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Cesarina, San Diego, CA
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Cesarina

$30 and under
Italian
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From 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 169 times today

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Why we love it

Executive chef: Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Bib Gourmand

    2023

  • Award icon

    MICHELIN Bib Gourmand

    2022

Fresh housemade pasta reigns at this charming Point Loma trattoria. Cesarina landed MICHELIN Bib Gourmand status for its knockout mix-and-match pasta options and one exceptional tableside tiramisu. The colorful Italian restaurant is a go-to for weekend brunch, best enjoyed on its bougainvillea-strewn patio.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri–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
  • Catering
    We offer Catering options for parties of 20 guests or more. To inquire about our Catering options, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of more than 8 guests, we only offer private dining. To inquire about our Private dining option, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Neighborhood
    Ocean Beach
  • Cross street
    Catalina Blvd
  • Parking details
    We know how challenging it is to find parking and truly appreciate your patience and understanding. VALET PARKING is available in front of the restaurant, Thursday to Sunday, from 4:30pm to 10pm GUEST PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4154 Voltaire St NOT AVAILABLE DURING VALET HOURS PAID PUBLIC PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4148 Voltaire St, next to the “ MATT KALLA INSURANCE AGENCY”
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,906 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

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4,906 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic every time! We will not go to any other Italian restaurant in town. This one is simply the best.

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  2. NickyW

    Greater Taipei

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Italy restaurant, salads to pasta and desserts all perfect!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfection. Food was delicious. Good food.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everyone was wonderful! The food was great and homemade. We had a great table on the back patio, which was perfect for us with our two small kids.

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  5. BarbaraM

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food and service. Waiter arranged to have a dish cooked with a different sauce as per my spouse’s request.

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  6. OldPro

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My spouse and I went for lunch to celebrate our Anniversary on recommendation from a friend. A bit difficult to find since there is no obvious signage out front. We preferred to sit indoors instead of the street side patio. Restaurant staff was super accommodating and attentive.

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  7. SheriM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing; the location was hard to find and parking was not easy! Desert was unbelievably good.

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  8. Carly

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You need to eat here. The food was absolutely delicious and the wine list was extensive. Highly recommend the squash blossoms!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing server and the food is amazing ! Make sure you get the carpaccio appetizer:)

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    What a gem this place is. What a beautiful experience. The attention to detail is amazing. The food is delicious.

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  11. ChloeH

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best chewy pasta I ever had! I can imagine this should be how pasta taste like in Italy! Servers are all great an attentive~ A pair of sparkling wine for our anniversary. Bravo~

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  12. samanthap

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience from start to finish! Warmly greeted by all staff, love the cozy vibe, staff always gives the best recommendations! Food is literally what you dream of… DELICIOUS…. And don’t even start me on the desserts 🤤

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  13. Cathy

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cesarina is our favorite place for a special meal. The patio ambiance is so relaxed and comfortable. The service is impeccable without being stuffy and the food is just amazing. Don’t miss the tiramisu. Thanks Daniele for a great evening

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  14. DeeG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food is good, presentation is a plus with decorative plates. The place was busy so the noise level was high with all chatting along with the plane noise. Parking is a challenge. Patio seating is not that comfortable. Probably will not be back too soon but others seems to really like it so I would not discourage them from giving it a try. Rate 1-10, IMO a 6.

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  15. ThomasB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best experience at a San Diego restaurant. Everything was top notch!

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  16. DisappointedBrunchLover

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food at Cesarina is to die for. The pasta is fresh made on premise as are the sauces. The service is always prompt, friendly, professional, and reliable. The servers reflect the quality of the management in particular Milan who is a cut above the usual. Milan is an outstanding manager and knows how to build strong and enduring friendships with customers. A true pleasure to deal with. I'm sure the Italians named the capital city of Italy after him!!!

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  17. AnthonyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place so much. I have been time and time again and it has never disappointed.

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  18. KevSD

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service here is very good. Also the pasta was amazing. We got one of the specials and I got the Fungi. Both were excellent. They have a good wine list. They could use a little more help with their mocktail list as there were only 2 options other than your typical sodas. Hopefully that progresses more. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. I'd highly recommend.

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  19. PennyN

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had a great dinner date with my husband. He wrote a full review in the local SD foodie group. Here is a summary: It’s very good - one of two Italian restaurants we are happy with in San Diego. Casual, happy vibe, good food, great service, and a very reasonable valet stress free parking. Atmosphere is very casual and laid back, the servers are friendly and attentive.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for lunch and sat on the patio. Great service, great food, though if I came back again I would get a red sauce instead of the Funghi.

