Monello

4.7
1563 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 1563 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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KellyC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, nice place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So great and such amazing service.

JB
JB33
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

We had high expectations and were very disappointed. There is a lot of potential for simple improvements that would have made the experience much more enjoyable. The whole dinner seemed rushed, we didn't get to have our appetizers before our dinners arrived. All the food was underwhelming. Everything we received was bland/under seasoned. The quality was below average with the exception of the pasta itself, despite decent pasta quality everything else was definitely below average. With some minor tweaks to the quality of food and slowing down the timing for courses to be able to enjoy them without rushing then the dining experience could be greatly improved. Hopefully they are receptive of constructive criticism and can make the improvements.

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RickyH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Probably can't go wrong with anything at Monello!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food, phenomenal drinks, phenomenal service, and phenomenal company!

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czwirn
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful Mother's Day celebration. The service was outstanding and the food delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was good. Our reservation was close to closing. We were sat at a table far at the end outside with no other guests by us witch is fine but servers didn’t come check on us much. Appetizers came out fast, main course took extremely long. Underbelly next door was playing VERY loud music could barely hear each other.

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BlancaR
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

I got the cheese wheel pasta they let us watch them as they made it in the wheel it was indeed very cheesy . The appetizers were very good overall the experience was super good food tasted amazing. I recommend going earlier than your reservation just so you can find parking because it is street parking .

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vipAndyV
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Monello to celebrate our wedding anniversary and we had a fantastic experience. From the service at the bar to our food servers. Their food is fantastic and truly enjoyed the cheese shell pasta. What an amazing experience.

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GeneF
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great food. Spicy pizza a favorite. Pasta heated up in the cheese wheel a great show.

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DiegoD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cheesewheel pasta was outstanding. Very cool ambiance, good service. I enjoyed the casual atmosphere as well.

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ChefBulldog
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome Food

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Worst Italian I’ve ever had. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made reservations for our anniversary. We had a great table outside with a heater so we were very comfortable. We started with the lobster bisque and Cesar salad. Both were delicious. I would absolutely order the bisque again. For my main course I had the wheel of cheese special. SO good. I did go and what h them make it. I will have this every time I am back. My husband had the veal and really enjoyed it as well. We are so much and took food home so there was no room fo dessert… next time!

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MichelleA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good service

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
17 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Great food. Would highly recommend.

JA
JamesA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great and delicious. The waiter, Santiago was very attentive and provided recommendations on what to order. Currently because COVID, there was seating outside which was still great because little Italy is a great ambiance. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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LisaM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was spectacular. A little pricey but comparable to other restaurants in area.

MH
MattH
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Friendly and attentive services. We thoroughly enjoyed lunch there.

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tammyt
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service and ambiance were great! The pizza was delicious! Would recommend for date night

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great date night! Service was fantastic and got to watch pasta being stirred in the cheese wheel. Perfect place for a night out with the missus.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and incredible food. We’ll be back!!

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vipKelleyW
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second time here and really enjoyed it both times. Our server (Carleigh sp ?) was the same as last time and she was great. She offered suggestions and struck the right balance between checking in and just letting us enjoy our meals.

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vipCH23
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always. Super loud but great to see the restaurant full.

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kendraj
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience5

everything was great but they forgot to bring out one of our entrees. we thought it was just taking a while and then they brought the check and we realized they just never put the second entree in. it was disappointing and we didn’t have time to say anything.

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vipDowntowndiner
San Diego
82 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be back at Monello for dining in! We enjoyed their new outdoor space which is beautifully done. Food amazing as always! Cheese wheel pasta with meatballs and salad for starters. Left so happy and stuffed from the great food. Staff perfectly attentive and courses arrived with beautiful timing. Love Monello for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience2

The service was slow to start- server was clearly busy. We took the recommendation on the cheese wheel and it was underwhelming.

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Alyssa
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite spot! We have come here for every (except one due to the pandemic closure) anniversary. Monello means a lot to our relationship and we always have the BEST service and food. I have highly recommended Monello to many family and friends who have also received the same love and good food.

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ScottL
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I got the Gnocchi with braised beef and Monello sauce. It was incredible!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
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
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good.

CG
vipCollinG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience

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AmihaiH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
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.

MM
MichelleM
Richmond
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
San Diego
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
3 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
10 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.

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 1563 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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