Permanently Closed - Maestoso - Permanently Closed

4.5
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372 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary Italian

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. The highly anticipated modern Italian Chef-to-Table dining experience in San Diego. Creative dishes of Italian cuisine with an international touch. Featuring handmade pastas, the Roman Pinsa and an Italian dim-sum style Passaggi cart.

We are located in the heart of Hillcrest, near the bustling neighbourhoods of North Park, and University Heights and a stone's throw away from Downtown San Diego and Balboa Park.

Reservations are recommended. Please make sure to specify in your reservation if you wish to be seated at an Indoor Table, at our Chefs Counter or in our partially covered and heated Garden Patio. We will always try to accommodate your seating request as best as possible but please be aware that it will not always be possible to do so.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary Italian, Modern European, Italian
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Hours of operation
Mon, Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
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Phone number
(619) 642-0777
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Marco Maestoso
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Private party facilities
We would love to cater your event for parties up to 130 people. Please contact us at hello@maestoso.com or call 619-642-0777.
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Catering
Let us cater your private parties/events/banquets/get togethers. We will bring the best Italian food directly to your door. Please contact hello@maestoso.com for info.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
10th Ave & Vermont St.
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Parking details
We have street parking available at the front of the restaurant as well as the entire HUB MALL parking lot.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.5based on recent ratings
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K
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve this place! So upset they closed but glad we got there the last night they were open. Hope they find a new location soon!!!

J
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was quaint, but music was discordant and too loud! We had the select menus especially prepared for us, supposedly:
Review of food. Salad entree with shaved aged Parmesan was the best we had, but just average in presentation. Second course with wild boar rageau was mushy. Pasta was mushy. Tomato sauce on ragu was cold and not very tasty. Third course was very mushy gnocchi with same cold tomato sauce. I have had gnocchi all over the world, but this was not gnocchi. It was terrible. Desert was something I couldn’t eat. Took one taste and found one sliced banana covered in some kind of sauce. It was brown, but did not taste like chocolate. The under layer was a hard ring of something that didn’t exist. Maybe a hard tortilla!

Believe me, I wanted to love this restaurant. We all did (4 of us), but it was very disappointing. Maybe the chef was ill?

H
San Diego
45 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Great experience just be ready for it to be loud

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding

VB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Only drawback was the acoustics...people were talking and laughing so loud we couldn’t hear ourselves talk!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely phenomenal! Chef and owner Marco Maestoso along with his team made us feel like we were dining at his home with family. Being Italian and Spanish this is what family is all about, gathering at the kitchen and enjoying stories all the while sipping on wine and toasting the host. Thank you for a memorable evening! We hope to see you in Las Vegas soon!!

Steve and Lauren

G
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Sad to see the "dim sum" trolley system is no longer part of the experience. However, food remains excellent and it is fun to sit at counter and watch the preparations.

DM
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always innovative and carefully prepared Italian food from actual Italians...so it’s different from, and more adventurous than, Italian-American cuisine. Staff is extremely friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.

CD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oh my gosh what a great find! The food is amazing! Very authentic modern Italian. Not large portions which I actually appreciated. No waste. We had the Cace de Pepe, Arancinni, and the burrata pinsa. So fresh and all flavors perfectly balanced. It is in a larger strip mall but don’t let that fool you. Well worth dining here.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, our server Maria was outstanding,

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was not good. Took 10 minutes to greeted and then about 20 mins to take my order.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Excellent inventive food, marred by horrible service, bad attitude, and a refusal to honor an OpenTable reservation in a loud and busy room.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I have had in San Diego, my third visit and my guests first. We were both more than impressed. Food was amazing and the service was even better. Make sure you visit next time you’re in the city!

OT
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a Rome experience in the heart of Hillcrest!

RM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food and drinks! We were a party of three and we sat outside and had a great time. My wife forgot to tell our waiter that she doesn't like goat cheese and when her salad came with goat cheese and she mentioned it, our friendly waiter graciously gave her another salad without goat cheese, no fuss.

EM
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Roman food with a touch of creativity. The artichoke prepared in a way that evokes and blends the Jewish Quarter of Rome and the rest of the city. Delicious. I highly recommend Maestoso.

CA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We first tried Maestoro on a visit to San Diego last year. When we knew we would be back in town there was no doubt we would come back. Fun, great staff and excellent food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Italian food. They also speak Italian which is nice.

K
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is outstanding. This was our third visit. The first 2 times the place was packed. It was half empty for a Friday night. We loved the cart that had apps you could choose from. Apparently the health dept did not like this concept. Not sure why the health dept allows the cart at dim sum but not this restaurant. Hope they survive because the food is outstanding and prices are great!!!

OT
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was my birthday.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional! The Pinsa was so good, we ordered a second one, just to have leftovers.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent staff. Definitely going back soon.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out favorite spot to come whether it is a quick bite to eat or an evening to be shared with friends and family. You immediately feel at home, and sitting at the bar will give you that childhood feeling of watching your mama or nonna cook you a meal.

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The pizza here is incredible! Probably one of the best pizzas that I have ever had. The staff was nice and helpful. The service was good. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially for the Roman style pizza! Amazing!

LR
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Wonderful owner! Fabulous wait staff and the most amazing delicious food. Great wine list. Outstanding actually. I brought my friends from NYC and they loved it, and my husband and I are italophiles who eat a lot of fantastic italian fare, but this was really amazing. Creative menu, clean, delicious ingredients and great taste, texture, etc. I highly recommend everything. Seriously. Brava!!!

KL
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place has become my go to place when some says where do u want to go?

e
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Mixed up our orders, meat tough and likely frozen, not a good experience

b
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The dishes seemed authentically simple. The desserts were inventive and not your typical Italian desserts. A pleasant surprise.

RK
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, and the staff was cordial, friendly, and attentive. Also, our waiter was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection with great explanations!

DM
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, authentic Italian food with attentive, personalized service and, as always, a visit from the chef. This place is a jewel and deserves to be supported by all who appreciate Italian food as more than red sauce and California-style pizza.

c
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Could not think of a better way to celebrate my birthday last night, than to have Chef Maestoso Marcook prepare his ten course tasting... The chef tasting is so good it’s too difficult to pick a favorite.

BM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was very good, loved my fresh pasta with fondue sauce & a hint of dried orange peel. Different & very good. Husband & friends enjoyed their meals too. Restaurant is too loud so we moved to outside patio. Luckily it was a lovely evening.

LC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Marco and his team are great! They were very welcoming and service outstanding. Great Italian food with a little twist to each dish. Definitely recommend having one of their pizzas. Light and airy dough with fresh toppings. In the appetizers, I recommend the octopus which was sliced so thin that it melted in your mouth. Also save rooms for dessert. We had a dish that was like lemon meringue pie with panna cotta inside. Will be back when in the area.

d
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a later reservation but they got us in early. I had the Chef Sampler and my wife the Lamb Chops—both great with unique takes on Italian food. Really new tastes with good takes on some classics. Great service, nice outside ambiance, a little noisy because of street traffic. Chef came out to chat. Really had a good dinner.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Let’s start with Marco is amazing - thank you! We are really lucky to have this gem of a restaurant just down the street. Had a great experience with the taste 10 menu. Every dish was excellent and of great variety. Would highly recommend anyone to Maestoso - I know I will be back!

LC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at the restaurant. We came back for my husband’s birthday. It is simply fantastic! Maestoso is our new favorite restaurant in San Diego. Don’t miss it. The pizza is to die for and everything else is equally extraordinary. We were not as wild about the choice of desserts, but nothing is perfect. Though they come very close!

RS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Yet another great Italian in SD. Nice that you don’t have to go to Little Italy. The chef puts a little Nouvelle Cuisine spin on some of the dishes; check out their ‘pizzas’ and the signature dessert. Waiter was fun, as was the dessert chef who came out to see us. Great wines by the glass.

AG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time at Maestoso’s. It was obvious from the time we were seated that things weren’t going smoothly. Not sure if it was a shortage of wait and/or kitchen staff. However, the food was excellent and, more importantly, everyone did their very best to make up for long wait time and ensure we were happy, including several apologies and complimentary drinks. It came across that they really cared about our experience. That goes a very long way with me. We will most definitely return!

KJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I loved this restaurant! We sat at the counter watching the pizza and dessert get prepared. The pizza (flaky crust), pasta (aldente), and panna cotta (with passion fruit topping) all tasted so good! When we asked for truffles on our pizza, they gave us more than we would have expected. The chef and staff definitely made us feel welcome and checked on us a few times throughout the night. We loved the food so much, we went back the next night!