Civico 1845

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896 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Fresh flavors with a modern spin on traditional Italian classics. Menu features several gluten-free and vegan friendly options.
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JM
Columbus
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic Italian- the best of San Diego! Hands down the greatest eggplant (appetizer or main) dishes I have ever had. Never disappoints!

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JB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Service was the worst we've had in many times eating there. Impolite and inattentive. 3 of 4 plates were out for nearly 10 minutes before our last guest was served. My plated pasta was overcooked and my brother's already getting cold. I hope you fix these before opening your new location. Otherwise your reputation won't sustain you.

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EN
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived in Little Italy on a crazy-busy Sunday at noon. Outside, bustling tourists and St. Paddy's Day drinkers, inside Civico 1845, peace, tranquillity, wine, smiling, friendly service, delicious handmade pasta dishes. We were happy. I look forward to returning!

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BG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food. Great atmosphere. The pasta was cooked perfectly. I was getting upset at how good it was. Our waitress was professional but also friendly. Loved it.

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l
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, had lunch on the patio. Service was friendly, bread and dip delicious, heirloom salad perfect, muscles broth killer, sea bass special outstanding, rest of menu hard to make a mistake. Highly recommended! Marcelo our waiter a joy!

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J
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Vegan menu is a gem, we ordered vegan calamari and lasagna and were amazed by how good they are. Service is outstanding, it can be quite noisy if you prefer a quieter dining environment.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant here in San Diego for sure.

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DS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, fairly noisy

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MH
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The gnocchi is incredible and the service fast and efficient. Terrific value. I would strongly recommend Civico 1845.

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CD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So great! Thanks for supporting veganism!!

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

Delicious food, friendly staff, one of my favorites in San Diego

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Civico’s vegan menu is FANTASTIC. My girlfriend is vegan and it’s nearly impossible to find vegan friendly Italian food. I can’t express how good the food was or how excited my gf is to come back. Civico did a fantastic job and will continue to be my go to restaurant in little Italy. I had the gnocchi with butternut squash and shrimp which was AMAZING

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JB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Excellent food and an extensive vegan menu with lots of yummy options. Love the decor and design details, the authenticity of the food and all of the high-quality ingredients. Would highly recommend for all occasions!

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m
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The semolina bread served with their homemade pesto sauce for dipping is the perfect bite to awaken your appetite. We always have to get the Fiori di Zucchine (fried zucchini blossoms) as an appetizer everytime we go; they are absolutely perfect! The blossoms are generously stuffed with ricotta cheese and minced sopressata sausage (dried cured sausage) then dipped in a light tempura-like batter and deep fried to golden brown and delicious - definitely not greasy! The calamari fritti is also a wonderful appetizer. Ask about their specials, but this time I had the Pennette Melanzane. Penne pasta with small cubes of amazingly sweet sauted eggplant, in a basil tomato sauce, covered with a lightly smoked and melty mozzarella. OMG - if I closed my eyes I would have sworn I was in my Nonna's kitchen! Don't bother with the Zeppoli - they aren't made to order. But their Cannoli are fabulous! They fill them just before serving so the the shells are nice and crisp. Go to Civico 1845, you definitely won't be disappointed!

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OT
Las Vegas
13 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent meal. Our waiter was great.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Authentic Italian food Really enjoyed the wine recommendations! The pasta, cheese, bread was delicious! The food was outstanding! I recommend this place highly!

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RR
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great service, seated us quick, respected the time reservation. great wine list. excellent food. FUN

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BG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to eat! True Italian eatery. Thank You!

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JK
San Diego
166 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food is good and has a special menu for our vegan friends. Parking is HELL!

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CM
New England
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My wife and I had spoken previously with staff at the restaurant who assured us that the restaurant can provide gluten free dishes that are suitable for someone with Celiac disease. When we arrived and reviewed the menu, there were separate symbols for items that could be made gluten free and for items that are Celiac safe. There wasn't a single item that was noted as Celiac safe on the menu. When we asked our waiter about it, they said that the restaurant wasn't suited for someone with Celiac and recommended that we note eat here.

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L
New England
81 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food and awesome service, from hostess to bartender to waitstaff. Thanks for doing what you're doing for people who are plant- based.

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RM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Vegan menu is good but taste a little underwhelming. Gnocchi was good. Fettuccine was bland. “Calamari” was not good. Oyster mushroom sliced into such tiny slivers all you can taste is deep fried batter.

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LP
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! Vegan friendly :) Great place for my friends birthday. She had a really nice time.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious vegan Italian food. Great for a date! Service is lovely.

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c
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic ambiance and delicious, filling vegan food!

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

The noise was a little loud, but given it was Valentines Day the atmosphere was very delightful

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G
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Basically, Civico is the ONLY fancy/romantic restaurant for two vegans on Valentine’s Day in San Diego. Thanks for existing and being great!

