Catania

4.8
1223 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 1223 people are saying
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vipdavidl
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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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RaymondV
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
7 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
34 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
17 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here to celebrate my wife’s birthday and the wonderful people at Catania made our night one to remember! Everything from my wife’s name printed on the menu, the beautiful backdrop of a La Jolla sunset, and food was well worth the price.

Friendly staff, great recommendations on food and drinks and everything paired so well together. The Crudo was the perfect balance of zesty, fresh, sweet & savory. My wife LOVED her shrimp risotto and my Duck Sugo was amazing! The Nutella Semifreddo for dessert was decadent, especially when accompanied with the espresso martinis. To cap it off, they brought out an extra dessert and candle on the house!

We will be coming back again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything from food and service was amazing It’s just that the pasta we ordered sounded better on the menu than what we actually got which was like basic spaghetti but the pizza was amazing! I would definitely come back though for sure! Great authentic taste.

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Maddie
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it here! We had incredible service, a great evening with spectacular food and drinks. The view was stunning and we loved it! Highly recommend.

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CorinE
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was excellent and although I didn't catch our waiter's name, he did a wondeful job. The food is certainly on the pricier side but you can really taste the care put into its creation. I only wish I had room for dessert after the pasta but I guess I'll have to try it another day.

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DavidI
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The crude was amazing. Dined there for my wife’s birthday and we were treated exceptionally well. Will definitely return in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in San Diego. The octopus app is splendid!

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ArnaudC
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Despite the Panna Cotta having been taken out of the desert menu, another great experience... Thank you Brigitte!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always incredible, and the patio at sunset couldn’t be more picturesque! A hidden gem in La Jolla. One of our favorite restaurants in all San Diego!

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Chloe
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every staff is super friendly and nice, and great quality of Italian Pizza and Pasta.

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LoreneL
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special seating, recognition:). Food is AMAZING!

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vipEater13
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for consistently making our dining experience at Catania so fun, so enjoyable and so delicious. The service is great - personable, consistent and just enough. The food is always delicious. The grilled octopus was especially good last night. And, we love the seasonal pasta dish - sweet corn stuffed pasta packets. Previously, we have enjoyed the butternut squash version.
We were there to celebrate my friend’s birthday, but we pretty much always choose Catania for our night out. A special thank you to the hostess for seating us at the high top table and for Ryan for an excellent evening.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Focaccia was delicious!

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RenaAK2662
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Catania after initially booking another more classic Italian restaurant in San Diego. We celebrated my son’s birthday and we were not disappointed. Our drinks were great. My son thoroughly enjoyed the IPA with a hint of orange, grapefruit and mango. The duck liver crostini appetizer is outstanding. The extra large portion is great for sharing or to bring some home for lunch. It’s just as fabulous the next day. The pasta was incredible. The shrimp on my dish was cooked to perfection, not something I find in many restaurants. The Nutella semifreddo came with a candle and finished off the meal with just the right touch. We will be going back to this gem.

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vipBeansky
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

. Food and service were great.

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vipLindy
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent food and service every time we go!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Food was 4/10 at best had the restaurants duck signature dish that the waiter recommended and what I got was not up to par, the worst part is you have to make reservations days in advance to get in and your left with a worse food experience than Applebee’s

FAQs

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

Catania is rated 4.8 stars by 1223 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.