Catania

4.8
1164 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 1164 people are saying
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShannonM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here ❤️ Great food, great service, beautiful view ❤️

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like the place so much we had it twice during a weeks vacation.

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vipMitzBits
London
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Completely exceeded expectations in the quality and taste of every dish. There were 5 of us and we were each delighted by the antipasti and main dishes we ordered! Additionally the service was beyond beyond!! We have a few food allergies in our group, and our server made sure the kitchen took extra precautions in preparing the dishes for us. Bravo team!! Love Catania!

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vipkarosm
Denver
30 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really lovely view. Wait staff seemed new, so giving them grace (and it appeared management was having to fill in the gaps to help). Ingredients were fresh, and pastas were properly cooked. Give yourself time to find a place to park.

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XTZF
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bring my girlfriend there for a birthday celebration. The scenic view is truly romantic and my girl loves the food a lot! Couldn't be more satisfied!

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Katie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, location and service. A little pricey but worth it for this birthday celebration.

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PaulL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed the variety of uncommon appetizers. Likewise, the pizza and fish were very delicious too. Service was on time and our ice teas always filled. I’m coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Solid food. Beautiful view and location.

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BillyF
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

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DaGoat
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far, hands down, best Italian food in SoCal!!!!!! Great food, atmosphere and the owner is a true American! Had a friends outing due to one of them leaving on deployment and could not be happier with the experience or staff! Absolutely go and check this place out. You are missing a hidden gem in La Jolla!!!!!! Thank you Catania for being the best!! Duck Sufi is 10 stars on a five star scale!!!!!

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amyinsandiego
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was SO good. Especially extraordinary was the crudo, the peach bruschetta, and the customer service. I can't wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

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vipnobu
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always visit on my birthday.
I was very satisfied to be able to sit on a seat facing the sea that I had always wanted to sit on.
The food was very delicious as usual.
I was very worried if they would reopen once they were closed in Corona, but I'm very happy to be able to resume business normally.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Love everything about this resturant

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IrwinB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous birthday for my wife. We shared the lamb meatballs, kale salad and whole branzino….all were excellent! The service was extremely attentive and friendly. The birthday dessert was an extra surprise! My wife couldn’t have been happier!

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The meal was delicious, I've been several times and it's a go-to when friends from out of town visit La Jolla.

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viphathematics
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was incredible. Wonderful suggestions, checked on us with perfect timing. Gave us ample room to allow us to enjoy ourselves but not so much as to ever feel anything less than taken care of. The setting was gorgeous. I would suggest this restaurant to anyone in the area. Fabulous. We look forward to coming back again in the future.

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vipOpenTable Diner
St. Louis
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Aside from the view, this place is a zero. I have been my around several Italian restaurants, enotecas, trattorias in New York, LA, Chicago and the like and this place is over-hyped and over priced. The service was horrible. Wait staff acted as if they had Amazon stock options and could not be bothered with regular hospitality. The pasta was mediocre at best. In a nutshell, this was La Jolla’s neighborhood version of Olive Garden. Not worth the attitude or the price. Take your money elsewhere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great experience at Catania. The view and ambiance are great and the food is even better! My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and they did a lot to make it feel special. This restaurant is amazing and the service couldn’t be better!!

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vipDianeG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in everything 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!
Love decor and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was amazing, appetizers are a must! we went with a toddler and staff was very welcoming. Thank you!

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vipLaurynR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing must go!!

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vipgoldcoasteater
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catania has become one of our favorite restaurants in La Jolla. Its an unusual mix of Italian/Mediterranean cuisine done to perfection. The orchiette sugo is a pasta with a creamy duck sauce that is the ultimate comfort food. We also love the wild mushroom pizza, and we usually get one of their great salads. Friendly service and nice ambience in a compact space. Reservations are a must as it is always full.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous outdoor dining with delicious and very fresh food and a truly outstanding hostess and wait staff; above and beyond wonderful hospitality.

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Danielle
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never gone here and had a bad time or bad food or bad service! They are consistent and we love it here. The ocean view from the side bar area is phenomenal

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vipOli321
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fairly overpriced for average food. You pay for the views and ambiance I suppose

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JillianC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Gave us champagne for our anniversary. Steak was AMAZING as good as a steakhouse. Such a great experience

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HillaryC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was great, the staff made us feel really special for our anniversary!

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Phil
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun and friendly place with great food at a reasonable price.

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TiaM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had an amazing time celebrating my mamas 50th bday. They had "happy 50th bday" on the menu and everyone greeted my mama with love. Thank you so much for making this a special day for her! Def would recommend and come back again.

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daniel
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, a real gem.

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ValerieT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so tasty, very friendly, service was perfect, we will surely come back very soon.
Antipasto Ahi crudo: so delicate, tasty : best I have ever eaten

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RobertS
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in a long time! California twist on Italian. Ie not too heavy, wonderful flavors. Just excellent

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vipWeena
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our second time dining at Catania. There were four of us, and we all loved our food. Lamb meatballs, salads, duck pasta, salmon and chicken dishes were all excellent. Service was a tiny bit slow but not bad at all. I would have preferred to sit on the patio but it was crowded and there were some extremely loud toddlers running around. The dining room was a bit warm but otherwise very pleasant. Overall, a very good experience. We’ll be back soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Duck liver pate. Yum

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TishangiK
Richmond
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best server in town! excellent food and service. This has become our new favorite.

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TInsleyd
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, absolutely fabulous the food was sublime and the wait staff superb. We love Catania. Do make reservations!!! See you next summer !

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vipNONE
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was welcoming and attentive, even with the restaurant full to almost capacity. The food was delicious, and brought to the table nice and hot. the menu choices were well thought out, there was something for every palate and dietary requirement.
Parking can be an issue, but the hunt for a spot is worth it for a meal such as the one that we had.

FAQs

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

Catania is rated 4.8 stars by 1164 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.