Trattoria Don Pietro

4.5
150 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
With a menu of Sicilian specialties made from locally sourced, organic and sustainable products, expect to find only the highest quality Italian imported goods at Trattoria Don Pietro. The restaurant encompasses an open kitchen, a ten seat bar with a television featuring Serie A as well as outdoor patio seating.


Trattoria Don Pietro offers an array of house-made pasta dishes native to Sicily and shareable authentic Sicilian street food appetizers such as Sfincione, a rich and tasty Sicilian style pizza. Trattoria Don Pietro offers an assortment of Vegan and Gluten Free options alongside our regular menu. Brunch and Sicilian-Style Taco Tuesdays to come soon after our grand opening.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 150 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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4.2
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Noise · Moderate
78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food4service4ambience3

Food was decent and the ambience is very contemporary but the noise level was deafening. We had to move outside because it was impossible to have a conversation. Great energy but please turn the volume down.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food5service1ambience3

Service was terrible, food was delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Such a great place, the staff is so accommodating and polite. Definitely coming back. The owner is delicious! 😜

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant & excellent food. Service was lacking. They brought our main courses while we were still eating our salads. They literally moved plates around & left them. We felt extremely rushed. It was not relaxing at all. It felt like they just wanted to turn the table over. If they have a time limit for each res, they should tell you upfront you have this table for X amount of time. The waiter actually seemed irritated when we ordered dessert.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was amazing and so was our server Vito, we will look forward to go again!

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Nikita
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience1

Being seated indoors was loud and dark like a club. The food was good. The ambience wasn’t great

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience1

Noisy
Mediocre service
Food average
Don’t bother

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EmilyPG
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was FANTASTIC and the service was friendly and quick. We ate in the outdoor dining area…. It’s beautiful! Highl recommend this restaurant.

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vipRexB
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was excellent, lasagna and the wedge salad. Good lemonade also. Service was efficient and friendly.

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ThereseG
San Diego
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was very impressed food was amazing and service was 100%

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JohnE
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great romantic restaurant. Pietro & Joe are great hosts. Fun night out for all. Great to have this Italian option in old Town San Diego.

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VanessaB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

The ambience was so pretty very aesthetically pleasing her, however the food did not match the vibe of the restaurant. The calamari had zero flavoring, the gnocchi came out cold, the pizza was average. The drinks however are very good, our server was doing the best he could however you you can tell that his hands were full with the many other tables he had. However the food is the reason why we will not be back.

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vipRebeccaK
Las Vegas
43 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Dinner was to celebrate the end of the school year for my daughter and Memorial Day weekend. When we got there, I felt a little out of place with my daughter (she is 11 years old) as it felt like we were at a nightclub because of the loud music. Then another table with two children much younger were seated right next to us.
That un-easy feeling didn’t last too long. We made the best of it and enjoyed our evening. The food and service was good and we had a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun atmosphere and great service! Our waitress was so nice and checked on us frequently. Will definitely go back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Hadn’t seen my friends in 2yrs and picked this location because it’s trendy and super cute looking. We were seated inside and the music was so loud we we couldn’t have any conversation. I must have said “Excuse me” or “I can’t hear you” about 20x throughout our 1.5hr dinner. I ordered the gnocchi and was so disappointed. I had originally picked the lobster ravioli but the waiter suggested the gnocchi, I should have stuck to what I originally chose. Super cute place for gram pics and cute drinks but the food left me wanting more and salt because everything was insanely under seasoned.

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TonyP
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best service & food!

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vipaaaa
New Orleans
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent across the board. No other place in old town can compare. Truly memorable. A must for anyone in San Diego

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Anonymous
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was bland, pricey for the quality but good size portion, service was ok, did not check if we need water during during or anything else.

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AmioT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was exceptional.

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vipGiovanni
San Diego
34 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I had really high expectations for this place after the much televised publicity. Service was OK, had reservations but had to wait for a table. The server worked really hard to accommodate us, and comped us a dessert in the end. Ate the calamari, salad, pizza, and the Chilean Seabass.The food was ok at best, in my opinion did not live up to the Busalacchi’s reputation.

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Teeny
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service, decor, atmosphere. The pistachio spaghetti was sensational. My friend had the pork chop it was delicious and juicy.

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williams
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Ravioli had good flavor, however too much sauce not enough substance. I shouldn’t finish my meal in 8 minutes. More pasta please

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Pete
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Well dinner was underwhelming. When we arrived we were greeted by a lovely hostess, Destiny. She told us our table would be ready in a few moments. We went to the bar and ordered our drinks from their rookie bartender , Jacob. After a few consultations with a fellow at the bar he brought our drinks. We commented on the upbeat music and finished our drinks and were shown our table. Them restaurant wasn't busy . Our waiter , Roserio arrived and after some chit chat he took our order. This is where things changed . Instead of some light up beat background music it was like we where back in the 70' disco. The volume increased dramatically and the lights started flashing. When we asked about the change we were told the owner was young and that's what he liked. All that noise essentially took away our appetite and when the food arrived we were thankful we didn't have to wait much longer here in Studio 54. We ate and left

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VeronicaR
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back to try other items from the menu.

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Kenna
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE this place! The staff is amazing. Jacob is our favorite bartender. This place has become a family favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience! Made our reservation and it was on point! We will be back!

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SEANP
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall3food1service2ambience5

It was the KUSI event night and it was awesome. The restaurant was good overall and we really enjoyed it.
Considerations for the owner:
1. I had filet mignon @40 it was a steak, 4 hard carrots that you couldn't cut, and a piece of broccoli. The filet mignon was terrible but I ate it as I was hungry, the table was booked for 8pm and mainly due to the event it was 10pm when the food was served.
2. my wife had the salmon @$27 and it was overcooked, and again the same as above for the vegetables.
3. the bar service was terrible as there was only one full-time and one half-time serving for a big event. The part time guy was giving a couple/friends free drinks and taking shots with them as opposed to serving. The full time guy was awesome coping with working single-handed
4. A 3 sided bar, if you were on the sides you didn't get served, so you had to wait for a space at the center of the long side to have a chance.

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JohnS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great charity event. Great food. Nice to see people out and about.

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davidm
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The owner was attentive, pleasant, and very hands on - even bussing tables. This was a charity event, and the restaurant was so generous. Excellent spot.

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Alnjo
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

music too loud indoors. with crowd couldnt talk with people across table

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vipRonn5
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to a fundraiser at this restaurant. The food was fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff and tasty food. Short braised rib was great.

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MiguelL
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went for the first time as a mothers day celebration. The menu was prefixed which was ok for those who like everything but for the one like my daughter who only.limes pasta was a very poor selection. Only one choice so she en up asking for the sauce.on the side and the spaghetti was just butter with pasta for $25, a costly pasta plate. Everything else was good, the cocktail “sexy blond” was good, and my food choices were Excellent and delicious. And desserts were delicious too.

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Midwestgirl
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We went for Mother's Day. There was a special limited menu for the day. There wasn't a single kid friendly option and we were told there were no substitutions allowed. Our waitress finally was able to get the kitchen to agree to doing two plates of plain spaghetti. Those cost $20 each. I was disappointed that a specific Mother's Day restaurant menu had no kid friendly options.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Mother’s Day

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We started with the pizza appetizer. The dough was delicious, and the best part of the meal. The sauce was overly sweet. We also ordered parmesan truffle fries. The fries came out limp, and were lacking in both truffle and parm. My wife ordered a glass of red wine and my son and I soft drinks and iced tea. These were ordered with the appetizer. It was the last wine and tea we would receive throughout the meal, as the server never asked if we wanted more over the next hour. My son did receive a refill on his soft drink. For entrees we ordered the spaghetti with pistachio cream sauce, lobster ravioli, lasagna with sugu sauce, and braised short ribs. The spaghetti noodles themselves were nice, but the sauce was thick and flavorless, rather than a nice cream. The lobster ravioli was ok, and the sauce for it was again overly sweet. It also had some shrimp that were added in, but I’m not sure why. The tails were left on the shrimp. The is ok for a Shrimp dish where the shrimp is visible (scampi, grilled shrimp, etc), but not in an opaque thick sauce. The lasagna was so-so with again, overly sweet sauce. For some reason this sauce and the sauce of the lobster ravioli also reminded me of something jarred or canned for some reason. The short rib was just ok. It came with a side of risotto, which was just swimming in the sauce that was poured over the short ribs. Everything was missing salt. There was also no salt on the table. There was also no offer of parmesan. All dishes were either bland or sweeter than they should have been. Our server was nice, but not as attentive as we would have liked. The lack of a second beverage throughout the meal being the main pain point there. We sat outside and the constructed outdoor seating was done very well. The music was modern and a little louder than I would like for a restaurant (I like it loud usually), but maybe it was there attempt to block out street noise. It wasn’t awful, just disappointing.

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DavidB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was there for Mother’s Day and the food, service, and atmosphere was perfect. The food is great along with a varied variety. Server and staff were all very friendly. Only suggest, turn the music down for indoor dining...a bit too loud. I’ll come back for sure.

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vipEdgarE
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

NO PARKING 1 PERSON ON VALET FOR PARKING NO ONE WAS HELPING WITH THIS MATTER

DID NOT SIT US CUSTOMER SERVICE SUCKS!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tim was an excellent server!!! We wanted to try everything but he was able to help us narrow down some amazing choices. We can’t thank you enough Tim!

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CraigM
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had the meatballs, very tasty, could only eat one, enough for lunch the next day. The ambiance is great, sat outside, nice patio. The staff is great, really take care of you. Will be back.

FAQs

Trattoria Don Pietro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-7205.

Trattoria Don Pietro is rated 4.5 stars by 150 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.