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Chianti Restaurant
Chianti Restaurant

Chianti Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chiantirestaurantsd.com
  • Phone: (619) 235-8144
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wine
  • Entertainment: We offer a Happy Hour every day from 4 to 7 pm at the bar that features $5 Martinis or House Wines, plus $6 Small Bites of house favorites like Oven Baked Flatbreads, Crispy Calamari, Caprese Skewers, Salami Plate or our famous Charcuterie Boards.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact our event coordinator to reserve space for your private event. We offer a range of pre-fixed menus and private dining options.
    events@diningonfifth.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Market & G
  • Public Transit: San Diego MTS Trolley:

    Blue Line, 5th Avenue

    Orange Line, Convention Center
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Valet parking available Thursday through Saturday.
A word from Chianti Restaurant
Chianti Restaurant is a long time Gaslamp Quarter favorite, known for its authentic Italian cuisine, including hand made pastas, fresh seafood, and classic steaks. Our menu features recipes inherited from the rustic provinces of Tuscany, and are crafted from the freshest ingredients imported from Italy.

We offer an extraordinary wine selection featuring both Californian & Italian Regional wines, as well as a full bar that provides a wide range of liquors and after-dinner drinks. Our veteran staff maintains a refined yet relaxing ambiance for a stellar dining experience amid the tiled entryway, plush seating & beautiful Italian accents. Guests enjoy our window tables and patio dining amid the bustling Gaslamp's busy nightlife.

