Petrini's

4.3
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$30 and under
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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.

Specials

Happy Hour - Food & Drinks

Enjoy $5 drink specials from our signature beverage list.
Appetizers from $5 each!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: September 23, 2018

Ends: September 24, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 3:30PM-6:30PM

What 83 People Are Saying
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LC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like that we can request for separate checks. Staff is very friendly.

GC
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and excellent service. Nice outdoor patio for enjoying the San Diego weather!

AP
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal, with gluten free catered for without any problems. The Wedding Soup is fabulous; I definitely need an invite to the wedding.

Next time in San Diego I’ll be back.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The meal was excellent and authentic Italian. While the restaurant is just a block away from the Little Italy mayhem, the restaurant made for a great, quiet evening of wonderful food and conversation. The wine was quite good (I had a Pinot Noir).

OT
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estuvo delicioso!
El pastel de chcoclate y el cheese cake deliciosos!!

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BC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem in Little Italy, food was authentic and exceptionally prepared, service was top notch and we will be coming back soon with other friends.

LK
New England
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting from Boston, loved our dinner at Petrini's. All the meals were good and especially appreciated all the wonderful gluten free options! It was a fun neighborhood to wander around in after dinner, still hopping at 10 pm!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Lack of staff and food takes a long time to serve. Staff are not friendly too.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very polite and helpful staff. Food was very nice.

V
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every time that I was there was deli deli!
Great staff!

OT
El Paso
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My mom was visiting from out of town and wanted Italian food. This place had the best lasagna she’s ever had. Food was delicious!

R
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked very much the experience in Petrini.
We were a very big group and they manage to serve us with the best service.
Food was very good and we spent a great evening.
I do recommend very much the place.

A
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the relaxed feel of this place. Very spacious. Felt like we were in our own little world. Loved that they offer lunch portions all day and you can choose what type of noodle you'd like. The bruschetta was ridiculously outstanding - so fresh and satisfying. Vegetarian options a-plenty! The mushroom olive oil pasta was amazing. Service was attentive and friendly, wines were affordable. We even had leftovers.

J
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Service friendly and attentive. Special drinks for kids and a kids menu but good place for adults without children present. We were there on a quiet night.

F
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice find at the bottom of Little Italy.
Not much from the outside, quaint indoors, seated promptly on a Friday night, food was excellent from appetizers to entrees.

RS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice decor, very attentive and friendly waiter. We weren't rushed. Food and drinks good. Prices reasonable.

DS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was disappointing. There were 4 in our group and every person said the dinners were average at best. And, it is pretty expensive.

KC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Petrini's was fine for the occasion. We were heading to an art exhibit and needed a quick bite within walking distance. The restaurant was comfortable, service was good but the food was only ok. Definitely nothing special and a bit expensive. Overall, a welcoming staff and easy to get in and out for a quick dinner...just don't expect to be blown away.

K
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a delicious meal!! Server was awesome.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a great experience largely in part to our server Lisa. The food was great but the service was awesome.

TT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Petrini’s after finding out that they offer gluten free options and we were not disappointed. My daughter and husband both have celiac disease. Our server was very knowledgeable and offered many options including the soup and salad which were gluten free. My daughter had a gluten free pizza and husband had pasta primavera with gluten free penne. Both were delicious. My other daughter and I both enjoyed regular pasta dishes. I had the chicken piccata and she had buttered spaghetti. If you are gluten free Petrini’s should not be missed. It has something delicious for everyone.

AM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was there at an off hour, lunch of Friday of Memorial Day weekend. There were few others in the restaurant. What it’s like when it’s full, I cannot say, but the food and service were more than satisfactory.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

W
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I'm in the middle on recommending Petrini's. We were a group of 3 with 5 other people in the restaurant. I had to remind them to bring the the soup and salad out, after the waiter assured us when ordering it would be right out. The waiter got my wife's order wrong, and then said "the kitchen will make it quickly", and they did. It was not good and cold. Maybe we caught it on an off night - we will try one more time.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Waitress was a little overwhelmed as she was the only server available on an unexpectedly busy Tuesday night. But she did great. Food was solid.

g
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here to celebrate our son’s 21st Birthday. Everyone was hospitable & accommodating. Our waitress - was Amazing! The food was delicious! The ambiance perfect! Wonderful, cozy atmosphere. We’ll be back!

V
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I loved this place. Food, desserts, costumer service everything was A+. We visited and had a great time. We were a big group of friends and I had the chance of trying most of the meals from the table, I really like all of them! The owners were present and greeted each of my friends, we liked that personal touch.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

This place was nice about my last minute reservation change to push it back 15minutes due to my miscalculation of how long my Lyft would take to get to where I was staying. However once at the restaurant we sat at the bar (otherwise would’ve been standing around, with multiple empty tables) and were never asked I we wanted water or a menu or a drink. (WHY WOULD YOU NOT WANT TO INCREASE REVENUE BY OFFERING COCKTAILS?!) After 15minutes we finally asked for a menu and ordered drinks while waiting. When we were finally asked if we wanted to sit at a table, service was really slow. Server was very nice but never brought the app I ordered and I got charged for it. Food was okay, nothing outstanding.

LI
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first experience at Petrini's; but it will not be my last. The food and atmosphere was great. The pasta was awesome. Everyone in my party really enjoyed their meal. We will definitely return.

B
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Petrini's was an absolutely outstanding experience. The food was well above par, and better than most restaurants, especially for the price range. They even accommodated for our group of 8!

AN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Much quieter restaurant since it's a block away from central Little Italy, but still great food and great service. Easier to get a reservation also. Tomato Soup yummy, thin crust pizza very good too! We ordered 3 pasta dishes, bruschetta, and a few other appetizers, and all were very good. Had leftovers too.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was fantastic. The food and ambience was just perfect!

KF
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The food was just ok—average Italian. The server accidentally dumped ice water on my daughter (she had to go home and change) and no type of compensation was given. The restaurant atmosphere was nice and ronantic but there are a number of other options in the area. I would not go again.

c
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Valentines Day

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

Service was subpar. We waited 20 minutes for waters.

OT
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening, great food, highly recommend.

A
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Kristina gave us friendly and attentive service. Food was delicious.

S
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pleasant atmosphere. Attentive service, but not overbearing. Good food.

JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Very average experience. The food was ok, but why go here when you can walk 3 blocks to Little Italy and have more authentic Italian food. We left disappointed. On the upside, the wine selection was very good and well priced.

TR
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

the food was delicious but they need a full bar. Being in little Italy and entertaining I was disappointed that we had to go somewhere else for drinks.

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