Cesarina

4.9
1591 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 1591 people are saying
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ColbyT
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina is a favorite restaurant of mine. I take all my guests here when they are in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food! For some reason the appointment was canceled via open table but they were so kind finding a table for us and kept checking on us while we were waiting to make sure we are ok . Love the food and everything! Highly recommended to everyone and hope to dine again next time when we are back to SD:-)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Food is outstanding and plentiful BUT our server Maria was even better: Efficient, knowledgeable, courteous and very nice, she attended not only us but all of her tables with ease.

Meatballs are a MUST.
All the pasta we sampled was fresh and on point.

Be aware: Parking can be difficult.

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HappyStrappy
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a party of 4, two had lasagna, one had ravioli with pesto and one had ravioli with tomato sauce. All dishes were outstanding. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the service, the ambiance and the food. It was the most satisfying experience! This is definitely a “go to” place from now one!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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EssGee
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wine and food. Server made excellent recommendations. Everything was fresh and delicious.

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vipColleenM
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and delightful server! Tiramisu was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite Italian spots! Excited for them to start opening up more tables

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just moved to San Diego. A friend recommended this restaurant . Loved everything about it.

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Johnny
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We had dinner there @8:15 Wednesday The food was a 10 out of 10
Our server Brooklyn was terrible. We felt completely ignored. My wife did not enjoy her wine and didn’t even drink it. He never asked if she liked it or not. The other staff members were excellent at what was asked of them. They fixed the table, which was unbalanced and brought the food when it was hot and cleared the plates quickly. I would definitely recommend this restaurant based on the food alone. It was very authentic Italian and the portions were more than sufficient for the price. Just don’t sit in Brooklyn’s section.

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jroz
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

super charming, great atmosphere. they've really made the most of the outdoor pop up space. food is excellent as always

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FoodieFun
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We've enjoyed many Italian restaurants in multiple cities. NONE compare to Cesarina. The house-baked breads, Caprese, Pasta alla Norma and Cannoli were especially fabulous. Our server, Brooklyn, was personable, attentive and knowledgable. Everything I could have wanted in a perfect evening

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vipIngeborg
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a pleasure coming back to Cesarina and having yet another true Italian dining experience. Their food is authentic, delicious, fresh, organic, home made and serving always generous portions.

Today I had the special of the day, an octopus ragout, and it was very good. My husband had the short rib pasta dish that he loves so much. He’s craving it when we don’t go! We started with their amazing heirloom tomato burrata that makes you lick your fingers!

We’ll be back on Sunday night with other friends that we want to experience this Italian Culinary Corner of San Diego.

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CarlaO
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious appetizers! Fresh and delicious pasta! The pesto alla Genovese sauce is incredible! Everything from service to food is 100% outstanding.

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vipSeanH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was a birthday for my wife. This is her favorite restaurant and has been unable to go for 15 months due to the pandemic.

The host did not care that it was her birthday when mentioned. He couldn’t be bothered to feign that he cared. We were seated at a table with both wine glasses and water glasses cloudy with water spots and one of them had orange food or pulp stuck to it.

Our server always seemed to be walking backward while we were talking to him as if he had somewhere else to be. He also did a poor job of feigning appreciation that my wife chose Cesarina for her special day. I am sure they probably hear it several times a week but an acknowledgement beyond “we are going to need a candle for table 9” is generally expected.

The food was ok. At least it wasn’t too overpriced, but the experience was a let down and the service fell short.

TJ
TJNene
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! Food is out of this world. Love being able to see pasta being made fresh!

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EleonoraF
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location with a cute outdoor heated patio! Server was very welcoming and friendly!

Antipasto with salumi olives etc was well presented and delicious!
Pasta allo scoglio was extremely authentic!

Thanks :)

ND
vipNicoleD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing!! Ambience is fantastic!! A Must!!

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PatriziaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little gem, food was delicious, service impeccable. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipRobertGFromLaJolla
San Diego
42 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredibly good octopus, the tomato Burrata was, fantastic, Maincourse spaghetti with Seafood was outstanding, service excellence, one choice robust and reasonably priced Highly recommended

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vipTomT
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great every time food and service

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Doreen
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all loved their appetizers, the Cesarina salad with lemon dressing, pasta dishes and very tasty salmon dinner!!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little bit of magic for a celebratory night on Point Loma! Food was fresh, delicious!

