About Monkey King

In the late 1800s, the most influential man in San Diego’s Chinatown, Tom Ah Quin, ran Monkey King, an illegal lottery house where politicians and San Diego’s elite could go to dine, drink and gamble late into the night. Now, the King has returned.
Located in the same location where the original establishment once was, the new Monkey King restaurant pays homage to the Gaslamp Quarter’s Chinatown and its Prohibition-era past.
To further elevate their experience, patrons can indulge in the restaurant’s cocktail menu, which marries handcrafted cocktails with an Asian focus while also serving up large format drinks in punch bowls such as the Monkey King Mai Thai – featuring Bacardi Añejo Cuatro, Toasted Cashew Orgeat, Lime, Dry Curaçao and R&D House Bitters.
The restaurant features an outdoor double patio, open-air lounge, and an authentic dim sum table imported from China that seats up to eight people. Its exposed brick and garden walls surrounded by modern gold elements, and a butterfly motif, create a modern and eclectic, yet warm, atmosphere.
Monkey King is an Asian Fusion restaurant and cocktail bar located in San Diego’s historic Gaslamp Quarter. Visit us 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and late-night sips and bites!, We are inspired by the popular illegal lottery house from the late 1800s, ran by the most influential man of San Diego’s Chinatown, Tom Ah Quin. The Gaslamp Quarter restaurant features modern Chinese-inspired small plates, as well as handcrafted cocktails and nightlife offerings. For more information, visit www.monkeykingsd.com or call 619- 359-8897.