Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos
Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos

Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.fratellissanmarcos.com/
  • Phone: (760) 444-0414
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30-8:30, Friday & Saturday 11:30-9:00, Sunday 11:30-8:30. (Closed Mondays)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Pizzeria
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: From birthdays, wedding rehearsals, business meetings, to your much needed friendly gathering, our Fratelli's event team are here to create your next memorable occasion for you and your party.
  • Private Party Contact: Christen Graeser 7604440414

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Via Vera Cruz
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos
Casual and fun, yet classy and relaxing, Fratelli's provides a unique Italian dining experience right in the heart of Restaurant Row San Marcos. Home-made Italian fare, hand tossed pizzas, local craft beers and a delicious wine list comprise a menu unlike any other in North County. Our level of service and commitment to you, our guest, is to do everything we can to make sure you have the best dining experience possible. We appreciate you and value your business.
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Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos reviews from OpenTable diners
15 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (9)fit for foodies (3)notable wine list (3)special occasion (2)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (1)hot spot (1)great for lunch (1)romantic (1)Show More
  • Great Gluten Free Options
    GFfoodie
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was great. Good gluten free options. Great tasting. Cons: only has wine and about 10 beers and two GF beers. Needs better bar.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local Italian restaurant
    PocketVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have eaten here three times now and each time it has been fantastic. The service is great and the food is even better. Last time, I tried the grilled salmon piccata, and it was delicious. One of the best restaurants in restaurant row.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Good Service
    Roselover
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had a group of 8. 2 of our group have dietary restrictions (gluten) and the waiter and kitchen were very accommodating. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Was a Excellent As Was Service
    DaraDimples
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    My daughter and I had a delightful dinner. The food arrived at the table nice and hot and the wine was delicious. Our server was extremely attentive, too. The noise level was quite high and we attributed that to the restaurant being very busy, the concrete flooring, and being seated in the front corner of the room where the noise reverberated quite a bit. However, the food. Ore than offset the noise level.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Home made quality
    Mamaleoni
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Great real Italian food! Very attentive and enjoyable waiter. Dessert, tiramisu and spumoni, were delicious and big enough to share! We plan to return often when in the area.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Italian Basics with a Smile
    PuffinPower
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The menu here is mostly old school Italian. The only nod to a more modern sort of Italian food is the caprese salad, made with heirloom tomatoes and a wonderful burrata. That said, they do the old school Italian very well. I had linguine and clams and my husband had veal piccata, both of which were excellent. The wine list is small, but there are enough selections to work from (and I understand that they will waive corkage if you bring in a bottle of wine from the wine shop across the street). The service could not have been friendlier. If you are looking for a fancy fine dining Italian, this isn't it, but for Italian classics, this is a great place.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food good; service disappointing
    Dick
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I virtually never write reviews. This was our 3rd visit. Because of positive experiences the first two times with just me and my wife on a Tuesday eve, we invited my mother-in-law, our son and his family (total 7) for a Friday evening. I wrote a long description of our experience but exceeded character count by 1100+ and will not re-state in smaller space. Suffice it to say, food tasted good; service and professionalism of staff very disappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eager to return
    Designerlabeluver
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    In looking for a restaurant that was a half way point between ourselves and friends, we came upon Fratelli's. Happy hour runs until 7:00, so we had drinks and fried Mozzarella for $5 each. The Mozzarella was perfect! Crispy and warm on the outside, melted on the inside. Everyone's entree looked delicious and they all said it was. My hubbie and I shared a Creme Brûlée for dessert with a warm crust and creamy center. Our server was fantastic. It was a great evening out. I wish they had outdoor dining. The next time I go, I'll choose the center of the restaurant back by the bar instead of the booth overlooking the parking lot. I look forward to going there again soon! Great Find!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    lovebirds
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    To date, my wife and I have visited Fratelli's Italian Kitchen in San Marcos four times for dinner and twice for lunch. On each visit we have found that the menu selections are great, service is prompt, efficient and courteous and the food is consistently good. Well worth a try if you have a hankering for great Italian food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    grampaj
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We selected to celebrate our daughters birthday here after reading the reviews online. There were seven of us and the service and food choice and quality were great. We all enjoyed the evening and we look forward to eatng there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 5 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 29 reviews are from the Fratelli's Italian Kitchen - San Marcos reviews archive.
  • Always a Winner
    LabDadVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Fratelli's has become one of our favorite "go to" spots. The food is always very good, service is excellent, and the price is reasonable. A friendly place you can always count on when you're in the mood for Italian food and a nice glass of wine.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took my girlfriend out for dinner there. It was a bit less of a "date spot" than I hoped, but the food was delicious and the servers were incredibly friendly and welcoming. Fantastic restaurant and I'll definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    We always have a great meal here. Thanks for a wonderful time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Average
    amc13
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Having not eaten here before, our small group arrived before a business meeting. I expected something more in decor and ambiance. The entre salads were below par; my veal entre was fine but not great. Other opentable reviews caused my expectations to be greater than the reality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dineswithdelight
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    A great venue for our son's graduation celebration. The entrees were delicious, especially the chicken marsala and salmon piccata. Our special thanks to Brad, our server. He did a masterful job in serving our large party.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loved it
    LawrenceFamily
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had never been there before and took a chance for Mothers Day. The food was fantastic. The best italian restaurant i have eaten at in San Diego. We enjoyed it more than Carmelas italian restaurant also there in San Marcos. This will be our first choice always for italian.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best in San Marcos
    WeEatOut
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We are so happy to have a GOOD place to have a nice dinner in San Marcos. The food is flavorful, fresh and high quality. The ciabatta bread and basil pesto dip is very very good. Wonderful pasta and the best ricotta cheesecake anywhere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great. The server
    Mitra
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The food was great. The server was extremely friendly. We will definitely go back again :)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First Visit
    peggyb
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We had a good experience. I made a reservation (mid-week), but it wouldn't have been necessary. Server Brad was excellent...friendly and knowledgeable! Food was good...we ordered spaghetti, ravioli, and fish. Bread was fresh and very good. Portions were reasonable, and prices were agreeable with moderate range. Lighting and decor was darker than I prefer.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FIts in Restaurant Row Fine
    EscSteve
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Taking over the space Bruno's vacated, Fratelli's provides a comparable dining experience. Fine if it is close to you, but not worth driving very far.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Nice
    Beel
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    This is the second time my family has dined here. Pizza and pasta both very nice. We are not fans of most SD pizza and like it very much here.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian cooking & reasonable
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Had a simple lunch of salads but the offering for the lunch specials were decent; four choices of pasta, other selections for entrees still included salad and bread for under ten dollars. Worth a look-see for families or on a budget couples.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely time!
