Antica Trattoria

4.8
1299 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.

Support Antica Trattoria during COVID-19

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 1299 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Date night with my husband

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alexc
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are doing the best they can love them you really can't beat the food

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MarkK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super delicious food, excellent staff, an awesome owner and superb chefs makes it a 5 star . Date night must

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WilliamD
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great restaurant all around. I’d definitely go back

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michaelg
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been eating at Antica for some years now. Absolutely the best Italian food in this county. Maybe even the state. Maybe even the country. I have a top 3 list for Italian food. Antica, Giacomo's in Boston, and my wife's.

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KimC
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service great as usual

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vip2eatornot2eat
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding meal, outstanding service... a most definitely dine in again.

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srmsandiego
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great little gem. We sat on the "patio" and I actually didn't feel like I was in parking lot. The service and food were excellent. As usual.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal here!

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GaryK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food as always was outstanding. My favorite is now the pistachio crusted salmon with the orange Prosecco sauce.

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VincentP2017
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wasn’t sure what to expect due to Covid. I have to say that I was very pleased with the whole experience. The wait staff was friendly and prompt. My guest and I were able to sit indoors as per my reservation request. The food and atmosphere were incredible and really made for an perfect evening dinner. I will certainly be back in the near future. Thank you for providing such awesome service, food, and dining experiences.

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PaulG
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We miss the rich-fullness that was there prior to COVID.
Great food always and a place we often go.

LM
vipLynnM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are lovely and inviting. The food is phenomenal. I highly recommend this eatery.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always outstanding.

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KarlaK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! it is by far my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego!

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vipBreeze
San Diego
203 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Antica Trattoria is my favorite local eatery. This time we had the capelini and gnocchi. Both were very tasty and we will order them again.

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Diya
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food & Service was awesome. We drove all the way from OC. worth the trip. We told all our friends to visit ...Thank you!

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PeteM
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must for real Italian food in San Diego. I always order risotto de fungi. I lived in Sicily for a year and fell in love with this dish. The first time that I ordered this dish here several years ago, I mentioned to our waiter that this was the best risotto that I had ever had since my time in Sicily. That's when I found out the owner is from Palermo!!

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EricJ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience. Everyone tried something different and were very pleased with their meals. Great tastes and sauces. We will definitely return again.

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ThomasR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent meal on a Friday night. Even though our reservation was for 6:00, they ran out of the featured Sea Bass. As an alternate selection, the salmon was a tasty dish. Enjoyable night.

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Matt
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is extraordinary. The whole setup is authentic, rustic and beautiful.

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vipDana
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and the service was great! One of my favorite restaurantes!

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vipbbritt
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It happened to be an occasion but we’d eat every meal here if we could. Appetizers: mussels and the carpaccio. Entrees: lobster ravioli and pasta carbonara. Everything was absolutely delicious and perfectly prepared. We chose to eat outside “due to an excess of caution” and they’ve made a nice little covered patio. At night, most of the businesses in the plaza are closed and there’s very little traffic. Go there!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent and attentive! Food was on point! The waiter initially forgot to calculate 50% off wine on Tuesday, and once I mentioned it, he was quick to correct the mistake. It was a wonderful dinner in the era of COVID.

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RM61
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal. I highly recommend your restaurant. Thank you for the great food and service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food, service and ambience was great. I could taste that the pasta dough was made from scratch. We ordered multiple dishes and everything tasted excellent and like it was made out of an old Grandmas yummy chicken. Very authentic and clean. We had a blast and grateful we couldn’t had a “normal” night out with friends during Covid and get such excellent service and food.

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JackG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is excellent and the service too, best gnocchi I have ever had. Of course eating in a parking lot isn't the most romantic but this is our favorite restaurant.

JM
vipJohnM
San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As has always been the case, the meal and service were wonderful, and we had a lovely time. We need to keep supporting our great restaurants during these difficult times.

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vipJeffS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This restaurant was a very pleasant surprise to find. Great service and really great Italian food on par with some of our most favorite restaurants that we frequent.

We'll definitely return again.

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vipLynnM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most authentic Italian in San Diego...Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant! Their staff and fun and on it. Made great suggestions too!

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vipBreeze
San Diego
203 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in town. Last night, we had the octopus appetizer. It was so delicious. I could order this as an entree salad. I also love the Mushroom Capellini. Life is good!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great that we enjoy our favorite Italian restaurant. We had missed this place since Covid lockdown. Food is still wonderful and the staff friendly, attentive and working with safety as a priority. We can’t wait to come back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic...making the whole COVID careful experience work...kudos

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DoubleD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only reason why not all 5 stars is because of COVID outdoor seating.

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NevaP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both superb. Our first time there and we will definitely be going back!

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TimS
New England
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, personal service and friendly atmosphere. Best Italian in San Diego.

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MarisaL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is always good. Service was great. Staff is always very friendly. We weren't sure what to expect eating outside . The area was blocked off with fencing around it. The tables were spaced well apart from each other so we were not worried that we'd hear others conversations or feel like we were too close .

Would definitely go there again during the mandated outdoor seating.

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vip2eatornot2eat
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has to be one of the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Truth be told, if I would have driven by Antica Trattoria I would have not even imagine what a delightful restaurant this is. The food is superb, the staff is wonderful and Franco is a true Italian owner. The ambiance is just perfect. You truly feel like you are in Italy.
So... if you are in the mood for original and great tasting Italian food stop at Antica Trattoria. I can assure you, you will love it!

Can't wait to come back and try other delicious dishes.

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vipMefsr
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was amazing. This is a little bit of Italy in the Lake Murray area. Do not judge this book by its cover. You will not be disappointed.

FAQs

Antica Trattoria does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. 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 1299 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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