Petrini's

4.2
195 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 195 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was perfect! The food, drinks and service!

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food tasted fantastic, will definitely go back!

LJ
LynnetteJ
Portland
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Pleased with the meal selection (pasta primavera with shrimp) - plentiful, very tasty and light. I was glad the location was on the outskirts of all the activity of the area.

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vipDanny
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had great pizza eating outside and enjoying the view of San Diego.

DS
DianeS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service. Nice casual atmosphere. Bettie was a fabulous server.

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vipTjag
Dallas
34 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

very good food and helpful attentive staff

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Short staffed and food nothing special

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! Gluten free options were great as well!

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NDGuyinBoxers
Orlando
55 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I found this place in the idine program and also was able to make a reservation on Open Table. We went for a late lunch/early dinner so we could enjoy our hotel lounge later. I was just going to drink water, but Betty V, our server per the receipt, accidentally brought my other half a red wine instead of the white ordered so she asked me if I wanted it (at no charge) because it would have to be poured out so I had that glass (not sure which wine??) while my other half got his G-Fiano Antica Masseria. We both ordered meals that came with soup or salad and garlic bread (the dinner plates and the specials). We both had the salad with house dressing (olive oil) and shared the 4 pieces of garlic bread. I had the Veal Parmesan w/ Spaghetti while my other half had a Canneloni. Service was friendly and efficient (except for wine issue), the food was very tasty with good sized portions at fair prices (just over $20 for each entree compared to much more 2 blocks away at the harbor??). I have already recommended this place to a friend visiting San Diego in the fall and would definitely return here if back in San Diego. Their being in the idine program was just a big plus. We were too full and did not have dessert. Also, we sat on the outside terrace and watched the people stroll by, many with their dogs. The bathroom is inside and was very clean. In summary, a great find!!!

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vipDeeCee
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good location, good food, and a friendly waitstaff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice and fun

OT
OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Amazing service. Excellent food. Good value!

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vipSchlinker
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience1

Italian fast food. It’s in Little Italy so I thought it might be good. I should have kept walking. My pasta was mush - way overcooked. The red sauce was dreadful. Walk away.

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vipOpenTable Diner
13 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Great food but service was unfortunate- felt like a I was a bother when asking for what I wanted, server never came to the table - only to drop off food. Asking for a water refill was “asking for too much”

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

We had great service. The restaurant is fine, the ambience of somewhere you would go during a workday lunch. The food was good.

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RachelA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Smoked salmon pizza appetizers, cantaloni and eggplant parm were all delish

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vipPomylisa
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chef made the BEST Veal Marsala I have ever had and I’ve tried MANY! And even better...it was prepared gluten free, per my dietary requirements, and it was fabulous! Also, my husband and son thoroughly enjoyed their Veal Piccata and Cannelloni! It was a great way to end our trip to San Diego.

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KimberlyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

The service was slow. They said they were busy but it was not very busy. You do get a lot of food but it was not real good. The restaurant was very nice decorated and clean. A lot is cramped in small spaces and people are very closely seated.

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vipDeeCee
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good location, good food, and a friendly waitstaff.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great service
Staff was very nice

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious quality food, and friendly staff! It wasn’t too noisy even being right on the corner, and the outdoor seating had plenty of heaters!

ME
MikeE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service and excellent meal. We sat outdoors in the early evening hours and were not dost by the traffic.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great! Very friendly staff!

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vipNancy
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service! We will go back to eat again!

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Miniminh
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The food was okay...the fettuccini Alfredo did it taste good. The bread they provide was not fresh. The service was great though.

TM
vipTravelinMan
Richmond
29 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Wed half price wine!

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BethR
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Went for dinner. Excellent service but food was just ok. The garlic bread is just fried sliced bread. The pasta was average.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time dining at Petrini’s. Our server Lisa was prompt, knowledgeable, attentive and professional. Our food arrived quickly and as described and was delicious. We had a very nice time celebrating and will absolutely be back. Thank you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was great. Food was great. The next table was a little too close to ours - not six feet apart. Other than that it was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken piccata was amazing! Prices were reasonable and the food was very high quality. Our server was great fun for a girls night out. I will be bringing my husband here for date night next time I visit.

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vipTWwayne
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Due to pandemic, largely had the place to myself. Receptionist-waitress had helpful insights on the fare, which included a marvelous Caesar Salad with light flaky parmesan atop a delightful creamy dressing.

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AmberC
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was remarkable as well. Def would eat again

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vipScotty40
San Antonio
52 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Shrimp Diablo is a must. The Tuscan shrimp pasta was good but not as good as shrimp scampi. Sangria is delicious too.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Went there for our anniversary and definitely would return! The waitress and the new guy were on top of things and made our experience very comfortable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great! Heater shut off and some of our guests did get a little annoyed that it wasn’t turned back on or switched out. But that kind of signaled us to be on our way, it was getting to be around 10pm anyway. Would definitely go there again.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Good was just okay, service was okay, ambiance was alright.. just nothing special.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Italian pasta! Definitely satisfied our craving! Went with my girlfriends and had a great night! We ordered the Montepulciano wine bottle and loved it! We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice people

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EEnty
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Service was pretty poor with large amounts of waiting around for a table. The bread they gave us was just white sliced bread from a grocery store which is poor. They also ran out of tomato sauce, how does that happen to an Italian restaurant?! Just overall quite an unprofessional restaurant despite a nice design. They need to update their menu and improve their service and the waiter's attitude and attentiveness towards guests. People want to feel like they are getting a taste of Italy in an Italian restaurant and this is not the case at Petrini's.

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Emily
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had great drinks, great apps, a great seat and service! We will def be back!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Petrini's using the Order Online button. Petrini's also offers delivery in partnership with 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 195 OpenTable diners.

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.