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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

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food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.4

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Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (75)
Special Occasion (66)
Good for a Date (65)
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Great for Outdoor Dining (63)
Good for Birthdays (47)
Romantic (45)
Fit for Foodies (38)
Good for Anniversaries (37)
Worth the Drive (37)
Good for Groups (36)
Casual (36)
Great for Lunch (35)
Authentic (30)
Cozy (29)
Business Meals (27)
Bar Seating (26)
Creative Cuisine (23)
Fun (20)
Hot Spot (19)
Notable Wine List (19)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
People Watching (15)
Vibrant Bar Scene (14)
Kid-friendly (13)
Gluten Free Options (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Quiet Conversation (11)
Healthy (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Pre/post Theatre (8)
Seasonal (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Vegan (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Tapas (3)
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 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

Belated Valentine’s Day celebration

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 (Denver)·Dined 2 days ago

Excellent food, atmosphere and service.

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·Dined 3 days ago

It was a nice evening, thank you!

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Always the best time at Piatti!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 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.

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·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 4 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!

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 (Orange County)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Vegan, Disabled Access, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Food is excellent and reasonably priced. Noise makes conversation difficult or impossible.
Overbooking means a 15 minute wait even with a reservation.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly
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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

We had a very enjoyable early Sunday dinner at Piatti. The food was delicious, the patio was lovely at sunset and the service was friendly and efficient. The only slightly odd factor was that there was no fresh fish on the regular menu, only one item on the daily specials. But the pasta with shrimp (I substituted grilled chicken) was to die for, as was the caulifower cake appetizer. I ordered to reasonably priced glasses of Pinot grigio that were served perfectly chilled. All in all, a lovely dining experience and with an appetizer and two drinks each, out the door for just under $100. Not bad.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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·Dined on February 11, 2018

The menu offered lots of yummy sounding food but once the food arrived at our table we were very disappointed. The breading was stale, the risotto was bland, the olives were incredibly salty, and the salad was nothing but romaine lettuce with a drizzle of dressing ... no hearts of palm! My husband and I rarely go out to eat we are very health conscious Foodies. This was not the place for us.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orange County)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Food was great and service was amazing.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on February 8, 2018

It’s always delicious at Piatti’s. The food is great, and we especially like the oil with herbs and the bread they give us before dinner. It’s our go-to place at the Shores.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Delicious
Can’t wait to return

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 (Chicago)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Had been to Piatti a couple years back while visiting family in San Diego. Once again, this restaurant did not disappoint. The food was excellent and our server, Justine, was helpful, attentive and good humored. Well worth the visit if you're in or near La Jolla.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on February 7, 2018

Always love Piatti's!. Great service and great food. This can be a place you can go on for a nice date or just show up to for a great meal and wine while sitting at the bar.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I wish I had caught our waiter's name as he was beyond excellent. He was Italian with endless patience for 3 older gals with split checks, lingering at table that should have turned and he was very nice to boot. I have Celiac which is never fun for a restaurant to accommodate. They have a GF menu (YAY!) and GF pasta. My meal was fabulous. House-made Italian sausage with a spicy tomato sauce.
Always a favorite restaurant has become even better!

Tags: Bar Seating, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Everything we ordered was delicious! My cocktail was great too. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Been going to Piatti’s for 15 years. Never had a meal that was less than superb, never had service that was less than stellar.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Always a favorite!!!!!!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2018

We were given a gift card to Piatti for Christmas, what an excellent gift this turned out to be. The hostess was very cordial and accommodating with us being late for our reservation. We were seated at a nice private table and enjoyed a wonderful meal, from appetizer to dessert. Great ambiance and the server was very attentive and pleasant. We will visit again!!

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 1, 2018

I live in Southern AZ and always dine at Piatti when visiting the La Jolla area. Great food, service, wine and atmosphere. One of my all time favorite places.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Piatti's offers a relaxed environment to gather with friends. The patio is charming and an excellent match with the wide-ranging menu. The quality of the food is always terrific. My friend and I had just the right amounts for lunch, splitting a Caesar salad and a pizza.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Service and food were outstanding. This is a gem of a restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Bday
Good food

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

even though I'd made a birthday reservation and the menu said Happy Birthday, the server was brusque and never brought a birthday dessert. When I wrote the manager he basically said "sorry, hope we're better next time."
Glare from cars out front was uncomfortable...service was indifferent, not like it used to be.
Disappointing, and we'd been going there for years.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We had a beautiful brunch out in the sun. Being able to visit from Minneapolis, it was perfect. Great food, wine selection and ambiance!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Really exceptional food and service!! Our waitress was Victoria and she was really on point. When we got there, the aroma was Wow and had an idea it was going to be great, and it was!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

We were there at peak dining time and the noise was awful! We almost had to shout to each other. No chance to have a 4 way conversation.
I do not understand why there can’t be something done to lessen the noise. I would go more often with friends but the noise makes me think about it.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New England)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Really, one of our favorite restaurants. Never have we been disappointed!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Love your restaurant and have been coming to you for many years. Monday night we had a waiter that was very challenging and abrupt. Kept spilling water every time he poured. And ended up spilling our coffee for 3 if us and actually spilled coffee on someone’s hand. Kept apologizing and brought new saucers. But was way too sloppy and felt rushed by him. When we had questions about the menu he seemed to be annoyed. Thought you would want to get feedback.

Tags: Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We spent a weekend in La Jolla and did some homework on nice date kind of spot to take my wife to. Very happy I chose this place. Excellent food and superb service. Highly recommend this spot. We will most certainly be back again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Piatti's never fails to delight. Always delicious food, service and ambiance!

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Food was ok, unfortunately service left a lot to desire for. We were sitted and never asked if we wanted to drink something, they just brought water and most water. I had to ask the waiter 3 times for a glass of wine. etc etc etc.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Went here based on Yelp reviews. We were staying in the neighborhood and I wanted to find a nice, romantic spot with great food. Piatti fit the bill perfectly. We sat inside in the main dining area. The ambiance was cozy. It was around 8 p.m. on a Sunday and there were a lot of diners but tables available. The patio, despite it being a cool night, was full. The waitress was friendly and professional and gave us suggestions and as much time as we needed with our menus. My fiance is a vegetarian and had no problem finding vegetarian options, including the tasty cauliflower and risotto cakes. I had an excellent carpccio, and linguini with seafood. Both were delicious with very fresh ingredients. Pasta was al dente and seafood cooked perfectly. They brought over a very good tiramisu with a candle (it was my fiance's birthday dinner) on the house. All in all, a great dining experience. Definitely recommend if you are staying in La Jolla Shores (or nearby). We'll be back!

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We have visited this restaurant many times. It's a 16 mile drive for us but well worth it. Never disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Our favorite place in La Jolla! We drive down from Orange County periodically for an overnight getaway and without fail, we go to Piatti for dinner. We look forward to it between trips. Food is amazing. Ambiance is great! Wish it was down the street from my house so I could eat pasta everyday!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

A fantastic La Jolla Gem. Great food and great energy. Fantastic meal and great wine selection. Highly recommend it.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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