J. Trani's Ristorante
J. Trani's Ristorante

J. Trani's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jtrani.com/
  • Phone: (310) 832-1220
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner

    Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Italian, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Dustin Trani
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have full catering and banquet facilities. We can accommodate up to 100 people in our banquet room or cater an off premise event at your favorite venue. We are also a preferred vendor for the USS Iowa docked here in San Pedro and can cater your event on this historic ship.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate private parties up to 20 people in a semi-private section in our main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott DiDomenico - General Manager 3104204050x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Grand
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: There is free parking on the street 7 days a week. Additionally you may park in the Citi Bank Parking lot after 6:00pm on Monday through Friday, after 2:00pm on Saturdays and anytime on Sundays.
A word from J. Trani's Ristorante
On a typical Friday night at J. Trani's Ristorante, a visit to the dining room reveals a host of family and friends and the bar is bustling with a crowd that can only be described as enthusiastic. Most of the crowds are long time friends, but even those who aren't are made to feel like one of the family.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
J. Trani's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (22)special occasion (16)fit for foodies (13)romantic (13)notable wine list (10)good for groups (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The food here is always excellent!
    LAWoman
    Dined on 11/20/2014
    The pasta is perfectly cooked (al dente) and the dishes extremely savory. J. Trani never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    OUTSTANDING!!!! There are not enough words for the potato truffle pizza! Most perfect seared ahi with brilliant red inside! The new Majestic menu is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gmnigal
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Our meals were delicious. The restaurant has the charm of an Italian restaurant of the 50's
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • truffle night
    sanchez
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Always the best food, service, and time! We always know that we will be treated well here! And the food!!! The food is the best ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An incredible place!
    CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    This restaurant is absolutely incredible. From the food to the service. The food was so remarkable and such big portions that we went back the following day for dinner. Both Bobby and Pepe were the best servers. Made us feel special and took such good care of us. I can't wait to go back and try some of the other items. The pasta with braised short rib was amazing as well as the duck. The special pasta with hand cut spaghetti and truffle was to die for. Truly an unexpected surprise for us!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old style
    thebeachkidVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Old style traditional Italian restaurant. Food was good not exceptional. Very service orientated. Wine list pretty good and some reasonably priced choices.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    TunaFanVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I used to love this restaurant. This time it wasn't very good at all. I ordered the ahi tuna salad. I asked for my dressing on the side. I was served with just lettuce (like from a bag at the market) with the tuna on top. That's it. A let down from any other ahi salad i have had. Plain. It wasn't busy yet another table who came in after us, ordered, ate and left while we still did not receive our lunch. A woman in the bar was moaning and having issues like she was in pain and she got up started moaning in the entry area which happened to be behind our table. Shouldn't you call 911? Then she went back to the bar and moaned again. Weird/disruptive to someone dining. What happened to the Trani's as I knew it? Why go back?
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • always fantastic!
    glutenfreelife
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    we love j. trani's anytime! i am gluten free and the staff is very knowledgeable and helps the kitchen keep my food choices appropriate AND delicious! ask to sit with teresa, she smiles all the time and treats you like you're the only customers she has (and still gets food out on time and goes wonderful service).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and excellent service
    tomb
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is our favorite spot to celebrate special occasions -- this most recent visit being an anniversary. Service was outstanding -- well before finding out that we were celebrating. And the food was delicious. Price was reasonable too making this a place to eat dinner for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Pedro gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The service and food rivals the best in Southern Cal. Accommodated my special request with enthusiasm.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 84 reviews are from the J. Trani's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • J Trani's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Very good Italian food and good menu choices. Great service. Good matini, extra olives with a smile. Love it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great local restaurant
    kaye
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My husband and I have come here a few times. We love how its close to home and has great quality food. The staff is friendly and atmosphere is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    MissDinah
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    J. Trani's is a nice neighborhood gem with wonderful food and warm, cozy environment.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Amazing food and service like always! Never disappoints always on it with yummy tasting food and a very friendly staff!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent as usual
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We come here reguarly. This meal was vey good as it usually is. We will continue to frquent J Trani's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always special
    JreviewerVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    J. Trani has become our favorite special occasion or just "let's treat ourselves to a good meal" restaurant. The food is consistently excellent and the service is always friendly and prompt. They offer excellent traditional Italian dishes, such as delicious rigatoni Bolognase, as well as more unusual options like to-die-for rigatoni with pulled tomato braised short ribs topped with fresh arugula and feta cheese, our family favorite. Another family favorite is the roasted duck. We also love the risotto balls appetizer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I loved this place the staff was friendly and had great knowledge great wine selection. The food is fresh and amazing I am def coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Romantic Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    J. Trains was recommended by everyone in San Pedro we talked to. Any restaurant that has been in business since 1925 has to be doing something right! Justin our server was hands down one of the finest waiters we have ever had. Food was incredible and the price fair. Surroundings were perfect for what I planned to be a romantic evening!!!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good, except for the Expresso
    BT21
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    For San Pedro this is a very good gourmet restaurant with some interesting things on the menu including Risotto with Octopus. Had the Tuna Tartare for an appetizer and the charboiled Swordfish for my main entree. Both were exquisitely prepared. The place was busy on a Wednesday night after 8:30 PM, which surprized me for this town that rolls up the sidewalks early. The food prices are a little high, but well worth it except for the expresso. I ordered a double and it was a true small European double, but the price was $7 for it. I complained to the waiter and he went to check on it, but came back and said that is the price according to the manager.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great little spot...
