Petrini's

4.3
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135 Reviews
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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.
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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good but pricey for the substance. Simple pasta and sauce plates for $20. The staff were great though

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Momwithkids
Baja California
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

The food was not good, and the waiter kept getting the order wrong because he didn’t look at us when we ordered. The pizza crust was not good, we ordered the chicken Marsala and it wasn’t good at all. Hope this helps, very below average italian food.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We left after 45 minutes of waiting for soup and salad.

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vipDawn
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good service! Yummy bruschetta and wine! What a gem!

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Esss
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My friends and I have dined at Petrini's numerous times and the cuisine is consistently delicious. We were glad to sit in the patio area during Corona virus times. The Service was great. The lunch menu is reasonable.

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PAMS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing a good portion size and the service was impeccable. I will definitely be back.

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Nutrigirl
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Great service, friendly. The food was underwhelming. We did appreciate the gluten free options. The tables outdoors felt a little close together for Covid.

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vipRandyM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andre was a terrific server and took good care of us. We always enjoy the food and neighborhood feel of Petrini’s. We’ll definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food quality was awful. Six of us had dinner and we probably ate 30% of it. Most of our party was too embarrassed to say anything about it so we just paid the check ($200+) and went somewhere else. Their menu sounded amazing so I hope they can figure things out.

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Veronica123
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food at a great price! Love the shrimp plates as well as the salads. Italian restaurant with homemade recipes,
Every single bite of food was simply perfect. I had the Caprese Salad; ripe sweet multi varieties of tomatoes with the freshest ever mozzarella and balsamic dressing. The tomatoes were a new delicious texture and flavour, the pasta with mushrooms and olive oil were so tender and amazing. The rib-eye was cooked and lightly seasoned to perfection. The service was excellent, in spite of everyone’s continued vigilance regarding the COVID. I would return here often if I lived in Canada. Five stars were earned on all fronts.
Love this place !!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent dinning experience
The food was delish 😋😋✨💜💜

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alexandram
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very slow service, and very poor food! Italian wedding soup tasted like dish water, pizza seemed like the frozen kind, and chicken was very rubbery.

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ericb
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We can NOT recommend Petrini's food, as we did NOT actually eat it. We arrived for our Reservation for our Anniversary dinner, expecting to have a reserved place on their patio. After being greeted with indifference, we were shown to a tiny table on the sidewalk, where mask-less strangers were passing within inches of us. After a few minutes of this, feeling very unsafe, we fled the scene. (Also, we did not care for the plastic menus - paper should be used now). This would have totally destroyed our 22nd Anniversary, had we not found another place (which was at our hotel, after being refused at 4 other places). We strongly urge others to consider take-out only here.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Staff seemed overwhelmed

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Ruby
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great casual place. Good value for great food and our server Lisa was so friendly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Outdoor dining due to Covid. Food was below average, service was slow as was food. Overall below average.

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vipdavidb
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

Server was newer and we waited at the table for an hour for our bill. Food was good but with COVID they had placed the table right on the curb facing traffic. Was a bit strange.

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vipFlashGordon
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Andres was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good was amazing! Service was amazing! Highly recommend for a relaxed neighborhood restaurant.

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AndreaS
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice, casual dinner. We enjoyed sitting outside, especially with the current COVID guidelines and the difficulty for everyone. We appreciate the restaraunt being open and taking our reservation. The food was yummy. A good place for couples or families, or patrons with dogs.

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vipBrianC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Pizza tasted like a frozen pizza - not a great option if you’re looking for good Italian food in the little Italy/downtown area. There are far better restaurants at a similar price point only a few blocks away

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vipRandyM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our lunch and always feel very special when Lisa takes care of us.

