Catania

4.9
1134 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 1134 people are saying
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4.9based on recent ratings
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4.8
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phil
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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TiaM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
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
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, a real gem.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Duck liver pate. Yum

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TishangiK
Richmond
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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.

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vipMaggieH
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catania went above and beyond to make this a special night for my fiancé’s birthday! From customized menus to free limoncello and semifreddo to the best seats in the house, they made it a truly special night for us. We can’t wait to be back!

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vipPatriciaD
Western NC
28 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here quite often and always love the food, cocktails and excellent service. It was the same and we’ll definitely be back.

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vipAnaS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Catania is my go to in La Jolla. It's central yet elevated, so you get to enjoy the neighborhood while avoiding foot traffic and noise. The food and service are always phenomenal. Thank you for never faltering, Catania!

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TInsleyd
Tucson
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our go to La Jolla restaurants ! Absolutely fantastic in every way. We have NEVER been disappointed in all the years dining here.
The food & wait staff are perfect 🤩
The best octopus 🐙 & chicken ever ! My husband loved the pasta with clams- always terrific!

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ReneeA
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic! Food was delicious and highly recommend the duck liver appetizer. Service was terrific. So attentive and our waiter Alberto was just great. Manager and hostess were superb. Highly recommend Catania!
Beautiful view and we had a fabulous time.

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BonnieB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Be careful with the sunset and your seating location. We were hot, with the sun in our eyes.

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MichaelE
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere. Delicious example of Italian cuisine. Professional service.

We look forward to coming back again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Waiter could have been more attentive. Had to wait for drinks and he brought salads same time as main course. Still a great night.

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SowmyaR
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had really good main entrees and the dessert was also amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was amazing. Service was ok.

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vipRobinT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views and great service

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vipweethree
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant! Food is fresh with lots of flavor... every dish was excellent! Service is fantastic and attentive. The ambiance is great with indoor/outdoor seating. Great experience!!

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vippyrifera
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Missing Whisknladle but so happy to return in person to Catania. The view from the patio is gorgeous, sublime food and cocktails, and stellar service as ever.

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KenD
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had some excellent dishes and the service was great. The duck crostini was a great appetizer, the pasta was fresh and the donuts for dessert with the whipped cream and cherry compote topped of the evening. My wife loved her cocktail, the Torino, and my old fashioned was also good. Great discovery for a trip to La Jolla.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
21 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to enjoy dinner with family and friends. Food was delicious, timing of courses was great and each plate was a beautiful presentation. Very pretty setting. Great wait staff.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Cancun
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great burst of flavors with ever dish!!

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AnneD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great pizza- the crust was crisp but chewy and the ingredients fresh and flavorful! The branzino was tender and the sauce was delicious! The bruschetta was excellent. The menu has a good variety- you can find something for almost everyone. They also have a great drink menu. The wine list is limited but we did enjoy the house pick medium body red wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Outdoor seating was really nice! Pasta and pizza were good. Great place to celebrate a birthday!

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vipKathleenV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Pizzas were marginal at best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food always at Catania. It doesn’t get better than this!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Pitztop
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive wait staff. Great food. The selection of dishes are quite unique and worth exploring. Not your normal, run of the mill Italian fare.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Pizza was a little soggy,
Lamb meatballs are a good appetizer

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Jacquee
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. The patio is gorgeous. I loved the grilled octopus and the homemade limoncello. We will definitely be back!

MP
vipMargotP
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

top place to have a Sunday brunch. Great food and service, lovely view from the terrace.

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Carlos
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is worth the price. Absolutely outstanding.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner for my birthday, they were able to move us to a perfect table with views of the sunset. Pasta and pizza were both amazing and we were gifted limoncello to celebrate after dinner. I would highly recommend for a nice dinner out with great service!

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vipRamonB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The athmosphere is very relaxing. beautiful sunset views of la Jolla. Food was very good the only reason I do not give it 5 stars is because serving your food and drinks took a very long time.

FAQs

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

Catania is rated 4.9 stars by 1134 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.