Nicolosi's - El Cajon
Nicolosi's - El Cajon

Nicolosi's - El Cajon

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicolosis.com/
  • Phone: 6194440303x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch

    Daily: 11:00am - 3:00pm

    Happy Hour

    Daily: 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Dinner

    Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 8:30 pm; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Gino Rocca
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Nicolosis catering is your one stop for large party take out, in house events or complete catering at your site. We offer a great selection of our family's recipes for your special event.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a large private room for your special events and are happy to work with you to tailor your menu to your style and budget.
  • Private Party Contact: Chris 6194440303x
  • Special Events: We specialize in special events! Whether an onsite banquet in one of our private rooms, a large take out order or a full catering program, we can put together a menu to fit your vision and budget. Give us a call today and let Nicolosi's help make your event truly special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: W.D Hall
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is street parking and a public lot in the back with easy access to the entrance.
A word from Nicolosi's - El Cajon
Welcome to Nicolosi's Italian Restaurant in Downtown El Cajon. Nicolosi's has been serving authentic southern Italian cuisine in San Diego for over 60 years. Our old country recipes as well as new favorites have made us a local favorite. Come try our housemade Lasagna, our hand made Ravioli or our Sicilian Six-Cheese Mac and Cheese. Find out what San Diegans have come to love with our famous torpedo sandwiches, meatballs, awesome pastas and delicious salads. Our pizza has consistently been voted best in San Diego and you can choose from one of our many traditional or unique combinations. A delicious basket of housemade bread comes with every meal.

Our welcome atmosphere features attentive service, a full bar and banquet facilities. Our family hopes to welcome you to Nicolosi's soon. Mangia!
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Nicolosi's - El Cajon reviews from OpenTable diners
5 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.2
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (4)great for outdoor dining (4)kid-friendly (4)neighborhood gem (2)late-night find (2)special occasion (2)great for brunch (1)romantic (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Mothers Day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had a Mother's Day brunch here and everything was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner for 6
    Boo1966
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    This is our favorite of all the Nicolosi's restaurants, starting with the first one that my husband frequented once or twice a week for their famous meatball sandwiches. We greatly enjoyed the lasagna...4 had the regular lasagna with marinara sauce, and luckily for me, the picky eater.... "I can't eat tomatoes or any acidic food"...the chef made his Sunday night spinach lasagna with (yummy) Alfredo sauce for me on a Tuesday night. Our 6th diner loved the chicken Marsala, but wasn't too overjoyed with the potatoes that came with it. Our waiter....also bartender, host, etc., Chris, gave us excellent and fast. The restaurant was very clean, right next to a park, and had lots of 2 hour free parking in front, which was a nice plus. We'll return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pizza in Downtown ElCajon
    JoeG
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We had a delux (hold mushrooms) and it was filling, took a piece home. Good food, good value.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Valentine's dinner
    DaniDF
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We came for their Vakentine's special and it was ver good. I've been at Nicolosi's before and their pizzas and pastas are fabulous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sause
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Nicolosi's compared to our other restaurant that we frequent has much better tasting food. Our waiter could have come back more often to see and ask if there was anything else that we might need or want.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Christmas staff lunch
    casey
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    We had a very nice time at our Christmas lunch this year at Nicolosi's. I will plan to go back and others in our group of 6 said they would too. The food was very good and the sauces were especially tasty and clearly homemade.. One of our guests was served her dish very late and the portion size was a bit smaller than another person who ordered the same thing. I think it was due to the banquet group in the back room. This didn't negatively impact our experience. The price was also very reasonable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • FOOD is always GREAT ... Service ..
    BdrsMrs
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    LOVE LOVE LOVE to come here especially on a Friday night ... the wait isn't too bad!! The Food is always GREAT but the service is lacking a lot of times!!! Seems like you have to flag a server down and the place really isn't that big :/
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday dinner
    sambo
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We started with salads and soup. salad had good variety of greens. Soup was clam chowder and it had good flavor, but maybe not enough clams. wife is gluten free so she ordered off that menu. she got the spaghetti/ravioli combo. she devoured it. kids ordered sandwiches: meatball was too big to finish (that's a good thing), torpedo (delicious), aflredo with chicken was so good and savory that we had to take it home for leftovers (which are even better baked a little on the re-heat). I had the spinach lasagna and I ate all of it because it was really good. Our server was attentive, and the food came out quick. Overall, it was a nice bday dinner.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I will always return!
    baileybroad
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    Have loved the Special Torpedo for more years than I can remember. Have sent orders to friends as far as Alaska (dry ice and dressing on the side). Can't imagine living for a year without my fix. Took four bags to relative and friends on my last visit. Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 40 Years and counting for me
    HexagonVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Been eating at Nicolosi's since it was on 40th went on Friday night in El Cajon great location, with the park behind. Had one of their pizzas and it was as good as always. Nicolosi's is San Diego pizza and Italian food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A long-time favorite
    Larry
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    I have been going to Nicolosi's since I was 5 (I'm now 59). I was pleased when they re-opened their restaurant on Navajo, and even more pleased to have them right here where I live. The food is excellent, and I like the new location. Very friendly atmosphere, too. I will definitely be going back for more.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • They had our reservation and
    Rich
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    They had our reservation and the table was ready for the 5 of us. The food was very good and was a good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUM!
    foodhappiness
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    The food was wonderful! Lobster mac & cheese, out of this world!! Chicken picatta, awesome! It was busy but the waitress was on top of it. Very friendly & thoughtful. Already planning a return trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dinner for Group of 12
    Paul
    Dined on 6/3/2013
    We had a great dinner and meeting in the semi-private dining area they reserved for us. They allowed us to pre-order enough food for a nice family-style dinner. 3 large antipasto salads, 3 large pizzas, and 6 lasagnas was our order. There was plenty of food, it was all wonderful, and the service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been dining at Nicolosis
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    I've been dining at Nicolosis since it was located at 40th and El Cajon Blvd. Love it!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A little expensive for location,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    A little expensive for location, but the food was really good and service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Easter Day 2013 @ 12:30
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Food was something to be desired, Seemed to be frozen and luke warm at best. Very small portions for the price. Also they stated on the menu that you where to get 1/2 size portions (not even close.) Well, we will go back One more time and try the pizza and report back. Big C- for the price and quality....
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicolosi's - A Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    We went to Nicolosi's for a family dinner. The waiter was great - friendly and very knowledgeable. He made a recommendation for me (Gonzola Crazy Chicken Pasta) that tasted amazing. My wife is gluten-intolerant and frequently has difficulty finding good meals when dining out. One of the things that drew us to Nicolosi's was their extensive gluten-free menu. She ordered the gluten-free Chicken Marsala and loved it. All in all, everyone had an extremely relaxing and enjoyable meal. Last but not least - I loved being able to go online to be able to make the dinner reservation myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Pizza was great, service was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Pizza was great, service was good except we ordered house cabernet wine and when the bill came we realized we were charged $7.50 a glass for the house wine. From my experience when you order the house wine it is usually a little less then the wine on the wine menu. Not in this case. Somewhat dissappointing.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nicolosi's has been our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/3/2013
    Nicolosi's has been our favorite Italian restaurant since they were located up @ El Cajon Bl. & 40th Street! Wherever they have gone, we have followed. We are SO glad to have a location close to our home.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fun, good food but nothing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Fun, good food but nothing outstanding. A bit pricy for what you get. I think I'd go back for lunch instead of dinner.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Way too exspensive!!!!!!!
    lucyVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Way too exspensive!!!!!!! 18.00 for lasagna. Miss mangio bene.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet