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Seneca, San Diego, CA

Seneca

4.6
4.6
2229 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 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 137 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 877-8642

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    For information on parties over 6 please reach out to Lisa Kanemori at lisa@ch-projects.com

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Parking details

    The InterContinental Hotel offers self-parking for $6 an hour as well as valet parking for $10 an hour. The entrance to the self-parking is on Bayfront Ct. We do not validate for parking.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I will always have a love affair with this place, but I do have one gripe after our last visit. They got rid of the mozzarella cart, which I always thought was so special and a great value. The waiter said that they do the same thing, but in the kitchen, but when we got it, it was very tiny and it didn’t have the salami, mortadella or pate. I really wish they would bring it back in some capacity, at least at the same quality from the kitchen. Everything else was great. They even customize. The menu is for my friends birthday. The service, sommelier and ambience are on point as always.
  2. CB

    CarolynB

    Orange County

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious food and drinks with a ridiculous view. We weren't able to sit outside, but still thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Our waiter was very friendly and attentive. A little pricy, but to be expected due to the location and the quality of the food and service. We will definitely be back next time we're in San Diego!!
  3. HP

    HowardP

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service very good food
  4. AB

    AshleyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect experience would definitely come back again!
  5. VQ

    VictorQ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Me and my family enjoyed the wine, food, ambiance, music, and most of all the magnificent view of downtown San Diego and the sunset. The servers were all great and very responsive to our requests and needs.
  6. MS

    MichelleS

    San Diego

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is always fantastic! Tried the Calzone and it was so good! The persimmon salad is amazing! And the bolognese was so so good! Drinks and dessert were top notch! The lemon butter cake was my favorite. There were six of us, we got to salads, one pizza, one calzone and one pasta and three desserts! Everyone was so satisfied! And the views!!!!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I’ve been here multiple times and every time I go it’s a wonderful experience. The staff are very attentive And friendly. The ambulance is something straight out of great Gatsby and they really strive on details. The food is great
  8. OM

    OscarM

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The place is very nice. We sat outside and our table had a good view. The menu is very small and I have mixed feelings about what we decided on. The freshly baked focaccia bread is delicious but yet that’s just bread. The two pasta dishes we ordered were mid at best. The pepperoni pizza was just good. It did not wow me even though it is a popular dish here. Overall I felt that it was not worth the money.
  9. JO

    JulianO

    Dallas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Everything tastes very good. Prawns are a must have. Service was slow but friendly. (Popular location) Great place to bring friends or family visiting town
  10. JP

    JillP

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We were well taken care of and had several people check in with us to see if we needed anything. The service was impeccable! It's a bit pricey, but the view and service were wonderful.
  11. b

    betsybeantown

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    pizza was amazing! cocktails were fun and creatively prepared. I liked that the menu wasn't expansive, but a good selection of well done items. We loved the duck ragu. They helped us celebrate our anniversary and we had an amazing night. Service was excellent! Carbonara was far too small of a portion and I did not find the value in it.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    We celebrated a 50th birthday, and we have had requested to be seated outside. When we get there the reception girl with very short hair was very rude. We do understand that sometimes they can’t accommodate our request which is fine but just the attitude she gave us ruined our mood the first minute we walked in. This is our second visit and that lady gave us the same rude attitude in both visits. Yes the food is good and the waitress was really nice but I’m not going to ruin our night again. I believe that the reception employees are the first ones who gives an image to the place and with both visits it made us feels like the place is trashy!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Northern MI

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food2service1ambience4
    I have been looking forward to dining at Seneca for over half a year and couldn’t wait to try a selection of dishes from the menu. First, there is a $50 cancellation fee per person. Fifty dollars seemed steep but I was okay with that because I was expecting the food & experience to be great. Second, we had two waiters who were both trying to take our appetizer and entree orders, which seemed off. When we finally got their top recommendations we were very disappointed. The food lacked flavor… I felt it was something I could have ordered at any Italian restaurant. The lasagne should not be on the menu and the agnolotti was one big creamy plate of the same flavor. Then we had to order a glass of wine 3x before it was actually delivered to our table (they said they forgot to put the order in) and once we finished with our entrees we were practically abandoned. We had to get up to ask if they were going to take our plates away. I have never written a restaurant review in my life but I was so disappointed by this experience. Would not recommend.
  14. AW

    AnneW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    It was a beautiful day to enjoy the amazing views from the patio. Service was great, food was wonderful.
  15. MG

    MarcoG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, and the place looked really nice
  16. AG

    AlexG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The food was great, the atmosphere was fantastic. Everything about it was great. Our server barely was there interacting with us. Our server only came by twice and that’s it. Service quality was low. Still would recommend it to a friend though
  17. EC

    ErinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10 Every time! We will always come back here. Food is amazing, ambiance is top-notch.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall3food1service4ambience5
    The food was horrible, but the service in the atmosphere was great
  19. JN

    JulieN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so impressed! Sara took amazing care of us and recommended we try Morning Glory and we did! Thomas and Porsche were equally amazing! We have already recommended both places to many people! We want to buy stock in your winning company!
  20. KC

    KevinC

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Very nice updated take on high end Italian dining. Wish the wines by glass were a little better in quality otherwise solid night out and good overall service
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Polite staff. Cute environment. Food was enjoyable. Would definitely recommend !
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    The service was just plain terrible. We had to wait 20 mins to be seated for a 6p reservation. We sat and no one brought us water. The waiter came over and I asked him to tell us what the best menu items were which he really did not do. Then he left before asking us if we wanted a drink. I had to get up to tell him we were ready for drinks and apps. Another server came over and “asked us” if we wanted water. I had to get up to ask for another round of drinks. I had to get up to ask for more bread for our apps. The food was just good. The views are beautiful. No manager came by. So apologies from staff. Very disappointed. Will NOT come here again.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    I have been to Seneca many times and had where are they gonna lamazing experiences unfortunately last night that was not the case I feed Tucker extremely long time and came out very cold. We ordered drinks and they also took a very long time and we’re wrong so by the time we got the correct drinks, an hour and a half.
  24. MZ

