Godfather Restaurant

4.8
688 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipRube
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always feel very welcomed. Our chicken piccata and sea bass favorites were even more delicious.

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vipSusanC
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wine collection is plentiful! I love the zucchini bites at the table upon sitting, and they’re delish! The portobello ravioli with shrimp was really tasty! The ambiance is great and the staff was awesome. Also, they had a pianist playing live during dinner!

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vipKMAC
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service! Makes you feel right at home! Greeted by Anthony and catered to by an amazing server. Food was spectacular as always....

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vipJFazio
Wilmington
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Really dissapointed with food quality. Great atmosphere, cool vibe, but definitely not what you want if you’re expecting authentic quality Italian food. Cheap ingredients. This isnt to bash the restaurant. I loved the vibe of thr place and hope they get a real chef.

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cindis
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Would definitely go back. Loved that they had a piano player.

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GLORIAA
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fillet minion I ever had in my life!!! Great portions. Very happy to find that place. Will take my 6’3” foot tall son for his bday I’m sure he will enjoy those big portions.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food around! The sea bass is my absolute favorite, but every meal here is divine! The best part is the family that runs the place.....good people who really care about your dining experience!

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Trish
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to bring friends!
Great food, ambience and service.

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vipScott
San Diego
47 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day dinner, it was so nice to be inside again. The noise level is pretty loud but it was good to hear after all these months of being so separated from everyone. Of course the food was delicious I had the Seabass and my husband had the lasagna. The ambience is perfect for a romantic evening with your love. Thank you The Godfather for the red rose too!♥️

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time my wife and I have been here and we loved it. Food was amazing we had the filet mignon and lobster and a bottle of wine and we loved everything also got dessert also amazing.

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vipIvana
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have always loved this Italian treasure. This family owned and operated restaurant has been in business for almost 50 years and it shows how well run it is. The staff is extremely friendly, professional and accommodating. Food is always outstanding and fresh. We have celebrated many milestones here and will come back soon! Thank you so much Tony, family and staff for all your hard work! Ivana

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Mimi
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Day - couldn’t have been more romantic with outside dining, fabulous food and impeccable service - everything they do is with such style including the red rose - loved it ❤️

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vipDaleT
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great people

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect and awesome experience. They handed a rose to all the guests. The lighting was dimmed with candle lit tables. The food was good and worth the price. Would go again. All the staff are incredible. If you want a romantic night, this is the place to go to.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing I will for sure will return next time I stay in San Diego

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JeffR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Godfathers has such a nice sophisticated ambiance from the decor to the Maitre de to the piano player and all the waitstaff which creates a higher level of dining. The menu is top notch as well. When my wife and I want somewhere special to dine, not just to eat, Godfathers is high on our list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always have a good time at Godfathers the food is always excellent and the service is impeccable

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JeffL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. I've never had a bad meal there and the service is exceptional. Best bolognese, chicken marsala and chicken piccata I've ever had. The Godfather is a throw back to when restaurants had class and elegance. You could go to the Gaslamp or Little Italy and pay more, but you won't get a better meal or better service. I highly recommend.

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TommyR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jill & I always have a "most excellent" time at The Godfather. Everyone there is highly professional, pay attention-to-detail, & are very personable. Good luck in trying to find an overall better experience at another restaurant.

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SloanZ
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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LindyM
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at the godfather. Right from the start we were greeted by the owners and from there on our experience was wonderful. Service was outstanding and I really liked the tips on some of the entrées. Very delicious I had to lasagna and my boyfriend had Spaghetti and meatballs One suggestion we would’ve liked some more bread.

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vipfoodie4sure
San Diego
103 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A MUST visit on the business lunch scene in Kearny Mesa, awesome variety, friendly service, reasonable priced. Did i say their food was awesome. Dinner good too. Call to see what their hours and indoor versus outdoor during these crazy times. A hit for sure.

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VictoriaC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! The Linguini Frutti di Mare is to die for. Excellent service and great for date night.

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rositsat
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just discovered this little restaurant, went back twice in one week we loved it so much

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian restaurant. Quiet romantic ambience and delicious food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!!!! Love the ambiance and the staff was excellent! The wine selection was on par (try the Jordan Cab from Alexander Valley!) and my Chicken Parmigiana was delicious! They give you tasted zucchini bites for an app (in place of the normal bread at Italian restaurants) and they were great!! My friend loved her Carbonara and appreciated there were no peas in it! Totally recommend for casual dining or date night!! Very clean also!

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Jane
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great locale and lot's of ambience tucked away in a little strip mall. Very elegant and romantic but I dine alone and always feel very welcome and happy to have gone.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Would highly recommend for a nice date night!

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MaritzaH
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time eating here and it made it on my 5 top restaurant list. Amazing staff and food was delicious.

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TommyR
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just an excellent restaurant overall - no complaints - only good things to say.

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ChristyH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is phenomenal. The service is always top notch. The piano player is very talented and fun, leaving the ambience perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!!!

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SteveV
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food good safe environment. Well spaced outdoor seething excellent waiter.

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DeirdraD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is the best Italian I have ever had including Italy it self were I have eaten.
I am so Thankful to have thus wonderful place to celebrate holidays and special events as I did this Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve! They are wonderful people and have great courage to serve their customers with safety and style in this challenge times.
I come for my self and to honor and support them. Can’t wait to
Bring all my guests when they come to San Diego. I have been sharing their web with people.
It has a old world ambience. Cozy and elegant ...

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vipLocal
Palm Springs
49 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining here is always a special occasion.

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vipMary
San Diego
105 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Given that they were required to serve outdoors, they did a very good job. Food was very good as usual

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Pete
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is one our favorites. It's to bad that they ,like so many others have to suffer through this ridiculous color chart system.

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vipKerry
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Godfather Restaurant is ALWAYS Amazing! Great service, excellent food and ambiance!

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Koalaty1
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As local restaurants and patrons navigate the new norm that we find ourselves, this is one family owned restaurant, rich in history that is newsworthy. They are definitely doing it right. And have transformed their inside to the outside for a wonderful and unique dining experience. The owner, Anthony Balistreri and his staff provide exceptional service. There's definitely something for everyone. They provide authentic Italian cuisine. I'm partial to seafood and enjoyed their lobster ravioli with shrimp, a special that evening. The creme brulee cheesecake desert, a new addition is something to be sampled. The ambiance is just extraordinary and perfect for date nights, celebrations and gatherings. You definitely must visit. They never disappoint. Simply the best!

FAQs

Godfather Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 560-1747.

Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 688 OpenTable diners.

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.