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Antica Trattoria

4.8
1368 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Antica Trattoria is a warm restaurant with an old-fashioned sense of hospitality that quickly became a gathering place for dinners in Lake Murray and the rest of San Diego when it opened in 2001. For Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Basile, good cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients and simplicity. That's the kind of food he grew up eating by the seaside in Sicily and it's what he learned in culinary school in Italy.

Why Eat Ordinary?
when you can eat Extraordinary!

About reservations: We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time.

We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 2; 2 hours for parties up to 4; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of up to 6; and 3 hours for parties of 7+. We can't guarantee special request for tables.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1368 people are saying
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4.8
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vipkak6
San Diego
108 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. They have done a great job on their outside eating area. We surely appreciate that option.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brought an Italian friend in from Milwaukee and he said he hasn’t had any Gnocchi that good since his Italian grandmother made it in the 1970’s.

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SandyC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and ambiance are so authentic, I feel as if I am back in Italy.
You will never be disappointed dining here. It’s always a memorable evening!!

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KeithW
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the Carpaccio which was outstanding and the bone-in ribeye which was also outstanding. I will return soon.

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JacquelineS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent linguine with clams and mussels! We will return on our next trip to San Diego!

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JimG
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh Italian food. Love the staff and ambience. Highly recommend.

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vipBreeze
San Diego
209 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A neighborhood gem for sure. We had the penne with salmon and the Duroc pork chop. Both were Fabulous. We'll be back soon.

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RebeccaE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been coming to this restaurant since it first opened, and it just keeps getting better and better. There are no pretentions and no gimmicks here--just great food prepared with skill and love.

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vipFritz
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Penne with shrimp and salmon contained delicious flavors and savory shrimp but it was very hard to find any salmon in the dish at all.
When the check came we were told we couldn't use our Antica gift cards that we purchased to help them along back when they were struggling during COVID times because there was now a "glitch" in the computer. Seems like they could have done "something" for us to show their appreciation a little more. We have been going there for years now and this was the first time we honestly couldn't rate our experience a 5 star visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Since the start of the pandemic last year, we've ordered take-out from Antica a few times, but this was our first time dining on site since the restrictions lifted a couple of weeks ago. It seemed a little eery with so few tables and so much open space, but the staff was as friendly as ever, and the food was delicious as always. The Fritura Mista appetizer was hot, crispy, and yummy. Our salads (my caesar and my companion's Spring salad with pear) were both fresh and the greens were top quality. My wife had the Salmon with pistachios and spinach risotto and everything was superb. I opted for one of the specials, a bone-in ribeye with a port wine reduction. My meat was cooked perfectly medium-rare and the sauce was also perfect. The one disappointment was the steak itself: much of it was shot through with gristle which made it crunchy (not in a good way). This wasn't the restaurant's fault, and it tasted delicious, so I just sucked it up. Next time I'll probably order something different.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food as always was way above average. They were training a new cook so dinner was a bit slower than usual but over all this has become our favorite place to eat. Since it is a family owned and operated restaurant, it is always nice talking to the owners and learning more about them every time we go. No matter how busy they are, we are always treated like family. The Penne has become a huge favorite of mine, smoked salmon and shrimp in a lobster cream sauce. I eat it every time I go and I hope that this stays in the menu for a long time. I did try the poached sea bass and have now added that to my short list of favorites.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

We had reservations at 7. When we arrived the hostess said they were a little behind and there were four reservations ahead of us. I asked about how long and she said she had no clue. We waited for 40 minutes when I went back up and she had passed me on the list. We waited for a total of 45 minutes before being seated. Our waitress was friendly but she was too busy and rarely checked on us. It took another 45 minutes to get our food. The food was excellent but not sure it was with the 1.5 hour wait. We will try one more time just to be fair.

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dianez5
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience was great. Our dinner was prepared and brought to our table while still hot. The food was delicious. We enjoyed a bottle of wine with our dinner. The service was good. The waitress checked on us a few times to make sure we had everything we needed. I highly recommend this restaurant. We will be coming back.

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AdineT
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, authentic Italian food in a bustling venue with energetic staff and an owner that personally greets all the customers. Wonderful find!

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a gem. They haven’t raised their prices after the pandemic. They still have this amazing meal special for under $90 that includes dessert and a whole bottle of vino. And the food is always terrific. This place is great for a special occasion or just a good old fashion date night with the husband/wife.

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vipTodd
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Open for business inside, Excellent service, amazing food taste and presentation, and well poured drinks.

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PatR
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love this place. Authentic. The owner is very hands on. Making sure all the details are point on. The food was beyond amazing. One member had the steak special and said ‘the best he ever tasted’.. and the Calamari steak was flakey, and melted in your mouth. So glad they made it through he tough ride. Only reason for slighting the service was she was new and didn’t know many of the items on the menu and was a little slow on details.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Sat outside on the patio. Good was great. The service wasn’t the best but not the worst. I have high expectations of service personnel because I done a lot. She wasn’t very friendly and when told my boyfriend was vegan didn’t tell us the ravioli he was ordering had cheese. 🤷🏽‍♀️
Other then that the food was amazing!
I favorite is the cioppino 😍

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A top notch restaurant with incredible food, impeccable service and a great, relaxing atmosphere.

