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Piazza 1909, La Jolla, CA

Piazza 1909

4.6
4.6
735 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Welcome to Piazza 1909 in the heart of La Jolla! Enjoy chef Stefano's exquisite Italian cuisine and daily specials in a beautiful Mediterranean setting. Great outdoor patios and private event spaces. Gluten free pasta, pizza and Vegan menu available. Best homemade Pasta in La Jolla. Organic, free range meat and fresh Seafood. Dog friendly. DINNER Tue-Sun & BRUNCH Sat & Sun. HAPPY HOURS Tue-Thu 4:30-5:30pm. Team Building cooking Classes. Private Chef Dinners & Catering. What else to say? If you are looking for a memorable Italian dining experience, you got to the perfect spot! Grazie e ci vediamo in Piazza!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (858) 412-3108
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Stefano Ceresoli
  • Catering
    Chef-owner Stefano caters for you fabulous meals and is available to cook at your home for special occasions. Call Roberta at 858.349.7966 to help you with your catering needs, from small office parties to large private events and weddings. info@piazza1901.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    A perfect venue to host your private event or corporate party.Large front patio with outdoor wine bar, perfect for cocktail parties. Private covered heated patios for banquets. Request a quote at www.Piazza1909.com or call Roberta at 858.349.7966 info@piazza1901.com
  • Private party contact
    Roberta: (858) 349-7966
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Cross street
    Silverado &amp; Kline
  • Parking details
    1 to 2 hrs parking limit during the day, until 6pmUnlimited after 6pm or all day on Sunday
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 735 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

735 Reviews
  1. CBAC

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had great service by our waitress & others that were helping out. All our food choices were delicious. I had the troffie with pesto & it tasted just like my Nonni’s.

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  2. CobolCJava

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great waiter. Nice ambiance. Ordinary food for the price.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The salmon special was absolutely delicious as was the gluten-free pasta with sauce. My fried calamari was like cardboard. I’ve had it before here and it was delicious, but this was just dry and tasteless. I didn’t eat the whole thing at all. The lemon tart dessert was fabulous as was the chocolate lovers dessert.

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  4. Jule

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had Mother’s Day brunch outdoors, and it was perfect. The awning blocked the sun and yet we had a fresh comfortable breeze. Food and service were excellent.

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  5. Restpatron

    San Diego

    102 reviews

    4.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always delicious food and great service. A little pricy but worth it. New menu with good fish dishes and everyone now has steak on their menu. Pastas always excellent.Pizzas good too. Reasonable wines, many by the bottle or glass.

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  6. sues

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pasta should have been cooked longer. I like el dente but mine was crunchy. Appetizers and salad were delicious.

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  7. MichaelO

    Palm Springs

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My brother was visiting from Colorado and I wanted him to experience some excellent Italian food and the first place that popped into my head was Piazza 1909. Our time there and our dinner could not have been better. I had the Bistecca Toscana al Tartufo. It was amazing, The Black Truffle sauce was over the top in flavor. I told my brother to go with the Branzino as it is one of my favorites here. He did and he is still talking about. All in all it was a perfect time and dinner. Will be going back again real soon. This is a must stop if you are visiting the San Diego area. I am fortunate to live here so I am to go often.

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  8. DianeN

    New York City

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’ve been dining at 1909 regularly for more than 4 years and it’s a great meal and experience every time. Tonight’s fish of the day option (I chose salmon) was prepared and cooked deliciously. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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  9. DonC

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience and the food always is fantastic. The service is always attentive and does a great job. No matter which day we come everything is consistent and love their authentic Italian cuisine here.

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  10. JohnH

    San Diego

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderfully unique and tasty Italian fare with a twist. This is the neighborhood go-to place so get reservations. It is a bit funky in an older house but they updated their patio sitting which goes from the front to the side and onto a covered “backyard.” The spaghetti with squid ink and scallops is outstanding. Servers are hard working and smart.

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  11. Cdopera

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite spot in San Diego! Food, service and ambiance terrific. I always get Penne Vegano which is a vegetarian “meat sauce” made of chopped walnuts and pistachios in a delicious tomato sauce.

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  12. Rainey

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was hoping the food was as good as the website. The calamari was dry and not edible. The short ribs we fatty. The risotto was a little gloppy. Sorry.

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  13. rhondap

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful night! Food was great service was spot on.

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  14. peterm

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    what a great patio with nice heaters on cool nights. food is creative and nice selection of italian wines. best eggplant parmigiana in town

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  15. Marc

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome dinner. Great service and food was amazing.

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  16. MRandMRS

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful ambiance, great service, and delicious food!

