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Seneca

4.4
4.4
561 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

Roman trattorias are a timeless expression of simplicity, immune to the lure of gastronomic experimentation and ego. In Rome, no chef can cook better than the mothers and the grandmothers before them. Our goal is to merge the dogmatic approach of Roman cooking with the amazing abundance of ingredients available to us in San Diego. A True Roman Holiday In SD.

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Booked 152 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 877-8642

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Parking details

    Valet located on Broadway.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 561 people are saying

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4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.2Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    All in all so not worth it

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall1food5service5ambience5

    Stumbled into “the reading room” on the way out and we got yelled by some tall lady. very unprofessional

  3. L

    Lisa

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5

    Tasha was absolutely amazing. The service was outstanding. But overall the food was so/ so . The drinks were phenomenal and the dessert was delicious. But our appetizers and main course either had not enough flavor or was way too salty. The imported olive oil from Sicily was also very delicious.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    The experience and food was great.. the service is extremely slow. Our dinner ended being 3 hours.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Decour was amazing and I felt like I was transported to another city, it didn’t feel like I was even in San Diego. I am a local from La Jolla so it was just an amazing experience. The pastas were amazing my wife’s lamb was just ok.

  6. G

    Gogitte

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food1service3ambience5

    The food is not good. I had the tuna on beans last time and the mushroom pizza this time. Fish and beans are an odd combinations. And it was in a bowl. It was weird and not pleasant to eat. No one wants to eat that much giant fava beans. Ick. The Funghi pizza was not good either. Just melted cheese with some random mushrooms sprinkled on it. No flavor. But it was better than pizza with potatoes - no Italian would ever do this. This is not really a pizza-kind-of-place. It is a mismatch and disconnect. My friend had the meatballs. Also...weird. Meat and ricotta? No sides, just 3 balls of meat? The menu does not match the location or ambiance. It is such a jaw-dropping spectacular place and design, but the food makes me not want to come back. And get your waiters some fresh jackets. They are worn and tattered and wrinkled.

  7. RC

    RamsesC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The place is amazing, Food as well or server Daniele was very friendly staff as well, The only thing Is 2 seater tables are super small I would recommend it to my friends And will come back.

  8. LP

    LiliyaP

    Naples

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience5

    Worst dessert I’ve had in my life, the lemon tart was horrible

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service1ambience5

    The food amazing. But our waiter Christopher was terrible. Also they brought out two entrees before the appetizers. The kitchen seemed confused all night. The wine list is fantastic if you love Italian!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience5

    Beautiful atmosphere however service was not great. We were havung Fairness to the manager he did comp us the food and drinks we did not get wit

  11. SH

    ShawnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful view and great service. Overall food was excellent.

  12. SD

    SDDiner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5

    The ambiance and the view can't be beat at this place, however, the restaurant was lacking in service and certain items on the menu were not worth the price. Pasta portions are extremely small (more like an appetizer) and cold, and cocktails, which are quite average, are all $17 dollars. Prosecco was served in large wine glasses. I'm not sure if they ran out of flutes because prior to that they served sparking wine in a flute. Also, our appetizer (mozzarella) came after we got our entrees. When asked about it, one of the servers just said that it's normal to get it after entrees. In general, I don't think our server came by much halfway through the dinner. We did not get water refills until the very end. Finally we were celebrating a milestone birthday and the cake was added on our charge, even thought for anniversaries they serve complimentary sparking wine and dessert. No one even really addressed the birthday even though I added it as a special occasion on the reservation. Besides that, the entree items were delicious (both branzino and chicken). The mozzarella app (with prosciutto) is quite large and great to share among 4 people.

  13. TJ

    TylerJ

    Orange County

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visiting Seneca is like stepping through a portal into a different world. The clocks have turned back and you’re suddenly in the ritzy Italian riviera and taking in the sights and sounds with interesting company. You order your entire meal at once and food comes out as it’s hot so you get to graze on your choices throughout your experience. The table side mozzarella was enjoyable but the focaccia bread stole the hearts of several members of our party.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Made reservations a month ago and asked for a seat with a view. Was given a table facing the kitchen with all the ambiance of a New Jersey Diner. Treated rudely by manager when we asked to be re-seated. Will not go back

  15. V

    Veronica

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Very nice ambiance and views but that’s about it.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Forgot to put in part of our order (not sure how that happened) and we had to wait an hour for the second half of our entrees. The first entree was pan seared tuna, and we don’t eat raw food. We asked the waiter if this was cooked and she had said yes.

  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The view was amazing and food was very delicious. Definitely going back. Thank you for the amazing service.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view, awesome time. Food was great. And the manager was amazing!

  19. MV

    MariaV

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great beat salad, mozzarella, and smoked carrots.

