Godfather Restaurant

4.8
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$31 to $50
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Italian

The Godfather, a Balistreri restaurant, is an Italian monument in downtown San Diego providing authentic cuisine from the hills of Italy. Established in 1974, The Godfather is a sophisticated and classy establishment that centers around generational recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy. Over the years, the quality of food and standard of service has never declined and thus garnered The Godfather a national recognition as one of the top twenty-five Italian restaurants in the entire nation.

The menu is filled with classic favorites based in steak, chicken and pasta. For an intimate evening for two, try the Sicilian kiss prix fixe meal that includes a bottle of champagne.

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vipMary
San Diego
78 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic opportunity to be back in a real restaurant. They are doing what's necessary to meet or exceed the new guidelines.

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vpaulsmithjr
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience couldn't have been any better! It was an amazing night, and we look forward to going back. I can't recommend this beautiful restaurant enough if you are looking for something special.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very welcoming staff- good food and a nice place for quiet family dinner

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TarynK
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for a special occasion or date night! The service is always excellent and the food is amazing.

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ChrisT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old World Italian Style never ceases to impress!!!

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Mohere
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was awesome. Booth we had made it cozy for private conversations with us gals....just difficult to scoot out being older. Food was so good. Wish they had the piano player but music was good.

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PaulU
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fantastic. Service was also great.
This is a old school Italian restaurant and we really enjoyed it. My lamb chops were perfectly cooked and the Demi gloss and mushrooms were delicious. Others had the veal and they were equally impressed.

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ToddF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great experience across the board at The Godfather!

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JackR
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Good food and a nice place to bring guests.

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JohnC
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place and really good food. Classic Italian at its best

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PatriciaA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is absolutely the BEST place to dine! The food is delicious and the service is exceptional!

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DorothyW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took a friend there for a very special Birthday. I let the Waiter know when we arrived of the Birthday. The staff went out of their way to make it a very special day. Service was Excellent and the Food was Outstanding. Highly recommend The Godfather.

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Abem
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day lunch is so much lower key than dinner

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THawk665
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An great evening. Godfather’s provides an intimate venue that enhances the dining experience; like eating a meal in the comfort of your home surrounded by happy family members and home cooking. Great food, wine, and service. Never a bad experience. Quality ingredients, excellently prepared. Carbonara and Linguini Con Vongole superb. Always a great meal.

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kareninsd
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is one our favorite restaurants for good Italian food and lovely ambiance. The lighting and piano player make it romantic if that is high on your list. My husband loves the chicken livers and the baked artichoke hearts are delicious. We shared the cannelloni and had the sinfully rich chocolate cake for dessert. The wait staff are great and take care that your food and service are to your expectations. We are never disappointed with Godfathers.

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RichardC
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great place. It has been here for many many years. Service is at the top, fantastic.
Food is great. Menu is full of great choices. Wine list is unlimited. Will be back again.

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CraigS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As i said on Yelp, his place is like the old Mr A's, or Lubach's ( if anybody remembers that far back) in atmosphere, but be prepared for a super fast meal . The Frutti di Mare is incredible with a medium sized lobster tail split in half. The waiter took our order to the kitchen and returned with our salads. So quick! I enjoyed their Italian blue cheese mixed dressing on mine. Last bite of the salad and away went the plates and the Frutti di Mare was on the table. If you want an incredible dinner for two for around $100 and be out the door in 40 minutes this is a great choice. Probably you just order wine by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delightful experience with a warm welcome, polite service and comforting Iralian food.

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JohnP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food and ambiance. A very good value, as well. Old school Italian like you’d expect it to be. I will be back.

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ROGERC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great surprise! One would never realize that a great restaurant is lurking in a small shopping center on Mira Mesa Blvd. The Godfather is a wonderful surprise with great food, a cozy (if not a tad noisy - at lunchtime) nook with super food, and a helpful, impressive wait staff standing by to respond to any request you might have. We were seven for lunch and all had great meals. A return visit is definitely on the menu.

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vipMollyS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy our meals at The Godfather! We’ve been going for 30 years and it’s always wonderful!

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vipSanDiegoFoodie
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special occasion or quiet place for a dinner meeting or just wanting some great Italian food, this place is for you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service. Outstanding food.

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JuanN
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night spot. Service is top notch and food is excellent. It can get a little loud if you are sitting in the open area, I think the booths are a little quieter. Went on a Saturday night and they had a piano player. Overall a great dining experience again. Will keep coming back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don’t let strip mall location fool you. Inside feels like your in old Italian restaurant in NYC. Food and service was excellent.

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LarryP
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and great food. I look forward to coming here everytime. I highly suggest you give them a taste if you have never been.

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ToddF
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience when dining at The Godfather! Anthony always takes care of us, and the live piano music is fantastic.

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CaityG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In efforts to celebrate our new move to San Diego, my husband and I set aside a night specially for the two of us to go out on a date. A friend of ours highly recommended The Godfather, so we made a reservation right away. After waiting about a half an hour to be seated even though we had a reservation, we were a bit put off by the long wait, but our friend swore that it was worth the wait so we stuck it out. We are SO glad that we stuck it out. The Godfather truly is worth the wait. As soon as we were sat, fried zucchini was placed onto the table along with bread and butter. For the price paid, we were astounded with not only the quality of the food provided, but also the quantity. We ended up taking some food home because the portions were so plentiful. My husband and I were treated so elegantly, we can't wait to come back for our next celebration soon. Please do not be put off by a long wait on the front end, because the Godfather experience is truly worth the wait (there might not even be a wait each time, it just is a highly popular restaurant in town for a reason).

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StephenH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have already recommended to a friend. Very enjoyable experience. Drove well over one hour to try you out. Well worth it but wish you were a little closer to Canyon Lake. Steve Hipsak

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vipMichaelM
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Waiter was in a BIG hurry...food came in lukewarm.
The rush job we got on an early Monday evening, with reservations, was surprising since this is one of our favorite restaurants to go to, always superb.

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vipHenry
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious. Anthony greeted us like family . Our waiter Roberto remembered us from the last time . Our friends found him warm and friendly. We had a lovely meal .

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, great place for family.

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vipScott
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect start to a new year. The food is always fantastic and you cant beat the service. Anthony always stops by to check on you and make sure everything is just right.
My goal this year it to make it through the whole menu. Lets see if i make it.

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PerryA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at The Godfather for 45 years and have never had a bad meal. Always delicious!!! The BEST Italian restaurant in San Diego.

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vipSteve
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to the Godfather for several years and for the last 2 New Year Eves. I must say through all the years going for dinner on New Years Eve, this is the BEST! They have a great menu, excellent management and service. Atmosphere and Food is Excellent. Will be back during 2020 and for next New Years Eve. We extend our appreciation to the owner, Anthony and our Server David for outstanding caring.

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CatmommaCheri
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A favorite of ours for many years. Anytime we are thinking about a great Italian meal and excellent service, this is our choice! Never had anything here that I would not eat again. We do not eat red meat but friends and family have raved about the steaks. I prefer the fresh seafood and the home made pasta. I am salivating as I type this. Parking lot can be a little tight and from the outside you have no idea what you are getting into. Just GO, you will not regret it.

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DennisY
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently outstanding for decades. Tasty fresh food prepared right, served professionally and priced well.

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vipenjoyingbellevue
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, excellent food and overall a really delightful experience.

FAQs

Godfather Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Godfather Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 560-1747.

Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 508 OpenTable diners.

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