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Firenze Trattoria
Firenze Trattoria

Firenze Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.firenzetrattoria.com
  • Phone: (760) 944-9000
  • Hours of Operation: Monday-Saturday 11:30am-10:00pm; Sunday 4:30pm-9:00pm
    Happy Hour 4:00PM - 6:30PM Daily

    (**If you have a seating preference in either the inside dining room or the outside heated patio, please specify when making your reservation. Seating preferences are not guaranteed**).
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout
  • Catering: Firenze provides full service catering for your special events, including weddings, bridal showers, bar mitzvahs, graduations and more.
  • Private Party Facilities: Firenze Privato is a private dining experience for up to 50 people. The latest addition to our award-winning restaurant and the menu can be tailored to your liking. With its soft colors and elegant wood accents, the atmosphere evokes class and style with an Italian theme.
  • Private Party Contact: Steve McCartney (760) 944-9000

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Manchester / Encinitas Blvd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Firenze Trattoria
**IF YOU HAVE A SEATING PREFERENCE IN EITHER THE INSIDE DINING ROOM OR OUTSIDE HEATED PATIO, PLEASE SPECIFY WHEN MAKING YOUR RESERVATION. SEATING PREFERENCES ARE NOT GUARANTEED**



Sun-splashed by day and romantically lantern-lit at night, Firenze's flower-bedecked patio, with it's gentle fountain, is like a private courtyard in some romantic Italian villa. Come see what all the buzz is about we are certain that you will enjoy this one of a kind experience in this beautiful San Diego Italian restaurant. Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "I have eaten here many times, and have never been served anything that was less than well prepared and tasty. The staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. The patio is my favorite place to sit and relax, and I go there quite often with my daughters. it is our favorite for a Mothers Day dinner."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We always try to dine on the patio. The reason is two fold. One it is very nice and second it is much quieter than inside. The food and service are always excellent."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Firenze has consistently won top dining awards and just one visit will win you over as well. Specializing in pasta, the lobster ravioli was mouth watering as was the tasty Caesar salad with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese. My husband also had the shrimp bisque soup and I was almost wishing I had just ordered soup and salad. So good! But of course the warm chocolate lava cake with vanilla bean ice cream and raspberry sauce sealed the deal. Every bite of our meal was yummy, the service was impeccable, and we ate in a lovely courtyard. Sunday's they have live music that adds to the romance. This is a great place to cuddle in the corner with a date or to sit more openly with a party. Loved it - again!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Good experience with food and service, good job our first time friends loved it."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "The sea food and pasta are always expertly prepared. Congenial and timely service. Great bartender!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Good food and ambience. Our waiter was great. My wife and I were celebrating our 61st wedding anniversary and our waiter gave us special attention."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I'm afraid an old favorite has become tired. Needs a revamp. Portions have been downsized. Preparation is insipid. Needs a real Italian chef to bring some life back into this place..."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend here for the second time. It was great! The food was delicious, the ambiance was calm and soothing, and the waitress was really helpful, friendly, and always came to our table with a smile on her face. We both had a great time!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We had dinner at Firenze Trattoria. The outdoor patio was lovely; giving a feeling of an Italian town. The food, however, was just so-so."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I'm so glad that we discovered Firenze Trattoria. We wanted a nice place to get a group together after our ballroom dance class, & FT fit the bill in every respect. Maeve, the hostess, greeted every patron with a warm welcome -- as if it were her own home. Our group of eight arrived in a staggered fashion, which created more work for our waiter. Nick had the patience of a saint; his service style, perfect -- unobtrusive, while remaining friendly, attentive, & efficient. Everyone was pleased with the exceptionally prepared entrees & desserts. (The Butternut Squash Ravioli & Lava Cake were huge hits.) Dining on the lovely patio made the evening especially delightful. Thank you, FT staff, for your hospitality."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "A Father's Day treat from wifey, also dined here 4 years ago for our anniversary, very consistent in quality."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We have always enjoyed dining at Firenzes. The atmosphere, wait staff and food have always lead to a festive night, and the food is consistently good. Will definitely keep going back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Ordered a special entree of stuffed chicken breast. Became very ill afterwards. Have eaten here many times , but not sure we will return."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Worst part of meal was $25 corkage. Friendly and helpful waitstaff. Food good p, will be more daring next time."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great menu, generous pours, Great food, great service."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Food was great. Come with an appetite. You won't be disapointed."
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "Have dined here many times - this last time was disappointing. Prices are high and good was just ok. Our server was good, but two people in our group of five had issues with their food - one had over cooked oysters and one had requested sauce on the side for the fish, but it arrived in too much sauce. The oysters were taken off the bill, the fish dish was taken back and served with sauce on the side. These things didn't happen on previous visits. We wo't be back."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "The special of the nite, a steel head salmon was as good as one you could get in Portland, OR, fresh off the river. Outstanding!"
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "Server brought heavily spotted glasses with our wine. I asked that they be polished. She returned, however the glasses we no better. She said, " I don't have my glasses, and basically said take it or leave it". "
