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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Hillcrest


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A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 20 times today
Nestled in the vibrant neighborhood of Little Italy, The Heights has swiftly garnered a reputation for providing an authentic contemporary Italian culinary experience. Patrons praise its excellent service and quality, with standout dishes such as the Buffalo Eggplant and Raviolone earning rave reviews. The seafood, including calamari and Chilean Seabass, is applauded for its top-notch quality, as is the signature fettuccine served in a cheese wheel. The inviting ambiance combined with a great selection of drinks and gourmet cuisine, makes The Heights a 'must-try' for locals and tourists alike. As one reviewer succinctly puts it, "It's an elegant yet comfortable place to meet your friends and/or family."
A photo of Barbusa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 111 times today
Barbusa is a revered Italian restaurant that has garnered a glowing reputation from both local and visiting patrons. Nestled in the heart of Little Italy, San Diego, it boasts an inviting ambiance that perfectly marries modern decor with traditional Italian heritage. As noted in several reviews, the food at Barbusa is nothing short of exceptional; dishes like the ribeye, the rigatoni with eggplant, and the pesto gnocchi have been pointed out as exquisite highlights of the menu. Customers have also commended the exceptional and attentive service, making special mention of waiters like Paolo and Diego Silva, who elevate dining experiences through their passion and knowledge. One reviewer described a visit to Barbusa as an "unforgettable journey into the heart of Italy," which speaks volumes about the authenticity and quality of its culinary offerings. Overall, the combinative experience of the food, service, and ambiance make Barbusa a must-visit spot in San Diego for any lover of fine Italian cuisine.
A photo of RustiCucina restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Hillcrest
Booked 5 times today
RustiCucina is recognized by many food enthusiasts as one of San Diego's finest Italian culinary spots. This acclaimed restaurant boasts an enticing menu filled with traditional Italian dishes, fused with a distinct contemporary twist. The restaurant is frequently praised in reviews for dishes like their cheese wheel pasta, traditional lasagna, and pillowy gnocchi with wild boar. Impressive customer service complements the exemplary dining experience, demonstrated by complimentary drinks and memorable hospitality. With its reputation for producing succulent Italian fare, RustiCucina continues to charm the palates of both locals and visitors alike. Regardless of the numerous establishments around, it stands out through its fresh, authentic Italian cuisine that is always served with warmth and proficiency.
A photo of Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 13 times today
Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge comes highly recommended for its authentic Italian cuisine, as per its reviews. The carefully selected menu, attentive service, and distinctive dishes have won the hearts of many customers. Also noteworthy is the restaurant's ambiance which is appreciated for its Italian-style serving of food, course by course. From appetizers like fried gnocchi to main courses like seafood linguine or prosciutto pizza, the food is consistently praised for being delicious and authentic. Reviewers also highlight the creative cocktail offerings and lively atmosphere. In addition, the restaurant's unique features like a speakeasy and fire show add to the overall experience. As one review sums up, "This is a high energy, vibrant and chic restaurant offering great Italian dishes." Not only is Salvatore's renowned for its food and drinks, but it's also mentioned as a wonderful place to celebrate special occasions.
A photo of Nolita Hall restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Nolita Hall is a prime location for contemporary Italian cuisine. Located at an ideal spot, this restaurant has been lauded for its outstanding service, creative and delectable food, as well as its trendy ambiance. Reviews commend its ingenious drink options, with the Back on the Rind Mezcal creation receiving particular praise. Notable menu items recommended by patrons include the hot honey pizza, chilaquiles, and French toast board. While the planes flying overhead occasionally impact the atmosphere, most customers find the overall experience worth it. Its consistent excellence has made Nolita Hall a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
A photo of Lala restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 15 times today
