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About Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant

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.

2391 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Arista

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 294-2074

Website:
http://www.jackandgiulios.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available, as well as in our private lot.

Public Transit:
Centrally located in Old Town within walking distance from Trolley Station.

Executive Chef:
Giulio

Additional:
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room

Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

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Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Special Occasion (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
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Good for a Date (12)
Authentic (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Casual (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Business Meals (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Cozy (3)
Live Music (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

Food is always good. Menu is limited, but what they offer is done well. Their wine list is also very limited, so we bring our own and pay the corkage fee. No problem, but would like some new wine choices added, especially cabernets.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Disabled Access, Healthy, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great northern Italian restaurant, chef Giulio originally from Piacenza. Scampi to die for, especially the scampi Giulio, but also love the pesto scampi. Also great job on many of the classics, including veal or chicken piccata/marsala, lasagna, eggplant or veal parmesan, homemade pastas (e.g., tortellini Piacentina or tortelloni verdi). Heart of palm salad excellent, with avos and a pesto dressing. Great Italian wine options, including hard-to-find wines from Piacenza region (try the Romeo, a blend of barbera and croatina grapes).

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The place was great...........as was the food and service. It was a wonderful evening.

We will for sure be back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 6, 2017

Delicious food, superior service. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and will return the next time we are in San Diego.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Three of our four orders were served together, hot and delicious, the 4th was served nearly 10 minutes later and not hot. Our waiter disappeared for awhile so I had to wait to ask them to "nuke" my order as it was not hot. It was brought back hot however there was no dialog as to the temperature or why I had made the request. I ordered the eggplant and veal dish which I was told by the waiter was a good choice, based upon what I was served, I disagree.
3 out of 4 good meals is not bad, however bread was not served with our meals and had to be ordered ala cart as were the salads. I might be willing to try them again.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Naples)·Dined on October 25, 2017

best outside interior is a little tired as is the menu but the food is cooked well and there plenty of it
wines good as well good wide choice

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Jack and Giulios was amazing as always! Great service, great food, and great service! My Scampi a la Giulio was perfect.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Great food, as has always been the case for over 40 years.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

Best Italian food ever. Excellent sevice and great location

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The tortelloni verde was just as good as at the old Guilios in PB.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 28, 2017

The food was excellent. Mexican food dominates in Old Town but this was fantastic Italian food with a very nice romantic setting.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 27, 2017

We had a bad experience. We ordered antipasto which was basic but fine. My husband ordered veal which was fine and I ordered a classic pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil, garlic and olive oil. My pasta came with a heavy tomato sauce. When I asked the waiter about it he said "I have been telling him (?the owner) to change it on the menu"! Then they gave us a handwritten check for $158 which seemed a lot based on what we had ordered. We checked the math and they were trying to overcharge us. When we asked the waiter to check it he came back with a computer generated bill for $101. He didn't apologize or offer any explanation. If you go there check the bill to make sure you are not overcharged!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was excellent, well-flavored. However, after we were seated, 15 minutes elapsed before anyone paid attention to us. We were surprised that, on a Saturday night, the restaurant was only half-full. Overall., pleasant but not exceptional.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Had a lovely dinner party for my mom, sister and husband's birthdays. Jose and the entire staff were wonderful in helping us plan the event and serve our specialty cakes. Great food and excellent ambiance. An uncrowded gem in San Diego's Old Town with a lovely outdoor patio and full bar.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This is a great restaurant for any occasion. There are great selections on the menu and over the years I or my guests have tried everything and the food is always delicious. Staff are friendly and service always top notch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Awesome place for great food

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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Very good authentic Italian fare, but just the pasta with small bread slices for entree. For the price they could have thrown in a small salad!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 13, 2017

I have been a regular customer for approximately 40 years dating back to when my father would bring me to Jack & Giulio's as a child. I am continuing the tradion now woth my children. Ilove this restaurant; always quality food, good ambiance and Jack & Giulio are good people! I

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2017

As always, Jack & Giulio's was excellent. On this particular evening we visited Jack & Giulio's to enjoy the live music. And did we ever enjoy it! It was wonderful and very entertaining. The meal was great, the service wonderful and the atmosphere fantastic. My wife and I have dined at Jack & Giulio's numerous times and have never been disappointed. Great local Italian restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Outstanding authentic food. A vegetarian innour groupwith an Italian grandma was impressed with cannelloni. The service makes you feel special and the the after dinner drinks are unique.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Authentic, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on August 24, 2017

My wife and I have been going to Jack and Giulio's for over 45 years and the food is as delicious as ever!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Annabelle says: What a delicious paella chock full of shellfish! and at such a reasonable price. I was there with my 10 year old grandson who was treated appropriately with friendly service. The zabaglione with perfectly sweet strawberries had an a amazing cinnamon touch. Fantastic place. Must be visited each San Diego trip.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2017

The scampi is wonderful! I order it every time I'm there!

