Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Italian
Jack and Giulio's Italian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for many years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef, and seafood specialties.
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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, food and service was great and I was surprised it was so reasonable.

BM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going there. The food and staff are the best.

MP
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Wife & I love Jack & Giulio’s and visit 4-5 times a year. We send out of town guest to the restaurant when we can’t join them.

JP
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great value as always. Highly recommended.

MW
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this restaurant. Attentive and kind service. I have some dietary issues and they are willing to accommodate. My husband has been a loyal diner here since 1980. Signature scampi is delicious!

B
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always an amazing dining experience. Consistently great food. The scampi Guilio and tortellini verde never disappoint. Great wine list and always get a great cocktail. So refreshing to have a restaurant where you can actually hold a conversation with the people at your table. Great ambiance.

TA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for 50+ years, since they were in PB, have had over 100 meals there and NEVER a bad one. Simply fantastic in every way ! THANK YOU J&G!

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It's unfortunate for people to claim it's "the best" in San Diego. If this is the best San Diego has to offer for Italian, I feel badly for San Diego. Nothing was homemade, including the pasta or sauce. The server was really nice, but everything else was subpar.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best traditional Italian food in the whole city with amazing hospitality and a serene setting. This place would even kill in New York City

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Italian food. The scampi Giulio was delicious!

TA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been going here for over 40 years and always fantastic! The Scampi is AWESOME! Never had anything but great service and even better food!

C
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was a great find, recommended by a friend who couldn't say enough good things. I had the scampi which was delicious. My husband had a veal dish , also very good. Our waiter, Jose, was very nice and a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor. The menu had something for everyone but not so many choices that it made it difficult to choose.

t
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was prompt and very attentive. The waiter catered to my wife’s special requests in the preparation of her meal. Food was very tasty not over spicy and served promptly. The warm fresh baked bread was very good too.

b
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Jack and Giulio's and have brought friends and family here many times. The food is fabulous and the staff are wonderful. This is a long time favorite restaurant of ours.

JD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great time and great food! waiters are always friendly and helpful. we have been here many times and it is my favorite restaurant in town. All the Shrimp dishes are the best. The pastas are great too. i have eaten most of the dishes and all are worth coming back for. We went for a late thanksgiving and the whole family loved the non- turkey.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience3

Service was great - fast, attentive, and pleasant server. But both chicken Alfredo and the seafood special were simply not good. For $25 and $38 respectively per plate you can find much better food in old town.

TP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our table was ready and our greeting was warm. The waiter offered immediate service asking if we would like anything upon being seated. The weather was rainy so some of our party arrived a little late. This was no problem. The food was excellent and the atmosphere was home like. The waiter was attentive and Jack, the owner came by our table several times as well..
Overall a great experience.

JA
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Very good food. Charming ambiance.

RN
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The waiter we had gave very poor service he didn’t seem to understand or care what our needs were. I have severe food allergies as he spoke mostly Spanish to my Spanish speaking friend then I couldn’t understand his English he kept saying everything had pepper in it and that was not true as I finally spoke to the chef who assured me that I could order items that she could change for me. He was not accommodating & service was extremely poor. He Walked away several times ignoring us. Food was pricey for the mediocre quality. I would never go back there.

JE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall it was good, needed more help very busy!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best in town!

JL
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in San Diego. Amazing service and authentic Italian vibes/food. Great work!

OT
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Was on vacation and family wanted Italian for dinner. We were not disappointed.

L
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian food! Fabulous service. The Scampi as previous reviews stated was unique and delicious!

BE
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose this restaurant for our anniversary dinner ... The good is always amazing and we love the atmosphere!

CC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is awesome and the service impeccable! It was quiet and the spinach tortellini is crazy tasty!

DG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food we have had in San Diego. The patio is beautiful and everything was absolutely amazing! Best eggplant parm I have had, and the shrimp bisque is to die for.

EB
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was quiet and lovely. The food was delicious and we would love to come back and try other entrees. There was no rushing us to leave which helped us to have a relaxing evening.

MW
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were seated quickly on the patio. Server was professional and courteous. Food was outstanding.

A
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always order the scampi alla giulio. Have been going for years, never disappointed. They have a high standard for their staff and overall experience. I love this restaurant!

JA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I had heard such good things about J&G's. However I and my family were disappointed. The food and the restaurant seemed tired. We were one party of few on a Wednesday night celebration. The impression I had was stepping into a time machine taking me back to the 1950's, much the same as "Old Trieste rhe last few years.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our first date at Giulio’s of Pacific Beach in 1987 and have been back to Jack & Giulio’s for many special occasions (or just because I had a craving!) since then.

The food is always delicious. Don’t miss the shrimp bisque and be sure to get every last drop with the perfectly crusty but soft on the inside bread. I also recommend the Chicken Marsala or Tortelloni Verde (porcini mushroom sauce is heavenly.)

During the summer you should definitely sit outside in the sweet little courtyard, with the cool breeze.

We look forward to many more meals at this lovely restaurant!

b
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best Italian restaurant in all of San Diego. We have been coming here for many years and will continue to come back and highly recommend it.

KA
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Staff was friendly and efficient. Food was delicious!

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great.........the service, the food, the atmosphere.......we had a great time! Thanks so much for making our evening so great.

V
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was fine, but not outstanding. Based upon the Open Table ratings I guess I expected more. I had veal and eggplant parmigiana, which was again good but not distinctive.

DV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a most enjoyable evening. We sat on the patio with Stephany. The service and the food was exceptional! Will definitely return soon.

PB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can't wait to return to this delightful restaurant. The food was unostentatious but beautifully prepared and presented, and delicious from first to last. Our cocktails were fine, and the wine we chose from the limited but generally interesting list was splendid. Service was impeccable, helping to make the experience happy and relaxed: we were never overwhelmed with solicitude and never hurried but our lovely waitress (whose name we unfortunately do not recall) was gracious, friendly and charming in all her interactions with us. Food arrived and departed smoothly, with breaks appropriate to our having requested a leisurely evening but without unduly long waits. We sat outside and were at no point seriously troubled by street noise. The patio was neatly appointed and our table both a comfortable size (not a given in outdoor seating) and at a reasonable distance from those on either side. I confess that, in spite of generally strong reviews, I could not have anticipated the experience's being as wonderfully memorable as it turned out to be. We would recommend this restaurant to any and all friends, and make a special visit to San Diego to eat there again.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had high hopes for this restaurant based on past reviews, but it was average at best. Limited menu, wait staff seemed indifferent, and food was average. As an example, ordered the bruschetta, which came as diced, seasoned tomatoes on slices of bread appearing to be from a regular store bought loaf of white bread. Menu prices were a fair value.

S
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We come to San Diego for vacation and would not miss Jack and Giulio's fir the Scampi!
Gabriel, our waiter, excellent! Personable and attentive!