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Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana, San Diego, CA

Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana

4.1
4.1
302 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Experience a taste of Rome Italy in San Diego at Cacio e Pepe, where traditional Italian Roman cuisine takes center stage. Our dishes are crafted authentically using Italian ingredients, spices, and techniques, offering everything from the classic Cacio e Pepe to Roman-style pizza. Immerse yourself in the ambiance that reflects the essence of Rome and Italian culture.
Join us for dinner Tuesday to Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm and indulge in our weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 2 pm.
Don't miss our unique selections of wines and delicious cocktails to complement your dining experience.
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Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday | 9 am - 2:00 pm

Dinner
Tuesday - Thursday | 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Closed Monday Night!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 255-9895
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alberto Morreale
  • Private party facilities
    For events, please contact our event department at events@alba-restaurantgroup.com
  • Neighborhood
    North Park
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Offers

  • 🍷 Complimentary welcome drink

    Apr 11 - Apr 17, 2024
    Sun - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM,Tue - Sat - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    🍷 Special Offer: Complimentary welcome drink with every OpenTable reservation from April 11-17. To make your first visit extra special, we're offering a complimentary welcome drink to everyone who makes a reservation through OpenTable from April 11th to April 17th. It's our way of saying "Grazie" for embarking on this culinary journey with us. 📌 Reserve now for an authentic Italian dining adventure. Let's make memories that last a lifetime.

What 302 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

302 Reviews
  1. FrankE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely loved my dinner at Cacio e Pepe! The Bucatini Cacio e Pepe was perfectly creamy with just the right touch of black truffle. The ambiance truly makes you feel like you’re dining in Italy, and the staff couldn’t be friendlier!

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  2. AntonioB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a gem! Had the Pollo Cacciatore, and it was to die for rich flavors and perfectly tender. Sitting in the cozy, Italian-inspired setting, I felt so welcomed by the warm staff. Can't wait to return!

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  3. FrazerF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a must-visit! The Bruschetta alla Romana was fresh and tasty, and the Linguini Zozzona was rich and satisfying. Combined with the lovely Italian decor and friendly faces, it’s a total winner!

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  4. MarwaD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at Cacio e Pepe is always a treat! The Tortino di patate e pancetta started the meal off right, and the Tonnarelli cozze, pesto e pomodorini was a standout dish. The Italian charm of the restaurant is just irresistible.

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  5. MatteoG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you're looking for authentic Italian cuisine, look no further. The Fritto di Pesce was superb, and the restaurant’s decor transported me straight to Italy. Plus, everyone was so welcoming!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing, it is beautifully decorated, and the staff was amazing!

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  7. VMC101

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. For being open 2 days, this place is going to be a success.

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  8. JuanPerz

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Cacio e Pepe was an unforgettable experience. The restaurant's decor and vibe are stunning, truly reminiscent of a cozy trattoria in Italy. The Pollo cacciatore was a highlight, perfectly cooked with a delicious blend of herbs and spices. We also loved the classic charm of the Mozzarella in carrozza. The service was impeccable, with staff who genuinely care about your experience. Highly recommended for a special night out!
    Cacio E Pepe Trattoria RomanaResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Cacio e Pepe. It is always our goal to bring a little piece of Italy to our guests through our food and ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another delicious meal and a great time. Grazie mille!

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  9. AlbertT

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a spectacular dining experience at Cacio e Pepe! The restaurant exudes a warm, Italian charm that is both inviting and elegant. We jumped in the Filetto di branzino al Forno and the Insalata di Polpo, both of which were impeccably prepared and bursting with flavors. The staff was not only professional but also incredibly funny, enhancing our dining experience. This restaurant stands out as a beacon of Italian food in North Park.
    Cacio E Pepe Trattoria RomanaResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Cacio e Pepe. It is always our goal to bring a little piece of Italy to our guests through our food and ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another delicious meal and a great time. Grazie mille!

