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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.9
4.9
3126 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
/////////////WE ARE OPEN FOR DINE IN AND TAKE OUT/////////////
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From the meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 141 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 226-6222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Neighborhood

    Ocean Beach

  • Cross street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Parking details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,126 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. J

    Jules

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente good and customer service. Will definitely be back..
  2. LN

    LesleyN

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was one of the best birthday celebrations I have had. The restaurant owner and staff were absolutely wonderful and the food... Delicious!!!! I will certainly be backend tell everyone I know about it!
  3. m

    mitimom

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made reservations which was a necessity for the weekend and were seated on a lovely patio which felt like a garden. The servers were very attentive and gracious. Our meal was fantastic, octopus appetizer, Ceserina salad, and a wonderful made to order proccudo and cheese filled pasta with truffles. We shared everything and were quite satisfied with the portions. My husband had a glass of Chianti which paired well with the meal. All in, we spent $120 for a great experience.
  4. M

    Maria

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great staff! Delicious recommendations. Bread was unique and paired perfectly with meal. Wine was great. Appetizer was the best part of the meal. Only thing we weren’t crazy about was arrabbiatissma (not pictured). Overall would come back and try to be at the bar, mixologists were making cool drinks.
  5. TJ

    TomJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good very good . I’m from NY and have had better Italian , but for SD the food was really good . Service very good . Over all very good to excellent .
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanks Liam great service
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Outside tables don't have the same environment or music, also had higher expectations on food because of the reviews
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious delicious, never fail to meet my expectations. Some of the best Italian in San Diego!
  9. CC

    CChow

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for indoor and outdoor dining. Staff is very welcoming and knowledgeable - they wished us a happy anniversary and walked us through the food and drink menu.
  10. DK

    DanK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hands down the best pasta I've ever had. Truly wonderful meal
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely stunning place and the service was phenomenal. The food was decadent and worth the wait. I can see why this place has 5stars.
  12. P

    Paige

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The attention to detail is always immaculate. Delicious food, fantastic service, gorgeous ambiance.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of the few restaurants where you can expect everything to be stellar. Food, service, ambiance, management; everything is actual perfection.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    It was great. The food was really good with really good size portions. The calamari was really huge for an appetizer which is great for sharing. It even had other fried food items besides calamari such as fish and shrimp. The only down size was we were sat in the back left outdoor seating where there were a ton of flies. We were constantly swatting our hands around to ensure the flies wouldn’t sit on our food. I think having lit fire lamps or having all the fans oscillating the dining area would be great. The one fan that was near us wasn’t oscillating and was directed towards their back kitchen door rather than the dining tables. That was the only down side but otherwise the food and service was amazing. This was my second time eating here and would def come back again
  15. PG

    PhilG

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Excellent in all regards, except I prefer my pasta al dente, and this was not.
  16. GL

    GianaL

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! My new favorite restaurant 😍
  17. MY

    MeganY

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second time eating at Cesarina and both times have been superb. The service, the product, and environment are all spectacular. We were even greeted with Prosecco for our anniversary celebration. We will definitely be back. Thanks for helping make our celebration feel more special!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute spot with lots of custom pasta options! I went for lunch on a Monday afternoon and the service was great. There’s a good vibe in the restaurant and you get the feeling that all of the waitstaff are a family and care about their customers. I got the puttanesca with bucatini which they were able to make a non-vegan version of with anchovies. It was salty, spicy, and delicious! 😋
  19. L

    Luna

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG what a wonderful dining experience! Excellent food, wonderful service and great wine. I just love this place! My only wish would be that the music be turned down (which is my “complaint” for every restaurant nowadays). I miss the days of hushed dining. That said, I HIGHLY recommend Cesarina to anyone who enjoys great Italian food. Wow. We will definitely be back.
  20. A

    Abotta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Literally my favorite restaurant in all of San Diego.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant deserves 5 stars!! Found Cerarina while trying to find a brunch location and noticed that it was rated 5 stars, with over 1300 reviews. Was able to make a reservation through their website, which was not only easy, but was able to get a table (for 2) on a Sunday at 11:15. Ambiance of restaurant is quaint & well done - all the staff were friendly, efficient & attentive. Our waitress provided great recommendations on her favorites - providing caring details about not only which pasta was a favorite but which sauce was her favorite for each pasta, based on flavor profiles. Took her recommendations & was not disappointed. Everything is made fresh, every day - and you could really taste the difference. Felt like I was in Italy eating at a cafe. Ordered the tiramisu (per the waitress’s recommendation) and it’s a MUST. Think it’s one of the best restaurants in San Diego. Highly recommend.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food service and experience. Highly recommend cant wait to go back.
  23. WC

    WestCoastFoodie

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food is so good! There were three of us and we shared everything! Cesarina salad with arugula and delicious dressing, Caprese salad, Meatballs, Lasagna, and the Tagliata de Manzo al Tartufo (beautifully sliced meat with porcini mushroom, arugula, parmigiano and freshly shaved tartufo nero estivo. Exquisite!!
  24. B

    Bernadette

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, amazing food,and kind and knowledgeable staff
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious and Brittany was awesome!
  26. PP

    PamsParti

    Sacramento

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff outstanding, dinner absolutely delicious! Simply brilliant meal.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We went for my partners birthday and they make special occasions truly special. They even take a Polaroid and have a specially made border with the restaurants name. That unique touch makes Cesarina a place to always remember.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gave us each a glass of Prosecco for our anniversary.
  29. c

    caitlin

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food!! Service was outstanding! Cant wait to go back
  30. AL

    AnnaL

    Munich

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    just delicious food and an amazing restaurant! We loved it!
  31. CW

    ChiaW

    Cancun

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely an experience of flavors and creative authentic Italian. Undone! Every dish was a burst of flavors! I want to order everything on the menu!!
  32. S

    Steph1972

    Phoenix

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cesarina is always consistently excellent. At lunch we shared the Cesarina salad (shaved fennel, arugula, oranges and raisins) and pappardelle with pomodoro fresco. The pomodoro tasted like it was made from freshly picked tomatoes! Excellent service from Giuliana and her team! The bartender made us Palomas that were excellent, even though they were not on the menu.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food from start to finish! The pasta was so fresh and al dente, one of the best dishes I ever had. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. You feel like you’re in Italy when you step foot in the restaurant.
  34. FO

    FossilOne

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very interesting menu and wine list, great food and appropriately attentive staff. Birthday dessert was a much appreciated surprise.
  35. b

    beagleboy

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our first time here and we will definitely return. Some of the best and unique pasta dishes in San Diego, with very attentive and knowledgeable staff
  36. C

    Casie

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, and outstanding service combine to make this our favorite place to dine. The servers are as friendly as they are helpful in choosing from their delicious offerings. This is our go-to place to bring visiting friends, to celebrate a special occasion, or just to treat ourselves to a wonderful meal. So glad we were introduced to Cesarina’s!
  37. SD

    SummerD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience the food and service was excellent I can’t wait to go back
  38. d

    debbieh

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect . It was my birthday and they made it a special evening. The service was above and beyond expected. When asked to be moved from outdoor patio to indoor they accommodated me . As a dessert the restaurant comped us prosecco and their signature tiramisu . The food was some of the best Italian food in San Diego .
  39. CF

    CarolynF

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a lovely lunch! Everything was delicious and the spot was beautiful. Such a treat! Highly recommend.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in San Diego

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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 Cesarina using the Order Online button. Cesarina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 226-6222.

Cesarina is rated 4.9 stars by 3126 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 141 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, Ste B, San Diego, CA 92107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Ocean Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–3:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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