Nicolosi's - San Diego

4.4
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Nicolosi's has been serving authentic southern Italian cuisine in San Diego for over 65 years. Our old country recipes as well as new favorites have made us a local favorite. Come try our housemade Lasagna, our hand made Ravioli or our Sicilian Six-Cheese Mac and Cheese. Find out what San Diegans have come to love with our famous torpedo sandwiches, meatballs, awesome pastas and delicious salads. Our pizza has consistently been voted best in San Diego and you can choose from one of our many traditional or unique combinations. A delicious basket of fresh made bread comes with every meal.

Our recently remodeled interior, Our welcome atmosphere features attentive service, outside dinning and banquet facilities. Our family hopes to welcome you to Nicolosi's soon. Mangia!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch:

Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:00pm - 3:00pm


Happy Hour
Daily 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Dinner:

Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm

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Phone number
(619) 461-5757
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lauren Luther
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Catering
Nicolosis catering is your one stop for large party take out, in house events or complete catering at your site. We offer a great selection of our family's recipes for your special event.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Jackson Drive
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Parking details
We have plenty of on site parking available including three spots for curbside pick up.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 80 People Are Saying
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BE
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service is always great but this time it was very slow and two different people were taking our orders—one young man seemed a little flustered and uncomfortable

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DJ
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I met an old friend here. It is in the old neighborhood I grew up in. There aren’t a lot of places to met in this area. However, I’d go again. Calamari was fried wel and not greasy. The grilled chicken salad was very good. The chicken was tender and not dry and seasoned well. Service very friendly. Bathrooms could use a good cleaning though.

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BP
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the meat-lovers pizza there and it was great. Definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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M
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The remodel is really nice & the food and Ciara’s service were excellent as usual! We’ll be back soon!

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L
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

ate there on Mother's Day. Everything was fine, even though a bit noisy

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MM
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great family restaurant, good value for the amount of food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good, but I wish they served marinara sauce with the gnocchi Parmesan. It was good but way too garlicky.
My husband has the calzone and added sausage and pepperoni, again although good, it seemed like the meet was very minimal.

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B
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Delicious authentic Italian food. Very attentive and friendly service.

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KA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great, she was quickly to the table when we were seated; service was quick; food was hot; wine was delicious. Server (sorry i don't remember her name) was personable and was back at the table asking if we needed anything. We never had to ask for water or the check. Fantastic meal and service.
I had the Neapolitan Sauce with Angel Hair Pasta, perfection!

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DS
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nicolosi's has been a family favorite in San Diego for 50+ years with delicious Sicilian style pizzas, torpedo sandwiches, antipasto salads and entrees. Casual, friendly atmosphere, very nice, pleasant staff. Busy during typical lunch and dinner times, so make a reservation with OpenTable.

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RD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We celebrated our daughters birthday. Had a great a time and good food. Our server was terrific. Not neglectful & not hovering just right. A great place for a family get together.

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M
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

So disappointing... this is a neighborhood restaurant that we have been going to for 20 years. But since the change in ownership it has been disappointing. We hadn't been in a while and we thought lets give it a try again, but no, we will not be back. Hostess said a few minute wait (we arrived early). After 15 minutes and many people sat before us, checked in with her, she said a few minutes again. Then we were seated. Waitress did not greet right away, but eventually made her way to us. We ordered wine, salad and an appetizer. When apps arrived we ordered our dinners. However, waitress never returned to check on us for 30 minutes. No, how's your food or water refills. No bread was ever delivered. She was no where to be seen. Finally saw her and caught her attention, we asked about our dinners, she said they had a large party and kitchen was backed up. No offer to bring bread or refill waters. We had to ask for water refill. Finally dinners were delivered so late at this point. All that time to wait for a bowl of fettuccini and angel hair pasta. Food was okay, fettuccini very bland. Angel hair was good. Almost 2 hours later we were ready to go. Overheard the couple behind us cancel their dinners because it was taking too long and asked for check for their appetizers and drinks. So it wasn't just us. I understand when a kitchen gets backed up, but I expect the service to not end. Check in with us and let us know whats going on, bring bread, refill the water. Just don't ignore us and hope we don't notice. Needless to say we will not be back. Sorry Nicolosi's we tried.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We are regulars and were disappointed with our server. Walked by multiple times without greeting us. She was very short with us almost annoyed that we came in for dinner. It was just disappointing from a service standpoint. The food was however excellent and friendly host staff.

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RI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Made a reservation on Open Table, come to find out when arriving at the restaurant that Open Table reservations do not go/show up at the restaurant. I was told that it goes to the owner??? What good is that when I show up at the restaurant and they have no record of my reservation!!!!

