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For 2
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Monello

4.5
690 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Top Tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Pizzeria, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Lunch

Tuesday - Sunday: 11:00am - 2:30pm

Dinner

Tuesday - Thursday: 2:30pm - closing; Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - closing; Sunday: 5:00pm -closing
APERITIVO-ITALIAN HAPPY HOUR (complimentary bites with drinks) 4 pm to 7 pm all week
Brunch

Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 501-0030
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fabrizio Cavallini
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kettner
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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) for $8.00 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.
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Public transit
MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
What 690 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
4.5
food
4.5
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JerryB 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

The parking is terrible, especially for a disabled person. The food was delicious but sparse, especially for the cost.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined 7 days ago

Our server Megan was delightful, bright, and attentive! Thanks Megan!

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Luv2eatsteakncrabcake (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The hostess very rude by been on phone as we enter and not greet us properly. She tried to seat us while also been on phone and we had to repeat our names at least twice to her while on phone. I had made reservations on open table for three people. We were taken our seats by a waitress, the table we were taken two was very small and we requested a bigger table. We pointed to one and was told it was reserved be that there was know one else there at 4:00 pm on a Saturday and no one ever showed up while we were there the whole time. As our food arrived we really couldn’t enjoy from the cold a/c blown directly over us making our pasta, and pizza cold. So really after cold food we couldn’t really enjoy it was time to go. So I wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. It’s over priced and the people really weren’t that welcoming from the start.

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OpenTable Diner (Vancouver)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

The most amazing home made Italian food. And the cheese wheel was insane!!

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Bert (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This restaurant has declined over the past two years. The quality of the food was disappointing as compared to prior visits. Appetizers were good, but the Spaghetti a la Vongole tasted like iodine and the tiramisu was splashed with alcohol to the point where it was soggy. It seems to me that the portions have increased in size at the expense of the quality.

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emilys (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

I was greatly looking forward to monello after a friend had recommended me. My boyfriend and I wanted to come here for Valentines Day. That was our first mistake. They offered a special Valentine’s Day menu which most places do, however it seems they raised their prices for this event which made me upset and not excited to be spending so much. Especially since I looked at their regular menu and noted that the pricing seemed reasonable. Second, what Italian place doesn’t serve bread as an appetizer?! They gave us Lima Beans. Yeah. Not worth the price we paid for the pasta.

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OpenTable Diner (New England)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Super overpriced for what you get (especially the wine selection). Enjoyed the food and atmosphere but unfortunately will not be going back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

V-day dinner date.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

I’ve been here a million times and I keep coming back. Love this place!

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juneaufoodie (Seattle)
4.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

We expected more for the money - even bread was extra cost. The food was good but not as good as many other Italian restaurants we have eaten at

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 4, 2018

We had a lovely birthday celebration here two nights ago. Great food and good service.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Just amazing! Wish they'd open one up in the SF Bay Area! Everything about it is 5 star.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Charleston)
2.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great place, just not my type of food

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OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

The food was delicious!
Meatballs and Cheesewheel pasta were our favorites!

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vipWeescot (Chicago)
2.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Awful placewithprettyawful food

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Anon (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I was recommended here by a friend and was able to visit during the last Restaurant Week for lunch. I'd come back for the gnocchi and battuta di pollo alla griglia. I really want to try spaghetti neri con polipo next time though!!

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jackie (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent Brunch!!!! Our waiter was also excellent and very helpful with selections!!!

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vipBill (Houston)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Live in TX but love Little Italy when in San Diego. Monello's food was very good.I had the black ink spaghetti and octopus. It was delicious but my favorite dish was the butternut squash soup. It was the perfect warmer for a cool evening.

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vipMonCheri (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice venue, did not feel crowded or rushed. Only glitch was a small error on the check, but will definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Delicious food and wine on tap! Definitely recommend...get the cheese wheel special

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