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California Gold Medallion 2023 for Best Italian - Civico 1845, San Diego, CA
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Civico 1845, San Diego, CA
Civico 1845, San Diego, CA
Civico 1845, San Diego, CA

Civico 1845

4.5
4.5
2173 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
A new generation of Italian cuisine - fresh, light and authentic. By using proper cooking techniques, our flavors are natural and pure. Our menu is a homage to our region Calabria and southern Italian roots reflecting what is being served in Italy today. You can also find an extensive vegan menu that incorporates many of the best Italian dishes. We have been the first restaurant in the USA to have a full Italian Vegan menu since 2015! We believe in sustainability, both in our food and in the design of our restaurant. While our menu focuses on locally grown and seasonal ingredients, our bar and dining areas were created using reclaimed, natural materials. Nothing goes to waste at Civico 1845!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Vegan
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 431-5990
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Pietro Gallo - Enrico De Santis
  • Private party facilities
    We are able to accommodate full buyouts for parties up to 70 people. Please email us at: info@civico1845.com
  • Private party contact
    flypirom@libero.it: (619) 300-4810
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross street
    Fir Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking & Valet
  • Public transit
    Bus Line on Ash and India st.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine

What 2,173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Healthy

2,173 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Civico 1845 is fine, but we won’t be back. We wanted to try something new to celebrate our anniversary. When we arrived, our server said, “Congrats, we’d love to offer you a free dessert.” This was appreciated, but not expected. We then ordered drinks and an appetizer. I don’t drink alcohol and ordered a NA beer, my wife ordered wine. The server came back and subsequently told us that they couldn’t do a dessert but would bring back something else. He showed up a couple minutes later with two glasses of Prosecco. Again, appreciated, not expected. The bigger issue is the lack of awareness on behalf of the server. One glass of Prosecco ended up being a complete waste. Perhaps it didn’t matter to the restaurant, but it didn’t scream excellence on behalf of the restaurant either. The focaccia was amazing! Honestly, that was a highlight. The appetizer portions are small; we ordered the bruschetta with whipped ricotta. There were only two slices. We also ordered two pasta entrees. The Cacio e Pepe was bland…nothing to write home about. Based on other reviews, we had high expectations and left disappointed.

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  2. Foody

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fabulous, our waiter and others were very attentive and got any extra items we asked for promptly. Definitely a good experience, will love to go back.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was cold and bad. Def didn’t taste like fresh pasta. Even though we had reservations they seated us 20 mins late and kept telling us they were 6 mins behind. It was cold and they seated us in a place that didn’t feel like we were at the restaurant at all. Complete regret this meal

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  4. lisamccu

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was delicious, service was great. Parking not easy but we lucked out and found a spot. Seating outside along busy street (foot and car traffic).

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    My reservation was for 3 indoors. We were seated at a two top outdoors on the street facing deck. It was loud, smelled of smoke, cold and crowded at the table.

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  6. IvetteM

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were from out of town and were told this place had the best Italian food so we decided to go. LOVED IT!!!! After having a rough day being stranded by our airline we couldn’t have asked for a better evening. Our server Natalie was super friendly and amazingly helpful and guided us the entire evening of the selections offered by Cívico. Truly one of the best we’ve had in a long time.

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  7. MarleneG

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely delicious and the service was outstanding.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I recently dined at this charming restaurant and had the pleasure of trying their zucchini blossoms, salmon, and seafood ravioli. Each dish was a delightful culinary experience, bursting with flavor and expertly prepared. The zucchini blossoms were a delightful starter, while the salmon and seafood ravioli were simply exquisite. What truly stood out to me, however, was the exceptional service provided by the staff. Their attentiveness and friendliness added to the overall dining experience, making me feel welcomed and well taken care of throughout the meal. It's clear that the staff at this restaurant go above and beyond to ensure that guests have a memorable dining experience. Overall, I highly recommend this restaurant not only for its delectable dishes but also for the outstanding service provided by the staff. It's a gem that excels in both food quality and customer service.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience here! Their food is unmatched. You can tell they use the freshest ingredients and take pride in each and every dish. We were pleasantly surprised by how much we loved this place and cannot wait to go back and sit at their bar!!

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  10. Chante

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love visiting Civico when we come to SD. The focaccia bread is delicious and served with homemade pesto and it comes for every customer! The wine is always full bodied and delicious, Cabernet is our preference. And let me tell you about their pasta dish Pasta Alla Norma… we crave it when we’re not here and order it every time we visit. The pasta is homemade and so soft and light, the sauce is so light and savory and cheesy, the perfect balance. Plus the eggplant is cooked to perfect! The octopus appetizer was fresh and so yummy! It’s a place where every bite makes you feel like you’re in calabria and at an authentic Italian villa. You’ll love it and the service is top notch as well. They’re friendly and super attentive.

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  11. Sounds2Good

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Very good food and service, loud and somewhat crowded but we did go on a Friday night. 

