Nicolosi's - San Diego
Nicolosi's - San Diego

Nicolosi's - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.nicolosis.com/
  • Phone: 6194615757x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:

    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm


    Happy Hour
    Daily 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Dinner:

    Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Jackson Drive
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have plenty of on site parking available including three spots for curbside pick up.
A word from Nicolosi's - San Diego
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 - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (8)fit for foodies (5)special occasion (4)great for outdoor dining (3)great for lunch (3)kid-friendly (2)good for groups (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Old School Italian!
    mustangVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Neighborhood place with booths and old fashioned music, food and kindly service. Chicken Marsala with potatoes in a bowl, plus eggplant parmigiana with spaghetti were hearty and full flavored.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • HalibutVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Usual excellent food and service!! A well run place to enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 7 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food5
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Nicolosi's - San Diego reviews archive.
  • Still Going Strong!
    AndyP82
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Recently, my father was visiting San Diego and wanted to relive an old family dining memory. Growing up, my family and I would patronize this restaurant for some quality Italian Cuisine. This recent visit did not disappoint. Their menu was excellent growing up when they were located in Allied Gardens and just as great today in their new larger, more convenient location in San Carlos! The friendly wait service was second to none. The food was brought to the table in a rather short amount of time. Their intimate bar is a great place to watch a sporting event while savoring a local craft beer or excellent house wine. Will definitely visit in the near future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pretty good
    Whynot
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    Table was ready when we got there, staff was friendly, food was fair.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great experience for such
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great experience for such a busy night, Valentines. I had a reservation and my wife and I walked in and were seated immediately. Thank you for great food and great service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • disappointing
    PRosPR
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We had several dishes. i do have to say the clams on a half shell (linguine w/red clam sauce) were very good. the chopped clams were tasteless and very chewy...like pencil erasers. out of 3 adults, none of us were pleased enough to come back again. the waitress broke the cork in our wine bottle and said she had done that several times during the night. she blamed the corkscrew because she "is a professional." what does that mean? btw, the corkscrew looked relatively new and seemed just fine. oh well, it is a neighborhood restaurant and gets vibrant business because of that reason.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gotta go
    xray54
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    the best italian food I've had in a long ,long time. good food, good people, good time. Excited about my next dinner there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great neighborhood spot
    Sandiegomom
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Nicolosi's has been a favorite since the Waring road location. Good food but a little pricey for a weekly regular pizza place. Highly recommend it for the lunch specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High-priced mediocre food
    B1rthdaygirl65
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Salad must have come out of a bag. Bread had no texture. Take a lesson from soluntos bakery for great Italian loaves. Cannoli may be a specialty, but mine was as hard as a lead pipe. Spaghetti sauce was very good as was the service. Although I indicated both in my reservation request and upon arrival it was my companion's birthday, no special acknowledgement was given by the restaurant. Very disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good choice of gluten free
    campbellot
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    good choice of gluten free foods and excellent malbec. beautiful waitresses. maybe add some gluten free french roles and minestrone (add the noodles for the customers that need to be glutened)
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We had a really nice time. We enjoyed everything about your restaurant. Our server was really nice. Being that it was our first time there our waitress was very informative and explained most of the menu to us.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood delight in San Carlos!
    YvetteSVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    A gem in San Carlos! Close to home. Good Italian food. Quality of homemade Italian food & portions are on larger side. Couples & family friendly. Servers helpful & friendly. Better location than off Interstate 8. Navajo Rd & Jackson Dr (old Fish Merchant building). Antipasto was flavorful with meats & cheeses, house Chianti delightful & specialty pizza was mouthwatering! Definitely a family favorite. They also offer 'to go'...after a long day at work...what a treat!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a large group of 14
    Kwith4
