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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.9
4.9
2961 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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Booked 124 times today

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 2,961 people are saying

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Wonderful first experience here. Service was excellent and food was perfectly timed. Tableside tiramisu was divine. What a fun and tasty zucchini blossom appetizer. The pesto was very good. A few more tomatoes and it would have been perfect. Thank you!

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was lovely !

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Emilio gave us an amazing experience. Can’t wait to join you again.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing!! My sister and I were blown away! The food was fantastic and the employees were so friendly.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Everytime this place really knocked it out of the park. Food and service are secondo to none. You won't be disappointed with egg plant parm and tiramisù. Both are must haves!

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a great little hidden gem. The food was delicious and the wait staff was so attentive. I will be returning

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic, pure and simple. The best experience at an Italian restaurant I've had in a long time.

  8. J

    John

    Las Vegas

    105 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    105 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! Like being in Italy

  9. TD

    TheDudeAbides

    Seattle

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic Italian - best I have had in San Diego. House made pasta, table side tiramisu, great special menu, lovely people and food. (those pink corduroy shirts have GOT to go!!) Great ambiance and incredible staff and food, the experience would be 100% with a menu layout/design and staff shirts that did the food/ambiance justice - both seemed out of place however not worthy of anything less than 5 stars!!

  10. DR

    DRGG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall very nice staff. The food was amazing and the vibe of the patio spaces.

  11. A

    Aime1023

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was a fantastic place eat. The pappardelle was fantastic.

  12. LC

    LisaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious meal, delightful staff! Thank you for a lovely evening.

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely spot! Thank you for the hospitality, we will be back.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day

  16. T

    Tadija

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Overall wonderful dinner. Excellent homemade pastas and service. Only complain is the hostesses. I am not sure why they would but a girl there that was unpleasant and obviously not interested in actually welcoming patrons. Other than that one thing everything else was perfect.

  17. MN

    MaryN

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our go to restaurants in Point Loma and one of the Italian restaurants I take guests. Not to be missed for delicious Italian food. Ambience inside out and service are Wonderful. See you soon team Cesarina:)

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the server who gave the authentic Italian experience along with the DELICIOUS food! My (Italian) husband has been searching for gnocchi similar to what he had in Italy and this is the first time he found it in the U.S!

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in San Diego. The quality is amazing, the service is the best one in town and the ambiance.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Perfect dining experience last night all around… the ambience was casual yet sophisticatedly charming in a beautiful Mediterranean style patio!! (Gotta love SD weather) Got there early because we were already in the neighborhood and so glad we did because the friendly hostess recommended we have a drink at the bar. We sat in front of the handmade pasta station and it was a mouth-watering treat to watch the magic in action!! And the bartender actually served us even though we were at the hidden corner of the restaurant… his recommendations were great and he is a very creative mixologist. Our server Stefano was exactly who you hope for when dining out… welcoming, relaxed, knowledgeable and attentive the whole night. The food was authentic and delicious… polpo appetizer charred to perfection, creamy porcini gnocchi w/ shrimp & an unbelievable lasagna bolognese!! The freshness of ingredients and perfect seasoning left us wanting more, even though the portions were quite large (took 1/2 the lasagna to go). No room for dessert, but next time we’ll think of that ahead of time. We’re already recommending Cesarina to friends/familia and we’ll be back very soon… grazie mille to the management and all the staff in the front & back of house!!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cesarina never disappoints! It is difficult to try new dishes because you want to order your favorites. Our waiter made a suggestion to try a new type of pasta with my favorite funghi topping and it was absolutely delicious. Must top any dish with their homemade peperoncino.

  22. o

    overstreetjj

    Central Coast

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Authentic food, dinnerware, ambiance. We live in Sicily (Naples before that) and the food at Cesarina could be at any restaurant in either place… maybe not the pries but have to keep up with USA economy, we get it. Well done!

  23. k

    khulahoop

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    Delicious antipasti, entrees and dessert! Attentive wait staff.

  24. h

    hayleys

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We both got vegan dishes and it was amazing

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic experience! We came in to celebrate a birthday & every employee wished us a happy birthday. They were prompt & friendly, always checking in on us & making sure we had everything we needed. Amazing drinks, fantastic pasta, even better service. Would absolutely return again & again. Thank you Cesarina!

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicioso!

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Brittany and the crew made me feel so special on my birthday, thank you!

  28. LC

    LarryC

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Very authentic Italian Food! Homemade sauces and pastas! Excellent taste! Can’t wait to go back and try more!

  29. CC

    CliffC

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a wonderful dinner at Cesarina!

  30. LT

    LoveToEatOut

    Atlanta

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding food, great enthusiastic service. Tiramisu is a must-do!!!

  31. D

    Deniz

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I love the ambience, service and of course the handmade pastas with the sauces are fantastic!

  32. PW

    PennyW

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thé food is wonderful and the ambiance so charming, just like the owners!

  33. GG

    GiniG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was very good; fresh, innovative and delicious. Our server, Brittany, was attentive, made several recommendations that were spot-on and kept our table clean between courses. She made our evening of celebrating our son's birthday memorable.

  34. PS

    PeachyS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian food in San Diego. Great servers who made excellent recommendations for food and wine. Greeted us with a glass of champagne as it was our wedding anniversary.

  35. DP

    DoctorP

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    I was there the first week it opened and must have referred a few dozen people your way, As the restaurant matured there were some noticeable changes. But only once where it appeared the restaurant "got too big for its bridges". As a matter of fact I almost did not return this past Saturday but so glad, I did. Service was good food delicious. Amarone Superb!! Ci sono stato la prima settimana in cui è stato aperto e devo aver indirizzato alcune dozzine di persone a modo tuo, mentre il ristorante è maturato ci sono stati alcuni cambiamenti evidenti. Ma solo una volta dove è apparso il ristorante "è diventato troppo grande per i suoi ponti". In effetti, quasi non sono tornato lo scorso sabato, ma sono così felice di averlo fatto. Il servizio era buon cibo delizioso. Amarone superbo!! Filippo Princiotta/Philip Princetta

  36. MN

    MaryN

    San Diego

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My adult sons and I love Cesarina! It’s out go to spot for everyday delicious Italian plus when we have visitors and for special occasions. Both inside and outside have ambience. Service is outstanding. Apps, salad, pasta and dessert with a glass of wine! Fab. We will be back soon:)

  37. KE

    KENT

    San Diego

    67 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Been here several times before but this was the best. Had the bucatini amatriciana. Outstanding pasta.actually would have been better paired with lighter sauce, but that’s just me. There pasta is really special but be sure to get it Al dente.

  38. K

    Kenneth

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I'll always come back to Cesarina! We tried the brunch this time and it did not disappoint. Their brunch/lunch menu is similar to the dinner menu - so make sure you have an appetite for pasta and the likes!

  39. F

    Fred

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    We returned our plates because they were cold and salty.

  40. M

    Milt

    Orange County

    103 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Simply the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. The food is phenomenal, especially the pasta which is mad in front of the diners, and the wait staff treats everyone like a VIP. We visit San Diego 3-4 times a year and we always dine here one night and we are never disappointed.

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 2961 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 124 times today
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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