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Asti Ristorante
Asti Ristorante

Asti Ristorante Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.astisandiego.com
  • Phone: (619) 232-8844
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood, European
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Menu - Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private dining available for small and large groups. Please call 619.306-4465 for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Marcela Davies (619) 306-4465
  • Special Events & Promotions: Groups and large parties have enjoyed Asti's accommodations for over 19 years. You will find that Asti's staff will take care of your group and special event from prior arrangements, throughout the dinner/event to following up.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue Between F and G Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Third party valet on Friday and Saturday only
A word from Asti Ristorante
Asti, located in the heart of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter, has been providing guests with an exquisite fine-dining experience since 1994. Watch the passersby as you dine out on the patio for a pleasant shaded lunch or while indulging in a candlelight dinner. Come on inside to experience the warm, elegant ambiance of the dining room. For the convenience of our guests, Asti can also arrange transportation to and from the restaurant.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "Very tasty food and nice presentation. Good menu for kids as well."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This place was absolutely amazing. My lady and I had a great waiter who checked on us frequently and refilled our water anytime it slipped below 3/4 filled. Our food was hot and tasted very fresh. No matter what you order, you will be impressed. I would recommend this place to any couple looking for a great date night."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "My husband, 4-yr-old, and I dined here while visiting San Diego. Our server was excellent- made great recommendations, played a bit with our daughter, jovial throughout our meal. There was a very large party (30+ people) in the restaurant as well, but we never felt overlooked. The only disappointment was that my ravioli was clearly store-bought rather than scratch-made. With so many other Italian restaurants nearby, I was surprised. The rest of the meal, however, was very good- especially the flourless chocolate torte! Very yummy!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "The food was delicious and I thought that it was a well-priced menu. There is a lot to choose from. It is not a good place for groups unless to make reservations since it's a smaller restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Made our reservation to celebrate a birthday Saturday eve- very busy and noisy. Seating is very tight. Had to hug our table to avoid injury from the speeding wait staff as they flew by. Staff were cordial but clearly wanted to clear us out in a hurry to make room for the next. Food was delicious authentic Italian. They forgot the birthday even though they were told when the reservation was made. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We took some out of town friends here and were very pleased that everyone loved it. We all used to live up North & this place reminded us of North Beach in S.F. The salads were very good, the pasta & seafood was excellent & we found a good wine. No room for dessert but next time we will save some room for sure! I look forward to returning with other friends."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Ate at Asti on a Friday night at 6:30, with a ball game in town. (thankfully the Padres are not goods, so many no shows at game) and was worried about the hussle and traffic, not happening. Got to pull right in front and valet the car, so no parking challenges at all. Went in and had the front window table (best table in house) Our waiter introduced himself 3X (almost a joke, but it was NOT)........place was busy but not packed. The menu was extensive, and lots of options. 4 people, all appetizers, salads and entre's were top shelf, Awesome in every way.......but the waiter. He brought the wrong calamari appetizer, we said nothing. He served the salads to the wrong people......every one of them dinner was good. Out of space"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Thought I was back in Tuscany, sipping fine Brunelllo, followed by a Super Tuscan, dining on fresh Caprese, Veal chop, and awesome pasta."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Excellent food and outstanding service!! It was my mother-in-law's birthday and they even brought out a birthday dessert complete with song. Excellent evening, will definitely return soon."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Excellent every time! Of the many visits we have never been disappointed."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I always eat here whenever I come to San Diego! It has an amazing menu, probably the best service in town, and so much fun. Right in the heart of the Gas Lamp District.... Not one to be missed!!!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Our server Jordan provided great customer service, but I was not crazy about my dish(es). I ordered the Sea Scallops and Crab Pasta and the Sea scallops were undercooked and I sent my entrée back. I then ordered the Pasta and Shrimp in Marinara sauce it was just average. I’m not sure if I would dine here again. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "We had a group of 5 with us and everyone was fully pleased with their selections. We plan to come back here during the BIO convention in June 2014"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "We found this restaurant in our San Diego top 10 book. And it was fantastic! We all enjoyed everything. Also kid friendly. Perfect."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was sub par, the service was awful, I am allergic to butter and mentioned that from the start. Of corse they brought me pasta loaded with butter instead of EVO... It was as though the waiter did not give a damn. Why should I be surprised... A big fail.... The oysters were fresh and the beef carpaccio ..."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The food was excellent, wonderful lamb with raspberry red wine reduction sauce! Davide, our waiter, made fine recommendations and was attentive. Good wine list. We had to change tables due to staff bumping into my wife repeatedly while waiting on a large party adjacent to our table. We had a reservation, so this should not have been needed - but it was. After the move, all went smooth."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Located in the heart of Gaslamp, this is an italian place that appears to be upscale. Food was good, but I felt overpriced particularly when you consider that Little Italy is steps away. It is in a great location right in Gaslamp, steps from the convention center. Good Italian food in the $20-$35 range for a pasta dish and 15-20 for a pizza."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Asti is an excellent italian restaurant in the Gadlight district. Service was very good and dinner was excellent."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I had a great experience in the resturante. The waiter was delightful and the food was good. The atmosphere was very romantic. This is a place I will eat again and bring my friends."