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We had a large group of 14 for SDSU family weekend. We made reservations and were well accomadated. They allowed us to all order individually and not do a preset meal which I apprecaited. The service was attentive and not rushed which was nice since it was a busy Friday night. The food was great! We would definitely return next time we are in town!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We make an annual trip to Nicolosi's for my brother's birthday and are never disappointed. The food is good, the wine was great, and we love the atmosphere. This year we had an especially fantastic server. Also, a few other servers brought items to us... overall we were SO impressed with our experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Some things never change-thankfully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    I've frequented Nicolosi's for over 30 years...but not at the new location. The pizza is still first class, and they have the best Baked Cheese Ravioli on the planet. Thank you for staying consistent for all these years!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service. Worst I have had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    On Father's Day, we had a party of seven and had the worst service I have ever had! I only saw two servers for the entire restaurant. Will definitely NOT take a bigger party there ever again. Had to ask a busboy to find our waitress. Orders were wrong. Had to go find someone to get the bill.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Italian Dining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Nicolosi's has been a family favorite for years! Great food, great service. We started going there when we lived in San Diego, but 14 years ago we moved an hour north to Temecula - we still travel south to our favorite Italian restaurant! Yum!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food Great Service
    tlynn
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I love going here! The food is always good, and the staff is always friendly and accommodating. We let them know we were going to have a big party with quite a few small children, and they put us in the perfect location. We did not disturb other guests, but we were able to be our energetic selves. There are a lot of great choices to choose from, and they usually come up with some great specials.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant!
    guest100
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Food is delicious! The service is great;staff is friendly and always checking up to see if you need anything. Very comfortable atmosphere; family friendly too,
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grad Celebration
    byteofSD
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    We had a large party gathering following my husbands graduation cerimony. He just got his Masters Degree and we had family in town from Tacoma WA, Las Vegas and Orange County along with our immediate family that is all in San Diego. My husband selected Nicolosi's for his celebration dinner and we made the reservation and didn't have to worry about anything after that! It was great...service, food, everything was just wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food and people. A tradition
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    Great food and people. A tradition in SD that has upgraded all the food offerings and salads too. Vastly better than the pseudo thugs at Antica whose food is ok one day, terrible the next---and service frequently rude.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All was good but requested
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/29/2013
    All was good but requested a table that was private and quiet. Placed us in the middle of everything/everyone at the entrance and it was obvious there were other tables we could have been seated at that were in a much more quiet area. All else was great though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • NOT GOOD for groups with children!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    NOT GOOD for groups with children! The atmosphere SEEMS very family friendly. The pizza and salads are excellent. We were in a larger party of family from out of town. There were four kids in our group and we were seated at a table very close to the other tables (barely any room to get in the seats). Our kids all had excellent behavior but there were a lot of older guests who were staring and making comments about kids being there. Plus, the service was very slow. Next time, we'll go to Buca di Beppo.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
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    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    We have been going to Nicolosis's for a few yrs. now and enjoy it every time, my late wife and I used to go every year for our anniversary. this yr my new wife and I took my Twins and they're families out for they're 26th Birthday.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been going to Nicolosi's
    Elaine
    Dined on 12/24/2012
    I have been going to Nicolosi's since I was a kid-in all 3 locations. Our favorite italian restaurant in San Diego. We particularly like the torpedos, thin crust pizza and their mac and cheese. Great waitresses. It is not a romantic place because tables are pretty close but this new location is very nicely done up. Their house Chianti was great. When they almost closed a few years ago we almost cried and so did so many others that they decided to stay open with younger family members.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was fabulous!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Everything was fabulous!! The Barb pizza was to die for...everything about the evening was spot on...service, food, table...fantastic restaurant...might be something to a "family run" restaurant...everyone is working toward the same goal!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great special celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    Great special celebration of restaurant's 60th anniversary. Has a special family restaurant appeal. Prices on a limited special menu (from 1952) were unbelievable: $1.25 for lasagna...but 2012 price for lasagna was $18.00!! That's still a baragain at around 9 dollars per plate where you had to buy 2 plates. And the food was very good. However, I've tasted better, namely Mortony's Pasta House in Vista, California where the red sauce is OUTSTANDING.
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  • Great family restaurant...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Great family restaurant... wonderful food and friendly service!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • They make wonderful pizza,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 11/10/2012
    They make wonderful pizza, the sauce and dough were both fresh and top notch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The linquini with clam sauce
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/17/2012
    The linquini with clam sauce had great flavor, but the clams were very tough. Also had to ask the waitress for utensils, bread and water, which was dissappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate