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Zia's Bistro
Zia's Bistro

Zia's Bistro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.ziasbistro.com/home.html
  • Phone: (619) 234-1344
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch

    Daily: 11:30am - 4:00pm


    Daily: 5:00pm - close
  • Cuisine: Italian, Continental
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Fir St.
  • Parking: No
A word from Zia's Bistro
Where food equals life, happiness, friendship and a glass of wine. Where a bar can be a meeting place as well as somewhere to satisfy your palate.
All this in a fun, sophisticated atmosphere.
Sit down to have a bite to eat and a drink and make yourself at home.
If you have any special requests or dietary needs, please feel free to ask and we will do our best to accommodate you.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "You wouldn't normally think of salmon when thinking of an Italian restaurant in Little Italy, but this was one of the best salmon dishes I've had in San Diego. Salmon topped with crab and cheese, served with broccolini and potatoes with a lemon sauce - fabulous."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We weren't exactly sure what to expect but I am happy to say we were more than pleasantly surprised. The food was fantastic. The pizza was great but the angel hair pasta with garlic and tomatoes and basil was some of the best I have ever had. Will absolutely go back when in Little Italy."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "the food and service and atmosphere was great. I will def. return. our server was very welcoming and friendly too."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "I always enjoy going to zias. Their lasagna is outstanding. Love the music."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Food excellent, service excellent, nice breeze, not too loud and good people watching"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed the ambiance, great table, Food was delicious. Dessert was heavenly. Sever was polite, knowledgeable and caring! We will return for sure. Gluten - free is a plus!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "As always, great food and service. They are always happy to make us a couple of Avansi Salads, not on the menu, which remind me of my childhood!"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Open table works great, & is really the way to go if you have a group & want your dinner to start out smoothly. Zias was pleasant, all dishes were tasty. Pizza, really thin & delish. Our server was very nice & kept up a good pace without rushing us. One complaint; the pasta was somewhat "too al dente" in the Pasta Bolongnese. Would return for the rest of the dishes & the good service."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "As always, a fantastic experience with a happy wait staff and excellent cuisine. Solid menu items that always please!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We had a very nice meal, atmosphere and servers did an outstanding job. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant in Little Italy"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "There are so many Italian restaurants in Little Italy (surprise), but Zia's stands out for the food, service, atmosphere. Great people watching from the outside tables and from the open windows inside. There was also wonderful live music."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Made a reservation for 10, but 12 people showed up. They did not bat an eye. A bit noisy as they had a live piano player, but could still have a conversation without yelling. Service was good, hostess took my stroller from me and placed it in a back room, zero hassle and dealing with other potential patrons hoping to find a table. Food was not unforgettable, but it was good. Capellini Pesto could have used a little more seasoning, but was fine otherwise. If dining on a weekend, make sure to make a reservation as the restaurant was full to capacity."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We had with three persons a nice dinner, sitting outdoor watching the crowed in the popular India street. Nice location. Food was well prepared and service was okay. Menu could have more for vegetarians."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "We enjoyed Zia's Bistro very much. Well prepared interesting dishes, friendly service and reasonably priced wine options. We were given a cosy table in the window which I would recommend requesting if you book a table here. I wild have gone back if we stayed in San Diego for longer. Recommended."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We ate here for our last dinner while traveling to San Diego. It was a gorgeous night so all of the windows were open so we could enjoy the neighborhood. Our server was very accommodating with suggestions for entrees and making arrangements for a special order for our daughter. I ordered the ravioli with the pesto cream sauce. While the portion was a little small, it was clearly scratch-made with very fresh ingredients and unbelievably delicious. By far, our favorite of the Little Italy restaurants! We will be back during future visits to the area!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Is it a nightclub, lounge or restaurant? food is very good and that alone would bring me back. it was just a bit too loud for me. Keep the piano player and singer but take away the other instruments. That would have made for a much better dining experience. Great prices on wine. And food was damned terrific. "
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "I really enjoyed my dinner at Zia's Bistro. The atmosphere was lively with a piano player and a packed bar. The seat by the windows were great for people watching and sunset. I recommend the Rigatoni Piselli."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Good good, great music, and even better service!!!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "This nice Italian Restaurant is located in the Little Italy, The staff is very kind and always so polite, this is a Fave for me and my friends, this is so far the best italian restaurant in Little Italy and all Southern Califonia, Saturday is a good day to see Rick Ross perfoming Sinatra's and Billy Joel's music ( SAX, piano and Harmonica ). The very best!!!!"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "Excellent service delicious pasta. Not very crowded so quiet. Reasonable wine list and prices"
