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Piatti - La Jolla

2730 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 10:00pm; Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am - 11:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(858) 454-1589
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Pepe Ccapatinta
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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.
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Private party contact
Kasey Avedesian: (858) 454-1589
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Piatti offers catering for parties of 40 or less.
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Cross street
La Jolla Shores Drive
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Gift Card
Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2730 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7  based on recent ratings
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Belated Valentine’s Day celebration

OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent food, atmosphere and service.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

It was a nice evening, thank you!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Always the best time at Piatti!

KayTee (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 4 days ago

If you are gluten free, PLEASE BE AWARE IF YOU ORDER PASTA. I have been here 3 times and every time order the same thing. Each and EVERY time, they serve me regular pasta. I have to ask “this is gluten free, right?” And the food runner will always say, “oh this is supposed to be gluten free?” So, please double check ALWAYS! One clue is that the gf pasta is penne- if you get another shape, it is regular pasta. The restaurant really needs to be more careful... I worry for people who did not check, or who come here. Overall, the food is fine. It’s the better option for Italian that I have found so far in La Jolla, but it’s nothing too exciting. It’s also very expensive for the portion sizes. So, the price with the overall food taste may not be worth it.

2.0  Dined 5 days ago

My boyfriend and I went for an early date the night before Valentine's Day, and although the bread and drinks were fantastic, overall the food was disappointing. Piatti was expensive for us (~$20-$30 per entree, ~$15 for appetizers) and even though the food was okay, we definitely didn't think it was worth the price. I ordered a shrimp pasta and the shrimps were extremely overcooked to the point that they were tough and chewy, and my boyfriend's food was unevenly salty so he would take one completely bland bite and one salty bite. We complained to the waitress and she offered to take the food back to the kitchen to have it remade, but we didn't think it would be worth the time. We ate inside at a table and it kind of felt like eating inside a model house. I wouldn't recommend this place for the price or ambience.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Everything was great! They even made specially printed menus that matched our anniversary, which I indicated when making reservations through the app. I did not request this verbally, so we were very pleasantly surprised.
Food was amazing, and at very affordable prices. I was expecting the bill to be at least 30% higher, especially because we were dining in La Jolla.
Service was also great, very attentive but not annoying.
We were seated very promptly, so from start to finish, we had a great experience. We’ll definitely be going back soon!

Mellyelly2 (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I have been coming to Piatti to celebrate our anniversary for a couple of years now. We went there with our family after eloping, then returned the next two anniversaries. Our anniversary falls on Valentine’s week, so I understand restaurants are very busy. This time, our server was clearly rushing us out. She checked on us far too often, kept taking our plates away, and when she dropped off the check, kept coming by to pick it up when we weren’t even ready. I was still sipping my wine and trying to enjoy the ambiance. It honestly ruined our experience and we are going to try to find a new tradition. I’m so sad about this considering it was our tradition.

vipoldtimecustomer (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

We took friends to celebrate their anniversary. Good wine, good food, we'll go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Very popular patio dining in the evening with romantic lighting and excellent service and food. A wedding rehearsal dinner or a weekend brunch are served unobtrusively and cheerfully!
A family favourite for many years.