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I loved this place - it was relaxed but elegant and the service was top notch. The Zuppa di Pesce del Golfo was amazing - Cioppino is one of my favorite dishes. Our table also enjoyed the Chilean Sea Bass special. We will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Went for dinner, great food, not crowded, excellent service, would highly recommend you try it!"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Oysters on the half shell were full of small pieces of shell and not very tasteful. Other oysters I've had on the west coast were very tasty so I'm not sure what happened to these oysters. I had the bass and my partner had the swordfish. Bass was excellently prepared but the sauce was too salty. Swordfish was very good. The vegetables on both plates were also very good."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I tend to visit Asti when I am in San Diego. This time was not great; dirty silverware to begin with, lack of bread til mid meal and a special that was overcooked and lacked any kind of interest. One would think lobster fettucine would be good but the lobster must have been boiling for hours because it was tough and barely chewable. It was pretty disappointing. Our waiter was good but he couldn't make up for the other issues."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We had a great dinner. My husband had a pasta carbonara in Siciliy that he uses as his gold standard. This is the first time he has found one comparable. I had a pappardelle alla vodka with crab and scallops. The scallops were excellent. I had the special salad of heirloom tomatoes, buffalo and parma. They dress it tableside with olive oil, balsamic and black pepper, very tasty. The portions are large, the service crisp and attentive. The only negative, and it's a slight negative, was the pasta fagoli, it's not what we are accustom too, it tasted predominately of bell peppers. My husband ate it all anyway, the soup was good, just not what we think of as pasta fagoli. The red velvet cake and coffees were good also."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Been dining here since 1999 and every meal has been consistently outstanding. Was a bit disappointed this trip since it was apparent that the hostess was not checking Open Table reservations where we clearly made a request for an indoor table. We eventually we seated in close quarters with two other 2-tops."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I chose this restaurant because it was recommended on opentable and I read the reviews. This place was awful, I wanted to bring my wife to a nice Italian restaurant and couldn't believe the quality of food they were serving. The entrees were about $30 dollars apiece and at that price the food should be at a expected level, NOT. All of the food I received was pre-cook and heated up for my order. I told the manager that I felt my roasted potatoes were old and dried out and he responded that they had been made at 1oclock in the afternoon, it was 9pm. My string beans were dark and wilted and scallops were over done. As for my wife her pasta noodles were mushy and no where near"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I had a coupon so chose Asti but when I arrived they didn't have my reservation. No available table in outside dining area and people weren't moving. I saw a table next door at Panvino (?) Italian Cucina and had the most amazing Italian experience! Skip Asti and eat at the authentic Italian owned restaurant next door. Gave Asti two stars just because others were eating and staying but I didn't eat there due to mixup of reservation."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "The service and food was absolutely amazing. We will definitely go again and will definitely tell friends and family about this place."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "excellent food, excellent service. you will need a reservation very busy on Valentines Day."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit to Asti Ristorante. The first time was with a large group and this time we returned for a romantic anniversary dinner. The food is fabulous and the service is great. This is a small intimate restaurant, we will definately return on our next trip to San Diegp."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Food was excellent. The waiter was great. He suggested how big the protions were and how much to order (saved some money). Also was attentive and polite. Osso Buco was great and large enough to share. Outside dining was nice and heaters made it very comfortable. Would definitely go back"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "we had a large group and had a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was great! Everyone enjoyed their entree. Service was excellent, waiter was friendly and informative."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Very attentive waiter, we asked for fast service because of a later concert and we finished early. Only negative was the house specials menu didn't state the prices so we had to ask the waiter. All were very pricey."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "It was one of the 1000 point reservations and my significant other and myself regularly expand our culinary experiences. We decided tot take this place for a whirl. To be honest, this was a waste of time and money. I overpaid significantly not only for a pasta dish but for an overcooked and badly seasoned lobster. We took the recommendations from the server, who seemed to be the manager, and sad to say while the atmosphere was nice, the food fell flat on it's face. I will not be making a 2nd trip to this establishment."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Very well done guys! I was pleasantly surprised by the service, food, and prices! We went on a weeknight around 7pm and were seated right away. The place filled up shortly thereafter and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. Beer and wine prices and selection were good and not overwhelming, and the menu was the same. Plenty of classic Italian fare with some Southern Cali twists. I would definitely recommend Asti, and will be back next time I am craving good Italian."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "This place is amazing! My husband and I drive 2.5 hours to have dinner here"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Service was not good. Waiter may have been distracted by other customers. The filet mignon received as part of the pasta dish was inedible (way too rare). The waiter never asked how it should be cooked. The entire dinner is ruined when food has to be sent back to be properly cooked or arrives poorly prepared. Unlikely to return here."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Featured Quail and Risotto and were out of Quail. Ice Tea not available at lunch. Halibut that they recommended was quite good. Service was attentive. Parking was a challenge. Other places not in the Gaslamp District would be a better choice."
    Dined on 1/6/2014
  • "The staff were very good and the ambiance was charming. I ordered a roast chicken stuffed with a spinach mixture which was delightful. I would certainly order it again. However my wife ordered the parmesan crusted chicken and was thoroughly disappointed. The quality of the chicken was good however the preparation reminded me of a truck stop diner. Because it was smothered in sauce the whole meal was soggy. Also there was essentially no side dish to the meal so she received a soupy plate of chicken and that's it while my roast chicken came with vegetables and tasty mashed potatoes. I understand that chicken parm isn't exactly high cuisine nonetheless I would expect more effort from an establishment with this reputation."
    Dined on 12/26/2013