Cesarina

4.9
1270 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.

Support Cesarina during COVID-19

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 1270 people are saying
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4.9
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4.8
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OMG. If you are hungry and craving great food run yourself to Cesarina! We ordered three pasta dishes and all were spectacular. Mine was the best as the sauce was chose. By the knowledgeable waiter to go with the ravioli of the day.
As we were celebrating my son’s birthday they came out with a special dessert and song. Although we did not think we could have dessert their tiramisu made that thought disappear.
What is also outstanding is the level of care that they have shown during these covid times. They do it right with outdoor seating but creating a patio setting that is not only safe but beautiful. They even provide hot water bottles to take away the chill! Can’t wait to go back again!

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vipGERARDOB
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we love the food service is always amazing we love the place.

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RoseT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a must for any Italian food lover looking for a fun atmosphere and compassionate personnel!

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JenLK
Miami
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a birthday and had such a great night! The food was perfect as always, service was outstanding, thanks Simone and they made the birthday girl at the table feel very special!

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kurta
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for a long time. The food was excellent as well as the service and the atmosphere I will definitely be going back.

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CharrissaA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time at Cesarina. Hands down some of the best fresh made Italian food I’ve had. Sad that the tiramisu wasn’t made table side, but understand given the current events. Highly recommend.

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EmmaJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best restaurant in san diego! everyone who works there is incredible, and the food is amazing!

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Elina
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, food and service 10 +.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service
definitely recommend it ! And would go back again

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Gabriela
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than the large dumpster truck and ick up trash right next to our table during brunch for about ten minutes everything was great!!!

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Angela
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every minute of our Thanksgiving dinner at Cesarinas was fantastic. From the service to the food. I can't wait to go again and try a new dish.

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vipJasonH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful food and service.

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JessicaW
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are gluten free and limit dairy. We haven’t eaten Italian in forever but this place had so many options! The food, atmosphere and service were phenomenal!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday - great experience!

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vipSanDiegobag
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina is so special and charming. The food, pasta especially,
Is delicious and all wait staff are so helpful.

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Cindy
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We returned to celebrate my husband's birthday and had another fabulous experience!

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vipDianeR
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a wonderful restaurant. We love the special attention to detail. Super friendly and overall just an amazing experience. The food was delicious and the portions are large. We always enjoy dinner at Ceserina!

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vipLarryinBH
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magnificent old country cooking, playful expert service, is eat here once a week for life.
The ravioli, the lasagna, the calamari.... wow

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HappyPatron
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding experience all around on Monday evening. First visit to Cesarina for the 3 of us.
They've done an exceptional job of maintaining a lovely ambiance during these challenging times of outdoor dining only.
The service, food, wine, everything was A++
I will be returning over the holidays with my family.

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BarbA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious find in OB! The handmade pasta and sauce were outstanding. Very attentive and friendly service staff. Outdoor patio quaint and addressed Covid distancing. On-site parking minimal; parking around the block is available if your party can walk. Relatively quiet outdoor dining so near the street. Reservation a must as seating is limited. Definitely going back soon!

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vipMadisonP
Tulsa
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best restaurant in San Diego, hands down! Don't even bother looking around, you MUST try this place.

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IsabelT
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Notified them beforehand that it was for a birthday and they forgot. Other than that loved the overall ambiance.

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vipJoeC
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina is the best authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego County (that I’ve frequented). They really adapted well to the “outdoor dining edict” with beautifully-designed patios that are spacious yet cozy. The food is spectacular, and the service is on-point without a typical rush to get you in and out. Try the fiori di zucca, gnocchi alla bolognese, and tiramisu (trust me)

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Gabriela
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing!

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JonathanH
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely loved it...we are very much hoping to make the place a regular spot for us! The whole experience was excellent...even with the loud guy from New Jersey, he was at least entertaining.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing experience at Cesarina! I can’t say enough great things about this place, the food, and our waitress, Sole. We ended up having bottomless mimosas, the prosciutto avocado toast, and the lemon ricotta waffle and we were aboldury obsessed with everything! 10/10 must try

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BethW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wait service impeccable food fantastic lovely green patio we are coming back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always,

Definitely the best Italian restaurant in San Diego!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting San Diego expecting to take in the 4:45 pm sunset and treat our neice to a meal. We were thrilled Cesarina could take us earlier than our reservation time originally. Great outdoor space to comply with safety guidelines - extra heaters and friendly staff contributed to the warm hospitality . Decent wine list and we shared a nice CA bottle of Enos. Menu specials were delicious ( Scampi and risotto ) Salmon with spinach and basil on creamy mashed potatoes. Very attentive staff, charming setting with Edison lights strung festively -they make good use of patio space for outdoor dining even in November .

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vipStephanieC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eat the gnocchi or any of the pastas with The Norma sauce. Caprese salad was fresh and all we ate was delicious. Save room for the creme brûlée’s cheesecake and Mio Dio desserts. All highly recommended! Service was great. Patio dinning during COVID was comfortable under the heater. They offered a warm cozy for your lap to keep you comfortable. Ambience was nice during the evening with the twinkling lights. The plates are also cute adding to the Italian theme. Go eat at this restaurant! Enjoy!

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OpenTable Diner
Western NC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a hit

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vipmarciam
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit but definitely not our last! Both the service & the food were absolutely amazing! A very enjoyable evening!!

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TalorJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my boyfriends birthday and this is where he chose to go. It was only our second time and it was better than the first. Which is saying a lot because the first time was amazing. The food never disappoints. Best calamari we have ever had. Our entrees were so delicious and drinks were amazing. This is definitely the best Italian we have been to in SD.

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vipmshzy
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A Birthday celebration tonight that was perfect !! It’s always a great meal, service, food and atmosphere!! It’s become our go to spot for celebration!! Thank you thank you !!

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vipBarbaraK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of birthday celebrations the night I was there. Food is always exceptional. Wish they had their own bakery, bread, especially the walnut bread is so delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it! Food was delicious and service was top notch.

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Foodluv
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality, authentic Italian food. Beautiful setting. The COVID precautions were done well. Plenty of space outside to feel comfortable and safe. Don’t skip their tiramisu.

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vipTina
San Diego
112 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't be more pleased than we were on Sunday celebrating our Anniversary outdoors in a beautiful setting at Cesarina! The hospitality and service impeccable! The food delicious and we felt sated: the homemade ravioli and the spaghetti with seafood very tasty! i would recommend the Polpo appetizer if you like octopus. you will not be disappointed!
CAIO e Buon Appetito!

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VickiO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The atmosphere was nice, great food selection, and the service was good.

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vipMadiaS
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina is one of my new favorites. The ambience, the food, the staff is absolutely perfect. I highly recommend for any part of the day.

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 1270 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.