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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.7
232 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

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.

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Experiences

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Special menus

  • Thursday Date Night

    Starting Sep 3, 2020
    Enjoy a 3 course meal for two people (shared app, 2 entrees and a shared dessert) for $45 every Thursday night.
  • Sunday Family Meal

    Starting Sep 6, 2020
    Enjoy 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!

Offers

Pizza Tuesdays

Starting Sep 8, 2020 · Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Every Tuesday night, get any pizza from the menu plus a carafe of house wine or sangria for only $19.

Half Off Wine Wednesdays

Starting Sep 2, 2020 · Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Every Wednesday, get half off select bottles of wine all day.

Cheese Wheel Pasta Mondays

Starting Sep 7, 2020 · Sun - Sat 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
Rotating pastas served table side from a giant parmesan cheese wheel. Every Monday night.

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
Social Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 232 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious. No complaints.

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Scott
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

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.

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vipDisappointed
San Diego
67 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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PatR
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 😊

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GaileC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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MiaE
Baja California
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nicely & comfortable restaurant...the food very good.... The best italian rest. In sandiego...

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vipFrancisF
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Teresa
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

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.

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kim546
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Slow slow slow. Sat for 1 hour before receiving food. Not good either.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Ordered 2 different pastas. Either one was good. Ordered a pizza to get through. It was pretty good.

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vipDisappointed
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Bluepoint
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipSandyB
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great neighborhood gem! Will be back.

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willR
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Super delicious! Very was busy.

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NickE
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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.

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JillT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Sheppard94
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, and so was the service.
It was my first time going here, and without a doubt will go back regularly.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night

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vipKarebear
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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RobertoA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giardinos is a gem in Lemon Grove. Wonderful food and staff. I loved my experience here and would recommend to anyone.

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ShayMar
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most favorite places around

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vipOlgaM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Competitive price
Authentic Italian taste
Brought us back to reminisce our three years in Sicily!

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Joey
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall1food4service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent services, great value and delicious food!

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samha
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect ambiance and service. Food was delicious.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

loved the waiters

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vipRichardC1
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious authentic Italian food with excellent service.
Outdoor dining street noise is a little annoying, but the food makes it worth while.

NC
vipNataliaC
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my birthday celebration brunch... they have a front yard spot for the tables and it’s really good! I love this place

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Authentic Italian and Great Service

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vipJeannieSD
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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TMichelle13
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy for everyday dining and special occasions

FAQs

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.