Cesarina

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$30 and under
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Italian
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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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, warm friendly happy ambience. I wish this was in my neighborhood!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an amazing dining experience! Food, service, and atmosphere all was amazing! I can’t wait to go back!!!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing. The pasta is so fresh and delicious. Everything was cooked to perfection.

AM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our meals! The pasta dishes were all very good ! The desserts were spectacular. Great presentation and very delicious.

SD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

1. The special with ricotta gnocchi was chewy and not something I can recommend.
2. The other pasta dishes were amazing.
3. It is fun to watch the woman making pasta while we eat.
4. The dessert was too heavy and upset my friend's stomach.
5. Espresso was perfect.

SS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! Food was wonderful and very fun ambiance.

b
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Very noisy on a Sunday night. Server kept trying to remove plates while others in the party were still eating--made us feel like they were trying to get us to vacate the table. Very unprofessional

ND
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food in San Diego served by a wonderful interactive staff whose only desire to produce an EXCELLENT dining experience. Niccolo and his team having a winning combination.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is always amazing, great staff and the best food! I love coming here everyone is so nice and attentive one of the best places to eat in San Diego!! A+++++++ 5 stars!!!

A
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Trying to have a fun evening with friends, conversation, drinks and dinner. No relaxing this evening, the entire meal was rushed. Salads arrived around the same time as the first glasses of wine. Pasta dishes were no far behind. No time to enjoy the evening. Felt like hurry up eat your meal and get out so we can turn the table. Highly not recommended for a special evening.

SS
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautiful atmosphere, and an all around great vibe. I’ll definitely be back soon!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was wonderfully fresh. Our waiter was patient answering all our questions and telling us how to pronounce the names.

h
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Really like the service. The staff were very kind and nice. Love the plates are handmade with art. The food delicious and a special star for the dessert!

NM
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was very good. We will definitely go back.

MM
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to!

D
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food is really good
We felt a bit rushed
Patio is cold at night

RH
Montana
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best Italian in San Diego. Wonderful pasta. love the table side tiramisu

IR
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fun atmosphere, great servers, well done food. Can't wait to go back!

IG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian Restaurant in San Diego!!! All Pasta made fresh!

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M
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food that really goes beyond expectations. The outside dining area was warm and the ambiance fantastic.

j
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Outstanding authentic Italian!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing fresh homemade Italian food and awesome service! Great date night spot!

j
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service!

t
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food! Loved the ambiance and service. Will definitely go back!! So much more on the menu that I’d like to try.

s
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. The food was amazing the desserts, everything. I highly recommend the gnocchi, tastiest thing ever!!!

SL
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. From the ambiance to the perfect pasta. We will definitely be back every time we visit San Diego.

d
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband Dave and I had one of the best New Year's Eve experiences!. This will be our 5th visit, and have never been disappointed!.. The dinner was a pre-fix 7 course dinner, which was superb! We have enjoyed the restaurant for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and now New Year's 'Eve!

This was quite a tour de force. There were several seating's which allotted the diners to spend 2 hours and 15 minutes, which worked out perfectly. The service of all of the dishes were timely, and the servers were very congenial.

We decided to sit indoors, and we were very fortunate to be at a table, right in front of the band. The female singer was energetic, had a great voice, and a sense of humor. She included the diners in some of her songs, which was fun! The musicians were excellent as well. The name of the band is "Big Lucky."

I want to thank both of the owners whose names are Giuseppe, and Niccolo for an unforgettable NYE.

Thank you, Melody and Dave Miller

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve menu was fantastic and the staff and ambiance were amazing as always! Thank you!!

JF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for the prefix menu on New Year's Eve. Had a party of 8, which is large for the restaurant. We had such a wonderful experience, I can't say enough good things. Every detail was impeccable on a very busy night, down to blankets and hot water bottles to keep people warm in a very well heated outdoor patio. The food was amazing....every course, and there were 7 of them. Extremely well priced at $75 per person. Wait staff were very accommodating and professional. They were able to make accomodations for 4 vegans and one person with a nut allergy in our party without batting an eye. Will definitely go back next time we are in town.

MO
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina was recommended to us. We loved the food. It was served very hot which is important to us. Our pasta dish had wonder flavors. The Tiramisu was fantastic.

AB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Italian vibe, in terms of the food (which was really good!) and ambiance. Great service from both waitstaff and managers. Lively environment.

NU
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the staff was so nice and helpful with suggestions. The food was incredible - you must save room for the tiramisu!

JL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

I loved the authentic approach and attention to detail in all of their dishes. The grilled octopus and beet salad was fabulous. Best pasta in San Diego!

n
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Authentic in both food and people. I have been here four times and it just keeps me coming back.

KB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian cuisine in San Diego. Service is prompt, but they don’t rush you. Pasta is made fresh on premises. Save room for dessert. All are made fresh daily and constructed table side.

EZ
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Just a bit cold sitting outside with the heater and blankets.

TS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Never a disappointment. Great food and love the ambiance. Even though it’s pasta, it was not heavy. You gotta get the grilled octopus. I’m still thinking about it (obviously).

m
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! The decor is so thought out and every little detail is perfect. Sitting at the bar was really fun to watch the kitchen and pasta making. Food was so fresh, I lived in Italy and this was one of the best pasta dishes i have ever had.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we make a reservation at Cesarina, I get excited for what I know is coming. Their service, food quality and attention to detail is excellent every time. Pro tip: the pasta heats up well for lunch the next day, so only eat half and always get dessert!!

m
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great evening !! Cesarina never disappoints!! Forgive my spelling but Guisseppe ? Was amazing !!