Firenze Trattoria
Firenze Trattoria

Firenze Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.firenzetrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 7609449000x
  • 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 7609449000x

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.
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Firenze Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (39)neighborhood gem (36)special occasion (22)fit for foodies (18)romantic (17)notable wine list (13)good for groups (12)great for lunch (8)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Food Quality
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Although the food was not bad, the quality of the food for the price point is unfair. The price point could be reduced to ensure a repeat customer and recommendations to others.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not easy to please
    PARMIGIANOBOB
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I judge a restaurant by the chicken parmigiano. If you can't cook a classic like chicken parm, forget about it. It was perfect. Next, the bread...excellent. Service....excellent. We sat outside so don't know too much about the inside, but it looked pleasant. Everyone at our table loved their food choices. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hollywood in encinitas!
    Seachef
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Old school big portions very good quality! Has great charm about it. We will be back soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • waste of time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My wife and I had reservations at 9pm. We were there a little early. We were seated out on the patio right next to the fountain. I had hopes it would be a romantic evening. We were served bread and water. The waiter never said a word. He just set it down and left. We proceeded to sit there for 20 minutes without one person coming up to us. There was 3 waiters on the patio that night and maybe 4 tables on the patio. Out of frustration and lack of service we left and went somewhere else to eat. It was a complete waste of our time. 30 min drive just to get ignored. I will never recommend this place.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2cook
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Nice romantic dining location, great food for that special occasion. Great service attentive without distrurbing the dinner conversation. The out side area is secluded from the street with little noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    Paula
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food, service, everything wonderful! You can't beat it....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An old favorite
    Eduardo
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've dined at this restaurant for many years, and it has always combined the best qualities of quiet decor, friendly service and wonderful food. It hasn't changed because it doesn't have to. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying dining at this hidden gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • RobertK
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    I love the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. 3 of us had the veal dishes. They were excellent. One had the antipasto which was great with a large portion...enough to take some home. Service was well-timed and friendly, wines were affordable. We requested a special table that we had before and got it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and ambience
    Candee
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My husband and I and another couple all loved the food we ordered as well as the ambience of the patio. Although our server was fun and nice he made several mistakes. We had to ask for the fresh pepper twice because he brought red crushed pepper instead. He also forgot to bring a glass of wine. He attempted to put my napkin on my lap while the (large) menu was there. He also brought to our table an entree that another table had ordered. Not a good night for him!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeansabs
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    IT had been some time since we had dined at Firenze's . We are definitely not going to wait so long for the next time. Had a wonderful dinner on the patio. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • hopefully not normal
    tomwVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    usually service is one of Firenze's positives but this time they failed. An instance: table of seven, 3 wine glasses, "rest will be here shortly". Glasses appeared in ones and twos over the next 10 minutes.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice
    RelgaVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Hadn't been in a few years--- had moved away from the area....... enjoyed returning to Firenze. Vegatable soup is fabulous. Egg Pasta excellent....back on my short list when I am in the area....
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious ~
    doodahVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The best Polpette di Pollo I've ever tasted and the Melanzane Rollatini is outstanding ~
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of My Favorites
    Shoosmum
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    Auldmizzou
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Stars Aren't Enough
    Dove
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firenze Encinitas
    VdayloverVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Good experience with food and service, good job our first time friends loved it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian gem
    JRMDC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The sea food and pasta are always expertly prepared. Congenial and timely service. Great bartender!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downsized
    QCommVIP
    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...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Date Night
    Painfest
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 36 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 449 reviews are from the Firenze Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Disappointing dinner
    SeriousCook
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • on our "favorites" list!
    Rivo
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Treat
    Dave
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A Father's Day treat from wifey, also dined here 4 years ago for our anniversary, very consistent in quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Caligirl2dineVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapontment
    Jammers177VIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Ordered a special entree of stuffed chicken breast. Became very ill afterwards. Have eaten here many times , but not sure we will return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Late sat night (post LA) dinner
    Andy123VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Worst part of meal was $25 corkage. Friendly and helpful waitstaff. Food good p, will be more daring next time.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hanker
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great menu, generous pours, Great food, great service.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food!
    Jeff
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Food was great. Come with an appetite. You won't be disapointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    SANdinerVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • healthy food aficionado
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service is Spotty
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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".
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We have been here many times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great neighborhood restaurant
    tilesVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firenze Bravissimo!
    MissT
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service to all comers
    molecularmommy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our last visit 6 months ago
    Smitten
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
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  • Have eaten here before and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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  • this is the real deal
    sladeVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    pleasantly surprised with the quality of food and service.. top notch. salmon trout was fantastic. Highly reccommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can't Miss
    funster
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.