Cesarina

4.9
1842 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 1842 people are saying
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4.9
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4.8
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding. Would come back again every time we’re on n town

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vipJohnE
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a real jewel. Attentive service, delicious authentic food, all in a convivial atmosphere. What more could ask for? Outstanding place.

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Yulissa
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food4service5ambience5

The staff, drinks and the ambiance was great, however our pasta dishes were too salty :(

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DarleneP
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent and we had a great time celebrating birthdays! 💜

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dana
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

"I love the relaxed feel of this place – like a comfortable dining room in a friends home. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The pasta was amazing . Service was great.. Everyone loved their pasta dishes.. wines were affordable."

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Shannon
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The server under my table was too slow, and we had to ask other servers multiple times.

I usually eat Spaghetti Scoglio because it has a good spicy kick.
However, there was no spicy kick, the food was not hot, and the noodles were overcooked and mushy.

I used to serve super delicious food, but I was super disappointed.

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LilyL
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands-down the best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy. Truly spectacular food, cute set-up, great service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The absolute best!!!

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GreggE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rave reviews from Cesarina are all true! The service is outstanding from the top to the bottom! The food is fantastic; I am going back next week!

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vipKuki
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my second time. As any restaurant lately they need help in service. The food is amazing .

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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CliffHanger
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best real Italian in San Diego, just don’t take my favorite table

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is always superior— from the service to the last course!

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vipWilliamK
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food we have had in San Diego. Great service. Owner has a passion for his customers, food and restaurant!

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Zach
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Best Italian food I've had in San Diego. Very attentive and very kind staff. The tables nearest the street are already a little loud with the cars (though I know you have no power over that), so the playlist being all electro-swing-house music made it hard to have a conversation. Other than that, a fantastic meal and experience.

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RichardP
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I had a great dining experience. As a vegan, I was extremely impressed with their selection of dishes. Our food was excellent and the service was outstanding.

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FernandoO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It's a great restaurant. Here are my two dislikes: One dish that had octopus was overcooked, and if you are seated outside you are getting street noise. Every else was great!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Food is good but they seated us after our reservation time, would not seat us outdoors, 30 minutes to take a drink order, slow with dessert. The only thing that was fast was clearing our table even before we finished eating! I see many good reviews and really used to love this place. However, they have lost the magic touch of service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal! Our server Andrea M. made our experience. He walked us through the different dishes and how to best compliment each pasta choice. He knowledge and warmth was our favorite part of our visit. Thank you so much Andrea M!

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vipGoldfish
Austin
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing first impression and the food was phenomenal.

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vipIngeborg
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as always. Excellent service. We’re already looking forward to our next dinner at Cesarina 👍🏻

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Kinnie
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you haven’t been here, get a reservation as soon as possible. We have yet to find a more authentic experience than this in San Diego. Little Italy restaurants have NOTHING on Cesarina’s. We’ve had nothing bad here. The food is always impeccable. The service is fantastic. The ambience is sexy, fresh, and chill all at the same time.
Some of our favorites….
Caprese Salad. We get it every single time. It’s gorgeous and enough for 3 people.
Gnocchi Porcini, Gamberi e Tartufo. THE BEST gnocchi ever, ever, ever. Comes in a huge copper pot. It’s very hard to not eat the whole thing in one sitting.
Pesto Vegano. Perfect homemade pesto with no cheese!!!
Their vegan menu is huge! You can’t go wrong by with whatever you get, vegan or not.
Desserts: They create the Tiramisu at your table! The Capresina is an absolute delight of chocolate and pistachio.
I always order a suggested Italian wine from my server.
This is our go-to celebration spot to take friends.
I cannot recommend this place enough. It is divine.

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LoriSS
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely dinner! Food was excellent and dessert was the best! Choose your own pasta and sauce and have it your way.
Large wine menu for all palates.

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AnaH
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, place is super cute, drink menu great and the service was awesome.

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DebMc1
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was our first visit and we loved it! Service was almost too attentive in the beginning but then we weren’t checked on for dessert after table was cleared. Place had gotten much busier so we get it - just wanted you to know.

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Laura
Los Angeles
27 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love the eggplant parm appetizer!
The waiter was fantastic and very helpful - recommended a fabulous bottle of wine. The outdoor patio, the flowers, the Italian speaking wait staff, the incredible food! What else can you ask for?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great selection from food to beverages. The staff was so welcoming and attentive. The food was fresh and hot as it came out. From the Caprese, saute di cozze en vongole to the amazing pasta then to finish it up with their refreshing fragole con panna; you cannot go wrong.

We are from out of town and thankfully found this gem on open table. Thank you so much staff of Cesarina. You definitely did not disappoint and I hope that everyone can have the opportunity to eat at this perfect warm authentic Italian restaurant

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BillyBob
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food in San Diego. Absolutely perfect service.

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KenA
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner as always. Our go-to restaurant for special occasions.

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AlessandraH
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I went to Cesarina for the first time yesterday and we loved everything about it: the food, the ambience and the awesome service. We can’t wait to go back. It’s now our favorite restaurant!

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vipPatriciaC
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Staff went out of their way to take care of us. There was a gas issue in the kitchen, but they kept us informed and, once the issue was resolved, served our delicious food.

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Riddler51
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was not our first trip, but it continues to rate highly as one of our favorite “special” places. So, we could go more often, but prefer to save it for special occasions...birthdays, anniversary, for instance, or sharing with out of towners. The food and the service are top notch! Never obtrusive, which is a tricky line to walk and also provide great service. The fresh made pasta and sauces and the desserts are the stars for me. In the past we have brought our own wine, but this time decided to try the restaurant selections. We tried four different wines by the glass with the help of our server, Dylan, and they were all very good.

Special shout out to the dessertier. Really sinfully delicious and worth every calorie. Do not pass up on that!

Parking is a bit of an issue, with most places in that area, but it is worth the effort.

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GregB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had been wanting to try this place for awhile and didn't disappoint. Great atmosphere, feel of a neighborhood restaurant. Very attentive staff, relaxed atmosphere. Food was delicious and reflected the care and attention of an owner run restaurant. The vegan menu is a great option as well. Definitely heading back soon.

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LILIANAG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved all the items we had, including the wine and dessert. A lot of choices that were new to us and makes it worth to take the extra time to get to this Italian restaurant. There are so many Italian places in San Diego, but this is the only one we have been to that has several dishes we had to look up. I recommend exploring the menu online, but the servers are very good about explaining the dishes.

Loud music is the only thing we didn't enjoy, so next time we will go for lunch and hopefully it will a bit more quiet.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I have ever had

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really love going to Cesarina- the staff is very welcoming and the food is delicious authentic Italian!! Intimate patio dining and quiet enough to enjoy conversation! It’s definitely a date night go to spot and we often bring out of town guests for a great family dinner out! Love supporting local businesses- owners are always there and lending a helping hand with a smile!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday here and loved it!

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vipBreeze
San Diego
218 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service

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MeganR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I had high expectations but was disappointed. The spaghetti in my pasta dish had the consistency of lo
mien and the sauces weren’t exceptional. Glad we tried the restaurant but I’ve had better pasta from Little Italy restaurants.

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foodie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food-- molto authentico! Parking can be a problem.

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 1842 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.