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  10. Alex

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dinner at Cacio e Pepe was an unforgettable experience. The restaurant's decor and vibe are stunning, truly reminiscent of a cozy trattoria in Italy. The Pollo cacciatore was a highlight, perfectly cooked with a delicious blend of herbs and spices. We also loved the classic charm of the Mozzarella in Carrozza. The service was impeccable, with staff who genuinely care about your experience. Highly recommended for a special night out!
    Cacio E Pepe Trattoria RomanaResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Cacio e Pepe. It is always our goal to bring a little piece of Italy to our guests through our food and ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another delicious meal and a great time. Grazie mille!

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  11. Giuseppe

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stepping into Cacio e Pepe is like a mini vacation to Rome. The ambiance is wonderfully authentic, making you feel as though you've wandered into a charming Roman neighborhood. The staff are exceptionally welcoming and attentive. We tried the Bucatini Cacio e Pepe and the Carciofi alla giudea. Both dishes were TOP, offering a perfect blend of traditional flavors. This place is a gem for anyone seeking a genuine Italian dining experience.
    Cacio E Pepe Trattoria RomanaResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed your experience at Cacio e Pepe. It is always our goal to bring a little piece of Italy to our guests through our food and ambiance. We look forward to welcoming you back soon for another delicious meal and a great time. Grazie mille!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a lovely, authentic Italian spot in NP! Hands down the best artichokes I've ever had, and great service - thank you for a wonderful experience, can't wait to come back and try more from the menu.

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  13. JillB

    San Diego

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband had the crepes. Compared to my Mexican dish - order the crepe

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  14. Blair

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I came here with my family Saturday night after an event. Had reservations, and after we sat down, 15 minutes passed and no one came to say hello or take our order. We had 2 kids and I'm pretty sure our kids threw them for a loop. We won't be coming back anytime soon.

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  15. KenP

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Many items out. Weird unpleasant smell from incense I think.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience wonderful food and amazing service …. Best of restaurant week thank you The Seventh House … I know you are changing things up hope the amazing food and amazing people who work there will still be there !!! Xoxo

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Wow what a mess. Such a mess… lost for words! Don’t waste your time

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was delicious, would definitely go back, soon before they star renovating

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great experience here. The ambience was beautiful.

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  20. Khamphone

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful decor all around from the ceiling to the bathroom. Decent amount of tables and seats. I highly recommend reservation so you can secure your spot. It took a while for our waiter to come around and ask for our orders. Once we ordered, the food came out at a decent time. The drinks were just okay, I had a Cadillac margarita and my friend ordered an Arnold Palmer. Now for the Food rating I ordered the lobster Benedict: consisted of lobster cake, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce, caviar and potatoes. The Benedict and potatoes were cooked perfectly, it was crispy on the outside then yet soft on the inside. It was delicious. 9 out of 10. Don’t break my huevos: consisted of slow-braised short rib, soft polenta, two poached eggs and fine herbs. The short rib melted in your mouth, had great flavor and polenta was soft. 8 out of 10 Vanilla bean French toast: consisted of berries, vanilla ice cream and caramelized pecans. Presentation was beautiful, I wish they out the ice cream on the side because it melted very quickly onto the French toast. Other than that, it was delicious. 7 out of 10.

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  21. Pinman

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe. Mediocre food. Tarot reader was great.

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  22. Katherine

    Cork

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, delicious drinks, an incredible staff, a beautifully decorated & fun atmosphere .... with very positive vibes !

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  23. JulieP

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice ambiance, service was good, waitstaff was quite attentive. Food was just not good. Really wanted to like it but just didn’t. Cauliflower purée on both dishes was cold and pasty. Charred corn was cold, not even lukewarm. Just cold. Mushrooms were just fried mushrooms. No sauce. Dry and bland. Quinoa salad was lackluster. Burger was meh. Cocktails were nice.

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  24. dfdfd

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    It was incredibly loud and I had mentioned that it was my father's birthday and they never even brought it up or brought him a birthday cake but it didn't matter because I wanted to get out because I couldn't think with how loud it was

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  25. Michelle

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    They took forever to take our order for drinks and food. The chairs were dirty. The waiter was rude. The music was extremely loud. I had to leave because my toddler couldn’t handle it. Everyone else in my party stayed and they said the food was okay.

