Rovino

4.6
604 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
Rovino, located in San Diego, California, offers Italian cuisine for lunch and dinner. Rovino features an extensive wine selection and a knowledgeable staff who can help pair wine with each entrée.



Try the fried calamari or the saffron rice balls filled with ground beef, peas and mozzarella cheese to start out your meal at Rovino. Choose from dinner entrées like the prosciutto and arugula flatbread or the pasta al sugo. Top off your Italian experience with a cup of specialty coffee and a dessert such as the tiramisu or the cannoli.
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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The service was fine but the food was really subpar. We waited over an hour for food after we ordered and it was not good. Pasta was bland and lamb was very over cooked.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The Rovino staff saved the evening from potential disaster. Special shout out to Dominique and Andre !! Excellent service saves the day.

Starters this time around was C+ (brussel sprouts and salads were not as good as usual). The Pasta and Chicken were excellent.

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vipRSQ1
New England
8 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second time at Rovino, the first just before the pandemic. We were happy to return and had an excellent meal. Well prepared, generous portions and friendly service. Musical entertainment was also very enjoyable and not too loud or intrusive. We would defiantly return again to Rovino when we’re next in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing server- they were very knowledgeable about gluten free. This place has so many gluten free options.. Delicious food!!

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vipally
Hawaii
105 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good service, meals were well enjoyed. Excellent beet salad, salmon, scampi— at reasonable prices. Good wine selection. Can’t wait to return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think By far the best Italian Restaurant in Little Italy. No doubt. I have tried almost all of them and this place is very impressive with the authenticity. I have been in Italy and I can tell this place took me back in the time. Moreover, I really enjoyed the risotto with asparagus and mushrooms. (Hard to tell the original name)It was very rich and savory. I enjoyed the every bites I had. I also recommend roasted artichokes too. Lastly, the service was outstanding. I only wish their outdoor seating could be better because during your dining people are passing through near tables so better to seat inside or on the deck.

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vipNinotchka
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for the Wednesday evening music, and it was excellent. Love the indoor outdoor field. Would absolutely return. Had a delicious Sicilian wine, very well priced. Want to go back for wine night

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great menu selection.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was great but food is okay. Nothing too special. The ambience is great and the decor. It’s a small space.

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OpenTable Diner
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! We also forgot our CC and they mailed it to us!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We did family style. Our waiter recommended the best dishes for us. They had live music. It was absolutely a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great charcuterie board! Tight quarters like all of little italy

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KrisL
10 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful all around! Food was delicious and service was spot on! Highly recommend!!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The entrees took too long to come back and other then that it was amazing service

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AlexisM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BEST food. I repeat the BEST food. Every dish we’ve tried is better then the last and the service is awesome. Highly recommend Rovino for date night, girls night, family night, actually ANY night.

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vipLeonoreS
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoy our weekly Wednesday night dinners at RoVino and will continue to go. We love the food and the owner and the servers and all the staff. It's a great place to go. We have taken family and friends and will continue to do so and to recommend it to others.

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vipGram3
New England
12 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We love this place. Friday was very crowded. Seems they added more tables so more noise & slower getting our dinner.

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Jodi
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rovino never fails! They have excellent service, excellent food and a fun vibe! We always find a great bottle of wine at a reasonable price! I highly recommend this perfect little gem!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service!

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jrfisher
Central Coast
26 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The food is average or below average. The pricing is way high for what you get. The waiter was uneducated about the menu and had to keep going back to ask questions. There is no restroom in the restaurant and you have to walk down the sidewalk pass other restaurants into an alley to use the bathroom. That’s why they sent me and when I got there I realized it was a code for the door and they didn’t bother to give me the code so I had to walk back to get it. I would not recommend this restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The food was good. Little $$. Wine selection great, apps great, pasta great, mushroom soup special bad. Our server Dominique was awesome.

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lovetoeatout
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner at RoVino. Anthony was so thoughtful and welcoming!
He even took a couple photos of our birthday celebration (5 of us). Thank you! Great wine list and a very nice menu which included a wonderful fresh fish of the day. The entire staff were attentive and on their game the entire evening. The lovely manager came by to check on us to make sure we were each happy with our menu choices. Also parking was easy...across the street there is a valet service which worked out nicely. We were glad the restaurant had told us about the valet prior to us coming. Thank you RoVino for a fun and delicious night out!

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JenJW
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. I had the octopus starter and it was wonderfully tender with a nice romesco sauce. The outdoor ambiance they have created with their lovely table settings added to the experience

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LisaE
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service! A must go!!!!

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TerryD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Sat on the patio. Noise from the place next door for a few minutes when we first arrived by was very pleasant the rest of the night. My wife say her shrimp was wonderful. I had lasagna (B-). Overall, very happy .

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KienT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food but a little pricey! Good place to hang out with friends but not for a romantic meal!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The service was great but our chicken was over cooked and dry. We wish they had more than wine and beer. There was a strong sewage odor in the outdoor area.

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ArissaA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was amazing and the food was delicious! Definitely will recommend to friends and family

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MarkP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

The food here was excellent. The Chicken Tortellini is a must-have item. We also really liked the Arancini Balls. The restaurant was a little loud due to the live music. Also, our waiter lost track of our table so it took some time to get the next glass of wine and our check. However, it did not ruin the experience.

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MrsHKain
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service! Food was delish. Outdoor patio was super nice with heaters. We will definitely return! 5 stars!

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DavidH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Not up to par with establishments on India St -both in dining experience and food quality. We did enjoy their Thirsty Thursday (B1G1) special!

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vipElizabeth
Las Vegas
22 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We were visiting from out of town and just found this restaurant to be okay. I understand having to have outdoor dining but the table was wobbly and there was a bad smell. The server was friendly but slow. The food was decent, but not anything to make us come back again.

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vipstevec
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, nice atmosphere and superior service

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best roasted chicken in San Diego! Great service. A little noisy but lively.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was very nice ambiance. We sat outside on a beautiful Friday for 2. I was expecting a great Italian meal. I wanted to try this place after I searched online and read about it. The food was average. The octopus was hard as a rock with some red sauce that may have helped cover the fishy taste. They had excellent wine at fair prices. Tables are small outside and my friends things kept falling off. We ordered the Fish which came on a wood platter. The sauce that was on the fish was all over the board and our very small table. The fish was cooked perfectly. I just did care for the style that it was cooked. Must be an Italian way. My friends liked it. The cacio de Pepe was very good. I may go back for wine and pasta try out some of there pastas.

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vipAmandaS
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

My OpenTable reservation was not received by the restaurant which caused seating issues and we were forced to sit out in the tent

Our server was wonderful, though and the food was very good as well

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and great service.

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Kandice
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Our experience at Rovino was very disappointing. We were seated 15-20 mins after our set reservation time. The food was bland and not worth the price. I ordered the lamb chops (medium) and they were tough. The service was awful and the waiter was clearly having a bad day. One guest of my party requested extra Alfredo sauce (because the dish was dry) three times and never received it. The waiter finally told her the kitchen was closed and she wouldn’t get it. He was obviously not sorry about dropping the ball and appeared to be so agitated we didn’t even feel comfortable speaking to a manger about it.

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Connor
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Service was alright, a bit slow. They sat us in front of a door that servers still used even with our chair literally right there, never saying “excuse me,” etc.
Loud, even with being outside
Food was decent, looked better than it tasted

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Anthony
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Rovino! We will be back again and again. Great service and amazing food!

FAQs

Rovino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 269-9341.

Rovino is rated 4.6 stars by 604 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.