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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

4.4

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

91% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (16)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Authentic (13)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Notable Wine List (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Casual (8)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Good for Birthdays (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Healthy (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Comfort Food (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Tapas (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Live Music (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Jack and Giulio’s has been my go to resturant for years. Out of town guests always rave about the food,especially Scampi Alla Guilio. This occasion was diner befor the play Hamilton! We invited fiends from La Jolla and they loved it. Jack is the consummate host that makes your dinning experience unforgettable! This restaurant is a gem in San Diego! Located in old town that is fun in its self! You won’t be disappointed! Thanks Jack!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Casual, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Tapas, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Happy Hour, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The Scampi ala Guilio is fantastic and over the years that I've been eating it first at Giulio's in PB and now Jack and Guilio's they have kept it exactly the way it has always been. Absolutely love it!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It was such a lovely dinner because of the FOOD! I live right across the street and I need to come more often. The waiters are very attentive too! Thank you for a lovely evening!

Tags: Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Overall, it was a pleasant experience...but there were a few things I was disappointed.
#1....the shrimp was delicious but canned mushrooms???
#2....the penne was from a box ...for the price we pay I would expect homemade pasta or at least cooked al dente
#3...the chocolate mousse was good but canned whipped cream...YIKES

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our go to Italian. .... Always so delicious!!! All of our out of town guests love it here, too!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We have been coming here for many years for new years eve. This year we moved to Arizona but still came back to San Diego to dine on NYE. We brought two other couples who had not been here before and they are now hooked! Love this place!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have been going here for 40 years and have never been disappointed. The scampi are particularly good as are the classic Italian dishes such as veal, pasta. Service is friendly and timely.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Enjoyed our post-Christmas dinner especially the J&G Manhattan and Margarita. Garlic bread was excellent and entrees very good. Would dine here again

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Awesome ambiance and the Scampi was great 👍 One of our party had never been there, but now is planning his next dinner ‼️

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Afternoon Coffee, Local Ingredients, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Paleo Friendly, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 18, 2017

I always enjoy this restaurant. The food is excellent, and the people there are most friendly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Authentic, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

This place never disappoints! Have been going to this location and the one before it for over 40 years.

Tags: Happy Hour, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Amazing Scampi al la Giulio, never disappoints!! My son ordered the chicken marsala and loved every bite! My absolute favorite Italian restaurant!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

You can't go wrong at Jack and Guilio's. If you don't order the "Scampi a la Guilio" you are missing out!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was Horrible. Little Taste...Almost tasted like it came from frozen package

Tags: Casual
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 26, 2017

We lived in San Diego 13 years ago and loved coming to Jack and Guilios. Now we are back and happy to report it's still delicious! Service was impeccable. I highly recommend the Swallows Nest.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We always eat here whenever we come to San Diego. Always a pleasure.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

We have been enjoying the wonderful food at Jack and Giulios since they had their restaurant in Pacific Beach, many long years ago! In all those years, we have NEVER had less than a fantastically delicious meal at this wonderful restaurant! Though Scampi Ala Giulio is one of our favorite dishes, everything else on the menu is also sumptuous and excellent!! For everything from very special events, like anniversaries and birthdays, to just casual dining, Jack and Giulios remains one of San Diego’s best restaurants!!

Tags: Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (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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