Cesarina

4.9
2143 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 2143 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and service! Will come back again very soon!

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Monika
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service2ambience2

wine was excellent, desert was fabulous (cheesecake), eggplant parmagiana appetizer was excellent, the pasta dish with lamb ragu was very good, although the root veggies it said were to be in there were missing.

the chicken cacciatore would not order again. the baked chicken was good, and the sauce was ok, but there was not much to the sauce other than greek kalamata olives....the spinach and polenta that came with it were bland and flavorless.

the ambience is pleasant, a bit like, a trattoria....the nerve racking fast music was, thank god, not too loud,

the servers were all very pleasant, but overdo interrupting our meal to ask if all is ok...

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, ambience was outstanding. Patrick the manager and Nick the owner introduced themselves and checked on us. The octopus, clams and zucchini apps were delicious.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Food was delicious! Can’t really go wrong with the plethora of options. Service was great too. Highly recommend!

CM
CarolineM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, ambiance, and service. can't wait to go back!

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Alexandria
Montreal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was great, gave us suggestions and paced the meal perfectly. The food and wine were delicious. Also, the cannoli was so good. The atmosphere is so cute and classy. My husband and I had a lovely night!

CP
CarissaP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant paid close attention to detail and was very pretty. The service was amazing and the food was somehow even better. Our server Jared was greta and we really enjoyed our time there. We will definitely be going again!

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selwint
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience, excellent service and amazing staff!! The decor is great and gives you a sense of being at a happy and warm home. Brunch was quite tasty and drinks had the right amount of zest to wake up. Will definitely come back!!

DS
vipDawnSanDiego
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu was innovative, the food presentation was unique and everything was delicious. We went for brunch so we missed access to the normal menu.

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Vickyann
London
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal and service!
Without a doubt, one of the best bowls of pasta I’ve had! The food was absolutely delicious and the service was great. Cannot wait to come back!

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vipAmazing
San Diego
63 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fabulous! We'll be back! Service was impeccable! Lovely wine list, appetizers, fun, varied menu, ambience was well done. New find for us, they'll see us again!

CE
CaylaE
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Honestly the best Italian food I have ever had in the states. I would 100% recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for authentic Italian food and smooth service. The wait staff gave ample recommendations and treated my party well throughout the entire experience.

We ordered Prosecco bottle service throughout our meal. They continued to send staff over to make sure we had perfect service. We will be going back for many years.

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lexie
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food was really delicious and the service is great too!

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Lisa
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From appetizers grilled octopus & fresh zucchini blossoms, then perfect tasting in house made pastas, drinks, to desserts plus friendly & prompt service, everything was excellent! (Variety of breads very tasty but prefer warm instead of cold)
Local restaurant honored for Michelin Bib Gourmand is how we heard about Cesarina.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stands out from the crowd. Can’t wait to visit again. Great care, suggestions, and attention to detail.

RC
RestaurantCritic
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina should be around for a long, long time. The service was five-star from the hostess, waiter, busser, and managers. The food was all very fresh, flavorful and hot. It's a sad thing, a lot of restaurants fail at serving hot food hot, not Cesarina. Also noteworthy, all the staff was wearing masks and I watched in awe as the busser clean BOTH SIDES of a glass table top. Awesome. I felt reasonably safe from exposure to COVID-19 here. This is a place I can say that they appeared to work as a team and everyone brought their A-game. Yup, Cesarina is worth all the stars you see posted.

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HeidiT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute little restaurant with great ambience service and food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

What a gem! The pasta is fresh & yummy and the dinner bread is delicious! The staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. All the recommendations were on point. The Fried Zucchini Blossoms were the best I’ve ever had. The plates, decor, and menus are super cute. And just a little helpful tidbit was the shape of the pasta was on the menu with a little description. It was very helpful because I don’t know all the shapes-lol. I recommend this place and will definitely come back again!

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SaraF
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! The food was delicious to the point I felt like I was in Italy again. Our waiter was so nice and went out of his way to ensure we had a great experience. We will be going back over and over again!

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vipBilly2013
San Francisco
143 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st timers, saw great reviews + famous restaurant host new friend rec eating here. Some delay for OT resy table but everything else went well, yummy foods. Need a chocolate cake & one more classic American or Euro type dessert. Maybe consider allowing meat/fish entree customers to get SMALL 1/2 order of pasta, NOT doing so NOT good or fair or reasonable I think, even make more $$. Think biz, think Italian… Ciao

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vipTristanZ
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best authentic Italian restaurant in SD!

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ClaudiaW
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my husband’s birthday here last night. Our daughter is a freshman as SDSU and we are down here for family weekend. Wow this place was a treat. It’s the best Italian food we have had in a Kong time. It’s completely authentic. We’ve been to Italy so we can really say it’s legit. The homemade pasta was outstanding and just perfectly chewy and al dente the way it is supposed to be. We had the penne with pesto and homemade sausage and a penne with pink sauce and garlic. The fried calamari was the best we’ve ever had. It was SO crunchy and absolutely delicious. We finished with the deconstructed tiramisu. Wow what a revelation to have crunchy lady fingers. So innovative! We are definitely coming back. This place is a gem.

DG
vipDavidG
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food here is bomb!

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jimb
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious as usual. This place never disappoints.

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stefg
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

excellent food and service, great recommendations from the waitstaff

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vipFoodieGaga
San Diego
156 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent Italian food here. Pick your pasta, sauce and toppings or order their specialties. They have some good salads and nice appetizers. We went for lunch so didn't order any entrees.
The only negative is parking, as in there is none within a few blocks. Bring your walking shoes.

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Guasti
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm reluctant to share this....it'll make it even more difficult to get a table!

A real gem in Point Loma/Ocean Beach. My family has lived on the Point for 100+ years. Old Venice, Venetian, Pommodora, Ulivo are all wonderful.

Cesarina - Bellisimo!

Fresh pasta made on-site. Oh, the choices!
Ravioli as good as my great-grandmother made - sorry, GG.

Teri Moraga

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vipRyan
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina was AMAZING! One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Our server Andrea was exceptional. Absolute 10/10 experience.

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CorinnaW
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service . Food was delicious. Wish we sat inside as ambiance was nicer inside with marble tables. Outside was cute but definitely louder w planes flying over the restaurant, cars and motorcycles driving drive. They greeted us with complimentary champagnes for our anniversary. Enjoyed the complimentary focaccia bread. We ordered the Caesar salad which was average. The Pulpo came with burrata cheese and cubed pieces of potatoes. Verywas tasty. I loved loved the Spigola! It’s a whole fish. So fresh and tender! We also enjoyed the short rib pappadelle. They did not skim on the meat! We were too full to try dessert. Would love to return again to try other items on their menu. But will request to sit inside.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place is just amazing! Loved the mussels and clams appetizer, it’s huge and to die for! Lasagna and tiramisu are must haves. The decor is the cherry on top- adorable!

JB
JeanieB
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our fourth visit here and each time is wonderful. I am eating my leftovers as I write this and they are scrumptious. The only problem this time is we were seated right on the street and the noise was just a bit difficult when trying to visit with new friends. Love the service and the food. Tried the tiramisu made at the table and it w as wonderful. We will be back.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cesarina is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in San Diego! The staff is so friendly and kind. They have an awesome wine list and the food is unbelievably good. They have the most authentic Italian food in San Diego. The homemade pastas are so so good. Such a cute atmosphere too. Indoor or outdoors you will be delighted by the ambiance. Last night we went for a date night but have been with our kids before, it’s kid friendly but also perfect for a date.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food I’ve had in a long time!

MM
MichaelM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Homemade pasta. Sauces, cheese, olive oil, just the highest quality, it's fresh and it's perfection, hard not to say mmmmm when you try each dish.

SM
SarahM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Cesarina and would 100% go back. The experience began from looking at the menu and seeing the short films. Then a glance at the thorough but concise menu had me anxious in the best way about what I was going to order. Everything looked delicious and there were so many options for GF and vegan diners. I made a reservation for our party of six outside but then we had a baby in tow - the team was quick to adapt to inside dining upon our request with a smile, which I'm certain was not easy. Servers were knowledgeable and pleasant and the food did not disapoint. We stuffed ourselves silly happily and could have stayed longer it was such a great atmosphere. 10/10 would go again!

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BrettR
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere. Serving staff was friendly and responsive when something was needed. Got a free tiramisu made in front of us for my girlfriend’s birthday.

CO
CindyO
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another fabulous meal!!! The ravioli was superb...suvch delicate and delicious pasta. Thank you for bringing such quality to our little neighborhood.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and lovely service. We’ll be back for sure!

SB
StBlonde
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Awesome service, friendly vibe. Great food and drinks. The decor is cool and recommend patio seating.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in SD. Great service and great food :)

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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 2143 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.