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  21. MissDee

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and service! I loved the romaine salad and pappardelle bolognese

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  22. MikeF

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    As always, the food was excellent. The staff is warm and welcoming. The prices have gotten a little too high but overall it's a great place to dine.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect place for a delicious Easter meal. You won’t be disappointed- highly recommend!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Everything is fresh and homemade. We love it!

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  25. JeanD

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful experience with Rodrigo who was kind and attentive. The food exceeded expectations s. Already booked another reservation!

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  26. BrianG

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The talented team behind Cesarina have managed to pull off the impossible: Open a second restaurant (that is not just a carbon copy but it's own unique and incredible dining experience in Elvira) and have the flagship restaurant not dip one bit in quality. The Cesarina food, service and experience are still as good as it gets in San Diego.

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  27. DarrellC

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing lunch at Cesarina where the pasta dishes were excellent handmade pastas with high quality ingredients and sauces! The tiramisu dessert is one of my favorite tiramisus in San Diego!

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  28. MaryP

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Third time here and knocked it out of the park again. Amazing pasta and the best tiramisu I have ever had. Will be back once again for certain.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beta vegan dinner we’ve had in a while! Excellent service - will come back!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were outstanding! Booking was daunting, but my small group was grateful for the accommodations given our circumstances! Definitely will dine again more intimately.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience and service , my favorite was the fungí vegana pasta! Staff is great and personable.

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  32. JasonM

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding VEGAN food! LOVE to see more of a rotation of items/specials.

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  33. Delicious

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was such a great experience! Picking out which pasta - sauce- while feasting on freshly baked ciabatta bread! Matt was the best manager /host asking if we were enjoying our meal etc… Cesarina is lucky to have such a wonderful staff!!!

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  34. Chris

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the ingredients and the excellent food preparation distinguish Cesarina from most other restaurants in San Diego. We just tried the Spigola (Mediterranean Sea Base = Bronzino) which we very much enjoyed. It's grilled and prepared with lemon and capers. Delicious!

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  35. ShaunS

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We cook pasta at home all the time, but not like this place!! Such an epic meal for my wife's birthday last night! Noodle quality is on another level from anything in SD!

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  36. SDMOM

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely perfect! Yet again, Cesarina was perfect. It remains one of our all-time favorite restaurants- across the globe. The ambiance is cozy, perfect for a celebration or a casual dinner. Our waiter was knowledgeable about the menu and very professional. Each dish we tried featured fresh, high-quality ingredients. The octopus is a must-try appetizer! It was our first time ordering this seasonal dish - perfectly (that word again!) cooked and plated along with the most delicious accompaniments. The combination of crispy octopus and crispy broccoli is genius. Our table enjoyed the lasagna and several different homemade pasta entrees - pappardelle, gnocchi, etc. You cannot go wrong with any choice on the menu - but their pasta is unforgettable. Each dish served was incredible - resulting in a perfect dining experience once again.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and the staff is lovely. Very cute spot!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Italian place !!! I rightly recommend Cezarina

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  39. SusanS

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our lunch was delicious. I had ordered a vegan ravioli that when it arrived was a bit cold and hard ( more than al dente) I let the server know and it was taken care of right away. The other vegan option was gnocchi. They arrived hot and sooooo delicious. We have been dining here since they opened and the service, food and ambience are always amazing. Cessarina is a must if you have not dined with them. They passion they have for food and taking care of their patrons is 5 star! #jamesbeard

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  40. Fetch

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our go-to restaurant for date night. There are no flaws on the menu. I like the rebooted fried zucchini flowers and the fact the wine list now consists of Italian wines exclusively. I appreciate that they changes things up on the menu, but the quality is always there. Excellent service as always: everyone helps out and keeps an eye on guests.

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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 4906 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 169 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cesarina

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross street
    Catalina Blvd
  • Neighborhood
    Ocean Beach
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri–Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    We know how challenging it is to find parking and truly appreciate your patience and understanding. VALET PARKING is available in front of the restaurant, Thursday to Sunday, from 4:30pm to 10pm GUEST PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4154 Voltaire St NOT AVAILABLE DURING VALET HOURS PAID PUBLIC PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4148 Voltaire St, next to the “ MATT KALLA INSURANCE AGENCY”
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 226-6222
  • Catering
    We offer Catering options for parties of 20 guests or more. To inquire about our Catering options, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of more than 8 guests, we only offer private dining. To inquire about our Private dining option, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
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