Antica Trattoria

4.8
1057 reviews
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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.

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WC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time we have been here, the experience is amazing! Great food, an exceptional wine selection, and wonderful service.

R
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ok, but I have had much better food there. Veal was not up tp to par for what I expected, of have had there.
Everyone else loved their meal. So, it was a good outcome,
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MP
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I am really proud to have a restaurant of this caliber in La Mesa

d
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Had the fixed price menu, the Brussels sprouts and were crispy to point of being inedible. The chicken was average at best.
I have had both these item before and both were delicious.
My husband had a pasta item off the regular menu and enjoyed it very much. I will order off the regular menu next time.

SY
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just an outstanding Italian restaurant. It brought back memories of my childhood, and it was totally worth the drive from downtown San Diego where we were staying.

DB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food & service always surpasses our expectations.
Thank You!

LW
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We drove 75 miles to go to this restaurant as it is the best Italian food I have ever had. I love the ambiance and the homey atmosphere.

BH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and wonderful service. Authentic Italian cuisine and wonderful wine choices.

KM
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, GREAT. Surprised to see it alittle quiter but it was really nice. Had a new waiter, I've never seen before but still excellent service! Food great as always. This is a neighborhood gem!

EM
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. We order the calamari and shrimp and the lobster ravioli. Both were excellent. The service was very attentive.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

We have eaten there for years and have felt the quality of the food has really come down.

SG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

5 stars in every category says it all.. great service, great food and great wine.

PS
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are regulars at this restaurant. Great service and food

TP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server was cheerful and knowledgeable, the service timing was exactly right -- not slow, but not rushed either -- and the food was EXTRAORDINARY. The Caesar salad, the (as I recall) fettuccine with shrimp -- really memorably good!

T
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica Trattoria is our favorite Italian restaurant in all of San Diego ! We love the ambience and the fact that parking is not a problem as you would find in little Italy. The food has absolutely delicious every single time we’ve been there ( multiple times ) and the service has always been spot on. Every waiter we have has been very attentive and engaging. We look forward to our next visit!

CM
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It's the neighborhood spot! LOVE the food, love the staff.
The meal is always delicious!

B
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 2

This is the second time that there were to many noisy kids, one more time like this and you will loose our business. Other friends feel the same way.

JK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent service and food. Loud environment, but I highly recommend

RC
San Diego
49 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service in a charming Italian atmosphere.

DW
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we enjoyed it very much. It was clean, well lit but not bright, chairs were comfortable and tables spaced far enough apart so you didn’t need to be a size. 3 to fit. Pedro was our waiter & he did an exceptional job even though he was a one person shift. While the food was good, the dessert was outstanding! We will be coming back to enjoy the nice, quiet ambience while having another excellent lunch!

CP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Italian food is just dependable good to very good quality. Would recommend for sure as a traditional "go to" for Italian food.

PD
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Been coming here for years as a special treat, was mildly disappointed this time. I would usually give it 5 stars all round but I felt the waiter was a little abrupt and sarcastic. It seemed like we were rushed through our meal and it was obvious that they wanted to turn covers, we were there early and there was plenty of empty tables yet our check came seconds after the table was cleared, no lingering over our glass of wine.
The food was good as usual but it seems to have lost some of the ambiance we so enjoyed .

KS
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best food and the best service from the Italian bartender guy on Friday nights! My GF and I Keep coming back to see him from the excellent service he provides.

BA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My first time at this restaurant, although it came highly recommended by foodie friends. The ambiance is rustic and does not feel like a strip mall restaurant. Not elegant, but nice. The Caesar Salad dressing was spot on. There are lots of menu items that look yummy, but my initial test for Italian restaurants is always Lasagna. The sauce was delicious, and the pasta perfectly cooked. Very satisfying. My companion chose the Penne, and that also was excellent. The pesto sauce was very tasty, and the eggplant was perfectly cooked. We did not partake in wine, but their wine list appears varied and deep. I will be back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service food was excellent

C
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

This is a small hidden Italian restaurant that is great for date night. My husband and I have been a few times and every time we are pleased with the food and service.

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Antica is alwAys wonderful. Careful attention to the food , nice wine list, and outstanding service. Their veal is super , pastas are perfectly cooked, and the salads are fresh with great flavors.

MB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Food was good, but noise level is way too high and tables for 2 are too close.

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and wine!!!!!Great place I already recommend it to all I know!

WS
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Highly respected Union-Tribune writer Michele Parente recommended Antica Trattoria to my wife.

I made reservations for her birthday. We were given a very small table for two against the walls in the back corner of the restaurant.

I didn't say anything, because this was a special occasion. (Later, she said that she wished we had a better table.)

Our waiter was fine and the food was good.

I've never had mashed potatoes with chicken parmigiana before... and never would order it again. The chicken was excellent - tender and juicy, but the potatoes were tasteless.

My wife used the restroom before we left, so I stopped to tell the owner that Michele had recommended his restaurant and my wife liked it very much. I waited until he completed whatever task he was working on. He was aware that I was waiting to say something to him.

I paid the compliment... and he blew me off.

OK, Mr. Francesco Basile, clearly you don't need my business in the future.

DM
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Please put Braciole on the regular menu or email when it is on special.

CT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went there to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We are fairly regular customers here as we love the place and the food is always goo. They have specials, and we just happened to choose a Wednesday and that's when they currently don't charge corkage so you can take your own wine. Recommended. Give it a try and support the local restaurants!

JT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have been coming to this restaurant for years, and we live in north county. Not super convenient for us, but worth the drive. This small neighborhood restaurant produces great dishes the Sicilian way. We’ve never been disappointed. Cosy atmosphere with a small bar area as well. Mangia bene

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great people

OT
San Diego
117 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This neighborhood gem continues 5 start quality evenings. Regular menu or daily specials are excellent entrees. Wine list is good, service outstanding.

JC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable experience. Food is consistently delicious!

MS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service delicious food

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We found this place from SD Tribune review as best Italian in town and completely agree. Everything was perfect!

c
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always! Food and service were excellent!

j
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

great job. capellini! lasagna! fettuccine! piccata!
thank you!

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