    MakaylaZ

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    So firstly when we walked in there was a pretty cool like "rain forest " thing going on after you walked out of the elevators. The doors were closed though, so we didn't really know what to do. The hostess was really nice and she told my sister and I happy birthday. The thing that sucked though was the view basically overlooks construction. We also wanted to get drinks, but our server literally took like 20 mins to get to us and by that time we were just annoyed and hungry. We ordered an appetizer and for some reason it came out with our entree. Our server took forever to check on us and I needed more cheese and some pepper, but by the time he came to us we were basically finished. And then the hostess came back over to us and said they'd have a birthday dessert for my sister and I . I'm guessing that wasn't communicated w the server though. He was also very soft spoken and when he gave us the bill we waited like 10 minutes for him to come get the card so we could leave. Also we went around the whole restaurant to find the bathroom which we never found. It's overrated and food wasn't all that.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best meal I’ve had in San Diego in a long time! Tegan was our server, and was amazing with recommendations, and the ambience was out of this world. 100% recommend make sure you make a reservation. 🙌❤️
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Great place bad food
  27. KM

    KenMtz

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful graduation dinner, the staff were sweet enough to gift on the house glasses of champagne. Views were just as amazing as the food, can’t wait to go back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a reservation around sunset time, and got seated on the patio with a perfect view! We got the risotto fritter which was fire, and then the carbonara which was also really yummy. Drinks were tasty as well, and service was good. Ambiance of this place is beautiful. It’s definitely $$$ but id come back!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Horrible experience, after they sat us and it began to rain the server did not come to move us or make us a priority. Instead we stay in the rain and decided to leave, very unprofessional.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    While San Diego rarely has bad weather, the restaurant is NOT prepared for rainy conditions. The majority of the restaurant is outside without any proper rain coverings. It was my birthday dinner and we were poured on leaving our food and drinks drenched. The staff did nothing to help and we ended up retreating to the inside dining area holding our dishes for 10 minutes until someone finally asked how we were doing. I have never seen so much chaos and mismanagement at a restaurant. I also have never given a bad review, but this was so disappointing and I would strongly suggest going elsewhere if you’re looking for good food and service.
  31. A

    Alison

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    Very strict reservation policy yet table was not ready for a long time after arrival. Beautiful ambience and great atmosphere… But service and food was lacking, drink pours were ridiculously light. Drink order also took nearly 30 minutes to arrive, food came before drinks. Food not as described, carbonara was terrible. It was like ravioli with heavy cream sauce, not a true carbonara. They got rid of the tableside mozzarella and replaced it with a burrata charcuterie board which is ok but overpriced and not nearly the same experience. We had plates dropped and broken on our table & wine spilled (Had to ask for a replacement glass of wine, it wasn’t offered) , rain pouring down that they tried to pretend wasn’t happening (“you got the best seat in the house!”) and a rude server who seemed to not care by the end. I asked for change for 100 so I could leave a cash tip and he seemingly scoffed at the request for change, asking what I needed change for. Still left 20% because I used to be a server, but this was bad.
  32. GW

    GinnyW

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing! Food was awesome, shrimp, appetizer, so good. Cannot get over how friendly the staff was.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I had previous bad experience at Seneca, but decided to give it another chance. And I’m glad I did. Staff was friendly, wonderful fast service and new menu items. Views and atmosphere - amazing. Thank you! Definitely will be back 👌🏻
  34. E

    Eddie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great views, great food. Highly recommended
  35. M

    Marcus

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    Not good. Over priced and over hyped for what it is. Not worth coming to especially with better restaurants being available.
  36. MM

    MollyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had almost one of everything on the menu - with the Pasta Bolognese being the most outstanding! Jesse, our waitperson, was so lovely and took great care of us.
  37. H

    Hungrygirl

    San Francisco

    20 reviews

    3.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Ambiance was a 10 and part of the reason I’d come back. Cocktails were overpriced. The focaccia was great. Arancini needed a sauce element. Cacio e Pepe was done nicely. The Roman salad was too basic and disappointing. Pepperoni pizza was soggy. The service was ok. Our waiter was friendly but it took over 10 minutes to get our second round of drinks. Overall, I’d come back and try something else, but was disappointed because I know how much I love the other restaurants that are part of this group.
  38. S

    Sonsa

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Took my mom there and it was for my birthday.
  39. HB

    HopeB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is absolutely PERFECT!!! It’s the most beautiful place, inside and out, the food is delicious and the service is incredible!!! Amazing place for a special occasion!
  40. l

    leasaf

    Salt Lake City

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Quick note ~ do NOT go here when it's raining or cold. We froze the whole dinner & were rained on slightly. With that said it's a beautiful restaurant, great view, good food ~ our service was really slow, yet the server was nice. I recommend the pizza and vodka pasta.

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Seneca is rated 4.6 stars by 2229 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 137 times today
Google Map for Seneca

901 Bayfront Ct, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / Gaslamp

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Elegant Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    The InterContinental Hotel offers self-parking for $6 an hour as well as valet parking for $10 an hour. The entrance to the self-parking is on Bayfront Ct. We do not validate for parking.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 877-8642

  • Private party facilities

    For information on parties over 6 please reach out to Lisa Kanemori at lisa@ch-projects.com

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