Piatti - La Jolla
Piatti - La Jolla

Piatti - La Jolla

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.piatti.com/lajolla/
  • Phone: 8584541589
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Pepe Ccapatinta
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Piatti offers catering for parties of 40 or less.
  • Private Party Facilities: Piatti is the ideal venue for private parties, receptions and corporate events. We offer several menus at different price points, as well as an extensive wine list to complement your menu selections. Piatti features several areas for your banquet needs.

    We offer a variety of event locations, including Indoor Banquet Space and two outdoor Patios.
  • Private Party Contact: Kasey Avedesian 8584541589

Getting there

  • Cross Street: La Jolla Shores Drive
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Piatti - La Jolla
A tradition to many La Jollans, this Italian bistro serves fresh authentic regional Italian cuisine. A landmark Ficus tree takes up one corner of their very popular patio, but the bright and cheerful dining room is delightful during the day or on those chilly evenings when it’s too cold to sit outside. The menu is presented in an innovative and creative fashion offering a wide variety of pastas, pizza and grilled items. In addition, you may find many vegetarian and health conscious dishes. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday and includes specialties such as Uovo Benedetto (Eggs Benefits served on grilled polenta with basil hollandaise) along with omelets and breakfast pizzas.
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Piatti - La Jolla reviews from OpenTable diners
256 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (175)great for outdoor dining (172)special occasion (102)romantic (99)fit for foodies (96)great for lunch (79)good for groups (76)kid-friendly (52)hot spot (42)great for brunch (37)notable wine list (36)vibrant bar scene (26)late-night find (15)scenic view (13)Show More
  • Fun at Night
    CatLover
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We took a candidate that we were interviewing to this restaurant. We chose the patio outdoors, even though it was a hot night. We enjoyed all our entrees, and it was not as noisy as the inside tables so that we could talk to our candidate. Overall we had a good meal and enjoyed the patio.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Continues to be a favorite of ours
    jduarte
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great restaurant in La Jolla near the beach. Gluten Free options available. Usually go for special occasions (birthdays: call ahead and they will print a menu with celebrants name on it). We like to sit in the patio area under lighted tree. This particular experience was saved by the delicious food (ordered sweetbreads, Italian Sausage with Gluten Free Pasta & Fish selection) as service was not up to the usual standards for Piatti. Atypical, as service is most often very attentive and knowledgeable, offering suggestions and explaining menu. Can't think of a time when we've ever ordered something we did not enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My favorite spot!
    kOre
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I love Piatti's! The patio is awesome, if you're having lunch or dinner! The bread, wine, and food is delicious!! I have recommended this place to many friends! Definitely a hidden GEM!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is nice, has good food and good service. Its a nice place to go when in the neighborhood. It is open all day wich makes it even more appealling. I went on friiday night, so ot is a litte more crowded, and a little noisy, but the food was very gogg and the wine list very nice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • too busy leading to server fatigue
    GourmetCritique4U
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Overall, the place to regularly visit however, because it gets really busy, few hosts and servers get arrogant which is the natural trend for all places of fame. Then customers slowly walk across the street to the next Italian restaurant abound in La Jolla and in san diego. The management is good and responsive but should be vigilant regarding host and server training. Never take any customer for granted and never assume "we have so many we do not need you."
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lovely dinner location
    Foodisgood
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    The food was very good - a nice menu with many choices. Love sitting outside and dinning. Even if you live around the corner, you feel as though you are away on vacation.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Piatti's again
    4CANDY
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Every time we visit La Jolla.........Piatti's is a must. The menu does not change much but there is alot to like.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A trusted favorite
    Donatella
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    I have been going to Piatti's in La Jolla for several years and the food is always exceptional! Would recommend Piatti's for celebrations and a nice dinner spot for any occasion!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apprgood
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Always rewarding. Have visited Piatti's many times over the years, and do not recall being disappointed. Great family place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great everything, but OK food
    Marianario
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The place was beautiful (we dined on the back patio) and the service very good. It was quiet and romantic, with a gorgeous massive old tree centering the patio. The herbed cauliflower cake appetizer was excellent but the dinner was just a little better thank OK. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed my Wild mushroom r ricotta rotolo, but the flavors were generally bland, which was especially for my husband's lamb penne. The lamb meat was cooked well, soft and juicy, but the flavors, again were especially blend and the whole thing was not really coming together. I would still come back and recommend it to people for its great ambiance and very decent food, but keep in mind that the menu will definitely not wow your palate.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian restaurant!
    GolferGirlVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our first time at Piatti - definitely not our last! The food was delicious, the waiter entertaining and very knowledgeable and their outdoor patio seating is wonderful! My husband and I shared the lamb ragu dish and at the suggestion of our waiter, opted for the homemade pasta rather than what was listed on the menu for only $1 more. Well worth it! Also had a very good dessert - vanilla ice cream with a terrific sauce poured over the top - don't remember exactly what it was but sure was good! This place is definitely worth several return trips!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Berry45
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Piatti never disappoints! A go-to for our family for years. House guests love to go there!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent evening out
    KAJO
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Very enjoyable evening, excellent food and wine. Good selection on menu
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love This Place! It's Amazing!! :)
    TheShanster19
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    One of my favorite Places. The food is always amazing. I love seeing all different people come here. I love their cocktails and wine list. I have an addiction to the bread and dip they bring out. I love having the Lemon Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli with Half & Half. Half Cream Half Tomato Sauce. It's so good!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints here!!
    MamaMia
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    This was our first time at Piatti and we will definitely return! The food and service was impeccable....eating out on the patio that surrounds that big beautiful tree was lovely....everything was done to perfection! The veal was tender and moist....the gorgonzola sauce on the pasta with grilled chicken, sun dried tomatoes and asparagus is one dish I will definitely have again! They fill up quickly, so I would definitely make a reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    lajolladelicious
