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Best Contemporary Italian Restaurants in Mission Beach


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A photo of Marisi restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Booked 83 times today
Marisi, located in San Diego, is revered for its authentic Italian cuisine. The restaurant has been lauded for its upscale, Mediterranean themed decor and exquisite food presentation, with several patrons labeling it as their favorite restaurant in the city. Critics and diners have noted that Marisi serves "some of the very best Italian food", including fresh, delicious pasta dishes that are comparable to the ones in Italy, as well as a unique and extensive old-world wine list. The service receives consistent praise for being top notch, attentive, and knowledgeable about the menu. With interior details that are described as "incredible", "gorgeous", and "immaculate", Marisi is renowned for its fantastic ambiance, making it a go-to place for a date night or special occasions.
A photo of Catania restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Booked 50 times today
Hailed as a favorite by the locals, Catania is renowned for providing an authentic Italian dining experience in the heart of San Diego. The menu offers an exciting variety of dishes, from Smoked Duck Liver Crostini to Butternut Squash Ravioli, and Crispy Octopus to Grilled Mary's Duck Breast, all prepared to perfection. Patrons have particularly praised the freshness and authenticity of the food that brings back memories of Rome, some even declaring it the best Italian food in San Diego. The restaurant is also known for its rooftop location in downtown La Jolla, providing beautiful ocean views that perfectly complement the delicious fare and friendly service. Whether you're craving for a classic Margherita pizza or savoring the Aglio e Olio Peperoncini, Catania guarantees an incredible experience.
A photo of Ambrogio by Acquerello restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Ambrogio by Acquerello in La Jolla is an exquisite restaurant that leaves an indelible mark with its impeccable contemporary Italian cuisine. Widely praised as a hidden gem, this restaurant offers a dining experience that is second to none, with one reviewer predicting that it will soon be considered the best in San Diego. Ambrogio features an innovative menu that astutely blends Italian and South Korean influences, resulting in dishes that are delicate, yet bursting with flavor. The reviews highlight the chef's creativity, as seen in their signature dish from his Michelin-starred Milan restaurant. The restaurant's ambiance is elegant and comfortable, boasting a chic gold and white theme, while the personalized service has been noted as being warm and exceptional. Many reviewers have lauded the unique and perfect wine pairings as well. Ambrogio is indeed making a name for itself as an extraordinary contemporary Italian cuisine destination.
A photo of La Pastaia restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • Bay Park
Booked 5 times today
La Pastaia, a delightful Italian restaurant, garners rave reviews for its exceptional food and service. Diners commend the variety of Italian wines on offer and the outstanding pasta dishes which are crafted with authentic Italian flair and attention to detail. The freshness of ingredients is praised, with the house made pasta receiving particular acclaim. The ambiance is described as comfortably refined, with the bustling, friendly atmosphere adding to the dining experience. A few reviews noted excellent customer service, even during busy times, with staff going above and beyond to accommodate guests. Enthusiastic diners are eager to return to La Pastaia, pointing out that the Italian-spoken restaurant feels like a neighborhood gem.
A photo of Candor by Giuseppe restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Booked 9 times today
Candor by Giuseppe is a gem of contemporary Italian cuisine. As per the reviews, the restaurant receives high praise for its superb service and the exceptional quality of its meals. The restaurant presents a variety of creative, delicious dishes, from perfectly prepared whole branzino to exquisitely flavored short ribs. Not only the food, but the atmosphere is also highly spoken of; a cozy interior adorned with local art and a charming, socially distanced outdoor seating area. A testament to its authenticity, the pizza and grouper special are cited as highlights of the menu. While ensuring safety, Candor also takes dietary preferences into account, offering gluten-free options with careful cross-contamination prevention.
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Little Italy
Booked 27 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 86 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 Salvatore's Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • Downtown
Booked 7 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 Lucrezia restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary italian • La Jolla
Booked 32 times today
Lucrezia is an Italian restaurant highly regarded by its patrons. According to the guests, what makes Lucrezia stand out is the excellent service and delectable Italian dishes. From the classics to creative and innovative options, every dish is crafted with care and authenticity. The pasta, burrata, chicken, and pizza are particularly praised, noted for their freshness, taste, and appropriate seasoning. Customers also applaud the restaurant for its excellent service, with the staff being kind, attentive, and well-versed. The ambiance is classy and well-thought-out, further enhancing the dining experience. Patrons have expressed their desire to return, acknowledging Lucrezia as their go-to Italian restaurant. The overall consensus is that Lucrezia is a restaurant of excellent Italian cuisine.
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