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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.6
386 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

  • 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 - 8:45 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 - 8:45 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 - 8:45 PM

    Every Wednesday, get half off select bottles of wine all day.

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
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
What 386 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.4
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SabrinaD
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Sea Bass and Pizza!!!!! Service and Ambiance 10/10.

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KimD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing, My son loves their pizza! The restaurant is super cute inside and the service is always fantastic!

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EvanaN
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and the food, especially the garlic knots, is delicious, the red sauce is well made. We were there on a Wednesday night and certain wines were 1/2 price. I highly recommend it!

RJ
vipRandJM
Central Coast
30 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday party. First time out in a Long time. We go here all the time for take out. Even better with the meal fresh from the kitchen.

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vipGabrielaP
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food and service

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Andy
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We like Giardino's very much. We like that it's in our home town. We love the food and selections. We enjoy our visits, and are so glad Karina and staff have been successful this past difficult year.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a hidden gem! The name of the place is hard to see from the roadway but it was definitely worth the search h. Came here for brunch on Sunday and will definitely be coming back for brunches and dinners. Good food, good service, pleasant surroundings.

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MacK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was decent but the service was so slow. People who showed up after us got their good, ate, and left before we were served. We sat for about 40 minutes after putting in our order before our food arrived. It was warm but not hot. The french toast was still runny with egg in the middle. The bar tender didn't wear a mask at all and out his face up/sniffed some of the barware making me question whether or not it was actually clean. The decor was beautiful but we will not be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ambiance for a date night. Service is always outstanding. Food is like a song.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience1

I come here every Saturday for brunch and I am so highly upset that I was told we drink our mimosas TOO FAST. I bring multiple friends who travel constantly. I’m so dumbfounded.

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vipVictoriaS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!! super fresh with great portions! Seriously one of my favorite restaurants in the city.

Splurge on appetizers.. they are all delicious! I’ve had almost every one on the menu and they’ve never failed!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian restaurant in San Diego, hands down!!

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NatalieT
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Giardino’s for years. This is our date night spot. The food is delicious and they treat you like family. Over the years we have introduced our date night spot to both families and friends and all have been going back since. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Karina is the best!! Food is delish and ambiance is perfect. Great staff!!

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vipHeidiP
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious!!! There are so many amazing items on the menu. We each got something different so we could share family style. Everything we ordered was homemade, fresh and to die for. Can’t wait to come back again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food excelente but i ordered the spaghettide mare and it was missing the mussels. The lobster was good the clams good the shrimp good and the sauce good.

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Bebef
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience3

Made reservations was not seated till 30 mins after reservations. Waited an hour and half for dinner.

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ajoytodine
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

You know that this is a good place because they ran out of parking. Only real negative...had to park far away. Food was good.

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KaciM
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! We got the bruschetta, Brussels sprouts, pear and caramelized onion pizza, truffle risotto, and dessert and must say nothing was short of amazing. Everything was super fresh and what a great place. I live about 2 hours away but have a feeling I will be going back just for this place and take my family!!! Thank you for a great night and awesome food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I really wanted to love Giardino after reading all the good reviews. However when our family dined here on Saturday evening it was not a good experience. Service was incredibly slow, way beyond what you would expect on a Saturday night. We sat several minutes waiting for drinks. When we finally placed our food order we ordered both appetizers and entrees. It took an hour and forty minutes for the first entree to come out. I don’t know if it was because we were on the back patio but we felt forgotten and the service was unsatisfactory. Other parties seated on the back patio received their food before us. When our food did come out it was spread out over several minutes dish by dish which made it difficult for us to enjoy our food together. When we all started eating the food was okay, but under seasoned, presentation seemed rushed, and my order was incorrect. We weren’t given Parmesan cheese even though it was offered and given to other guests. At the price point I would have expected a higher quality meal. The server attempted to make up for the horrendous service by comping a few appetizers but it did little to improve our experience. And lastly, the restroom I used did not have a changing table making it difficult to provide adequate care for my baby and the availability of parking left much to be desired. Unfortunately I won’t be able to recommend this restaurant based off of my experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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LizW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roberto, our server, was friendly & very attentive. 1/2 price Wine Wednesdays excellent! Food was fantastic as alway... next time going to try the Chilean Sea Bass, it looked amazing!

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vipBMan1008
San Diego
54 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed their food and I would have given higher ratings for value but I have never received a stuffed mushroom appetizer with only 3 small stuffed mushrooms. To clarify the value on the other items, prices are absolutely perfect. Service is always great and so is the ambiance. Even though those 3 small stuffed mushrooms were delicious, I’d have to say that it wasn’t worth $13. I’ve had Amuse Bouche bigger than that appetizer.

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KristenD
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal with live Jazz music. Salmon Carpaccio, stuffed Mushrooms, rolled Eggplant, Garlic Knots, Pizza, Brussel sprouts, all were AMAZING ! Craft cocktails are interesting and tasty. I definitely recommend Giardino, we have been coming here for about 2 years now and they NEVER disappoint.

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PaulS
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was terrific. Server was outstanding especially considering the crowd. You should invite that group of musicians back all the time.

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normanb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was my third time here and I plan on coming here more often, especially with the awesome live music there! It's definitely my favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Incredible dishes and fantastic staff makes this establishment a true winner!!!!

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vipDebski
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great local restaurant. So happy to dine there.

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Yvonne
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

It was the first time going there. The restaurant decor was nice, but it was to loud. The service was slow , took a long time to get our food. The food was good tasting but the portions are small for the value. I would say it was an ok experience at this restaurant.

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Frank
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and very good service considering staffing is such a challenge these days

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HelixChick
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant experience for lunch! My guest really enjoyed it - it was her first time there and she said she will be back!!

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vipAwesome
San Diego
69 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th anniversary celebration, had a wonderful meal and great service.

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LovesFoodAdventures
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service we received was wonderful-couldn't have asked for better. Little disappointed that items shown on the website menu were not on the restaurant menu, but there certainly was still an excellent variety of items to choose from.

I appreciate that they always accommodate my request to prepare the calamari appetizer sautéed instead of breaded and fried. It was better on my last visit, but probably different kitchen staff each time. Regardless, the calamari was tender and well-prepared. The Eggplant Rolls were very good and so was the Stuffed Sole, which is a favorite selection.

The Italian Mule was a refreshing choice due to the citrus and the CA Red Blend wine was excellent.

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Angiebaby
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing food, atmosphere and service is outstanding. Brunch is so worth it and try the bottomless mimosas. Highly recommend this restaurant

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LJWest
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good food and service. I would dine here again.

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IVAH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WILL RETURN AGAIN.

BE WELL

IVA

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JasonY
Detroit
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Went on Mother’s Day but had a very limited selection of food. Pretty much would only work well for those with big appetites and those down to eat heavy (creamy) food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around for Mother’s Day.

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RarePlus
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The unlimited menu for Mother’s Day was lovely. It was a bit loud at times and the kitchen got overwhelmed a bit, but no one was stressing. This is a beautiful restaurant and I look forward to returning to order off the full menu to get a taste of their other items.

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EatinOut
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Disappointed with their Mothers Day brunch. Food was average and not worth the $45pp price. Especially since their usual weekend brunch options are so terrific. Better to stick with their usual menu for lunch and dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant offers a special all you can eat buffet for Mother’s Day and we have gone there in the past for this occasion… it was amazing as always. Their food is always terrific! The people are so polite and the ambiance in the restaurant is beautiful. The bartender is an amazing artist and draws some magnificent pieces of art on the walls. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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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 4.6 stars by 386 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.