Trattoria I Trulli
Trattoria I Trulli

Trattoria I Trulli

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.itrulli.signonsandiego.com/
  • Phone: (760) 943-6800
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer a pick-up catering as well as off site catering.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between G & H Street
  • Public Transit: Encinitas Coaster stop 3 blocks North and 1 block East of our location
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have our own small attached lot just north of our building
A word from Trattoria I Trulli
Cozy and quaint setting that will bring you back to Italia! A true trattoria one would find roadside in Tuscany. Our cuisine is traditional authentic Italian. With many classical dishes including homemade lasagne, our classic ricotta & spinach ravioli and gnocchi made in house daily. Bread fresh from the oven every morning compliments our garlicky Sicilian tomato pesto dipping sauce. A rock star wine list with more than 100 bottles offered at every price point and more than 20 wines by the glass to choose from. Daily specials are more contemporary Italian with a range of game meats including rabbit, venison, quail and bison using produce and recipes of the season. Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from.

We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!

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Trattoria I Trulli reviews from OpenTable diners
19 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (14)fit for foodies (12)great for outdoor dining (10)romantic (5)notable wine list (5)great for lunch (4)special occasion (4)hot spot (3)good for groups (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Never Ceases to Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Always excellent. I love the nightly specialities. I had butternut squash ravioli in sage butter. Hubby had a menu staple, Osso bucco. The plate presentation in lovely, food is served at proper temperature. When in the area we always try to stop in and it never ceases to delight this diner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Our first time there and was very good. The food was excellent and our waiter Lucca was excellent. We ordered salad with pear and very original. Pasta and osso bucco perfectly seasoned.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always a treat!
    IMPW
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We keep coming back for more! Feels and tastes like eating in my Grandmother's kitchen - in a very good way...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed!!
    SusanSzVIP
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I had heard so many good things about this restaurant, but it just didn't live up to the hype at all. Service was friendly and attentive - so no complaints there. However, i ordered the lobster ravioli based on the waiter saying it was a restaurant favorite and it was barely "fair". The raviolis are unsealed - so it's a sheet of pasta that has filling added at the time it is ordered - and then smothered in a heavy, flavorless, saffron sauce. The filling was dry and tasted more like ground fish than lobster. My husband ordered the tournado that was cooked properly. It was served with spaghetti (in olive oil?) and veggies. Good but nothing special.
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  • A Little Touch of Italy
    HBfoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We met our friends for lunch. Our first visit and we were not disappointed. Our server Bryan B. was friendly and extremely knowledgable of the menu and history of the entrees and decor. He provided excellent service throughout our meal. Our entrees were fresh and delicious and prepared to our liking, the Spaghetti Carbonara a delight. An extensive wine list is also available. It was not crowded this day but could be if the restaurant is full as it is rather compact with the tables being so close together. Parking can be a challenge. There are a few spaces reserved in a lot on the north side of the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Julieb
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    I love Trattoria I Trulli! Super happy that I can now make a reservation on open table! The food is always fantastic and the waiters are really amazing! We were celebrating our 24th wedding anniversary and it was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Joe1
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Best in class in the area. Not gourmet but good local restaurant
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and Different
    pghpickle
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Coworkers and I had been looking for a generic mid-range Italian restaurant and this fit perfectly, except it went above and beyond the generic. The atmosphere was casual enough that our group of 4 felt comfortable. The menu was large, with its fair share of traditional and original creations. For example, a coworker and I both had the Rabbit Lasagna special and it was delicious! (Although I did get a few pieces of 'gristle' here and there.) Portions are large, but not unreasonable. Service was adequate. The wine list has a good range of selections both in taste and price. My only real complaint is that it was very warm where we were sat in the back corner - there was zero airflow. I would definitely go back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Consistent Winner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We have been coming to I Trulli for years. It never disappoints. We are in heaven when they deliver the bread with their special tomato dipping sauce. Be sure to check out the specials of the day. The current Grilled Octopus appetizer is wonderful. My kids swear that their Minestrone Soup is the best that they've ever had. While we enjoy the entrees, we think that their pastas are the way to go. The portions are generous, so don't be afraid to split appetizers or pastas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best!
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Melt in my mouth impromptu birthday dinner at my favorite restaurant! Always fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 9 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 79 reviews are from the Trattoria I Trulli reviews archive.
  • We LOVE this place
    JennyVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Never fail incredible meals and service! We come here a few times every trip to Encinitas. Never once have we had a bad experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved their patio dining ...
    ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is a restaurant we go to regularly. That speaks for itself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian fare in No County
    LeonediromaVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    This is the best Italian restaurant in North County, bar none. The place is small and very noisy when it's crowded, but the service is good and the aromas coming out of the place prepare your stomach for a really good meal. The spinach and ricotta ravioli are a favorite, as are the chicken dishes, chicken saronno and chicken 101. Salmon's good too, although I usually order it just grilled instead of with the creamy mustard sauce. Great Eggplant Sorrentino/parmesan. There is a very narrow cramped patio, but it's right on the sidewalk, good for people watching, and with the great weather here, it's usually nice to be out in the air. On weekends they don't take reservations so be prepared to wait. You won't be sorry. Good wine list too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special Occasions!
    swb92078
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    We love Trattoria I Trulli for those special occasions such as anniversaries and birthdays! We couldn't wait to move back to north county San Diego and visit this favorite spot!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ChrissieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    It's a place I "Trulli" enjoy and go on a regular basis.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    Elizajord1VIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Came here for lunch with a friend and we both thought the food was wonderful. The service was very good too. At first I thought it was a bit pricey for lunch, lobster ravioli was $19 and a chicken entree was $17 I believe, but the portions were huge! I do wish it was a little less money at lunch for a smaller portion, but everything tasted wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent staff
    allthenamesaretaken
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Very friendly, efficient and pleasant. Although he food was okay, not special, I would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It took us one hour sitting before we even got the waiter to ask us what we wanted for drinks! I know it was mothers day but the place is pretty small and not hard to get to everybody. Overall the lunch took 2.5 hours!
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  • Solid Food
    QCommVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food preparation here is always solid. I think this place could use a remodel. Something should be done about the outside tables and chairs to make them more comfortable...
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  • Fabulous
    urevwVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Incredibly good food and wonderful staff. We take friends and relatives there when they visit, besides just my family going quite often.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • long time favorite Italian!
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    The absolute best, authentic Italian food in North County San Diego!
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like being back in Italy!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    How wonderful to be greated by the handsome Italian Andrea! We've been to Italy many times, and the ambience and fun atmosphere set by all there made it feel as if we were home again. Gigantic menu filled with dozens of delicious sounding dishes. A real find!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I brought my mom for a special night out here, and beforehand, I raved to her about the food and ambiance. The ambiance was as I promised, but something has gone wrong with the food. I've eaten here 3 or 4 times, and each time I've been happy. This past experience was just plain bad. I had the tasteless minestrone soup, and pasta primavera. My mom had a seafood pasta dish with white sauce. She said it was lacking flavor, and was not impressed at all. I'm sorry to have to write a bad review, but hope the feedback inspires change in the kitchen.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We went for lunch & it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We went for lunch & it was very quiet as they were not busy. We sat inside because it was a cool day. I've sat outside before & it's nice on a warm day. I've eaten there in the evening inside when they were busy & the noise level was almost unbearable. The food is sinsational. I just would go for lunch , early dinner or a warm evening so u can sit outside. Unless you loke a very vibrant, loud atmosphere. Some people do. The friendly service and level of cuisine & expertise is worthy of visiting over & over.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    krod
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My husband and I have dined here twice- each time being exceptional. Food is delicious, and the service is excellent. The bar is very small, so I suggest making reservations because there is not a lot of room to sit and wait at the bar- I believe there are only 5 seats or so. Highly recommend this place- you won't be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another day perhaps
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I've visited this restaurant quite a few times of the last few years with good success. The food has always been good enough to overlook the crowds and the closed in feeling with adjoining tables way too close together. It has been our go to Italian restaurant but unfortunately not this time. We went on Valentines day and upon sitting were presented with a special menu for the day. The regular menu is much better. On this day our meals were average at best. Overcooked calamari appetizer with uneventful marinara sauce. main courses were "restaurant chain quality". Today we got overpriced average Italian food. I guess its time to move on to another place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Italian
    JacquesG
    Dined on 1/22/2014
    Encinitas is not short on Italian Restaurants and this is the star when it comes to food. Intimate seating, small bar (only seats 4) and small patio doesn't make it the grandest, but the food is to die for and the prices are more than fair for the fare. The wine list is varied and lots of Italian gems to pick from. The staff is attentive, friendly and very professional. I usually have one on the specials, often splitting appetizer and entree because the portions are generous. I Trulli never disappoints!s
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great find
    FrankVIP
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    We were traveling during the holidays with two young chidren and found this restaurant in Encinitas to be very friendly to families, kind and professional service. Good job.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Food
    Axxiom2000VIP
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    The food is awesome - from the lasagna to the fish selection. Great wine bottle selection, but the selection for wine by the glass is somewhat limited. As far as the service, overall it is good; however, one of the servers does not have the best table manners, but is not to the point of being bad service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and friendly people
    LeonediromaVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    This is really a neighborhood gem. Went for a holiday lunch with lawyer friends and we ended up staying for 3 hours! We closed the place, and the staff was fine with it. There is a terrific variety of choices at this place, and it's the only place in North County that I can say is as good as some of the places in Los Angeles. The Eggplant Sorrentino was just delicious, covered in cheese, cooked just right and tasty. Two of us had the Salmon Saronno, which was covered in the same creamy mushroom sauce they use for the Chicken 101 (my other favorite). I didn't think I'd like the creamy sauce on the salmon but it was delish. We also had a beautiful gluten free shrimp dish with veggies that were cooked perfectly. A favorite place indeed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The calamari appetizer was
    Carlsbadfoodie
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    The calamari appetizer was great which set high expectations for the rest of the meal....however after waiting for over 30 minutes for our main course it was a huge disappointment. The risotto was very watery (and salty), the other pasta dishes were undercooked. The staff were very friendly,, but would not go back.
