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3650 5th Ave Ste 103
San Diego, CA 92103
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Osteria Origano Details
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Lunch
Monday - Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm -9:30pm
Saturday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm
Sunday Closed for Dinner
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
2hr FREE guest parking is available in the building parking lot located through the alley entrance off of Pennsylvania between 5th & 4th.
A word from Osteria Origano
Serving Hillcrest's tastiest Italian cuisine and wood-fire pizza. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner we have something delicious for you any time of day.
Happy Hour daily Monday-Friday 5:00-7:00pm come and join us!
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We opted to try this restaurant
from a recommendation from a relative. Very glad we did. Such a friendly and attentive staff. Why aren't more places like this? I wondered about a wine, got a little tasted, absolutely did not like it and ordered another. Food was nicely flavored and cooked to perfection. The outside seating on a warm summer night could not have been better ambiance. I am very much looking forward to trying breakfast here next time I'm in town."
Dined on 7/19/2014
We thoroughly enjoyed our meal at
Osteria Origano. We had a wonderful server who was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. I had pasta and my friend had a fish entree....bother were outstanding. The bread is freshly baked in the beautiful oven in the front of the restaurant. The wine list is good as well. I will definitely return here."
Dined on 6/21/2014
I have been at Origano so many
times with my friends or with my husband. All the servers are so attentive and the food is great! Try the Lobster Ravioli, the fettuccine or the Filet Mignon."
Dined on 6/14/2014
Our waitress was fantastic.
Catered to our every need, provided helpful advice on food and wine choices, and even worked in some pleasant, funny conversation, which we enjoyed. The food was great as well. We will go back."
Dined on 6/13/2014
This place has excellent Italian
dishes as well as fish. The lasagna is the best in town. We ordered the lobster and the artichoke pastas as appetizers. They were great. Others in our party had the seafood pasta, Cajun tuna, and the salmon. Everyone was very pleased. This was our second visit to this restaurant and I can't say enough good things about it. Our server, Jason, was very friendly as was the other server, Manuela. Between the food and service, you should try Osteria Origano. You won't be disappointed."
Dined on 6/7/2014
Definitely a great place for a
weekend brunch w/ bottomless mimosas. "
Dined on 5/31/2014
Took a big group here for Mother's
Day. Service was great, food was great- came out a bit thrown together looking but tasted amazing- reasonable prices "
Dined on 5/11/2014
What a great find. Had never
noticed Osteria before even though we frequent restaurants in that area of Fifth Ave. We went for an early Mother's Day dinner and were glad we found it. The food was excellent. We shared the artichoke ravioli as an appetizer along with a wedge salad. The entrees we chose were the lasagna, the beef and veal papperdale, and the seafood linguini. Everything tasted wonderful. We finished dinner with a tiramisu. The wine selection is not high end but had some very nice reds and whites to choose from. Our server, Jason, was very attentive and personable. We will definitely go back."
Dined on 5/11/2014
I came across this restaurant in a
Yelp review and visit them at least once a month- great for brunch. I have taken several friends and they all love it! And I found out they come without me:(. Not a Blood Mary fan but love love love their."
Dined on 4/27/2014
Kind of stumbled apon this place
we my wife and I googled Hillcrest Restaurants. Boy I'm glad we did. Everything from the food to the service was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great and relatively affordable meal in one of the nicest neighborhoods in San Diego!!!"
Dined on 4/26/2014
The waiter could not understand
english well and got our order a little off...then the bus boys picked up my wine glass from the table before I had finished. REALLY BAD! The bus boys were really inexperienced and they rushed us out of there."
Dined on 4/24/2014
The food is always fresh and
authentic Italian. The service is usually hit or miss. Definitely authentic Italian wait staff, sometime too Italian - we usually go for lunch, so we need to get in and out - not the Italian way. But always worth the trip. The brick oven flat bread is so good, and the tomato basil soup is one of my favorites, although a close second is the spinach and cheese ravioli. Worth the trip for lunch or dinner. Haven't been for brunch, but the menu looks fabulous."
