Asti Ristorante
Asti Ristorante

Asti Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.astisandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192328844x
  • 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: Seafood, European, Italian
  • 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 619-306-4465x
  • Special Events: 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Asti Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
55 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (18)great for outdoor dining (16)fit for foodies (15)romantic (14)good for groups (13)notable wine list (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (7)hot spot (6)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Nice "authentic" Italian place
    jvionas
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This Italian place doesn't have the feeling of an upscale restaurant trying to be Italian - it's authentic and feels that way. Food was good (I had the gnocchi) and the atmosphere was pleasant. Service was very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Downtown Italian
    Lust4Life
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The service was excellent. The penne pasta with shrimp and scallops was delicious. The halibut wasn't as flavorful as I had expected and a bit pricey. The roasted chicken was good. I would definitely recommend the Portobello Mushroom appetizer.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!!!
    PEMMD
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I thoroughly enjoyed my visit(s). The Osso Buco was excellent. The service was attentive but not intrusive. I liked it so much that I went back two days later for the Cioppino. It was divine. The broth was so delicate. I wish that I lived in San diego so that I could visit this gem on a regular basis.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Been going here for 15 years, never disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • local
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The waiter kept pushing us to order "specials", which were on the regular menu. Clearly the most expensive and "touristy" selections. We are locals and don't appreciate that!!!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome and Authentic
    dinks
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Authentic atmosphere and great Italian food. 2nd visit and would return again and again. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    main course was good, but the side vegetable was the worst I have ever had at any restaurant. The green beans were limp and brown and tasteless. Service was to be desired. The waiter was rude and got a few things wrong.
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  • Good food, understaffed
    Quincy56
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    We went here on a Sunday night before the Paul McCartney show at Petco Park. There were several problems with our service, like our salad being delivered to the wrong table, and that table getting billed for our wine. We got a larger salad (we had ordered one split for 2) and free desert, so that helped make up for it a bit. The server said some people hadn't shown up for work that evening. The food was good, maybe not quite as hot as we would like, but tasty. Not inexpensive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Service
    luv2dine
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    It was a party of 8 and we got there at different times but the service was unwavering! My dad worked at Mr. A's for over 25 years and he loved the service here...we all did! I will definitely come back!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service!
    JaimeVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Had a delicious food, great wine selection, very good value and pristine service!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food, wine & service great
    Baseballlady
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great place with excellent food and service. Best canoli ever! Reservations are a must.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little Italy
    Rusch5
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Nice place tucked away in San Diego's Gas Lamp District. Food was excellent service was good. The menu almost had too much to choose from but the waiter new it well and all of his reccomendations were right on the money. Asti is worth the price. We were in a large group, but this would be a nice place for a romantic dinner as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MikesBirthday
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food was amazing, the service was incredibly great, the people were Fabulous! Absolutely Perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Nice Italian Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We really had a great meal at Asti. Fantastic bottle of wine and delicious food. I ordered the special of the day that was a seafood pasta with a creamy pesto sauce and it was a lot of food! It had scallops, shrimp and half of a lobster tail. Really great!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great seafood lunch
    repeatcust
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    First time here and our lunches were very enjoyable. One entree was the Agnolotti d’Aragosta lobster and ricotta ravioli with lobster sauce. The other was the Linguine con Scampi Piccata which consisted of linguine with 4 large shrimp and one grilled prawn on top. The white wine and lemon sauce had capers and mushrooms and was very tasty. Our waiter was attentive and his assistant replenished our water and other needs. Since this was early afternoon, there was no rush for us to finish our meal.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A Study in Contrasts
    Time4Seconds
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    There were so many things to like about Asti: the bruschetta (sp?) was to die for, all veggies incredibly fresh like they'd just been picked out back. Other dishes were just so-so:angel hair pasta with scallops & shrimp had, at best, 3 of each, but an obscene amount of pasta to feed 1 of us the next night. Service was really sub-par: yes, it was a busy Sat. night, but our waiter had to come back thrice to remind himself which salad I ordered...was equally forgetful about my sister's wine selections...write it down if you can't remember! Got the food very quickly though. The hostess was also bad: she checked us in, then went on to cancel our reservations as "no shows,'' so we had to submit the receipt to Open Table to get dining points.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Interesting but outdated
