Catania

4.8
998 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 998 people are saying
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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nobu
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there for my husband's birthday.
I will definitely eat here on my birthday and my husband's.
The service and food were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Still my favorite for Italian food in La Jolla! The bumps of the Pandemic have not resulted in the food quality or variety declining. Always a great meal!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely one of my favorite restaurants! The staff, food, ambiance; always an wonderful experience! (:

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AgnesM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time here and every time it was a great experience. The food is delsicious, home made pasta is excellent the view feom the patio is beautiful and the staff is very attentive.

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vipGlobaldiner
Salt Lake City
51 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful ambiance. Lots of outdoor dining with heating available.

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SabrinaL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here, was the only place with an available reservation at the time we wanted and I am so glad we tried it. Super great staff and food was awesome. Will be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing !!

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ShelbyO
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the best service and loved my meal! Can't wait to go back again!

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Jpae
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere, service, and food. Perfect experience from start to finish

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vipJC4Wine
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great view for sunset and always a fave. Cocktails and appies are fire!

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vipSharonC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fantastic modern, west coast Italian style restaurant. We had wonderful cocktails, pasta, and the whole branzino, and everything was delicious. Our server was AMAZING. He was such a connoisseur of the dining experience and so knowledgeable, and he was so attentive that he elevated our whole experience. We are definitely coming back!

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DarianB
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Food and appetizers were great, but we were only offered water throughout the night (21 & under) and it seemed like the only drinks available were alcohol or water. Overall great place! would definitely go back

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vipJuliana
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best outdoor patio table facing the ocean! We enjoyed the cauliflower appetizer, the pesto pizza, and the rotisserie chicken. Great wine, great Prosecco & great service!

JC
vipJC4Wine
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of my favourites and I have yet to be disappointed.

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vipCherylW
Kansas City
13 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the smoked liver mousse toasts and the roasted cauliflower with ricotta and pomegranate seeds...it was phenomenal! Our server Tanya was awesome! Probably our favorite restaurant in La Jolla!

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Nataliejean
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So delicious! We had an amazing meal and the ambiance was amazing. We watched a beautiful sunset over the water with our meal!

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vipAwesomealys
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great chilaquiles! Great pop tart appetizer. Jared is a great waiter

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service - my wife and I were impressed with the wait staff and the food.

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vipFrunings
Des Moines
56 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Great service and excellent protocols for covid19.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great birthday celebration, thank you!

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vipnobu
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

"Despite the fact that there were few servers, it would have been nice if the service was very polite."The food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was phenomenal. Great atmosphere. Unique culinary experience. Thanks Kevin!

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KristiH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was impeccable, COVID protocols were in place... food was AMAZING. I would like to swim in the butternut squash soup and have the woodfire Margherita pizza every day for the rest of my life. I will be back soon!

BV
BritainV
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose to take my wife here for our Anniversary Dinner and it was wonderful! The staff was phenomenal, the food was out of this world incredible. We treated ourselves to as much as we could eat and every single dish we got was unbelievable. Great wine and beer selection as well! Go for the bottled Italian Beers, they'll knock your socks off. As for the food, don't pass up the Butternut Squash Tortelli. The way they do it, it's one of the best things I've ever tasted in my life.
We will absolutely be back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has dialed it all in... Fabulous drinks, creative excellent meals and great desserts.. all that with beautiful outdoor seating!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience5

The venue is great, sat outdoors- great view, great service
Food was just alright, nothing amazing

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SusanR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I wish remembered our server's name. He was just awesome!

JH
JerryH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food with outstanding cocktails and reasonable wine list. We had a great dinner!

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MariaK
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great modern Southern Italian restaurant. Food was delicious and positively unexpected. Service was very good too. Highly recommend!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience1

Food is just ok
Much better Italian out there

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vipJeremy
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went here for our one year anniversary and received a complimentary champagne toast, along with extremely high quality service and amazing food!

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ADRIANN
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this wonderful neighbor restaurant! the food & service are always on point!

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ReneeE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Crispy octopus best ever, wine selection terrific. Service attentive but not overly so.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly one of the best restaurants in San Diego! The service was phenomenal and the food exceptional. Thanks guys!

LF
LeFouxFoux
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met some old friends. Food was great...service was great... view was great!

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vipSalP
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! The food and service is so enjoyable! We loved it!

DC
vipDanaC
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fave spot in La Jolla!

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Flamingo
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Service was good. Food was to be as expected. I ordered beer which was $8, the beer was in the the smallest beer glass I have ever seen - almost a taster! For the money I expect a pint (a US one 16oz would do). 3.9% is added to the bill because of an increase in minimum wage. To compensate should the tips go down? When does it stop? if electricity goes up is there a further percentage? Why not just raise the prices.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here many times but the first time for our friends. It was phenomenal. We raved, they raved. It was divine.

MD
MelissaD
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular dinner. Great service, perfectly executed food and beautiful setting.

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Catania is rated 4.8 stars by 998 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.