Asti Ristorante

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$30 and under
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Italian
Since 1994, Asti has been serving locals and visitors authentic Italian cuisine in a unique and inviting atmosphere. Whether you dine on our lively patio, or choose to sit inside and enjoy the beautiful artwork and brick walls, you're sure to have an unforgettable dining experience.

Each dish on our menu, from our selection of antipasti, handmade pastas, fresh seafood, and quality steaks, is inspired by the delicious flavors of Northern Italy. While some restaurants offer small plates, Asti continues to serve up delicious abundance, all freshly and individually prepared to order. With an extensive vintage wine selection and knowledgeable staff, we deliver a true Italian dining experience that will leave your palate asking for more!

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Sun 3:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Mon - Thu 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 6:00PM 7:30PM - 11:00PM
Fri 3:00PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 5:30PM
Sat 3:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1097 People Are Saying
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MG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little restaurant, great service and food, good ambience. Will definitely eat there again.

Asti Ristorante
Responded 13 hours ago

Thanks so much, Mark! Come back anytime!

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F
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always feel at home when we visit Asti Ristorante. The hostesses are always pleasant and polite. The servers always greet us like we are family. Their food is authentic and delicious, and the selection is unlimited. It is a great place to visit, whether it is an evening on the sidewalk patio or inside under the lovely mural. They always have fresh flowers on every table and the bread is fresh and warm. Love this place!

E
Tampa
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food, top service by Mark (who has been there for 26 years) and Julia, everything was just terrific, wish we had a restaurant like this where we lived

Asti Ristorante
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks so much for the review, Enrique! We appreciate your feedback.

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BB
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Typical Gaslamp tourist trap, with hostesses trying to lure you in. The food is not authentic, nor is the service. It’s not bad, it’s just certainly not very good. Expect nothing more than absolute mediocre here.

d
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little Italian restaurant close to Balboa theater with great food, nice ambiance, people watching and wonderful service

Asti Ristorante
Responded 2 days ago

Thanks for the feedback!

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S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and staff! I would recommend this to any friend. Just don’t go across the street to the sugar factory it’s horrible.

Asti Ristorante
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for the kind words, Shelby!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food4service5ambience3

I made a reservation and had to wait 40 minutes to get the table. It's unfortunate to be waiting at the sidewalk with hundreds of people walking and moving every minute to let then by. My guests were not thrilled about having to wait that long when having made a reservation.

The food is good, the service was outstanding and I appreciate that.

So if you want to go to this restaurant.... Get there early and let them know you want to be seated on time.

Thx.

K
Cleveland
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Our server, Abby was awesome

Asti Ristorante
Responded 6 days ago

Thanks for the comment! Abby is awesome. Come back soon!

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JR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience and Asti. The food was amazing and the service was excellent. The place is always packed, so probably a good idea to make a reservation. We sat next to 2 different tables that were long time repeat customers, as well. Good to know that others appreciate this gem as much as me. :)

Asti Ristorante
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you for the kind words, Jamie! It makes us happy to see our customers returning and we can't wait to see you again!

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N
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience1

It was overcrowded due to Valentine’s Day. Maximizing profits at the convenience of diners. Food was ok; not so exceptional as to overcome the noise and overcrowding. Servers did the best they could.

DL
Orlando
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team accommodated our early arrival for a Valentines dinner reservation with ease. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, one of our favorite San Diego experiences.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the awesome review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

33rd Anniversary and Valentine’s Day

OT
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines dinner was awesome!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 17, 2020

Thanks for the feedback!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent, the Food was top notch and our waiter Willy was very attentive and on point, I would definitely recommend this place for any occasion

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 11, 2020

Thank you for the review! Willy is an awesome member of our staff. We appreciate the feedback, come back anytime!

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C
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was just OK quality but overpriced and the server obviously wanted to turn our table as quickly as possible.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 8, 2020

Thanks for the the feedback!

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OT
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible, great food and atmosphere, service and quality!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for the kind words!

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IH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My daughter and friends had eaten there, one recently and the others a while ago, thus the recommendation. It was fantastic and if we return to San Diego, it will definitely be one of our stops.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks for the review!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Travel with business associates

Meal was great, waiter (David) was enthusiastic, knowledgeable, friendly, helpful, attentive to our needs

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks so much!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great. He offered great recommendations and made sure my guest always had what they wanted. The food was excellent.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

We're glad you enjoyed it, come again!

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P
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic Italian Food and Service - delicious entrees and specials - charming environment.

HR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy authentic Italian food! Will definitely return!!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for the feedback!

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside. There were heaters to keep us warm. Great people watching on a Saturday night. Our waiter was OUTSTANDING and the food was delicious.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks so much!

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very noisy and the tables are too close together.

CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. The chef special - Mixed Grilled Seafood Linguini is one of the most amazing dishes I have ever had and the Osoo Buco is incredible. I plan to come back many times

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks for the review!

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OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Mark was amazing! A bit pricey but to be expected in the Gaslamp. Solid Italian food. We will be back :)

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks for the kind words!

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M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service superb. Next door restaurant is noisy and allows smoking (drifts into outdoor Asti. Inside seating is great.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thank you for your feedback!

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DF
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal and service! It was perfect! Nice selection! Very accommodating service.

T
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and wonderful staff. Our waiter couldn’t have been more attentive, and helpful with recommendations. It was a true dining experience!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on January 20, 2020

Terry, we are so glad to hear you had a wonderful experience at Asti Ristorante and cant wait to see you again in the future for another marvelous experience. We are so grateful for the 5 star review and the kind message. Have a fantastic day, we are sending our best wishes and gratitude your way. Thank you!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were exceptional!

A
New England
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious! Our server was friendly but spoke so fast, it was hard to follow and hear.

PB
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with outstanding service.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on February 7, 2020

Thanks so much!

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p
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only criticism was parking. We parked where we were told to understanding it was complimentary. Apparently if you don’t show your waiter the ad on their website it is $10.00, not complimentary. Not about the money but deceptive. Disappointed because Food was great as was waitstaff.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in the Gaslamp! We have enjoyed Asti many, many times. Ask for Mark to be your server - you won’t be disappointed. Food and service is always outstanding. Five stars!

B
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Asti and it was New Years Eve. They were extremely busy but our reservations were for 9:45 PM. Service and food was very good. Place is rather small and tables are close but we still enjoyed our evening. Our server was from Naples and provided excellent service. Between the quality of the food and level of service, we felt like we were back enjoying a authentic meal in Italy. We will definitely return when we are in San Diego. They have a very extensive menu and we were told by our server that due to NY eve, the menu was scaled back a bit. It sure didn't seem to be scaled back. Thank you for a very enjoyable evening for ringing in 2020.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on January 6, 2020

Thank you for the wonderful words Brujef. Although it was busy we are glad to hear you had a wonderful meal, and an amazing night for New Year's Eve. We certainly do hope to see you in the coming year for another fantastic meal and night out in Downtown San Diego.

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HL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

We went there for the 31 December.. had a reservation for 9 pm. We arrived 10 minutes early... and had to wait 40 minutes for our table for 4 people!! A huge disaster with all the reservations they had.. extremely friendly stuff.. terribly unfriendly head of the restaurant.. even though.. food was good

D
Tulsa
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was New Year's Eve when we dined here. You can only imagine how busy it was. The service was very good. The lasagna was very good, but the some of the other pasta dishes were okay. The place only a one bathroom for ladies. There was obviously a long wait. The location was good. Right on 5th Street. I would go back and try it on a less busy night.

LC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience2

This was our favorite restaurant. But this time they put us in a hostile table. People bumped into us. No real space. The people next to us got to move to a corner table as soon as it was available without asking. But no luck for us. Apparently the overbook reservations (Which we had).

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was T E R R I B L E! I haven’t had a meal that bad in a long time. We did 3 courses: lobster bisque was the worst part, lobster fettuccine was bland and underwhelming, and cannoli was ok. I was so disappointed. It frankly ruined the evening.

DH
St. Louis
11 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt transported back to Italy! The three of us each loved our meal here. Food was excellent as was the service. Reminded us of a place where we ate near Verona. Nice find!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on January 15, 2020

Thank you so much for your fantastic 5 star review and comments! We are so happy to hear you had an authentic Italian experience that reminded you of your travels! We hope to see you and your guests again in the future and look forward to serving you another fantastic meal. Have a wonderful day!

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MV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Our dinner started off great, but after an hour without receiving our entrees we started asking our waiter. Several other parties were seated after us and had already finished their entrees and paid before we were served. We had asked that my daughter’s entree be boxed up to take with us, but we never received it. They did provide a complimentary tiramisu for our inconvenience.