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Catania, San Diego, CA

Catania

4.8
4.8
1437 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Inspired by an Italy road-trip Chef Ryan and I (Arturo) took back in 2008, we’re pleased to introduce Catania, the newest member of the Whisknladle Hospitality family. Here, we’ll be featuring simple, seasonal and authentic Italian Coastal Cuisine (None of the Italian version of TexMex you see most other places). Our commitment to authenticity will be evident in our use of wood burning ovens and grills, an all Italian wine list as well as an exclusively craft Italian Beer program. (Yes, Italy has an amazing craft beer movement nobody’s heard about.)

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 551-5105

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Johnston

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re planning a party or a meeting, enjoy the attentive service and personalized touches that take the average private dining experience to the next level with Whisknladle Hospitality. With four restaurants to choose from & a wide selection of menu options, the possibilities are endless. Email events@wnlhosp.com for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Rudolf: (619) 415-7101

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Cross street

    Girard and Wall

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,437 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Italian

  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. E

    Evfyb

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service. Above and beyond. And food was delicious, as always!
  2. J

    Joan

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love your restaurant food is an excellent & an elevated experience! We have been enjoying your food since you opened and we are thrilled that you are open for lunch on weekends
  3. S

    Sandiegans

    San Diego

    111 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it. I’m picky. Nothing to complain about. Our waiter was smart and helpful. The food was special. It’s a wonderful choice.
  4. h

    henryh

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, ambiance. Good wine choices, although not a large list.
  5. a

    anonymous

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Interesting menu and an easy walk from local hotels in La Jolla Village.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food Easy parking Great service Will be back again and again!
  7. RB

    RedondoBeach

    Los Angeles

    74 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    74 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The location was wonderful. We sat on the patio overlooking the sea close to sunset. The food was fantastic. The best I’ve had in ages. we started with the duck liver Cristini. Can’t say anything bad about it. The bread was wonderful, the duck liver very tasty with jam and nuts what a wonderful combination. Next we had the duck and porcini mushroom Pasta. The sauce was so fabulous, we needed focaccia bread to make sure we got every bite. The focaccia bread was fantastic. And if that was not enough, we ended with limoncello sorbet. And there was a wonderful little wafer cookie in the sorbet. what a fabulous end. All the weight staff and all the staff were wonderful.
  8. MS

    MargieS

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Catania was a lovely experience. We started with an Aperol Spritz which was refreshing and delicious. My friend and I shared the summer salad, a wild mushroom pizza and an interesting pork cheek pasta. The food was very good. Our waitress was excellent and the staff and service in general at Catania seem above average. I had requested a table on the balcony when I made my reservation and our table and view were superb. My only complaint was that I had previewed the menu on line and was very psyched to try a few dishes that were not on the current menu. It looks like the issue is already resolved as the on line menu was updated today. Overall, an excellent dining experience and we will be back!
  9. P

    Pitztop

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an amazing experience. I'm conflicted to write how wonderful this place is, because once everyone reads it, it will be tough to get a reservation. But the owner and staff deserve to be recognized. My wife and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary here and we'll remember it for the rest of our lives. We always come here on special occasions, and have never been disappointed. We come for many reasons. 1) the great views of La Jolla and the ocean, 2) sitting at the high top tables on the patio is fun to "people watch", 3) the food combinations here are amazing and like no other you'll find in a traditional Italian restaurant, and most important, 4) the staff is so friendly and well trained. We had exceptional service again, this time from Valerie and Keven, some of the nicest, yet professional, wait staff we've ever met. Their bar is also great, and they offer top shelf liquor, not the cheap stuff. If you don't want to be in the sun, the interior décor is beautiful and still a wonderful atmosphere too. Please book this place, you won't regret it.....just....don't book it when I want to go there!
  10. BB

    BlaynB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The Salad and the Crudo was to die for....not to mention the Arranchera. Our server was excellent. What a great way to spend a Father's Day lunch with my daughter. Thanks so much!!!
  11. C

    Clementine

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Father’s Day lunch
  12. RN

    RebeccaN

    Yosemite

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food, excellent wine, kind staff, with a lovely view
  13. g

    goldcoasteater

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just had such a fun lunch there celebrating my birthday. Food and staff were wonderful. Couldn’t be any better!
  14. MS

    MarkS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We discovered Catania last year and were very impressed. So we made it a point to return this year. The ambiance of the ocean view in the background and the people action on the Lajolla Cove streets down below is inviting. But to match, the level of customer attention and quality and taste of our dishes made it the best and favorite of our holiday. It will now be a staple among our places to go in the Cove.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Victoria was an outstanding professional. She set the tone for our entire night. She’s warm, upbeat, genuinely loves people and it shows. We are Bay Area residents and love San Diego. We will return for the hospitality and incredible gastronomy! What a treat. Don’t ever stop making the blackberry and burrata pizza! The chili oil is otherworldly! 100% foodie restaurant. ❤️
  16. v

    valerieh

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    After two visits this has become a favorite place. The food is exceptional, wonderful combination of flavors and super fresh ingredients. The staff is outstanding, friendly, knowledgeable and attentive.
  17. CK

    CynthiaK

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catania’s wild mushroom pizza is amazing. So is the new summer pasta, artichoke agnolotti.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner, they set me up with the best views and service! Food and drinks were amazing
  19. S

    Sophia

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and excellent food. The alla portofino pasta was the highlight of our evening as well as the Cinque Alarme cocktail.
  20. CM

    CarolineM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catena never disappoints. We had a celebration dinner for my son’s UCSD Graduation and it was wonderful. Service is excellent and the food is outstanding. Hard to decide what to get as everything on the menu is delicious.
  21. S

    Sharon

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Service and people working at the restaurant go above and beyond. Nice location. Kitchen produces subpar meals. Oily pasta dish that wasn’t balanced. Salad was lacking any imagination. Won’t be returning.
  22. BR

    BenR

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is always outstanding. It’s too bad we were seated next to crying babies and toddlers for our anniversary.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Dinner was pretty good. We got the steak for two and it could have fed 3 people. Everything was cooked perfectly. The halibut was delicious too but got cold fast and the lemon butter sauce was thick and gooey already. The only big complaint with the food was the pasta. A little too al dente for me and again only warm to cold. I like hot food. The flourless chocolate cake is very rich and dense, which I enjoyed the cream to help balance. The atmosphere was very surprising as I am only 40 and love the music they played but thought it was quite loud and inappropriate for the setting.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way!!! What a special Anniversary Celebration! Seriously the BEST LIMONCELLO we have had since being in the Cinque Terre!!!
  25. HD

    HannaD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Had a early 4:45 pm dinner on Memorial Day weekend for 4 people. The host was very friendly. The waitress had great cocktail suggestions.
  26. LM

    LynseeM

    Seattle

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service, and wine!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my best meals in recent memory, and definitely the favorite of my week in La Jolla. Came solo on a business trip and felt like a special guest. Beautiful view, lovely service, and amazing food.
  28. C

    Csquared

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We had a great evening at Catania! I highly recommend this restaurant for a fun night out. There is a variety of food and the wine/cocktail/mocktail list is fantastic!
  29. LC

    LizzieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fantastic! We saw gorgeous sunset and the they took care of our request very well. Highly recommend will go for dinner again
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lots of cackling and shouting females in either side of us. Quite noisy. The halibut, risotto and gelati were very good. Will return to look for a quieter corner.
  31. L

    Local27

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints!
  32. KK

    KarlyK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view from outside was beautiful and the food came out quickly. The servers were very attentive and the food was delicious. I would recommend this place to anyone looking to go here.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and view. Definitely recommend!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall great experience!! Highly recommend!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I’ve been here many times and I have never had a bad item.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic!
  37. CY

    ChiY

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Top notch food, drinks, ambience, and the ocean view. Here for Mother's Day for my wife. Will definitely come back.
  38. VG

    VegasGirl

    Las Vegas

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location with delicious Italian food. Pizzas are outstanding.
  39. LP

    LisaP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always wonderful! Food delicious as are the drinks. We light sitting on the outside deck. Service great!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Catania using the Order Online button.

Catania is rated 4.8 stars by 1437 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Order delivery or takeout

Delivery

  • Order online
Google Map for Catania

7863 Girard Ave Suite 301 San Diego, CA 92037

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Girard and Wall

  • Neighborhood

    La Jolla

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ryan Johnston

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (858) 551-5105

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you’re planning a party or a meeting, enjoy the attentive service and personalized touches that take the average private dining experience to the next level with Whisknladle Hospitality. With four restaurants to choose from & a wide selection of menu options, the possibilities are endless. Email events@wnlhosp.com for more info.

  • Private party contact

    Erin Rudolf: (619) 415-7101

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