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Petrini's, San Diego, CA

Petrini's

4.2
4.2
292 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Petrini's, in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, serves homemade Italian dishes with a traditional aesthetic in its charming and inviting restaurant. The diablo shrimp in spicy wing sauce with lemon and cream, served with garlic cheese bread makes the perfect starter to your meal. Some of Petrini's' specialty entrée dishes include the smoked salmon alfredo sautéed with tomatoes and basil, Petrini's flat iron steak marinated in Italian beer, garlic and rosemary served with spaghetti with tangy pomodoro sauce and the baked white fish tilapia coated in seasoned bread crumbs in wine, butter and garlic sauce with Tuscan vegetables. Handhelds, such as the classic meatball hoagie, the vegetarian caponata sandwich with tomato-stewed eggplant and the craft-your-own pizzas, are other diner favorites.

For a sweet end to your meal at Petrini's, enjoy a homemade classic Italian dessert, the layered tiramisu cake.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 595-0322

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Catering

    We do catering and private events. Call us for more information (619)595-0322 or e-mail us at info@petrinis-sandiego.com

  • Private party facilities

    We do catering and private events. Call us for more information.

  • Private party contact

    info@petrinis-sandiego.com: (619) 595-0322

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    India St

  • Parking details

    After 5pm, parking at 610 W. Ash st building is only $5.00

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 292 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. RR

    RhondaR

    Jacksonville

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu had a large variety of dishes to choose from. My husband got the chicken picatta and I got a delicious fish dish. Service was very efficient! Very convenient for a pre-concert dinner at the Music Box!
  2. MG

    MartyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beyond impressed with the staff, the service, the food and the price. Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Downtown SD.
  3. JD

    JonathanD

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Servers were attentive - offered their suggestions; location is excellent - best suite for locals living in Little Italy; unusually quiet on the inside which is a pleasant surprise for being in downtown; menu had many options. Would definitely eat there again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and a great, relaxing atmosphere.. Will definitely be back
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    On one of the hottest days ever, restaurant was excessively hot inside.
  6. BC

    BarbaraC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    The night we went for dinner was during the heat wave. There were no fans and no-restaurants seems to have AC in San Diego. We didn't have the best experience, but not entirely within the restaurants control. It was 89 degrees inside. Adding fans to keep the air moving would have been helpful. Two of us ordered the eggplant parmigiana and we both had a bad stomach after. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food and were fine.
  7. DH

    DonnaH

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Love the decor and atmosphere of this quaint restaurant. Service was great and food was delicious! Will definitely be back!
  8. LD

    LisaD

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We were disappointed. Our server was very nice, but the food was not good. The lasagna was just a pile of melted cheese, the primavera had not sauce and tasted like frozen vegetables that were just warmed (not fresh), and the server forgot both our drink order and appetizers (never got the appetizer and just decided not to tell her given the low quality of the food). The place was not busy, maybe 3 other tables, so we didn’t quite understand the miss on service and food - it had good reviews on yelp. So, we won’t go back and don’t recommend it.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was average. Had pizza, veal, cannelloni. Think reviews before were overstated.
  10. P

    Peck

    Las Vegas

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a great place to eat. Every time we’re in town we eat there!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful place in Little Italy away from the big crowds.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for a good Italian meal. It's a very casual place but still on the upper scale of class.
  13. B

    Bill

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The chicken parmagiano was a generous size & delicious. The Happy Hour menu was very tasty.
  14. AM

    AmandaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely little spot. Great customer service. Definitely will return!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience here for both dinner and brunch! Friendly service and really good food.
  16. IC

    InesC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Loved it. Home cooking. Delicious. Will definitely go back soon!
  17. M

    Mjbeach

    San Diego

    50 reviews

    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good was amazing. We took doggy bags home. Service was very good. Nice location just off busy India St. so it made for a quiet environment.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Mexico City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!!
  19. NN

    NickiN

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    The place was almost empty, my pizza had no taste, my husbands pasta was ok. This place had good reviews, we we’re disappointed.
  20. A

    Alibhoy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and attentive service. We had enjoyed our first meal in San Diego here, and we were happy to return on our last night also.
  21. SR