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We have been here many times when we lived in the area. Food was delicious as always but the room we sat in was very warm and crowded - no air circulation. Our server was friendly but elusive. Took a while just to get our glass of wine. Will of course go back when we are in the area but the warmth of the room and the lack of attentiveness for this experience was disappointing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We come here a couple times a year. It is one of the places we like to go when we want to have a nice adult date night dinner. People are friendly, restaurant has nice ambiance, staff is attentive and the food is really good. One of our favorite Italian restaurants in the north county. Generally the noise level is moderate but we caught them on a quieter night. I recommend Firenze Trattoria to a lot of friends - There is nothing on the menu that i wouldn't have again."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Best Osso Bucco anywhere! We are so lucky to live across the street from this very fine restaurant. This is our #1 place for Italian food in all of San Diego, and has been since the day they opened their doors. The staff service is 'top drawer', and there is both indoor and al fresco seating --- that in itself can be a tough decision, along with choosing from so many tasty items on the menu. We have lots of favorites, and sometimes for a quick snack, we have a glass of wine and a plate of calamari fritte with their killer sauce. I personally recommend everything on the menu!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "We've been here a few times, either as a couple or with the family (2 boys). I would consider this a nicer restaurant, especially based on our bill when we leave! The servers have always been friendly and professional. Whether we come on a date night or with two teenagers who are hard-pressed to brush their hair, we receive good service and the food is excellent. We have one vegetarian and there are plenty of choices. We don't often get dessert, but this is one of the places where dessert is hard to pass up! The cheesecake is VERY good. Wonderful wine list, but they also have an agreement with Meritage Wine Market where if you purchase there and bring it in, there's no corkage."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Our last visit 6 months ago was great! We were soooo disappointed this time and may not come back! I ordered the lobster ravioli. It was the MOST unappetizing plate I've ever been served! It had been sitting under heat lamps and looked like condensed tomato soup with objects in it! They brought me another plate (mine was cold too). The 2nd plate was has hot but equally unappetizing. I gave it a taste and it was as bland as it looked. 2 of the other guests had dishes with risotto. Cooking Arborio rice -like rice - IS not risotto! The risotto fantastico and the paella were "OK" in flavor; but the rice instead of the risotto was disappointing. Our server was very attentive and that was the only saving grace."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Have eaten here before and again a delight. It was a Saturday night and more crowded but again the noise level was good as well as the food and service."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and service.. top notch. salmon trout was fantastic. Highly reccommend"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Celebrated our 55th wedding anniversary with good food, drink and service. I had pasta carbonarra and my wife had the baked rigatoni with sausage. The portions were huge but my dish was a little dry but my wife's was absolutely wonderful. Also had the shrimp bisque which was great. Nice restaurant but a little pricey ( $19 for calamari appetizer!!!!!!!!!!!! ) however I will be back. PS: the service was outstanding"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We dine here frequently, and the food is always very good. This last occasion was exceptional, and a testimony to the staff. They were very busy, so the kitchen had to be hoppin, but regardless, the meals were the best ever. Great salmon, and pasta. Thanks Firenze."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife and I occasionally have lunch at Firenze since many years. We enjoy sitting on the patio. The dishes never disappointed us. The shrimp bisque is the best that we had anywhere (here and in Europe). Last Saturday, I had their saltimbocca with spaghetti and their pink sauce for the first time. Truly excellent. Consistent with its Itlalian name it "jumped into my mouth". We are looking forward to more visits in the future. It is the closest Itralian ambiente that we know in San Diego county."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My husband and I went here for valentines day dinner while visiting San Diego. The ambience was very nice and romantic - an Italian style with dimmer mood lighting. The service was good, and the food was great. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for a romantic night out!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Was hoping for the regular menu too, but on valentines day, menu was prix-fixe. Service was pleasant. Pricey for portion size."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Good food, good ambiance, but overpriced for what we got. In this price point there are so many amazing options. This one is good, but not amazing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My husband and I LOVED their pre-fixed Valentine's Day menu! I enjoyed the lasagna and my husband's filet with blue cheese on top just melted in our mouths! Our sever was extremely helpful in suggesting a bottle of wine that complimented our meal perfectly and the desserts were amazing as well!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had heard a lot of good things about this restaurant, which is why we chose to go during restaurant week, but we were not impressed with our experience. We live in Encinitas, very close to the restaurant, so we thought it would be a fun experience to find a new eatery close by. The hostess was very young and very nervous, greeted us, but would not give us eye contact, she seemed to be waiting for the more experienced hostess, which eventually returned and she was very nice. The waitress we had was not very friendly, but she wasn't rude, just a so-so waitress. Our crab dinner was fishy and the NY steak risotto dinner was a lot of risotto and mushrooms. We were disappointed with our meal. We will not return."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "We had six people, five of us loved our dinners. The staff seemed genuinely sorry for the guest who did not - offered a substitue and ultimately comped that meal. Dessert was scruptious cannoli! Very nice atmosphere."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Great local eatery with authenic Italian cuisine! Excellent pastas, salads and fish/meat entrees."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Consistently excellent pasta and northern Italian cuisine. Some are creative. Cost of food, drinks and wine are above average."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "If you want great tasting food in a beautiful setting, this is the place to go! While all of their food is good, the lasagna is perhaps their signature dish."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "Took my wife there to celebrate her birthday and my son and his date joined us. The staff was great and the food was even better. Each of had a different choice of meal and everyone was pleased. Will visit again soon."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We entertained some business clients from IL over the holidays and wanted them to experience our favorite restaurant so close to our home. This time we ordered 2 lasagna to go. Love having the left overs! Awesome food n service. Julie always maKes sure u have an enjoyable experience. Thk u!!"
    Dined on 1/3/2014