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Garbatella, Chula Vista, CA

Garbatella

4.2
4.2
217 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Come Try Our Brunch Saturdays & Sundays 9:00AM - 1:00PM

We are proud to share our journey which is Garbatella Osteria Bar. As the first US-based concept from husband-wife duo Saul Plata and his wife Carelma Rodriguez, as well as his partner Antonio and Diana, Garbatella Osteria in Otay Ranch, is the coming together of cultures, of travels, and of a lifetime of experiences. The Italian menu is crafted to reflect the authentic Italian flavors of Antonio’s childhood with recipes he has loved and cooked for decades.

We are thrilled to call Chula Vista home and root ourselves here. Again, benvenuti, welcome, to Garbatella Osteria Italian restaurant.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Café, Breakfast
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 651-1185
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    San Ysidro
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Offers

  • Live Music

    Multiple dates available
    Fri - Sat - 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    Music that is inspired by early legends of the 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Nat King Cole, Tony bennett and Bobby Darin to mention a few. Spend the evening with Roman Palacios. Live Music Available Friday and Saturday 7:00PM to 10:00PM

  • Saturday & Sunday Brunch!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM,Sat - 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Come try our new Brunch Food and Drinks available Saturday and Sunday 9:00AM - 1:00PM

What 217 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

217 Reviews
  1. Esdm

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Pizza Bread was one of the best I have tasted in this area … Octopus was on point in regards to tenderness and flavor… along with the watermelon salad and pistachios dessert !!!

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and extensive wine selection. Great ambience but service was not great, one seated and order was taken, host only came by once.

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  3. BrandonD

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was average, the pasta was overcooked and falling apart but the flavor was good. The service was not good at all, the cocktails were excessively strong and overpoured. It was our second time at this establishment, and it'll probably be our last, unfortunately. I'd rather spend the nearly $200 for two people elsewhere.

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  4. CesarD

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food 🍱 was great and nice place 💯 will return soon

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious but portion for the $25 lasagna was quite small and not very filling.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Anniversary dinner. We were very disappointed. Didn’t acknowledge it was an anniversary, even though we noted it on reservation. Our waiter/waitress hardly acknowledged us during entire dinner. We would not come back.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food had no flavor whatsoever. The pasta was the most disappointing. It’s an Italian restaurant with bland pasta. I hope they change it soon

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  8. CotyG

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall service was outstanding! The food the waitress was very knowledgeable and friendly, this restaurant is going to be my favorite from now on.

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  9. Foodie

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The steak has no taste at all. Very bland. Went for brunch

    1 person found this helpful

  10. ErikaO

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Our waitress initially spoke Spanish to us and we asked for her to speak in English as we do not under the language. She said ok then eventually reverted back to Spanish, she finally got the point when we couldn’t communicate. She was non attentive to us the whole night, she didn’t inform us that ingredients in our pasta were “out” and by the time we got out food we were disappointed to find out. The pizza was soggy and since she did not check in on us so we didn’t get to order any drinks, we had to stop someone else to even get water. Overall will not be going back.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. Karen

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, environment, food, and service. Was able to make a quick reservation online that same day. Highly recommend.

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  12. JOSEN

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Dined on a Friday night and was very "underwhelmed" . The place looked very disorganized. I was seated by the hostess. I went to use the restroom upon arrival my table was given to someone else. Once my guest and I sat they forgot to bring out bread after repeated requests. The food also lacks identity. The pasta was dipped in sour-tasting green sauce. The music was deafening and no one could hear each other. The waiter kept asking repeatedly if we were done during our dinner because they were short on plates. Overall a very disappointing experience. Hopefully, someone reads this review as I imagine some good people work there.

    2 people found this helpful

  13. Raydi

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming environment. Food and prices very reasonable. Wine was great. No one rushed us along although there was a wait for tables. Recommend the cheese wheel and hope they can do tableside presentation again in near future.

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  14. Iri2023

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food and amazing service. It never disappoints.

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  15. EduardoM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service from beginning to end. The food was delicious, flavor and ingredients were the best. Nice place to have a brunch on weekends.

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  16. GermanO

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was delicious and the service was amazing too. Thank you Amy for being a great host. 10/10

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great birthday dinner with my little family of 4 overall. Our main server was awesome but some of the assistant wait staff kept trying to deliver food for other tables to ours and we didn’t have any silverware or plates for 5 minutes after we got our appetizer. It was interesting at first trying to eat until we were able to get some forks. Food was delicious and entertainment was great! Will definitely come back again possibly for happy hour

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  18. Kerend

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is good but that is about all the good in this place. Our waiter spent his time behind the bar mixing drinks. When he remember he was waiting tables, he would come back and asked if we needed anything and forget it. We asked numerous times for bread. He never brought it. We had to ask a different waitress to finally get some bread. We waited 40 minutes for a glass of water. We asked for the check and never received a physical copy or receipt. The waiter just told us how much to pay each. And when we asked to speak to the manager He never showed up. He was too busy . Our waiter tried to make it right by first offering to cut our check which he later came back to tell us never mind not possible , then he offered us a free entree that again later he came back and said that the kitchen was closed and that it wasn’t posible. At the end he gave us a pizza, which by that time we just wanted to leave. To sum up I would not recommend this place. It was nothing like I had planned specially because we were celebrating my birthday

    1 person found this helpful

  19. OpenTable Diner

    Guadalajara

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a super busy night, luckily we planned ahead with a reservation. Firs timers celebrating an anniversary, and everything was fantastic. Food, ambiance/vibe and a top notch waitress. What more can we ask for. Even got the most delicious chocolate cake as an anniversary gesture!!!

