Bottega Americano

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$30 and under
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Seamlessly blending simple and chic, vintage and contemporary Bottega Americano is a European inspired restaurant and marketplace.  Unique to the West Coast, the restaurant features five interactive food bars where guests can sit and enjoy the culinary performance and all of the exciting sights, sounds and aromas of the kitchen. Diners can also savor the Bottega Americano experience at home with made-to-order takeout meals from the gourmet-to-go epicurean market.  The menu is firmly rooted in the culinary traditions of Italy and elevated by the innovation of American regional cooking.  Executive Chef David Warner prepares Italian inspired dishes using the best local ingredients and modern techniques. We hope you enjoy Bottega Americano!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Café
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Hours of operation
Marketplace Cafe: Daily - 8:00am - 6 pm
Lunch: Daily - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Happy Hour: Daily 3 pm - 6 pm

Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 6:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sat & Sun - 10am - 3pm
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Phone number
(619) 255-7800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Giuseppe Ciuffa
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Private party facilities
Private dining can be accommodated for business and private events in many of our available spaces in the Thomas Jefferson School of Law including the rooftop deck. We also have seating for up to 20 around each of our culinary food bars in the restaurant.
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Private party contact
Sam Mor: (619) 255-7800
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Catering
Bottega Americano offers offsite catering as well as catering in many of our private event spaces in the Thomas Jefferson School of law. This also includes skyline views from our Panoramic 8th floor rooftop deck. We have a wide array of options to accommodate corporate events, presentations, and private special occasions. Please contact us for more information.
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Bottega Americano is located at the corner of Park and Island.
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Public transit
The blue and orange line of the San Diego Metropolitan Trolley stop at Park and Market directly across from Bottega Americano
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Entertainment
The food is the entertainment!
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KM
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed. I found out by arriving for my reservation to see a sign on the door that they are closed for good. I wish I would have been informed seeing as I was prepared to eat brunch and had to wander around looking for another place to eat in the area.

SP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Restaurant was closed.

DW
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed. Please disconnect from open table. Showing up to closed doors was a bummer. Especially when we brought an out of town guest.

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This restaurant is closed!!
Please remove from open table

d
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made the reservation via Open Table but when we got there it turned out that the restaurant had gone out of business. You need to remove it from the app.

NM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Bottega is closed permanently. You allowed us to make a reservation and we drove to the restaurant only to find it closed.
It was one of our favorite restaurants and we are disappointed to see it close.
Even more disappointed that Open Table would allow us to make a reservation at a closed restaurant and have us drive all that way to find we didn't have a place to eat dinner

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They are permanently closed

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

The service was very bad, slow and unkind.
We ordered salad and bread, the bread came very late after we finished the salad. When we asked why is it taking so long the waitress said that it is baked on the spot, which is a complete lie, the bread was dry and old and not fresh. We had 1 guest that we ordered a Kosher dish for her from a Kosher catering and the restaurant did not like it at all and almost didn’t allow us to have this dish. I will never come back or recommend this restaurant!!!

P
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I came to SF for an interview which didn’t finish until very late and so I decided to grab a bite to eat here from the reviews and because I was in the mood for Italian food.
I asked the waiter for a margarita pizza and the pesto ravioli with lemon cream sauce, and the waiter said “it would be too much food for one person”. That slightly put me off because I was planning on taking left overs anyway back to my hotel and maybe even having pizza for breakfast the next day but I wanted to try something new so I decided to just order the pesto ricotta ravioli with lemon cream sauce, which was superb! Perfect combination of the sauces and the ingredients! I left there happy and full.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great ambiance
Great service
Would return in a jiff

JG
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 4ambience 2

The food quality has gone down. We had a dish with portabello mushroom, but we could find the mushrooms except with a magnifying glass.

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent, service was not. Slow between courses, appetizers came out a different times, we had to ask to order main course and flag down various servers several times to refresh drinks, etc.

SA
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

Was in San Diego for the weekend and looking for exciting places to dine in the city. This popped up as a recommended Italian eatery with positive reviews, exciting menu and cool design. The scene is truly unique and an experience unto itself. Kudos on the layout and decor and definitely worth experiencing.

Secondly, the menu itself was exciting and further elevated the experience. My wife enjoyed chatting with the Pizza Chef and it was evident he enjoyed his craft and took pride in his creations. One of our party had a pizza and was not disappointed.

However, the whole experience was tainted by the service. Our server seemed slightly indifferent from the beginning, but I was willing to give him a chance. Instead, he disappeared for a length of time after informing us of the specials and we had to almost catch his eye to check back in. No drinks ordered yet, no discussion of menu, etc.!! And it went downhill from there...he didn't even try to sell us dessert (which I normally disregard, but still you gotta give credit to the wait staff that make it their job to do all they can).

I'm hoping this was an anomaly. I mention to make others aware, but there is a lot to enjoy here and hopefully your experience with the staff will be different.