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  12. amplcsw

    San Diego

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the zucchini blossoms .wish you still had the Kale salad 😒

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  13. IvanS

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Food was cold, took them 30-40min to bring the food to the table. Too much salt on the plates.

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  14. LindseyB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing vegan menu, one of the best lasagnas I’ve ever had! And you couldn’t tell the difference. And the vegan tiramisu was absolutely outstanding, we’ll definitely be coming back.

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  15. Solange

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very unhappy. There were cockroaches at the restaurant. I'll never return again.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing! Everything was so good! I was so surprised how fast the service was especially for Valentine's Day.

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  17. EddieEats

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Parking was an issue. The inside table was small for two people and the space between tables was challenging to avoid bumping other patrons. The seafood was delicious, the bread was awesome, the vibe was nice. Waiter was pretty attentive. I’d come back.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service & ambiance were fine. The food was unfortunately not very good. The best part of our meal was the bread. I got the vegan lasagna & my husband got cacio e pepe with salmon added. They charged $10 for the salmon and it was a poor cut. My husband has worked in kitchens that handle lots of fish and knew that it was one of the cheapest cuts they could have given him. My vegan lasagna was fine but not very flavorful. Some of the pasta was dried out and the vegan béchamel tasted like gravy. We got bruschetta as an appetizer, and the tomatoes were flavorless. All I could taste was dried oregano. Some better tomatoes, salt, and a good olive oil would go a long way. I don’t mean to be rude, but our meal was fairly expensive & our food tasted like it was all either frozen or from a jar, even though they say it’s all made in house. I hope they review their foods and work on making them taste better.

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  19. JimT

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good. I never did get a receipt from the wait staff but no big deal. Had a good time overall.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambience. Enjoyed our couple’s dinner

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My chicken entree was just ok. Very noise environment. Great service.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The inside is just simply too loud and the food is not that great.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, despite the limited of items on the menu, they clearly focus on quality! Prompt polite service and a nice ambience

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  24. IvyM

    Northern MI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Make sure to get a reservation. Good food. Pricey. Wait time was minimal.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, excellent drinks, exquisite staff. The calamari was the best I've ever had. Quite large portions to boot.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Not the best food when you have some really great Italian options in Little Italy

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  27. Foodtweet

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone in our party agreed that the food was excellent. The guests from Boston said the food was as good or better than any they’ve had in North End Boston (the Italian restaurant district. Our server, Alejandro,was attentive and answered all menu questions well. The restaurant was quiet at lunchtime. The decor could be improved but a great experience.

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  28. EleDoc

    St. Louis

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We enjoyed the Fritto de Mare and the Raviolio. Both had generous portions - enough for 2 to share. We paired them with wines from their extensive wine list for a very enjoyable dinner.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved dining at Civico 1845. Our server Ken was very knowledgeable of the menu and provided excellent recommendations. We had the shrimp ravioli and eggplant pasta dish. Everything was superb.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The 4 of us ate outside. If you are vegan or vegetarian there are many yummy choices.

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  31. LaelH

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My absolute favorite place. I spent my birthday weekend in san diego and celebrated here. it was perfect

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was underwhelming, my salmon was undercooked to the point it was sushi. Just a tourist trap in my opinion

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  33. Keith

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was mediocre. The Taglietelle I ordered was told to have creamy sauce but the dish was dry, and the noodles were stuck together and i had to separate them with my knife. Not worth the $30 and the service was just alright, nothing special. Inside was way too loud to hear anything.

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  34. pbkevin

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pretty noisy but everything was excellent. A great spot.

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  35. LaurenP

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good for a range of different eaters with an entire vegan menu to choose from. zucchini flowers were excellent as starters and pappardelle with short rib for dinner. The pappardelle had a little too much sauce and not enough pasta. Orange wine was also good.

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  36. KatS

    Richmond

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    fantastic dinner! and our waiter Luca was the best.

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  37. KeithD

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great Italian food. Everything was fresh and truly outstanding! Meatball appetizer was great as was the burrata and caprese salad. I had Cacio e Pepe and it was perfect. Great selection of Italian wines, and a few Napa choices too. Highly recommend Civico 1845.

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  38. Levi

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good vegan options! Service this visit was good.

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  39. Jag22

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We use to love this place last night food was terrible service was rushed disappointing maybe an off night but expensive to habe this happen

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  40. Michael

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Looking fwd to next time! Everything on the menu delicious!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Civico 1845 using the Order Online button. Civico 1845 also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 431-5990.

Civico 1845 is rated 4.5 stars by 2173 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 35 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Civico 1845

1845 India St, San Diego, CA 92101

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Fir Street
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Thu 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue, Wed 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Vegan
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking & Valet
  • Public transit
    Bus Line on Ash and India st.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Pietro Gallo - Enrico De Santis
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 431-5990
  • Private party facilities
    We are able to accommodate full buyouts for parties up to 70 people. Please email us at: info@civico1845.com
  • Private party contact
    flypirom@libero.it: (619) 300-4810
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