Baci Restaurant - San Diego

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
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vipPBVisitor
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Never been to San Diego before. Looking for a great Italian dinner. Found on Open Table. Rather disappointed. This is an old, tired restaurant with just average at best Italian fare with higher prices. Seems to be, no knowing San Diego, in a run down area of town. We drove there from the port / downtown area. Waiter was nice but food was nothing special. Valet was less than pleasant. Guess he did not want to be there and then charge $5. Wife had caprese salad and mozzarella was almost frozen when served less than four minutes after ordering. Heart of palm salad was similar experience. The food was clearly made in advance then placed into refrigerator until needed. Everything felt rushed and they were not busy because of corona virus issues. Dinners came out shortly thereafter and lackluster presentation. Overall an Italian dinner I would expect from an airport type restaurant. We should have sought recommendation from hotel concerige.

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JoyceB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a traditional Italian restaurant, with great service and great food. Not cheap, but worth the expense for a nice dinner.

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vipwillysd
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing always Amazing. Thank you Philip

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RICH
Yosemite
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, Waiter Philip is very good and personable Menu and off menu offerings are mouth watering. Outstanding mixed drinks.

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vipBuntz
Philadelphia
784 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We only get to the San Diego area in February and March, so we can’t dine at Baci as often as we’d like, but we always make time for at least one meal there. The experience is alway excellent as it was this time, with well-made drinks, a superb burrata appetizer and succulent veal chop and ravioli as entrees. Service was that marvelous combination of professionalism and friendliness that occurs all too rarely, especially given that two servers worked with us. Simply one of San Diego’s best.

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luv2eat
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As expected, this restaurant delivered. Our favorite place to eat!! The linguine alla vongole is better than any restaurant in SD. The service is impeccable and they never fail to deliver - service, food - 5 stars! If you are even considering this restaurant, just do it. You won't be sorry!

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DanB
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were absolutely blown away by the friendly, knowledgeable and attentive service we received from our server, Filippo. The quality of the food was exceptional, and the ambiance was perfect. It was rather loud in the restaurant, but that is to be expected when you mix wine and wonderful food.

I could not recommend this place enough! It is second to none in SD for Italian, and we will absolutely be returning again!

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JaffeyRyder
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply the greatest Italian in SD.

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vipLisa
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed - always delicious with great service!

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vipBcup
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fantastic dinner!

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PatrickL
New England
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great service, delicious food! Would definitely recommend.

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StevenN
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baci is a great restaurant. Awesome food and service.

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JoseF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, service, and food. Would definitely recommend !

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Visited on Valentine's Day, so perhaps they were a little overwhelmed with the volume of diners, but the service was a little lacking. The valet seemed like they were disorganized and the waiter was quite slow to revisit the table, to the point I had to ask bus boys to send him over twice. Other than that, the entrees were quite good and the dessert was excellent. We also had a wine that I will look for again. The restaurant patio where we dined was beautiful and set the mood perfectly. I will definitely give this place another chance because I bet on a less busy evening they would be excellent all the way around.

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KatieK
Boise
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great meal! Super fun place great for date night.

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GaryN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent!!!!Baci was an outstanding experience all aspects of the restaurant were great

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Bodine
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience is wonderful. It is rather pricey. The wine by the glass is limited also.

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vipDonp69dsp
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recommend asking for the server named Fillipo, the best

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LisaC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tables at this restaurant are in smaller rooms, and sometimes divided, which allows for real conversation during meals. The staff are serious about their jobs and are present and efficient without "hovering." They are also kind. On this visit, we asked for several starters to be served "family style" and one of the dishes that would have required work to individually divide was divided by our waiter so we could just pull our portion. We also asked for a special boar pasta to be served as a first plate after the starters, and they brought that portion and divided it table-side so we each had an individual and fresh plate. The food is beautifully presented and delicious. When you go to Baci's, you know the food will be exactly as represented and first in quality, and you will leave feeling as if you were cosseted. We have been coming for decades and always leave happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food fantastic service

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DoreB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went here for a birthday, we were 4 ladies friends for 50 years. Made note of it in the comments for the reservation. The restaurant was beautiful. The food was very good. The service was A plus. My only complaint was we were given a table that sat right in the middle of the first and third dining areas. People were going up and down the stairs right next to my chair during the entire meal. One of the least desirable tables there. Was hoping the Open Table reservation and noted birthday would provide a better seat. The waiter was not even aware it was a birthday celebration.

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bart
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baci is my favorite Igalian Restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, delicious food and perfect ambiance. I highly recommend Baci.

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vipPatita
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish I could give Baci's a 6-star review! It's an extremely nice restaurant with great service and high quality food. We are always greeted with a warm welcome. This is BY FAR my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Attention to detail and always willing to please. It really is old school fine dinning. We had limoncellos (an Italian lemon liqueur) to start. Nobody makes limoncellos like they do at Baci! We had the Caesar salad and the Hearts of Palm salad. We also ordered Penne con Melanzane and the Linguine alle Vongole. Everything was oh so yummy! I highly recommend.

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StevenN
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service at Baci is amazing. Best in San Diego, and at a world class level.

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vipsdmargo
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meals, service & booth were all outstanding as usual!!!! We will be back soon!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

But, it’s a GREAT place to go on ANY occasion!

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vipBARD
Los Angeles
35 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful until a large group came in and thought they were home in their living room. We had to move. This ruined the experience. The food was excellent. I had the pasta special and the other 3 had fish.

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vipkathleenk
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

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vipsrodski
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food, service, ambiance

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
3 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service! We ordered the specials, and they were all exceptional. We will definitely return on our next trip to SD

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vipPhilip
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great evening.

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DKLJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Burrata appetizer and chocolate gelato desert were excellent.
My wife's branzino (whole fish) was also excellent.
On the other hand, my swordfish was tasty but a bit dry; I've had better.
Service was very good to excellent given that it was New Years Eve,
and, not surprisingly, the noise level was a bit high.
The wine, a domestic SavBlanc, was also very good.

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MeganR
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baci is still my favorite restaurant in San Diego. It’s not just a place to eat, it’s an entire experience. Consistent, romantic and memorable. I always look forward to my next reservation <3.

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Posey
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the bartender (the best) to the waiter to the food I love everything about this restaurant! My salmon was delicious and my husband pasta was wonderful.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Everything is delicious!!! The best pasta scampi with lobster sauce.

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JamesF
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From a warm welcome to a heartfelt goodbye, the whole meal experience was great. Easy parking, and reservation, we were greated in italian please! We were invited to have a glass at the bar, and as the table was ready, we could get seated pretty quickly. The menu has a very nice selection of dishes, and the wine list is very nice. Do not forget to ask your server what specialties are available (some are not on the menu).
We loved the food, and the service. It has its price, but believe us, we have been around the globe, and this place delivers italian cuisine, and we simply loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant owned and ran by Italian family. The service is wonderful and the food is delicious we drive 30 miles to dine there as aften as we can. Our favorite Italian place. The swordfish is the best I have ever had! But everything is delicious!!

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vip2diners
San Diego
196 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Six of us enjoyed a great dinner at Baci enjoying some great appetizers including Mussels and a tasty salad, burata and prosciutto and nicely prepared entrees including scampi in lobster sauce over linguini and veal parmigiana. It was a delicious dinner with excellent service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waiter and support staff were excellent constantly anticipating our needs and interacting appropriately. 2 appetizers, 6 different entree’s , wine and 3 desserts all delicious.

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Baci Restaurant - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 275-2094.

Baci Restaurant - San Diego is rated 4.8 stars by 1191 OpenTable diners.

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