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Monello

4.5
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1371 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.
UN­ABLE TO FIND A TABLE? CHECK OUT OUR BROTHER RESTAURANT BENCOTTO NEXT DOOR

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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 1371 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food with a great atmosphere

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foodhappiness
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service! Enjoyed the outdoor seating

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Kenni
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The cheese wheel was cool to try but I don’t think I’d try it again. It seems like it’s a novelty to attract people to Monello. It was cool to know that they switch up the dish each week though.

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RyanG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. I have been wanting to try their famous cheese wheel. Everything we got was so delicious. For every drink you order you received a chef's appetizer, which was amazing too. Highly recommended!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

This is the first time I’ve had any issues... the service was very slow. Once we had wine and appetizer we did not see our server for a very long time .. perhaps he was on break. But we noticed the table next to us was also waiting.

I’ll definitely return but maybe not during peak time.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary dinner. Ate on the street due to covid restrictions and it was really lovely. Had a fantastic server. Ordered octopus salad, cheese wheel pasta, and roasted pork shank over polenta. Everything was delicious! Took tiramisu home for dessert and it was divine. Very happy!

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SteveVanZant
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and delicious food. The management and ownership is the best! They check on you and make sure everything is good. It’s the best Italian food we’ve ever had. And right now that the city is only allowing outdoor dining they’ve setup more seating outside and have closed off the streets. It’s an awesome experience! I highly recommend It!

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Grace
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was ok. Ambience was perfect. The servers are wonderful with helping out what to choose from the menu, however I wasn’t a fan of what I chose, which was the stuffed shrimp ravioli entree. Overall it was good.

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RobertoD
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Very good food calamari aioli was delicious, wheel pasta was great would definitely come back

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KatD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good food, ok service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriend and I loved our first time at Monello! Will come back for brunch!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pasta!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pasta and the flavors weren’t terrible . The shrimp was over cooked and I could say the same about the octopus.

The staff was busy so I won’t go too low on their ratings but it was hard to get attention after 40 minutes into our meal.

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ChloeK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good and the table was very nice. The service was very fast! Had a wonderful evening!

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TimB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very Quaint and relaxing experience.
My wife and I enjoyed the food as well as great service.
Our waiters recommendations were spot on.

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Alexf
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Looked like waiters were overwhelmed.
My wife was done with her appetizer before I got my appetizer.
Opposite happened with our main course. Service average at best. Food was decent.

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NancyH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service! Even during Covid they did a great job all the way around!

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Rocky
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Given the current pandemic circumstances, they did a good job of seating everyone outside. The food quality was very good as was the service. We will definitely go back.

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JackieG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All tables are outside due to COVID-19. Plenty of heat lamps. Food is still excellent!

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vipStefanoZ
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, good value....going back for sure.

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Zman
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with Covid 19 the staff at Monello were organized, provided outdoor seating and the food was to die for. My girlfriend and I had been following Monello on IG for a year before we decided to drive to San Diego for this amazing dinner. Hand made cheese wheel pasta with meatballs for ne and butternut squash Gnocchi. Appetizers included the fried zucchini and calamari. We will definitely be back!

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SteveVanZant
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent as always. Food was delicious. Our favorite place in Little Italy

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Get the cheese wheel pasta or the gnocchi, or both!

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SharmaineP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

-Rock and Twist is Amazing!
-Tortelli Stuffed Pasta with Ragu sauce is outstanding. Their homemade pasta is the best pasta I have ever had.
-Also check out their brunch! Everything is delicious and fresh
Love Love Love Monello and Bencotto

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food the service and location

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best time at monello happy hour! I missed it so much.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food in SD

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KrisB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Seated outside per COVID dining guidelines, which was nice on a summer weekend afternoon in little Italy! Our table was on a sloped sidewalk though, so a bit uncomfortable and precarious for our food and drinks. Otherwise, the meal was delicious and the servers took care to keep everything clean and sanitary.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The server seemed rushed. Only stopped by our table to take our drink and food order and that was it. :(

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DianaM
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 stars
Great food, great service. Spaced out tables for social distancing.

We came for the cheese wheel but was sad we weren’t able to watch it.

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StevenP
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

My food was bland and expensive. 20 dollars for a tasteless sauce, the octopus was quite good however. Cheese platter was overpriced as well.

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RebeccaA
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Excellent food and drinks, large selection that featured something for everyone. Prices were reasonable and the feel of the space itself was really nice.

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vipMary
San Diego
88 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Nice restaurant but food was overcooked. Both of us thought so. I had lasagna and my husband had spaghetti with meat sauce. A bit pricey for the quality. Nice service.

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vipLoMac
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! We came for the Cheesewheel. It was worth it. We also had the Raspadura (thinly shaved lodigiano cheese) with Italian bread. If you love cheese, you have to try this.

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vipLisaL
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only our second time here. We loved it! The food is delicious and there is also a great selection on the menu. Due to Covid, they were following all the guidelines and we felt safe there.

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Luv2eat
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time and it did not disappoint. We loved the calamari and cheese wheel pasta. We will be back!

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vipFRANKR
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great downtown dinning experience and the food was most excellent.

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kathiak
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is delicious, our server was stellar, considerate and attentive without being intrusive. My daughter has just turned 21 and when he carded her for her cocktail, ha! he saw her birth date and then he treated her to a small Tiramisu!!! which says was amazing.
The menu is download to your phone, because of Covid. It was cleaned and the tables were spaced right.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration.

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vipRNCN
San Diego
44 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Was disappointed maybe because they recently opened for dine in since the virus.
Seemed staff owner or manager was not really interested in customers, but he seemed pleasant. We were the first customers that morning, then there were 2 other tables with guests after us. Others came later and sat outside. Place was virtually empty. Food was not as good as it has been in the past. My poached eggs were luke warm and a small portion, and the fruit looked and tasted a bit old or too ripe. Husband food was ok but he wouldn't order it again. The best thing was the decalf latte. The waitress said they had cut the brunch menu in half and not so many choices now. Not sure we would go back there again.

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 1371 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.

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