Rosina's Italian Restaurant

4.8
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330 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Family or Business
Rosina's Italian Restaurants are traditional, casual and family friendly. We prepare our pastas and sauces fresh daily. Rosina's is a great place for a business meeting, special gathering or family dinner.
Hand Made for 30 Years
We serve healthy, Mediterranean recipes the Italian way: hand tossed pizza dough, home made soups, fresh vegetables, classic Italian cuisine from the heart of Italy. Our family has prepared meals for San Diegans for almost 30 years.
Hidden Gem
Find out why your neighbors are calling both of Rosina's locations hidden gems. Our high energy restaurants and bars are perfect for a family meal, to meet up friends, or a takeout dining order. Our full service bars feature beer on tap and a special small plates menu that is perfect for singles.

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JM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I cannot believe we haven't been to Rosina's before now. My Italian-American wife and I, and her mother (who has been preparing wonderful authentic Italian meals for ... well, a long time) had a delightful and delicious evening at Rosina's. We were (pleasantly) surprised to be greeted by Rosina's son, Giancarlo, who explained the specials he had prepared--it was like being personally invited to try his and his family's favorite dishes in their truly family-operated restaurant. And all the dishes were perfectly prepared and delicious by the way. We started with Pizza con Verdura (as an antipasta), artichokes, red onions, tomatoes and spinach, and Calamari con Spinaci; the calamari was sauteed in olive oil and garlic--not breaded and deep fat fried--and served on a bed of sauteed spinach. We loved them. Then my wife had Melanzane alla Parmigiana, eggplant sautéed and layered with tomato, mozzarella and parmagiano; her mother had Fettucine Mare e Monte, shrimp, scallops and calamari sauteéd with wild mushrooms in a fresh tomato sauce with white wine on fettucine; and I had veal piccatta that was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. We loved everything and will be sure to return.

b
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Italian food I have had in years. It was just a great dinner.

JB
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Rosina's serves authentic, quality Italian food in a comfortable, friendly environment. Great food and amazing service, I highly recommend you check them out!

LB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another excellent and tasty dining experience at Rosina's. The Cioppino was great, plenty of seafood and the sauce was perfect. Get plenty of bread for dipping. I tasted my girlfriend's veal scallopini and that was very well done too. Rosina always comes by to suggest her specials. This night, it was the minestrone soup. Another good choice.

C
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten here several times and have always enjoyed it. There is a nice diversity in the menu. The owner, Rosina is a delight and always willing to chat a bit with you. Her staff is very helpful and polite. The food is homemade and fresh. There are not many tables which helps keep the noise level down and make it a bit more special. A great place for a date, couples, family or group.

MB
San Diego
73 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to go to the restaurant on a Thursday night, lasagna night! This ,8 layer dish was some of the best pasta I’ve had outside of Italy! We finished with a piece of cheesecake, that was perfect! I will return!

OT
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food nice service. A little bit noisy with so many people in a small space having a good time. A very nice place. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it.

A
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in San Diego bar none!!!

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent cuisine. Love the eggplant.

m
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my boyfriends birthday which always lands on Restaurant week, making it difficult to get reservations. But, Rosina's had a table for us and great dinner as always for our special date.

FA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food! Our go to place for birthday celebrations!!

E
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

The staff was very nice, and the outside of the building has a nice ambiance. There is a very small
Bar inside the restaurant that seems a little out of place since there is nowhere to check in and wait. The food was below average - with the exception of the warm bread they served. The wine menu is good. The chicken parmigiana was overcooked and soggy and the Rosetta has too much cheese. Overall, I would not really
Recommend this restaurant as you can do better in the area

A
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in San Diego area. They are a family of genuinely Italian restaurateurs. The current owner is second generation and apprenticed in Tuscany before returning home and taking over his mother’s restaurant. The food is wonderful, the ambience is lovely, and the wait staff is friendly and attentive. Prices are no more expensive than other Italian restaurants, making it a bargain given its quality. The location is a bit out of the way but it is worth the drive.

b
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

one of the better Italian food restaurants in San Diego......but still average.

G
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful and thoughtful homemade selections prepared by a loving and skilled Italian chef. Always delicious ~ NEVER disappointed.

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting family in San Diego (we live in LA), and found Rosina's from the 5 star reviews on OpenTable. Those stellar reviews aren't lying! Rosina's is the best Italian restaurants that my family and I have ever been to! The food was amazing, and you feel like part of Rosina's family when you're there. Rosina pulled up a chair at our table outside (we had brought our dog, and the waitress was very accommodating with a water bowl for her, thank you!) and talked with us like she was part of our family, and had us all laughing. We'll definitely be back next time we're in the San Diego area!