  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5

    We had a pretty good time at Seneca, food was good, service could be better. We had a reservation at 6:45 but were sat at 7:15 which seemed like an excessive time to wait when you have a reservation but they seemed short staffed as everyone is right now. The tableside mozzarella was definitely one of the highlights, the homemade pasta was also delicious. You can skip the pizza, too salty. Drinks are way too expensive with minimal volumes. I would probably go back just for the ambience but skip the drinks and the pizza.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service1ambience4

    Our friends just got married so we went out with them and they wanted to try this place. It looked very cute in the photos so we were all for it. The ambiance and the food were very good, but our server did not care about us at all. We constantly saw her walking by to check on everyone else, but she rarely checked on us and we had to call for her attention almost every time. We asked for the heater to be turned halfway off when we first sat down because it was blaring hot and she turned it off completely. When we reminded her we wanted it on but just lowered she said she would go back and fix it and never did. The overhead heater supplied a lot of light for the table so we sat in the dark for quite some time because our server never turned it back on. We were finally able to get the hostess who walked by to turn it on for us. She told us the food was very large portions and made to be shared because they were family style but when we received the food it was not enough for 4 people at all. When we asked for the check she told us to wait for the special dessert she had for our friends and it took 45 minutes for the dessert to come. The check came out another 30 minutes after. The dessert was subpar. While it looked very cute it was almost impossible to eat and was very dry and unappealing. Would probably go back but hopefully we get a better server next time.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food3service5ambience5

    Experience was great! beautiful place and good food! They could only put more pasta on the menu.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Had an amazing experience. It did not disappoint, My go to spot whenever I’m in town.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came here for two friends birthdays and it was great!!!! Love the peach desert it was so different and yummy. Also loved the ambiance, walking in with all the green and the stars above before entering into the restaurant was great! The only issue is that no one answers the phone :/ but great experience!!!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience5

    I’ve always been told, if you have nothing nice to say don’t say anything at all. Enough said.

  26. DK

    DanielleK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    It's not me, it's you. Oh Seneca, I'm SO trying to like you, but you are a confusing one. First time I went was a bit of a sh*t show, so I gave you another shot, this time with one friend, only apps and a request for the patio. Buyer beware that there are NO heaters for 2 tops and you can NOT sit near the fireplace in the "waiting area" even if you are freezing. Right now this is where I stand with Seneca - GREAT location and ambiance, service is hit or miss... uniforms are NOT uniform, some people look like they just got out of bed and rolled into work, the managers are hard to pick out since they don't have any signifying visual queues and I think in two visits I've narrowed down all the things worth eating, so there needs to be some more options or changes STAT. Good things: • The drinks are bomb. • Prawns, pizzas and pastas are worth it. • Decent wines (a scootch overpriced, but we all know this. It's like the abuse we continue to endure...) • Carrots were really good and I wouldn't normally order those, so surprise to me! Worth it once or twice. Really wanted this to be my new "bring people from out of town" but I'm just not sold. I also came from the service industry so my standards are SKY HIGH.

  27. T

    Tori

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Place is very cute! We had a reservation at 9:15pm; showed up around 9pm got seated at 10pm. Other then that, the food was amazing! Paid about $120 for food + tip. No alcoholic beverages. Staff was friendly to us as well.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Francisco was amazing in helping accommodate our dietary needs (vegan). I’d love to see options there one day!

  29. PH

    PatriciaH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Very noisy - couldn't hear waitress or diners across the table. Everything is served family style.

  30. A

    Adrianag

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    we got here at 7:15 pm, time of our reservation, and we waited 1 hour for our table. staff was friendly but service was not that good. dirty plates on the table for long periods of time, waiter came back to ask if we wanted anything else probably and hour after he took the order.

  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Birthday celebration

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Service was extremely slow, ordered 2 glasses of wine to start, took 40 min. For them to bring the wine to our table, our waitress never checked on us that entire 40 min.

  33. MB

    MBinSD

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4

    This review is strictly about the food and service. The decor is fabulous, the view is incredible. That being said, I have now dined here on three occasions with progressively worse service and food presentation each time. The most recent was last night when I dined with two friends. It took an hour for our drinks to arrive (we ordered from the menu, nothing crazy). The tableside mozzarella service is fun and understandably takes a while - but it actually was the first thing to arrive in terms of food, after about an hour and a half of being seated. We had ordered three entrees. The first, a pizza, came out around the 2 hour mark. The other two, clams with squid ink pasta and the carbonara came out after 2.5 hours - the carbonara was cold. The pasta came out in a bowl which had been pulled from the oven and was burning hot. The server did not indicate this, and the pasta was placed in front of the wrong person. My friend and I both grabbed the bowl to move it and burned our hands on it. I mean, come on. Yes, the build out is gorgeous. But with this kind of poor service and just all around shoddiness, I am sorry to say I won't be returning anytime soon.

  34. T

    Thanos

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent experience in a vibrant setting! Def recommended!

  35. RA

    RaquelA

    Baja California

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The view is the best asset! Restaurant is beatuful, food is good as well the prices, the seats are not very comfortable but the view helps. I recommend to try the mozzarella with prosciutto it is delicious!!!

  36. KA

    KAM710

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience4

    Meh …… loads of arrogance from the front desk/ hostess to the “ sub sommelier. “ more professionalism, humility and less arrogance from the staff would be greatly appreciated.

  37. J

    Julianamariee

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was outstanding from the food to the service. It can be a little tight depending on where you are sitting. I wore a hat that kept getting bumped but other than that it was great. The ambiance and view was beautiful. It would be great for a sunset dinner. The music tied in beautifully with the vibe.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing! We had so much fun! The cheese guy was awesome! We will definitely go back

  39. JG

    JessicaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was delicious and ambience on point

  40. JA

    JenniferA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    Fue muy buen ambiente y su comida estaba buena, el único problema fue con el servicio, tardaron mucho, casi 20 min para servirnos agua, tardaron mucho tiempo para tomar nuestra orden y pedimos una pizza y tardaron 1 hora para traerla.

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Seneca is rated 4.4 stars by 561 OpenTable diners

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Booked 152 times today
Google Map for Seneca

901 Bayfront Ct San Diego, CA 92101

  • Cross street

    Broadway

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet located on Broadway.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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