking, Vegan Sushi

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Delectable if you know what to order - Edit

Been there twice, various dishes and desserts were delectable (peanut-butter chocolate brownies are insanely good), a few others were average. Friendly service; a few more servers may be needed. Would always come back here.

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Delicious - Edit

The food was great. Warm atmosphere.

Pros: Variety in tastes, hearty food

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Amazing - Edit

Best food I have eaten the whole time I have been in America. We are going back for a second visit. Huge meals and even the deserts are great.

Pros: Good value, Great menu, Amazing food

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Indigestable - Edit

Could not put the food down so I can't approve of this spot.

Pros: parking

Cons: food

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Awesome Every Time! - Edit

It was our third visit to Sipz and we brought our family this time (we're hoping to convert them to a plant based diet).
The service was prompt, attentive, and friendly. All of our meals were INCREDIBLE! Our parents were very complimentary and couldn't believe they weren't eating meat. The prices were very fair for the quality and portion sizes and Sipz offers FREE mango ice teas for your party if you pay with cash, an additional value we took advantage of.
We love this place and can't wait to check out their North Park location.

Pros: Yummy, Inexpensive, Service

Cons: none, nada, zilch

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Vegan friendly - Edit

My fiance and heard about Sipz cafe about a month ago and so far we have eaten here about 6 times already. It is that good! They have Boba drinks which can be made Vegan by substituting soy milk, the waiter suggested we order the green tea boba and it is honestly the best flavor. The food is Vegetarian but it is noted which items can be made vegan, about 95% can be made Vegan. They have a hotness scale depending on how spicy you like your food. We ordered the Spicy thai fried rice and Japanese Fire noodles at an 8 once and it was the spiciest dish we had ever ate, but still very tasty. I order my rice and noodles dishes at about a 5 now though because the 8 was a little too spicy for me, but if you love spicy food then go for it. Also the crispy spring rolls are great. The service is always fast.
Depending on what you order it can get a tad pricey, for two meals, an appetizer and 2 boba drinks it is about 30 dollars but the food is well worth it.

Pros: Great selection, Very fast service, Good location

Cons: a tad pricey at times

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No AMEX - Edit

I visited Sipz on Clairemont Mesa today and found out that they do not accept American Express. Instead, I went to the Thai place in the same strip mall and had a dismal Tofu Curry.

Pros: Big portions, Huge variety, Pleasant staff

Cons: My tummy is too small to try all the gre, generic dining area

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Really Good Food - Edit

On our recent trip to san Diego we stopped by Sipz to have a bite and found it to have good chinese food. They have a lot of vegan options, just make sure to ask beforehand because some of their items are vegatarian. Well, we ended up going the next day. We had the orange "chicken", the soft chowmein and the cashew "chicken".

Pros: Vegan Friendly, Nice service

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Maybe the best San Diego restaurant EVER - Edit

Amazing food, quick service, great selection, plenty of seating, all around terrific experience. I'll DEFINITELY be back.

Pros: Awesome food, Good atmosphere, Plenty of parking

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good asian food! - Edit

This place had tons of tables, plenty of space for big groups. The food was all very good. Loved the potstickers, the bbq "pork" and the vegan thai iced tea. Service wasn't the friendliest, but everything came out as ordered. Will go back again!

Pros: food, value, large space

Cons: not friendly service

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Very good - Edit

I used to live in San Diego and found this restaurant online. It is my favorite! When ever I go back to CA I stop there and get the Thai curry "chikn" medium heat! So yummy. Even my meat eating husband loves this restaurant. Also, the mango dessert with coconut milk & peanuts is wonderful.

NOTE: the chocolate chip cookie at the registar do NOT taste good. The chocolate chips have a funny/off flavor. Not worth the money.

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AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS FOOD! - Edit

Their website doesn't have their full menu. This place is amazing! All noodle dishes are incredible and there is a huge and delicious vegan sushi menu that I highly recommend. My husband and I are vegetarian and this is our favorite place! We even take our meat-eating friends here and they love the mockmeats too. Great boba teas as well.