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  17. ChristaB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful location, watched fresh ravioli being made. Food was excellent as was the service. Definitely coming here again.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food delicious, service superb. Ren is the best! The atmosphere is perfect, we sat in the side patio which was very cozy on a Cold and windy night.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is about equivalent to what you’d expect in an upscale restaurant. Creamy, tasty, healthy portion sizes, $$$. The service was abysmal. Took ~10 mins after we sat down for our waitress to come over and take our order. Our dinner came 5 mins before our appetizer. Our waitress was nowhere to be seen until we asked for the check. We had to wait another 5 mins for Parmesan after my wife getting her pasta plate. The tomato bisque on the focaccia bread is a little sweet. The salmon with stuffed crab was delicious, but the vegetable dressing on top overpowers the dish and doesn’t complement the lemon. Overall, this was a two-star experience for a four star price, so we went with a 3, and that’s being generous. They had a ton of wait staff, but we were mostly ignored over bigger parties. We were thrown in this little room on the side with a few smaller tables when there were much nicer areas of the restaurant available.

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  20. TomD

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic Italian food to include pizza home made pasta and sourdough bread with wonderfully paired wine served in a way that makes you feel like family.

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  21. peterm

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one the best Italian restaurants in SD—creative food and a lovely outdoor patio. wait staff is very knowledgeable about both food and wine list

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  22. FranM

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are from Chicago and when in town always come here and enjoy the food and wine and service

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  23. AlisonG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Piazza 1909 is my absolute favorite restaurant in San Diego. The food is always excellent; matched only by the service and ambiance. Authentic and exceptional!

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  24. ErinB

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is our second time eating brunch there and it was again outstanding. We are from out of town, but always try to go here when we are visiting our daughter at UCSD. I highly recommend the California omelette and also the pumpkin spice pancakes. Delicious and great service.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Good but not great. Good ambiance, back patio was nice for a big group

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  26. GregL

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding in every way. We will definitely Be back!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, service and ambiance. Always our go-to place for a special evening

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Pasta with seafood was very good. We all enjoyed similar dishes. The service was terrific and they couldn’t have been nicer or more helpful.

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  29. DennisW

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was wonderful. Our reservation was early but the service was very slow though out. Noticed things listed on the website were not available live. Please update your site

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  30. peterm

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    one of the best italian restaurants in san diego. great wine list and the chef always has specials that are delicious and creative

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  31. jamesf

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have eaten both inside and on the front patio and preferred the patio. But we come for the food and outstanding service and would eat on the curb if need be!!!

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  32. KatyR

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here for dinner before a comedy show down the road, and were SO glad we did! As a Celiac, I’m always hesitant to try new “gluten free” items/places, but these guys make their own GF dough in house and the pizza was outstanding. Happy to say, next day and I’m not ill, so we will happily be back to try the numerous other GF options on their menu.

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  33. JulieS

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious dinner! Short ribs were amazing. Lasagna was outstanding

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  34. MarilynB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this family owned Italian restaurant. The food is delicious and they also have gluten free and vegan options. The outdoor eating area is festive and comfortable.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always, a perfect dinner with friends visiting. We can always rely on Piazza!

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  36. BrindanB

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very busy holiday Saturday night and yet the food was delicious. The service would have improved with more hands on deck. The friendly waitress really had her hands full but still was friendly and accommodating. The wine ordered with dinner came out after most at the table were done with their mains.

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  37. DoctorMJ

    Minneapolis

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, lovely wine list with nice price range, excellent service with careful accommodation for a family member with celiac disease. Adorned with twinkle lights throughout, Piazza’s ambience is delightful. And sheltered patio areas of varying sizes with good heat lamps make for comfort, privacy and reasonable noise levels. This is our family’s number one go-to place in La Jolla!

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  38. Foody92008

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great experience at Piazza 1909. The food was delicious and authentic Northern Italian. Service was great as well and I enjoyed seeing the pasta being hand-made right there. Will definitely be back.

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  39. Ruralgal

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful restaurant. We have dined here several times and will return again.

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  40. dukes

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    That salmon was amazing…………………………. We will be back for more in future visits.

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You can order delivery directly from Piazza 1909 using the Order Online button.

Piazza 1909 is rated 4.6 stars by 735 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 9 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Piazza 1909

7731 Fay Ave, La Jolla, CA 92037

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Silverado &amp; Kline
  • Neighborhood
    La Jolla
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 3:00 pm–9:30 pm Sun 3:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizzeria, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    1 to 2 hrs parking limit during the day, until 6pmUnlimited after 6pm or all day on Sunday
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Stefano Ceresoli
  • Additional
    Banquet, Beer, Beer Garden, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (858) 412-3108
  • Catering
    Chef-owner Stefano caters for you fabulous meals and is available to cook at your home for special occasions. Call Roberta at 858.349.7966 to help you with your catering needs, from small office parties to large private events and weddings. info@piazza1901.com<br />
  • Private party facilities
    A perfect venue to host your private event or corporate party.Large front patio with outdoor wine bar, perfect for cocktail parties. Private covered heated patios for banquets. Request a quote at www.Piazza1909.com or call Roberta at 858.349.7966 info@piazza1901.com
  • Private party contact
    Roberta: (858) 349-7966
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