SM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The flavors and atmosphere at Rosina's is amazing. She treats you like family. Her sons pour themselves into the dishes they all create with Rosina's years of experience. Amazing.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and Rosina is awesome! It's like home.

OT
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Outstanding bread and condiment! We’ll be back.

D
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy we discovered this restaurant from a friend. Only wish we would have known about it sooner, as it kills me to think about all the fabulous meals we have been missing out on all these years.

We go to Italy frequently, so we know authentic Italian cooking. A lovely family runs it with great care, love and enthusiasm and it shows with the amazing dishes they prepare. A great menu to satisfy anyone
who appreciates exceptional well prepared Italian dishes. Be sure to try their creative specials as well.

Run, don’t walk to this very pretty gem of a restaurant and say hi to Rosana for me.

j
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Also, great food and a good menu.

F
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always very Good. Cannelloni is my wife's favorite. Every night they have 4-5 specials that the owners come to your table and explain. Very good service. Neighborhood Gem.

JP
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have now been to Rosina’s twice and have thoroughly enjoyed the quality of the authentic Italian dishes and the warm hospitality of Rosina and her staff. Be prepared to be close to your dinner neighbors and not to mind the noise- it all adds positively to an ambiance that makes you feel welcome. This time my wife said that there was no way she could finish her plate of linguini tossed with olive oil, onion, broccoli and sausage but somehow it all disappeared! If they’re serving the cioppino special be sure to order it, a heap of delicious seafood in a thick, savory tomato stew. Brava, Rosina!

BL
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic, as was the service from our waiter Charlie. It is pretty noisy, but that is bound to happen at a restaurant that is this good!

D
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The lovely Rosina is a talented chef and warm hostess. The special dishes she prepared for the day we were there included wild boar and riccota gnocchi, and lobster over parpardelle. Both of those items were indeed special. We visited on 1/2 price wine night which was an added plus. The noise level inside sent us onto the heated patio where we were able to hold conversations without raising our voices. The service was absolutely on-point for our group, even though we were alone on the patio. Rosina's is due a repeat!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Core dishes were very good. However, it seemed the chef at times was trying too hard and had some odd spices/tastes which, while interesting, really didn't work. Had the sense the chef had watched one too many Food Network shows. With that said, food was enjoyable and the ambiance was great.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful setting with an Inviting ambiance. Each time we have gone Rosina or her son has greeted us and told us about the food specially prepared that day. Food is good. We will go back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for 70 people night before a wedding. Everyone raved about everything, the food, music, belly dancer, ambience. Thanks Mariana for a perfect evening!

t
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE THE FOOD AND ALWAYS ENJOY CHARLES OUR WAITER - WHO IS EXCELLENT

JH
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome, one word sums it up. The brothers are hospitable and very accommodating.

D
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always great, and the service is wonderful.
We like how the pastas are al dente, and the taste is not overwhelming that we can enjoy the flavor of each ingredient.

D
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and love the staff !! Fun and friendly, Plus I have tried things that I ended up loving!!

A
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and ambience

MB
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere. Love this neighborhood gem!

LD
New Orleans
17 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had noted it was our anniversary but there was no mention at the restaurant. We had burrata w tomato salad to start then the gnocchi special and penne arrabbiata, followed by tiramisu for dessert. The 2 top tables are close together but it got louder as more people sat down so we felt more private. The gnocchi was excellent. The arrabbiata was very spicy and a bit dry. The tomato and burrata salad was good, not great. Pretty much just burrata with tomato and not a lot of dressing or spice. The tiramisu was very good. Service was good.

AP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love Rosina's. It is pretty loud inside at dinner, but we requested outdoor seating (with heaters). This was great, and solved the problem. Despite the restaurant being full, the service was excellent and the food served hot. Another nice feature is that the owner visits each table to double check on everything.

DT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Delicious food (we ordered an extra meal to take home for the next night's dinner:) and a very friendly owner and chef. Outstanding as always!

J
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

How wonderful to find such a terrific restaurant in North County Inland. My husband and I had a delicious meal without the hassle of going to Little Italy. We dined inside but they also have a lovely outdoor area. The service was attentive and the food delicious and we will definitely be returning.

LD
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family owned restaurant! The food is consistently excellent. On our first visit, Rosina came to our table to tell us the specials, and the osso buco was fabulous. On our second visit, one of the sons told us the specials. Both the pork special and the cioppino were delicious. Great wine selection too. Highly recommend.

F
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just one of the most wonderful neighborhood restaurants that knows how to treat their customers right and continually delivers consistently delicious Italian food time and time again. It's such a great place to dine, everyone who is there always seems to be having a grand time. I know we are!