Baci Restaurant
Baci Restaurant

Baci Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.sandiegobaci.com/
  • Phone: 619-275-2094
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Domenico Alioto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our patio can seat 50 people comfortably, and our private back room can seat 30 comfortably.
  • Private Party Contact: Sal D'Amato 6197577858

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Ashton St.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private parking in the alley on the right hand side.
A word from Baci Restaurant
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Baci Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
75 reviews since April 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (54)romantic (39)neighborhood gem (37)notable wine list (29)fit for foodies (26)good for groups (18)great for lunch (18)hot spot (7)kid-friendly (6)late-night find (5)great for brunch (4)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • THE FIRST PLACE TO GO FOR ITALIAN
    GordoVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Baci should always be your first place to go for Italian in San Diego; best food and service in town!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian - traditional setting
    JandS
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you like great Italian good in a classy setting, this is your place. The dishes are traditional but not heavy. Great wine list. Fabulous service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New favorite
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    After two years of looking for an italian restaurant that is just right, we found Baci. Great service, real Italian food, great wine list, and quiet enough to have a conversation. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Reminesent of Aldo's in Baltimore's Little Itally-that is to say-very representative of older American Italian resturant with great food and excellent wine selection. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Phenomenal
    JiminVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Baci continues to improve. It was San Diego's best restaurant even before its recent menu upgrade. Now it is world class. Service is polished, professional, personable, and warm. The ambiance is intimate, and fun. Baci is the pride of Bay Park and a delightful destination for diners from all over San Diego!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    consistently outstanding. Best fresh fish in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Every time we visit San Diego, a night is set for our Baci visit. It is soooo good that we always take friends there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Usually Excellent But Slipped a Bit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Baci has been one of our top three restaurants for years, and still is, but our last visit was not up to their usual excellence. Service, as usual, was top notch, but the food preparation slipped. My wife's sole was overpowered by lemon, and a small portion. My bone in pork chop was very good, juicy and tender. Our guest had veal picatta, also way overpowered with the usual subtle lemon flavor. Chock it up to one off night among many excellent evenings.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood Gem
    jylnicole
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    This neighborhood gem has wonderful food, service and an incredible ambience. Classic Italian fare w/ servers in tuxedos! Great for a celebration or a romantic setting. We'll be coming back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Bobc
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What a wonderful evening, dinner was outstanding, veal chop with porcini mushrooms
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Favorite
    Nina
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Whenever we visit San Diego, Baci's is first on our list. The food and the service is excellent. Even our 12 year old loves it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    SDWineGoddess
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I dined at Baci to celebrate a friend's birthday. Great ambiance, white tablecloths and tuxedo clad waiters. We ordered mussels and two glasses of Pinot Grigio and had to remind our server to bring the wine when the mussels arrived at the table. The restaurant was not busy. I had the rack of lamb, she had a seafood pasta dish. I have to admit, I was underwhelmed. The dish was served with steamed broccolini and mashed potatoes and as a whole was unremarkable. At $35, the lamb portion should have been bigger and the vegetable hot. Dessert was good, but at a total cost of $144 plus gratuity for two people ($25 corkage fee included for the wine I brought), I'm not likely to return anytime soon.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely Sublime
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Everything was perfect. The greeting and seating. The wait staff was right out of central casting. Every bite of every dish was superb. I must say that everyone at Baci gave us the feeling that we were their only customers and that we were very special. It was truly sublime.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Old World Italian restaurant
    cleoVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Have had at least 50 visits over the years. Everything on the menu is suburb! I highly recommend this old world Italian gem to anyone. Service is impeccable. Friendly and knowledgable staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    The swordfish is outstanding. Melts in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Baci's is an all time favorite of ours. The food is wonderful and service is very friendly and we love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Businessperson
    Foodlover1VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    We dine here 2-4 ties per month and consider it a favorite. The Owner is often there to greet and the wait staff is classy but friendly. The food prep and presentation is always excellent. They accommodate any reasonable request as to diet, etc. Always a pleasant experience here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bobb
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Everything was great from start to finish. Between the 4 of us we had salads, pasta, meats, and fish. All were excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food & Service
    littleoinker83
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Homey, Friendly, Attentive, Flavorful, Delicious! All the words that describe the restaurant, staff, service, and food. Out experience here was superb. The bread we started off with made us wanting more and wanting to eat it with each dish we ordered. We had the mushroom appetizer, the crusted swordfish, osso buco, and the lamb ragu pappardelle for our entrees (yes, we had 3 entrees for 2 people. YUM!), and the disaronno cheesecake for dessert. We have no regrets on what we ordered. The food was very flavorful and didn't give me that heavy food feeling. The staff was fantastic and very friendly. Great food and GREAT service! I will definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Great
    Philip
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Went Friday night with the wife and two friends. Third visit. Just as fabulous as the first two. Had the pasta with clams in a red sauce. The service was impeccable. The food phenomenal and the wine was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Booked this restaurant based on Open Table reviews. We were delighted to find it lived up to great reviews and even exceeded them. Service was impeccable and food Devine. If possible, order the swordfish. Out of this world. The exterior of the restaurant is unremarkable but once inside you will have a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A special evening
    steff
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    It's been a while since my husband and I have been to this wonderful restaurant and I am glad to have become reacquainted. I was looking for a restaurant for a special evening where I could carry on a conversation without raising my voice or straining to hear. I also wanted some delicious food that would not break the bank. The service was not rushed and very accommodating and pleasant. The menu was Italian and excellent with veal, poultry, fish and of course wonderful pasta's. The restaurant met all of my requirements and I will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    LuvD1D2
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    We had a little trouble finding the restaurant but once we got out of the car we could smell the garlic. The menu has a good selection selections of salads, pasta, seafood and meats. Wine list was exceptional. Service was great.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 52 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 23, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 363 reviews are from the Baci Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Authentic Italian
    JaLo
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    I am extremely picky about Italian growing up in a big Italian family. I rarely find an authentic place. From the mouthwatering portabello mushrooms to the homemade vanilla gelato with perfect espresso - well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great old world Italian
    katie
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Loved everything about this place. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • April2014
    terry1954
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Baci is our new San Diego restrarant standard for all others to be compared to. The food is only surpassed by the wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy a bit of Old
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    We always enjoy a bit of Old World ambiance and good Italian food. Our family prepares Italian food at home so if we choose to go out then the first choice is Baci. We know the food will be good and well prepared. Each of us in our party of five ordered something different and we all loved our dinners. From the osso buco to the eggplant parmigiana each plate was delicious. We look forward to our next visit!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • FANTASTIC RESTAURANT!