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Have been eating at Piatti in La Jolla Shores for as long as I can remember. We've been vacationing in La Jolla for over 30 years and haven't missed dining at Piatti since they opened. Every year we look forward to our special menu favorites and are never disappointed. Obviously, we've aged just a little in 30 years and Piatti is always accommodating to our seating request which is now a quiet corner table.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Piatti
    food4us
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Anytime we are in the San Diego area, we always make sure we get to Piatti. We love the food and atmosphere! I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pallia
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Good as always.......................................................................................
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • MarkVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Always good cannot go wrong at this place. Pasta is great
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jenjen
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    There were 4 in our party and we sat outside on the patio -- better choice because indoors can be very noisy. My meal came to the table and it wasn't the right meal. Had to wait while the rest of my party ate. Also service was very slow. Waited awhile for drinks. Had to ask someone to get our waiter for the check. Granted it was Labor Day weekend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    Lalandra
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Piatti La Jolla was the perfect place to celebrate my friend's birthday. We told them ahead of time and not only did they accommodate our group on the patio as requested (they have a gorgeous big tree with twinkle lights), but they also had custom printed menus with a birthday message across the top! The servers were wonderful, and everyone loved their food. Our gluten-free friend was impressed by the huge number of options for her. It was a wonderful birthday!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • paitti has been better
    SouthMission
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    oUR FAVORITE and this experience was not up to all that as our waiter was not all ok.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great find
    anightout
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We were looking for Italian food and found this online. The ratings were spot on. We made an error when we booked our reservation but they were really great at accommodating our family and got us in within 15 min. Staff was very friendly and helpful and the meals were excellent.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Local Spot w/ Delicious Food!
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Super cute spot, great food. Only negative was our waiter seemed like he was rushing around all the time- he was very nice, just seemed like he was in a hurry thru our entire dinner. Would go back if I was in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for special occasions
    MJohnson
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Delicious food, service always great, patio seating pretty at night, only drawback is the crowd, reservations are a must. Standing room only at the bar.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent find!
    Luv2dine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Our experience could not have been better at this restaurant. From the beautiful bread and dipping oil to the delectable desserts, the meal was outstanding. Service also, was top notch. Can hardly wait to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great outside patio
    ThiagoK
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My wife and I went to this place this week, to celebrate my birthday. It was a great experience. The quality and the presentation of the plates was very good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lively casual chic/ reasonable food
    tippi
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    nice italian atmosphere, casual chic type, it makes you relax. the wine is good, the oil and vinegar dip becomes compulsive with the nice bread, the food per se healthy. Not so much a memory of a great meal but of a great time spent there. will go back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best food in town .
    EFoody
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We really enjoy eating at Piatti. We like it so much that we went back again the next day.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good bones: Not perfect
    WhitemiceVIP
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    This place has squandered its potential to turnover tables and attract more people from the street. It has "good bones" but needs to get back to basics: customer service and comfort along with excellent foods. Some of the foods are just adequate, others are better. But when one is paying the high prices charged here, everything should be perfect. Fish should never be overdone. Salad should always be fresh, fresh, fresh. Every restaurant should offer symbols for vegan and gluten free. These are basics. Then, the wine and drink list should be comprehensive and affordable. BTW parking is impossible in this area.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch on the patio
    irreverently
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Food was excellent. Ambience on the patio was great. Service excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tasting the Unusual & Unique
    RLVegas
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    What a joy to find menu items never tasted or tried before. We are in love with cauliflower cakes! And to have a great waiter patiently explain what to expect and how to mix/match to make them even better was added bonus. . Nothing like great service to bring customers back. Kudos! The menu is as vibrant as the room and the outdoor dining area.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anne
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Piatti's is my favorite restaurant in La Jolla!!! Piatti's atmosphere especially dining outside, is warm and inviting. Their food is consistently delicious Italian.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie48
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    It took nearly on hour for our entrees to arrive but the food was excellent when it did come. Too bad the kitchen was so slow. I don't think it was our waiter's fault as he apologized several time for the wait.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Extremely satisfied!
    Foodiesatisfaction
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    My son recommended Piatti for my daughter-in-law's 40th birthday celebration. It was fantastic in every way! From our greeting by the hostess upon arrival to the birthday dessert we were all blown away! The waiter was knowledgable about the wines and menu items. We were provided with an amazing gluten free menu upon request. Each of our selections were delicious and very adequate in portion. The dipping oil at our table for the bread was loaded with garlic and scrumptious! The meal was reasonably priced and the perfect choice for our dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Food was wonderful and the service was great as well !
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Lasagna is wonderful. Great service. Grilled asparagus is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious lunch
    goingout
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had the most enjoyable lunch in their patio thanks to the tree that gave us shade from the direct sunlight. Taylor, our waitress was very attentive and answered all our questions. The fresh out of the oven bread and balsamic vinegar garlic oil was out of this world. We had the mushroom pasta with white sauce and the sausage pasta with a spicy zing to it. They were both delicious!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consitently Good
    FitFoody
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I always find the food at Piatti's and the service very good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brian
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    the only thing about this restaurant is that i hear that it is owned by Nancy Pelosi. If i determine that this is true. I won't be dining there anymore.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic