Cesarina

4.9
1697 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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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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
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 1697 people are saying
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RachelH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

I will definitely be back the food, ambience and service were all great. Cessarina is a great addition to the neighborhood!

JM
JMT1
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been for dinner on several occasions and have had an exceptional experience each time. Brunch didn’t disappoint. It was exceptional, as well. The food, the staff, the overall vibe is fabulous.

DG
vipDinerGirl
San Diego
83 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just OK this time. Not only did I request the back patio in my open table reservations but called the restaurant twice during the week prior to dinner time to request the back patio and we were still seated in the street enclosure after pleading not to be seated there. There was a mix up in drinks which are scanty. I ordered the pappardelle noodles with short ribs which is quite pricey and received a huge plate of noodles with a very small amount of short ribs laced through the noodles. So a big place of noodles for $28. I think I'm done.

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DrewC
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks, no frills, just great Italian.

LK
LadyK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!!!!!!! This place was amazing! The service impeccable and the food delish! We’re glad to celebrate Father’sDay/my birthday here and also bringing our out of state relatives here. We will definitely be back! Thank you Cesarina for a wonderful experience! Keep up the great work!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every visit my guest and I are greeted so kindly, and the food is always the best in San Diego. Another night of great memories at Cesarina’s!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food ever and amazing thoughtful service!!!

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Valeria
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was delicious! The food, ambience, and service was incredible. My party definitely enjoyed it. We are all excited to come back again!

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DonL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simple-the house salad with light citrus vinaigrette. Bolognese with meatballs that I eaten for 3 days in a row - happily. Sit outside for a quieter dinner. Inside is really OK too. Enjoyed it thank goodness for Biden who has made dining out possible. Think of that whenever you eat out. You might be stuck at home with your Spaghetti-Os - you Republican ungrateful creeps.

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BenedetteV
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Cesarina was incredible!! Lived up to our expectations and then some. Our server was attentive and had great wine recommendations. We ordered the Tagliere app and parmigiana di melanzane. For our main course we did the pappardelle short rib pasta and gnocchi porcini. Both fantastic! The pasta was so fresh tasting. Will absolutely be coming back!

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vipanne222
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience!! Great service, atmosphere and food. Can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience... Food and staff were outstanding. Deserves 5 star rating. Only small problem.... limited parking

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GregL
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fabulous as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great meeting place for friends and family!! ❤️

SB
SandiB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Everyone is so nice. The bread is fantastic but the Canolii is not great. I had the Norma and it was delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around as always

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Grant
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, amazing service. We continue to come back to Cesarina and are consistently impressed. Thank you Cesarina!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cessarina never disappoints. Always amazingly fresh and high-quality food. Great staff

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Anat
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dlicious paste, we had pesto and tomato/mushroom/ sausage, and a salad that was crisp and fresh.
The service excellent and friendly.

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GraceS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and terrific food!! We went to celebrate a birthday, and Simone was so attentive, helpful, and hilarious. Definitely will be coming back

KH
vipKellyH
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the fact this place has so many choices for vegetarians and vegans! Fresh food and great service.

CK
CliffK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mother and her life long friend for lunch. They're both in the 90s. we all loved it. Very personal and attentive service, and delicious food. we will be coming back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything here! Can’t wait to come back and try some more items on the menu and brunch. Great service. Thank you for everything!

JG
vipJeffG
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Creative spin on brunch with outstanding service. Love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The only issue was the “vulture like” way our table was swarmed to be cleared. We had been there for 40min, still had food to finish, but the busser and her trainee circled us obsessively. I felt uncomfortable and rushed to go.

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

I came here to celebrate my 28th birthday with my boyfriend and friends. We sat on the beautiful patio. We started off by sharing 2 caprese salads, which were so delicious. Three of us had the bolognese, another had the arrabiatissima, and the other had a cream sauce with peas and, I think, beef. Everything was delicious, the service was great, and we all had such a great time here. It’s only my second time here but I think this has become my new favorite Italian spot. I also love that this was the outskirts of OB and not Little Italy.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, ambiance was amazing, and our server was fantastic! He provided great recommendations and was very attentive.

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Emily
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Location, Incredible Food, Friendly Staff, and Super Fun Vibe !

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Mutterette
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came to celebrate me getting my Masters and it was the perfect place. The ambiance was inviting and fun; the food was superb (per usual); and the service was impeccable. Cesarina’s is my go-to spot for special occasions.

MR
MelanieR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! They have a great vegan menu, great service and ambiance.

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vipScottS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing drinks.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was great as always. Bathroom is just way too dark. Always takes a while for my eyes to adjust.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and wine

KC
KarenC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I could give them 1000 stars if that was an option. It was a flawless experience and my first experience a Cesarina.

I was seated immediately I was greeted immediately with water and bread from heaven with herb butter that would spin your head!

The service was impeccable the food was incredible in fact it was off the chart.

I had the gnocchi, and let me say I have been eating for over 60 years gnocchi is my favorite and I’ve never had a wider more tender gnocchi ever and the mushroom cream sauce that I selected was perfection and the serving was super large in fact you could split this.

I must confess, a couple hours after I got home I ate some more and had the rest for lunch today. It was an absolutely amazing flawless experience

I can’t say enough good things about the restaurant the staff and the food and we’re going back next week.

Bon appétito!

C
Claire
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Thank you to the staff who made amazing wine and food recommendations!

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Cory
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and authentic. A bit expensive but worth it for the homemade, unique tastes. Very rich, in all the ways.

TN
TaniaN
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner I’ve had in a long time. The attention to detail here is incredible, from the menu design, to decor, to the table arrangements. Staff were incredibly attentive, professional, and helpful. They seemed to have a really robust system in place for delivering food to tables and clearing. I had the most romantic dinner date, thank you so much Cesarina! I will be back soon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was AMAZING!!!

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8wellinSD
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely authetic fresh Italian cuisine with home made pasta, breads, and and most wonderful entrees.

JK
JohnK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We felt rushed at times during dinner. Not so much after dinner. If you are expected to put your remaining entrees in the take away box, then please provide a spoon without having to ask for it. Also, we were served a sauce with our squash blossom appetizer, again no spoon.

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 1697 OpenTable diners.

Cesarina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cesarina-hhcoj/giftcards.

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.