Asti Ristorante
Asti Ristorante

Asti Ristorante

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.astisandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192328844x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am
    Happy Hour: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, European, Italian
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Catering Menu - Please call for details.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi private dining available for small and large groups. Please call 619.306-4465 for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Marcela Davies 619-306-4465x
  • Special Events: Groups and large parties have enjoyed Asti's accommodations for over 19 years. You will find that Asti's staff will take care of your group and special event from prior arrangements, throughout the dinner/event to following up.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 5th Avenue Between F and G Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Third party valet on Friday and Saturday only
A word from Asti Ristorante
Asti, located in the heart of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter, has been providing guests with an exquisite fine-dining experience since 1994. Watch the passersby as you dine out on the patio for a pleasant shaded lunch or while indulging in a candlelight dinner. Come on inside to experience the warm, elegant ambiance of the dining room. For the convenience of our guests, Asti can also arrange transportation to and from the restaurant.
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Asti Ristorante reviews from OpenTable diners
48 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (19)neighborhood gem (18)special occasion (16)romantic (15)fit for foodies (14)great for lunch (11)notable wine list (10)good for groups (9)hot spot (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Mix up
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Our order did not come as ordered and was returned and fixed. The meat by then was cold.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Italian Ristorante !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2013
    Great menu, food and service. They've been here 20 years for a reason. A great gem in the Gaslamp. HIGHLY recommend for italian foodies.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    GRIZZLYVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Just a great place for serious Italian food...wait staff is perfect and the place feels like you. Are in Europe,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tI Thought The Fresh Fish
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2013
    tI Thought The Fresh Fish Was Horrible Nothing Fancy.Grouper Was Dried Out But The Chilean Sea Bass And Branizzno Was good
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ate here for lunch, food was
    WhateverVIP
    Dined on 4/14/2013
    Ate here for lunch, food was excellent as was everything else. In the heart of the gaslight so can get quite crowded in the evenings. Still worth the venture.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for large parties!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    We came here for dinner for a group of 14 people. From booking through open table to paying the bill, it was a flawless experience. Extremely easy to book through open table, which was a huge relief for a large party. The service was great. The food was spectacular. Everyone was pleased with their dishes. I had the lobster fettuccine special and there was so much seafood! I would definitely recommend this place for a large group. Asti knows how to take care of you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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  • Delicious Italian restaurant
    AlainVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2013
    Delicious Italian restaurant and very nice, professional staff. Keep some space for the dessert: they all looked excellent!
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  • Top Shelf Rating by Tough NYC Criti
    NationalPharma26
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    I have frequently on business trips to SanDiego entertained my clients and friends here with nothing but stella results. Not only do I return, but my clients and friends have made this a must have in San Diego. Look I am from NYC and I am a tough cookie to impress and this spot is in my top ten. Also you must ask for Tony although I have had others at our service who have done a teriffic job at making sure our dinner experience is top shelf Burt Z CEO Onco360
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good spot for Italian in San
    TeeBusterVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    Good spot for Italian in San Diego Gaslamp District
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Had a business dinner here for a group of 8. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating and the ambience was good. Unfortunately, the food fell really short and 7 of the 8 of us were disappointed. The lobster was very tough and the fish bland. We would have been better to stick with pasta or steak. Our one diner who was happy with the food ordered steak and cleaned his plate.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best lasagna I've ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    The best lasagna I've ever had. Was sorry we waited until the last day of our stay to go there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A memorable evening! Our
    MaryLVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2013
    A memorable evening! Our reservation was honored promptly, and we were given a lovely table by the window. Service was very professional--attentive without being intrusive. The food was great! Salads were fresh and beautifully presented, soups hearty and hot. The salmon, sea bass and lobster were perfectly cooked, as was the veal chop. Would recommend highly!
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  • The food was very good, the
    PeterVIP
    Dined on 3/19/2013
    The food was very good, the service was mixed, the waiter was good, but his helper gave dishes to the wrong party and brought the wrong dessert to the table. The Carbanera was excellent. The salads were likewise excellent and the minestroni soup one of the better ones served in an Italian restaurant. There is a "special" menu featuring unique dishes such as Branzino. But, there are no prices and the waiter didn't tell the pricing, so ordering the Branzino and getting the bill for $50 made it one of the most expensive around and though good, overpriced. This is a restaurant worth going back to, but make sure to ask on unpriced items and that the waiter understands who is ordering what. Yes, it is a place to recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Asti like we love it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    We visit the ASTI on every visit to the gas light district. The food is outstanding and the service impeccable.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The service was good. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    The service was good. The food for the price was adequate at best.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food & great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 3/13/2013
    Loved the outdoor seating. The food was good and the menu had plenty of options.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude and inadequate service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    I made a reservation for 8pm. Got to Asti a little late because there is no parking near the restaurant. The host staff was very rude and acted like it inconvenienced them I had a reservation. I finally get sat and the waiter doesn't greet me, ask what I want I drink and when I stated water wan not happy at all. I don't drink when I have to drive and didn't see that get had soda. I order my meal (ravioli de mama) and he tries to talk me out of it because its a smaller meal. Told him it would be fine and still he tried to get me to change my mind. I don't. I get the food and it was good and a nice portion for a normal appetite. But not with the money I paid for it. As a visitor to the city, I was not pleased nor impressed.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, atmosphere and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Great food, atmosphere and hostess. Couldn't get a waiter to come over to our table (3 were standing around). He was very mediocre once he came over. Food was excellent and we loved the place. Our party of 8 had a wonderful time! (Oh: they don't print prices of their specials, which is very annoying)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    Really can't go wrong with this restaurant. Great food, service,and vibrant atmosphere but not too loud. Our server, Tony, was fantastic as he handled our party of 16 with ease and we were all happy. This is a nice dining experience in the heart of the Gas Lamp District. It's not a place to go if you're in a hurry - this is fine dining at it's best.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food. Loved the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/12/2013
