Petrini's

4.4
58 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.

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 58 People Are Saying
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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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!

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San Diego
3 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.

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Los Angeles
1 review
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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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MS
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.

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

Valentines Day

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

Service was subpar. We waited 20 minutes for waters.

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

Wonderful evening, great food, highly recommend.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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TR
San Francisco
22 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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RP
San Diego
65 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleased with our meal and service. The seafood pasta is exceptional. We will be coming back!

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Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Alfredo and shrimp dishes were both great. Can’t believe this place isn’t packed all the time. Service was a little slow though even though they weren’t busy.

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SJ
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great fresh Italian food. It was actually around the corner from the main strip but that was OK because there was a little less noise. The service was a little bit on the slow side but our server was attentive. I felt the wine choices were a little bit limited but reasonably priced. The pasta was extremely fresh, fresh vegetables, love the house Italian dressing. I would’ve liked to seen a few more traditional Italian pasta offerings and more choices with the type of pasta you could choose for an entrée. It appears the only choices you had or Penne or spaghetti. I would’ve preferred something like angel hair with a veal or chicken dish. Otherwise the food was decent and reasonably priced. I would definitely come back as a family outing but would probably prefer something more upscale for something more intimate.

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V
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came with my husband for a dinner and found that nice little spot in little Italy, with great authentic Italian food. The portions were really generous and the food was great. I definitely will be back with some friends next time.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting San Diego I knew I wanted to eat in Little Italy. This was a surprisingly great find - yummy dishes, friendly staff and generous portions, especially for the price. Check it out!

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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We made a 8:45pm (arrived at 8:35) reservation, the waitress was quick to tell us that they close at 9 and had tried to call me to let me know. She reluctantly led us to our table. Her attitude was terrible, my entire party felt uncomfortable. The worst part was my meal. I ordered the Pasta Putanesca, what I got was watery noddles with anchovy paste, salty olive sauce glob with sloppy un ripe chopped cold tomato on top. Horrible. I sent it back and the waitress argued that cold tomatoes are “traditional Italian” unknowingly stating this to someone that lived in Italy for 10 years. She referred to Penne pasta as Penny but she’s the expert. I hate to think that we were treated badly because on my guests is black, but the attitude felt hostile.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for casual family dinning.

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PM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We sat outside, great weather excellent menu and food.

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MG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the specialty new Italian renesaunce of culture not due to the accorre yet the best is the service and food. Spent this night, which I proposed for my birthday. Well worth it and investigating.

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TW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Calamari fritti was excellent. Pasta entrees were good. Service was a bit spotty.

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DL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Service was a little slow but it was a beautiful evening in San Diego and we were eating outside so it really wasn't an issue. My wife had a creamy pasta dish with shrimp and I had the veal parmigiana with spaghetti. My wife enjoyed her dinner, complimenting the sauce while my veal was good but nothing spectacular. I would definitely eat here again, probably try a traditional pasta dish.

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L
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for an afternoon wedding anniversary. Lisa our servicer was wonderful.

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EM
Phoenix
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Service was good. We got our antipasto salad with our meal which I was kind of disappointed. Salad was ok. Dressing could be better. Lasagna was good. Also, they give you a basket of garlic bread with your meal which was nice, but if you ask for more they charge. This charge wasn’t mentioned when I asked for more bread, it just appeared on the bill $3.50.

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LB
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time dining here. My husband and I throughly enjoyed our meals. We both had a pasta dish which were recommended by our server. Mine was a light pasta dish with all veggies in a light oil sauce. The dressing on our salad was so yummy that we bought a bottle to go.

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BT
Kansas City
24 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Very friendly neighborhood feel. Great pizza, sandwiches and many other items.

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SM
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

My husband and I dined at this restaurant earlier this week. We easily made reservations via Open Table and were seated right at our reservation time when we arrived. Our server promptly greeted us and gave us both glasses of ice water, which is all we wanted to drink. He came back a couple of minutes later to take our food order. Both of our meals included a salad and garlic bread, as indicated on their menu. It took about 15 minutes to receive our salad, which was a small house salad with what I'm guessing was Italian dressing. Lettuce and vegetables in the salad were fresh. Garlic bread did not come out with the salad, which was strange. We would have liked to enjoy the bread with our salad.

It took another 30+ minutes to receive our main entrees. The food was very bland. I'm Italian and might be used to my mama's sauce, but this had more of a flavor of parsley than anything else. I did not taste any spice whatsoever. I had to add A LOT of parmesan cheese to my baked ziti to give it some flavor. After about 45 minutes after we sat down, we were of course expecting something a lot different than what we got.

Our server was friendly but not attentive at all. We received one refill of our waters just after we got our salad, so our glasses remained empty throughout the meal. My suggestion is to check out a different Italian restaurant in Little Italy, because this one is just not worth the wait.

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DJ
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food - super nice service - good entertainment

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TN
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate on a Friday evening, seated outside. The service and food were great and wait staff and management very accommodating. Chicken marsala, veal picatta, seafood pasta- all excellent. The tiramisu was delicious.

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SZ
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

the chicken marsala was excellent. The chicken was cooked to perfection, sauce was delicate and lovely and the pasta was just right. I would definitely return when in town again

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Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was delightful! Get the Italian wedding soup- it was wonderful.

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SI
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great find. Can't say enough about how wonderful the food was. We started with a pizza, chicken wings and the antipasto platter. Then moved onto entrees. Some of the standouts were: Chicken Marsala, chicken alfredo, and salmon alfredo. Desserts are large enough to share. Try the tiramisu or chocolate cake! If you are lucky enough to have Val as your server, you will have a very thoughtful, well seasoned server, who knows her menu well. She is great at her job!

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SD
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service wonderful as usual.

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AM
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I needed a last-minute venue for a family get-together after something else fell through and found that Petrini's had room for a 13-member party on a Friday night. I was relieved to book something, and when 3 additional people needed to come I simply called up the restaurant and they were happy to accommodate the extra folks. The restaurant was homey and welcoming, and there was live music playing the night we dined there. It was a little noisy, but in a way that contributed to the atmosphere. The food was also delicious and everyone had a great time. The staff did everything they could to accommodate our large group and everything went without a hitch!

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New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decided to try this spot for lunch ! Very convenient to downtown time! We had the baked ziti and the lasagna ! Everything was delicious. It was cooked to perfection !

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great live music that wasn’t “noise” and very good food!

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