Cesarina

4.9
1538 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 1538 people are saying
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Maria
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My waiter was so wonderful and knowledgeable. I came to eat alone for my birthday and he was very warm. He recommended the spinach and ricotta ravioli which was absolutely delicious. The sauce was also delicious and the portion was perfect. I also ordered the Italian Spritzer, which was delicious and generous with alcohol. What stood out to me aside from the excellent service was the amount of outdoor dining areas installed, which makes this very COVID friendly. The look of the restaurant is absolutely charming, including the colorful dining ware and bounty of foliage. I sat and a read a book for a while, and after the busy lunch rush, it seemed like the perfect place to come and relax for a meal alone on another day. I drove about 30 minutes to visit this place because I remember having a delicious gnocchi dish here years ago, and after this experience, I will definitely come back to try the rest of the menu!

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vipMimi
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration on May 4 with my husband and grandchildren. Our first time here. We will be back! The tiramisu was as good as we had in Italy.

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Cindy
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was great to see business booming at Cesarina's. We sat in the new parking lot room- nice and quiet for our guest with impaired hearing. The food was delicious. The added touch of a polaroid photo for our birthday guest was very nice. Only disappointment was our server.....seemed to have too many tables and was not able to focus on the guests when he was at our table. Appeared robotic in his efforts to provide a wonderful guest experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful experience. The food was amazing and the service was great! Will be back soon!

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BrittanyM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly and attentive servers, delicious food and apps, really fun branding, and great outdoor area!

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vipKnivinskus
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and food! Locally owned and authentic Italian food. Wonderful

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RachelleF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch and the food and drinks were incredible! And our server was the sweetest! Great experience. Can’t wait to go back and try their dinner menu

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow!!!! I happened to stumble upon Cesarina on Yelp and decided to give them a try this past weekend. What an amazing dinning experience. From the host to the dessert and everything in between was perfect. So rare these days to find places that truly care about your dinning experience. Server was great, table touches from management. Food was jaw dropping amazing and the dessert was to die for. I will be making more trips down to San Diego from LA JUST to eat at this amazing place. To all the staff at Cesarina, keep up the great work!!!!!

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Jsilva9
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina continues to amaze us with its food and service. Flat out the best around, from the fresh made pastas to the awesome service. Hands down 5 stars and would recommend Cesarina to all!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was incredible!! Service was super helpful but too fast - we were only halfway through our appetizers and they asked about clearing our plates since the mains were coming out. It made it difficult to truly savor all the different dishes and we felt super rushed. I would definitely recommend this place but order as you go - not all at once - to control the pace for your liking. The

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michelleM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great place! The food is amazing, the drinks are good, and the customer service is amazing!

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MargaretJ
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place!! The staff is amazing and kind and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back next time I'm in San Diego. Tutto buono grazie!

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DaphneF
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal for my husband’s birthday complete with the Sea World fireworks! Our 19 year old son is a picky eater and he loved his meal. The cheesecake was the best I have ever had at a restaurant - comparable to my mom’s recipe. We will definitely be going back again soon, probably for our anniversary.

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Anshel
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic customer service, plenty of choice,s and delicious food overall. Definitely recommend a reservation here, but I would come back here in a heartbeat. Lots of Vegetarian/Vegan options as well as GF.

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Susan
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt very taken care of at my mom’s bday! Our server graciously let us know that it was his second day on the job but he was extremely knowledgeable about the menu and attentive all night. Some of the best Italian we’ve had in San Diego!

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TerryM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first visit. Dinner was amazing and the customer service was superb. We are close by, so we look forward to more delicious dinners. Staff was excellent. The Chardonnay was a tad expensive, but overall a perfect 10 for the entire night.

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vipshakonel
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our party of three each had a pasta dish that was terrific. Wine was reasonably priced. Service was great. The only complaint we had was the chairs outside. Uncomfortable for tall people, but a common issue. Overall, it was a lovely dinner.

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JCBEAR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all arrived for lunch at high noon. This was our third time at Cesarina and the first for our guests. We split a couple of Caesar salads, which had fresh taste and plenty of Parmesan. The bread was excellent as usual. The ladies chose eggplant for lunch while the guys went with the featured lasagna. Everyone was more than satisfied with the taste and size of the portions. A glitch delayed delivery of one of the entrees, for which management then did not charge us. Their response was over-the-top great! We will keep coming and bringing friends with us to share the enjoyment!

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NinaI
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing! Such great service and a lovely dinner experience.

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MichaelB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Great atmosphere. As close to European dining as it gets.

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KathleenT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really pleasant and knowledgeable staff. From the hostess to the waiter we felt genuinely welcomed. Best of all the food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

This restaurant has delicious options for everyone - vegan and non vegans alike. The pasta is simply incredible!

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SandraM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the idea of the breakfast of champions; you get to try a little bit of everything. & the bottomless drinks are just amazing! I will definitely be back soon

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were outstanding. We had: lasagna, gnocchi with pesto, rigatoni with the arrabbiattisima sauce (added mushrooms) and maffalde bolognese. Already can’t wait to go back and try more!

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vipTomT
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Top notch service and food

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CarmenS
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cesarina to celebrate our anniversary, and we received complimentary sparkling wine. That was a nice touch! It was our first time there, and we will definitely be returning.

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TaylorD
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite local restaurants every time we visit. Always the freshest and best ingredients. Had an incredible brunch with fresh pasta, prosciutto bruschetta and delicious drinks. Highly recommend the Italian Spritz and/or the Lavender Mimosa for libations. And the house made tiramisu is to die for with fresh espresso poured over lady fingers. Would recommend to anyone for any ocassion, brunch or dinner.

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Dominic
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food! Everything made scratch in house. The pasta was delicious and perfectly cooked. Nice, authentic Italian style, feel, and taste.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a mother/daughter date here and enjoyed the delicious food, friendly wait staff and the comfortable patio dining. The perfect mix of good food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed a meal after getting off the plane with a friend. The staff was wonderful and even stored our bags for us so it wouldn’t be in the way when we ate our meal. The food was absolutely delicious, our wine was perfect, and we had a great server as well. We loved this place and will absolutely return when we can.

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vipBignewfie
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant and efficient staff. Great food and service. Can’t wait for our next visit.

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SD2MAUI
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great!! We really thoroughly enjoyed it!

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JosieZ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently the best service and food. Our favorite!

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vip1srfnsom
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Definitely worth trying! Had the squash blossoms, split a Cesarina Caesar, then had Chicken entree, and the Carbonarra. Enjoyed them all... had a sparkling rose to start, and a nice glass of Barolo with the Carbonarra.

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DavidP
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excelllent service - all the servers speak Italian, which was awesome.

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LocalDiner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. Friendly staff. Will be back!

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AlisonM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful experience! Food was perfect and service was top notch! Love having you guys in Point Loma!

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vipSanDiegobag
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We love Cesarina. Sad to see the menu has contracted a bit but our server explained that due to the pandemic it’s not always possible to get the ingredients they need. We’ll be back soon.

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LauraM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved the italian authenticity of this place. Our server was phenomenal & the small details like ther ceramics, were such a nice touch. And the kodak picture to celebrate a birthday was so cute!

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 1538 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.