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Seneca, San Diego, CA

Seneca

4.5
4.5
2076 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 105 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 six people please reach out to Hayley Porter at hayley@senecatrattoria.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

What 2,076 people are saying

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

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  1. LO

    LizbethO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a nice experience, love the arquitecture of the place and the ambience.
  2. G

    Gene

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Par Excellence from front desk, wine Somalier, waitress. Table 48 is my table. Food and experience was excellent. Gene
  3. AS

    AmyS

    Austin

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food quality is excellent. Truly enjoyed the pasta ala vodka and the mushroom pizza.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was impeccable, restaurant decor spectacular, terrace was lush and green it reminded me of Capri Italy
  5. DR

    DanielR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    I was here to celebrate my partners birthday and made a reservation ahead of time. We were seated at 9:30 right around our time and luckily the host had given us water— we waited several minutes if not upwards of 10 minutes before any server even approached our table, had several people pass by us without even looking at us. It was very busy so we weren’t too fussed with how long we had been waiting, just enjoying the ambience and the menu. When our server finally approached he was rude, and asked if we were ready to order. “no hi sorry for the wait thanks for your patience” nothing. We had looked at the menu and ordered drinks and appetizers and when we asked for recommendations he seemed annoyed that we weren’t ready with every single aspect of our meal. I get it, super busy Saturday night but like at least be human to us? We would’ve totally been fine with the wait if he had even bothered to communicate at all! Drinks and appetizers were delicious and so worth the wait, but again when it came time to order we had asked if there were any specials, again seemed annoyed at us asking any questions, and my partner had made a comment about “well it’s my birthday so Im looking for something special is there anything you can recommend as a memorable birthday meal?” he laughed, said everything is special. We ordered and food, again, was delicious and so worth everything else. I had communicated with both the host and OT that we were celebrating a birthday, we saw other tables get a little candle in the dessert and I was excited we could celebrate and I could sing happy birthday to him with his dessert. We ordered and then never saw our server again, someone else brought the dessert (yummy) but no candle, got our after dinner drinks and still never saw our server, got our check and paid and still all interactions with other people. Listen the vibe is lovely, the food is delicious, but service was very lackluster as if we didn’t matter.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, excellent food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    Overhyped, bad service, mid food. Nice for photos.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We celebrated here but the steak came out cold. Didn’t want it replaced as I felt bad but overall everything else was great
  9. KS

    KSoosh

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Dishes we had were fine. But service was just abysmal. Maybe it was his first day. But just not the level you’d expect from a place like this.
  10. J

    Joni

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh wow! What a fun & fabulous place for dinner! It was loud because everyone was having a great time celebrating a myriad of things. It was AMAZING food and you absolutely MUST have the salted caramel ice cream! Trust me, load up your dinner in a container to save room for it!
  11. C

    Coco

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The view is amazing.
  12. KR

    KatieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For my first time the food was great and the location is amazing
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was a amazing! Food was delish
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baja California

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Firts time at Seneca celebrating my birthday! Loved everything, and the food is excellent!!
  15. B

    Berkeley

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Wow what a beautiful place! Not only is the view spectacular but the decor of the restaurant is amazing! So much to look at! The food was delicious and the prices were lower that what I’d expect at such an exquisite location!
  16. MB

    MitchB

    Portland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great value, amazing location. We've eaten here a few times and will keep coming back.
  17. KW

    KevinW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Dark lighting paired with a great win selection and a good menu to match. Service was amazing as well.
  18. A

    Andrealarra

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant went truly and beyond my expectations from the location, the views and how pretty the inside of it and not to mention the great service and food was amazing
  19. JS

    JaySh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the view, and it did not disappoint. I requested a table along the outside glass edge and that’s what I got. It is priced pretty high, but my food was great and I thought of it as paying for the experience. Felt like i was in a James Bond movie. Im not any culinary expert, so to me my Mezzi Rigatoni was perfect! The portion being worth $26… Not really. But like I said, amazing views and decor.
  20. TF

    TanyaF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    The service and food were great but my only complaint is the tiny table they sat us at that felt like a kiddie table. We were celebrating my mom’s birthday and put that down under my reservation so I was expecting a real table.
  21. PO

    PatriciaO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the most dreamy birthday dinner. Absolutely wonderful time!
  22. b

    budward

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Truffle Arancini and wood fired prawns appetizers were perfect. Rigatoni and 30 layer lasagna entrees are fantastic. Specialty drinks Excellent. We brought our own wine and the corkage fee was very reasonable.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    Regresamos 4 platos de pasta, por estar frios y mal echa, estaba dura. El postre de la nonna esta realmente desabrido
  24. BA

    BennyA

    San Diego

    57 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Over rated restaurant with sub-par food and over priced drinks. Service was polite, but not on point. Pasta was smoochy and small portions for a marked up price.
  25. m

    mikeh

    Sacramento

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Great ambiance, the decor and attention to detail are some of the best in the area and the views are spectacular if outside or the classic interior design if you are dining inside Love the overall selection of food and appetizers, many options to choose from and we really like that they do the pizzas as well We love the ambiance and the food at Seneca it’s a great spot
  26. AO

    AdrianaO

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great restaurant with a great atmosphere. Our server Daniel really knew his stuff and we ended ordering some of his recommendations. Definitely make reservations.
  27. J

    Jerry

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    I love the ambience and decor of Seneca! Tat and the amazing views make for a visual treat! It was a wonderful evening -- despite the winter chill, the dining room was comfortable --even at the open-air booths along the view side. Our meals were delicious, and the service was gracious, though one of our side orders was not served until near the end of our meal. We will return!
  28. VM

    VMP27

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was absolutely AMAZING!! The seating was the unfortunate part as the tables with the best views are pretty small.
  29. p

    pedmanm

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    I went to this place on a date. Perfect spot to impress a girl. Good views. However the food and drinks are not all that. very mediocre drinks and food. However our server was cool, so overall we had a good night. definitely not a place to go for good food, as there are many places half the price with better food in SD.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience5
    A waiter hit me in the head with a plate on accident. Not a fun part of dinner
  31. BN

    BrianneN

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious - served nice and hot right to the table. The drinks were refreshing and what a great view!
  32. KK

    KaseyK

    Unspecified

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was super great! The waitress was very professional everyone was super friendly and the food was delicious 10/10
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in San Diego for overall experience. Always come here every time I’m downtown.
  34. CM

    CristinaM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Everything we ordered was delicious.
  35. D

    Disappointed

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    The server was not the nicest. When asked about suggestions, he said it really depends on what you like. The lady who would just serve water was way nicer than the food server. The tone and looks that he was giving was unbelievable, thus adding to the poor experience. Pasta came almost 30 minutes after the appetizers. Pasta ended up being very salty. Server also packed the leftover food all in one container. All the pasta combined in one container so everything was mixed. This was lasagna with carbonara. What if there was an allergy at the table? All the food to go if would have been inedible. Absolutely terrible. Restaurant was very nice but server and main entrees were extremely unsatisfactory.
  36. SM

    SarahM

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great views of the harbor, great service and very pleasant dining experience!
  37. MB

    MoBamba

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    When you get to the restaurant floor you’re welcomed by a pitch black and eerie ambience which was extremely unique and took us quite a bit to figure out where the door was. We were there for lunch so there wasn’t many people there. We were seated right away with our reservation and the server came and greeted us right away. Took them AWHILE to come back and get our order. Which seems like the norm for them. We got the food after awhile when we ordered. The food was good. Nothing spectacular. Just a normal Italian cuisine. I asked the server for cheese for our pasta and pizza and I’m not sure why that took the longest to do out of everything. At a different table the CHEF came out and grated fresh cheese on their food, but for us the server didn’t even bother she just got us some packets of cheese. Definitely a hit or miss on their service. The atmosphere there is great especially on a date. But I just wish the service matched the views
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Have been here multiple times, amazing food and an even better view of San Diego! Stunning restaurant and lovely staff.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    Asked for outdoor. Didn’t try to accommodate whatsoever. We were okay with waiting extra just to get outdoor seating.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Todo muy bien! 100% recomendado

FAQs

Seneca is rated 4.5 stars by 2076 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 105 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 six people please reach out to Hayley Porter at hayley@senecatrattoria.com

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