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About Piatti - La Jolla

A tradition to many La Jollans, this Italian bistro serves fresh authentic regional Italian cuisine. A landmark Ficus tree takes up one corner of their very popular patio, but the bright and cheerful dining room is delightful during the day or on those chilly evenings when it’s too cold to sit outside. The menu is presented in an innovative and creative fashion offering a wide variety of pastas, pizza and grilled items. In addition, you may find many vegetarian and health conscious dishes. Brunch is served on Saturday and Sunday and includes specialties such as Uovo Benedetto (Eggs Benefits served on grilled polenta with basil hollandaise) along with omelets and breakfast pizzas.

2182 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, CA 92037
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
La Jolla Shores Drive

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(858) 454-1589

Website:
http://www.piatti.com/lajolla/

Catering:
Piatti offers catering for parties of 40 or less.

Executive Chef:
Pepe Ccapatinta

Private Party Facilities:
Piatti is the ideal venue for private parties, receptions and corporate events. We offer several menus at different price points, as well as an extensive wine list to complement your menu selections. Piatti features several areas for your banquet needs.

We offer a variety of event locations, including Indoor Banquet Space and two outdoor Patios.

Private Party Contact:
Kasey Avedesian: (858) 454-1589

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Piatti - La Jolla Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (92)
Neighborhood Gem (88)
Special Occasion (84)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (78)
Good for Birthdays (65)
Good for Anniversaries (58)
Casual (52)
Authentic (52)
Romantic (48)
Fit for Foodies (46)
Good for Groups (45)
Cozy (43)
Worth the Drive (43)
Great for Lunch (40)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Fun (31)
Bar Seating (31)
Business Meals (27)
Comfort Food (24)
Hot Spot (24)
Notable Wine List (24)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Kid-friendly (18)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
People Watching (14)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Good Vegetarian Options (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Great for Brunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Healthy (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Seasonal (8)
Quick Bite (6)
Scenic View (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Live Sports (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Tapas (3)
Vegan (3)
Organic (2)
Waterfront (2)
Great Beer (1)
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 (New England)·Dined 3 days ago

Overall nice ambience & good food. Their appetizers and main course had many vegetarian options. Certainly a good place to revisit!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

This was by far the loudest restaurant I’ve ever been to...and this was on a Tuesday night. I’ve been in packed bars that were quieter. The service was good but the food was just OK.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Piatti is our "go to" place for special family occasions.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We always enjoy going to Piatti's. The food is consistently fresh and prepared well. The variety of dishes is good. The ambiance is cozy and relaxed. The service is very good. The staff are welcoming. The restaurant is clean. The neighborhood is pleasant and relaxed with no chain eateries. The bar is appealing. The optional outdoor under-the-stars eating area is lovely.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Healthy, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Too bad as this is one of our favorite regular spots and we drive 26 miles each way to get to it. Had a server that practiced taking orders from memory. Had to return shortly after taking the order to reconfirm one of the entrees. Missed an app (ordered 3 received 2). When entrees were dropped I told the server that we wouldn’t be needing our salad course. Response was, “Oh, you ordered salads?” There is a reason why orders should be written down and then recited back so there is no missed communication. Asked for water service, not received until apps arrived and on two occasions the server would watch us pick up the water bottle to refill our glasses and not offer to poor. Had to ask for bread service when apps arrived. Told bread was being made, nice but tables that sat far after us had their bread. Small things if individual but add them up they make a big difference. Server noticed my displeasured demennor and offered a comp dessert to make up for the shortfalls but at that time just wanted out.

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wonderful food friendly staff opentable reservation helped.

Tags: Fun
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Have been going to Piatti's for decades and love it since it is nearby, and the food and ambiance always good. However usually eat outside... That said, Last Saturday, because it was cool, got a table inside... Big mistake, the restaurant was jammed, and so noisy we couldn't hear each other talk.... We ate quickly and left,,, Would be nice if they could somehow reengineer the rooms to make them quieter when the crowds come.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 7, 2017

The food and the service was spectacular, and not terribly expensive for fancy Italian food. My only complaint is that I made reservations for a business dinner and they sat us right next to the kitchen, so it was difficult to hear eachother and conduct business. I was not expecting the restaraunt to be so loud and busy on a Wednesday.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We met long time friends for dinner. We had a good window table. The food and service was excellent.