Our historic building is adjacent to San Diego’s Convention Center, Petco Park & Horton Plaza. We’re also close to many of downtown’s biggest hotels and hottest nightclubs. Private or semi-private rooms may be booked for 20-65 guests
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Diner Reviews
  • "We had made a reservation for the patio and said we would have our dog with us. We had been here prior with our dog but when we arrived we were told that our dog had to be outside the fence. The manager tried to tell us that it was a health law which is not true as many places let dogs on patios. It's fine if they don't want them but don't lie to me. Think they could have called to say they changed their policy on dogs. They did finally let us dine with her at our side as we would not put her outside the fence. The food was very good but we were made to feel uncomfortable. When we got up to leave the people at the next table were surprised to see the dog as she is well behaved. So we will not be returning to this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We were seated just inside so we had a view of the street in a quiet corner. Very nice. Food was excellent and the wine superb."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great happy hour specials. We stayed for dinner and had a great time. The staff was most pleasant and attentive to our every need. We were visiting San Diego for a weekend getaway and would definitely go back to Chianti the next time we are in the area!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We came here to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday two years ago and it was great, so we decided to return for the same occasion this year. However, this year we were a little disappointed. Two years ago, we had the lobster ravioli and a seared ahi tuna dish. Both were impeccable. This year, the ahi tuna dish was off the menu. We shared the swordfish with potatoes and seasonal vegetables and the cannoli with veal, ricotta, and spinach. The veal dish was very good, although I wish it had a bit more spinach. The swordfish was good, but it was a little overdone and lacked seasoning. I never add salt to my dishes and this time I had to. Overall, it's a nice location in downtown, but it was aa lacking compared to a few years ago. Maybe next year?"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My mother and I were the first to arrive after they opened. We chose to sit in the front corner, with a view of downtown out the window. It hadn't gotten too busy, and service was not great but not terrible. The food was delicious!! The initial bread that was served before our courses was great, made in-house and very yummy. My lasagna was delicious also."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "We had dinner here prior to a theatre show. Service and food were great and reasonably priced for the quality. We would definitely eat here again. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Great restaurant, I've been there twice now and both time the specials were wonderful. Very interesting food and appetizers. Not your standard Italian restaurant. The cheese board was incredible and the food portions were just right. Not too big, not too small. Would recommend to anyone. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The astmosphere on the Gaslamp District was noisy and busy, but step into Chianti Restaurant and the atmosphere was much quieter and inviting. Loved the environment and the excellent service. Unbelievably great food. We had the Cannolli's stuffed with the ground veal, spinach, and cheese. The pasta was fresh and the pink sauce was excellent. The bread was hot and fresh out of the oven. We took business associates there for dinner and they found all of the experience to be tremendous. We will recommend this restaurant with 10 stars out of 10."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Good food great service. The restaurant was nice and a great place to eat."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "My sister back east bought me a gift coupon for this restaurant and little did she know what a fine place it turned out to be. My meal was excellent, the service impeccable and the ambience luxurious, It's not cheap for sure but fine dining rarely is. A superb Italian restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Had a nice time at lunch. Had the mixed cheese and meat board to share as well as the antipasto. Very good. Used a little more olive oil than I thought necessary, but was delicious anyway. Wife had a panini (can't remember which one); was good as well. Salad that came with panini wasn't so good. Not a main course by any means, but seemed strange to have olive oil on the salad. Overall a good lunch."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Went for dinner on Saturday night at 8:30 with 7 people. Was not overly packed as it was a later reservation. We were seated in the back of the restaurant, where it was extremely hot (~85 degrees) right under an air conditioner that didn't work. Waiter came around once to take our order and then never came back. He was around at other tables, just chose not to come to ours. The only person who came by more than once was the water guy, which thank goodness for him because we weren't getting served another drinks. Unfortunately, the 18% tip was already added as they deserved much less. The food was mediocre at best, smaller portion sizes. Much better Italian food in Little Italy which is just a walk away, so avoid this place if possible."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The food was absolutely outstanding. I had the veal cannoli while my boyfriend had the rigatoni. We both loved eachother's so much we ended up splitting both."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were not disappointed in our meal. We had booked for 2 and they allowed us to increase to 4 at the last minute even though it was valentines day. We sat outside and it was a fun evening with excellent food and service. I eat calamari every where I go and this version was excellent. And very large!!! We could have shared it. My veal chop was also amazing even though my order had been mixed up."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good italian....quiet early in the evening and nice little outside bistro tables. Little ambiance and the food is a little pricey but tasted super fresh."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "We like to go to Chianti for spacial occasions! The food and the wine have always been good, we have tried many items on the menu from the sea food pasta to the chicken piccata and all have been good. On our last trip the waiter did mess up the order but fixed all with no questions. We would recommend a table outside to get the real atmosphere of the Gaslamp quarter."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Food was good, authentic Italian Waiter was fair - interested only in selling drinks and taking the order Did't even ask about appetizers or salads More interested in watching the football game at the bar Cursing going on at the bar loud enough to be heard at our table and the wait staff stood there watching TV at the bar"