    Janet
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    I went with seven friends for lunch and it was very, very good! I only stop short of excellent because the luncheon portions were a bit small. We had a great time, great wine and wonderful warm Focaccia bread with a nice blend of oil and herbs to dip! The Burrata caprese appetizer was fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    dbroperVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Fratelli's Italian Kitchen in San Marcos is a real find. As soon as I tasted the fresh pesto in olive oil served with the warm bread I know we were in for a treat. I had the chicken piccata served over pasta which was delicious. The chicken was tender, with just the right amount of garlic and lemon. My wife had the shrimp scampi which she reports was excellent. My son had the very hefty carne calzone which he loved. The service was friendly and attentive, but never obtrusive. All in all, it was a wonderful meal, just the right combination of casual ambiance and impeccable comfort food. We'll definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not what I expected
    JeffTVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    The good: The service was friendly and proactive. The bad: Food was bland and average The potential: I heard they are open to fitting in requests if you let them know before you come in, such as special ingredients. They have a lovely bar seating section, but the rest of the place looks more like the typical pizza joint.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Frat house
    Anony
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Food so so. Waiter tried. Bread was served at a premium. Good mainly as dine and Go
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fratelli
    JackVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Outstanding service and a very friendly staff. Food is excellent and wine list more than adequate. These folks try hard and obviously enjoy what they do. Have recommended this establishment to many friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice spot
    TCBD
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    comfortable place, good selection. friendly service
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall
    J111VIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    Restaurant needs a lunch special menu. Food overall is pretty good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • A Pleasantly Surprisingly Good Meal
    FriendlyVIP
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Our first time to the restaurant on New Years Day to attend a movie. We were both pleasantly surprised to have such a great meal. Great service. Good wines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service
    Nancy
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Food is wonderful, service great, wine was perfect. A casual but pleasant atmosphere. Great for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upgrade over previous restaurant
    JImmyVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Definite upgrade over previous Italian restaurant a this same location. Still not as good as it could be. But definitely worth a try. Server was excellent, food was good not great. Prices are reasonable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian!
    golfgirlVIP
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    The food here is wonderful! Excellent pizza, salads and entrees. The staff is super friendly and willing to go the extra mile.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Service and Food
    Anniversary
    Dined on 10/18/2013
    We enjoyed this made over "Bruno" restaurant in Restaurant Row. The service was excellent; from the hostess, to the server Ruby, to the food runner and water girl...such nice and friendly people. The food was excellent, the wine we chose was also wonderful. The ambiance could have used a little change. The booths were the same as from Bruno's. The tables are too far from the seats...so you are constantly having to lean into your plate. The booths in the back have that horrible upright backing...which has the opposite affect. This can all be changed over time...that is if they don't go through the ever prevelent "turn over" curse of Restaurant Row. So many others have failed...I'm really hopeful this restaurant stays.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, great for kids.
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    All of us agreed we'll be back. The caprese had the creamiest mozzarella. We all loved the ricotta pumpkin cheesecake. The gluten free options are a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Welcome Change
    BirthdayGirlVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    This restaurant was recently opened by new owners and has been remodeled. The old charm the venue had was kept while adding several great improvements. A new bar and the dining room has been opened up to allow more light and brings a more welcomed feel. The manager made sure to keep the service on track but improvement on the level of service by the wait staff needs a bit of improvement. Not bad but just a little off. This place is new so that should be expected and I imagine that as they get into the swing of things this will improve. Our food was delicious and plentiful making it a good value as well. Best Bruschetta that we've ever had and each one of us enjoyed what they ordered and do did other people that were there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A disappointing first visit
    Susan1484VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Revamped from the old 'Bruno's'. Menu was very pricey and insignificant. The Caesar salad; chopped up lettuce, sprinkles of cheese, not enough dressing (had to ask for more); clams were too salty and small; pasta - nothing outstanding. The outstanding food item was the bread and olive oil dipping sauce. It was to die for! (but you only get one piece and have to flag down a bus boy for more.) No wine ordered, no drinks except for water; one soup, one salad, one pasta dish (meatless) and clams as a starter and it was $40. Service and server were excellent - no complaints there. When we asked for something, it was quickly attended to. But the food does not warrant the high prices. You expect better for a top notch Italian menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food - great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    Excellent food in a comfortable place. Service is personal, and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great local Italian restaurant
    ClayVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Comfortable and open ambiance along with great food and service!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.