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Baci Restaurant
Baci Restaurant

Baci Restaurant Details

  • 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 (619) 757-7858

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "What a wonderful evening, dinner was outstanding, veal chop with porcini mushrooms"
    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!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "The swordfish is outstanding. Melts in your mouth."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Baci's is an all time favorite of ours. The food is wonderful and service is very friendly and we love it."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Everything was great from start to finish. Between the 4 of us we had salads, pasta, meats, and fish. All were excellent."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Loved everything about this place. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Baci is our new San Diego restrarant standard for all others to be compared to. The food is only surpassed by the wonderful service."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food and service was excelent. Prices are not bad at all. Great value. I'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Just over all well done. Great food angd great service."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Good friends introduced us to this gem and we have tried to visit it as often as possible. Great place for a wonderful meal."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We were celebrating our wedding anniversary that night and we cannot praise everyone enough. The food was perfect and so was the service. Thank you for making our special night very wonderful. MaryAnn & Greg"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I will not be eating here again. We had to wait 30 minutes to get a table ( after making reservations 2 weeks in advance) and It took another 20 minutes before the waiter came to take out order. The staff was rude and we eventually left without ordering. It shouldn't take an hour for someone to order their meal when they made reservations. I will not be returning to this place."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We've eaten at Baci's many times over the years and tried to get in for Valentine's Day but were too late to make a reservation. So we went Saturday night instead and were not disappointed. The swordfish oreganato is simply out of this world as was the octopus appetizer, both are the best anywhere, and they were again Saturday night. The wine by the glass is from their regular list and high quality. Service is usually as good as it comes in any restaurant and it was again Saturday night. At night, don't hunt the neighborhood for free parking, you will have to be incredibly lucky to find a space. Instead, use the $3 valet parking by the front door by turning off Morena into the alley--never a problem."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We loved Baci; our server was very attentive and the staff was friendly. This place is great for special occasions because it has an intimate and romantic feel to it. There was a long stem rose on every table with one candlelight and the rooms have about 10 tables. The food did not take long and the wine list was diverse. Overall, it was an excellent experience and I definitely recommend it."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great Resturant Good food and good profession staff, highly recommend going there."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went to Baci for Valentine's Day because we had heard many good things. We really enjoyed ourselves. The service was fantastic. Even despite the packed Valentine's Day crowd, our waiter was very attentive and prompt. The food was good - we tried the mussels, sea urchin, veal chop, and shrimp scampi. The seafood offered at Baci is monstrous...the mussels and shrimp were huge. Overall, it was a very nice experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Baci's continues to be an amazing and wonderful San Diego establishment. The food is consistently good and this family owned operation for many years continues to serve world class cuisine. Tony and his sons are very visible to welcome customers and it's a delight to indulge in their fine cuisine. Love their Vongale and veal dishes. Job well done."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Let there be no questions about the food, the ambience, and the wine list. As for service, they seem to rotate waiters until they find a style that works for you. So if you don't like a waiter, well, wait."
    Dined on 2/7/2014