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JM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vegan lasagna! Vegan ravioli! Vegan calamari! Vegan tiramisu! A whole vegan menu of deliciousness. If we didn’t live in Colorado, we’d visit this San Diego wonderplace weekly.

DO
Seattle
12 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time and the vegan food was delicious!!!!

BS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was very nice and helpful. He made excellent recommendations. All the food was so delicious. I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

AT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I specifically picked this restaurant because they offer gluten free pasta and I was not disappointed! The food was absolutely magnificent. Everything we ordered was full of flavor and large portions. I was a little disappointed that the restaurant only offers wine and beer as I am a cocktail drinker. Our server told us that they are going to serve liquor in the near future. If you have never been to Little Italy in San Diego, this is a great place to start.

AR
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun and vibrant restaurant. Great service and wonderful food.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant!!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fun experience. We sat at the bar next to a local gentleman who moved to the area to be near family. Our hilarious, expert bartender guided through the menu with aplomb. Over a well-priced Super Tuscan we enjoyed pasta and seafood. A lively atmosphere and friendly staff made this a meal to remember. There are a lot of restaurants in Little Italy, San Diego, Republic of California, but our this one at or near the top of your list.

SD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing as were the vegan dishes. two of use had the vegan plates which were exceptional and the other had a dish of the regular menu which was also very good. Looking forward to coming back again!

m
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for a nice Italian restaurant and chose Civico's basically from the reviews. We were not disappointed. The staff is super friendly, the atmosphere was great and the food was wonderful. If I'm ever back in the area, I will be going again.

F
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We suggest some noise mitigation. Very loud but otherwise outstanding.

CV
New England
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Great food. The negatives were being served our pasta whilst still eating our salad, and the (very high) noise level.

JK
Kansas City
175 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Food is good but a little pricey. Service and ambiance are great. Parking and traffic are a challenge especially on the weekend. They do offer a full vegan menu which was helpful to one member of our party.

MM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

One of my bosses took me out for a belated birthday dinner. What a wonderful meal, ambiance and the food was delicious. The Salmon is so tender and juicy it practically melts in your mouth. To top off the beyond deliciousness was a gluten free desert. I was absolutely shocked at the taste, texture and chocolaty smooth center of this cake type treat. It comes with Gelato which was equally tasty. I'd highly recommend going at least 1 time, after that, you'll more than likely be returning!!!!!!! Thank you all for making great food, satisfied customers and being sneaky about surprising me with the desert.

DK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

My girlfriend and I are vegans and we were looking forward to eating here for awhile. Our first experience overall was great. The service was warm, friendly, professional and attentive. The food was amazing. Our only complaint was we made reservations and arrived early to get good seating but, we got seated near the door which was drafty, noisy and the seats are not very comfortable. I recommend sitting in the room to the left away from the main entrance.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food tastes great! Would hope the Linguine Alla Pescatora have more pasta with it (generous amount of seafood!)

Service was disappointing. Felt hurried to order drinks within 5 minutes of sitting down. Somebody from our party of 6 requires a gluten-free diet and gluten-free pasta is available as an option on the main menu. Apparently, there’s a surcharge of $2 for gluten-free pasta which was not made clear at all on the menu or by our waiter. When asked if it was printed on the menu, the waiter replied yes, but then we checked the menu again the surcharge is nowhere to be found. Eventually, he said he would take the surcharge off but instead came back with a more expensive bill (errorneously) which we had to come back and amend the bill once again.

Also, we were visiting from the UK so not fully really accustomed to tipping culture. It’s weird for us to see a 18% gratuity is automatically added but not as an option during check out.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Food was extremely bland. My meal was warm, not hot and fresh. All the food tasted like it was pre-made and microwaved. Perhaps the worst value of any restaurant I have been to in a long time. Staff was friendly tho.

R
San Diego
139 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very loud restaurant, we had a hard time hearing our conversation. Pasta, scallops, cheeses, etc. were are very good.

LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really difficult to have a conversation; it was so loud. Food was very good. Service was good.

KG
Pittsburgh
18 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, nice atmosphere but small tables close together.

KS
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great food and kind server, though the hostesses were rude and disorganized.

R
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I’ve been to this restaurant several times and enjoy it each time we go it is a very lively place and it can get quite loud but you are still able to have a conversation. Reservations are definitely required otherwise he will be waiting in a very long line.

MW
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The servings were too little for the price. And the vegan options were mediocre. But overall the food and ambiance was really nice.

JR
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really great Italian food in Little Italy.. Can't go wrong. Pasta is delicious and decent selection for everyone!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Amazing atmosphere. The noise was moderate because we sat outside but it wasn’t bad at all. We will be going back for sure!

AL
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, good service

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Civico is one of our favorite places. We are never disappointed!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Valentines Day

MK
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Civico. Great service... great food ... we will definitely be coming back to try some more. Thanks Civico!!

A
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Had to wait outside in the cold for 20 minutes to get seated. Noise level was barely tolerable; could not hear each other well enough to carry on an understandable conversation. Food was good. Prices good. Service was fast but very impersonal.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you’re a vegan and want to scratch that itch that only Italian food can scratch....this is the place to do it. The lasagna and ravioli were incredible!

AR
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Civics 1845 is a pleasant dainty Italian restraint in the heart of little Italy. We were served bread with amazing oil to dip it in. That was to die for. Our appetizer was decently sized for 2 people and absolutely delicious. No complaints about our experience. Would 10/10 visit again

RJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, well prepared, and nice options for those who want Italian but have dietary restrictions.

OT
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the vibe, trendy but with traditional food
We opted for an appetizer, shared pasta dish with garlic bread and had the cannoli
Unless you enjoy being sick feeling when you leave, the entrees are large enough to share ... left us more room for a bottle of wine and a drink later at another establishment since we were walking.
It’s LOUD. If you don’t like loud, you won’t like it
A reservation is a must... it’s very crowded ... we were there on a Monday !

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious ravioli!

c
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

I thought our waiter was abit too heavy hand in trying to up sell and seemed slightly snooty/pompous to be perfectly honest . the food was excellent so, meh.

CZ
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my three adult nieces here for lunch. Our waiter was not only cute but very nice and personable too. He made eye contact with every single person as he was explaining the specials and the menu. He and the wait staff were very attentive to refilling our water, making sure our gluten free options were correct, and even gave us a free dessert when one of the soups didn't come out with the other. Totally unnecessary but a very kind gesture. The food was excellent! Probably the best GF pasta I have had in a restaurant. The dessert he brought was carefully selected as a GF item as well. I would recommend this place!

S
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The noise level prohibited any attempt at easy conversation. It was awful because of hard surfaces everywhere. Nothing of the several food choices ordered among the 5 of us was bad, but nothing was particularly noteworthy either. Service was excellent.

TS
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must to visit this restaurant. The food and service is excellent. Very authentic Italian food. The stuffed zucchini, homemade pasta and bread were beyond yummy. We only wish that we had this restaurant in our hometown.

CK
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All four of us had a different salad and each one was a nice size and very good! Our main dishes were tasty as well though my husband’s ravioli dish was definitely a bit small. Overall a great meal and venue; we’ll be back for sure.

AG
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I went here in 2019 I was so impressed with their full vegan menu and overall quality, came back 2020 and everything is just as get if not better service is amazing and staff is so sweet! I’d recommend this to anyone who loves good Italian vegan or non vegan!