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Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant
Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant

Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.jackandgiulios.com
  • Phone: (619) 294-2074
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Giulio
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room
  • Private Party Facilities: Our balcony is available for private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Jack (619) 294-2074

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Arista
  • Public Transit: Centrally located in Old Town within walking distance from Trolley Station.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available, as well as in our private lot.
A word from Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant
Jack and Giulio's Italian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for many years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef, and seafood specialties.Continued
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "exceptional food was fantastic service was exemplary"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "The food was good. The service needs a dose of reality. I have marked this down over that one thing. The menu had a Veal Escaloppe with your choice of pasta or vegetables. I asked to have spaghetti. I was shown a section of print at the bottom saying 'no substitutions allowed' he said it was Rigatoni and as the owner was the chef, there were no exceptions. Then they served Penne, not Rigatoni! LOL. They also brought my husband's starter of bruschetta after the main courses had arrived. Really though, it was arrogant service totally out of place in America where we have been blown away by the service. The chef may be the owner but it is the customer who keeps the restaurant afloat, bills paid and the owner in business."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Food was very good and menu broad. They had gluten free options but do not make other changes to dishes. Service was a bit rushed - they wanted to give us our main courses half way through our appetizers. Authentic Italian feel & the live music was a nice touch."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Great salads and Scampi. Food was excellent and setting is very romantic."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "We have been going to Jack and Giulio's since they were in PB. We were thrilled to learn that they moved to Old Town. We have been to J and G's many times and never fail to have a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We took a friend visiting from Arizona. He loved it as much as we do. It's our go-to place for special occasions--and fantastic food!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The food is fine but not exceptional or special. The service was most attentive."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "First let me start by saying we have been to Jack and Giulios almost everytime we visit San Diego but we will not be returning. Our server did not interduce herself to start. The food was horrible. This has never been the case when we have visited. The buschetta had no taste to it at all. The chicken fettuccine was bland as well. I had ordered wine for dinner that I was very pleased with but our server never came back to ask if I would like another glass wich I would have decently taken. Before arriving my fiancé and discussed using Jack and Giulios for our wedding rehearsal dinner but unfortantly will not be returning."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I used to be a regular at this fine restaurant and often brought family and clients there. Business took me away for 8 years. When I came home I very pleased to find that Jack & Julio's had maintained the excellence that I remember. I will be a regular again."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Really enjoyed Jack and Guilio's for a pre-marathon dinner We had a lot of delicious food, i think the best of which was the Angel Hair pasta and the Lasagna…. very fresh and fabulous! Jack the owner was very nice and he made us feel like we were personal guests. The waitress was sweet and meant well, but seemed inexperienced. We sat outside and it was a very nice evening,"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Have visited Jack and Giulio's over past 45 years, and have always been very pleased with the quality of food. I highly recommend the Veal Scalopini Marsala.. The best I have ever had of ANY Italian restaurant. They have a good selection of Wine, to go with any dish served. While pricing of the selections seems a bit higher than many expect for an Italian place, the location demands a higher operating cost, and I do not mind paying the small amount more. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We go there for birthday celebrations. The food and service is great -- their shrimp scampi is outstanding. I have also had the veal piccata which is very good."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We have been dining at Gluio's since they were down at the beach. Now that we live in Phoenix, we make a trip over at least once a year so that we can get our Scampi Giulio fix. Our daughter's rehearsal dinner was at Jack and Julio's a number of years ago and it was lovely. We'd recommend the intimate, friendly setting, elegant food and great wine list. Patio dining is perfect when the weather permits as the noise level is a bit lower than indoors. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We started going to Giulio's in Pacific Beach when I was a kid. In all these years, the quality has remained consistently outstanding, and it's a family favorite for special occasions. It's my Mom's favorite restaurant, so there's never any doubt about where to take her for Mother's Day!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Scampi was OK. Veal & eggplant parmesan was dry. Minestrone was bland and not Italian. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I expected much better when I saw that Zagats gave it 27 out of 30 for food. It was OK, and old-line. Very traditional Italian food from restauratns from the 70s and 80s. In fact, I see the place started in the 60s. I had a seafood stew that was good, though a coupld of the tiems we some overcooked. I went to Solare in Point Lomo and liked it much better."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "My daughters and I had a great dinner here. Our waiter was friendly and fun. It was a great place, cute comfortable feeling. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "Although this was our 1st visit, my wife & I were welcomed like old friends. The service was wonderful, the wine recommendation was spot on. The food brought back memories of the meals our mothers served when we were young, the deserts were great. We were visiting San Diego, if we lived in the area this would be a place to go on a regular basis. "
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "My wife and I have been coming here for several years whenever we are in the area for a visit. We originally found this place by accident and we have never had a bad meal here. The check can be a little pricey if you have drinks and dessert however, everything on the menu is outstanding and the service great. While most would probably describe the menu as gourmet Italian food, I am not a fan of gourmet food in general and yet this place is the best! I highly recommend trying the Tortellini Verdi as it is outstanding."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "For well over 30 years we have gone to Jack and Giulio's for SCAMPI GIULIO'S. It is so rare that you can continue to get this awesome dish time after time over that long a period and it still pleases every time. I'm not sure that scampi could be done better anywhere."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Has been a while since previous visit. Menu has undergone updating, much improved. Additions to our liking; veal & eggplant parmigiana was my choice an dit was very good; will have again next visit. My lady always has the shrimp scampi and did again, she loved it. Wine list has also been revised, most new labels I'm familiar, but reasonably priced. Nice alfresco dining area."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We have been going to this restaurant for almost 40 years for its signature " Scampi Giulio" and it has NEVER disappointed. The dish itself is outstanding ( giant butterflied shrimp, lightly breaded, in a champagne, mushroom, butter sauce) that you devour and then reach for a piece of bread to slather and capture any remaining sauce. The chef owner, in his 80's , learned to cook from his father in a restaurant in the shadows of the Milan Opera House, and carried his recipes with him to San Diego. It's a treat to share this delight with anyone who comes to our city for a visit."
