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Catania, San Diego, CA

Catania

4.8
4.8
1573 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.)

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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Options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm 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 1,573 people are saying

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Italian

  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. MB

    MattB

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an incredible time and meal here at Catania. It’s been a place of birthdays, anniversaries, and beautiful sunsets.
  2. P

    Pedalfastersuzie

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal in a lovely setting. Service was fabulous. The pizza dough exceptional.
  3. SM

    SusanM

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and excellent service. This is our new go-to place for a night out.
  4. M

    Mode

    Orange County

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This was our second time here and it was just as good as the first time. Pizza was excellent and the duck pasta with a little chili oil was great!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. Best pasta I’ve ever had and the duck breast was delicious
  6. t

    tingi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, great service, very attentive and kind staff :) would absolutely recommend! Went here for a birthday dinner and it was an excellent idea!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mississippi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I came here on our anniversary trip. They were very friendly and extremely welcoming. They treated our anniversary just as important to them as it is us. They went above and beyond to make it special for us! On top of the great staff and environment, the food and drinks were exceptional! Definitely recommend Catania.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant in our hometown of La Jolla! Great food, great service, great ambiance!
  9. K

    Kara

    Sacramento

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always delicious and wonderful to be at Catania. One of our faves!
  10. RB

    RachelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service. Really loved the roasted cabbage appetizer! And my husband loves the crispy octopus! They gave us a special menu and champagne to celebrate our anniversary and the water was super knowledgable. Also I am gluten free and they have some pastas that can be made gluten free!
  11. JB

    JimB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best meals ever. The sauv blanc was a perfect pairing with the octopus appetizer and the scallops were amazing.
  12. l

    lvrdjw

    San Francisco

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great setting on the 2nd floor. Spaghetti and clams is delicious, pasta was al dente. Pizza crust is great.
  13. AT

    AnneT

    Orange County

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday dinner celebration at Catania. Our server Bob was incredibly professional and provided outstanding service. Each dish we tried was excellent, especially the persimmon salad and whole branzino. The dessert trio was the perfect ending to an memorable evening!
  14. EV

    EdithV

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was exceptional. She had fantastic recommendations and suggested adding gin to a non-alcoholic drink which I loved.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant. We travel 2 hours to dine here. It was our 2nd time dining here since we found this place during the pandemic. Impeccable service and authentic pasta. We tried the Diavola pizza which was best I’ve ever had. Not too spicy. The duck sugo pasta and Bucatini pasta. Both had so much flavor and not too much salt. We had the Nutella semifreddo for dessert. Only thing I didn’t like was the drizzle of balsamic vinegar and olive oil on the desert. It did not taste good
  16. BD

    BrettD

    Los Angeles

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    The restaurant is well rated. But I cook and like Italian and was very underwhelmed. The clams were literally smaller than a dime. There was nothing special about the food, the flavors, the presentation - just nothing great. Very average. The outside deck looked nice, good for a date and very busy, for sure a busy place, however the food was just marginal to me. Either the chef needs a smack back into action, or the owner is messing up his mojo, since I do see good reviews. But our nice - out entire party was disappointed. Try Marisi next to Puesto La Jolla (very good Americanized Baja Mexico food) if you want better Italian.
  17. L

    Lovewine

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, We went with our server's recommendations, and he was absolutely correct. We will return when in La Jolla again.
  18. v

    vegaseater

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We (2) had a wonderful 2 hour meal/chat. I think it’s the best Italian restaurant in LJ and it’s priced quite fairly. Service was attentive but not obsequious. We’ll be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Meal was excellent. 10/10. No notes.
  20. j

    jrad

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cantania never disappoints. Definitely a perfect go-to spot for excellent food and ambiance. You literally cannot lose with anything on the menu here.
  21. CY

    ChiY

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh, authentic food. Elegant plate presentation. Wide selection of beverages/drinks/cocktails/wines. Amazing view/ambience.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and awesome service
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    It is street parking and parking is hard to find even on a Sunday evening. One friend had the runs when she got home, but the rest of us were ok and mostly ate the same food. We had different drinks though. Maybe that is what caused it. You can substitute the pasta for your entree if you don't like it. And the menu changes. We wanted steak but it was not available that day
  24. k

    ksmrek

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, service and ambiance. Perfect way to celebrate our anniversary! 10/10 would recommend and intend to come back, next time we're in town.
  25. S

    Shamysharr

    Seattle

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Overall, experience was ok. I dined for lunch with a friend. Service staff was friendly but a little delayed in attentiveness due to what seemed to be lack of staff. Wine selection great and our appetizer fantastic. My dish arrived over salted and so I had to send back. My friend finished her meal by the time my corrected one arrived which made for an unpleasant and awkward experience. A party was seated next to us that was so loud they drowned out our conversation so we left. Overall, it fell flat for obvious reasons which was disappointing as they were given Michelin recognition in 2019. I’m from another city and won’t likely go back.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Our waitress was absolutely incredible - a wonderful experience!!
  27. ND

    NicoleD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Catania has easily become one of our La Jolla favorites.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly wonderful experience. Lovely restaurant design, great staff, very friendly and made the dinner special. We’ll be back!
  29. CD

    CarolynD

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a party of 6, celebrating 2 birthdays. Valerie was our server and she was AMAZING! We all agreed that the food was outstanding and the service was the best ever! We loved the branzino, the roasted cauliflower appetizer, the semi Freddo, the drinks, everything was OUTSTANDING! Catania is my very favorite restaurant and I think everyone in our party left, with a feeling of wanting to return soon! Thank you for making our night really special!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cauliflower appetizer, mushroom pizza, butternut squash ravioli = awesome.
  31. EJ

    EcondidoJohn

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a new place for us but it is definitely worth repeat business. I had the crispy octopus and it was spicy and delicious. My wife had salad and the Margarita Pizza. Also yummy. We are coming back for my birthday in 2 weeks. The view of the ocean is also nice.
  32. ML

    MsLPV

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    All of our drinks and food were absolutely delicious. It's been a while (pandemic) since we've come to Catania, but we missed it, and this visit with out of town friends did not disappoint. Flavors were varied and plentiful. Serving sizes were just right. Service was fun and attentive. We'll be back soon.
  33. MD

    MikeD

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Great location, great food, would recommend to anyone looking for Italian.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, great service, great food.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Italy has come to LKolla
  36. SS

    StephanieS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent food and service. This has become our "go to" place for guests!
  37. P

    Piero

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    Went here for my wife's birthday. We were a group of 3 including our 3 years old son. We really liked the location. The view from the outdoor terrace are great. The service was very quick, friendly and very patient with our little son. Everybody made sure we enjoyed our time and our food. Food was good. Our son enjoyed the pizza and we tried the arancini, the swordfish and the orecchiette with duck sauce. Staff also treated us with a free dessert (Nutella semifreddo with olive oil). The only reason for the 3 star is that we were expecting more authentic Italian food and got a bit disappointed. We enjoyed our meal, service was really great, but we had different expectation. I would recommend it otherwise.
  38. JM

    JM2022

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    The hostess did not greet us when we approached her, just stared at us until we spoke to her. She was very cold and seemed annoyed. Food was tasteless and not worth the price.
  39. LM

    LisaM

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the Crudo and cauliflower appetizers. The flavors were amazing and the preparation was outstanding. For dinner we had an amazing pistachio Pizza that was the best we’ve ever had. Everything was outstanding. We both had a craft cocktail that was absolutely delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant.
  40. VK

    VanceK

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ambiance and loved that they printed Happy Birthday and my wife's name on our custom printed menus! Really nice touch and unexpected.

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 1573 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Options

  • 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

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm 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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