    TigerTrippin
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My wife and I were visiting SD and decided to eat at Asti since we enjoy good Italian food. Overall, Asti was okay and Chef/Manager "Allen" was quite personable, but the place seemed dated. Service was somewhat slow, perhaps taking a page from Italy where dining is a social event, but, when we observed the restaurant, the staff seemed unorganized and chaotic. The food is "Northern Italian" but with an SD flair with the seafood; I had the seafood mixed grill which was quite delicious. The downside, the clams were cold and the grilled Salmon was dry. My wife had the Prosciutto wrapped chicken which she enjoyed. I doubt we will return to Asti with all the options for Italian in SD.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lived up to reviews!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We found this authentic Italian Restaurant online and followed the reviews right to the door. We were pleasantly surprised by the charming ambience, friendly, attentive wait staff and delicious meals. The portions were generous, fresh and tasty Italian! It reminded us of Italy. We ate inside to avoid the over crowded, bustling street in the Gaslamp. We were not rushed and felt welcome to linger over our meal. Definately worth the visit.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great lamb shank
    LawyerdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My lamb shank was very good. GF's swordfish was good as well. Restaurant is right in the middle of the gas lamp. Great location. The valet is very pricey at $15.00.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Huge Portions
    damoses21VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The bread was fantastic! I ordered pappadelle pasta with shrimp in a vodka cream sauce, very good and my husband ordered the seafood linguine with a spicy tomato sauce which was huge, tons of seafood, I liked his better. We will definitely go back.
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  • terrible service
    JasonVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    lunch took over 2 hours. The food took a long time to come and I sat there for over half an hour once I had finished my drink. Our waiter was MIA that whole time, even though I asked for him three time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Time Visit
    Sweetpea32VIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My husband and I went to Asti while we were in town for Comic Con. The place was very energetic and people looked like they were having a good time. Our waiter was Mark and he was something of a character. Very lively and all over the place. My husband ordered the Lobster Florentine with alfredo sauce. His lobster and shrimp were over cooked and tough and his scallops were a little bit under cooked. Mark did offer to send his food back and replace it, but we were on a time crunch so my husband decided to eat it. But I thing Mark went back and let the chef know about my husband's food (I heard him yell). I had the lasagna and it was delicious and the bread was amazing! Overall, a good experience was had. Thanks for the food and memories.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EllenVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    The proprietor made it right by me when, after accidentally tossing my "take-home" box, he made me a new salmon salad to go. Nice service recovery.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • s2artrVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    We had a delicious meal that was abundant enough for two to share. Service was outstanding. Server was very personable. We enjoyed Agel Hair Pasta with scallops and crab and am still tasting the delicious flavors. We were visitors to San Diego but would return in a minute when we have a return visit to San Diego.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • opentablefanVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Best seafood pasta in San Diego, good for sharing it's enormous.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice italian restaurant
    Bogdan
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Very tasty food and nice presentation. Good menu for kids as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 394 reviews are from the Asti Ristorante reviews archive.
  • Great romantic night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great service
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mixed experience
    catfuzz
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great good
    Foodcoma
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    Happydiner
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • why cocky waiter?
    foodie4sureVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tuscan Gem
    Vegasjoe57VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Thought I was back in Tuscany, sipping fine Brunelllo, followed by a Super Tuscan, dining on fresh Caprese, Veal chop, and awesome pasta.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant
    LeeSD92103
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always!
    KatieVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal!
    AlanVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food was excellent. Our server was first-class. Can't wait to go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Heart of the Gaslamp
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • srodskiVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Excellent every time! Of the many visits we have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Jan1971VIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We found this restaurant in our San Diego top 10 book. And it was fantastic! We all enjoyed everything. Also kid friendly. Perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.