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Monello

4.5
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1438 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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.
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.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1438 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Monn
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food1service2ambience4

I had high expectations of this place and was throughly disappointed. The meals had a bland taste

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Italian food I have had.

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emilya
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Service very slow and he seemed confused. Food and drinks were good

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StephW
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Definitely try the pasta they make in the parmesan wheel. So delicious.

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stevec
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Drinks were slow to get tot the table. Food was great as always

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vipFoodie1
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really enjoyable dinner. Outside seating allowed us to social distance but still enjoy an evening out during COVID. Great food...piccante pizza is incredibly flavorful and all the pastas were fresh and perfectly al dente. Service was off that evening...our server left mid meal and no one came to our table for 30 mins. Very odd way to change/end shifts...they apologized after we made them aware but this was the only area that they needed to improved upon. Food is very good and authentic!

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JoelS
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience1

I was sitting on the sidewalk.... hardly an environment for serving food.... let alone a drink.... the table was lop sided. And the the service was lousy! Rude and disrespectful. Others got seating in actual closed off environment... the noise level and people passing by made for a very uneasy feeling. Not to mention unhygienic. Would never come back to this location. The food portions and the actual quality were not what you would expect for the money paid. Absolutely rip off.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Monellos is easily my wife and I’s favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego, our waiter kristoffe was awesome and it was my wife’s birthday and they greeted us with two glasses of champagne complimentary and the food is always great and enjoyable and to top it off the waiter brought out tiramisu with a candle for my wife and it’s the little customer service things like that that truly make the experience that much better. Great food great service 10/10

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TommyG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan was an amazing maitre d’ and fun to chat it up with. I will be returning. And this place does have one of the best pizza's around town.

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vipHungryman
San Antonio
73 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

We had a great meal at Monello. I was impressed with how they are handling the whole COVID scenario as we felt very comfortable with the distancing etc. There was a bit of a lag for our server to come over, but after that she did a great job and of course the food was outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Unfortunately, I don’t believe they read the reservation as I asked questions specific to our birthday celebration and did not get a response or acknowledgement of what we were celebrating. Secondly, the host just pointed to an open table that was not yet cleaned or prepared. So those two really started the night off poorly. Luckily the service staff (bussers and such) we kind and attentive which help salvage the evening. The food as always was wonderful so really helped turn it into an average experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza this side of Italy Hands down!!

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BrittanyG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was average and my experience was less than great. We ended up seating in the corner of the outdoor area and there was barriers blocking our view of pretty much everything. It was hard for the waiter to see us majority of the night and I felt like he would forget we were even there. Traveling from Texas, I had researched this restaurant beforehand and had high hopes but the experience was disappointing.

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vipEdPhill
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their motto is, “Love Monello”, and we do. Best calamari (and the balsamic aioli❤️). The best pizzas, best pasta - my favorite Italian food in the county.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely enjoyed our dinner, drinks & dessert at Monello in Little Italy, San Diego. Everything we ate was delicious & very authentic Italian food! We would highly recommend this restaurant!!

MY
MadlenY
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was not as good as expected. We think this place is overrated.

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ErinM
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cheese wheel pasta was a huge hit with our group! We loved everything we ate - so flavorful and fresh :) you can tell they are using quality ingredients and infuse creativity to make your meal incredible! We would definitely come here again!

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vipHarrisB
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Good ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing wine

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soooo good! Definitely highly reccomend for great and authentic Italian

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was soooooo good. Everything about that night was amazing. I had the special in the cheese wheel and added grilled chicken to it. Really tasty and many wines to select from for the table.

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Jmc619
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great food! good service. will go back for sure.

JQ
JuneQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

I thought the outdoor dining would of been a better experience, but my seat was leaning backwards. We sat on a slope and it was difficult to eat, especially with back issues. Our 1st waiter seemed like he was in a rush to get our orders. I felt pressured to hurt and order, hence, it was our 1st time eating there.

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Happygirl
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience5

I was really excited to eat here due to hear say . However , unfortunately, my experience wasn’t the same as my friends . Our server was not the friendliest and had little to recommend . I got my shrimp and pasta plate - bland . We also didn’t care for the cocktails . I will say the pre bus staff was excellent!

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Quinn
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I've been to Monello many times before (pre-COVID) and always been impressed with the atmosphere, service, and especially the food. It's always been my favorite Italian food in Little Italy. Unfortunately, the Tagliatelle Carbonara I ordered on most recent visit was rather disappointing. The fresh pasta was good, but the sauce was lackluster and inauthentic, right down to the smoked bacon topping in lieu of traditional salt-cured pancetta.
I will one day return to Monella because I've had so many lovely experiences there in the past. However, next time I'll stick to their Happy Hour or specials menu.

JJ
vipJJSprinx
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love eating here! It’s always good food and great service!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was great- the server paced our dinner experience. The food was amazing!

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Jimbo
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great restaurant waiter was great the food was killer. Sitting in the street Was interesting and fun. We will be coming back

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is great and Monello’s uses only the most fresh ingredients.

CO
vipCOOKINGMAMA
Orange County
21 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience2

Service tonight was bad, got seated then got water, waited 15 minutes, finally had to flag someone to get service. Once we ordered, got a waiter assigned. He hardly communicated with us, ordered a 2nd glass of wine, never got it from him had to request another server for it. Not once did he check on our food or ask if we needed anything. Had to stop him to get the check.. then waited and waited and then flagged him to grab payment. Really disappointed in the total lack of service for the caliber of restaurant it is. I’ve travelled the world and this was by far the worst service ever.

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Dessert
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When we arrived for our reservation, we still had to wait for 25 minutes before we were seated.

The host seemed very unbothered and unattentive that I had been standing there for so long. I had to follow up again after 20 minutes, to which he responding "We're getting the table cleared now."

Our server was very sweet, we opted for desert only, since the cheese wheel pasta of the day was not something we were interested in. I thought you could get any type of pasta good in the cheese wheel.

After we were seated, the service was great. The chocolate flourless cake was amazing, and the gelati was delicious.

MM
MireyaM
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in San Diego period. Delicious Italian fare. The quality is top notch every time!

AM
vipAnnMareM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We asked the hostess if we could change tables and we had to wait in the hot sun, even though the table we requested was available and then she told us to go back and get our water glasses from our table. The orange ricotta pancakes didn’t have much citrus flavor and only had a small scoop of the ricotta on top. The breakfast potatoes were very greasy.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely friendly and polite staff. Salmon picatta was delicious as was the cheese wheel pasta (highly recommended this). Also, they have limited indoor seating even with COVID restrictions, which was very nice.

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Irma
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

My food had no
Flavor,terrible
Customer service just won’t recommend to anyone

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Alex
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Needs more sanitizing and social distancing

LM
vipLoMac
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Cheesewheel pasta. Monello never disappoints. We try the Cheesewheel pasta every time we go to Monello. It's always an adventure, and it's always delicious. I am happy they have this unique experience. :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service so so.

PJ
vipPinkJulie
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for the weekly cheese wheel and it did not disappoint!

FAQs

Monello does offer 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 1438 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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