Dined on 2/24/2014
We had a lovely time dining with
firends. The service was helpful adn warm - staff spend time at our table talking about food, wine, and Italy! We've eaten here a couple of times before and always been happy with the food and ambiance."
Dined on 2/8/2014
Parking is the first challenge to
overcome, of course, but lack of space doesn't stop at the street. Tables are so close together that, unless you're sitting by the window, expect to have a waitperson's behind or tummy squeezing by your head on a constant basis. Sit at the bar instead. Service was very friendly but also very slow. Our waitperson told us they were out of pear salad, but didn't tell us that the salad we chose would be missing ingredients. The gnocchi had a reasonably good flavor but was stuck together in big clumps. Decent wines by the glass or bottle. Lots of little children, so I think this may be more a neighborhood spot than a place for a special dinner or to bring out of town guests. Won't be going back."
Dined on 1/25/2014
Last two times I walked out
because of no service servers are great but they are always severally under staffed"
Dined on 1/25/2014
Dont go if you are very hungry!
The waittime is terrible. Mainly lack of service, seems to have very few employees which reflected in the time we waited to get our order. There wasn't even bread offered until really late. The food was decent but lack of flavor. Overall expected more."
Dined on 1/25/2014
The food was wonderful, the
service delightful. A small restaurant with one chef cooking in full view of the diners, it felt homey and intimate at the same time. The servers were truly gracious. We liked our dinner so much the first night, we went back for a second meal the next! Loved the homemade ravioli. Nice affordable & varied wine list."
Dined on 1/24/2014
I have eaten here a few times and
its ways the same great friendly service and great food!!"
Dined on 1/3/2014
The food and service are always
good. The menu was changed months ago, but the chef will make a dish that was on the old menu whenever i ask for it. The outside dining is fun with lots of people to see. The fish and pasta dishes are good. One person had the lemon chicken and ate everything on the plate. A great place for dinner which is relaxed and where you can really enjoy a conversation with a delicious meal."
Dined on 12/30/2013
It's Christmas night, our resv @
5pm to avoid crowds and slow service. Drinks came right away but things started causing concern..30min later appetitizers came...Ordered dinner right away..Noticing the 3 total servers were constantly waiting at the cooks open counter, were getting really stressed out. One hr exactly & 1 table got up & left. Another 30min past and another table left before we got our dinner! Only us and another table remained - business was slow and the cooks were slower! The last straw was I my wife 'what did you order?' The Filet - it wasnt close + it was well done vs pink inside. Not ever going back again - never!!"
Dined on 12/25/2013
This place is FABULOUS ! Leila and
preston are great servers! The foods delicious. I will definitely be coming in for bottomless mimosa on Sunday."
Dined on 12/14/2013
The food was amazing and the
service outstanding. We are return time and again and are always pleased."
Dined on 12/11/2013
Warm comfortable restaurant with
very pleasant services."
Dined on 12/7/2013
We have been here for dinner and
brunch here on Sunday morning! Everything from the start to finish was perfect. The breakfast was amazing.. breakfast pizza was to die for with chorizo and up eggs. The pastas are incredible.. chef vincenzo does a great job! Music is great too. Jackie was our server and she had a fun attitude! We can't wait to come back. Highly recommend it"
Dined on 11/30/2013
this was for a birthday dinner,
but a lot of little things - not getting any bread, the waitress not being as responsive to our table as much as other tables around us, asking about food and then getting it right after as if she had forgotten about it, the seasoning of the food and the...unusual presentation of one dish - all made the experience a bit unpleasant. it's too bad"
Dined on 9/20/2013
Went back for dinner after having
a really nice Sunday brunch a few weeks earlier. The place was deserted on a Saturday night at 7 PM. The eggplant appetizer was just OK. The ravioli was so smothered in onions that all of the other flavors were lost. The chocolate mousse cake was still frozen in the middle. Overall, it was not a good meal. They did play nice music, though--Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole, etc."