    Marge
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I can't believe I had not been here before! I live very close. The food was incredible! The service was wonderful. I plan to return many times!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Wonderful Dinner!
    Angelo
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    Our children had dinner with us this week at Baci Restaurant! As always food & service were outstanding. We started with Prosciutto e Melon, Carpaccio di Manzo & Insalata Caprese, Dinner included Rack Of Lamb, New York Strip Steak, Scallops, Mediterranean Sea Bass. We order sides of Gnocchi Quattro Formaggi. I ordered it with the cuttle fish. Detail to the food & attentiveness towards their guest are outstanding!! You will not be disappointed with this Gem of a Restaurant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We always enjoy Baci during
    BuntzVIP
    Dined on 3/11/2014
    We always enjoy Baci during our winter visits to San Diego, and our meal this time was no exception. The food is outstanding and the service is professional and friendly. We both had veal, Marsala-style for my wife, and a chop for me. Both were about as good as they could be. I started with one of the best Caesar salads I've ever had, complete with anchovies! Complimentary limoncello finished off an outstanding meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding food
    diner
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Everything we had, from the appetizer, to the salad, to entree, to the dessert, exceeded our expectations. We were expecting an average Italian restaurant, but this was far better. I highly recommend the rack of lamb and the Disaronno cheesecake. The only bone I had to pick with them is that our waiter implied that our salads were included with our entrees, when in fact they cost extra. They should be more careful with their wording when offering an $8 salad that it isn't included with the entrees.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently good
    Ted9
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    I've been to Baci on several occasions and have not been disappointed. Many of the Italian restaurants I've been to have not offered authentic Italian food, but rather an American version. Service has been consistently good and the availability of valet parking for $3 is great for a neighborhood restaurant where only street parking is available. Note that booths are a bit on the small side for a party of 4, but up to 3 people, it's a comfortable and private setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Gem
    Baker1
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    Classic Italian themed restaurant with an excellent eclectic menu. The Swordfish is a signature dish well worth the cost although the pastas, steak, etc. Are very much worth consideration. I cannot compliment the service staff enough who are very knowledgeable of both the menu and wine list and remain present but unobtrusive. It was fun to dress up for a restaurant like this one even amongst the Millenials with t-shirts, shirt tails and shorts.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Iconic Italian with an updated flai
    CathyK
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    My family has dined at Baci's on many occasions over the years. The food and service is always, always excellent and the specials show a creative flair. The Sea Urchin is fabulous, the Branzino wonderful, and any of the veal dishes are outstanding. We're so happy and fortunate to be able to return often!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & service
    LuisFernando
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food and service was excelent. Prices are not bad at all. Great value. I'll be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just over all well done. Great
    Philip
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Just over all well done. Great food angd great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely amazing!!
    Firefightken
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    This is the best restuarant I've ever been to. Everyone was professional, drinks were never empty, as soon as the last piece of bread was taken, another basket replaced it. Just amazing service! And the food was the best I've ever had. I had the tortelini con bruschetta and every single bite was the best bite of food I've tasted. A small restaurant but definitely should be named best restaurant in San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The best buffalo mozzarella
    EdfromBoxfordMa
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    The best buffalo mozzarella I have ever had. The entrees were classical and all four of us were very pleased with the quality. Prices were very fair. Down in Gaslight district there is a bit of "the hustle" to the Italian restaurants. Thus I would recommend as the best Italian I have found in San Diego.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • idm
    idm2
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Everything at the restaurant was superb. The staff was very attentive, the atmosphere is very pleasant and the food is excellent. I was introduced to the place last September when visiting San Diego and upon returning wanted to experience the restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of our Favs
    GilSD
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Good friends introduced us to this gem and we have tried to visit it as often as possible. Great place for a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.