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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, Lemon Grove, CA
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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.7
4.7
652 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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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Thursday Date Night

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

    Multiple dates available
    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

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Every Tuesday night, get any pizza from the menu plus a carafe of house wine or sangria for only $19.
  • Cheese Wheel Pasta Mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Rotating pastas served table side from a giant parmesan cheese wheel. Every Monday night.
  • Half Off Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Every Wednesday, get half off select bottles of wine all day.

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What 652 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Fit for Foodies

  • East County

    Good for Groups

  • East County

    Great for Lunch

  • East County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East County

    Outdoor Dining

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • East County

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for a birthday and it was towards the end of the shift. Unfortunately kitchen staff was short but our server was very kind enough to inform us about it and told us that the chef was cooking our meal next and apologized for the extra long wait. When meals did finally come out it was very delicious and hot as if it was just cooked and not sitting out waiting. Very great experience even with a long wait.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We just love this restaurant and have made it our once a week destination usually on Friday’s. We have 3 absolutely favorite people there….Afton, Teresa, and Alex. Everyone is great but they are our favorite people and always try our best to sit in their section in every visit. I would be remiss if I didn’t say something nice about the owner, on our second visit here she came to our table and said” I know I have seen you before, and I am sorry that I do t know your names but thank you for coming in and please let me know if there is anything I can do for you” which really impressed us and now when we come in she always makes a point to stop by and catch up with us. I just can’t say enough about this place but I want to finish this rambling note with….this is an absolute must eat place if your in Lemon Grove and if your not then make your way here and you will not be disappointed.

  3. v

    virajw

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My boyfriend and I were looking to try out a new restaurant and this one did not disappoint! Great dishes with some unique items not typically found. We had a great server and was overall impressed. Will be back!

  4. JJ

    JayJay

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Food was delicious! From the antipasto salad to the bread knotts and pasta!! We will definitely be back!

  5. M

    Mary

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Thursday date night is a good deal

  6. AP

    AndreaP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The ambiance, staff, and food were all amazing! There were 6 of us and we all really enjoyed our meals and would absolutely return!

  7. J

    Jlio

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous carbonara! And a shout out to Afton for wonderful and friendly service!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing, has the best pizza

  9. CH

    CindyH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The service was great, but it took too long for the food to come, because there wasn't enough help. One server had to do it all. The food was great though. The restaurant is located on a busy street, so when you sit on the patio (like we did) there is going to be a lot of noise from loud cars going by.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This place is great. The wait time for the food is a little long but it’s reasonable since the place was very busy. The server was very attentive and happy to be waiting on us after almost working her 8 hr shift. We’d gladly return to have dinner here

  11. MS

    MartinS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2

    Meal was served without bread, Italian food offers bread. We had reservations for two and placed in the middle of the room too close to other guests and could hear every word. Was not the romantic place we were expecting.

  12. E

    Ethel

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server, Alex, was super attentive and hospitable. Thank you for our first time superb experience!

  13. MC

    MacC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I recommend any and everything on the menu. The pizzas are amazing and so is the lobster bisque. Pasta is fresh and the menu is amazing! Brunch is a must to have as well on the weekends

  14. SR

    SteveR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My son and I love this place. The food, service, and ambiance is fantastic.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    This is by far one of our most favorite nights out. The owner is so friendly and always greets us, the wait staff is very professional and kind. The food is amazing we haven’t had a bad dish yet. Lunch brunch or dinner you won’t be disappointed.

  16. KD

    KristenD

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The BEST restaurant around ! They had a jam session on Sunday night along with dinner that was really fun. The food is amazing and fresh as well as the excellent staff. Both friendly and fun. Shannon/Therese are excellent

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was absolutely delicious. The service was great! The staff is very attentive and welcoming. It feels like we are home.

  18. e

    eastandwest

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3

    Stuffed sole was fantastic short ribs also very good. Service was good. First time we have been there and we will be back

  19. J

    Joanie

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a fabulous time and the food was outstanding as usual.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My mom is extremely difficult to satisfy at restaurants. Shes a super snob w food and service. This restaurant exceeded her expectations. We had my grandpa my mom her boyfriend and two young children. Everything we ordered was delicious. We were promptly greeted and the service also exceeded all of our expectations.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. It’s a shame we have to drive there 20 minutes, but it’s totally worth it. First of all service is very friendly and you feel always welcome. The food is what makes this place the best. Pasta is really delicious, my favorite is penne salsiccia. Risotto is one to die for, it’s hard to find a proper risotto in SD. There is always a good selection of Italian wines to pair great food.

  22. BK

    BarbaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Deeeeelicious!! So happy to have discovered a local hidden gem. Will definitely be returning again and again.

