Antica Trattoria

4.7
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$30 and under
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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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KC
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food amazing as always. We waited 30 minutes before I had to ask for waiter to take our drink order. He was a little more attentive after.

LD
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went for a late lunch and had the restaurant week lunch. The funghi ripieni appetizer was excellent and could be shared. The capellini was very good and the right size for lunch. The tiramisu was delicious! We also enjoyed a bottle of the house pinot grigio - Paggio - very nice. Only one employee was there to take care of us and the remaining few other customers, and he had to bus tables, etc., so he was a bit rushed. Have been there many times for dinner, when it's very noisy, so a quiet lunch was nice.

RC
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in East County.
Decor and food take me back to Italy.
Delicious food and service is fantastic!

T
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

my wife and had lunch during restaurant week the service was outstanding so was food .

L
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have recommended this restaurant to several friends and it never disappoints. Excellent service with piping hot food coming straight out of the kitchen. An excellent place to have a delicious meal and good conversation!

JC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food. Top-notch service. Great value.

K
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food. Good wine list.Friendly service.Excellent menu for SD Restaurant Week.

s
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Being Restaurant Week we expected it to be crowded and it was. When we first arrived it was very noisy and 2 with hearing aids were having trouble but as it quieted down it was fine. Loved the decor and the food was very good. Will definitely be back.

c
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and friendliness and the feeling of being really cared for is always present.
The food never disappoints and we love going here. It is a treat that my friend and I do often.

n
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable evening. Food very good. Service great.

TS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good service, easy parking. Food tasted great!! Good wine list!

SC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been to Antica many times...it has never failed to provide excellent service and fantastic food! Italian food with a touch of class for sure

V
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 6. The food was delicious and the service was great. We will be back.

CH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time here and we were impressed. The ambiance is inviting, it feels like a true Italian restaurant. The service was on point and everything we ate was delicious.

HF
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good tasting food and excellent service!

CB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service makes this restaurant perfection, the staff is always attentive. The plating presentation is lovely, and the food is delicious. Our party of four enjoyed our different entrées, all served hot. Always a joy to dine here.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Daily special lobster ravioli was delicious. Service was top notch. Authentic Italian food! Looking forward to our next visit.

OT
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious all the time! It’s our favorite go to restaurant in our neighborhood but it’s also right up there with any downtown establishment. Ludo is our favorite waiter, charming, attentive and makes great recommendations! A great little place not to be overlooked.

P
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food and service!

E
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first visited because of a review in the Union-Tribune on authentic Italian restaurants in greater San Diego and we’ve been back a few times since then. My favorite is the brasato (short ribs), but everything we’ve ordered has been delicious. The restaurant is comfortable and the staff is friendly and attentive. Antica Trattoria is now on our short list of favorite restaurants in San Diego, though in La Mesa, and you can tell why they have a loyal following. Try this place, you’ll be glad you did!

B
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As in the past, a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We had very attentive but not intrusive service, and a few nice touches -- a partial refill of a dwindling wine glass without an additional charge, and a no-charge luscious spumoni dessert because the occasion was my (high number...) birthday. The waiter also patiently allowed me to use my few words and phrases in Italian, making the evening a little more special and reminiscent of past trips to Italy. We're so grateful that Antica Trattoria is in our neighborhood, which makes it even better!

RS
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four for dinner and all enjoyed their meal. Penne with lobster sauce, calamari, short ribs and cioppino were excellent. $85 special gave us two bottles of wine, a red (pinot noir) and a white (sangiovese), as well as a cannoli and a tiramisu for desert. Consistent and reliable service and food.

MG
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was AMAZING! Best Italian food; I have EVER had! Not to mention, the ambiance and atmosphere was beautiful. Definitely will be back very soon.

S
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica is always a pleasure! Great food, service & atmosphere. One of the best kept secrets in La Mesa!

JK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love taking our guests to Antica because we can always count on superb food and personal, professional, and attentive service. It continues to be a neighborhood gem and our personal favorite.

WS
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the chef special which included two salads two main courses a dessert to share and a bottle of wine.
Excellent

JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica Trattoria is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Amazing food, coupled with warm, welcoming service from people who truly care.

SL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good experience.

TE
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

It was New Year’s Eve, so somewhat understandable but we were rushed out and for what we received it was horrible value. This was my first time and I’ve heard good things...not so much! Lots of other dining choice around.

JM
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Antica has always delivered wonderful food. The service is always first class.

PM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only disappointment was that there was no pasta on the New Year’s Eve menu.

SF
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Cramped space and long wait for food was worth it as the food was excellent! I’m definitely coming back and highly recommend it.

SC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu very reasonable. Service was very good and food was hot!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Lovely experience. Food was very good and service was excellent. Wish they had a full bar.

AD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food. Gnocchi was to die for.

SW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

brought two friends with us--they had heard of the place and were very impessed
one of my favorites in San Diego!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always excellent

SS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Fantastic food and service! My new favorite restaurant. What a find in our neighbors

FL
Orlando
35 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. The Brussels sprouts appetizer was delicious. My wife loved the special, butternut squash ravio!i.

MP
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience1

I used to love it but now it is noisy, a long wait even with RSVPs, and inattentive unaccommodating service

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