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

J. Trani's Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.jtrani.com/
  • Phone: 3108321220
  • 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, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We have full catering and banquet facilities. We can accommodate up to 125 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 18 people in a semi-private section elevated just above our main dining room.
  • Private Party Contact: Scott DiDomenico 3104204050

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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
J. Trani's Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
27 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (20)special occasion (14)fit for foodies (9)romantic (8)notable wine list (7)good for groups (6)great for lunch (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 21 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the J. Trani's Ristorante reviews archive.
  • 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.
  • Janet
    funtoeat
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    This was a wonderful experience. i used to go to this restaurant many years ago when it was Peppy's. Somehow I have wondered away over the years. Now that it is J. Trani it is every bit as good as I always remembered. I am so glad my friends and I gave it a another try! Janet Fogle
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • 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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seems somewhat overpriced
    Lymala
    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
  • We always enjoy dining at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    We always enjoy dining at J. Trani's. Juston is our favorite waiter and he is so polite and gracious towards us We took my Mother in for her Birthday dinner and she was very happy with her dinner of fresh scallops with asparagus. Thank you for such fine service and food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Pedro's Finest
    MellyMel
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    Excellent food & staff. They definitely make you feel at home.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • manager Bobbie is great, always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    manager Bobbie is great, always ready to help, service is usually good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we love this place
    RegularVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We don't go here often enough. Every time we do, we love it. Great food. Great service. The hostess, management and wait staff really care about having your business.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food/Service excellent Tip NOT
    RahproVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    My wife's family has been coming here for decades The food and service are always excellent. However I presume a new policy to add the tip to the bill at 20% (with no notification and very small printing) fro all tables (we were a 4 top with 2 adults and 2 children, has made this a place we will not go to again. Sad. I am a big tipper and almost always tip 20% unless service requires something else. But I will not be told on a small party how much to tip.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Been around forever!
    Care2dine
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    Trani's has a wonderful reputation and loyal following... My recent dining experience wasy 3rd time there! While I realize it is a highly respected restaurant among locals, there are a few things I would refurbish and/or upgrade like, for example, upon entry, the first impression lacks ambience. The furniture (especially the chairs) were simply uncomfortable to sit in for 2 hrs or more. The walls could use a softer paint color.... And maybe some interesting artwork and pictures... Everyone is squeezed in so tight it is difficult to engage in dinner conversation without shouting!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We truly enjoyed the food
    Jo4Real
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    We truly enjoyed the food the new calamari is wonderful our entrees were delicious lasagna and short ribs. Can't say enough about our waiter Justin he was very attentive great personality. I made the reservation on open table and put in a note we were celebrating a birthday they surprised us with a candle lit dessert. Very special will certainly return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Would definitely return again
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    Good food and prompt service; even with a full dining room. The exterior could use a face-lift. If it weren't for word of mouth and excellent Yelp reviews, I might not have chosen this restaurant based on the curb appeal. Enjoyed delicious braised meatballs as an apetizer and gnocchi for the main entree. A generously-sized house salad came with the entree. Others in my party enjoyed the minestrone soup, spinach ravioli, and rigatoni. All received rave reviews.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic