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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.9
4.9
2865 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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Booked 154 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 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

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,865 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

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was so delicious and great service!

  2. JB

    JasonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    The staff here make this place really shine. The food is great but our night was made from their great management and wait staff. We will be back again and again

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place but that crème brûlée cheesecake was absolutely divine!

  4. VE

    VidalE

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Food as always AMAZING Service was slow and a bit un-attentive, the server either had too many tables or simply forgot parts of our order, we have multiple servers for our party, had to request several things more than two times. Overall wonderful experience as always

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was Phenomenal. They were extremely on top of keeping drinks & the bread basket full. We were there celebrating a birthday and the staff took a lovely Polaroid of our table with the birthday dessert. Brunch food and cocktails were delicious!

  6. KR

    KrisR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered drinks, appetizers, and dinner. Everything was amazing! The hostess and server were so nice and made great recommendations. I can not wait to go back and try their brunch menu.

  7. AR

    AustinR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Excellent food and very knowledgeable staff. Highly recommend the caprese for an appetizer and the pesto or vodka sauce for whichever pasta you choose.

  8. JR

    JackieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We visited for the first time and the restaurant did not disappoint. When they had a cancellation they moved us inside to dine. The food was delicious and our server was very knowledgeable and helpful with the menu and specials available. We would definitely go back.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food was

  10. AL

    AlisonL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful lunch with coworkers visiting from LA. They appreciated the vegan options and we all enjoyed the impeccable service. Thank you again for a fabulous meal.

  11. SV

    StephanieV

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food and service! Def recommend!

  12. VS

    VanessaSD

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Everything was good but very pricy. The food wasn't outstanding enough to carry the price point.

  13. R

    Robyn

    Key West

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Phenomenal dinner and outstanding service. We are New Yorkers so highly selective when it comes to food. This is one of our all time favorite places … NYC restaurants included.

  14. XD

    XDude66

    Phoenix

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    It was good but didn’t live up to my expectations. The booths are so dark I couldn’t see the menu or my food.

  15. NM

    NatalieM

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was our first time here and we were so happy with both the food and the service! Will definitely be back!

  16. JW

    JesseW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding service and excellent food. Emelio was attentive and the entire ambiance was perfect for our 11 year anniversary. The meal was so rich that we ended up taking some home. Highly recommended restaurant!

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and great time. Thank you!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cesarina once again proved to be fabulous! Danielle is an excellent and thoughtful server who answered questions about the menu and made fabulous recommendations. The Gnocchi, Cesarina Salad and soup were excellent. The frittara pattanza was a great appetizer for the table to share. Thanks once again for a wonderful meal and excellent service!

  19. TL

    TLJT

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food in a quiet relaxed environment

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Pros: Great ambiance, Instagram worthy, delicious food Cons: There is a time limit of 1hour and 45 min

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and service was great. We will be back for sure!

  22. s

    suefoodie

    New York Area

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Sangiovese wine was excellent! The arugula salad with orange supremes, shaved fennel, golden raisins with a light orange vinegarette was very refreshing. Enough to split, although you may not want to. We ordered 2 different homemade pappardella dishes that I just wanted to bottle the sauce to take home. Excellent food!!!

  23. D

    Dave

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    I get the inflation but it’s not worth it anymore for the serving size

  24. YM

    YvonneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious. The tiramisu was to die for! The service was phenomenal and was so wonderful to help celebrate our 1 year anniversary. Would definitely go again for another special occasion!

  25. h

    heidic

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    delicious food great service great gluten free options

  26. SB

    SheilaB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food is decent. The service was exceptional. Food was not Italian, but a mix of what Americans think they should eat when eating Italian. That being said, it is a nice restaurant, with decent food, exceptional service, and a wonderful ambiance. Thank you!

  27. TL

    TanyaL

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, atmosphere, service. Pasta was outstanding. We will definitely be back when we're in San Diego.

  28. C

    Cesarinafangirl

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Literally my favorite restaurant in San Diego I would eat here everyday if I could, sooooo divine truly

  29. MM

    MarielaM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The pasta needed a little bit more flavor

  30. L

    Luvtoeat

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The white lasagna with short rib and truffles was outstanding!! We also ordered with tagliatelle and short rib in a red sauce which was also excellent! Perfect combination to share. Service was exemplary and fun at the same time. Don’t forget to order the tiramisu to end a wonderful meal!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for my boyfriends birthday and it was so much fun. Food was delicious and they took a photo for us and then prepared a tiramisu at our table! It was such a great time!

  32. C

    Christina

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious homemade pasta, great drinks, excellent service, great atmosphere!! Can’t wait to go back!!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    The food was pretty gross. Not sure what all the hype was about. My pasta was so salty and the sauce was really bad. Would not go here again

  34. JR

    JenR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff and delicious food! They found out it was my birthday and sent a dessert - and took a Polaroid of our family to take home. Really enjoyed our time!!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best tiramisu ever. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meals, describing the restaurant find as a sure win. Looking forward to trying more of the available dishes. See you next time Cesarina.

  36. MB

    MandyB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious and the wine suggestion perfect.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food every time I eat here. Best pasta dishes in San Diego

  38. P

    Patita

    San Diego

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    THE VERY BEST Italian restaurant in San Diego. Excellent food and great service. Parking can be difficult.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    WOW. Best pasta I have ever had. Definitely understand why Cesarina has 5 stars with tons of reviews. I will be back without hesitation!

  40. VL

    VL1234

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely Amazing!! Thomas our server gave us the recommendations and we took them all!! They were fabulous! The lasagna, the Fungi pasta, meatballs, sausage, the casuarina salad and the app Zucchini flowers!!! OMG!!! This place is fantastic!!! We are from PA and couldn’t be happier with our pick!!! IPA and wine both excellent too!!! Authentic homemade Italian Pasta dishes!!

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 2865 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 154 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

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 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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