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JB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

Made a reservation for two and specified that we wanted inside when I made it. We get there about ten minutes early to check in, and are told that we can sit outside or at the bar. Mind you, it’s raining and the patio floor is basically flooding. We also didn’t want to sit at the bar. We’re then told to go wait at the bar, and as we sat to wait, someone I’m assuming is a manager, then comes up to us and says they have someone coming to sit there. I’m sure my face immediately expressed my dissatisfaction because he then apologized and said we could wait there. Finally, we’re seated waiting for our server for about ten minutes. He finally acknowledges us, only to say he’ll be back. He made his rounds for a second time, and when he finally came back, he seemed uninterested in serving us. We placed our order and waited 30 minutes for our appetizer. We didn’t say anything because we understand sometimes the kitchen can get a little backed up. However, I did get upset when a couple who ordered 40 minutes after us, and a party of 10 who ordered after them, all got their food. After waiting an 1 hour and 20 minutes, we finally got our entrees. He dropped them off personally saying “sorry were busy”, which doesn’t explain how people who ordered almost an hour after were eating before us. He never bothered to check back on us during the meal, so we sat there for a while waiting on the check as well. The food was good, but our valentines experience was overall ruined.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Valentines

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s
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the service and food. The atmosphere got a bit loud.

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Tahoe
10 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We would recommend Civico to anyone who loves Italian food. Great Burrata Caprese Salad. Our entrees were excellent, both recommended to us by a bus boy. The noise level was a bit loud, tables are really packed in there. Our waiter was good but not very personable. Just did his job. The person who we think was the owner and served our meals was delightful. We would definitely go back and try some other things on the menu that looked delicious... the charcuterie plate for one.

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C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I have dined at this restaurant 4 times now and have had a generally great time every time, I even had my birthday lunch here before. This past time, I had arrived time for my reservation at 1930, I had just walked quite a distance due to there being no parking. I checked in and explained that my friend would be about 3 minutes since he had just parked and was walking over. I asked if I could please have my table now since, honestly, I've had a long day and just wanted to sit down to order myself a drink and get an appetizer going. They flat out refused to do so. There were open tables still, the person who came up to the hostess stand after me had no reservation and got seated immediately. I was told that the whole party had to be present to seat me. I did not think that it was unreasonable to ask to sit at the table that I had reserved instead of being obliged to stand there on the sidewalk and wait outside in the cold. The hostess almost seemed to want to seat me but this other man (possibly manager) wouldn't budge. I thought that this was very rude and in poor taste.

After my friend arrived and we sat down, it took some time to get service. Our waitress was very kind, maybe not the most attentive since my water had been empty for a while before being offered a refill, but then again, she was busy. The food was good, but the 2 vegan pasta dishes we ordered did not taste out of the ordinary. Their dessert was delicious. I have recommended this restaurant to several people in the past because I found it to be one of the best places offering vegan options in Little Italy, but this most recent visit has left a sour taste in my mouth and I do not foresee myself ever returning or recommending this restaurant in the future.

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A
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall!

but parking in the area is limited and overpriced.

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OT
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service excellent.... bartender very informative!!! Delicious food. Only drawback is the noise level.

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J
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The three dishes we had family style were all excellent. Zucchini blossoms, calamari and the beef pasta.

I like the vegan menu especially when bringing guests who may prefer these options. The atmosphere is so intimate a nice change from so many of the large spaces in Little Italy.

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Il cibo era ottimo! The food was excellent. Our server was above and beyond one of the best. She helped with suggestions and was awesome!

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f
Detroit
23 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

What do you do on a rainy night in San Diego? Head to Civico 1845 for authentic Italian cuisine. Although I am no expert, the food at this quaint restaurant in the heart of Little Italy is superb. Since it was raining we sat inside at the window but still had a view of the hustle and bustle of the area even in the rain. My partner started with the house salad while I enjoyed the vegan minestrone soup. Both delicious. Our entrees excelled in flavor! The classic ravioli with a spinach and ricotta filling with a creamy red sauce was delicate yet packed a punch of flavor in the filling. My partner chose the Ricotta Infused Pasta with homemade Fennel Sausage, Wild Mushroom, Calabrian N'Duja, and Bell Peppers in a Parmigiano Sauce. The sausage hit the mark in this pasta dish. We couldn't resist the desserts. The Tiramisu and Pannacotta Amarena were flavorful and a perfect finish to our evening. This is a great choice for vegans as they do have a full vegan menu to choose from!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Everyone was great. Fist timers but not last time we will be there.

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RD
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With so many choices to pick from in Little Italy, we played it right with choosing Civico. Spending a week in SD, we had been trying different restaurants in different neighborhoods. Civico's menu and reviews sounded right; we're glad we made the decision. Perfectly light and crispy calamari, a wonderful pappardelle pasta with short rib ragu, a delicious linguini with seafood---all of our selections were perfect--felt we were in Italy. The foccacia with dipping oil was sensational. Our waiter Domenico was a true professional --engaging, personable, with a great sense of humor. We ended up ordering his recommendations and they were spot on. Veronica, his assistant, was so friendly and always on hand to pour more water and provide clean utensils. The restaurant got very busy but that didn't slow down the service or food delivery. Love this place---can't wait to return.

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JM
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visit San Diego at least once a year, and this is a definite dinner or lunch spot. I have been 100% pleased each time. On business, with friends and family, with kids. Excellent all around, each and every time. Well done, Civico 1845!

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