    JasmineBauer
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    I was looking for a location to hold a business meeting and found this place online. The staff was very nice and accommodating. They set me up in a large table booth, as requested, and even kept us away from the crowd. They turned up the lights, and even offered to turn down the music to make sure we could hear each other, but the music level was already fine. The food was very tasty. Even the table bread had a suttle flavoring to it that was yummy. Service was great! I think it's a great little spot for two if you just want to drive somewhere for dinner. I'm not familiar with the area too much to know if there's much else to do. This restaurant has no lot. Parking is on the street, which I imagine during evening hours could be hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    RonWVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    1st time at the restaurant and thoroughly enjoyed it. Food was delicious, service impeccable. Will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I have been here several times,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I have been here several times, this time I brought my adult daughter. She loved it - said the calamari was the best she'd had. The food for me was better than ever...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special Event Dining
    verypicky
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    My husband grew up in San Pedro and I moved here about 30 years ago but it took my son to invite us here for a special occasion for us to try this place. We loved it! My son is in culinary school so you know the food has to be great. The atmosphere is lovely. I highly recommend this place and I have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food! Service wasn't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Delicious food! Service wasn't that great made a reservation still had to wait also the waitress took forever getting back to us on anything we ordered! Other than that it was a great experience and will def visit again!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great dining experience
    MarcS
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    As a child 45 years ago my mother would take us out to a place called Peppy's in San Pedro. FFWD to 2014. Mother now resides in nearby in assisted living. We do a monthly dinner. Last Saturday we wheeled my mother over for a meal at Trani's (former Peppy's location). The experience exceeded my expectations. Staff was friendly and attentive. We enjoyed the calamari appetizer, our entrees were the swordfish, salmon, butternut squash ravioli and we shared the flour less chocolate cake for dessert. All dishes were exceptional. It was somewhat of a surreal experience to return to this spot so many years later - yet we have unanimously decided to turn this into our regular monthly dining spot. It was that good!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Another great dinner, the food and service is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, a
    Judy
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Good food, good service, a friendly place where everybody knows your name.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eating Pedro
    AJC1950
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    Good friendly professional service. we enjoyed ourselves.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I discovered Trani's online while looking for a restaurant in the area. The reviews were good, so we decided to try it. What a great choice. There were three of us so we shared two appetizers. They were both delicious especially the smoked swordfish. My husband had a beet salad that was one of the specials. It was really amazing. We had three different entrees; the mushroom ravioli, the chop, and the veal parmigiana (another special that evening). My favorite was the veal parmigian. The menu is large, so there are plenty of options.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, great service!
    Lusants
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    A girlfriend and I came here for a catch-up dinner. The food was amazing, wine list was great and we had wonderful service. I have been here before and whether it is for a romantic dinner or a group of friend getting together, it is a wonderful restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine wednesdays
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    50% off wine on Wednesday along with great seafood makes this a special place in San Pedro!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great dining experience
    GregVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Always a great dining experience at one of my favorite restaurants
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was not so great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was not so great on Valentines Day. For example, the steak was very fatty. But, usually everything is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great throughout the years
    Eating4Fun
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Trani's has been the best, or one of the best, restaurants in San Pedro for many years. I've been away from the area for a few years and was delighted to find that it still keeps up its wonderful standards. We were a group of six and were seated at a round table in the middle of the dining room. We could all easily converse with each other, and everyone enjoyed their meals and desserts.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very wholesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Good food with very cozy ambience. Next time will try their pizza!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Food
    socaldaniel
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Great food, we had the "New Style Calamari" as an appetizer and it was awesome. I had the Braised Short Rib Pasta and My date had the sward fish with the truffle mash potatoes (an upgrade but WELL worth it) both were fantastic! We also split a side order of the Italian sausages and I think that was the best thing we had all night... simply wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    LoriVIP
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Wonderful food - real treat which we found through Open Table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Family Does it Right
    TenaciousGVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    This 90-year institution is one of the only places in kicky little San Pedro to enjoy a delicious Italian dinner. Or THE only place. Four generations of Trani's have served terrific food in a lovely traditional atmosphere. South Bay residents don't have to trek to Beverly Hills' DOMA because chef Dustin Trani's touch is definitely still felt at "home." We brought west side guests, who raved about the restaurant on their first visit and want to return. We wish we had experienced it sooner ourselves. Great dishes. lots to choose from, generous portions. The service was excellent. We couldn't linger that night, nor sample the wine - we'll want to do both on another visit.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food. slow service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    great food. slow service. table ready for us at appropriate time.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seems somewhat overpriced
    LymalaVIP
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    Not your typical Italian menu, slanted towards trendy food pairings to justify higher prices. Good food though.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate