Baci Restaurant

4.7
1021 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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FM
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
58 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
40 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
84 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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CB
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a busy Friday night when we ate there. Service was prompt and very helpful. I ordered the filet mignonette and honestly haven’t stopped thinking about it. Wine suggestions were great. Going back soon for sure!

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SR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Veal scaloppine has always been my measuring stick for Italian restaurants. I ordered the veal piccata and I would rate it as highly as any I have had in many years. The wines (by the glass) were excellent values and the mixed salads were a blend of fresh ingredients and perfectly dressed vinegar and oil. Our table of four enjoyed an outstanding lunch.

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LO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent.. my husband wanted to return
Next night!!!!

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DL
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, great wait staff, made my anniversary perfect for my wife and I!

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F
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The entire evening was fantastic! We celebrated my husbands birthday and the food, service, and ambiance made the event very special.

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J
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Baci Ristorante provides outstanding food in an elegant setting. The service is excellent! The seafood menu is limited in scope but unparalleled in quality. We have dined and partied at Baci many times since it opened in 1979! Each night there are special dishes to choose from. Finally, the vegetable side dishes are fabulous.

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IP
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good restaurant, the best italian in San Diego by far!

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F
San Diego
37 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Baci's
Always our TO GO fine dine spot
Can't wait to return

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The noise level was high, but it was due to one specific table, we did not stay as long as we would have otherwise

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B
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I went here for our 6 months and were astonished. Amazing food, great service, and a beautiful setting. 12/10 would attend again.

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KO
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love this place! We are a steak family but here we mixed it up and loved everything. I have no idea how they make their swordfish so flaky, it is huge and melts in your mouth. My husband’s lamb was a delicious treat and the two steaks ordered were a perfect medium rare. Our waiter was wonderfully attentive and his descriptions of the specials conveyed the thought and talent put into the preparation of each dish.

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RE
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

excellent choice for new year´s eve, although on the expensive side food was outstanding

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B
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Italian food with gracious service,especially on a busy New Year’s Eve!

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CL
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great atmosphere, professional service, and attention to detail by the owner Tony and his family make this a great place for any occasion. While very busy for New Years Eve the quality of service and food remained extremely high. The whole family was on with Tony, his lovely wife, his son, and even Mimo in the kitchen on duty. Make Baci a destination for yourself and people special in your life.

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NB
San Diego
85 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We dined here for New Years as we had eaten at the restaurant before. The service and the ambiance is great and the cocktails and the wine pours are deep and generous. Our appetizer, calamari frit was great as was the Cesar Salad. My wife says don't forget to mention the great basket of bread. However we both were disappointed with our entre mine the shrimp scampi and my wife's "stack" of veal cutlet and egg plant.
Maybe the kitchen was over whelmed with the holiday "mob", but we thought we could have cooked better at home. Net out the door including tip came to approximately $160.00, and for New Years dining that is not bad. Yes, I would probably give them another try but not right away. Many more Italian restaurants to explore in San Diego!

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DB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful traditional Italian food with a modern twist. Impeccable service.

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T
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance! We really enjoyed our dinner out with friends! A special thanks to our waiter Phillip, who did a phenomenal job! We look forward to a return visit!

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