Catania

4.7
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$31 to $50
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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.)
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent

LS
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food this trip was over the top. Had beef tartare and the foccicia bread with the clams and pasta. Outstanding. Definitely will repeat!

JM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great location, with good food and fun drinks. We had asked for outdoor seating, but there was a private party, so they were not able to accommodate us. I wish we had been notified before we got there, but other than that, we had a fun time.

MP
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in La Jolla. Good food, good ambiance, a little on the pricey side so a place we go for special dinners.

L
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated on the side between the terrace and the bar, to enjoy views of the patrons, the street scene and each other. A heater provided the perfect amount of heat to offset the cooler nighttime air. Our octopus appetizer was delicious. My tastebuds delighted in the Tuscan Sangiovese wine with its currant with a perfect light tannin finish. The butternut squash ravioli were flavorful. We plan on bringing friends & family here next time.

AS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful evening for my wife's birthday dinner. Views were great, meal was excellent (Swordfish for me, Bronzino for my wife).

LM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy the great food, atmosphere and especially the wonderful service we receive from all the staff, but especially Lucas and Bridgitte.

KH
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food, interesting and delicious ingredients, cooked to perfection. Attentive service. Good wine to go with. All in all, it's a place you can count on for a tasty and enjoyable meal.

LH
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food and experience was really very good. Only downside was that my cousin from overseas was visiting and ordered two different beers and they were both out of stock. They were very nice about giving him one on the house but it was disappointing that one after the other was out. I would definitely still go back & recommend this restaurant as both of our experiences have been very enjoyable otherwise.

E
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant! Amazing food, great location, outstanding staff.

I
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza I’ve ever had, similar to what I’ve had in Italy. Also a wonderful side dish of carrots with ricotta cheese that was scrumptious and more like an entree. Wonderful atmosphere and outdoor dining. Fine service and recommendations from our server. Can’t wait to return!

BD
Birmingham
27 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Found via OpenTable as we were looking for an Italian restaurant in La Jolla for my wife’s birthday. We were so pleased with the experience as the food, wine, and service were outstanding. Our waiter was very passionate about what was coming out of the kitchen and his recommendations were spot on. Will definitely be back next year.

g
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The lunch special of a full pizza with a half salad is a super deal considering the quality of all ingredients! Lunch was enjoyed very much--mushroom pizza is amazing and we got a free birthday semifreddo dessert which was SO special. Excellent service as well! Thank you Catania:)

A
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reliably excellent food- we had the clam pizza which is brilliant with the lemon juice squeezed on top, the fired octopus and the squid pasta. The pizza dough is one of the best in San Diego. This place never disappoints

R
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We have eaten here before and really enjoyed it but this time I have a couple of concerns. We had a reservation for 7 and they sat us outside without asking if that was our preference. The service felt rushed. It wasn’t a busy night but we felt like we were being rushed through the meal

MO
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, ambiance and service was all impeccable. We had the delicata squash pizza and the tagliatelle, which were both phenomenal. The hostess was delightful and the service overall was fantastic.

FF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a lovely evening, sitting on the patio watching the sunset. Two of us had pizza, the third had butternut squash ravioli, all very good. We also shared a salad with a lemon-vinaigrette dressing that was excellent. Server was efficient and attentive. I do feel the prices were a little high but not out of line compared to other similar restaurants in the area.

JS
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here on a Tuesday night and were blown away by both the food and service. Well worth a visit. Our server had the perfect balance of attentiveness and respecting our space. She was friendly and passionate about the menu. They have an option to tip the kitchen which we did. Someone from the kitchen sent us dessert and came out to thank us personally. These people understand how to run a restaurant and make you feel valued. Menu was creative, food was excellent as was the wine.

Looking forward to another visit when in San Diego.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and perfect portion sizes

AO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Awesome view. We celebrated my GF's Birthday here and had an amazing time!

LJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice view of sunset over the ocean.
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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and great atmosphere

VB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at Catania, and it was absolutely delicious! The swordfish dish, salad, grilled octopus, and wild mushroom and garlic pizza were all perfectly prepared. Highly recommended.

N
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was sweet and knowledgeable. Food was amazing and the view at sunset was gorgeous. Definitely worth the trip.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had Italian meat pizza and bruschetta, both were amazing!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends visiting!

a
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent staff and fantastic dining experience. Just wish we could have seen the view while eating at our table.

DW
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Service was on top of things. Nice wine selections and cocktails.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was excellent. Great service and very knowledgeable of the food. The atmosphere and ambiance was stellar what a beautiful sunset. Love the restaurant. When we visit La Jolla we head there. It’s a favorite of ours. The food was so delicious. The grilled peach appetizer was to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really impressed with the menu, eclectic Italian fare, great wine list. Enjoyed it very much.

PL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Not returning

OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was very nice and the food was great. 10/10

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was amazing! He didn’t rush us at all...wasn’t the typical ‘get em in and out’ that we experienced here in La Jolla...

Delicious special ravioli, and awesome midtown appetizer!

E
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friend and I each order different courses from the menu and shared. My mushroom pizza was fabulous--crust crackly with some charred spots, the filling molten and bubbly with the burrata and other cheese and intensely flavored mushrooms. Her pasta also fine, lots of flavor, the fettucini al dente. They brought us a dessert for her birthday, divinely delicious chocolate semi-freddo, so smooth and well flavored. We were able to talk easily without noisy surroundings. A most satisfying event.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food and portions for the appetizers. Main steak and risotto were on the smaller size but was pretty full by then. It was a little on the noisier side outside but all in all a good dining experience.

A
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The atmosphere is not comfortable or enjoyable for the location. Our pizza was good but the Chicken was raw almost uncooked. Prices are outrageous for the quality and quantity. Wouldn’t recommend.

PH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, amazing food. Waiter gave us great recommendations and made our night wonderful

S
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this resto. The food is superb and the dishes are unique and delish without being overly trendy. The waitstaff is experienced and professional with just the right amount of friendly conversation. The best part is the option on the menu to appreciate the kitchen with a round beers by adding 6$ to the tab. Cheers 🍻