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Very attentive staff. They noticed we were celebrating a birthday and without being asked they brought birthday cake. They have specials every day."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Service was awesome and they had it all together! Lobster ravioli was incredible!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "On New Year's Eve.", they told our party of 6 that despite having a reservation, they could not seat us. They suggested that we go for a walk instead."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went here for Christmas dinner. And the restaurant was definitely not prepared for the number of people. Though it appeared to me that almost had reservations. We sat right by the host table so I could hear all of the impatient customers. No one saw us for almost fifteen minutes after being sat and that's because the manager came by to ask us how everything was and took out order. We finally got out food and never saw another server again. No one even asked how the food was. my fathers was almost in edible it was so spicy. It could've probably been fixed with some Parmesan on top but we were never offered that. Took almost half an hour to get the bill and actually pay it."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We went for Christmas dinner and the place is completely a mess. The service was horrible - slow and forgetful. The food was worse than Olive Garden. Just to name a few items we ordered... swordfish special was over cooked, prawn pasta was bland, and bread was hard. The tables were too close together... You can hear your neighbors conversation. Lastly, it's way over priced! You can find better Italian restaurants elsewhere in San Diego. It was just an awful experience! I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "We enjoyed our evening out at Chianti. The wait staff was excellent, and attended to our needs without being over bearing. This restaurant is listed as Italian, and as a Seafood restaurant. There was less seafood offered than I would have liked. I was looking forward to spaghetti with clams. Alas, it was not on the menu. Perhaps clams are out of season in December? The antipasto misto was excellent. I especially liked the marinated vegetables. I had the fettuccine pescadoro and my husband had the veal scallopini. He was pleased to find the veal not breaded."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Family with teenagers in San Diego for soccer tournament & spent thanksgiving day driving to SD. Was very thankful-literally- for open table reservations and a restaurant that served traditional Thanksgiving dinner with an Italian twist. The pumpkin ravioli with Gorgonzola cream sauce was delicious as was the roasted turkey with roasted sweet potatoes & dressing which were good as well. The 3 course meal included a glass of wine & dessert-pumpkin tiramisu was a wonderful way to end the meal. We highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion. The service was very good, too. Always appreciate when the manager checks in on his/her tables."
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "My food was pretty good except my shrimp were over cooked but the pasta was perfect. One of our friends wasn't that impressed with his dish but loved his girl friends dish. We had dinner on the patio which was nice but keep in mind it is on the street downtown. So if you don't want to hear motorcycles, car alarms, etc. don't eat outside."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Food was excellent but be prepared to wait for your food. Took a long time to receive after ordering even though mostly empty."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Osso Bucco melts in your mouth. Great Italian food."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at chianti this week. I was in town for a conference and met a group here for dinner. The restaurant staff was welcoming and accommodating and the food was excellent."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "Food and service good for a trendy (5th Ave) location."
    Dined on 9/28/2013
  • "The food was good and the service was outstanding (Brad). The only downside was the noise level. Don't go here if you want a quiet, romantic evening or have a business deal to discuss. It's just plain LOUD."
    Dined on 9/30/2013
  • "My wife and I recently had dinner at Chianti. The food was amazing and service was impeccable! I would have to say that my dinner at Chianti could very well have been the best dining out experience I have ever had and I dine out frequently!!!!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "My wife and I came to San Diego for the Giants vs. Padres games. The concierge at the Marriott Marquis recommended Chianti, and we were very happy with her choice. Great food and ambiance. David, our server, was excellent. He sold us both on the daily specials which were delicious. He was very friendly with a great personality, and he made our dining experience memorable. Thank you, Allan and Chris Stanbridge"
    Dined on 9/2/2013
  • "Food was well presented. Quantity was plentiful. Service was outstanding. One of the best Italian dining experiences outside of Italy. Only down side was a small table for 2 which was too close to other diners. Hard to hold an intimate conversation. However, would definitely go again."
    Dined on 8/23/2013
  • "We went to Chianti while in town for a conference. It was a great, relaxing way to end the day. The service, food and ambience were right on point. A totally enjoyable evening!"
    Dined on 8/18/2013
  • "The service was fine...only positive thing.....the rest ...choose an another place."
    Dined on 8/12/2013
  • "We eat out all the time so we know good food; this was good food. We only had one complaint. We both had pasta and neither of our entres had enough sauce. We are both Italian descent and we know that when you serve pasta the sauce should be "tight". This was a little too "tight". There were parts of my pasta where there was no suace at all. We were only in town for a week but if we come back, we would definitely try it again."
    Dined on 8/10/2013
  • "Our family of four adults had a great dinner at Chianti Restaurant. Everyone loved the calamari appetizer, and all of our main courses were excellent. Service was prompt and friendly, and the Italian wine selections were affordable."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "Our hotel advised us to try this restaurant and we are so glad we did! Wonderful, authentic Italian food. Any time I am in town for business again, I will be coming back. Super!"
    Dined on 7/24/2013
  • "There's better Italian restaurants in the Gaslamp with similar ambiance/atmosphere. I came here to try it out and see how it compares to the others on the same street. I'll give it good marks for the appetizer bread but the variety of dishes they offer and the quality of the dish I was served (pasta) measure at the average mark."
    Dined on 7/21/2013
  • "I love this place. Very friendly, great food & service."
    Dined on 7/15/2013