Baci Restaurant

4.8
1038 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place for a meal and ambiance for a price that isn't too expensive though not cheap either. The staff, great food, as well as the owners being present nightly is what makes this place stand above the rest.

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TF
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Haven't been here in years...my mistake. Will be back and soon!

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R
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place to dine. Tony is the host and makes everything perfect. I have visited this place for the last 20 years and the food is always consistently good. Sea Urchin is amazing here. Get down here and have an authentic Italian meal.

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f
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is “old style” in that the waiters wear tuxedos but unlike stuffy waiters, they are very nice and engaging. Started with a Cosmo, which was excellent, with a pork chop for dinner which truly was incredible - perfectly cooked. Everyone at the table loved their food. Great night.

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P
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the service is second to none.

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n
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

日本から来られた方を接待でご案内しました。
フランスやイタリアを何度も訪れているお客様でしたが
「本当に美味しかった」と大満足して頂けました。
思わずBuono!と言って貰えて嬉しかったです。
やはりウニのアペタイザーは日本から来られた方はびっくりされるようです。塩加減も最高で何度食べても驚きと美味しさで私自身も大好きです。
いつもオーナーにも親切にして貰えてとても気持ち良く過ごせます。
日本から来られる方には是非お勧めです。

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food, a little on the pricey side but fitting to the clientele and the atmosphere.

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JK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Baci is a surprising spot. The location and exterior leave you wondering BUT once you enter you feel you are IN Italy! The food and service were superb! I highly recommend this restaurant. Sit on the patio, the ambiance is lovely out there. The inside felt a little crowded and noisy when we walked through. Everything we ordered was excellent!

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RA
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baci is always a must when we visit San Diego. Great food. Great service. If you love great food and and old school service, then go to Baci. We’ll be back—order the scampi.

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C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Along with The Market in Del Mar and Bistro Marche in LaJolla, Baci remains one of the best of the best. New places come and some go, but day in and day out, Baci delivers. I do not know of any restaurant in this area that does Fish as well as Baci. Their other dishes ( especially veal dishes ) are super.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Francesco was the man! Great recommendations and superior attention to making sure we were all happy! Tony was gracious as always!

Food was delicious! The sea bass and the chicken parmigiana were exceptional!

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HC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love this restaurant! It's fairly pricey, but you won't be disappointed. Every time I've come here, it is excellent. My husband has food allergies and they are able to accommodate him. At our most immediate experience, I had the Chilean sea bass special and my hubby had the pork chop. Both were fantastic! My dad had the porcini mushroom special which I love and it was also great. Honestly, I've ordered many things from this menu and have never been disappointed.

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j
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baci is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. Wonderful warm service, fantastic food, a romantic atmosphere, and owners who are passionate about making sure Baci remains one of San Diego's finest dining experiences.

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CC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I grew up on the east coast, the grandson of Italian immigrants who taught me an appreciation for Italian food. Not only did the restaurant remind me of the time spent with my grandparents, the food was everything I come to expect from great Italian cuisine. The experience was made more enjoyable by the restaurant's ambiance, it too, a remainder of the great NYC joints where the dining was an art.

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F
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service simply outstanding! A great Italian restaurant with incredible food and service, and an old world ambiance.

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JR
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t waste your time ANYWHERE ELSE in San Diego, Baci— every f627ing time! Glorious meal, thanks team.

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JK
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food served a good pace. The scampi was delightful.

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FM
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There's a reason that Baci's has been successful for 30 years. Quality. Quality food, no matter what you choose from the menu. That said, the swordfish and any of the veal dishes are A++. Nice wine list with many reasonably priced bottles. Quality service. Professional, friendly, attentive and accommodating. This place is just reliably excellent.

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PW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! Wonderful! Waiters in tuxedos, warm bread, generous drinks, filet with mushrooms in cognac, pasta arribata, Caesar salad with crispy prosciutto, cream brûlée, so many things to love about this place. I can’t wait to go back!

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c
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Baci is an old school restaurant. Wait staff in formal attire, everything accomplished in a methodical way. I appreciated the traditional way everything was handled. Food was great and service was very good for a busy Friday night. We’ll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing entrees. Superb service. Lovely environment for dining. 5 stars.

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B
Philadelphia
750 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Baci is one of San Diego’s best restaurants and a particular favorite of ours. It’s like a trip back in time with an understated elegance surrounding superb food and impeccable service. The recent tasteful renovation opened up the interior and improved the ambiance. This time our taste buds were rewarded with a fabulous prosciutto-wrapped burrata appetizer, perfectly-cooked veal chop and wonderful veal osso buco. We finished with espresso and a light but delicious panna cotta. Great dining experience.

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ML
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A real experience. Wonderful server from Rome attended to every detail. You can tell that he is so, so proud of his work and the restaurant he represents. Service was definitely a team effort---from the owner to busboy. If someone walked by our table and saw something that needed to be tended to, it was done. Food was great. My husband and brother-in-law had pasta specials. Delicious. I had lamb shank---fall of the bone tender. My son, a picky eater, had chicken parmesean, which he gobbled up. Will definitely go back for the food and the old-world experience.

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P
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I love this restaurant. The food is great quality, delicious and affordable. Service is always excellent.

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JR
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at this restaurant was on par with what I have had in Rome and Tuscany. The burrata was amazing and the pasta with veal sauce incredible.

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V
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and a great space. We had a party of 5 with each of us ordering a different item. The fish special, Branzino, was perfectly prepared. New York steak filled with flavor and grilled expertly. Mussels came in a very flavorful broth. Lamb Ragu over fresh pasta delightful. And scampi dish perfect. Portions were more than enuf without needless filler. Their fresh bread is rustic and airy. Wine list is strong with tons of options for reasonable bottles or glass.
Our server, Philip, was professional and fun. He knew the menu top to bottom and made great suggestions
Would go back over and over.

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CD
New England
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was incredible! Total hidden gem!!!

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J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food were excellent! The owner was friendly too. Will definitely come back for more fine dining. Keep up the good work!

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N
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Brian, our waiter , was excellent and so good to my nephew who is disabled! What a great place and wonderful food! So warm and inviting!

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H
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

What good is spending time with friends when you can’t hear a word they are saying? Hard surfaces, music and small space add up to an evening of straining to hear and shouting to talk. Not my idea of fun.

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BD
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic, tasty Italian food that comes with excellent service and an enjoyable atmosphere

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SH
Nashville
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding and authentic! May not be the best location or convenient to other places, but we will be going back for sure! Prices are very reasonable. HIGHLY recommend.

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DN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great classic Italian restaurant. We were lucky to find this place so close to our resort. We ate there twice we enjoyed it so much. The staff was great, the menu and wine list was impressive. They even made us something special when I mentioned, I loved veal Marsala which wasn’t on the menu. (They had chicken Marsala and veal piccata on menu). Their pasta’s were great, esp the porcini mushroom sauces. We couldn’t have enjoyed it more

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TL
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing place for a date night or just a great old school dining experience. Every dish was better than the other. The Swordfish Oregenata was spectacular and the gnocchi with pesto was probably the best I've ever had. We will most definitely be back there soon! Thank you for a lovely evening.

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OT
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the few restaurants that you can still hear your fellow diners at the same table - the food is authentic and the service is great ...

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MJ
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Wonderful food and service!

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JP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional Customer Service displayed in action from all, from Owner on to all employees.

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HH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Goregious view and wonderful food! Great service!!!

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SS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, wonderful service and very intimate setting.

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TJ
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and superb service from Mario and Jose Luis

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