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Petrini's, San Diego, CA

Petrini's

4.4
4.4
270 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


Booked 28 times today

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 270 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Romantic

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  1. JE

    JamesENicholson

    Houston

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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
  2. GG

    GregG

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. AZ

    AZemp

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    This place was just bad. If you want decent Italian, keep looking
  4. 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!
  5. S

    Scenicdining

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Father’s Day
  6. KG

    KarenG

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found Petrini's through TripAdvisor and will go back!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. GP

    GigiP

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as usual.
  11. A

    Aron

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

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

    Albores

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. DC

    DeeCee

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

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

    TheBigZ

    Chicago

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 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.
  18. 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!
  19. GP

    GigiP

    Las Vegas

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love going to this restaurant. We’ve been going for another 10 years and it’s ver consistent.
  20. c

    cavdoc

    San Antonio

    126 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was superb. Wine list acceptable, wedding soup awesome, veal marsala exceotional.
  21. S

    Siggy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience3
    Great location and atmosphere was clean. I ordered minstrone soup and salmon linguine. Either was very tasty. Server was very nice.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Buena opcion
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    cute nice employees lovely vibes
  24. P

    Prof

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food which is the point. I do not need 50 characters for the review.
  25. BS

    BarbaraS

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    We were very disappointed. The food didn’t taste like it was prepared by a chef in the kitchen-more like it came off of a grocery store shelf. I ordered a bowl of spaghetti with marinara sauce and I could have found something tastier in my pantry. We won’t return.
  26. TS

    TomS

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chicken Piccata was very very good
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great time eating at Petrini’s. The service was great and the food was amazing. We had the calamari and Tuscan shrimp pasta, both of which I’d highly recommend. Will definitely come again next time I visit San Diego!
  28. CS

    ChadS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience at Petrinnis. Service was fantastic. Food was perfectly prepared. Ambiance is perfect for couple or family. Great location. Would happily go again when in SD.
  29. CC

    ChrisC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Better than I can make at home, but not stand out amazing.
  30. D

    Donny

    Denver

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food and extremely accommodating to us and our dog.
  31. JL

    JoseL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed Petrini’s, the food is very good and combines a nice mix of classic Italian dishes with a few American standards like rib eye steak. Located at the far end of little Italy Petrini’s offers a nice ambiance with ample indoor and outdoor seating. Overall service was excellent and the food was great. A few standouts for us. 1. They offer gluten free pasta options 2. The burrata and garlic bread were excellent 3. The eggplant Parmesan was special. Would recommend if your looking for good food at reasonable price with a nice ambiance away from the crowds.
  32. D

    Doogs

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. Portions were a very good size and we thought we couldn’t finish them but food was so good we all did. Service was also very good and able to correctly make changes to menu to accommodate a picky customer. Good location and able to find parking Was visiting San Diego and will go back again when returning to town.
  33. k

    keithw

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Classic tasteful Italian… !! Very good !!!
  34. DC

    DanC

    Louisville

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thank you!
  35. QP

    QuillP

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We waited for almost 10 minutes before someone even acknowledged us at the door and even with a reservation. We then waited another 10 minutes for our server to come. I ordered the tortellini alfredo with pesto chicken and it was just okay. It tasted like they just threw the chicken on top and mixed it in. The chicken was also dry. Will never go back.
  36. SM

    StacyM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was excellent and they were extremely accommodating of my food allergy (peanuts & tree nuts). I was able to enjoy a salad, bread and pasta safely.
  37. MM

    MushroomMom

    Cincinnati

    31 reviews

    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent. We were on vacation. Service was great. Very good value. It may have been the least expensive dinner we ate.
  38. K

    Konstantin

    New England

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    An average Italian restaurant. Nothing crazy about it but nothing bad either. The service was good though.
  39. DC

    DeeCee

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As always, good food, friendly and fast service.
  40. SB

    SouthBayFoodie

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    We dined at Petrini's on a holiday weekend. There were so many people around we could not get a reservation anywhere so ended up trying this as it was close to our hotel. Our server worked super hard to make it a pleasant experience but the place was just too busy! We waited such an unacceptably long time for our dinner for (3). There was way too much garlic for my taste but maybe other people love that. I think what the real problem is - they take too many carry out orders so the kitchen was slammed meaning anyone dining in has to wait an hour+ to get their meal. I wanted to really love this place as we stay at the nearby hotel often. It's a great location and the patio is pleasant for people watching.

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 4.4 stars by 270 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


Booked 28 times today
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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