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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.7
348 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 348 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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IVAH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE HAD A GREAT TIME AND WILL RETURN AGAIN.

BE WELL

IVA

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around for Mother’s Day.

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RarePlus
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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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Heyyheyyhannah
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Started with brussles sprouts, stuffed mushrooms, and house Chardonnay. Everything was fantastic. Main was Monday night cheese wheel pasta. Tricolor cheese tortellini, sausage, in a pink tomato sauce. Also the lamb chops. Finished with Nutella cheesecake

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food was amazing, we all ordered something different and were all impressed. My lamb chops were divine! Service was slow. But they were packed, and I think a little overwhelmed. Definitely will be coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian cuisine at a fair price. Lots of high quality food.

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AllyB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great restaurant! My husbands and I go to Italian restaurant and close by. The Nutella cheesecake will have me coming back more often now. The food is never disappointing and I just point at anything and know that it will taste amazing

HM
vipHeidiM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, our experience at Giardino’s was superb. We went for their monthly wine tasting and it was wonderful. Karina makes everyone who walks into the restaurant feel like they are family. All the staff is friendly and work very hard to make sure everything is perfect. Giardino’s is the perfect place for any occasion.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this neighborhood restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

This was the first date we had been on in a while since Covid! The food was delicious but the speed of delivery was not great and service was just okay!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place! Customer service is excellent. Food is delicious!

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WillieW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The worst service ever ! They sat us at a table that was not cleaned ( covid rules ?) It took 45 minutes to give us our drinks, and 1 hour and 50 minutes to give us our food. Other tables got drinks in 15 minutes and food in 30 to 40 minutes. We got napkins and silverware after after asking for it after about a hour. We complained and were told the kitchen was backed up. We got bread but no bread plates. No knives to cut bread and spread the butter . We used our pocket knife. We were sitting outside and got cold. For a short time we were given two heaters. One ran out of gas in 15 minutes and the other heater was moved to some new guests that complained about the cold. It left us with nothing. Just a terrible dining experience. The manager/ owner was there and never came to discuss things with us.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food! Found this place just a few months back and it’s our new family favorite! Honestly haven’t had a bad meal yet. It is not “fast food” it is fresh food made from scratch and worth every minute you wait for it. Enjoy a bottle of wine an appetizer.....and get ready for a fabulous meal!! The owner is always on site and so sweet. From beginning to end it is best spot in town right now.

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NancyB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had such great service and delicious food. We can’t wait to go back

AL
AnnetteL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for Restaurant Week to try out & the food was really good. But I noticed what we had for restaurant week was not on the main menu. Which bums me out because the Chicken Marsala I had was great & I would go back for that. Spinach salad with beets was great & the Lemon Sorbet was perfect! I’ll go back.

MD
MarciaD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loVe that we are always welcomed, the food is always good and the ambiance and Decor are lovely.

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lysspants
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

It was a very cute place, but the food was really over priced for below average Italian. The service was friendly, but they didn’t do a great job bussing and making sure we had fresh plates for each course. Had to ask for silverware. We really wanted to like it but for the price we paid it was not good. Husband got lobster gnocchi. The lobster was way over cooked and just a lobster tail plopped on top of some really mealy gnocchi. I had pork Parmesan. The pork chop was ok. The marinara was very sweet. Being Italian and making my own food a lot, I know the bar was probably set a little high but it was highly disappointing after reading Positive reviews. Being an east coaster has spoiled me.

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RebeccaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was working very hard and did a wonderful job! The food was fantastic for all three of us.

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SharonM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a very quaint establishment, good for a date night, family get together, great lunch place. Service was spot on.. We went for a Birthday celebration and Restaurant week, food was Great!!

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Heyyheyyhannah
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for restaurant week. Food was amazing as usual ended with tiramisu but ate it before I could grab a picture. Love this spot total hidden gem

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service was great, the place is a little dark but I guess is intended, I will definitely recommend it and visit again

LJ
vipLifeJurnee
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

First visit here; there is parking in the back and ample street parking. Be careful if you have to cross, the street is very busy!! Service was great and the food is good. Nice neighborhood spot and glad to have something like this close by, SOOO tired of the crowds and no or expensive parking downtown, Hillcrest and North Park. Ravioli and gnocchi dishes were good, sausage panini (actually just a sandwich) was good also. Food was flavorful, perfect size portions and served up fresh. We will definitely try again.

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ToniB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere is tranquil, yet exciting. Decor is simple and natural. Food is authentic and offers phenomenal flavor!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food, highly recommended! Great service! Will return soon thank you!!

RM
RobertM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We will definitely come back! Food was delicious! Service was amazing!

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vipWarhorse
Las Vegas
10 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. I’m always happy to find gluten free Italian options. This food was excellent! We were stuffed and happy! Excellent service, too!

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YSREBOB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Back again! This time to celebrate a special occasion. Giardino is everything I want in a local eatery. Close, reasonably priced, and delicious! Will be back soon.

DP
DorisPrincess
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Giardino's was unexpectedly wonderful! They have created very nice ambiance outside, with a somewhat enclosed area and string lights. I was impressed with their wine selection as well as the food offerings. My husband and I shared the Crispy Brussel Sprouts and we each chose our own pizza. The San Danielle was very Italian-like, with fresh arugula, a wonderful red sauce, ample prosciutto for each slice and best of all, burrata cheese right in the middle! My husband ordered a meat pizza, of course. The sausage appeared to be homemade and was very good! Overall, we had a very nice night out and enjoyed our time at Giardino's! Suggestions for potential diners: if you sit outside, don't look eastward past the seating area to the mass of freeway overpasses. We arrived at 615pm so the traffic sound from being right on Broadway was quite noticeable but it eventually quieted down and then it was quite nice! Overall, it is so nice having a authentic feeling Italian restaurant in an unexpected place!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easter Brunch was delicious!

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KristineW
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places, luckily it’s just down the street from where I live. The service is always great there, it feels like a family run restaurant...that good food and good service means something to them.

HM
vipHeidiM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Giardino’s for their Easter brunch. It was an all you can eat extravaganza. You could order up to 5 dishes at a time to be served family style. It was all very delicious. Karina made us all feel like we were dining at her home. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this lovely Italian restaurant. There are several different specials going on periodically including the wine tasting on the last Sunday of the month. Lots of great wine, fun people and delicious food. Dog friendly outdoor patio is just the icing on the cake.

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vipSVjb
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Italian food for a reasonable price. The fish is outstanding. The pasta and red sauce are delicious. They have done a. Excellent job making comfortable outdoor dining in Lemon Grove. Love it!

HM
vipHeidiM
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giardinos is undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. I know when you think Italian you don’t think Lemon Grove but don’t let that stop you from eating here. The staff is so friendly, they make you feel like family. The food is absolutely superb. My husband is gluten free and the gluten free pasta is wonderful. I love the flat breads. Honestly, I love everything. Next time you feel like having a truly memorable dining experience. Don’t hesitate to go to Giardinos. It will quickly become one of your favorites.

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vipFrederickS
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome!!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Truly a great experience every time we eat there.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and service

KD
KristenD
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best ambiance, great food, friendly staff, family friendly and did I mention the food is GREAT ! Wonderful outside seating available.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and the nicest owners. Good never disappoints!!!

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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 4.7 stars by 348 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.