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Via Lago Trattoria
Via Lago Trattoria

Via Lago Trattoria Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vialagotrattoria.com/
  • Phone: (619) 216-8660
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, FRiday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Josepeppi
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have private wine room.
  • Private Party Contact: Jan Montell (619) 886-2099
  • Entertainment: We have a piano player on Friday and Saturday nights.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Miller
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: The lot is public because we share it with Trader Joes and many other businesses.
A word from Via Lago Trattoria
Via Lago Trattoria offers fine dining Italian cuisine. We have a spacious dining room with a full bar and outdoor patio surrounded by a fountain. Our head chef is from Sicily.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Diner Reviews
  • "One iof the best Italian Restaurants in San Diego ."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "First time there and had a great experience. They had great service: remembered our anniversary and request as noted on reservation. Food- had to try pink vodka sauce as we read from a review. Didn't disappoint! Great with the lobster ravioli. Soup and salad were great. Braised short rib app was awesome too. veal parm was delicious even though sides were not that impressive. Drink selections were great as well. Try Lago's strawberry martini. Also very appreciative of free dessert for anniversary. Tiramisu was fab"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Good food with superb service. Highly recommended for a romantic night out."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Happy hour in the patio is a winner as well as the live entertainment that they offer regularly. Dinners are great as well."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Service was a little slow but as always the food was amazing."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Very classy with out being pretentious. Excellent menu and service."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Every aspect was Incredible. From the Servers attention to the food preparation. The Lobster Ravioli was to die for. We are coming back."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food wasn´t really good.Is overprice for the quality of food Waiter wasn´t available when need him "
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "This is one of two Italian restaurants in Chula Vista that can be depended upon to deliver great fair and excellent service. Highly recommended for ambiance and service and food that will be remembered and recommended to friends time and again."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "The online menu said they serve a double rack of lamb, which was the whole reason I went there. They DON'T. I was hungry at this point, so I had the veal Marsala. It wasn't properly pan seared, which left the veal having slimy texture. The Marsala sauce itself was greasy, and the put way too much too the plate. The tomato they served with it was covered in burnt thyme. The broccoli was OK, but drowned in the Marsala sauce. The mashed potatoes were lumpy. "
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Usually quite pleased but this noon visit was a letdown. Drink was all wrong from other times. Informed "no bartender" yet. The panini was a regular club sandwich, toasted on white bread. High point was excellent service by female waiter. She was a doll!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "We had our book discussion here and it was really perfect. The patio is perfect for lingering and we will all be returning."
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "Conveniently located, Good Food, Ok Service, Good Wine List, Good Ambiance. We will defenetly be back."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "The food is always great, but I've noticed that recently, portion sizes are smaller. Wine prices have increased, significantly. On Wednesdays, wine has always been at half price. Upon getting the bill, after ordering a $156 bottle of wine (formerly $130), we found out that wines below $50 are reduced 50%, and those above $50 are reduced by only 30%. Combine that with the increase in prices, and the half price Wednesday wine deal has almost evaporated. The restaurant set a precedent, stick with it or at the very least, be up front about the changes. For extremely special occasions, what used to be a $230 bottle of wine is now $260, and with the Wednesday discount, the price has jumped from $115 to $182 - a significant difference. "
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We went to Via Lago Restaurant for a Work Dinner, everyone was expecting to go and have Dinner in here, but we were not so happy with the prices, and the food, the service was good but the rest, we definitely agree not to come back. Maybe we were expecting to much before going we check the prices, I though it will be a great food, but not really, taste was okay nothing unusual, wines were very high in price, we reserve via Open table, but reservation did not was even in their list, there were not too many people and we were sit after 15 min of waiting"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "We always enjoy visiting Via Lago in Eastlake. The restaurant is nice, food is delicious, service is great, and overall, a great place to have a great dining experience."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "I've been to this place numerous times during lunch. This evening, the service was very poor, understaffed. The hostess was aloof. We waited along time for staff to take, then bring drinks. Two tables sat after us recd their bread before us. The table next to us had to hail down a staff member to ask when their order would be taken after sitting along time. Waiter took our bread and bread plates away before we received our main course. In summary, they need to hire more staff and train them on customer service and awareness. The food was wonderful."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Stafano, our waiter, was wonderful. Friendly, accommodating and enjoyable. It made the whole meal experience even better."
    Dined on 1/20/2014
  • "Sea bass was one of the best I've ever had. The pasta is definitely al dente(to be expected tho). Ambiance is eclectic with a small winery inside for viewing and decorations that required such attention to detail and imagination. Recommend for families and date nights out as well!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Service was something that I would get at a Denny's or IHOP, salads came out before the appetizer. Martinis where room temp. Several times had to ask for water. Service was very slow."
    Dined on 12/21/2013
  • "Good live music and just the right light level. The piano and singer were awesome!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Always provides a nice evening of dining and the patio is a relaxing spot for warm weather enjoyment"
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Visited Via Lago on Saturday, there was four of us. The food was delicious and the service, as always, very good."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Via Lago Trattoria has great menu selections and I ordered the chopped chicken salad with balsamic dressing and white chocolate cheesecake for dessert both were delicious."
    Dined on 11/5/2013
  • "The food was just okay, definitely not traditional Italian! More Olive Garden, will not return back!"