Dined on 9/14/2013
This is a cozy spot in a nice,
relatively quiet part of Hillcrest where our party of 4 had 3 delicious meals and 1 somewhat disappointing one. The staff is great and the menu is very appealing, with lots of different kinds of dishes to choose from. The obligatory "bread" -- which was pizza dough cut into little triangles -- was delicious, as was the foccaccia appetizer. Linguini with clams was also delicious and, unlike many I've had elsewhere, not overly salty. The one disappointment was the salmon -- all the more disappointing since it was one of the priciest dishes on the menu. It was apparently farm-raised salmon, which has much less flavor than wild salmon. However, the risotto served with the fish was delicious."
Dined on 9/14/2013
Great place for a casual dinner.
We love sitting outside... we also love (tall) Marco - such an excellent waiter! Always makes us feel special."
Dined on 8/27/2013
Small, intimate and therefore
noisy place - feels like a neighborhood gathering - brunch items were good, but bland white bread was uninspired as were the hash browned potatoes. Service was slow, but friendly. Enjoyed the osso bucco hash but the plate needed some veggie or fruit accompaniment. We would go back again and hopefully some of these things will have improved."
Dined on 8/18/2013
The food was just ok. The eggplant
came undercooked and I had to send it back. It came back charred. The waitress was nice and accommodating. The boss/owner was having an off day. When we tried talking to him he didn't even reply. My husband ordered their salmon with ravioli and I ordered a salad with salmon and roasted vegetables. It was not memorable, neither would we go back there."
Dined on 6/25/2013
This is a truly wonderful place to
stop by if you are just walking looking for dinner. the service is great and the tables are set so that you have your privacy. Monday nights are great because the appetizers and drinks are half off. The waiter we had was extremely helpfulIn suggesting what to order. I have to say that this is one of the Best bread that I have ever had with a meal. I don't think you can go wrong with your entree order. Explore the menu"
Dined on 6/3/2013
I always like a restaurant where
the chef and/or owner comes to greet you and will make whatever you want. I visited Osteria Origano last Friday night. I had seen the on-line menu and knew what I wanted to order before I got there. But when I arrived, there had been some menu changes and what I wanted was no longer on the menu. The chef was more than happy to prepare what wanted and it was perfect. I also really liked their bread. Instead of the usual dinner rolls, they prepared these little triangle seasoned flat breads. Very tasty."
Dined on 5/31/2013
Food was tasty but amount was
parsimonious. Service was haphazard."
Dined on 5/26/2013
A new Chef partner is taking over
firt week of May 2013. He said he was revising the menu including lower prices."
Dined on 4/27/2013
Portions were ample, the Spinach
Salad and a starter could have made a filling meal. A good wine list but the by-the-glass choices were somewhat limited. Artichoke Ravioli came with a slightly cooked chopped tomato sauce which kept the dish light. Chicken with Artichokes was also good.Tiramisu was light and not overly sweet, made a good finish to the meal. Our criticisms were that the starter was served while we were eating the salads, we thought it should have come first and the table was too small to accommodate that many plates; and there was a long wait for the entrees to arrive---possibly they were waiting for me to finish the Spinach Salad that I never could finish."
Dined on 4/11/2013
loved the food! was there on a
Sunday night and the place was all but empty. waitstaff, given the few tables to manage could have been more attentive, but the food made up for the service."
Dined on 3/17/2013
The service was terrible. THe food
was mediocre. Overall, it has great potential and maybe we caught them on a bad night, but will give another chance due to the previous reviews."
Dined on 3/16/2013
With the exception of one
spectacularly grit-filled mushroom (that simply refused to rinse free regardless of the amount of water consumed) our meal was wonderful. The cioppino is one of the best I've had in San Diego. My companion's steak was cooked precisely as ordered and seasoned well."
Dined on 2/18/2013
our frist time dining here was
excellent. we ate rather early since we had to get to a flight so it was rather quiet in the restaurant. the treat this monday night was 1/2 price appys. wine & beer and pizza -- we did it all! we will go back for pasta since we hear it is great as well. service was great - very attentive. small cozy dining atmosphere. a great addition to hillcrest."
Dined on 2/18/2013
a great spot for a casual dinner,
food was well presented; service was good. Reasonably priced, great wine list"
Dined on 2/17/2013
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