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K
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the service and ambience and the food was amazing!!!

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MR
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

They put all diners into one area until they had to expand to the other side of the room. The conversations from the two tables by us were inescapable. Our waitress Roxanne bordered on abrupt. The sweet marinara, as it’s described in the menu, is in fact, noticeably sweet.

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MR
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Staff said they don’t get or see the open table reservations - the boss checks them later. Doesn’t that make a reservation pretty useless?

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P
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Mistakenly thought the Groupon was good for the lunch specials. But that was all right, We ordered a meat lover's pizza to go. The lasagna lunch special was just ok, but the pizza was fabulous. It was loaded with meat. Delicious! Will definitely go back there for pizza.

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EH
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

We've eaten here before, but this was a bad experience. The service was absolutely terrible. The waitress did comp us the wine, but because of such a negative experience we do not plan to return. Never understood what the hostess was trying to tell us about Open Table, but we never got the 100 points although she said we would.

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BM
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. They don’t have an OpenTable reservation kiosk so I’m not sure how points are calculated.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Took a long time to be served

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Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my sister's birthday here. We were a party of 7. The service was amazing. Roxanne anticipated our every need and was always available. The bread was soft inside and crusty outside. My favorite. The other entrees such as the Hawaiian pizza, eggplant parmigiana, and gnocchi parmesan were good choices. Roxanne gave us Italian doughnuts with raspberry and chocolate sauces to end our celebration. It was very kind and thoughtful.

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k
San Diego
61 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious: bruschetta was tasty; baked ravioli great especially the marinara, and angel hair terrific.

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EO
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had lasagna and the small antipasto salad and both were delicious!

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YS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Antipasto is a favorite. Pizza is a savory experience. Toppings are plentiful and the baked crunchy pepperoni leaves you coming back for more. Warm homemade bread gives the welcoming touch. Desserts are a must... leave room, especially for the cannoli.

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OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Brought family from out of town

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, very nice. Took too long to get my meatball and then it was cold.

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M
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were hopeful to find an Italian restaurant in our neighborhood. The staff is polite, but we did have to wait for our server to greet us because she was in a lengthy conversation with one of the other two groups of diners. Food was okay (good mozerrella), hot, and plentiful. The restauarant was very bright and reminded us of a diner. It was a bit pricey for pasta so we will stick to their pizza carry out.

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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I remember my Mom loving this restaurant (at the old location). Was not impressed. Would not go to either location again.

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OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We regrettably had to leave early, as I took ill. I did enjoy the service for the brief time that we were there.

The staff was very understanding when we explained our circumstances. I will be returning to finish our meal.

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c
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was a little slow, server had to be reminded several times about drinks or things we asked for

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Mackenzie was awesome and very friendly!

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GT
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation, but had to wait about 15 minutes to be seated (even though there were empty tables available.) It seemed to take forever for all aspects of the meal, from the server initially getting to our table, getting our appetizers, & finally our entrees (which we received one hour after our arrival.) My pasta was tasty, but not hot. Though our server was very friendly, it was overshadowed by the very slow service.

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OT
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2016
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the new location. Service was great even though someone was being trained at the time. I always get pizza when I go there, and I want to try the pasta next time. I'm happy they have options for vegetarians too.

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BD
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasant family dining experience. We shared the generous and delightful antipasti salad, followed by a flavorful ministroni soup then an entrée of the chicken penne pesto. Service was friendly, helpful and timely.

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SD
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised when we ate at this neighborhood restaurant on a Monday night. The restaurant was busy and the service was a little slower than it should have been, but our server was very pleasant and explained that they were busier than usual that night. The entrees came with a small salad, which was just the right size and we all liked our entrees: chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan and spaghetti, all good size portions and well prepared. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and restaurant was decorated to give a homey, comfortable feeling. Definitely worth repeating.

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DN
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good pizza, friendly service. Nice family style Italian restaurant. Will visit again!

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DN
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

pizza was very good, antipasto salad was larger than most places, service was very attentive. a great experience.

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S
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with a friend and was blown away. Started with the buffalo calamari and couldn't believe how good it was. Will def need to try it again. I had the eggplant parm and it was delicious. Very generous portion and the sauce went very well with the eggplant. I even liked the garden salad which came with it.
Food aside, we had a wonderful waitress and she was very attentive and personable. I'm looking forward to my next trip there.

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E
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2015
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

It's like a family restaurant, but based on Italian food. Good prices,awesome employees, better than olive garden!

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