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "We went for restaurant week. Unfortunately, the only enjoyable part of the meal was the appetizer. My food was bland, and overall not great. Unfortunately, I wouldn't recommend based in food. The decor and service were nice, so maybe another menu option would make it a better experience."
    Dined on 9/19/2013
  • "i don't know if it was because of restaurant week they didn't put out there best because it was so cheap, but the food was not the greatest. it wasn't bad however i've had and expected much better. we had reservations (yes i know restaurant week is busy) , but there were two open tables that could be seen at the waiting area. we were waiting for 12minutes only to be seated at one of the same seats we were looking at.there was only one couple ahead of us. The food was "okay" at best, but what got me was there pork ossobuco, one of their signature dish, disappointing. The meat although tender, was not well seasoned and bland there, the sauce did not make up for it. i expect more for a "fine dining" restaurant. and better service."
    Dined on 9/18/2013
  • "Saturday night, my fiance and I tried this restaurant for the first time. It was in a convenient location and more than we expected. The food was delicious, and the creme brulee was the best I'd ever had!! Quite, romantic, with good food and wine, we will certainly be back again!"
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "My wife and I have been here a few times and it has always been good. The food is outstanding the sevice is generally very good and the atmosphere is great for a date or special occasions."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "My family and I dined here for my Mother's birthday dinner. Our waiter and the owner were both very kind, friendly, helpful, and personable. Although we were a party of 6, we never had to ask for anything. Our waiter anticipated our needs and made sure all we had to do was ENJOY ourselves! The owner made several rounds throughout the restaurant, which was lively and energetic at the time, ensuring all of the patrons were having a great dining experience. Our waiter knew the menu very well and was able to give us detailed suggestions, as this was our first time. There was a very talented pianist/singer there to entertain us, which added to the festivities. My family and I will DEFINITELY be back. We LOVED our time at Via Lago Trattoria!"
    Dined on 7/9/2013
  • "First time patron, will definitely be going back! Had a small party of eight with two little kids, on the patio (we were there early enough as to not really disturb anyone's quiet dinner out :-D). Staff was great and very accomodating with the kids, and the mess they made with pasta (Sorry, Via Lago :-)) Service was great, as was the food. Happy Hour selections and prices were spot-on!! We will be going back next time, sans kids!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2013
  • "The food was okay, but for the prices that they charge, it should be much better. They really need to rework their Rigatoni with sausage. We were expecting to get whole sausages served on top of Rigatoni pasta. Instead, they remove the sausage meat from the skin, so it's a mashed up mess of sausage on top of the pasta noodles. Very salty to boot. Avoid that dish. Others in our group had the pasta with zuccini, eggplant and sun dried tomatoes, and the chicken picata both which were very good. I would have like to have a steak, or a pork chop, but not at the prices that they are asking. Perhaps if they reduced their prices a bit, there would be more customers. We were there on Father's Day for lunch, and we were about the only ones there."
    Dined on 6/16/2013
  • "Tuck away in a quiet neighborhood, the food and service were great! Would recommend to friends for a wonderful meal and great ambience"
    Dined on 6/1/2013
  • "This was a special night out for us. Usually I have the same thing, my favorite, but tonight we both ordered from the daily special entrees. My date had the Halibut and I had the Lamb and both were excellent. The server was very good, as usual."
    Dined on 5/22/2013
  • "We went to Via Lago for the Mother's Day brunch. The jazz guitarist was pleasant enough but so loud that he drowned out any possibility of conversation. Even a request to the waiter to ask for it to be turned down resulted in no change. I'm sorry Open Table's noise level indicator doesn't have a choice at the high end other than energetic. The noise level was disturbing. And the racket wasn't coming from the customers."
    Dined on 5/12/2013
  • "Very nice Good service Good food Love the live music"
    Dined on 5/11/2013
  • "The restaurant was very busy when we arrived and a little noisy for us... Lot's of energy! However, the food was quite good and our server was very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu."
    Dined on 4/6/2013
  • "We celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary at Via Lago. We'd made reservations, so were promptly seated when we arrived. We ordered an appetizer, clams with serrano chiles & tomatoe, etc. It was very good, it had just the right kick. My wife ordered an arugula salad w/pumkin seeds, pomegranite, apple & goat cheese with a lemon dressing. She loved it. I had a ceasar salad which was good. The anchovies were placed on top. I prefer them mixed into the dressing, but don't get me wrong, the salad was good. My wife had a shrimp dish with mashed potatoes & asparagus. She loved it. I had linquine w/shrimp & a touch of crab in an outstanding sauce. They brought us a complimentary desert for our anniversary. Outstanding evening!"
    Dined on 4/2/2013
  • "Was hoping his wouldn't be another busalacchi mistake, but I was wrong, the basic marinara lacked garlic, and best resembled spaghetti o's, while my wife's chicken piccata was very very salty, add a long wait time to this mix and an overpriced bill, and you have a bad experience."
    Dined on 3/30/2013
  • "Thoroughly enjoyable evening. My husband loves the Pescatore fettuccine. We have been to this restaurant as a couple, but this last time went with other friends and they were equally impressed. Love the live piano singer in the background!"
    Dined on 3/27/2013