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Antica Trattoria

4.8
1430 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 1430 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.6
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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maddie
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time..food was wonderful and the wait staff attentive and enthusiastic. We will definently be back.

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shannonM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great! All the appetizers and entrees were brought out fast, hot and tasty!

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vipDanny
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Friendly, helpful staff.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was phenomenal, service was superb.
We will be back often.

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JudiL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was working his first day there, but he was darling and we all celebrated a delightful birthday meal for our 22 year old who was in the mood for authentic Italian food. We had a party of 5, all ordered different entrees and they were all delicious. The Brussels sprout appetizer was also delicious. We had a very nice evening and enjoyed ourselves.

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vipMichalle1989
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As good as I remember. Great food and wine, Glad to see things getting back to "normal"

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NanetteM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome and food was even better! Highly recommend!

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terib
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant; excellent food, excellent service, beautiful ambiance!

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vipFritz
San Diego
41 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in San Diego
bar none!

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vipEvelynH
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Would have given a 5 star, but we had a reservation for outdoor seating which they did not honor, so we ate inside.

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KOLESSLEY
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite places to eat, a little east county gem.

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RCKBC
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Extremely friendly service and delicious food Strong performance at a difficult time (Mother’s Day weekend)

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DanielL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been here several times, and have always loved the food and the service. It can get a little loud in there, but not loud enough to keep you from having a nice conversation with the people at your table. We will definitely going back again in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here in a month. Food is terrific, wait staff superb, wine choices plentiful, ambiance is local.

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vipAnchi123
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here several times for the calamari, lasagna and butternut squash ravioli. Best italian food in eastern san diego and a neighborhood gem.

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Megekell
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite restaurant. Delicious and always a fun place to visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I had the penne & it was really salty but the risotto was amazing!!! 🎉🎉

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bloorya
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a go to Italian place for us. We also get great service and the food is excellent. So glad that this local establishment has weathered the pandemic and came through the other side.

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vipSniperDrivesaHemi
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Loud for our preference and how few other people were in there. One waitress would not stop talking. Ordered the pasta with Italian sausage, came out in more of a soup look. Much to watery. After draining lots of excess from the plate, it tasted great and was served hot. Expensive for how little we got, but much better than trying to wait an hour for a spot at Olive Garden.

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vipBreeze
San Diego
212 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood gem. Not your average Spaghetti and pizza place. Really delicious food and some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

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MikeF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice to see people back and enjoying the food and drink. Great Food and Service!

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TonyM
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints! Great foods and service.

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RobertW
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had not dined here in 8 months or so. Was glad to see that, even after a year of Covid, the food was as outstanding as always. You can never go wrong with the specials. Service was attentive, yet not rushed.

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Tripp
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food when they have the full menu. great atmosphere and great service too

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Luigi
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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vipJP06
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was wonderful to once again eat out at one of our favorite restaurants.

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Jason
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food1service5ambience3

With all of the rave reviews we were looking forward to home made pasta and all around fresh food experience-it was the opposite. Our server was outstanding even though she was slammed over and over again with new tables by (whom I assume) was the owner. He seemed to have zero concern for her and the wave of people he kept seating in her section (which until a 2nd server arrived was the entire inside) and only 1 time did he attempt to pitch in or bus a table, or poor a drink. All the while she was charming, fast as heck, and really loved her job-he's one lucky boss.
My pumpkin ravioli was not good at all. The pasta edges were chewy and I swear it was sprinkled with raw sugar on top. It was also scalding hot which indicates to me that it was heated very quickly-I didn't finish it. My husband had the crab pappardelle and it did not seem fresh either.
Super bummed, we ere hoping that this would become a new favorite but alas it wont be.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my favorite places. The food is simply perfect, the wine list is long, the service is always good (great when compared to a comparable size/price point restaurant), and the place itself is very comfortable. Literally not a single complaint except they are sometimes running behind because all their patrons want reservations and then never want to leave because it is such a great place. So glad we found this restaurant.

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viplwderk
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week, and the menu was delicious. I look forward to returning to try other items! The service was quick and efficient, but not rushed, and everyone was very friendly.

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ChrisH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The waiter was absolutely fantastic. Especially because they were packed.

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vipMark0637
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Visited as part of restaurant week. Everything we had was delicious (meatballs, Brussels sprout apps and the salmon risotto and short rib dinners). Service was fantastic. Sat inside, a little worm until the ac kicked on. Otherwise fantastic find. Not close but will keep in mind for great Italian food.

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SharonH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Amazing food! Our waitress was great, but busboy was too intrusive- made us feel rushed. We knew there was a time limit due to Covid for the table, but he made it feel rushed- he was picking up items from table every few minutes and hovering.

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Saaaaam
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty good food, drink and service.
we have enjoyed SD restaurant week dinner but will try normal menu soon later!

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vipJohnM
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful dinner with friends with whom we were renewing acquaintance. The food was excellent.

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JanetK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the restaurant week special . Each of us had a different appetizer, entre and dessert. OMGOSH SENSATIONAL. We will be back . 6 stars if we could give them

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LindaD
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The indoor dining was filled to capacity for Restaurant Week, making it very busy and noisy. Our waiter tried very hard, but there were a couple of little slipups -pre-drink brought with the dinner, charged for the wrong wine for the 2nd glass - nothing big. The meatballs, brussels sprouts, mussels, salmon, and tiramisu were very good. My crab pappardelle was nothing special. Noted the outside dining was pleasantly quiet, but chilly.

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TimT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The only thing I didn’t like was trying to have a conversation with my friend and having the bus boy trying to clear the table repeatedly. I told him once to stop but he kept on interrupting

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Unhappy
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was celebrating a friend's birthday. We had a nice meal, but when our time was up (I know our reservation was 5:30-7), the owner/manager came to our table, slammed his hand down and said "I need this table". That was RUDE. I realize with COVID restrictions need to be adhered to, but he could have been kinder. I will not be returning.

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JimB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been a regular customer for more than 15 years and have never been disappointed with the food or service and recommend Antica to all my friends.

FAQs

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 1430 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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