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Best Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in Little Italy

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A photo of Born & Raised restaurant
Price: Very Expensive
• Steakhouse • Little Italy
Booked 102 times today
Born & Raised in Little Italy is a neighborhood gem. The American steakhouse is a celebration of tradition, with a special focus on dry-aged beef. Reviewers rave about the beautiful and comfortable ambiance, excellent service, and delectable food. One even referred to it as a 'gem of a spot' and 'a beautiful restaurant in a very nice location'. The restaurant is highly recommended for special occasions, date nights, and even for just enjoying a good meal in a lovely setting.
A photo of Herb & Wood restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Californian • Little Italy
Booked 60 times today
A timeless, sought-after dining escape, celebrated Chef Brian Malarkey opened Herb & Wood to instant acclaim over four years ago. In that time, the restaurant has become an icon, a dining destination that has helped to propel San Diego's culinary reputation to new heights. By focusing on rustic, wood-fired dishes, Chef Malarkey's menu elevates humble ingredients such as carrots, beets, and chicken, incorporating Mediterranean flavors and a California ethos of seasonality and sustainability.
A photo of Ironside Fish & Oyster restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Seafood • Little Italy
Booked 80 times today
Little Italy was built by the fishing industry. Ironside attempts to continue that narrative. It's our contemporary interpretation of the classic fish house and oyster bar. Located in a historic auction house on India St we did a full comprehensive restoration of the building, with three open-air culinary hubs featuring an expansive raw bar, chefs table, and bakery. We tried to be mindful of the past while looking towards the future. A 4% surcharge will be added to all guest checks.Ironside is now taking reservations for patio and dining room seating. We are now offering Happy Hour MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY FROM 3:00PM - 5:00PM.
A photo of Barbusa restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 87 times today
Barbusa Local Modern Sicilian Restaurant.Lively atmosphere with our craft cocktails, handmade pastas, freshest seafood, delicate pizza, and our famous Sicilian Ribeye.Pizza Served from our stone fired oven.Gluten free and Vegan Items AvailableWHILE WE VALUE THE TIME OF ALL OUR LOYAL GUEST AND SMILING FACES, WE KINDLY REQUEST YOU LIMIT THE TIME SPENT AT YOUR TABLE TO 1 HOUR AND 30 MIN DUE TO MANDATED REDUCTION IN CAPACITY. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING AND SUPPORT, WE COULDNT BE MORE THRILLED TO HAVE YOU DINE WITH US!
A photo of Juniper & Ivy restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Unspecified • Little Italy
Booked 55 times today
Juniper & Ivy is a neighborhood gem for its innovative, locally sourced dishes and warm ambiance. Reviewers love the menu's creativity and variety, with one stating 'each plate was a masterpiece, meticulously prepared and brimming with vibrant flavors.' The restaurant's commitment to sustainability and its 'unforgettable dining experience' make it a favorite among locals and visitors alike.
A photo of Civico 1845 restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 54 times today
A new generation of Italian cuisine - fresh, light and authentic. By using proper cooking techniques, our flavors are natural and pure. Our menu is a homage to our region Calabria and southern Italian roots reflecting what is being served in Italy today. You can also find an extensive vegan menu that incorporates many of the best Italian dishes. We have been the first restaurant in the USA to have a full Italian Vegan menu since 2015! We believe in sustainability, both in our food and in the design of our restaurant. While our menu focuses on locally grown and seasonal ingredients, our bar and dining areas were created using reclaimed, natural materials. Nothing goes to waste at Civico 1845!
A photo of Roman Wolves restaurant
Price: Moderate
• Contemporary Italian • Little Italy
Booked 42 times today
"Roman Wolves is more than a bar and restaurant; it's a celebration of epicurean tapestry of what Italians call the Eternal City" said Nino Cusimano. "We've created our own take on the enduring essence of Rome's legacy and it's significant historical, cultural, and culinary impacts on the Italian food scene"
A photo of Vincenzo Cucina & Lounge restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 57 times today
Founder and restaurateur, Vincenzo Loverso, invites guests to savor a groundbreaking experience at San Diego’s first ever cheese wheel bar. This unique concept will invite guests to sit at a one of a kind cheese wheel pasta bar (reservation only) in the heart of San Diego.Located on the best corner of Little Italy (India & Date St), step into the modern chic restaurant as the sight and smell of irresistible Italian flavors ignite your senses.
A photo of Cloak + Petal restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Sushi • Little Italy
Booked 50 times today
WELCOME TO CLOAK & PETAL!Where we invite you to journey into a place of both intimacy and companionshipOur concept is drawn from our name. The word “cloak” implies secrecy, inspiring our concept of a social sphere humming beneath the levels of ordinary life. “Petal” alludes to the Japanese tradition of “hanami,” when family and friends gather under blooming cherry blossoms to savor food, drinks and fellowship.Enter our space and travel underground to décor reminiscent of an abandoned Tokyo subway, a stratum of society all its own, an artist’s dream. Cross the threshold into a mystically transformed Japanese social dining lounge which appears to be an outdoor seating area, similar to a waiting platform. Sit beneath a trellis of draping vines and teardrop lights in the intimate space we’ve thoughtfully created, and feast on authentic Japanese sushi, appetizers, small plates and drinks with family and friends.Journey down to Cloak + Petal… and come unwind your soul.
A photo of Bencotto Italian Kitchen restaurant
Price: Expensive
• Italian • Little Italy
Booked 79 times today
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR DESIRED TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE.We are proud to offer 75 kinds of different pasta recipe, fresh and hand-crafted 12 hours a day."Bencotto" means cooked well: this is what authentic Italian food is about.It tastes as it should and would in Italy.Bencotto offers two different eating environments: guests can either enjoy their meal at our “kitchen-esque” bar downstairs, or they can relax in the intimate low-ceiling dining area upstairs. The décor creates a clean and sophisticated atmosphere, where old-world charm and warmth blend with contemporary appeal.

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Discover best neighborhood gem restaurants in Little Italy

Discover the charm of Little Italy, San Diego through its delightful dining scene, where each restaurant is a treasure in its own right, widely recognized as a neighborhood gem. These eateries offer a unique blend of ambiance, exceptional service, and culinary creativity that consistently draws both locals and visitors. From cozy, traditional settings that feel like a slice of Italy to innovative spaces serving up locally sourced, sustainable cuisine, each location promises a memorable dining experience. Patrons rave about the variety of options available, from exquisite craft cocktails and extensive wine lists to meticulously prepared dishes that showcase both classic and contemporary flavors. Whether you're seeking a special spot for date night, a festive gathering with friends, or a casual yet quality meal, Little Italy's dining gems cater to all occasions with warmth and sophistication. The neighborhood's vibrant culinary culture not only satisfies the palate but also enchants the heart, making every meal a cherished moment. Join the multitude of satisfied diners who have discovered these hidden jewels, and experience the best of San Diego’s hospitality and taste.

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