Ristorante Illando

4.4
291 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
From the owner Leonardo Landini
"When I decided to open Ristorante Illando, I had a vision in my head...my cozy house back in Firenze, Italy; my family dining table filled with the food I grew up with. Now I can surround you with the warmth of my Italian home and an authentic Italian meal here at Illando. Benvenuti e buon appetito a tutti!!"


Located just above Little Italy San Diego's popular pizza shop, Landini's Pizzeria.



We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time.

Patio seating is available only on Friday and Saturdays. We will do our best to accommodate, but cannot guarantee requests.


The whole party must be present before all can be seated.

Thank you for your love and support!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 291 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
14 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience1

Made reservations using open table had to wait 19 minutes for a table and then we had to wait 27 minutes until the server helped us. The assistant was great. We ate two platefuls of bread before we ordered.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Excellent!

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ArmenV
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best dinner experience. Food was great and our server, Natasha, was super nice and accommodating. I will definitely go back.

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BradF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really love this place! My 5th time there. Took my wife for her birthday. Great table, great food, great time!

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ChelseaC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in little Italy! The food is amazing. It’s quiet and the ambience is lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Omg the pasta was amazing !!! One of the best Pastas I’ve had in a while 😋😋😋

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

32nd wedding anniversary. Our server was so great and so were the rest of the staff. Food was awesome good! Highly recommend.

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MMorales
Mexico City
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Por la pandemia la mesa estaba a nivel calle y de ahí el problema de ruido y ambiente. Sorry

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vipDavidC
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Food is just ok. I’d say the deal here is more about quantity versus quality. It’s essentially cheap and cheerful. There are so many more great food experiences here, this just felt like one of those tourist traps.

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vipGeorgeA
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Octopus appetizer, and lamp chop and mahi mahi meals were all over cooked. Not sure if chef was just having a bad night. So many great options in Little Italy, I sadly don't think I'll be back here. Server was very pleasant and decent wine list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Took a bit to finally get sat down. Food is as really good and support staff were on top of it. Actual server took a while to finally come around and take our order and was pretty much absent the rest of the meal.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Illandos pizzeria is printed across the top of the menu. The image on the open table restaurant page is of a nice hand made, wood burning oven pizza. When you arrive, there is a pizza counter and oven in the front. But NOTE there is no Pizza available for sale. Why? Because the manager decided it was too much trouble during COVID. The menu is a weak offering of a few pasta dishes and a handful of entrees. Not Little Italy standard, not recommended.

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Jose
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall a great restaurant that I would strongly consider going back to. Felt a little rushed during the end, but it is understandable since there was probably a full waiting list and only outdoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great authentic Italian food.

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vipTinaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Would definitely recommend. The outdoor dining is in a back deck so off the street scene . Very good service.

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JessicaM
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Our reservation was at 1:45 and when we got there on time the hostess told us they’re waiting for one table to pay and leave. We ended up waiting about 30-45min past our reservation time then when we were seated we saw that there were 2 empty tables so we were very confused why we were waiting. The food was average- pizza was really delicious but the creamy chicken with broccoli pasta and the lasagna were just ok, they needed more flavor. Overall I would come back just for the pizza.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here! It was quiet and we felt very safe with the COVID precautions they were taking. Our server and hostess were the best; so nice and attentive! Definitely coming back if we’re ever in San Diego.

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Daniel
Austin
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time in San Diego and stayed close to little Italy. Wanted a good Italian meal and boy, we were blown away! Food was fabulous and the wait staff were polite and helpful. We sat outside and enjoyed the meal and also people watching. Definitely recommend if you are in SD.

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SidneyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eddie is awesome! Made us feel right at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed the al fresco street dining. Great service, excellent food. Best eggplant parmigiana I’ve had in the states!

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CarolS
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved our dinner. The food was fabulous. We had the caprese salad, and 1 pappardelle bolognese, plus of course the wonderful bread prior to dinner.

Service was quick and the food was hot. We sat on the street, outside, and it was great. Good people watching, and the street was closed to traffic, so not a lot of noise.

Can't wait to go back.

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viplobelz
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was just okay. No one really tended to our table besides the bare minimum (didn’t ask if I wanted a second drink or if I wanted dessert). Food was edible and tasted fine- but nothing memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Unfortunately, the food was not that good. What each of us ordered was very bland tasting and the pork in the saltimbocca was very dry and flat like a piece of cardboard. Not much flavor in my girlfriend’s pasta either. The calamari was tasty however. My recommendation would be to go here for a glass of wine and an appetizer before going else to eat.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting Illando to celebrate our daughter’s 25th birthday. With a reservation, we were seated immediately at out our reserved time. Service was a little slow to start, but the server was wrapping up with a big party. As soon as arhat party left, service was attentive and very pleasant. Food was amazing with perfect portion sizes and wine selection was ideal! We will definitely visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice service and food. Raviolis were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not as expected. It says on open table it had good reviews and thats the reason i booked it. The food was terrible. Waiter wasnt nice. The table was all the way back in the corner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had to move our reservation around a bit due to traffic and they were very accommodating! The food was excellent and even though our waiter wasn’t very attentive the other waiter was happy to get whatever we need.

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MBliss
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server was an amazing & food was on point! Prices were reasonable . Perfect location for my birthday ! 💕

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vipDanielC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made reservations, confirmed twice by text. When arrived, the hostess looked a bit distressed. She took me to seating in the back and had me sitting on a rail not even the size of a bar rail. She was dismissive and said she could move me to a table in a bit but I could only be there for 40 min because someone had a reservation. I responded that I had a reservation, but she seemed nonplussed. I sat, the manager saw that I was unhappy, brought over a glass of wine apologized explained that with covid they were having issues with planning the reservations. He was gracious. The food was excellent. I had mushroom risotto which was cooked perfectly. I received a complimentary desert. I will certainly return.

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JoshN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the best as always. Nothing bad the best Italian in all of San Diego. Eddie!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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nativegirl
San Diego
20 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We dined there during Covid 19. This means outside on the sidewalk where their fake trees fell over twice. I had lunch there and the food was wonderful. Definitely will return!

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Konajohnlv
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service! Arrived a bit early and they accommodated without issue. Will definitely be going back on our next trip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in Little Italy! Eddie and his staff are top notch

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent even during these Covid times. Food taste and quality were outstanding! Great atmosphere and spaced out tables.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Worst service I’ve ever experienced. Pretty sure our server was on drugs as food/drinks were missing for over an hour +. They even had to give us a new server at the end of the night as our original server disappeared.

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vipHope
Orange County
34 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service and food even though we sat outside C-19 style!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Pastas were well prepared and flavorful. The Chicken was a little tough. Service was efficient and friendly.

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vipKaLi
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, great service and wonderful prices for the area. One of my favorite restaurants and my favorite one in Little Italy!

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JerryK
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The service was second to none. Most dishes were spot on with a few missteps but nothing to detract from the overall experience considering the C-19 crisis. Well done Ristorante Illando!

FAQs

Ristorante Illando does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Ristorante Illando also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 693-5204.

Ristorante Illando is rated 4.4 stars by 291 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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