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  20. GabyHr

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was very good but portions are small for the price. The place is very nice, the decor and the ambience makes the overall worth it though is kind of pricy

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  21. Mayita68

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and food is amazing!! Staff is super friendly and courteous.

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  22. Nerissa

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was so wonderful, I’m going back with my husband! I loved it!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We went there New Year's Eve. Service was awful, understaffed and food cold and late. Music was lame! They almost forgot to count to New Year! The band sometimes played ok music but no place to dance, people dance next to the table despite the half reataurant was empty. Price was advertised as $80 for 2 once there it said $120 per person. Wasn't worth it.

    1 person found this helpful

  24. fridayg

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place for casual but also a but elegant dinner. Food is great and very pleasant ambiance. Great live music. Convivial scene. So glad to have a nice place in East Chula Vista.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Caesar salad was delicious. The burrata salad was a 2/5. My husband and I enjoyed the chicken plate and pasta.

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  26. JeromeP

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The inside of the restaurant is designed nicely. When our server came to the table, he spoke to us sorta uppity, kind of like we were at a super fancy place such as Ruth's Chris or Eddie V's. But it wasn't. It was my wife's choice to come to Garbatella, and she gives it a 4 out 10. I was kind here and awarded it 3 stars. The main drawback was how the food is. Very average, nothing high-class about it. I probably would not recommend it.

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  27. rafaell

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Terrible Terrible service. Food ok. Expensive food. There is no control in the kitchen. Food is served in random order. Coffee served without spoons, pizza still on table and serving plates were removed, dessert not served timely, etc etc...

    1 person found this helpful

  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great place to stop in and get great Italian. I’ve fallen in love with the pizza and vodka penne. My wife loves the selection of desserts and calamari with nice size shrimp. The flavors are always on point. This night we went was kind of crowded, and some of our food was forgotten like the salad and oysters. However it still was a great visit. The manager made up for the forgotten items by giving us two desserts to take home. Very professional, classy and flavorful.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    It was OK thats the best I can give it. I'll tell you all the honest truth. I was on a first date and I chose this place for the live music. I expected it to be loud so can't complain about that everything else though. Was just Mid. Especially the seating! First, let's start off with the seating. You are cramped like sardines... seriously, you could reach over and grab the persons food right next to you if you wanted. Heck, you're so close you could tell whether they shaved that morning The service. For some reason I got lucky enough to be ignored the entire time. Everyone next to us was basically done eating by the time my table finally had anything to drink. Maybe it was the fact I was so close to their table that they thought I was with them. Who knows! Like we never got our water cups refilled once!! They just completely forgot about us. The service was probably the worst part about this and as a first date. For a restaurant I chose was kinda embarrassing... I would have rather gone tk chili's at this point that's right next door. The service alone would make me never come back. Food: it was decent. Seriously nothing amazing about it could have been worse could have been better. I'll say it's a step ahead olive garden, but then again, that step is what you're paying for. 1 appetizer, 2 entrees, and 2 drinks. Was about 110 dollars. So it's not ridiculously expensive but don't expect to get the best food in the world. Oh and you bet your butt your paying for the bread. Not much only 3.50 but still it's not free. Ambiance: I mean, the live music was ok. No frank Sinatra the entire 2 hours I was there. Just those old Italian ballads we all know about. If it wasn't for being squished it would be better. 3/10 won't go again. But if you still want to try it. Idk maybe say you're bringing 4 people when it's only 2 so your not in the smallest table known to man. Make a reservation so they're forced to seat you. It definitely gets packed.

    1 person found this helpful

  30. AlmaW

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Noise level was so high the waitress couldn’t even hear our order. Music was extremely loud and very unpleasant

    1 person found this helpful

  31. TereL

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m ur waiter was really nice person and really helpful

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We both had Linguine Mare and it was delicious. I am not a pasta person and I loved it. The Caesar salad with lots of fresh parmesan. My waiter Carlos was awesome, attentive. The customer service was great

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  33. RamblingRay

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Had to ask for everything! Salt &pepper..parmesan cheese please..red pepper flakes please. None came. Asked again..oh yeah, forgot about you! Place was not even busy ona Sunday evening. My pasta was just lukewarm. Overall not a good dining experience. Will go elsewhere next time.

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  34. RubyS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our visit did not start on the right foot. I had 6:30pm reservations, they told me they were really full and I would have to wait. Then I was asked numerous times ' how many in your party"? I have a reservation look at your computer. We were not sat till 7:10. SUPER LAME! What save the day was our amazing server Carlos, he was the best. He was so funny, and made our visit awesome. He also made the best Dirty Martini's (super sucio..LOL)

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Stay away from Fridays too busy and too loud even with a reservation.still waited a bit for a table.. The food and service where amazing food came out fast.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. Mmb1970

    Mexico City

    79 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered two types of pizza which were very good, the Cesar salad had a very good taste also. Unfortunately they need more people as servers, our waiter was the bus boy, the bartender and the server. So food came to the table cold.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice, clean vibes inside. Servers were attentive and kind. Food was hot and delicious. Not a long wait for food to come out.

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  38. SheilaP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Italian food. Go on a Friday night and get live music. Roman Palacios is absolutely amazing!!!

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  39. ivanv

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and great service, but yesterday the music was as a little more loud than other days not letting you have conversations well Please have not loud music

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  40. Marimar95

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love their pizza and lasagna!!!! Live music was great too! Friendly staff as well! Thank you!!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Garbatella offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 651-1185.

Garbatella is rated 4.2 stars by 217 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Garbatella

2015 Birch Rd ste 2500 ste 2500, Chula Vista, CA 91915

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    San Ysidro
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 1:00 pm–11:00 pm Sun 1:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–1:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Café, Breakfast
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
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