Via Lago Trattoria
Via Lago Trattoria

Via Lago Trattoria

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.vialagotrattoria.com/
  • Phone: 6192168660
  • 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 6198862099
  • 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 WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Via Lago Trattoria reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (18)neighborhood gem (18)great for outdoor dining (13)special occasion (13)good for groups (9)notable wine list (8)fit for foodies (7)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (6)great for lunch (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • One of the best Italian restaurant
    luv2luv2dine
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    One iof the best Italian Restaurants in San Diego .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It's all about the sauce
    sbdDhel
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding service
    love2eat
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Good food with superb service. Highly recommended for a romantic night out.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great staff and food
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Happy hour in the patio is a winner as well as the live entertainment that they offer regularly. Dinners are great as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always enjoyable
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Service was a little slow but as always the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding food and service
    rt6200
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Very classy with out being pretentious. Excellent menu and service.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Incredible
    ricardo
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Every aspect was Incredible. From the Servers attention to the food preparation. The Lobster Ravioli was to die for. We are coming back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    The food wasn´t really good.Is overprice for the quality of food Waiter wasn´t available when need him
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Italian Food
    ZioosRestaurants
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 146 reviews are from the Via Lago Trattoria reviews archive.
  • Inaccurate menu on business website
    Chris0z
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Off day?
    Yumyum
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great evening! Loved it!
    Yumyum
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We had our book discussion here and it was really perfect. The patio is perfect for lingering and we will all be returning.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner with Friends
    Keno
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Conveniently located, Good Food, Ok Service, Good Wine List, Good Ambiance. We will defenetly be back.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food and Service, but…..
    Jackson
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what was expected
    Visitor619
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great restaurant in Eastlake
    Tavo
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not up to usual standard
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Personality counts!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/20/2014
    Stafano, our waiter, was wonderful. Friendly, accommodating and enjoyable. It made the whole meal experience even better.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quaint
    SeaBassLover
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and that's it
    KippVIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good live music and just the
    DonHoel
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    Good live music and just the right light level. The piano and singer were awesome!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A cut above
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Always provides a nice evening of dining and the patio is a relaxing spot for warm weather enjoyment
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful
    KBPB
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Visited Via Lago on Saturday, there was four of us. The food was delicious and the service, as always, very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gem
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay food
    Dani
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The food was just okay, definitely not traditional Italian! More Olive Garden, will not return back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We went for restaurant week.
    Julie
    Dined on 9/19/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a little disappointing
    kinevo
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming Italian
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice date spot
    snoemann
    Dined on 9/1/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Food! Superb Service!
    MimiG
    Dined on 7/9/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner/service/happy hour!
    Hofbraumama
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey for what you get
    mjr2uVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden gem
    Glend
    Dined on 6/1/2013
    Tuck away in a quiet neighborhood, the food and service were great! Would recommend to friends for a wonderful meal and great ambience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A special night dining out.
    goldgoose
    Dined on 5/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Music Way Too Loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bono
    Italiafamily
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    Very nice Good service Good food Love the live music
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant was very busy
    TimG
    Dined on 4/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We celebrated our 36th wedding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/2/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Was hoping his wouldn't be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thoroughly enjoyable evening.
    KBPB
    Dined on 3/27/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate