Catania

4.8
1239 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.)

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 1239 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location and the food was delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and i

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite Italian restaurant full stop. Everything I have here is delicious. A lot of restaurants I go to some things maybe excellent some not so much. Here everything is consistently delicious.

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RevitalH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, nice place good service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and experience

JB
JeffB
London
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great. Our server was excellent. Crude really good. Risotto excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food was really good and the ambiance is amazing!

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LisaR
Grand Rapids
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I are on vacation in San Diego for our Anniversary and went to Catania for dinner. It was exceptional in every way. The atmosphere was intimate and airy as it’s located on the roof. We had a seat by the railing overlooking La Jolla and our waiter was very knowledgeable and brought the menu to life in his very detailed explanation of each dish. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees and everything was very unique and delicious. We would both whole heartedly recommend this to everyone in the area.

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davids
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was decent! We each had the pizza.other. Purple had pizza and a pasta dish! Food was good nothing that made you say woo I need to come back for this dish! 10 oz beer pours. Others had mixed drinks and wine and said they were good. Nice atmosphere on the deck

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food made just the way we like it. Custom made for me, as always, as I am vegan. Been there many many times and they have never ever failed me with either delicious food or good service. Thank you

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Catania is the closest you’ll come to a dinning experience in Tuscany.
Steve and his excellent staff are a huge part of this.
I like eating at the bar or a high top with a view as the sun sets. Make a reservation
Everything on the menu is good but you must try the Crispy Octopus!
And finish with Nutella Semifreddo.
I can’t wait to come back

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always! Sad to not see the peach/prosciutto bruschetta on the menu but it is a seasonal item after all. Fresh and delicious memo options keeps me coming back — oh and those homemade pastas are such a treat!

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EncinitasSus
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Fabulous cocktails, foccaccia. Delicious seasonal salad and the best freshly made pasta. Don't forget to split a dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
43 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was delicious but pretty high-priced for what it is and the 3.95% surcharge that is added on top as a "statement" about the rising minimum wage in CA pushes this beyond what I would consider a good value. The drinks were imaginative and tasty, server was excellent, very attentive and super friendly.

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vipdavidl
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The good reviews led us to this place. Love the casual open-air setting. I tried their salmon special. One of the best I have ever had. Cooked perfectly and an incredible cut of fish. Our waiter was very busy, yet, he offered excellent suggestions and treated us very nice. When they didn't have the dessert we ordered, they offered a sampler of three desserts for the same price. We were getting tired of paying outrageous amounts for so-so food. This place is the opposite. Good value for incredible food. We are absolutely going back.

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DeborahH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We dined here for our 30th anniversary. The menu offered a fresh approach to Italian cuisine, and we will definitely be back.

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vipnaturalgourmet
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good pizza and octopus !
Liked the Nutella semifreddo

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RaymondV
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ample balcony space that takes advantage of the cool evenings. Beyond ambiance, the food is spectacular. Homemade pasta (any of them) was delicious. I’ll go back to try the rest of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, exceptional service and wonderful atmosphere! Kale salad and Crudo were extraordinary. Make sure you consider the ‘Cucina Sixer’ on the dessert menu where for only a few dollars you can buy a six pack for the kitchen staff. Completely worth hearing the cheers from the kitchen shortly after your order is taken.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great waitperson
Excellent mushroom pizza!!!!

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vipBDaysX2
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always satisfied coming here and our celebration was complete thank you everyone! We always love tipping the kitchen!

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vipljresident
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Catania is always first rate, but our pasta dishes were not up to par last night? May have been a different chef as we always get the bucatini amatriciana and it was missing something and the linguini and clams was buttery, which was odd. They treated us so nicely as it was our anniversary - was surprised by the inconsistency of the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Order the Focaccia bread!!! 🤤

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DornB
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tables were not as far apart as advertised. Good, not great food.

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bevre12
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time trying Catania. Very busy Friday night. Food and Service were very good.

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JonK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Greeted and seated quickly with a view.
Had the grilled octopus which prepared nicely with a bit of spice.
The green salad with lemon dressing and shaved
parm/regg hit the spot. Order 2 pizzas. Margherita which had well balance flavors and the Wild Mushroom which knocked it out of the park.
Nice selection of beer on tap (Allagash) and decent wine list. We will return for sure and are anxiously awaiting when the menu gets extended.

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NancyC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time visit, celebrating an anniversary. Staff was informed and gracious, making sure the evening was special. The food was outstanding! We will recommend to others and definitely make plans for a return visit.

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DHH1
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food & excellent/friendly service! Will definitely go again next time I go to La Jolla!

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vipdaniel
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always wonderful neighborhood gem.

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vipCherylW
Kansas City
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven't been to Catania, you are missing out...

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Candolina
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to eat in La Jolla, outside but above the street so nobody walks past while you're eating. ..varied menu...tasty.

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vipSanDiegobag
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Catania is a lovely spot to watch the sunset. We enjoyed our meal sitting on the patio. Our server was very good. The food was fine. The music, which was a bit too techno and too loud, gave the impression that the restaurant is trying to be a club. The demographic at the time we were there (7:15pm arrival) was mixed with a good dose of 50+. As we were leaving it appeared younger people were coming in. Next time I'll try another La Jolla restaurant that isn't trying to be a club.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for dinner and the sunset! Really good food and even better service!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular meal and service!!!! One of my favorite spots in the world!!
KF

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10 out of 10 dinner. Perfect location. Amazing staff and waitress. We had so much fun and food was so good. Will definitely go back!

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StephenG
Milwaukee
20 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Peaceful place with view. Waitress were very pleasant. Food was amazing!

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Robert
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very tasty, but portions are small and prices elevated. Our waitress was exceptionally knowledgeable. Will return.

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ThomasDigitalNomad
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time in a row at la Catania and I am still amazed by this place. The view is awesome, I love the design of the roof top and probably one of the best food so far in San Diego. Will be back as soon as I can !

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KristaB
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about our experience was outstanding! The food was exceptional, the pacing between courses was absolutely perfect, and the views/ambiance was perfect for a date night but also casual enough for a gathering of friends/family. We enjoyed the Garden salad, Arancini, Aglio E Olio, Tagliatelle, and the Blackberry Peach Crostata. 10/10 would definitely return and highly recommend!!!

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jrad
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant, one of a kind. Halfway through the dinner, my family and I already committed to returning. The food was lites amazing and the staff was super friendly, intelligent and very helpful!

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Catania is rated 4.8 stars by 1239 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.