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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina
Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.
Thursday Date NightStarting Sep 3, 2020Enjoy a 3 course meal for two people (shared app, 2 entrees and a shared dessert) for $45 every Thursday night.
Sunday Family MealStarting Sep 6, 2020Enjoy a family meal for four for only $50. You'll have a choice of family-style Caesar or Mixed Greens Salad, then you Build Your Own Pizza and Build Your Own Pasta!
Half Off Wine Wednesdays
Cheese Wheel Pasta Mondays
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
wild boar sausage / peas / diced tomato / vodka cream sauce / parmesan
Freshly baked daily
calamari / lightly breaded / pomodoro sauce / chipotle aioli
Food was delicious. No complaints.
Given restaurants are supposed to seat only 25% of their indoor dining, this was not the case. The inside of the restaurant was full. Most of the outside dining, full. The owner is obviously taking advantage of the situation.
The food, terrible at best. My wife's ravioli were cold. I ordered carbonara, which tasted like watered down alfredo. My son's meal, alfredo, cold and lacked flavor.
This spot used to be good, great even. But the last few times, lackluster at best.
Not going back.
Always a pleasure to get together with friends at this neighborhood jewel. Was gratified to see the community support during the pandemic shutdown, everyone wants this place to survive! Great food, friendly service.
Family get together. One of our favorite places. Garlic knots are the bomb and you Must get one or 2 orders. Very attentive service. Pizza’s were perfect. Pasta was very tasty and Lamb was Amazing. It was an amazing evening with my family and every one was happy with several tasty leftovers to taste for later. A great find and we keep coming back 😊
Drink and food service was a bit slow. Service was very friendly and they let us know what the delays were and made sure we were taken care of. The food will bring us back over and over again. I was very pleasantly surprised by the quality for the locale. This place was a truly unexpected treat!
Nicely & comfortable restaurant...the food very good.... The best italian rest. In sandiego...
I already loved how this restaurant brought a touch of class and elegance to a corner of town that was otherwise simple and functional. With the pandemic, this place immediately pivoted to wonderful take-out, then special deals, and now safe outdoor dining, making it one of the very few places I have felt comfortable going during this time. The food and service remain excellent as ever, and the outside ambiance perfect for San Diego's year-round good climate. I also understand the owner has gone above and beyond for personal food deliveries to seniors and other people struggling in the neighborhood. I plan on continuing to enjoy a drink and plate of food there for years to come.
The restaurant was not crowded so the noise level was not bad considering it was on a main street, other than people stopping to pick up food with car windows open and music blaring. We sat outside. If it had been crowded, the tables would have been too close together for my comfort during this time. The garlic knots were good but a bit oily. The gnocchi with pesto was tasty. The cannellini with shrimp was too salty. Too bad because the shrimp were good and there were fresh mushrooms and tomatoes. If it hadn't been so salty it would have been delicious. It was okay but I probably wouldn't return.
Slow slow slow. Sat for 1 hour before receiving food. Not good either.
Ordered 2 different pastas. Either one was good. Ordered a pizza to get through. It was pretty good.
Took our long term neighbor out to dinner before she moved away. It was Thursday date night, and since we both wanted items included in the three course date night special, she became my “date” and my husband ordered separately. As usual, everything was delicious and portions large enough that we all had leftovers for lunch the next day. Good wine selection also.The restaurant was full (per social distancing guidelines) which I was happy to see, as this is truly a neighbor gem. We try to get takeout at least once a week to help support them during the pandemic.
Great calimari. Pasta entrees were good, too. This place is a bit out of the way, but a warm welcome awaits diners. Good adherence to Covid precautions.
Seriously if you live anywhere near here, eat here. They are so friendly. The food is amazing. The wine is amazing and I just can’t get enough of it. I always get the Brussels sprouts, calamari, and truffle fries. But I’ve tried almost everything and you can’t go wrong with anything.
Great neighborhood gem! Will be back.
We had a great evening. The staff was super friendly and the food was delicious. Can’t believe we found this great hidden gem. We will be going back frequently.
Super delicious! Very was busy.
Great little place with friendly staff and the owner was very pleasant and engaging. The service felt a little rushed, but it was a busy night and I got the feeling they were a little understaffed. The food was very good and the beverage service and offerings were excellent. We will definitely be back.
What a great evening! Katrina continually makes Giardino’s stand out from all the rest. The watermelon 🍉 spritzer was amazing and the food was delicious as always.
Food was excellent, and so was the service.
It was my first time going here, and without a doubt will go back regularly.
Great date night
Love this neighborhood gem! Staff is always delightful and kind and food is amazing! They’ve done a wonderful job offering fun ways to offer food during Covid.
This was my first visit to Giardino, I have heard many good things about this place and I was not disappointed. I tried the stuffed pork loin and it was absolutely delicious, i will definitely will be visiting this restaurant again.
The home made triple layered mousse cake was the perfect dessert after a rich dinner, lince it was very light in sugar!
Giardinos is a gem in Lemon Grove. Wonderful food and staff. I loved my experience here and would recommend to anyone.
Wonderful little back patio area which seated our group of 10 perfectly! Georgie was our server and he was awesome - food was terrific too! Definitely coming back.
One of the most favorite places around
Had a great dinner at Giardino as always. Their outside dining Al Fresco is amazing! I highly recommend their charcuterie board and truffle Bianca flatbread!
Love this restaurant! Food and service are always consistent and they did such a great job adapting to the new normal. The place is spotless and staff is very considerate and made sure we felt safe during these COVID times. We will definitely be back!
The food was great and the service was even better! We orders the lobster gnocchi and the rigatoni folleto, no complaints whatsoever. They have a back and front patio both beautiful, but the back is a bit more quiet if that’s what you’re looking for. Everybody we came in contact with was very welcoming, the owner even came and greeted us. Definitely coming back and bringing the rest of my family.
Authentic Italian taste
Brought us back to reminisce our three years in Sicily!
The food was good. The sanitation procedures witnessed were bad. We sat on the back patio which is much nicer than the front patio. As we passed through the restaurant the inside is charming. Our server was really great—good timing and overall service was gracious. However when a table left we saw the busser wipe down the table with an obviously dirty towel (which is unacceptable even pre COVID) and they didn’t bother to spray down the table with any kind of disinfectant spray which was very troublesome. This is the reason we won’t be back.
Excellent services, great value and delicious food!
Perfect ambiance and service. Food was delicious.
loved the waiters
Delicious authentic Italian food with excellent service.
Outdoor dining street noise is a little annoying, but the food makes it worth while.
It was my birthday celebration brunch... they have a front yard spot for the tables and it’s really good! I love this place
Giardinos is doing all they can doing this pandemic to make your dining experience as good as it can be! 2 patios open. Great food and always great service!!
Time and time again, Giardino remains an outstanding dining experience. The food is delicious and made by hand with care, the team is always so warm and attentive, and their new outdoor patio dining areas are both safe and pretty. Distancing is a pleasure at our favorite Italian restaurant, we’ll always be back for more!
Authentic Italian and Great Service
Exceptional Italian food. Great setting and service. Make sure to check out the wine cork ceiling while you are there. Say Hi to Karina, the owner. She is very sweet and accommodating. She will surely make you dining experience special.
We enjoy for everyday dining and special occasions
You can order delivery directly from Giardino Neighborhood Cucina using the Order Online button. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 825-7112.
Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is rated 4.7 stars by 232 OpenTable diners.
Giardino Neighborhood Cucina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giardinosd.com/gift-certificates.
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.