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CatherineN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome service and spectacular food! We couldn’t be more pleased!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I got together for dinner after several long months of covid. We had an absolutely fabulous time at Cesarina. The food, service and ambiance was perfect!!!

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Marie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Ambience could be better in the outside seating in the back parking lot. They were very busy on mother's day so the service was a bit spotty. The food was fantastic.

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AnnW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The parking was a mystery. Your text beforehand stated you had 6 or 9 parking solace’s yet when I got there...ALL but 3 spaces in the entire area were for Lucadia pizza! What’s up with that?
You are wonderfully tasty, tho...and I will come back again and again...and your service is awesome!
Ann Walker

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RobH
Montana
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best Italian restaurant in all of San Diego County. Home made pasta, fresh seasonal specialties and sauces. Very nice reasonably priced wine list. my favorite place for a special occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mothers Day brunch. Everything was outstanding!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience and amazing food. Staff was great, knowledgeable and helped us decide what we wanted! Food was so so good!!!!!!!!! We will def be back

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vipBrianG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a dozen times, but never before for Brunch. It was AMAZING. All 5 of us ordered something different and all 5 dishes were fantastic. This was already my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego and it is now also my favorite brunch place too. Service was perfect as usual and we can't wait to return.

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TonyL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience all around. We will be back.

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vipDanaC
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. Will be going back soon!

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CaitlinK
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was even better. I got the Pomodoro Fresco but had to take a to-go box because I could not stop eating the free bread before my pasta got to the table. I can’t wait to come back.

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ChristinaM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was excellent as always! The atmosphere was little loud - we ended up at a table right along the street - but the food really makes up for almost everything else. Will definitely be back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Our reservation was 9:15 they made us wait around 10-15min. When the waitress came she said that we had to order because kitchen was closed??!! Si es ordered appetizer and we haven’t finish our appetizer when our dinner was served They shouldn’t make reservations to close to closing time.

This happened to my daughter too. She had a reservation 2:45 she called to let them now she was 10 min late they didn’t answer and we she got there they said they closed at 3 and couldn’t serve her until 4, they should have called !!! And she did. They didn’t answer. So why make a reservation so close to closing time?? If you are going to rush your clients??

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vipDanielleZ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance. Cannot wait to go back and bring friends!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina was so kind to me and my friends. Food was great and service was superb! Shout out to Andrea!

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vipSDMOM
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

I have been to Cesarina multiple times. The food has always been delicious. During my last visit, several issues have caused me to be hesitant about going there again, especially for a special occasion. I confirmed my reservation by phone the afternoon of my visit and mentioned that we would like to sit in the front outside area, near the sidewalk, explaining that it is quiet and cozy (as opposed to their back parking lot seating) as we were celebrating a special birthday. The hostess confirmed my seating, and assured me that a table would reserved in that section. Upon my arrival, the hostesses standing around, could not decide who would seat my party, then led us to the....wait for it... back parking lot seating, right next to the the servers station. Because I did not want a negative start to the celebratory evening, I did not request a table change in case there would be a wait (I also noticed the front section was already full). I ordered what I thought was a red wine which I enjoyed immensely during my last visit. It was a very expensive Italian wine. During our first sips, I noticed this was not the same wine, it was harsh and not enjoyable for our palate. I happened to have a picture of the label from the original wine and asked the waiter if by chance they had the preferred winery. The waiter then briskly ripped away our glasses and the almost full bottle of wine and said he would check. When he came back, he threw the wine menu on the table and barked that I needed to pick another, waived his hand and walked away. We did quickly (maybe out of fear). Our dinners were then served about 10 minutes later. Does this seem fast? It was. And our appetizer never came. Our waiter said he would check, but no apologies. Then he looked at our wine glasses, shook his head and asked my why I would pick a wine that I did not want and walked away, annoyed. I was speechless. Appetizer showed, no charge. No warm, gracious send off with the check, but are you surprised?

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 1591 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.