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Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego


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A photo of Cesarina restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Ocean Beach
Booked 204 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 Madison restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • University Heights
Booked 52 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 North Italia - Fashion Valley restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Mission Valley
Booked 60 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 La Pastaia restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Bay Park
Booked 3 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 CUCINA urbana restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Banker's Hill
Booked 47 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 Elvira restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Ocean Beach
Booked 49 times today
Benvenuti Nella Mia Cucina, Belli De Nonna! Before we dive into the delicious feast prepared for you, let me give you a little taste of my vita. I was born in the heart of Rome, and I've been cooking up a storm my entire life! My cucina has always been the center of the universe for my 3 daughters, 5 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, their friends, loved ones, and acquaintances – everyone was always Benvenuto!Now, we've brought that same love and flavor right here to San Diego. My beloved grandson, Niccolo', and his amore, Cesarina, are opening the doors of my Cucina with the same warm heart and passion.Wondering how I made it to 95? Well, it's simple: I ate everything that's served here and filled my life with amore! So, Benvenuti! Don't hesitate to indulge in "Scarpetta" - dip that bread into the sauce, just like my grandchildren used to do at the stove when they thought I wasn't looking.Here, Belli De Nonna, it’s all about food, family, and creating beautiful memories!
A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Old Town
Booked 11 times today
Baci Restaurant in San Diego consistently delivers an outstanding dining experience, as reflected in numerous customer reviews. Patrons regularly highlight the combination of exceptional food and service. Described as "hands down the best authentic and traditional Italian restaurant in San Diego," Baci impresses even the most well-traveled and discerning diners. The restaurant appeals to locals and visitors alike, with many making a point of dining at Baci whenever they're in town. Its menu features a vast range of beautifully cooked dishes, with the osso buco, swordfish, abalone, and salmon piccata receiving special acclaim. Customers also appreciate the warm, inviting atmosphere, excellent wine selection, and the careful attention to detail that completes every meal. Baci Restaurant is highly recommended for anyone seeking a memorable Italian dining experience.
A photo of Farmer's Bottega Restaurant restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Mission Hills
Booked 13 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 Godfather Restaurant restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Kearny Mesa
Booked 16 times today
Godfather Restaurant in San Diego is highly praised for its authentic Italian cuisine. Many reviewers declare it their favorite Italian restaurant in town, and with good reason. Diners champion their offerings as "excellent," "superb," and "second to none." The restaurant has earned a reputation for its eggplant parmigiana and marinara sauce, described as "fantastic." Special mentions also go to their tiramisu, touted as the "best in town," and their ravioli a la Godfather. The sterling reviews uniformly highlight hospitable service and a charming, old-school Italian ambiance. With numerous recommendations, Godfather Restaurant is a must-visit for a delightful traditional Italian meal experience.
A photo of Siamo Napoli restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • North Park
Booked 31 times today
Siamo Napoli is lauded as the epitome of authentic Italian cuisine in San Diego, with many praising the high quality and freshness of their ingredients. The commitment to authenticity is reflected in perfectly cooked and beautifully plated pasta dishes, delicious pizza, salads, and more. Several reviews mention service excellence, specifically naming staff members like Gianni who go above and beyond to ensure an outstanding dining experience. The ambiance of the restaurant also earns high remarks for its great atmosphere, sending a feeling as if one is dining in Italy, without leaving California. Clearly, Siamo Napoli is not merely a restaurant, but an Italian experience in itself.
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