Monello

4.7
1519 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

Support Monello during COVID-19

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 1519 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.5
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4.5
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4.4
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Bad wine. Sent it back. So so pasta. Bad salad - very basic. Charge for bread... Can’t believe this place is so highly rated!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good.

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CollinG
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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AmihaiH
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We liked the service, the food and the wine were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Although the food was delicious, the highlight is the service. Our server, James, went above and beyond to ensure that we felt welcomed. His kindness left an impression that heavily influenced our enjoyment of the restaurant. If you are reading this James, thank you for your attentive nature and surprising my partner with a little birthday desert. She loved it!

If you are intending on visiting Monello’s, be sure to ask for James. He is a genuinely kind server who will ensure that you are treated kindly.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was great, just not a flavorful as I would have hoped.
We went during happy hour and the apps were cold.
Due to Covid you have to walk up to the cheese bowl to watch your pasta be prepared.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Excellent food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Had the spicy pepperoni pizza .. I forgot the actual name LOL but it was absolutely divine. I’ll be back for more!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Read the reviews and had to experience the cheese wheel pasta. All the dishes we ordered were excellent. My wife and kids are still raving about the homemade pasta.

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Linda
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Waitress was outstanding. We wanted a leisurely evening and ordered as we ate. Food came out in perfect timing. The ravioli and gnocchi were excellent. We will definitely be back to try the rest of the menu.

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Lola
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely taste the difference in authentic, quality Italian food. The food was fantastic and the service was great. My husband and I will be definitely be returning.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Monello was amazing! We loved the atmosphere, the service... everything! It made our last night in San Diego one to remember.

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Kedami
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good!!!!! Enjoyed it immensely!!! It was my wife's birthday and she LOVED IT!!! Very Pleased I picked Monello of all the Italian Restaurants in the vicinity. We will visit you again no doubt. Awesome Experience!!!!

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Chloe
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and environment! Loved the patio. Service was good as well!

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vipNYCgirl
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, excellent service and lovely atmosphere!!!

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MaydaD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I got I Monello pasta, its seasoning was good but not delicious.
It's not enough 2 restrooms for everybody.
Excellent Service and good ambience.
Next time I am going to try other plates. Thanks

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience4

After we were sat it took a real long time for the manager to realize we hadn’t been greeted by a server. It was a little annoying given that the tables around us where and servers would obviously see us as they went to their other tables. We placed food and drink orders right away after being attended to avoid further delay. Perhaps there was a shortage in servers for a Saturday afternoon.

The food was okay in taste def not worth the money or hype.

The manager did a great job in his customer service and making up for the lack of service at the beginning, but I wouldn’t come back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was kinda weir
They put club soda in the margaritas... very weir

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Reginald
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was top notch, unbeatable, best in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

That 4 pepper sauce is amazing.

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Carlee
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

The atmosphere was really lackluster. I was not impressed with the food at all. It was not good and too expensive for what it was.

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PatrickC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

San Diego finally got back down into the red tier for covid and we could not be happier to spend our night out here. The food was amazing and the service was spectacular.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Made a 24h advance reservation they put us in the worst table in the house for 4 people. Asked for a real table and got one at least. Never saw anyone get seated where they tried to put the 4 of us. Great food though, weird experience.

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JANICED
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food! They even gave me a little tiramisu with a candle when they found out I was celebrating my birthday. The only thing is when I asked them to use all of my $100 Visa gift card and put the remainder on my debit card. Instead they split the bill on both cards. Just a misunderstanding.

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DiningInSD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You will not be disappointed! Food and service were outstanding. Try the pasta in the cheese wheel!

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SheilahH
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome! The cheese wheel dish was so yummy!

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Mike
Adelaide
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super great tasting good and amazing service. Thank you !

LM
vipLoMac
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Monello. We always come for the cheesewheel, but we try something different each time too. We had the prosciutto pizza. It was excellent. And, the cheesewheel never disappoints.

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vipKevinW
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! Cheese wheel is best.

KH
vipKHFdez
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The squid-ink pasta with octopus is a family favorite.

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ChefClaudiaS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Delicious! This place never disappoints. The food is the best in San Diego and the service is spectacular. Make reservations, especially on weekends! Uber in as parking can be rough if you don’t want to pay for Valet. Even with Covid restrictions and outdoor dining, the ambience is there and the heaters keep you warm. The Cheesewheel is a MUST have. Trust me, you will NEVER be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had friend in town visiting so I wanted to take them some place special. They love Italian food, and when they heard home made pasta they were sold. The cheese wheel pasta was excellent and everyone loved their apps. The staff was super friendly and very willing to help answer any questions we had. Being outside was nice, overall perfect evening.

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KimJ
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you’re into amazing cocktails, freshly made pasta and flavorful pizza, then Monello is right up your alley! Such a great experience from beginning til end. They did a great job adapting to COVID and the outdoor dining area is top-notch

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ErinM
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was nothing special. Each dish we ordered was lacking seasoning. Don’t recommend. Many other superior Italian restaurants in the area.

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TeresaD
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Its was absolutely perfect from the food to the service everything was wonderful. We will definitely return soon.

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vipNothebest
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food!! You must try the cheese wheel and the oso buco. Both are Outstanding! Service was great. I think best food in little Italy

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delish amazing Gluten free options

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Kittykat
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service! I love the apertivo hours!

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SusieL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great server, went the extra mile for us. Wish I remembered his name. A USD student.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and service was amazing.

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 4.7 stars by 1519 OpenTable diners.

Monello does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://monello-bencotto.instagift.com/.

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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