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 1077 People Are Saying
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HR
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy authentic Italian food! Will definitely return!!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Very noisy and the tables are too close together.

CK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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

OT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

M
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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

DF
New York Area
24 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
41 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with outstanding service.

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
5 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.

OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience4

The food was delicious but the service was not good at all. They were way under staffed but understandable since it was Christmas Day.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas dinner. Great experience!

OJ
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Sat us within minutes. Accommodated my meal request. Fast and furious service:)

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Maja was our waitress and she was amazing. Crazy busy evening as it was Christmas day so expectedly noisy. Service was incredible as was the food, loved our table tucked back in a corner

TP
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Christmas Day reservations and our overall experience was wonderful. Food was exceptional, pricey but worth
It.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad you were able to come in and have a fantastic meal on Christmas day. We hope to see you here at Asti Ristorante again! Have an absolutely fantastic day today!

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BW
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely and delicious holiday dinner at Asti. While parking was a challenge and ended up a bit pricey, it was all worth it. The food was fantastic, the service was attentive and the overall value was very good. Would highly recommend and will definitely go there again! Thank you!!

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 27, 2019

Thank you so much for your fantastic review. We do offer valet parking, it is around the corner at the Keating Hotel! It was a pleasure having you and your guests and we would love to see you again soon. Have a wonderful day!

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GG
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family goes to Asti every Christmas Eve for dinner. tremendous old-school Italian expertly prepared, fantastic service and great ambiance. Not inexpensive but worth every penny. Highly recommend.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 31, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review Greg! We are looking forward to seeing you and your family again, whether it be during the new year, or near the end for another Christmas dinner! Have a fantastic day and an amazing new year.

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MK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food but specials were pricey and prices were not on the menu. Would definitely go back.

TS
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and wine were great. Everything we ordered tasted amazing. We were a group of 7 and had exceptional service. Everyone enjoyed their food, even the picky eaters. I would recommend Asti to my friends and plan to return myself.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When ever I come to San Diego, I always eat at Asti!! Great service and food.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 18, 2019

That sounds like a good way to travel! Thank you for the wonderful review. We hope you had an amazing meal and another great experience to remember. Hopefully we will see you back here at Asti Ristorante in no time!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Cavatelli, bread and wine worth it. Skip the soup, dessert and claim linguine. A little pricey but the cavatelli is worth it

T
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and cozy atmosphere, food was fantastic. Server Marco was fun and good. Highly recommend

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 12, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We try and keep it cozy on these chilly San Diego nights! We hope to see you again here at Asti for another amazing meal, we truly appreciate you dining with us. Have an amazing day today!

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j
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was super busy but the food was great and service fantastic!

l
Omaha
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful spot in San Diego in the Gaslamp District...Resturant is beautiful inside and out. Food is delicious.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 9, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Laura. It's great to hear your wonderful feedback and to know you had a great time here at Asti Ristorante. We hope to see you again soon. Have a great day!

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CL
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Delicious, fresh, and authentic food, with a pleasant atmosphere and good service.

m
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service. Our waiter was great. Remembered it was my fiance's birthday and treated us well.

Asti Ristorante
Responded on December 4, 2019

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Mark. We are really happy to hear that you and your wife had an evening to remember here at Asti Ristorante. We hope to see you soon, and we will be here for any amazing upcoming occasions. Have a wonderful day Mark!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Touristy, low quality, on a busy street, reservation don’t work here

s
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Nice Italian place, very attentive staff. Food was solid, but not amazing. Prices were a bit high, but that seems to be the norm downtown.

H
Columbus
76 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was here on a business trip and thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Asti. The salmon dinner was especially good! Service was excellent and it was a very comfortable ambience. One of the best parts is that I left my credit card at the restaurant and the server chased me down several blocks to return it to me which I greatly greatly appreciated!!

o
San Diego
349 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The most consistently delicious Italian food - the veal chop is divine as are any of the seafood dishes
be plenty hungry the portions are very generous