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AnnalizaS
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering out town still slowly reopening and it is the first time my friends and I got together since Covid19 started this place made it fun for all of us. they were practicing all the necessary safety protocol from the mask to distance to such a clean restaurant. We received a phenomenal service and most of us it is also first time trying it out. Excellent food and reasonably priced. I will highly recommend it and we will be back again. Thank you and be safe

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LizH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live in SD and I always enjoy a meal at Petrini's. The Fish Livornese is exceptional. The portions are generous and the food is solid Italian fare at a reasonable price. They have tables set up outside to allow for social distancing and the ambiance reminds me of NYC. I like that Petrini's is just outside the chaos of the heart of Little Italy. It's a great spot for a romantic dinner or a family meal. It's also walking distance from Santa Fe station. I used to come hear after working in LA all day and taking the train home.

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vipRandyM
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just adore Lisa. She is so nice to see. We really enjoy the food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was so nice to be back at a restaurant! The wine & food was great!! The service was a little slow and there weren’t a lot of people there, but it was probably their 1st night open again so that could have been it.

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seekingaloha
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun, relaxing, delicious. Kind waitstaff. Nice antipasto platter.

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GreatFood
Austin
10 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a hidden gem! We brought some out of town guests and had a wonderful time! We had not been here before, so didn’t know what to expect, but we were so pleasantly surprised. That ambiance was wonderful, the food was amazing, service was great, and we were able to enjoy our conversation. Thank you for a terrific experience!

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YolandaM
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a very quaint place. It had mom and pop vibe but still very modern The food was outstanding and they had a great selection of gluten free options. I had the Italian wedding soup and the shrimp scampi which both tasted authentic. We had a party of 14 people and each person loved their meal. The price point was perfect for the quality of food. Our server was very charming as well. I would definitely come back to this place when I visit San Diego again.

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Debbie
St. Louis
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large group and they were very accommodating. The food was great and I'd recommend this restaurant for sure !

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful, highly recommend the baked ziti! Lizzie our server was very sweet and attentive. Will make sure to come back next time we’re in Little Italy!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner before our flight back to MD. They have a lot of gluten free options and the server was super friendly and knowledgeable about the dishes. If we go back to CA in the future, I’d definitely visit them again!

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superbad1
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Pro's : food was good( 1 dish 4 stars, 1 dish 3 stars, we had cannelloni & Tuscan shrimp. Cannelloni was really good, Tuscan shrimp needed a bit more seasoning and more sauce (which leads to cons)
Con's : service. 1) showed up for our res on time, was told to wait even though I could see the table was available, after waiting 15 minutes I found a server and asked we could sit down at the table and we did; 2) first waiter did not know that a dish I inquired about was sold out (had been out for a couple of hours), 3) 2nd waiter (very pleasant at first) took our order, my wife asked about subbing out the side salad for a Caesar salad, waitress said that it wasn't a 1-for-1 b/c Caesar was larger, I then asked if we could sub out both side salads for a single Caesar salad and the waitress said they could do that, only problem was when we received the bill, we were charged an add'l $10 for the Caesar salad. When we brought this to the waitress' attention, she agreed that she didn't tell us that there would be charge but then became agitated that I asked to have the charge removed as we would have just kept the side salads had she told us; 4) my wife entre (Tuscan shrimp) was a bit dry, so she asked for some extra sauce, waitress said "no problem", but then again we saw that they upcharged us $3 for the sauce (no mention), after the Caesar salad issue we simply paid for the upcharged sauce. Also, the waitstaff wasn't very attentive, which is odd for such a small place.
Bottom line, it seems like Petrini's philosophy is try to upcharge their guests as much as possible without any transparency. Too bad, it is a cute place with pretty good food. None-the-less, will not be returning and will be checking my credit card account to make sure I was credited back the $10.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I have celiac disease and they were very knowledgeable about it. Everything I ordered was delicious.

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shoshanaG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience2

It was not what i expected it to be. It was family style which I do not like and the food was very average.

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RoyG
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed the best Italian dinner any of us could remember. Owner Veronica and server Alex epitomized the meaning of customer service. Don’t miss this place for a top top Italian restaurant near Little Italy.

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DianaA
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Our server was lovely, and I'd recommend the place based on him alone! Wine and apps (burrata) were great and well priced. Main courses were fine--not amazing, but good for the price. Atmosphere was calm/quiet.

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Petrini's does offer 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 4.3 stars by 135 OpenTable diners.

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