Tags: Disabled Access, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 9, 2017

I've been going to this restaurant for many years. The food is always great and the staff is friendly and responsive. Always a great dining experience. Would recommend to everyone.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Once again, I have been going to this great place for about 47 years. Originally in Pacific Beach area of San Diego, but now in historical Old Town. Excellant italian food. Occassional live music with singing by the owner ( and he is good!)
I live 120 miles away, but will make the trip just for dinner. It is that good !

Tags: Live Music, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

A friend visiting from Hawaii is Italian. She mentioned there is no decent Italian food in the islands. My son suggested J&G and since he is performing nearby at the Cygnet Theatre he was able to join us for dinner. The whole meal was a hit. Best piccata sauce I have ever tasted!

Fabulous place!!!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Groups, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Has been my favorite restaurant for the last 40 years

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Friends visiting who had lived in SD wondered if it was still in business. They had great memories of the shrimp. Sure enough, it is and now they have patio dining. We had a nice early dinner on the patio. Delicious salads, fresh made pasta and scrumptious shrimp & mushroom entrees

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

This was without a doubt the worst experience eating out I have ever had. The restaurant was out of soup and bread. But that's just the beginning. After waiting 45 minutes for our dinner my wife was told they were out of the food she had ordered. It was the house specialty scampi. To make matters worst they tried to serve my daughter and me our pasta while not even offering my wife an option. Yes...they expected two of to eat and my wife watch.

Other than that it was a cute place but needed a coat of paint and a broom. Pride left this tired restaurant years ago.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 16, 2017

My husband and I enjoyed a beautiful SCAMPI a LA GIULIO. We had not been to the restaurant in over 30 years as we had moved and GIULIOS had closed their old Pacific Beach location. Friends advised they were now in OldTown. Our 1st opportunity allowed this visit, Sunday 7/16/17. We were delighted to find Giulio still cooking and the Scampi was exactly as we remembered. FANTASTICO! Can't wait to retun.

Tags: Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Really loved this restaurant! We had a delicious, beautiful, quiet meal with great service. What more can you want? Highly recommend. We are out of town guests and relied on Open Table to guide us. We were not disappointed and when we come back we will visit Jack and Giulio's again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Fabulous place!
One of my favorite places to eat, on this planet.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 3, 2017

We were visiting our daughter and her boyfriend in San Diego, decided on short notice to go for an Italian dinner, wanted something moderately priced and highly rated. Jack & Giulio's in Old Town was available, nice table, great service and a menu full of Italian standards. We were very satisfied with our meals and overall service, I think anyone giving them a try will not be disappointed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 3, 2017

Food was great !! Service was average. We visited for the first time and can tell they attended to local patrons first and provided average service to our dinner. We expected better service and more attentiveness, but the food was very good.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 2, 2017

Pretty good service; not excellent. Wine was good. Food just okay. Bruchetta was on large slices of bread from a loaf of Italian bread ... tasted good but visually disappointing. Lasagna had no ricotta cheese ... a big disappointment. Expensive. Not a good value. Sorry but will not be back.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 28, 2017

We have been coming to Jack & Giulio's for many years and the food and service are always excellent. I can highly recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 26, 2017

Our waiter seemed rather put off that we didn't order drinks but that might just be his manner. I had the Angel Hair pasta and it was very good but it seems like when you are in Old Town San Diego you should probably be eating Mexican. If you are burned out on Mexican food then this is a great alternative.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Four of us enjoyed dinner at jack & guilios on a Sunday evening. Sergio was a wonderful server who made great suggestions. Dishes are customized to our taste. We were able to substitute veggies for other sides. Fabulous red sauce. My shrimp scampi alla guilios was absolutely delicious. I would return over & over just for that dish. My husband's veal parmigiana not so much. The meat itself was not tender or very tasty. Our other companions enjoyed their ricotta filled tortellini with spinach & white sauce.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great food just service wasn't good.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 19, 2017

Pretty restaurant with lovely outdoor seating. Inside are the white table cloth tables and pretty bar. Service was excellent but the food was sub par. The capresse salad should had vine ripen tasty tomatoes whereas they were the quality of a mainstream supermarket. We paid extra for garlic bread which was tasty but stingy on the amount of bread. I had the veal marsala while it looked delicious, it was not. The Marsala wine sauce lacked fullness and taste. I thought the veal scallopini was a bit strange that it looked like processed meat and did not even taste like veal. I would avoid the veal dishes because of this. My partner had the homemade pasta ravioli where the pasta tasted a bit pasty. The Alfredo's sauce was okay but nothing to swoon over or to waste calories on. I had a side of spaghetti with bolognese sauce which was the best part of my meal. I had a glass of Pinot Grigio which was good. I would not go back.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date
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