Rovino

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420 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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G
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always!

o
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small restaurant with lots of ambiance and character, has amazing food and wine - it never disappoints!!

SD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our last visit to Rovino, we were greeted with a very delicious glass of sparkling rose in honor of our anniversary. We chose the Carciofi Arrosto for starters. The artichoke was, grilled with a nice crust and had a wonderful flavor of herbs and lemon aioli. For the main course, we both had the chef's special fish which was grilled salmon on a bed of risotto with pine nuts. Both dishes were cooked and flavored to perfection. The wine selection was good and we each enjoyed a couple of glasses of red wine from their Italian wine selection. The service was attentive but not overwhelming. Overall, it was an excellent meal and I highly recommend Rovino.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Nice patio dining.

SD
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

We had a reservation for 8:30pm and arrived early. We were asked to take a seat at the bar to wait until our table was ready. We were completely fine with this and grabbed a bottle of wine and a cheeseboard while we waited. Unfortunately, no one ever came back to get us or provide an update on our table. Also, the restaurant was so hot that we both got uncomfortable and lost our appetites. We later received a text message stating they were running behind, but my question was, why wouldn't they just come tell us that personally? I didn't have my phone out during our time at the bar and didn't see the message. Overall, it was a really disappointing experience that ended up costing $100 for a bottle of wine and some cheese.

ET
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is amazing! I had the Pollo + Prosciutto Tortellini, it was so delicious. One of the best meals I’ve ever had. The service was extremely attentive as well. Made the whole dining experience great. Highly recommend!

G
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time at Rovino’s the other night celebrating a Birthday. It’s a great place with fabulous food and service. We plan to go back again!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorites. Service was excellent—Adam is great—attentive, knowledgeable about the food and has never let us down with his recommendations.

ME
Memphis
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was so hot inside. Our appetizers were very good. The ribeye needed more salt but was cooked perfectly.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food! Wonderful restaurant!

SM
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were attracted to the menu and wine list. Then we met the staff, including the co-owner, Antonia, who all made for a perfect lunch. The menu, with some traditional Italian choices along with innovative modern dishes, had something for everyone in our party.

And the wine list is excellent. On our second visit, we brought along a friend in the UC Davis masters degree program for winemaking. He was duly impressed.

This is going to be a regular for us. Antonia and her funny and professional team make for a great experience.

k
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

This was the worst lunch experience I could have imagined. We arrived at 11:45am and only two other diners where seated. We ordered two salads and a flatbread. After 45 minutes, no food had arrived and I asked the waited what was going on. He told me they had only one chef. We waited 5 more minutes and then walked out. The waiter did nothing to try to encourage us to stay. There was clearly no manager on site. I'll never, ever go there again.

F
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Seated 30 mins late which was blamed on Open Tables reservation system. Flat bread and calamari weren’t hot. Hostess said server would bring slice of cake for anniversary but didn’t. Shrimp scampi pasta was a little undercooked but shrimp and sauce delicious. Arugala salad simple but very good. We were comped a beer for the wait and the calamari which was a nice gesture.

We won’t come back because it’s a wine bar that ties up a lot of tables for non-dining customers and the aforementioned issues.

C
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Nice, cozy atmosphere. Good service. Wine Wednesdays 50% off on bottled wines. Only complaint was the Totellini. Way too mushy, not al-dente which is what I would have expected based on the price range they are asking for. Gnocchi was mushy as well, almost to a point there was no texture. The sauce and seasoning was very good however, really liked the taste.

LF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for my girlfriends and I! It reminded us of an NYC eatery as we were on the patio. Awesome recommendations from our server and great food!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful!

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DW
Baja California
6 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although not a full liquor licensed establishment, we found their selection of wines to bountiful. The Chicken dinner was amazing. Truly San Diego experience.

GR
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Came to San Diego for a weekend getaway. Wife and daughters tried Rovino on a previous trip and loved the food. Came back and didn’t disappoint. The food was delicious. The hostess staff was very accommodating and wait staff was attentive. Would definitely come back and recommend.

KM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding! Highly recommend. Great food, excellent service, good wine. nice ambiance

F
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become our go to Place! The food is always great and they are expanding to west village downtown so we will always be able to get in!!!

DK
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is fantastic

A
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great happy hr specials pasta tortellini entree is my favorite!

SH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were both fantastic. The seating was very close to the next table so it seemed a little crowded and loud. However, the food and wine list is worth it.

US
Richmond
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I travel to SD once a month and one of my brother's families live nearby in Del Mar. We always eat at Rovino.

AH
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

One of San Diego's greats. Always a pleasure and sure thing for us. Thank you!

R
Tahoe
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and wine selection. Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, and attentive. We love going here for date night, best place in Little Italy. I recommend the Burrata salad, Cacio e Pepe, and the chicken.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great !!! Met one of the owners . A very nice experience. Can’t wait to go back .

DF
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service & atmosphere. Very small & quaint so make a reservation. Good happy hour - try several of the $5 small plate appetizers. For dinner we had the lamb chops, roasted chicken, tortellini & house wine - all delicous!! Fantastic service - ask for Eli. We loved it so much we went 2x in one week.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

We were very excited to try Rovino because of all the great reviews. We ordered the chicken stuffed tortellini and the rotisserie chicken per our servers recommendation. First, we were served bread, which was good but cold. After waiting for around 15 to 20 minutes we found out that they ran out of rotisserie chicken and we could wait 45 minutes for the next batch. We decided to not wait as we had already been there a little over 35 minutes. Instead we ordered the garlic shrimp pasta. When the food arrived we were very disappointed as we could not taste the chicken in the stuffed tortellini and it was covered in basil. The garlic shrimp pasta hardly had any flavor. The shrimps were huge and cooked well, so that was great but the pasta had no taste and was very disappointing. We ordered a bottle of red wine, which was good. I would visit this place again for their wine selection, the atmosphere, the service and to hopefully try the chicken (it did look delicious), but not for the pasta.

KF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous dinner and evening at Rovino. Thanks to all who made it happen. Will definitely be back next time we’re in town!

MT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eli, our waiter, was very helpful. Food and wine were delicious!

SC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Great service
Cannoli was delicious

KK
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent. I love the Rotisserie chicken and the Arancini. Tom, Antonia and Vince are fabulous hosts. Highly recommend this neighborhood jewel.

TJ
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you Antonia! You have a lovely restaurant (great food + great wine + great friends = a GREAT time). We will be back!! #thirstythursday #arancini

s
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

Forgot about one of our meals...

MS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is a reason this restaurant has 5 full stars on Yelp...they know food and they know customer service! They're attention to detail with presentation, quality of food, atmosphere and most importantly service. They went out of their way to spoil our group of six after learning we were celebrating a bride-to-be and made us feel extra special. Eddy our server was attentive and anticipated our needs before we even knew what we wanted/needed! The group thoroughly enjoyed the fresh and flavorful Italian cuisine and would recommend for any special occasion or just because! Thank you to the staff for making our last dinner in San Diego over the top memorable!

j
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Some of the best Italian food I’ve had.

W
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Noise level can be a bit high but over all great food great service !

SR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and outstanding service. Well worth it!

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place, superior service and good food