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Petrini's, San Diego, CA

Petrini's

4.3
4.3
384 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Petrini's, in the heart of San Diego's Little Italy neighborhood, serves homemade Italian dishes with a traditional authentic dishes. If you go to Music box, stop by for a dinner and a cup of wine before the show. We offer Brunch, Lunch and Dinner menus 7 days a week.

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, garlic and rosemary served with spaghetti with tangy Pomodoro sauce and the baked white fish 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 and Ash 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

Offers

  • Brunch at Petrini's!

    Multiple dates available
    Sun - Sat - 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Join us for brunch every day of week from 11-1! Menu includes: House Hash Italian Toast Eggs Benedict Eggs in Purgatory Frittata Fruit-Crowned Belgian Waffles Italian Sausage Burrito

    Brunch at Petrini's! Photo
  • Happy Hour At Petrini's!

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Fri - 3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
    Join us for happy hour Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:30 here in Little Italy! House wines & Sangria - $5 a glass All beers are $2 off -Menu- Georgie's Sliders - $10.50 Appetizer Sampler - $9.00 Petrini's Italian Fries - $4.50 7" Pizza - $6.50 Cheesy Garlic Bread - $6.00 Roasted Cherry Tomatoes w/ Mozzarella - $8.00

What 384 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Neighborhood gem

  • San Diego

    Good for special occasions

384 Reviews
  1. KenB

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great meal, in a great meal, with superb service, would do it again.

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  2. MRudy1220

    St. Louis

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    An excellent find and experience! We ordered a wide variety of different items and each was excellent! Will definitely return!

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  3. RobE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Great people. Great atmosphere. Pasta marinara & pizza. A little pricey, but I was satisfied.

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  4. Snap

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the perfect spot for a delicious and quiet lunch with a dear friend. Highly recommend!

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  5. Rudawg

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was great. Simple place. Nothing fancy about decor. Small quaint place. Sat near path of door. It was a cold rainy evening. They had door open. Wasn’t freezing but would have been nice had they shut door a bit. Minestrone could have used some salt.

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  6. IvanDrago

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food, service was terrific. Great location as we were seeing a show at the Music Box afterwards. I would definitely go back.

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  7. SanDiegoGolferGirl

    San Diego

    198 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    198 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first time at Petrini's and we won't return. The food was ok - nothing great. My husband's pasta dish was very spicy but he liked it. I opted for the wedding soup which was more like vegetable soup with chicken and rather bland. I then had a little pizza that tasted like it was a frozen $5 pizza - not very good at all. We shared the tiramisu and it was really bad - tasted like it too was frozen and then thawed for serving. Too many great restaurants in Little Italy to return to Petrini's!

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  8. Snap

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this eatery! It has become my favorite in Little Italy with its family recipes, personable and timely service, and charming ambience. It's even quiet, which is a real rarity at restaurants these day. Very well done!

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  9. CVKarl

    San Diego

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It has been a while since we visited Petrini's and we were glad we went back. They had a nice selection of wines and all of the entrees we selected were excellent.

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  10. Fun22345

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful service, amazing wine, and tasty authentic food. Great choice in Little Italy, San Diego.

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  11. Daniel

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Hungry and wanted to give them a try. Better choices in Little Italy

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, great food, and definitely recommend!

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  13. Kris

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a delicious dinner and our server was great

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  14. James

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a truly enjoyable time. Respectful and prompt service was expected and delivered. The food quality was spot on. We will return.

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  15. RonaldF

    San Diego

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great pesto chicken salad! Almost as good as my wife’s.

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  16. HarrisB

    San Diego

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Solid food and service in south Little Italy. Pleasant evening.

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  17. timcat

    Seattle

    41 reviews

    4.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Petrini’s is a place we visit at least once a month with our 4-year-old. The food is good and reasonably priced, they have an adequate wine selection, the staff are well trained, and the pasta is cooked right. As is common in Little Italy, the standards are high for pasta and pizza. If you eat early like we do, when you show up there’s usually a big family gathering on a 10 or 12 seat table in the middle of the room - this place is popular with the local Italians and it seems like the place to go for a big family dinner. Good wine list, well priced. Pro Tip 1: If you’re REALLY HUNGRY, get the Chicken Parm. It’s a big pile of chicken parm on a big pile of spaghetti, and it takes a pretty big appetite to polish that plate. Pro Tip 2: if you hanker for a big pile of tasty pasta, they make a really good puttanesca. Generally they pile on too much sauce, but it’s good; heavy on the anchovies and capers.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience, service and food. Our waitress was great. Best Italian food we had while in San Diego and we regularly eat in NYC Little Italy and it was on that level!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was good except for the veggie pizza. It was like one from a cheap frozen pizzas

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  20. Sunnywave

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! We appreciated all the yummy options and ambience.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Perfect night in little Italy

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  22. TammiL

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was not busy at all in fact when we got there we were the only ones there. Maybe because it was a Sunday evening? People are missing out in this restaurant. The food was delicious and the service was great. I had the Alfredo tortellinis and my husband had a seafood dish with sun dried tomatoes! He also had the minestrone soup which he said it was the best he has ever had. If you are in the area give them a try it is worth it.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was subpar. Server was nice, but sporadic. One of the other tables’ servers was loud and erratic. Too many better options close by to put up with any of this.

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  24. LisaGOhio

    Cleveland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were looking for good gluten-free Italian food in Little Italy. Petrini’s did not disappoint! I got the GF pizza and it was very good. Hubby got a GF penne pasta dish that he enjoyed as well. Definitely recommend them!

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  25. JQuinn3

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited from out-of-town and loved this place!

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  26. RohanK

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great service, nice ambiance and good prices.

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  27. EllenB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Low key friendly place. The food and service were excellent.

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  28. MissDew

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Set on the edge of little Italy. Great good and portion sizes. Parking is free after 6 if you can find a space. Our waitress provided excellently timed service but was a little pushy about alcoholic drinks

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The smoked salmon pasta had little to no flavor. Very bland.

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  30. RachelH

    Chicago

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food just fair - sweet flavor in chicken Marsala ( odd). Nothing spectacular.

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  31. Peck

    Las Vegas

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious service was great. I go here every time I’m I. Town

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  32. JamesM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service was amazing! We had pizza and lasagna both really good dishes

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    That food was not great at all. The chicken Marsala tasted like maple syrup. I felt like i was eating breakfast.

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  34. KathleenZ

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had chicken fettucine alfredo, it was fantastic. Warm, creamy and the chicken was very tender. I sat outside and it was just right.

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  35. Quinn

    St. Louis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, Great service. Large portions. Nice location. Very quaint.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good veggie lasagna,, but a comparably smaller portion. The sliders were tasty, but they were overcooked and rather dry. The sliders/burgers are supposed to be their signature dish. I had to ask for catsup three times because they put a very small amount in a very small plastic cup. The Cesar salad was excellent.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service to accompany the quality pizza and pasta. Would return!

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  38. BrianW

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and dining experience.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great overall dining experience!! We will definitely return!!

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  40. Ciarasd09

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    This was a nice quiet place to get a good meal before our show at Music Box next door. The food was delicious and they had a nice happy hour.

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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 4.3 stars by 384 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 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Petrini's

610 W Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street
    India St and Ash St
  • Neighborhood
    Little Italy
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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