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  26. Jordan

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Way too loud, they very much need some sound padding. Difficult to have a conversation over dinner. Service was very slow and disorganized.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and menu selections. Getting your bill can be a bit of a wait.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I didn’t mind waiting to be sat past our reservation time as it was Valentine’s Day. We did not receive our drinks (2 house wines) until 30 mins after being sat. Had to request silverware 5-10 mins after entrees came out, and server forgot about us for most of the night. Everything felt very rushed. tables nearby had similar issues. The vibe was cool there and I’d love to go back when it’s not as busy. The food was pretty good.

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  29. ChristopherC

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very fun atmosphere and delicious food. Reasonably priced.

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  30. WHATtheFERCH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We decided to celebrate Valentine's Day at the place where we had our first date. They had a great prix fixe menu where it was $100 per couple (without drinks), which was a great deal. We had a choice of two appetizers (lobster bisque and a baby kale salad), a coconut shrimp appetizer, and you could choose the entrees from a Surf & Turf, Stuffed Salmon, and a chicken dish. Plus you had a choice of two desserts (a chocolate mousse and a strawberry... um something (we got the chocolate). We love the ambiance here and it was really cute how they decked it all out for Valentine's. They moved the usual tarot card reader from the 'cage' (you'll know what I'm talking about if you've been) to near the huge mural of the tarot card. Most of the food was really good. If we were to rank it, it'd probably be the steak, the lobster bisque, the coconut shrimp, the mousse, the stuffed salmon and the baby kale salad. This doesn't include the chocolate fountain bites they had set up that we were able to pull from. We spent a good two hours there enjoying the ambiance and people-watching. I'm sure we'll be back again.

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  31. Lauren

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I would say that this is a very great restaurant for the pictures, but otherwise it leaves much to be desired. The food was okay - our calamari was overcooked, the steak chewy, and limoncello was not very lemonish. I would suggest just going in for pictures, a cocktail, and truffle fries.

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  32. SMD445

    Orange County

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant has a great vibe, friendly staff, good food. We'll definitely go back.

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  33. Brit

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a reservation. They still had us wait while they sat everyone else. The bartender was kind enough to offer a glass of free champagne as we waited over 20 mins for our table. I ordered a short rib sandwich, they said they ran out of short rib. So I said I’ll take a steak sandwich, and they said okay. Then they brought me a sandwich and said “he had a little short rib left over!” And gave me a sandwich of short rib MIXED with steak. I didn’t even realize it until halfway through my meal. Not a good decision when I already agreed to take the steak. Please don’t mix meats. The fries were delicious though, I will say that. I don’t think I’d intentionally return here.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice vibe. Friendly staff. Good food and drinks. I would go back again.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good however service could’ve been better. Our reservation was at 7:30 and didn’t leave until 9:30 because service was really slow.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    This place is supposed to be French American but none of the food was. Very disappointed on the quality of food and the was it was cooked. I ordered a medium rare filet mignon, and it came in well done and burned on the outside. When I complained, our server was very nice and ordered another one but the second one still came in, burned on the outside and medium rare on the inside the burned marked on the steak a very bitter taste, that overkill the flavor of the steak. Everything else we had ordered was gross and definitely not a 4 1/2 star restaurant quality. I don’t recommend this place for anyone and I will not be going back either.

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  37. Wheeeeee

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Talked to the Seventh Manager and let them know it was a special occasion for my wife. I understand it’s not their obligation to be positive or acknowledge the moment but it would have been classy. That was not in their wheelhouse. The other part that was weird was the tarot card reader charged one of our party more than the other. It was awkward to say the least.

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  38. JonD

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and service. Got a bit loud in the back, but overall fairly easy to chat. The chicken enchiladas were to die for!

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  39. KimberlyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The poblano crepe was amazing. Loved the atmosphere. Will definitely be back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious! Specially the octopus 👌🏼 Ambience was perfect! 👍

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FAQs

Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-9895.

Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana is rated 4.1 stars by 302 OpenTable diners.

Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cacio E Pepe Trattoria Romana

2835 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2928

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    North Park
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Sicilian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alberto Morreale
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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