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Monello, San Diego, CA

Monello

4.4
4.4
2515 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
As Bencotto's brother located next door,
Monello lives up to its sibling's reputation as Best Italian restaurant in San Diego.
From the 800 LB of fresh pasta handcrafted every week, Monello displays up to 27 different recipes of pasta.
Mediterranean style seafood is served along with gourmet pizza.
Monello delivers Pasta & Risotto tossed in the Parmigiano cheese wheel tableside.
Unique Italian-style brunch is served on weekends.
Voted Best Happy Hour 2016, Monello's Milanese Aperitivo offers small plates on the house with drinks every night.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (619) 501-0030
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Fabrizio Cavallini
  • Catering
    Send catering inquiry to info@lovemonello.com
  • Private party facilities
    Monello offers semiprivate and private SPACES. www.lovemonello.com Send inquiry to info@lovemonello.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-0030
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Cross street
    Kettner
  • Parking details
    The Little Italy Association offers valet parking Tuesday through Sunday at the corner of India St. and Fir St. (in front of Influx) & Kettner Blvd. & Fir for $10.00 beginning at 5:30pm. Limited street parking is available. Metered parking is free after 6:00pm until 6:00am Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.
  • Public transit
    MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,515 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

2,515 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent from start to finish. Very accommodating and prompt with service. Cheese wheel pasta was perfectly al dente and cocktails were some of the best we’ve had in San Diego. Grazie Monello!

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  2. RooneyD

    San Diego

    73 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on June 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I brought guests from outside the US with me. I left embarrassed that I made this choice. The food was only mediocre. Calamari appetizer was a tiny portion. The burrata was hard and not creamy at all, more like it was bought at Vons. The main courses were not served hot and the carbonara one of my guests had was not al dente but cold and hard pasta. Our plates were not eaten and NO ONe wanted a to-go-box. The noise level in the dining area was so loud that two of my guests just couldn't join in the conversation. We were seated next to 8 women celebrating as bachelorettes. The table seated behind us was a table for ten including two very boisterous children. Our waitstaff, while genial and pleasant, was completely inattentive. tem minutes went by before parmesan cheese as offered and brought to the table. Drink refills were neglected til our meal was almost finished. Dessert was refused by my guests who were obviously displeased. Overall, what was meant as a pleasurable dinner with overseas colleagues turned into a hurried, less-than-average meal so that we could go outside to actually hear on another. Disappointing.

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  3. KendallB

    New York City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was terrible. My cheese wheel pasta entree was delicious. My partners food arrived lukewarm, and was SWIMMING in pesto, like enough pesto for several servings. It’s noisy inside. My second time at Monello and it’s good food for sure, off the beaten path of little Italy.

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  4. ShuA

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very satisfied. I took my friend to you and he enjoyed so much.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The vibes were lovely, we went on a weekday so it wasn't busy. The service was great and the food was also great.

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  6. AnnieD

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an amazing dinner at Monello. The service was outstanding, and the food was delicious. It is a little on the noisy side, but the service and food well made up for the noise. If you don’t try anything else, try the pasta! It was delicious! The meat lasagna was one of the best I’ve ever had and the pizza over the top delicious. 

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hermosa experiencia! El pulpo de la entrada estuvo buenisimo y los ravioles otro nivel! La comida increíble por favor! Recomendadisimo

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  8. JaclynG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and atmosphere. Waiter was helpful going over the menu. Would go again

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We found a sharp object in the lamb, the manager took the plate and never came back to apologize or anything.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Pasta was great, pizza was just ok. Place was nice but our reservation time was not fulfilled. We had a 2:45 pm reservation, arrived at 2:35 pm, and were told to wait 10 mins (acceptable), but we ended up waiting more than 20 mins and there was at least two tables were we could be seated since 2:35.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Monello using the Order Online button. Monello also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Monello also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 501-0030.

Monello is rated 4.4 stars by 2515 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 85 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Monello

750 W. Fir St., Suite 103B, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Kettner
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    The Little Italy Association offers valet parking Tuesday through Sunday at the corner of India St. and Fir St. (in front of Influx) & Kettner Blvd. & Fir for $10.00 beginning at 5:30pm. Limited street parking is available. Metered parking is free after 6:00pm until 6:00am Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.
  • Public transit
    MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Fabrizio Cavallini
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 501-0030
  • Catering
    Send catering inquiry to info@lovemonello.com
  • Private party facilities
    Monello offers semiprivate and private SPACES. www.lovemonello.com Send inquiry to info@lovemonello.com
  • Private party contact
    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-0030
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