Piatti - La Jolla

4.8
3477 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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.
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DI
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Restaurant helped me celebrate my fiancé's birthday by giving her a menu with her name printed at the top and free dessert as well. Highly recommended.

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Always a must when we’re in town.

RF
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday and were very impressed. They made up a special menu with my wife’s name on it she loved it. Good food. Great service.

F
Tucson
421 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful lunch at Piatti! Outstanding meatballs a combination of beef and pork! As good as I have ever experienced! Also great salmon salad!
Charming place with nice outdoor patio and really good service also!
Excellent Italian restaurant!

LJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good. Never disappoints.

TL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Going away party for my daughter

l
Houston
153 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had the ravioli and Caesar salad and a pizza. It was good but portion 's were small. Our server was very nice and did a great job.

JI
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have been coming here for 20 years. It is ALWAYS great! The food is excellent and the service always great and friendly. We come here every time we visit La Jolla.

LN
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Macello, our server couldn't have been better!

Meatball spaghetti entrée was good but too many meatballs and not enough sauce and pasta.

Great outdoor seating with a no-wait reservation.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food - Excellent taste

K
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic from the service to the food. Only downside is that parking in La Jolla can be a challenge, but it's totally worth it.

T
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food. Thanks

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! As always

M
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Piatti.❤️

d
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood restaurant for decades (although belongs to a larger corporation). Always fresh ingredients, good service, and good value. Family friendly. Bar, indoor and outdoor dining from pizza, pasta, to full dinners.

CB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the place to come for special occasions! Everything is delicious and the bread is to smdie for.

RM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorites for years. Great food, service and ambiance.

MB
San Diego
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Piatti never disappoints. The staff is attentive without being bothersome. Our request to share a salad resulted in each of us getting a fresh plate with a portion of the salad--instead of the salad arriving and the diners needing to split it up. The herb chicken is simply delicious and enough for another meal at home which is equally as good. The house made ravioli with lemon cream is a refreshing change to the typical ravioli dish. The wine list has something for every one. And one can't make a review without mentioning the wonderful warm bread with the seasoned dipping sauce--do delicious.

LA
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Muy buena comida y servicio

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1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Very noisy inside restaurant. Pizza bases were obviously bought in and not fresh. Worst of all our waiter was inattentive, brusque and somewhat rude in his manner. Seemed to want us in and out as soon as possible and we all felt very rushed. Very disappointing.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good. The service was terrible. Server didn’t come to our table until 15 min after we sat. The bussers brought us bread and water while we waited. It was extremely tight seating next to a huge party which made it very loud. The servers literally were squeezing by us. I’ve been there before and didn’t experience this. Bummed out since it was a bday celebration & we couldn’t even hear ourselves talk.

PN
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

60th birthday celebration for a friend
Yummy food!! Great service! It was made special !! Thank you !!

BG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful food. Relaxed atmosphere. Helpful staff

LJ
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We’ve been here several times and since I am a vegetarian who doesn’t like ricotta cheese, the pickin’s are quite slim. Last time they kindly made me a tasty pesto pasta, so we went back. The bread is divine, the salad was crisp but had a bland, watered down dressing (like they hadn’t dried the leaves after washing), and the pesto pasta was so bad. I had asked for them to add mushrooms and spinach. Instead of adding a few fresh or sautéed spinach leaves, they blended a ton of spinach and drenched the pasta in it to the point that the pesto was totally overwhelmed. I barely ate any of it as it just tasted 100% like strong, blended, uncooked spinach. Awful!!! No pesto flavor at all. So disappointed. We were being treated by a friend so I didn’t complain, but I doubt we’ll be back. Epic fail. My friend liked his lasagna and my husband said his dish was just okay.

LP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food fantastic place !!! We can’t wait to go back!!!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

I loved Piatti, but this experience was terrible. The waiter was not friendly, and he kept us waiting all the time. The food was not as good as before.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful.

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been celebrating birthdays here for 10 years. We have never had anything but the best experience ever.

GR
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service was very good, the food was great. We are Italian and we normally don’t go out to eat at Italian restaurants because we are normally disappointed. Well, not today, this Italian food was a fan deck in every way. The spaghetti was out at 10:30 the meatballs were cooked with beef veal and pork The gravy was well done. My wife and I sincerely enjoyed our meals and deserts. I’m sure you will too! Bon appétit.

B
San Diego
53 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had one of our annual family birthday dinners in the outdoor patio. As usual, excellent service, food taste and ambiance! This restaurant always hits the bullseye.

LA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch with girlfriends on the patio!

S
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful setting on the patio. Service terrific and food excellent.

NC
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been coming here for years. The food is consistently delicious and the garlic dipping sauce is one of the best things you'll ever taste! Try to sit outside under tree or in main dining room. If you get seated over by the bar, service tends to be less than stellar (not enough servers for that area).

DM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always have a nice meal and experience at Piatti. Love the calamari appetizer.

j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Excellent place to have lunch or dinner, thanks for your service

DP
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Great menu. Food service was fast and the food was hot.

i
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a reservation and were seated quickly upon arrival. Our server, Amanda was very prompt in coming to the table with our daily specials. The menu had my name at the top with a Happy Birthday wish for me. The appetizers were delicious as were our main courses. We love Piatti and will continue to dine there every year when this time comes.

y
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took friends with us as they had never been to the restaurant. We always go to Piatti before plays at La Jolla Playhouse. We normally ask for an outside table when booking but we forgot - the restaurant was able to give us a table in the courtyard because we would be gone before their 7pm reservation. Service was, as usual, perfect. Attentive, but never disruptive. Our friends are foodies and they loved the cauliflower cake appetizer, the balsamic dipping sauce for the bread (garlicky w/red pepper flake) and the veal piccata, as did I. My husband loves their ravioli and always gets it "half and half" lemon creme and red sauce. A great night out.

AN
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were celebrating our anniversary and Piatti only helped to make it that much more special. The table was small but so nice, the service excellent and the food was amazing like always. They even printed a special menu for us to commemorate the special day! Piatti is always first class!

KD
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We feel as though we’re part of the family every time we go to Piatti. We feel so welcomed and well-taken care of. We had our favorite table on the patio and had our favorite dinner, starting with a new salad for the season with butter lettuce, avocado, tomatoes and a yummy dressing. This replaced the salad we usually have, the hearts of palm salad, which we hope will return to the menu, followed by sweetbreads, always done perfectly, and then ravioli with lemon cream sauce. Fantastico!

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