    Delicious food. Loved the veal with lemon and the pear salad.bustling. intimate.a great choice for tasting the flavornof San Diego.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nothing to write home about....Most
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 2/10/2013
    Nothing to write home about....Most liked their entrees but it was spotty.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I luv this place and its menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 1/28/2013
    I luv this place and its menu and service. I don't know what happened with my wife's side dish of pasta, but it totally dampened her dining experience. We both sampled her spaghetti w marinara sauce and it didn't have any taste. Upon asking for an additional order of bolognaise (sp?) sauce, which took forever to get, it made the pasta taste a tad better. Then we got charged for the xtra sauce. Wow! Granted, because of our grievance, they did cut her veal marsala dish cost in half, but not the point. I believe they were offering a free dessert, too. Nice eve, but odd. The staff was uber apologetic and helpful. We don't complain, but we are foodies. If I'm dropping $100+ on a meal, it should be memorable. My wife left disappointed. :(
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall it was a very pleasant
    kbgonzalez
    Dined on 1/16/2013
    Overall it was a very pleasant evening. Five of us were crowded at a table for four but that was okay. The main challenge was an apparent lack of communication with our waiter. I ordered one steak item but was given the other more expensive item, but since they were close in preparation I didn't notice I got the wrong item until I got the bill and was charged an additional $7. And we were charged for bottled water that we never ordered. But the food was amazing and the vibe was fun and once we got the bill settled, all was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Skip it
    EllieVIP
    Dined on 1/13/2013
    The waiter had. Huge attitude and the quality of food and he prep is grade c
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a basic tourist restaurant
    Local3FANVIP
    Dined on 1/6/2013
    This is a basic tourist restaurant as are most of the restaurants on 5th Ave. If you want good Italian food in the Gaslamp (where I live) go to Salvatore's or Bice. if you want to pay less walk to little Italy. The food at Asti was not terrible but very mediocre.
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  • I attended on NYE, so the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2012
    I attended on NYE, so the place was loud. Staff was friendly and accommodated my request to move to another table. The service was very good, but sometimes it took a bit to get items due to the large amount of people in the restaurant at times. I would love to attend on a non holiday evening. Would recommend to a friend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian
    etkgdkVIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    This was our first time at the restaruant and we were enjoyed it. The service was good, the food was very good and the decor is comfortable italian. We had the Fettucini, with seafood and the Scallopini, very italian and tasty. We will return again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great ! Silvio is
    SamsmomVIP
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    Food was great ! Silvio is an excellent server ! The noise was moderate beacuse we sat outside, inside is much more quite.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and great service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/1/2012
    Great food and great service. Very busy place. Only downfall is that they cancelled our reservation! Stated that opentable had sent them a cancellation *which I find hard to believe since opentable had sent me a confirmation the day prior* and said they tried to call me *using the wrong cell number- open table has my correct cell number*. Thankfully they were able to get my party of 9 seated in about 10 minutes. But while we were waiting the exact same thing happened to a party of two that were turned away to their sister restaurant. I find this very suspicious. Confirm your reservation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have been to the Asti at
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    I have been to the Asti at Austin -this is not a chain -and I had hoped for the expereince to be great . The host ignored our reservation ,seated us outside and the service was so so . Not something you would expect from a place such as this. Maybe it was a single experience and I am having a wrong perception --no olive oil or garlic to dip your bread in --not italian IMHO. I will never go back and recommend you try at your own risk.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better options for Italian in SD
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/22/2012
    We started with an impatient waiter, followed by a bottle of old olive oil for our bread. The chicken was dry, the linguine was overcooked and the overall experience was very touristy. It was like bad cruise ship food. I realize this is a touristy area but there are MUCH better Italian restaurants in San Diego just 5 minutes uptown in Bankers HIll, Hillcrest and North Park.
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  • Dont go
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/11/2012
    Not worth the money at all. the food was so overpriced and not good at all. we felt extremely rushed our entire visit.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was excellent- service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Food was excellent- service a bit slow for our group of 12.
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  • We found Asti by accident
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    We found Asti by accident a couple of years ago when we were in San Diego. We love going there for all occasions when ever we are in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Proved why it has been around
    DeeDee
    Dined on 10/19/2012
    Proved why it has been around for greater than 20 years. The fresh pasta, fresh shellfish were all delectable
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had the mushroom risotto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/3/2012
    I had the mushroom risotto and I was disappointed. There was not much flavor and the dish was bland overall. It was a lovely evening to sit outside and dine as the restaurant is in a vibrant neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You won't go wrong with this choic.
    TrueManVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    I went with a group of about 16. Service was really good the food was excellent it made me feel like I was back in Italy! Everybody got their dishes as they ordered it and there was no problem accommodating such a large group. A real good find in the downtown area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/7/2012
    Great fresh food and our waiter had excellent knowledge of the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Handled a group of 10 with
    scottahansenVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2012
    Handled a group of 10 with less than an hour's notice with great table, service, wine and food. Excellent! Will return each time I visit San Diego.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and service were phenomenal-
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Food and service were phenomenal- I got the lobster ravioli and my friend got the seafood risotto- both were to die for! We sat on the patio which was great except for the fact that the neighboring patio is a pizza slice bar, so there were some seriously rowdy people sitting next to us..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic