Monello

4.6
968 reviews
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$30 and under
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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.
Every Wednesday Monello delivers Risotto cooked in the Parmigiano cheese wheel at sidetable.
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 - SAME CHEF!
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food

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CB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent, service was excellent, sat at the bar and loved the interaction there. Food choices were amazing and serving size was big so you can share.

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LS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the spaghetti with Ragu. Seriously the most delicious meal ever!

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AV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pasta is cooked to al dente and the sauce was perfect.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

I had to ask twice for the air to be turned down at the very least. The problem was never fixed and it made me and my food extremely cold and uncomfortable.

Please note, the tables for two that are next to the window receive the air from the vents right above your head, bounce off the window and right into your face. The last two times I have been seated there and asked for the air to be adjusted or to be moved with no fix in site. Very disappointing.

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KV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Unfortunately, four out of our five meals had something wrong. The ravioli was over cooked on the edges , the gnocchi was bland, the squid ink spaghetti was fishy, the bone marrow was overcooked and when we said something to the waiter about the bone marrow,he came back and said that is how it is supposed to be. Well we have had many bone marrow dishes and we knew better. Then when I asked the waiter for cheese , he forgot. We asked for Sangria and was told they didnt have it. So we asked for a wine with club soda and fruit to try to make something similar. The waiter forgot the fruit.

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OT
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Todo muy bien, lo disfrutamos mucho

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San Joaquin
3 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful dining experience! Services was excellent - thank you, Irene! The restaurant and ambience was great. The food was authentic Italian. Tried the pasta wheel dish add an appetizer for the table and it was delicious. Everything we had was outstanding. Can't wait to go back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious, but disappointing that they only do one flavor a week in the pasta wheel. Especially when you travel really far to try it only to be disappointed in whatever weekly special it is at the time. Definitely a bummer but still had a wonderful meal over all!!!

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RB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

This is a great spot to be sure. We were seated quickly, but them everything else seemed to take a very long time. It looked as if they were understaffed. Our food came out at different times and while I know its a nit-pick the plates were not cleaned before presentation so there was sauce on the rims and it just looked rushed. The food was outstanding and we will be back, but this time was not a home run.

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TS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 5

The Pizza is great but that's about it. The staff is friendly but the need to double the amount on duty on Sundays.

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KS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

We had a great meal at Monello! Great food, nummy wine and great ambiance. Our first waiter was fantastic and helpful then Chris took over - he was short, not attentive and only paid attention to the 2 young couples sitting next to us. I was with my 20 year old daughter and should have been treated with more respect.

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NO
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, cute but casual, attentive service, great location.

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PD
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super top notch dining experience!!! This was our second visit so I can now report Monello is CONSISTENTLY GREAT!!!

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j
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us enjoyed dinner and the service was great. Pasta for 3 of 4 and I enjoyed a great vegetable dish. $250 with wine was reasonable too.

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!

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J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! We spent a small amount of time for my girlfriends birthday and they made the experience wonderful. Thank you!

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K
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and experience! Ordered the cheese wheel pasta of the week, carbonara and pesto gnocchi - all incredible. I imagine anything on the menu would be a great choice. Must eat.

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JA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

It was really over priced even for southern california. I wish they had some more pasta variations for the cheese wheel.

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CB
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Three of us girls had a fantastic birthday lunch on Sunday, March 10, 2019. We started with a sbaliato, an awesome drink with vermouth, Campari & prosecco. We ordered the mushroom truffle pizza, grilled octopus appetizer and the mixed simple salad. It was all fantastic. The food and service were awesome! Would get all three again, and again. Highly recommend going there!! The pistachio gelato was outstanding too! Will go again when I am in San Diego. Grazie xx

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RN
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I have been there for breakfast many times. My food was served cold this time. it wasn’t busy and waiter never asked how anything was. We had to ask for more coffee as the cups were so small. My eggs were served on a tiny plate not like before. Overall they were not too friendly. . Not sure we will return.

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SD
San Diego
126 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A friend recommended Monello for dinner - we had never been there even though we've lived in SD for over 9 years. We tried it for breakfast last Sunday and it was very good! I had the croissant sandwich - the sunny side up egg was a bit underdone - would have preferred it over medium so it didn't pour all over everything, causing me to have to cut my sandwich into pieces to eat it. But, the flavor was good so I'm not complaining. My husband tried the ricotta pancakes and loved them. A huge portion for sure, but he ate every bite! Our server was very friendly - sorry but I don't remember his name. The place was practically empty though on a Sunday at 10:00 - too bad! Guess there are so many places in Little Italy, its hard to draw a crowd. But I would definitely return and recommend this place. Will try it for dinner sometime too - the dinner menu looked awesome!

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C
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Happy hour at the bar is great with free appetizers.
You must get the pasta tossed in the giant parmesan cheese wheel!

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AC
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cheese wheel pasta was a fun experience! Pasta was tasty! The tiramisu is the only reason I don’t give Monello 5 stars. It tasted like kahlua and not much else. Besides this, I enjoyed my experience and I would come back. Service was great and staff was friendly. I will recommend to friends and family.

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SE
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have already recommended Monello to many friends. We love this place and bring out of town guests regularly

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OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing time celebrating with friends. The food never disappoints

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m
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

First time here the food was good. I had the pasta made in the cheese bowl. When I was eating it there was a clump of noodles that were hard and stuck together. The person making the pasta should of caught it. But still serve it to me. In addition I order a side of chicken on the side. Which never came and I had to ask where it was.

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GC
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just incredible - food was outstanding

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For Fat Tuesday, I ate ALL the carbs, and morello did not disappoint! Loved the Osso buco ravioli, and really liked the walnut liquor used in the tiramisu.

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BL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service, seated right away with my reservation, would definitely go again!!!

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OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Cheese wheel pasta was amazing! Out waitress was not the nicest girl as it seemed as she was having a bad day and taking it out in her tables. I wish I could remember name! But all the other waiters bus boys and servers were super nice one guy even gave us the cheese wheel history! The food and drinks were amazing well paired pasta and wine kind of night! Definitely going back!!! Just hope I don’t get the same blonde waitress

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DM
New England
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Cioppino had too much calamari, not enough shrimp or scallops. Broth excellent. Other than that, great experience. #cheesewheel!

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J
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Usually very good, but this time the risotto was way too salty, basically inedible.

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LS
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Birthday celebration

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good! We ordered cornetti, paella, and a breakfast sandwich type thing with awesome Italian flatbread, bacon, egg, zucchini, and an awesome arrabbiata sauce. Service was great, we sat outside so I can’t speak to the noise level. Definitely order the cornetti with strawberry Prosecco jam!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places in SD!

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I
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was exceptional. Love the cheesewheel. Just wish we had more than 2 shrimps that were cut in half

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ES
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a nice time sitting outside. We enjoyed the meal.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta in San Diego! The flavors were just out of this world!

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J
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Yes, I would recommend to a friend. A bit pricey, but a nice treat every once in a while. The cheese wheel pasta was amazing!!

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