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Pam1
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Haven’t been for a while, so happy to be back! Excellent food and service!!! So fresh and delicious!

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CandyJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Reservations made, beautiful little restaurant. Service was good but my food was over

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Dannyboy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dining experience at Antica is consistently our favorite. Francesco has been a gift to La Mesa for 20 years and we are so grateful he chose to bestow his culinary expertise on East County. We lived in NYC for decades, traveled far & wide and ate at wonderful and world-famous restaurants. We've had friends & family who are world-travelers express their compliments to the food and the service at Antica. We will soon be moving away and one of the things we will miss most about our time here in San Diego is this restaurant and its staff.

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SarahW
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a delicious meal! My husband and I enjoyed a nice bottle of Pinot, pappardelle and calamari steak. Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my granddaughter for her first time and it was really nice. We sat outside in their covered “tent” and had a heater right near us so it was toasty! We had a light dinner but everything was great! We shared a fried calamari, shrimp and vegetable appetizer and then she had homemade cream of tomato soup and I had my favorite that’s not even on the menu, spaghetti with garlic and oil. The portion was huge and I had plenty left over for lunch the next day! She ended her soup with her favorite chocolate lava cake with vanilla ice cream which she loved. It wasn’t my first meal at Antica and definitely won’t be my last!

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TinaA
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have dined at Antica several times and have tried many of their dishes. Every one of them have been delicious! The crispy brussel sprouts is a must appetizer every visit. For the main dish, we just tried the Cavatelli for the first time and it was so good! Other favorites are the Brasato, Gnocchi and Ravioli's. We like going on their half off wine nights which is on Monday and Tuesday. The service is excellent. The owner is always at the restaurant and makes sure you are satisfied with everything. We have taken family and friends and they become returning customers.

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DavidR
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, service amazing, everything was perfect!

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ESM619
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our local treasure is just plain excellent. All our dishes were superb. The calamari steak was extraordinary. Service was great as usual. This was a wonderful celebration with the family.

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vipELENA
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We both had fantastic meals as usual. We sat inside but outside seem to be good with cover and heaters.
Milani is a great waitress and always makes you feel welcome.

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SDTrueman
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As usual we had a blast! Great food great people. Only downside is right now you’re eating in the parking lot but surrounded by a temporary shelter. It’s all good

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DanW
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was great. Everyone in our party enjoyed their selections and commented on their interest in returning soon.

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Katek
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo yummy! As always! Friendly staff... great service and amazing food! Fave restaurant! Our go to!

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LynneA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem in the neighborhood!! Authentic Italian cuisine, great wine, and wonderful staff. My husband and son loved the filet, I enjoyed the salmon with lemon risotto! Valentines was a hIt! Love supporting our local small businesses too.

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TcsmithBiz
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely experience. Valentines Day dinner with a set menu that had excellent choices. The staff was absolutely wonderful and the food was very good. I would say that perhaps the prices were a bit high for the level of the food and atmosphere, but given how hard hit local restaurants have been lately, I was happy to enjoy an evening out and to be sure the meal was excellent.

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CarlosD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best gems in San Diego when it comes to Italian cuisine!!! I prefer this little restaurant to any in little Italy any day!!!

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KLowe
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was sat outside, despite the fact, the reservation was for standard seating. Waited long before waiter took our order. Did not receive wine until having to ask for it after finishing our starters. Waited another hour for our entrees to arrive. Was charged for a more expensive glass of wine than originally ordered.

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RachelJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This is usually our favorite restaurant. We come here monthly and have never had an issue. We came for valentines dinner and were presented with a pre fixed menu.. yet none of the regular food they normally have was on the menu. My Salmon was over cooked and so bland that I had to add salt and pepper. We wanted to order wine with dinner yet our waitress never stopped to ask how dinner was or to refill water/drinks. Whole experience was awful. I will not be recommending this place again. Maybe under new ownership?

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vipdiningguy
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Really unfair to rate a restaurant based on Valentine's Day, but that's when we went, so here goes:

Fixed menu. Few choices. This was to be expected.

Service was spotty. Everyone seemed overworked.

Food was ok at best. Lobster bisque one of the worst I've ever had. Tasted burnt.

Lobster salad was curiously unflavorful. Needed something - maybe a squeeze of citrus or another ingredient (or perhaps withholding of an ingredient) to give it some flavor.

Rack of Lamb was very good. It was the highlight of the meal. Steak was average at best.

Again, nice restaurant trying hard on a challenging night. Will go again sometime and order off the regular menu.

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Tava
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The Valentine's menu and price point was very disappointing. I didn't expect that the regular menu wouldn't be available either.

We usually go there, as the items on the regular menu are great. The Valentine's dinner we had wasn't good at all.

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Gert24
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as always. Nice to
be eating out again!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Valentines dinner. Seated right away, very busy, very pricy w/ limited menu. Fixed price.. I have dined before much better when I can pick my favorites...

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Antica Trattoria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Antica Trattoria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 463-9919.

Antica Trattoria is rated 4.8 stars by 1368 OpenTable diners.

Antica Trattoria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.technology/Main.aspx?key=antica.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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