Petrini's

4.4
173 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 173 people are saying
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was great! Very friendly staff!

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vipNancyW
San Diego
4 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
1 review
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.

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vipTravelinMan
Richmond
26 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
6 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
1 review
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
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
40 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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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 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
7 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
1 review
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
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJordanG
Tucson
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Very delicious food! The service was really good! Only thing I would want more of is heaters since it was cold out and multiple tables needed them. This also caused the food to get cold faster

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vipjohne
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Considering they had just reopened for outside dining only after being closed due to COVID, the food was quite good, service was very good (a feat, since they have a longer distance to cover to get outside), and the value was outstanding. Go now if you don't mind a little street noise. We will definitely go back, and look forward to having a more "normal" dining experience soon!

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vipSimoneZ
Orange County
46 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food feels homemade. I have eaten here before and enjoy it every time. There are many new and trendy places in San Diego but this place keeps up with the times while maintaining an old school, homey dining experience.

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PaulD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Our family had a fabulous evening at Petrini's! We sat outside with heaters and thoroughly enjoyed the food and experience.

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vipMichaelw
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really nice place away from the crowds, and still in Little Italy. The service is good, and attentive. The wine selection is nice, and the food is excellent. We live close by so it is always nice to go here, even during Covid.

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MonicaA
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the staff knew exactly what to recommend.

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JamesA
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The server was top notch. Appreciated her recommendations. She was the only female server on the Saturday before the lockdown. Please say thank you to her for us.

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naturefun2
San Diego
22 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The wait staff were professional, friendly and wore masks:). The food was very good and sitting on the outside patio was a fun environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This place was great! The food was delicious as well! They had the best dinner menu at this place we will come back! We brought our children and they had fun and the place accommodates families big plus for me.

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Bulky67
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Great food and a great place with great staff. Only reason I didn't give all stars was because they only had one server working. She was outstanding, but still a pretty big job to only have one person working.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and beautifully lit at night ! Great service and pretty fast everything was good quality and tasted delicious. Will visit again when I’m in town.

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience1

Overall mainly extremely slow service!! Staff was nice enough but took 30 minutes to take our order and another 30 minutes to get the appetizer then almost an hour after that for he meal. Food came out rushed and quality was low. They did give us 25% off but only the food. With only 2 glasses of wine $50.00 slow mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food good atmosphere .. I’m a fan of the cannolis ..

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vipGchicago
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

This was absolutely the worst Italian food we have ever had! I should have known when we got there at 7 pm and there was only 1 table being used. It is not near all the cute restaurants in little Italy and that was another drawback. Extremely disappointed since I did so much research to find the best Italian restaurant and thought this was the one, it actually was the worst!

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente restaurante

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

the food was awful and my order was messed up, by the time the waiter came over to check on us we were ready to leave! horrible experience wouldn’t recommend!!!

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vipdineO
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was our first time at Petrini's, but we will definitely eat there again. They serve standard Italian fare, but each dish was well prepared and delicious. We had a mini pizza, the puttanesca, creamy shrimp pasta and chicken marsala. All were great. The waiter was attentive and helpful, and was very COVID careful. We ate outside on the sidewalk, so the ambience and noise ratings are unique to our times. Glad we tried Petrini's.

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vipNeilT
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A nice out of the way Italian Restaurant with excellent food and service in Little Italy. Parking was only $5 in a downtown location. Can't beat that!

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vipNC2017
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice patio. Pleasant server

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OpenTable Diner
Mexico City
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, comida y lugar!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience2

The pizza crust is definitely different than other pizza crusts I’ve had. It had the texture of a cracker.

For the gnocchi, it was soaking in oil and butter, and left a greasy taste in the mouth.

The wine selections were fine, especially at half off.

The service people were very kind and helpful, and the ambiance was fine.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great and food was delicious! I would come back here again

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 4.4 stars by 173 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.