    SandraRN

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Nice restaurant and excellent food. We had a reservation but still had to wait, they were short staffed. Our waitress was amazing and food was even more amazing. Their personalized pizza's are perfect if you don't want to eat much. The dinner portions are rather large and can be shared. We ordered fettucine alfredo and personalized pizza's and let's not forget the minestrone soup. DELICIOUS! Everything was great up until the party next to us sat down. They had four children under the age of 8 and one infant who would not stop crying. I am a parent and I totally get it, but when your child does not stop crying, the right thing to do is to step out of the restaurant so the other patrons can at least enjoy their meal(s). HOWEVER, I will definitely give it another try
  22. CF

    ChristinaF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    It was a holiday weekend. I understand a lot of restaurants are short staffed, however 2 servers and 1 busser for the entire restaurant? Our server appeared to be new and very shy and soft spoken. I was so excited to be there and ordered the sampler appetizer. That was not bad. The Italian wedding soup flavor was abysmal super salty and inedible. Then our margerita pizza comes out all sauce, dry, cheese is not melted, just so dissapointed. I've tasted better Chuck E Cheese pizzas. The dough looked packed and frozen not fresh or hand tossed. The texture was dry an gritty. I could only take 2 bites before i gave up. I wanted out of there, as our server never came to check on us. I had to go inside and get our check. Yes I paid and yes I left a tip. Although I would not recommend this restaurant for any reason, and I definitely will not return. Shocked they have been in business so long.
  23. JE

    JamesENicholson

    Houston

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Service was great but the food was not as good as last year. We won’t write it off, but let’s hope for better next year when we come again for the 4th
  24. GG

    GregG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some people say this is not 100% authentic Italian food. It doesn’t have to be authentic to be absolutely delicious. I would have to recommend this. A serving size is decent. The only complaint I had relates to the noise due to some Inconsiderate people driving by revving up their cars.
  25. AZ

    AZemp

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    This place was just bad. If you want decent Italian, keep looking
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place for a family dinner. We spent our last evening in San Diego in Little Italy, and this was our dinner stop. Food was delicious and served promptly. Service was excellent. Sitting outside, we got to see the activity of the city but still felt a little secluded with the wall and the plants. Definitely recommended for great Italian food!
  27. S

    Scenicdining

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  28. KG

    KarenG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found Petrini's through TripAdvisor and will go back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Being European with lots of experience in Italian food, this felt like US food with some Italian flavors and not even the other way round. Looking fir authentic Italian cuisine? This is not it.
  30. DW

    DWSD

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and affordable lunch menu, in charming indoor or outdoor seating.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place. Went for a birthday lunch and the staff was great/food delicious.
  32. P

    Peck

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as usual.
  33. A

    Aron

    Central Coast

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the place ! The food was very good, and the service too. We will come again!
  34. A

    Albores

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Las entradas son abundantes , suficiente para compartir, la Pasta con Salmón muy desabrida le falta sabor, y falta personal están sobrecargados de trabajo, 45 minutos para que nos dieran una pasta.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service here is top-notch! Some of the best I’ve had in the city. The food is always spot on and the portions are very generous.
  36. FB

    FredB

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaraunt with great staff and food. We ate there twice in 2 days. Highly recommend it.
  37. BH

    BHFoodie

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The meals were large and delicious. The salmon fettuccini was enough for three meals.
  38. DC

    DeeCee

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We’re regulars. Most dishes on the menu are great. Not so for the pizza.
  39. TB

    TheBigZ

    Chicago

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Food and Beverages reasonably priced. Service was excellent. Traditional Italian food in downtown location. Easy and available street parking. Caprese was very fresh and an excellent appetizer! Lasagna and cheese tortellini were good sized portions- the red sauce seemed to be lacking in flavors. Overall a good meal and value proposition.
  40. ML

    MeraL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, we got there 30min early and they were able to seat us. Pricing was decent and service was awesome!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks

FAQs

Petrini's does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now and Uber Eats. Petrini's also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 595-0322.

Petrini's is rated 4.2 stars by 292 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Petrini's

610 W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    India St

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    After 5pm, parking at 610 W. Ash st building is only $5.00

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 595-0322

  • Catering

    We do catering and private events. Call us for more information (619)595-0322 or e-mail us at info@petrinis-sandiego.com

  • Private party facilities

    We do catering and private events. Call us for more information.

  • Private party contact

    info@petrinis-sandiego.com: (619) 595-0322

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