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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Everything was outstanding. Would come back again every time we’re on n town
This place is a real jewel. Attentive service, delicious authentic food, all in a convivial atmosphere. What more could ask for? Outstanding place.
The staff, drinks and the ambiance was great, however our pasta dishes were too salty :(
The food was excellent and we had a great time celebrating birthdays! 💜
"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."
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.
Hands-down the best Italian food I’ve had outside of Italy. Truly spectacular food, cute set-up, great service.
The absolute best!!!
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!
This was my second time. As any restaurant lately they need help in service. The food is amazing .
best real Italian in San Diego, just don’t take my favorite table
Everything is always superior— from the service to the last course!
Best Italian food we have had in San Diego. Great service. Owner has a passion for his customers, food and restaurant!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
An amazing first impression and the food was phenomenal.
Delicious as always. Excellent service. We’re already looking forward to our next dinner at Cesarina 👍🏻
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.
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.
Food was delicious, place is super cute, drink menu great and the service was awesome.
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.
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?
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
Some of the best Italian food in San Diego. Absolutely perfect service.
Great dinner as always. Our go-to restaurant for special occasions.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Best Italian food I have ever had
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!!
Celebrated my birthday here and loved it!
Delicious food and great service
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.
Fabulous food-- molto authentico! Parking can be a problem.
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.