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About Chianti Restaurant

Chianti Restaurant is a long time Gaslamp Quarter favorite, known for its authentic Italian cuisine, including hand made pastas, fresh seafood, and classic steaks. Our menu features recipes inherited from the rustic provinces of Tuscany, and are crafted from the freshest ingredients imported from Italy.

We offer an extraordinary wine selection featuring both Californian & Italian Regional wines, as well as a full bar that provides a wide range of liquors and after-dinner drinks. Our staff maintains a refined yet relaxing ambiance for a stellar dining experience amid the tiled entryway, plush seating & beautiful Italian accents. Guests enjoy our window tables and patio dining amid the bustling Gaslamp's busy nightlife.

Our historic building is adjacent to San Diego’s Convention Center, Petco Park & Horton Plaza. We’re also close to many of downtown’s biggest hotels and hottest nightclubs. Private or semi-private rooms may be booked for 20-65 guests

644 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Nightly: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Cross Street:
Between Market & G

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 235-8144

Website:
http://www.chiantirestaurantsd.com/

Catering:
Please contact our event coordinator to reserve space for your private event. We offer a range of pre-fixed menus and private dining options.
events@diningonfifth.com

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We offer a Happy Hour every day from 4 to 7 pm at the bar that features $5 Martinis or House Wines, plus $6 Small Bites of house favorites like Oven Baked Flatbreads, Crispy Calamari, Caprese Skewers, Salami Plate or our famous Charcuterie Boards.

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Details
Sun - Thu 4:00PM - 6:00PM

Private Dining

Hosting a business event or private party? Chianti is ready to help you celebrate any occasion. Our delicious food, fantastic atmosphere and refined waitstaff will provide a memorable dining experience.

Chianti Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

3.9

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

69% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (4)
Good for a Date (3)
Special Occasion (3)
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Business Meals (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Casual (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
People Watching (1)
Romantic (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

We spent a lovely evening at Chianti! The food was plentiful and very good. The service was exceptional, and everyone was warm and welcoming. Christmas music played in the background, and the holiday lights were festive. Would definitely go here again.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Ambiance and service were great!
Fantastic menu - lots of choice for true Italian cuisine.

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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Well, my review isn't exactly accurate. Chianti was actually CLOSED when I arrived at the time on my reservation from Open Table. There was a big yellow sign saying the restaurant was being sold. The sign was posted 11.14, and I arrived on 11.18 for lunch. Others went there later that night and it was open. So I'm not sure what happened, but I had a reservation and the restaurant was closed.

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

It was closed. Not just closed for the day, but CLOSED.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food was great and our server was very nice.
However, we were a party of 15 with a reservation and it took them 1hr and 25min to bring out the food! The restaurant wasn’t even busy. There were more empty table then there were people.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

The waiter was incredible and really saved the night. The Caprese and Calamari appetisers were spot on. I cannot say that for the rest. The chicken parm was dry and the gravy had no flavour. The lobster ravioli was bland and mushy in the middle. The truffle cream sauce smelled like truffles but had zero truffle flavour ( they used truffle infused oil instead of anything truffle). The table universally disliked the food. But the atmosphere was great. We sat by the pizza oven and the lady making pies looked straight from Sorrento. Again the waiter was just great so the review isn't all bad news. Possibly a table if 14 is too much and maybe you'll have more luck in smaller numbers.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Beef Carpaccio, Seafood Pasta, and Cioppinno were all excellent.
Service was fast and friendly.

A bit noisy for a romantic evening, but still enjoyable. Bread was served warm but I felt it could have been a better quality.

Only small room for improvement in what was otherwise an excellent meal!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Went with a friend for dinner. Super friendly service. My friend had the short ribs and I had the halibut special. We were both impressed by the taste and quality of our meals. For desert, we ordered coffee and shared a slice of tiramisu, which was light and flavorful. We had a very good experience at Chianti.

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 (New England)·Dined on September 29, 2017

This Restautant was very ok . Service was good but nothing stick out beyond adequate.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 28, 2017

It turned out we were in town for Restaurant Week. We liked the reviews on Open Table so we booked a reservation but because OT does not report on RW we called to make sure Chianti was a participant. I asked the woman if they took part in RW and she told me they did. I asked a second time just to be sure and was assured the yes they were participants.

When we got there we reported in to the same lady who I talked to on the phone and were issued to a table and she saw to it that we were given water immediately(probably so the we would feel committed). When I asked where was the special RW menu I was told oh, we don't do Restaurant Week. I recalled for her our conversation and she said, Oh, I misunderstood you. Hardly likely

We left. We have no interest in supporting a Restaurant which so blatantly lies to its customers to try to fill themselves up- there we only two other tables occupied. We find this kind of deliberate deception unacceptable and feel as a service provider, you should as well.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 14, 2017

It felt like we were being rushed by the manager. Our dinner order was taken before asking us if wanted anything to drink. We had to ask for a glass of wine. We were also just presented the bill without even asking if we wanted coffee or dessert. Our server was nice, but the manager kept jumping in (he made it awkward).

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Disappointing.
It was a warm evening and no a/c was a problem.
No veal dishes was also a letdown for some guests.
Wanted it to be great but it wasn't.
Probably will not try it again.

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·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service was dramatically improved! Bread is excellent. Pasta tastes so fresh.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 2, 2017

Food was delicious. I had the lasagna. Service was not good, they changed waiters mid stream and lost our order. Didn't even offer a free appetizer or dessert. The doors stayed open and it was extremeley hot. Only one ladies room that was occupied, so had to use the men's. It was clean tough. I would give them another chance because the location and the food were good, and hopefully the weather won't be so freaky hot next time.

Tags: People Watching, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 30, 2017

We selected Chianti for a birthday celebration based on trip advisor and yelp reviews. The food was excellent. We had pasta dishes. The restaurant was quiet as we were there early evening on a Tuesday. We sat inside, all other customers who were there were sitting in the outside street patio area, so we felt like it was our private restaurant. Our server was friendly and helpful. We would go there again the next time we are in the San Diego area.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Service Service Service.

They really spent the time to take care of us.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 22, 2017

Very average food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I am in San Diego every two months, and one of the highlights of my visits is dining at Chianti. Food and service are outstanding. Margarita is an excellent server. She offers great suggestions and frequently checks to see if everything is OK. The manager Abdu keeps the ship on a steady course. He is very welcoming. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Authentic, Comfort Food
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

On vacation, went with 2 young children, wait was 1 hour plus for food. Management added the 18% tip on the bill two times.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Been there many times, that's why I return. The service and food are great.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great food & service. I came for dinner with a party of 8, and every single person LOVED what they ordered. Great wine selection as well. Highly recommended.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on July 23, 2017

I made my reservation on open table but when we arrived the hostess didn't have me down. Fortunately they were very accommodating (considering they were packed and it was Comic-Con weekend) and got my party of 7 right in.

Food and service was very good!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great as usual

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 13, 2017

This is our favorite Italian restaurant in the Gaslamp area. Great pasta and seafood dishes. Our server was very friendly and efficient.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 1, 2017

good service and very good food. I would recommend this restaurant to everone

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 20, 2017

Chianti is one of our favorite spots while visiting San Diego. The food is really excellent, prices reasonable and service is great. I would highly recommend Chianti whether for business or pleasure. It's a keeper!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

My husband and I went to dinner for our weekly date night. I had the Mediterranean salad, to me out of the whole meal this is where they lacked on the menu. I would have loved for it to be larger as a dinner entree with cucumbers more feta cheese and definitely more Greek olives I had one on my plate. Would also love to see a antipasto salad with the Italian meats and cheeses. The seafood fettuccini with the Lobster was delicious and so was the hot bread brought to the table prior to your meal. For desert I had the limoncello which took me back to Italy. Will visit again

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, People Watching
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Music too loud and acousticsnot good for a larger party- service not optimal- food ok

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

El restaurant bonito pero el servicio pésimo. Se tardaron horas en llevarnos la carta, luego en tomarnos la orden y en traernos los alimentos. La mesa de junto de unas 10 personas de lo más escandalosa. La comida buena, pero el servicio fue tan malo que no la pudimos disfrutar.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 3, 2017

My husband and I love to come here for date nights. The food is superb, the wine list is extensive, and the ambiance is casual but romantic. You will be well taken care of from the moment you walk up.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 2, 2017

This restaurant is great for people watching in the gaslamp district of San Diego. The food is basic Italian and whether a salad or ravioli always delicious.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We just spent a very nice evening there. Got seated on the patio overlooking 5th avenue. They have heat lamps. I always get cold, so that was a huge plus. Service was very prompt and the recommendations were on point. I tried their bacon wrapped scallops, they were amazing. My husband had a filet mignon, which was cooked perfectly. Finished with a tiramisu, also tasted great!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

My self and some friend went out to have nice dinner in Gas Lamp , and it was a very good choice we made to dine at Chianti Restaurant , the food was excellent , I had the Lamp chop very nice exact temperature I asked for and my friend had Seafood Pasta Linguine and the other dish was the Salmon , all over was great experience and will go back very often .

Tags: Good for Groups, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 31, 2017

I had a great experience dining at Chianti. Italian cuisine is my favorite and Chianti has very delicious dishes. I highly recommend this place. It is also located in the heart of Gaslamp which is very convenient.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Ate on curbside patio. Great for people watching. Seating was a little tight but not uncomfortable. Service was great, just short of superior. Food was good but not great, and just a tad disappointing for the price. I would definitely eat there again in hopes of them earning 5 stars.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 17, 2017

Excellent food + Outstanding service = Returning soon and often

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Chianti the is a great restaurant. Always consistent and delicious. The menu is varied so there is something for everyone.

However, open table sent me my confirmation for Friday night, but did not give it to the restaurant. Wake up.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2017

A good restaurant in the heart of the Gas Lamp District of San Diego. A nice outdoor dining area near the sidewalk gives a great view of life in the Gas Lamp. My wife and I had some fried calamari for an appetizer that was perfectly breaded and some of the best we have had. I had the lasagna which was hot and wonderful while my wife had the shrimp pasta which was excellent. Their house wine was good and the service was just right to make a lovely outdoor evening in San Diego.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Took my staff for dinner after a meeting. The menu has so many great entrees that it was hard to choose. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 1, 2017

We enjoyed our early evening meal at Chianti's. Good food, excellent wine, attentive service, and a generally enjoyable atmosphere. The only sour note of the evening...having to pay $1.00 for the two pieces of ice in a gin and tonic. Seriously? You are charging for ice?

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