  23. DA

    DANISA13

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We made a reservation for a party of 9 for my sister's SDSU graduation celebration and we had the most WONDERFUL experience. The restaurant has a great ambiance with a large dining room and a beautiful front patio area with outdoor seating. When we arrived at the restaurant we were escorted to a private dining room in the back of the restaurant. This was just wonderful and it creating such a special evening. Our server Alex was AMAZING. He was personable, friendly and attentive and made us feel so special. Now for the food (many from Alex's recommendations)...SO DELICIOUS. Every single item we ordered was so good...appetizers, pizza, pastas, entrees, and desserts all just so good. Everyone in our party loved this restaurant and the service we recieved and we would ALL recommend this place.

  24. BL

    BrianaLuna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a cute place! Teresa was our server, she was so sweet and awesome. The food and drinks were good. So happy Lemon Grove has a place to eat like this. My friend and I spent 3 hours there eating, drinking and catching up. Go check it out!

  25. MT

    MichelleT

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4

    Food wasn't as good as I remembered and everything was so salty! The service was horrible, server never came to our table I had to get up and get everything myself

  26. M

    Maverd

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Good place to have family dinner or social event.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Enjoyed eating here quite a bit. Food, ambiance was perfect. Service was a bit slow which is understandable but it bordered on unreasonable( took 20+ minutes for a dessert to come out). I was surprised at the bill also. Overall, would recommend just be patient and be prepared to spend a decent amount.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Mothers Day

  29. KD

    KristenD

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were there for Mothers Day and the Buffet was AMAZING ! Karina and her staff are so friendly and fun. The food is always is always good and fresh. I highly recommend this restaurant for couples and families.

  30. DR

    DeniseR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a delicious Mother’s Day Brunch with many items to choose from and really good Italian food! I especially loved the Pesto pasta and mushroom risotto! The service was wonderful and everyone was so welcoming!

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2

    Tragically underwhelming. We were sat on time by a hostess at our table during Mother’s Day buffet style brunch. We got situated and began drinking our water when a family comes up with their food and tells us that we’re sitting at their table and drinking their water. Mortifying. Coffee was watered down and bitter, food (whatever was left) was bland and old. Mind you our reservation was 1pm and they run the brunch 11-3 or 4. Even the waffles were soggy and undercooked. Not much we could eat. No one willing to help. Lesson learned. Avoid places that aren’t meant to operate catering/buffet style but take advantage of holidays like Easter, thanksgiving, and Mother’s Day. The quality really takes a crap. $49 a head to eat bacon and a omelette. (Shoutout to the guy at the omelette station he was a gem. . All in all I felt rushed and robbed. I do not recommend.

  32. SG

    SherylG

    Memphis/West TN

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Total experience is less than what I expect for Mother’s Day brunch. The location is next to a busy road so you hear all the vehicles passing. Understand that it would be a busy day since we came during Mother’s Day but we kinda have to wait 2x for food to get replenished. There’s really nothing much special on their selections. $100 for me and my son. I expect more for that price.

  33. LL

    LaLenaA

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4

    I’ve eaten here many times and had the most amazing experiences. But the Mother’s Day brunch was overpriced and the quality of food was less than. The unlimited mimosas were sold as if they were included but we’re actually another $20. I would’ve never spent $70 on the quality of brunch I received. I would have preferred their normal menu.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and service. Staff was very accommodating to our special circumstance. 50th anniversary dinner for in laws, one of whom was coming from a nursing home. They were great as was the food.

  35. E

    Esss

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We got off to a great start with delicious Crabmeat stuffed mushrooms as the appetizers. The Garlic Knots were tasty and a generous amount. We enjoyed Stuffed Sole and Rigatoni with beef; all quite tasty. I asked a Server if the Sole is served with a green vegetable and he said it is. That was not correct, it comes with mashed potatoes with a nice cream sauce. There was plenty of friendly wait staff ready to clear the table of appetizer dishes. The decor is nice and the indoor area was very noisy, as early as 5:30 to 7:00. This restaurant is in a funky, industrial part of Lemon Grove. Women may not feel comfortable walking there alone if you must park a block away. I noticed a separate room for a large party.

  36. FF

    FrancisF

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lemon Grove's greatest asset, this venue thrived throughout the pandemic by providing a valuable community service, supplying food to those in need. They have come out stronger with an improved outdoor seating area, and a bistro next door. As ever, they have an impressive menu, wonderful ambiance, friendly feel. As such, it is always the perfect place for me to bring friends. Try it yourself and enjoy! :)

  37. MC

    MC1983

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    There was a dead fly in one of our entrees and the waitress initially stated “that’s what happens when you sit outside.” Although she comped the entree, it was a very disgusting experience.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Love the place! Wonderful service and delicious food, what else can you ask for?!

  39. t

    tsickmeyer

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had an early dinner and enjoyed the ambiance and delicious food! We had the truffle pear flatbread, crab and shrimp ravioli, and short rib. We all had a wonderful entree (and the Brussels app!) - will be back again soon!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always love this hometown Italian restaurant. Great wine list!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • 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

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 652 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu

Delivery

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

8131 Broadway Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

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