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "This restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere. The sauce used on the spaghetti was exceptional. It had a very rich, deep flavor. The Caesar salad portion is plenty to split between a couple. Our waiter was very attentive, making sure to keep our wine glasses filled. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for something other than Mexican while in Old Town."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Hostess, bartender & our waiter were all very friendly! The food was "average" at best! Although restaurant is located in Old Town, we were hopeful this restaurant would surprise us. It didn't! We will not return.."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was good! really liked the Scampi , which is their speciality. ...This restaurant was recommended by a friend.and didn't disappoint ! Service was a different story. ...waitress was surly with us ans was already getting her tip since we were a large party.....hire some friendly staff. ."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "1. Arrived there earlier than the reserved time (like 30 minutes early) but wasn't able to accommodate us to have a table early. At least we were offered to sit at the bar first while waiting. 2. Service was slow and not attentive (ex: slow at taking our order, bringing plates, and hot water was empty for a while but no one come to give us refill or ask if we needed more water). It was not easy to get attention from a waiter/waitress but finally we got our hot water refilled. 3. Food was excellent! Size was good too."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "If you are, this is the place to go in Old Town. Everything we had was fantastic. The staff was extremely friendly & accommodating. We will definitely go back on our next visit to San Diego."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was great! Parking in the area is challenging."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "After reading other reviews, I was disappointed in the food here. My husband & I split the house salad of romaine, Parmesan, walnuts and tomatoes with a house dressing. The lettuce was limp and cut in small pieces rather than torn. The grated Parmesan cheese was almost non-existent and only a few grape tomatoes graced the salad. My husband enjoyed his veal Marsala that had lots of mushrooms and nicely slices of veal. I ordered the house special, Scampi Giulio, which consisted of 6 large but overcooked, rubbery, butterflied shrimp in an undistinguished brownish sauce that lacked lemon and garlic. The dish was accompanied by some overcooked string beans. The waiter was attentive but the place could use some updating."
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "I found this place on Yelp! ...and followed the reviews right to the front door, and the pics right to the plate of delicious Cioppino. Excellent service, very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant on Valentine's Day. Other reviews suggested that it was a long time neighborhood restaurant. Their website was good and the menu was great. Unfortunately the website did not mention that The Valentine's menu would be severely limited. My husband ordered veal piccata. He has had this at many fine restaurants, and the dish was definitely NOT piccata. The only aspect that was similar was veal, and that was tough. When he asked the waiter about the dish the waiter insisted that the dish was indeed piccata. To be sure my husband looked piccata up on his iPhone and showed him that it was not even close. His response: well that's the way we've always made it. There are plenty of good italian restaurants in SD. Not this 1"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Jack and Giulio's is always a pleasant experience for us...they are very attentive and we feel by using OpenTable that we get a great table at the restaurant with the reservation. The food is consistently outstanding and we know that whatever we order it will be perfect...hat's off to Giulio who was cooking this night for us...great restaurant, great food, great service...you can't ask for better than that...outstanding evening for us!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Jack & Giulio's is hands-down our favorite restaurant. We got engaged there and have celebrated many special events in their establishment. Normally, we stay home for Valentine's Day, but we had tickets to the Globe and thought we'd go all out. It was busy, but not packed, but our service was not what we're used to. Won't deter us from going back. Even greatness has its moments. Tortelloni Verde rocks!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a great dinner food was good service a bit slow waitress had NO personality service so so."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I was expecting more from a restaurant with a 27 in Zagat. The Bruschetta was heavy and soggy. They tried to do too much (cheese and other unknown ingredients) instead of letting great bread and tomatoes carry the dish. I would go if I was a local but not worth a stop from someone out of town."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Ive eaten here many times over the years, and I have never been disappointed! The food is excellent always and service is always extended with a smile! I highly recommend this restaurant for great authentic Italian food."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Amazing classics, great wine list, and a welcome option from the rowdy sow for tourist Mexican tortilla restaurants and bars. Our favorites: Scampi a la Giulio and Tortelloni Verde."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "Not as good as I remembered. It has been about 4 yrs since dining here; so the food/dining experience did not meet my expectations. Salads were over-dressed-wine by the glass was limited and the food lacked that specialness that I expected. Bread was good."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Excellent Food. Nice ambience. Good location. Moderate prices. Adequate service. What more do you want?"
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "We have been there before and this time was no different. Fantastic service. Food was unbelievable!!!! Can't wait to go back. We use to go to Giulio's in Pacific Beach years ago!!!!"
    Dined on 1/20/2014