"Lala" is a captivating blend of modern and classic Italian cuisine, paired with handcrafted cocktails in a cozy, sexy-chic ambiance. Our menu showcases timeless Italian flavors with a contemporary twist, from traditional Stuffed Shells to inventive loaded potato gnocchi. The intimate atmosphere, with dimmed lights and plush furnishings, sets the stage for romantic dinners or vibrant gatherings.Our bar is a haven of mixology artistry, featuring classic Negronis and signature creations like the "Lala Martini." Sustainability is a core value—we source responsibly and implement eco-friendly practices in both the kitchen and the bar. "Lala" isn't just a restaurant; it's a community that appreciates culinary excellence, inviting you to savor the extraordinary in every bite, sip, and moment. Join us for a celebration of Italian cuisine, crafted with contemporary flair, and served in an ambiance that exudes romance.
A photo of Bencotto Italian Kitchen restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 55 times today
Bencotto Italian Kitchen is a treasure trove of true Italian cuisine, nestled in Little Italy, San Diego. Its menu might not be enormous, but each dish stands out, reflecting the principle of "less is more". This philosophy is confirmed by numerous customers who praise Bencotto's authentic Italian meals, especially the homemade pasta that enthusiasts say rivals the best in the world. The unique cheese wheel pasta special has been highlighted as a must-try experience for both its preparation demonstration and its unforgettable taste. Celebrated for its consistent quality and fabulous service, Bencotto Italian Kitchen promises an exceptional dining experience for those seeking the best of Italian cuisine, as one reviewer testifies, "There is no better choice in San Diego than Bencotto."
A photo of Vincenzo Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 38 times today
Farmer's Table - Little Italy is a gem that offers a unique blend of Italian cuisine and farm-to-table freshness. Customers highly commend the restaurant for its outstanding dishes, such as the Roasted Chicken flatbread, Artichoke Ravioli, and Oxtail Ravioli. Aside from its remarkable food, Farmer's Table stands out for its excellent service, from the hostess to the waitstaff. It's nestled in an amazing location surrounded by the vibrant energy of Little Italy's new Piazza. The comfortable ambiance, coupled with the reasonable pricing, makes it a favorite among locals and tourists. In the reviews, phrases like "awesome service, great meal", "great atmosphere and food", and "food was delicious" commonly appear, underscoring this restaurant's commitment to top-quality farm-to-table cuisine.
A photo of North Italia - Fashion Valley restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Mission Valley
Booked 52 times today
North Italia - Fashion Valley is highly acclaimed for its Italian cuisine, as attested by numerous positive reviews. Its location is perfect for a nice meal, and the atmosphere - either indoors or on the patio - enhances the dining experience. The restaurant offers a modern take on traditional Italian offerings, with great pizza, pasta, and salads, and the Strozzapreti is a recommended dish. The menu includes a variety of Italian wines, such as Nebbiolo Langhe and Barolo, enhancing the authentic Italian dining experience. As one reviewer noted, the food and service are "always phenomenal," making North Italia a must-visit for Italian dishes.
A photo of Cori Pastificio Trattoria restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • North Park
Booked 25 times today
Cori Pastificio Trattoria, located in North Park, San Diego, is hailed as a standout for its authentic Italian cuisine. Customers often compare their food experience here to that in Southern Italy, evidencing its adherence to traditional Italian cooking. The restaurant gets high praise for its creative and unique menu, featuring dishes ranging from ricotta ravioli and short rib to a goat cheese infused pasta with meat sauce. Their offerings are described as "innovative", "fresh" and "delicious". The Caponata focaccia and Italian donuts were particularly highlighted in reviews as "absolutely to die for". The service is highly commended, with customers noting the accommodating and personable staff. This restaurant also features a sophisticated wine list and delightful cocktails, adding to its status as a must-visit for Italian cuisine lovers in San Diego.

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Discover best Contemporary Italian restaurants in Hillcrest

Discover the vibrant contemporary Italian dining scene in Hillcrest, San Diego, where culinary enthusiasts can enjoy a delightful array of flavors and experiences. Hillcrest's restaurants showcase a sophisticated fusion of traditional Italian techniques with modern twists, ensuring a unique dining experience that caters to a variety of tastes and preferences. Each establishment prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create dishes that are as nourishing as they are delicious. The ambiance of these restaurants ranges from cozy and intimate to lively and modern, perfect for any occasion whether it's a casual lunch, a romantic dinner, or a festive gathering. Guests can expect impeccable service and an inviting atmosphere that complements the exquisite menu offerings. Hillcrest is known for its eclectic and inclusive vibe, making it an ideal destination for foodies looking to explore contemporary Italian cuisine in a charming and dynamic neighborhood. Whether you're a local or a visitor, the contemporary Italian restaurants in Hillcrest promise an unforgettable culinary journey.

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