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
243 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (169)neighborhood gem (168)romantic (97)special occasion (95)fit for foodies (91)good for groups (70)great for lunch (70)hot spot (52)kid-friendly (46)notable wine list (39)vibrant bar scene (33)great for brunch (31)late-night find (14)scenic view (12)Show More
  • Grandy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We love going to Piattis whenever we are in the Shores. Great neighborhood atmosphere and food. This last visit, they were very careful to make sure I was comfortable since I am using crutches. Really went out of their way. Great food and attention! The "layered pasta" offering is lasagna. Different name. Still very good!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I went to this restaurant with my parents for my birthday and we were absolutely amazed by the incredible food. So much flavor and everything was cooked perfectly...incredible selection and the service was incredible as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and noise level disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Ambience very nice inside and out. Very noisy inside in bar area. Nice that there was a kids menu and so noisy it is a fine place to take kids. The cheese pizza on the kids menu is enormous and delicious. Wish that I could have said the same for my food. The sausage pasta dish was bland. The key lime pie way to sweet and not tart enough. The salad with mozzarella like cheese was the best of what I had. The cosmo drink was way too small for an $11 cocktail. All I all this place did not live up to my memories of being here in the distant past.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always the sam Perfect
    Scott
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    GReat Place we go often Consistent. Staff is professional attentive willing, flexible and want you happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Patio is great when . . .
    NeighborVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Patio is great when the weather is nice. Don't care for inside seating -- too loud. Food always predictable and good!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    no matter the order, the bread & olive oil dip is fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We'll be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Everything about our Piatti experience was more that we expected. Service was excellent and the food was heavenly. We will definitely be back and thanks Rachael for making it so special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great birthday dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We had a fabulous time at piatti for my 27th birthday. Great food, a good house wine, and beautiful patio. What I was most impressed with was that I had noted in our open table reservation that it was my birthday and they gave us printed menus that said happy birthday Sara on top. It was a great touch and a wonderful night. Also my boyfriend doesn't usually like Italian food because he thinks it can be under seasoned but he loved it and we will definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    OhDeb
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We dine at Piatti every chance we get. Special occasions? Piatti. An out-of-town visitor? Piatti. Need my fix for the Lemon Ravioli or the bread and Oil & Basalmic dip? Piatti. Fast and super friendly staff too. We go so often that I am surprised they don't just say "The usual?" because we often get seated at the same table. Our table. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always great!
    KristenVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    The pastas are reliably good always! I tried the rib eye this time & it was delicious! Service was great too. This place never disappoints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food, Poor Everything Else
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Mediocre service all around, wannabe central, sad to see this go downhill. Food remains good. Used to be a neighborhood gem, now it's anyone's game. Sad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food!
    golfandfood
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I recommend the Rotollo! Sit on the patio foe great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great dinner
    SeanVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Had a really great dinner at Piatti. Great for a date night or special occasion. I'll definitely here again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    need2grub
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I spent a long time trying to find a romantic restaurant in the Mission Bay area where we stayed for the week. We were celebrating my wige's bday and our anniversary. I saw the great reviews and photos on yelp. The surroundig area was not the most eye appealing, but quickly changed once inside. I requested a table under the tree and they were nice to ablidge. Our waiter was awsome and the food was amazing. My wife was completely suprised and I scored some major points. This is a place we will defenately come back too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DeDe
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Piatti's never fails to meet my expectations. Very good food, service and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Had a great night, everything was perfect. Next time I'm in San Diego, I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Evening
    ATeam
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Thank you for making our celebration so special. Service was excellent, food absolutely delicious, wine variety great. Only negative was it was very, very noisy - but that's because it was packed with happy diners at a deservedly popular restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • italian fun
    Junior
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    A enjoyable and casual dining experience. The food was good and the service was adequate. The wine list is reasonable and a compliant to the menu. Very child friendly. We will return again for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SusanVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The men in our group commented that the outdoor chairs were very uncomfortable.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Garlic fest
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    One word garlic!!! Way too much, we actually tasted the next morning! The pizza had a good crust but again way too much garlic and it was cold. Hand made sausage pasta was nothing special and again way too much garlic. My wife had the shrimp pasta and the sauce was blah and way too much garlic. Will not go back.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Request patio seating
    LaneySVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The restaurant was very accomodating. Freindly staff. Nice bar. We had an excellent dinner, Saturday evening, on the side patio, good service and a relaxing evening. Request a table outside if you are interested in carrying on a conversation with anyone in your party. It is quite energetic inside. Southern California casual attire - any day of the week.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful place for lunch
    Foodisgood
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Had a lovely lunch on a sunny Friday at Piatti's in La Jolla. Food was very good and so were the service and the ambiance. Great way to start the weekend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Piatti is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. I've been going for years and I'm never disappointed with the food. The noise level is really bad inside. Truly I could not hear the person next to me- and we had early reservations with the hope of less people thus less noise. Next time I'll eat on the patio.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular!
    PalatePete
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    My wife and I were visiting from Florida for a romantic birthday celebration. I had read reviews of Piatti online and so decided to make a reservation for our first evening in La Jolla. We ate outside in the courtyard and had an excellent experience. The ambiance is warm and charming, the food amazing and the staff very friendly and knowledgeable. Our server, Jessica, was especially kind, efficient and attentive and honestly made our meal even better. I've been to Italy numerous times, and know REAL Italian food well, so many American versions can seem a little pseudo, but Piatti hit it out of the ballpark! We will certainly return and would recommend this establishment to anyone - you will not be disappointed!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We had a wonderful waitress and you guys really made my boyfriend's birthday special with the menu plus free dessert!
    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, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.