    Dined on 5/6/2014
  • "This was my first time at Zia's. The place was pretty full but having booked on OpenTable we were immediately taken to our seats. There was a piano player in one room and a vibrant atmosphere. Even with such a full place I noticed that a number of tables were actually finished and just kicking back, drinking wine and listening to the music. The food was good and not over priced, though the service seemed a little slow. This may have been part of the atmosphere, and the Mediterranean view of taking time to enjoy the food and wine. If you are in a hurry this is probably not the place for you. I would definitely go back."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Pizza was quite good, squid ink pasta good, we were surprised that the Pomodora pasta had FRIED eggplant dumped on top....easily removable but. not what we expected for the 2$ up charge. Waiter seemed as though he didn't want to be there that night."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "the food was decent, the servers werent very enthusiastic. I wanted spread on my bread but I felt like they were reluctant to provide extra spread so i didnt push the issue. The hostess seems pretty nice btw. The pecata i had was presented ok but the taste was not to my satisfaction"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Excellent experience, especially in the nice weather with windows open."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I love Zia's it is consistently good and the service is great, they always remember you and are glad to see you return."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This place is awesome! Outstanding food and atmosphere!"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "ZIa's is becoming our Go to place in Little Italy. Personable staff, nice atmosphere, good food. Wonderful Happy hour"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "My food was delicious! I had some sort of eggplant dish. A couple others were not impressed with their carbonara. My dad warned the waitress that he had to be quick to catch a flight and she was very good with getting us our food quickly."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Parking in the area is pricey - $8 valet unless you win the lottery get a street slot. Semi-casual dining, but quite pleasant. Staff first rate."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "I made the reservations for lunch for restaurant week at $15 each. The waiter told us that it was $25 even though there was a sign in the window that said otherwise. We decided to just order from the menu. The food is really good but the servings were so small that my husband had a PB&J when we got home. I don't think we will go back, a lot of places have good food."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "My wife, a friend from Italy, and I shared a delightful meal at Zia's Bistro in Little Italy. We shared Insalata di Cetriolo (excellent), and my wife and our friend ordered the Imbotitti (also excellent). I had Costine al Barolo (short ribs) which were nicely prepared and delicious. We all enjoyed our meal. The service was very good; we were all pleased with our dining experience."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "As a family of five we are always in search of restaurants that are good for mom and dad, good for the kids. Meaning we still get to feel like we have a bit of a date night going on but the kids are happy and feel at home too. We stumbled upon Zia's and it was exactly what we were looking for. The decor is cool and hip, but they still brought us crayons so that the kids could play hangman on the paper tablecloth. There was a pretty loud "hum" going on on a Saturday night, which was also great with kids: we could easily talk at the table, but the energy was high enough that an antsy young child was of no bother to any neighboring tables. We will be back!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "Overall dining experience was great. Food and Service were excellent. The restaurant was loud, but it was Saturday night and the place was full. Only complaint was that the calamari appetizer was overcooked."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Great Italian restaurant in Little Italy section of San Diego, upscale dining, casual atmosphere. Large menu, a little for everyone's palate. Food well prepared, tasty, nice sauces, large portions. Server knew menu well, explained several dishes before we made our selections. Server there when needed, but did not rush us. Server quite busy as restaurant was packed, yet kept up with our needs just fine. Very popular restaurant with locals and tourist's alike. Definitely will dine here again."
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "This restaurant had delicious food and great service. The lasagna was outstanding."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "Food and service were great. The "Billy Joel" piano singer on Saturday night is good but way too loud. We found ourselves shouting over each other at the meal."
    Dined on 9/21/2013
  • "The restaurant is in a perfect location and designed well, bringing the outside in. You feel like you're in Italy. Nice live entertainment but still quiet enough to have a conversation. Bar was cozy and intimate. The service is very good. However, the food was not exceptional. Unusual for a Busalacci Restaurant. Calamari was undercooked, and the marinara sauce was bland. The Ceasar salad lettuce was not crisp enough. Spaghetti sauce was bland. We love the place and we're rooting for you."
    Dined on 9/20/2013
  • "Excellent restaurant for food and service. Server Daniele Tiziano was exceptional."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "We had a party of six, three of them arrived a lot later than they were supposed to be there. I felt terrible that we were taking up our table but the staff was great about it. I hope that the tip I left our waiter helped offset the inconvenience that we might have caused. The staff was attentive and the food was incredible! I was in from Chicago visiting with friends and we all loved our dinner."
    Dined on 8/24/2013
  • "We had to think of a restaurant we wanted to take our guests from Holland with their 2 teenage boys. We decided on Little Italy, because of the fun lively neighborhood. We could not decide on a restaurant, but Zia's Bistro ended up to be a great choice. We all liked the atmosphere, the service was great and the food was delicious!"
    Dined on 8/20/2013