Rosina's Italian Restaurant

4.8
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318 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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E
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
27 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.

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
4 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
22 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
11 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
24 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
28 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!

S
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was packed and a bit behind on the reservations because they normally have outdoor seating and it was drizzling outside. We were greeted and informed immediately and seated within 10 minutes of our reservation time. Our meal were amazing! The corn chowder soup was flavorful, my husband's rosetta's were wonderful as always, and my son truly enjoyed the gnocchi in a chicken bolognes sauce was yum! The wine selection if nice and prices nicer.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent! We’ll be back.

TM
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rosina son and a great job representing her at this fine restaurant

LO
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was delicious. We especially enjoyed the grilled peaches. Thank you.

BP
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosina’s was incredible. From the time we arrived, Giancarlo was very friendly and helpful. Our waiter Charles was absolutely the best. We were outside on the patio which was delightful. I am from PA and the food was the best that I have had outside of Italy. I had the wonderful lasagna and my brothers had the chicken parmigiana. Everything was delicious. I can’t wait to return.

BM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lasagne is always a winner. Everyone at table said it was the best they’d ever had. We love eating here as the restaurant is nestled in a nice small community neighborhood. All the staff are friendly and attentive.

KG
San Diego
48 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was recommended by someone and it did not disappoint. There were so many great specials that I didn’t even have a chance to look at the menu. The atmosphere was like a local neighborhood restaurant, which is what it was. The food was delicious, abundant, and well priced. Do glad we tried it and will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great classic Italian food with excellent service and location.

KO
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We have been twice first time was awesome second not so much. The server was horrible and I believe our food ( for some of our party of 4) were under the microwave as the cannelloni was crispy. If the server doesn’t want to be there she should find another job!

E
Central Coast
57 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Second time at restaurant. Food is average but convenient for those who live in Santaluz and nearby

KC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Spicy Crab sauce pasta was incredibly delicious !!! Thank Franco .

FH
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience4

Appetizers salad and soup were excellent. Cioppino was good not great. Gnocchi was terrible. We asked if they were light and puffy. They said yes. But they were dense hard and floury tasting. Given the high prices I expected much better. Disappointed.