Civico by the Park

4.4
197 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Join us for brunch starting Sunday, April 4th, and every Sunday after! Come relax by the the park with a delicious Spritz and one of Chef Pietro's Calabrifornian creations! In addition to amazing cocktails and food, enjoy a live DJ playing low tempo jams. (Brunch only)

Civico by The Park is the new location for the famous Civico1845 in Little Italy, San Diego. The Gallo Brothers are bringing their love, passion, and enthusiasm, to Banker's Hill!

We feature flavors of authentic Calabrian cuisine, created through surprising techniques and nuances by owner and Executive Chef Pietro Gallo.

We offer full traditional and vegan menus with the addition of our homemade pizza in two styles: the Pinsa Romana and Calabrian Pizza!

In addition, we offer an outstanding selection of Italian wines and craft cocktails focusing on amaro and grappa—the perfect aperitivo or complement to your meal.

Hope to see you soon!
Dario and Pietro Gallo

Support Civico by the Park 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
  • Contactless payment available
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 197 people are saying
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ErinF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch with live DJ. Ordered the bubbles by saying it in Italian 3x fast (great deal) and really loved the burrata and prosciutto dish. Frittatas are more like egg tacos vs a traditional frittata - different, but good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We ordered cocktails, appetizers and mains. The appetizer came before cocktails. It was tasteless and cold inside. We were about to tell the waitress, when the main course came, followed by the cocktails. The shrimp and pasta was so heavily peppered, it was inedible. The pork shank and polenta was bland. The only good was that they took off the appetizer and pasta off the bill

Civico by the Park
Responded 4 days ago

Ciao! I’m sorry you had such a terrible experience! I remember your table well as I know my manager Luigi had stopped by to offer our apologies. It’s clear that we did not meet your expectations and I am very sorry! Please send me an email at zachary@civicobythepark.co m with all of the details so we can learn from our mistakes. We’re a family business trying our best to navigate these challenging times and I appreciate your patronage and feedback! Grazie Mille! Zachary, General Manager

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vipELENA
San Diego
64 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were very impressed with the decor. Love the openness of the restaurant. Food and service were the best. Filled up on the Antipasto Calabria. Will try the Pasta dishes next time.. Music a little too loud but thatsa my opinion. Definitely will go back and recommend to friends and family. Liked the validated parking.

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SeptemberS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I celebrated our anniversary here and it was incredible! The service was great and the food was incredible.

Civico by the Park
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words and choosing to celebrate with us! We are looking forward to the next time! Ciao! -Zachary, General Manager

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AnneH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Civico is a gem! Enjoyed a scrumptious pizza and a great bottle of wine. Our server was wonderful as well. Will definitely visit again in the near future!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch and they did not disappoint! Great cocktails and excellent food options. Breakfast pizza was perfect to share.

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KrissyA
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service delightful for Sunday brunch. Def recommend!!

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MadaiC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Great venue however the food was Salty and service was very poor

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vipLuvgoodfood
Los Angeles
41 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best vegan options I've ever had! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Food was average. Calamari was salty-over seasoned. My meal was good. My husbands was bland. The wine pour was that of a wine pairing not full poor. With many Italian restaurants in the area, the ambiance is where it’s able to compete-only.

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vipKing
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The food was good, the service at the location wasn’t up to par with the Little Italy location.

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Tyyy
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was great, the atmosphere was good. Open space, great design, lots of light. The food was average. Nothing special. Probably good for happy hour.

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vipsuzie
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

brunch is delicious; servers are great as is the space...music waaay to loud. Why??

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vipRamigo
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Cívico and found it surprisingly good!
Great food, good value and good service.

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StephanieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome spot! Really delicious vegan menu and a nice staff! We mentioned it was our anniversary in the booking and they surprised us with two glasses of champagne!

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vipAMPP
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Raw shrimp, flavorless food, weak drinks, and loud music. Not enjoyable

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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Melissa
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved everything about this place! The ambiance was wonderful and the food phenomenal! Oh and that pesto and rice mozzarella! Wow! 🤩 As a vegan it’s great to have such an expansive menu and share an upscale meal that caters to herbivores and carnivores alike. That vegan charcuterie board is the perfect appetizer to get your meat eater friends to expand their palate for plant based deliciousness. Looking forward to our next dinner date!

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AlexT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

We’ve eaten at the little Italy location often and wanted to try the new location. We ordered from the vegan menu, one of the reasons we love Civico so much; we ordered the vegan caprese to start, then the carbonara and the papardelle with sausage and mushroom, finishing with the vegan cannoli. None of the food was good. Just nothing. The bread was below average, seemingly slightly stale, and the pesto was totally unremarkable. The oil in the pesto seemed very average indeed, and the flavor profile just left you wondering where the flavor went. The entrees arrived and my wife’s carbonara frankly tasted off. The flavor profile was totally unbalanced. I don’t know if the oil just was slightly rancid, or something else, but it wasn’t good - it was so bad we sent it back, which is very unusual for us and swapped it for the gnocchi, which, also wasn’t very good. I had the papardelle which was okay, but rather salty, as civico’s good in general can be. The pasta was kind of day-glow yellow, rather over bright. I get they’re going for the look of rich egg pasta, but it just was kinda scary looking. The sausage was fine, but that wasn’t made there. The sauce was okay, nothing to write home about. Then my wife’s gnocchi came out and it was just kind of an oily mushy mess. The dish was drowned in oil, and the pesto seemed to fit slightly better than with the bread, it was still pretty meh. The gnocchi themselves lacked flavor and were pretty basic. Desert arrived, I thought we had ordered two deserts, but the waiter seemed to only get that we wanted one, so we shared. No big deal really, but another miss. The cannoli was below average. The shell was dry and biscuit-like, the filling had a very graining texture, which is probably the coconut. It wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good either. Then the pistachio dusting on the end made an already kind of dry desert even drier. Definitely not worth the fairly hefty price tag. Won’t be going there again,

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vipmcdermgal
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Great space. Lots of food options, but I wish they had a non vegan lasagna option. Also wish they had plastic lids for the cups for kids. Service could have been better. Ravioli was salty. Burrata appetizer was delicious as well as the drinks and cannoli. Overall, There are a ton of other delicious italian options around, not sure I’d go back anytime soon unless for happy hour or the like.

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StevenW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The staff was excellent and great service. Food was well prepared and very flavorful. Would have preferred sitting a bit further away from other diners. People didn't seem well spaced.

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EmilyO
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had the restaurant week menu. Apps and desserts were great. Entrees were lackluster. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The restaurant was understaffed which resulted in average service. My pasta dish was a disappointment. The fettuccine came clumped in a ball. They remade it but it was over salted the second time around. The only good experience was sitting at the bar. The bar staff was attentive and knowledgeable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambiance, and experience. I think they could have a bigger cocktail selection though!

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RonnieK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice Italian restaurant in Bankers Hill with a modern feel. The food was good, not great. Ordered the pappardelle and it was very filling. Ordered the Civico Spritz drink and I was more impressed by the drink than the food. Dessert was a decent cannoli with some citrus cream. Our dessert order went forgotten for a bit so that’s why the service was just a tad bit disappointing. Otherwise it’s a nice option right across the street from Balboa Park that’s worth a try.

Civico by the Park
Responded on April 14, 2021

Ciao Ronnie! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a comment on OpenTable! I am most gracious for your feedback as this is how we can improve. I see that you felt the food was lackluster, I will speak with my chef and ensure our recipes are being properly executed. Lastly, the timing on your dessert is unacceptable. This is a problem that we have identified and I will be working to remedy it. Thank you for stopping in, and I really hope you try us again soon! -Zach, Manager

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vipJFOX
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anniversary diner. Our server was awesome. Young guy and new to this restaurant but did a great job. Food was good not great. Beer was great though! I had the amber one. Overall good experience. I can see this place poppin.....very cool vibe

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JessicaM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

I went there on Easter with my step dad. I heard Civio has a vegan menu. We decided to check it out. I tried almost everything. The ice cream dessert is their best dessert. Their lasagna was great. I really liked their vegan marghetia pizza. The restaurant was beautiful and trendy. The service was fantastic.

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vipTopWop
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tasty food. Attentive service and great people watching.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Disappointed. The spot is really cool, but not family friendly. There was a large party going on, music blaring, and the staff was completely overwhelmed serving the party to take care of regular tables. The food was pretty good, a lot of good ideas, but without fixing how they expedite service will suffer.

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Marissa
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of vegan/vegetarian items, solid drinks/wine selection. Would come again! Nice to be close enough to downtown but far enough from traffic and crowds!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, super nice servers!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Perfect evening for a reunion with friends 10 years in the making! The staff is very accommodating and pleasant. I would definitely go back again when I visit home!

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vipJmtiii
Chicago
15 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food beautiful ambience. Spotty service

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Yum4U
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The restaurant is located in a Nice area... Food was good. Also
we enjoyed the open feeling of the restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food5service2ambience2

Food - great
Staff - polite but inattentive
Music - way too loud

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JavierB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Food is great, tables for four are way too small and uncomfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mexico City
14 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and delicious food... Hostess was kind and efficient to accommodate our reservation for a larger party. Great customer service !
Thanks !!

Civico by the Park
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thank you for stopping in! We try to accommodate everyone, even when we're busy. I really appreciate your patronage! Grazie Mille! -Zachary, Manager

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KatherineD
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was really great. The waiter was wonderful. The table was perfect for us. I felt very safe - away from others and truly outside. It is a keeper for me.

Civico by the Park
Responded on March 25, 2021

Thank you so much for your review, Katherine! I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience with us and I'll share your feedback with our team! Grazie Mille! Zachary, Manager

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vipmks1
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Two out of three dishes were not remarkable. Vegan entree the exception but nothing remarkable. Caesar salads solid. Vegan tiramisu dessert was dry. Our waitress noticed and to her credit, took it off the bill and stated (without us saying anything), "sometimes it is dry." She stated she informed the kitchen staff. Disappointed as we selected the restaurant as they offered vegan options for one in our party. Maybe kitchen will even out as we emerge from COVID restrictions.

Civico by the Park
Responded on March 25, 2021

Buongiorno! Thank you for taking time to leave us some feedback! I'm very sorry that your experience was lackluster. We have identified an issue with our Vegan Tiramisu and our Chef is working on fixing that situation. I hope that you will give us another chance soon!! Grazie Mille! Zachary, Manager

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Civico by the Park is rated 4.4 stars by 197 OpenTable diners.

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