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  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    My favorite trattoria is Trattoria Positano. I read some yelp reviews that said Trattoria I Trulli was superior. I am not sure what planet these people were on but these two restaurants are not remotely comparable. The night I was there I ordered two of the specials. The salad was just ordinary however I ordered the sweet potato gnocchi with duck ragu. It was completely tasteless. I have been to this restaurant for the last time.
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  • Looking for something new
    luvnewplaces
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    We live in Carlsbad and were looking for a new dining experince Found T I T through Zagat and were very pleased by the meal We will repeat
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful Afternon Meal
    Sandi
    Dined on 9/16/2013
    We went here during Restaurant Week. The price for lunch - $15 - was great. The restaurant has an intimate feel. The decor provides an old world feel. There were four in our party and we decided to do the wine pairing with the meal for an additional $10 per person. We also ordered 2 glasses of Proseco ($8 each). The bill came to $150 which sounds like a lot for a $15 per person restaurant week lunch. The $150 included a 20% tip that the restaurant added on. The 20% tip was on the entire bill INCLUDING tax. Usually, we do tip 20% on the food and drink only so we were disappointed that they calculated the tip to include the tax. As far as the quality of the food is concerned - it was DELICIOUS. Everyone enjoyed their meals.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buon Appetito Fan Ventures North!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    We have been to Buon Appetito numerous times and, since we were meeting someone from the North County, we decided to try Trattoria I Trulli. Our meals were terrific, from appetizer through dessert, and the service was attentive and personable. Oh yeah, we'll be back.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kind of too noisy
    tuckyspalVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    A little too noisy and crowded together (the tables) for my taste, but other diners looked like they were having a fabulous time!
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  • All time favorite!
    mamatVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2013
    You just can't go wrong with Trulli. We have been coming for years and know it's the best authentic Italian food around. Great staff as well! (Reservations now available makes it all even better!)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, awesome service
    YamahazingVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    Can't go wrong with Trulli and if you are lucky enough to be waited upon by Andrea, you are in for a very enjoyable evening! He is knowledgeable, attentive and has a great sense of humor!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food - very loud!
    HappyDinerVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    I had a linguine & pesto dish that was absolutely amazing and my husband had a gnocchi special he enjoyed, too. Good wine selections as well. The only somewhat negative point is the acoustics in this restaurant. We went at lunchtime on a Sunday and though the place was not overly crowded, it was very noisy. I could hear almost the entire conversation the family sitting in the middle of the room. It wasn't a deal breaker for us - just something to keep in mind if you're looking for a cozy, quiet restaurant (this isn't it!)
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  • Five stars and above
    Susie
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    My husband and I were looking for a good Italian restaurant to take a few friends to for lunch, with good food and the ability to have a conversation while dinning. The week before our luncheon we decided to have dinner with family to try the menu. Excellent food! we would recommend Trattoria I Trulli to anyone who loves authentic Italian food. Priced reasonably, good size portions, (we took food home ) and attentive waiters all wrapped up on the 101. We had the luncheon three days later with wonderful friends and a great menu. The lasagna is the best I have ever tasted, a must try A great place to people watch!!!! We Loved It!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.