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Best Italian Restaurants in Hillcrest

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A photo of Madison restaurant
4.5
Awesome(2886)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • University Heights
Booked 74 times today
Madison, a celebrated restaurant in San Diego, is hailed for its brilliant fusion of Modern European and Mexican cuisines. Patrons commend the establishment for its tasty and fresh meals, such as the Mediterranean breakfast, which stands as a testament to their allegiance to quality. The restaurant's ambiance is also highly appreciated by diners, with many enjoying the outdoor seating and tastefully designed interiors. Furthermore, the eatery's service is frequently applauded, contributing to its reputation as a dining destination that offers "wonderful experiences." Madison's extensive drink menu has also received rave reviews, solidifying its spot as a go-to restaurant for food and drink connoisseurs alike.
A photo of Cesarina restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(5062)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Ocean Beach
Booked 163 times today
Cesarina, located in San Diego, is a highly praised hub of authentic Italian cuisine. With a consistent track record of outstanding reviews, guests laud it as "the best Italian restaurant in San Diego" and "the only Italian food worth eating in San Diego." Patrons constantly commend not only the excellent food but also the superb service, going as far as giving it a 12/10 rating. The homemade pasta and dishes such as the octopus, rigatoni with pomodoro sauce, and tiramisu come highly recommended. Everything is labelled fresh and cooked to perfection. The ambiance is credited as uniquely immersive, and the service as unparalleled in kind professionalism.
A photo of Barbusa restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(4119)
Price: Moderate
• 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 CUCINA urbana restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(6950)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Banker's Hill
Booked 67 times today
Rooted in the heart of San Diego, CUCINA urbana is an authentic Italian restaurant famed for its brilliant food and excellent service. Highly rated by customers, CUCINA urbana is commended for its unique and unexpected twists on typical recipes. The restaurant offers a variety of delightful dishes such as squash blossoms with lemon ricotta filling, gnocchi, mushroom pizza and more. The outstanding flavors are complemented by a great selection of Italian wines. Patrons also appreciate the restaurant's proximity to the Old Globe Theater. From the fantastic food to the fun ambiance and attentive staff, it's clear CUCINA urbana is a beloved go-to spot for Italian cuisine.
A photo of Farmer's Bottega Restaurant restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(1530)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Mission Hills
Booked 24 times today
Farmer's Bottega Restaurant is highly recognized for its excellent American cuisine. It is consistently praised by diners for its outstanding service and the exquisite, high quality dishes it serves. Reviewers frequently highlight the restaurant's egg dishes and the Mexican-inspired elements on the menu, suggesting a brilliant fusion of American and Mexican flavors. Comments also point to the establishment's family-friendly and easy-going atmosphere, further enhancing its appeal. Although the noise level might be a concern for some, the scrumptious food, including the housemade yogurt, french toast, and filet, seems to more than make up for it. Whether you decide to visit for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Farmer's Bottega Restaurant promises an unforgettable gustatory experience.
A photo of Seneca restaurant
4.5
Awesome(3707)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Downtown
Booked 91 times today
Seneca restaurant is consistently praised for its excellent authentic Italian cuisine, served in a unique environment with stunning views of the San Diego Bay. The eatery has garnered numerous positive reviews for its vibrant atmosphere, attentive service, and delectable dishes such as their praised 30-layer oxtail lasagna and delectable tiramisu. Besides the top-notch food, the restaurant's unique location on the 19th floor offers breathtaking views that enhance the overall dining experience, earning it the title of "one of the best restaurants" in San Diego. Customers have noted that despite being in the heart of the city, the ambiance of Seneca gives you the feeling of dining in Rome, Italy. This testifies to the authenticity of their food selection and dining experience.
A photo of The Red Door restaurant
4.8
Exceptional(2895)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Mission Hills
Booked 17 times today
Housed in San Diego, The Red Door is an exceptional Italian restaurant praised by patrons for its excellent menu and welcoming atmosphere. With owner Luciano Cibelli assuring every dish delivered meets the highest standard, the restaurant offers a variety of enticing Italian dishes such as lobster ravioli and risotto. Customers commend the chef’s innovative style, transforming traditional Italian dishes to a modern and updated version. The team’s dedication to service is evident in the fantastic reviews, with many customers expressing appreciation for the personal interaction. The Red Door's outstanding food, combined with an intimate dining room and a rich selection of Italian wines, make it a beloved spot, destined to deliver a gratifying and authentic Italian dining experience.
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
4.3
Awesome(127)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 38 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 North Italia - Fashion Valley restaurant
4.7
Exceptional(2474)
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Mission Valley
Booked 49 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 RustiCucina restaurant
4.6
Exceptional(1030)
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Hillcrest
Booked 36 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.
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