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Monello

4.5
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1419 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 1419 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.4
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4.3
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHarrisB
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good service. Good ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing wine

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
5 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
3 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
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

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vipCOOKINGMAMA
Orange County
20 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
3 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. :)

OT
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!

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

It was perfect!

SV
SteveVanZant
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

To us this is the best Italian food is San Diego. The owner is precious! She comes out to visit with her customers. She’s sweet and makes you feel at home. Great service and the food is great! I recommend the cheese wheel! But you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.

JL
JulieL
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So delicious! Server was excellent! Love this place!

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were looking forward to the cheese wheel as we have experienced that in several restaurants across the country. We were disappointed to find out their ability to make a simple tagliatelle and cream sauce in the cheese wheel wasn’t an option. Being allergic to an ingredient in the only version of pasta offered in the cheese wheel left us little other options. Waiters suggestions were to make similar dish at much higher price until we realized we could do a make your own pasta dish saving $6 on each of our dishes. Waiter was also very inattentive, we had to request drink refills throughout our dinner and waited 15 minutes for server to return with our card after paying for bill while he continued to serve other customers.

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Jills
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was a big disappointment. Had multiple dishes and only enjoyed the Caesar salad and buratta. Pasta sauces lacked balance and sophistication. I expected more.

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JoyN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Monello provides the most delicious and fresh pasta you can ask for in San Diego. The cheese wheel pasta is a must try and changes weekly so check their instagram for that week's dish. The fried mushrooms are my fav appetizer and honestly, anything off this menu is going to be amazing. Even though pasta can be heavy, I never leave feeling gross or weighed down by their food. That's how fresh and amazing it is! I take everyone I love here and they always want to come back. Monello is a top choice restaurant when I make recommendations for checking out the San Diego foodie scene.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and location. Favorite place in little Italy!

MZ
MaryZ
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was amazing. We were t aware we signed up for a high top table. It was rather small and cramped. However the food was incredible. Highly recommend the burrata and all the pasta!

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BridgetB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the cheese wheel pasta, add bacon, muhsrooms, and chicken. Incredible dish

OT
OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing they had tons of patios it in plenty of space to spread out the menu and food is amazing

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We were underwhelmed by the food to be honest. The appetizers were great, but the main entrees left a lot to be desired.

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GabrielF
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

The food wasn’t that good! Their main dishes made on the cheese wheel isn’t that good!

PJ
vipPinkJulie
San Diego
59 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the outdoor setting! We love coming to Monello!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience2

I had reservation at 9 but they didn’t have a table when I wAs there waited 20 mins for a small table and the waiter was rude and careless then they told me I have 1.30hr siting time. Then I ordered a dish which 15 mins later they told me they didn’t have the sauce to make the dish I ordered! Really disappointed I loved this place have recommended to many people but I won’t come back after this experience. Btw they have like 4 hosts just standing around looking at the screen doing nothing don’t understand

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NicoleT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Food was great as always and the wine list was large and diverse! With COVID restrictions, the seating was obviously different and primarily in the street, but nice to be outside on a warm summer night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Loved how they opened up to the street to be safe with covid. We had a stroller and baby and they accommodated us and sat us where we wanted with more space. They suggested populate dishes and they were on point. The food was amazing! Delicious and very unique... I’m a avid diner and have visited many high end restaurants and I know great food when I see it and taste it. They didn’t disappoint visually or tasting it. All was good 👌

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vipSanDiegoFoodie
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

They were good. The seating was confusing... i tried to get a table for 5 at 4pm and Opentable said none were available, but 4 were... when my friends got there, there were several open tables and so I joined them after all, albeit, very late. I had a few bites of the leftover ceasar salad and it was great for being leftovers. I can imagine the rest was good. The pasta looked tasty.

Outdoor seating was plentiful but not really special...

I wish they had paper menus. I really done prefer to use the scan thing.

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GarrettS
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Service was not as personable as before. We felt as though the outside setup was very cheap compared to other restaurants. Next time we would choose somewhere else for the same price. Disappointed because this is not the memory we had of Monello. Felt more like Olive Garden.

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 1419 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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