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About Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse

Located in the heart of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse offers guests an experience worth dining for. A cozy outdoor patio, bustling bar and beautifully designed interior set the tone for an exceptional evening. Dry-aged prime steaks, fresh seafood and pasta are paired with a global wine selection from our expansive wine vault. Executive Chef Aliano Decka, who was born in Italy and classically trained, uses timeless techniques to prepare beautifully composed dishes presented in familiar and modern presentations.

314 5th Ave
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Friday: 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Saturday – Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
On 5th Ave. Between J & K

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 230-5475

Website:
http://www.carneprima.com/

Parking Details:
Parking Lot

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Carne Prima Italian Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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1

3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

4.2

value

3.4

Noise

Quiet

74% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (14)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Romantic (9)
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Notable Wine List (9)
Good for a Date (8)
Good for Groups (6)
Business Meals (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Cozy (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Seasonal (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
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vip
 (Charleston)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Food was excellent as was the service. Will definitely return.

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food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Best homemade pastas in the Gaslamp. In fact best Italian around. Great reserve wine menu. Slightly pricey for SD but reasonable compared to other cities. Worth a taste

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Great ambiance and service.

Tags: Cozy
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Fun patio in front to enjoy 5th street; very nice welcome by the hostess; server took great pride in his service delivery, streak and sides were very good. Overall, an enjoyable dinning option

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 4, 2017

The food was great, the service was excellent. Could not have been better.

Tags: Special Occasion, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Fun, People Watching
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 13, 2017

Ein schöner Abend - echte Italiener mit schönem italienischem Essen; man wurde nicht gehetzt, sodass man in Flair sein Essen genießen konnte.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on March 5, 2017

Bradley the bartender was excellent, Margarita our server was awesome, apps, salads & entrees were all enjoyable (ribeye was super tasty but pretty small for the price .... $66) ..... dessert left much to be desired. Ambience is really nice, "fancier" than most SD restaurants downtown, but there were only 2 other parties in house which even on a Sunday night seemed unusual. Overall, a nice restaurant with a bit of a different feel.

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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on February 14, 2017

It was Valentine's Day so fairly busy, but not overly so. Steaks were ok but nothing special, especially considering the price. 3 of us ate the NY Strip steak with one side each (and they are not shareable like other higher end steak houses) with 1 drink each and with a 20% tip the bill was $350. Very meh for the money.

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food2
ambience3
service2
value2

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Took a while to get waiter, Bug in our first drink. Our dish had missing ingredients than what stated in menu. Menu changed 2 days before. Waiter said "I should have told you". Will never go again.

Tags: Romantic
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food2
ambience3
service1
value3

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2017

The steak was delicious. Got the dry aged-ribeye and it melts in your mouth.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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food5
ambience4
service2
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 5, 2017

Great food, great service, and nice restaurant ambience.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Indiana)·Dined on January 2, 2017

We ate here after New Year's and the restaurant was out of several items, but the server told us before we decided on what to order. The bread was okay, my lasagna was good- I was only able eat half the portion.

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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food4
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We went there as a last minute New Year's Eve place for dinner. My family and I rang in the new year 2017. Out hoat Medina was amazing. Extremely friendly helpful and all around a sweetheart. Thank you Medina for making us feel welcome! The only vey small down side was the TVs weee not active for the countdown but otherwise Medina and crew made it a great party

Tags: Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Horrible.. we sat at our table for about 10 mins before walking out.. no one even stopped by to say they'd be right with us. No water or anything.. walked down to another restaurant and had a great dinner..

Tags: Seasonal
1 person found this review helpful.
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food1
ambience1
service1
value1

 
 (New England)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Service was amazing. Food was awful and cold. I had the salmon and it smelled like a sewer. Over priced and they over charged $200 on my credit card. Horrible New Years Eve experience. On a happy note, great Wine.

Tags: Notable Wine List
1 person found this review helpful.
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food1
ambience2
service5
value1

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2016

I had a 10oz filet mignon, medium rare, that was melt in my mouth delicious. Our server, Mark, recommended a sauce that was delicious, but really not necessary since the steak was so perfect.

Mark is an excellent server. Very attentive to our needs, and quite nice.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
1 person found this review helpful.
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2016

Went here after a show and everything was great. Enjoyed a great bottle of Chianti with dinner for my and son

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience4
service4
value4

vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Steaks ok, but not great for the price. Potato served barely warm. Great arugula salad starter. Great service

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food3
ambience5
service5
value3

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2016

This is the third time we have gone there, because my husband really loves carbonara and it was really good first two times we went. This time it was just fair. We live very close and really would like to continue to go to this place. However, the prices for a dish of pasta are very high and just can't justify spending that kind of money for a dish that is only okay. Not sure if we will try it again at this point.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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food3
ambience4
service4
value2

 
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Seriously great place for foodie and wino. Sea bass was amazing.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

 
 (Yosemite)·Dined on October 8, 2016

We enjoyed our dining experience in Carne Prima and the food was a bomb!👍🏻

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 20, 2016

It's nice. Not amazing.

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food4
ambience4
service5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 27, 2016

Lovely evening!

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food5
ambience5
service5
value3

 
 (Cleveland)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Absolutely awesome experience and delicious food!

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food5
ambience5
service5
value5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 24, 2016

We enjoyed a quiet dinner outside and it was very good. I enjoyed the Filet and it was cooked just right. My wife had a Pasta dish with seafood and enjoyed it as well. The waiter was very pleasant and gracious. He was prompt with anything we needed and we were very pleased with our overall experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 10, 2016

First time trying Carne Prima. We tried a wide variety of apps and entrees. You have to get a steak, they are excellent!! They rest of the food was only great. The staff was attentive and friendly. We sat outside so it was as loud as any other patio on 5th Ave.
great place for a special occasion, business dinner or a fine dinner.

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food5
ambience4
service5

 
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2016

The wait staff was exceptional! The food beyond delicious, beautifully presented, came out of kitchen HOT 😀, Best martini ever. Never felt pressured to leave after dinner, we were able to sit and visit. I would give it a $$$ instead of $$. We will definitely go back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2016

Full disclosure: I was a high-end restaurant evaluator for a number of years.
The food was outstanding. And very, very expensive. I ordered a 10-oz filet to share, which was plenty. A few more veggies than the served two small carrots and two asparagus spears would have made the plate much more attractive, for $50. The ambience was lovely and quiet. The service, however, was not ... dirty dishes were left in front of us for entirely too long. And personnel were wandering around the place ... The server was fun and sincere, although did not understand Italian. And this in an Italian special restaurant. Bon Giorno threw him ... and he was not knowledgeable about the Italian wines. The manager/owner were observed, but they did not come to our table. We felt adequately cared for, but not especially welcome. No one thanked us, or said goodbye. Would I recommend this restaurant? No. Will we return? Probably not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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food5
ambience5
service2
value1

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