Tags: Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Outdoor patio dining is a great setting. Food and service is fantastic.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

The atmosphere was fun, the food was delicious and our server had great energy

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My all time favorite Italian restaurant! The food here are always fresh, flavorful, & on point! A lovely dinner date place. Great staff & service too!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 4, 2017

I’m leaving this comment after a few not so fab dinners at this particular location. This review is about our visit the other night: Our waitress was perfect in every way. Our food was not so stellar. They forgot the chicken in my kid’s chicken pasta dish. My steak wasn’t flavorful nor hot, my Brussels sprouts weren’t cooked as they have been on every other visit to Piatti at another location (Danville— they’re delicious there), and they re-seated us TWICE (“Oh, whoops; this table is reserved.”) Having grown up with Piatti Danville, attending college with Piatti Sacramento, and now living near Piatti La Jolla, I can assuredly say that La Jolla’s location is the lowest performer in a group of restaurants that I can usually depend on for a delicious (no complaints) dinner. Bummer.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Everything was great except the table should be used to seat two not three

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food is amazing and the vibe is happening. A great place to entertain friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We've been coming here from the date it opened...and before many of the service staff was even born! We even watched OJ in his White Ford Bronco on TV while the Police were chasing him from the TV at Piatti's Bar!!! Its a neighborhood gem.....we'll always be back.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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food5
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great pre-show dinner venue...My friends and I enjoyed our meals and we're very impressed..

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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food4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Christmas outing with a friend

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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 2, 2017

AS ALWAYS....AMAZING FRESH FOOD AND DELICIOUS!! NOISE LEVEL PRETTY HIGH BECAUSE OF PRIVATE PARTIES. STILL WORTH IT.....FOOD ALWAYS SO SO GOOD!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy
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 (Austin)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I’d been looking forward to dining here to celebrate my son’s 19th birthday.

I won’t return. I was very disappointed with lackluster service in which the proverbial ball was dropped, inexcusably.

First, lackluster service started with our server, who couldn’t answer simple questions about basic menu items (i.e., is the mushroom soup cream dominant or a touch of cream?). OK, it’s a solveable problem and not that big a deal. I’m not nit picky, I didn’t care so much and it didn’t stop me from getting the soup, which was excellent.

However, my pizza was average at best, certainly nothing to write home about. And while I said yes that I’d have a second glass of wine when she asked attentively, the server took a very long time to bring it. So long, my meal was long finished. I no longer really wanted the wine, but accepted it. I expected at least a festive end to the evening so I wasn’t going to make a big deal. But clearly, our server was not so good.

My expectation of the end of the evening was due to my conversation with whoever manned the phone earlier. I requested a dessert for my son with a candle. It’s his birthday.

I was really excited, they said they’d print a special menu to say happy birthday and. bring dessert.

But they didn’t — and I’d had enough with the lacking service, and the average meal.

The following night I made it up to my son across the street at Osteria Romantica.

At Osteria Romantica, the menu in my opinion has plenty of choices to satisfy most everyone, I find the preparation of what I ate (a shrimp dish in a slightly spicy red sauce) to be simple (which I like), flavorful and portioned properly (enough to satisfy a big eater like me but not overly so).

And the value/pricing at Osteria Romantica can’t be matched, in my experience in La Jolla.
And the service was excellent. And they did follow through with birthday celebration dessert, unlike Piatti.

Go to Osteria Romantica. No contest.

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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Yes, everything was wonderful, the food, the service & the atmosphere

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Wonderful experience, always prompt and attentive, even with a big group. Food was delicious..Thanks for being awesome!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

All four diners were very pleased with their selection for lunch. Service was outstanding and personable

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Great food! Butternut squash ravioli - I can't resist. Clean, bright atmosphere. Great for a business lunch or a date.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Always very good and reliable
Lasagne is delicious

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Our party ordered four different dishes ranging from salad to pizza to cannelloni. All were excellent. As usual, the service was very attentive.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Always love Piattis. Great food, great service, family friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Casual, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Exceptional! This is a great place, for wonderful food, great service and always interesting specials.....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Our server was very nice and attentive and did not rush us on a very busy night.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Cozy
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food. Great service. No fault of the restaurant but construction in the area made it noisy outside. Highly recommend.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

First time at Piatti, work up the street and went for lunch with a friend who has been dining at Piatti for years. It was excellent.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 19, 2017

We were a little disappointed to be sat in an empty room when the other room was fun and bustling and the outdoor patios were busy but not full as well. We had our teens with us so we felt like we were put into a “kid room” for punishment. We asked to be moved to the patio and the hostess instantly accommodated us. Patio is pretty and has heaters. Server was very nice but not very attentive. Food was richer than we needed but excellent.

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

We love Piatti. This was our third time there, and it never disappoints! The food is EXCELLENT! The patio is beautiful and the atmosphere is just amazing.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Never had anything here that wasn't excellent, plus friendly and efficient staff!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Cozy restaurant with nice ambiance. Food had a fresh home made taste and was nicely presented. Wait staff was friendly and attentive. We had a nice relaxing dinner to celebrate our birthdays and they gave us a complimentary tiramisu.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 14, 2017

All went well. Got in, ordered and had salads and a pasta. All OK.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Everything was excellent! The olives and carpaccio were unique and delightful. The homemade papardelle was exquisite and the short rib canneloni was hearty and perfectly prepared.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Always a favorite for us!
We love this restaurant. Great food, impeccable service and what amazing atmosphere out on the patio under the tree.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Not too far from the beach, in a nice quiet area of La Jolla, very nice atmosphere, great bar setting, amazing Italian food, great service!!

Tags: Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food! Saffron papperadelle is a must!!

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