Monello

4.5
1811 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.
UN­ABLE TO FIND A TABLE? CHECK OUT OUR BROTHER RESTAURANT BENCOTTO NEXT DOOR

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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 1811 people are saying
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PassTheWine
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious! Tortiloni, and the cheese bowl special! You have to try the cheese bowl special! They take the hot pasta and stir it in a half round of block Parmesan- hard to explain but delicious!

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BrianV
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great with attention

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Jason
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, very tasty food. Nice and spacious outside seating

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Susan
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent! Loved watching them use the cheese wheel. Only negative was they brought out the other meal right before we went to watch them prepare mine. They should wait and bring both meals at the same time.

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DavidV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Comida normal, nada memorable. Igualmente el servicio, en USA al parecer la propina es algo implícito en la cuenta y nadie lucha por ella, simplemente la asumen.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service and the cheese wheel was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great. An absolute favorite.

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olgas
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Sometimes when a restaurant lacks in good food the service makes up for it. Well not at this place. The appetizers were mediocre. The entrees were decent. The service was off putting. Sadly wasted my last night in San Diego at this joint.

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MannyG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dining experience at Monello. We were seated by the manager, Ryan, who was very friendly and got us set up with our wine. Our server was a little late getting to our table initially (she was clearly busy), but it was not an issue as Ryan and the bus person got us set up. Food was excellent, timing was spot on, service throughout the evening was excellent and we had a great time.

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vipYummyNomz
Charleston
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience5

The pasta was phenomenal and I would think about giving this place another shot for that, but the service was one of the worst experiences I’ve had at a restaurant ever. Our server was rude and absent. Our starters and main course arrived 4 minutes (literally) apart from each other, so the starters were not able to be enjoyed for fear our main course would get cold (we were sitting outside). We were never given refills on water or asked if we wanted any additional drinks - our glasses were empty for over 20 minutes during our meal and no one was around to even ask for additional drinks. Our server was seen to take our drink order (~12 minutes after we were seated) and to take our order and not seen again until we asked for our check, which then took another 15 minutes to arrive. We were disappointed to say the least. We had a much better experience next door at Bencotto.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

The lasagna had no flavor.

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vipcraigm
Glasgow
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Good was pretty average, pizza was burned which was replaced but generally style over substance

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vipCouqquoc
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Everything was fine. Food just didn’t really stand out.

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LoganD
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience5

Service was beyond terrible. There are better places to go.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Christmas Eve dinner was perfect! Everything was outstanding.

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vipKatherineT
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. The Cheese wheel is amazing!Lovely Christmas Eve meal!

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vipLeonardoG
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I enjoyed my dinner at Monello. It’s located right in the center of Little Italy. I highly recommend the truffle pasta. I wasn’t very impressed with the pasta thats prepared in the cheese bowl. it was good but not great and The picante pizza was delicious. Service was excellent. Wine menu is limited but you cant go wrong with a super tuscan or chianti along with an italian dinner. Ill go back and try more of the pastas.

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CarolineG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great customer service

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vipDennelw
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great pasta and good service, sat outside next to the heater! Great date night

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. It was a perfect night to celebrate my anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Don’t bother. Bougie. Lipstick on a pig. This place is all dressed up but food is horrible and service is meh. If you’re looking for a $200-$300 place for a couple, don’t go here.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very good. I got the cheese wheel pasta and it was good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Lamb was flavorless but cooked very well. Polenta was watery, pasta also seemed flavorless. Server was a little odd, but overall a nice guy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and great service

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vipVeronica
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, food was served very fast. Nice portions of food.

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vipAlisonP
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

VERY uncomfortable chairs on outside patio but delicious dinner with good service and care for dietary needs!

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vipDowntowndiner
San Diego
97 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monello! Such a favorite place - never a bad experience here. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the cheese wheel pasta (spaghetti and meatballs!), salad and their amazing mushroom piadine. Sipped on the great Rock & Twist vermouth and, by chance, saw that you can now take a bottle to go! Packed one home and will continue enjoying through the holidays.

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ViancaM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this one!!! This is my favorite Italian restaurant in little Italy!!! Can't resist the cheese wheel pasta

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Overall service was fine. The food was average. Been here before so I was disappointed it wasn’t the same. I won’t go back. Bummer.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Waiter forgot about us and wasn’t attentive. Waited a long time to order, waited a long time to receive our meals and waited a long time to pay.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Girlsfriends outing

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aims
Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was good. The cheese wheel was probably the best thing we ordered. I didn’t give 5 stars because my husband’s food came out cold. We waited 10 min before we could track someone down. They brought him another meal. However, I was shocked they didnt offer compensation for the sent back food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Cheese wheel was great… however the add one we did were mediocre. Meatballs dry, shrimp and chicken both bland. Waiter provided spectacular service and was more then helpful. Desserts was tasty.

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vipAurora
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time here but it won't be our last. Wonderful crafted cocktails and housemade pasta. It would be a fun place to go with friends to share several dishes but also fun for date night.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! They were attentive from beginning to end, we chose this place as me and my best friend came to celebrate my birthday and wanted Italian food. Such great staff and they made our experience amazing! The food was Devine, loved there drink and appetizer special. The aesthetics was just as Devine from interior to the staff. Pleasing to the eye! Will definitely came again!

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StephanieD
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

The service was good. The burrata and octopus apps were good. The lamb shank was good but the polenta was very bland. The pasta special in the cheese wheel was just ok, nothing special. We got the panna cotta and tiramisu, I preferred the panna cotta over the tiramisu.

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vipVoraciousV
San Diego
40 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We arrived for our lunch reservation and were seated in a timely manner. There were a few empty tables where we sat on patio. Food came out Luke warm. They were unable to reheat it but offered to remake our 3 dishes. We declined—didn’t want to waste the food. This is one of my favorite restaurants. Hope it doesn’t happen again🤞🏽

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HeatherJ
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Sitting outside was a tad chilly and the table and chairs were not comfortable or appropriate heights to one another

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vipOTkm
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Our party enjoyed their dishes, mostly pastas. We loved the cheese wheel the most, and the chef preparing the cheese wheel pasta was fantastic. The terrace had nice ambiance.

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MicMac
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little Italy was bustling with people friday evening. Monello checked us in right away and we were seated in the outdoor area setup. the wait staff was outstanding and conscientious of the fact that we had a time schedule to keep to see a show after dinner.

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 4.5 stars by 1811 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.

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