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Nice place - Edit

Every time we visit San Diego, we go to Sipz. It's a nice place, but we're spoiled by all the vegan Thai/Asian places in LA, so while I have nothing to complain about, it just wasn't as good as others I've been to. I do like the boba drinks though! We tend to order the Vietnamese style dishes more as we get so much Thai & Chinese back home.

Pros: different types of Asian food, easy parking , boba drinks

Cons: some dishes not as good as others

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Great Thai Curry - Edit

My standard order when we go to Sipz is the veggie potstickers (they are often a bit limp - but they taste great!) and the Thai Curry! The curry has a really great flavor (it's not exactly like you'd get at a Thai place but it's equally as delicious in it's own right). There are always a few pieces of eggplant in the curry, which I LOVE. I always get it with steamed tofu (since I'm not big on mock meats and I don't like my tofu FRIED). I ALWAYS have an entire meal leftover to bring to work the next day. The first couple times I visited, I order something else and I didn't really like it as much. I think the menu here is hit and miss. The key is to find the really good stuff and then stick to it! My boyfriend LOVES the Vegan Sushi!! : O) - Oh, and it's nice to be able to get a Thai Iced tea VEGAN (with soy milk) - One thing in particular that I've ordered that I did NOT like at all was the Vietnemese noodle dish... very bland... nothing like the real thing...

Pros: Thai Curry

Cons: Some not so good items on the menu

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Sipz Vegetarian Cafe - Edit

This Restaurant is the BEST restaurant EVER! I think this because of the service, and most importantly, the food, the food is out of this world. The minute I walk in there, I get excited cause of the smell. Outside of the restaurant is a menu just to give you a sneek peek of what the restaurant is like. They have anything vegetarian, anything that you could think of, it is 100 percent vegetarian, no animal products, even to fortune cookies or choclate chip cookies don't have egg. This food is completely delicious.
I used to love oyster sauce, but I got dissipointed when I found out it was an animal product, so I couldn't eat it, but at this restaurant, the oyster sauce is soy oyster sauce, YEAH!!! This place has everything from vegetarian soup, to soy chicken, so I don't care if you live in China,
Greece, New York, or Russia, come down to San Deigo, California and stop by Sipz Vegetarian Express. This restaurant is right bt a Animal Right Theift Store that donates money to help animals, and by a comic book store.

Pros: Food, Restroom, and Food

Cons: Fish Tank needs cleaning, none, none

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not vegan friendly - Edit

soy chicken (that says vegan on the menu) has egg derivatives in it.

also i hear an employee quit when he/she found out there is fish sauce in some of the (supposed to be vegan)sauces

cant be trusted

Pros: nostalgia, ignorance, nice people

Cons: lies, deceit, disrespect

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went there 3x in 1 week! - Edit

fave place to go when on vacation in SD.

all the dishes we got were a hit-- my faves were the Thai curry, chinese chicken salad, & cashew chicken. kids loved the sushi, pad thai & chow mein. desserts are awesome.

but what is up with the insanely big beverages???

Pros: great food, big portions, variety

Cons: random location!, slow service

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good but not particularly healthy or fast - Edit

I've been eating regularly at this establishment for over a year. I do like the food but many of the fake "meat" items are fried and therefore not particularly healthy. Also, the service is hit and miss. I don't always get everything I order.

Pros: good tasting food, 100% vegetarian, lots of colorful people

Cons: inconsistent service, lots of fried items

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Delicious asian food - Edit

This place is great! The food is delicious. By now I've had almost everything on the menu and I've only had a few dishes that I didn't like. It's family-run and they have high standards of quality for their ingredients. They are also really nice, good people. The atmosphere is fun and quirky. The service isn't always the best but it is worth putting up with that. The food is usually pretty quick unless they are totally packed. My favorite is the pad thai noodles with mock chicken. Their boba teas are really yummy too.

Pros: yummy food, healthy options, low price

Cons: service sometimes

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