V
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We had eaten here previously and enjoyed it. But the menu has changed and the service was VERY slow. Took more than 20 minutes from being seated to getting our first drinks. We would have thought 2 hours enough time to schedule for dinner but after two hours we had to rush to finish our dinner that had finally arrived so that we could make it to the ballet. And drinks we had ordered to accompany dinner only arrived moments before we needed to leave anyway.
Sigh, it was a disappointment.
The waiter did give us the manager's card for a presumed discount "the next time", but why would we go back?

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

No me gusto en general...

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JS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was spotty and menu doesn’t have favorites from last year’s visit. Very good but, sadly, not a wow.

v
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing and the staff very friendly. Definitely will be coming back.

EG
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great for the most part. Salads and pastas were delicious. The flatbread was a little too chewy. Service, however, was very slow. We waited at least 10 minutes after we ordered our bottle before we received it. It was a Tuesday night and the restarant was not busy.

OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Beautiful decor. Service was slow and not even busy. Avocado toast was surprisingly bad. Looked like store bought guacamole on mediocore bread.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Family in town

KV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place full of details! I was there with a friend for a Saturday brunch. We order a delicious Breakfast Pizza as an appetizer but it was more than enough for us as an entré. Of course along with mimosas and a tasty tiramisu for dessert. I want to go back with my husband for dinner. I really loved the place.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was tasty but service was a little slow

L
London
121 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

After reading the reviews, our expectations were high and they didn't deliver. The baby kale salad was good, but as we were waiting for the next course our server told us they didn't have the Butternut Cappellacci we had ordered. So we went for the Orecchiette with fennel sausage, and it was very disappointing. We were splitting the pasta dish, and they brought us cold bowls, so I requested warm bowls. Once the pasta arrived I could tell it wasn't going to be very good - the pasta was overcooked, the sausage was in big chunks and the tomato wasn't ripe. In my experience, orecchiette is used when the sauce coats the pasta and little bits of it are caught inside - this was not the case. I only took a couple bites - not worth the calories.
We enjoyed the Whole Branzino. We ended with lemon ricotta cheesecake which was okay, not exciting. When I ordered coffee, I asked for almond milk. When she brought the coffee she announced they were out of almond milk.
It turns out the Cappellacci was a fall menu item and hadn't turned out well - why our server didn't know it was no longer being made seems odd.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was fanat

m
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best spots of San Diego, great food, awesome wine selection.
Trendy & hot spot

OT
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Not the best New Year’s Eve experience. Service wasn’t great, food wasn’t great, price was high.

JM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, excellent service and delicious food. Enjoyed a special New Years Eve menu without high prices. Thank you!

CH
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful New Year's Eve Dinner a few nights ago. I loved the ambiance and our sever Jeremy was super knowledgeable about all menu items. I have Celiac Disease and he was super careful about checking with the Chef about what could be modified and what couldn't. To my surprise a lot of the menu items were Gluten Free and they even had two dessert options for me to choose from! Will definitely be coming back!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Been here a few times before and loved it, but the new chef and menu did not live up to my past experiences. Maybe it was a bad decision to try his new menu on New Years. The sea bass came out TWICE dry and hard. Our waiter was great and apologetic but the manager that night decided to fight with us about how we must be wrong about the food since the chef himself cooked it but was not there to defend himself. He did comp the meal and try to make it better after he fought with us but it was too late. Will not be going back again.

NY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Always a good dining experience. Food is great especially the Happy Hour menu.

m
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We came in for brunch on Saturday after Christmas. Three of us got egg dishes. Scrambled eggs w/burrata, roasted tomatoes and avocado & toast was good quality but lacking somewhat in overall flavor. Eggs w/shrimp & grits was flavorful. Our friends got an egg dish which she seemed to enjoy and the steamed mussels. Hostess was friendly; waiter was as well. Nice ambiance. Food came in a good amount of time. Sat at high table by the window which I'd recommend.

D
Edmonton
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic - highly recommend

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Let me start by saying, I have worked in the industry and currently own a customer service oriented business. The waitress was incredibly rude, as was the general manager. The food was mediocre at best, but the way me & my family were treated was unbelievable. I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

PJ
San Diego
51 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Bottega Americano. It never disappoints! Delicious from start/appetizers to dessert!!

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Horrible service

KS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

This place used to be great but something must have dramatically changed. The service was really really slow even though the restaurant was not even busy. The food was average but the bread was just downright bad.

R
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Jeremy is amazing. His masterful talent makes BA a culinary delight.
The service was excelent, and Wine pairing is outstanding!

M
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Overall, we had a very good time. We brought our Italian friends here and it was their first visit. Their opinions are reflected in this review. The pasta was overcooked. We acknowledge to them that it may have been cooked for our taste as Americans. The fennel sausage ragu and the short rib agnolotti were good. The pizza quattro formaggi was extra special.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

We wre looking forward to our dinner there, having received some good comments about it. The look of the place was wonderful. Had some drinks at the bar before being seated. Bartender was great and the drinks were delicious. However, when we were seated our server was very distracted and disconnected, we continually had to flag her down. We asked for the dessert of the day and she said they were out, even though we were the only people there and the first table coming for the dinner menu; plus when we were walking out we actually saw that particular dessert in the window display.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food, very noisy for a weekday evening, waitress was mediocre, but the food made up for it. I'd go back.

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