Trattoria I Trulli

4.6
294 reviews
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Trattoria i Trulli in Encinitas, CA is proud to offer high quality, wholesome food to people in the area. The eatery also has a range of wines from which you can choose on the menu. Some of the great antipasti on the menu include the bruschetta, filet mignon, fried eggplant, calamari, smoke salmon, fried eggplant, fresh fruit and more.



Trattoria i Trulli has quite a few pasta options, too. You can enjoy the ravioli, lasagna, penne, rigatoni, fettucine and linguini. Fish and meat options are available on the menu, as well. Do not forget to have something sweet to finish off your meal at Trattoria i Trulli.


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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, as usual.

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Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The was my second time to dine at I Trulli: the other being 6 months ago. Both time the experience was that of an authentic Italian trattoria with a neighborhood feel, warm reception, attentive but not intrusive service and excellent food. I enjoyed their cioppino and it is my favorite version in California from San Diego to San Francisco. It is filled with generous amounts of fresh shellfish, calamari and fresh catch with a slightly spicy tomato broth. On this occasion they were serving a special dessert: limoncello tiramisu. It was delicious and refreshing. I was also treated well as a single diner. It is a small space and so the noise level can be lively. I look forward to my next visit to the area!

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the ravioli was ridiculously good. Can’t say I’ve tried anything else, but when it’s on that level, what’s the point?

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JJ
Naples
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cute decor. Excellent food and waiters are great.

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C
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent and prices not extravagent. My one concern was feeling rushed by wait staff which impacted the overall ambiance of the evening for me. It was a busy Saturday evening and I underestand they were trying to turn over tables quickly, and provide quick customer service, but the way they were swooping up dishes to and from our table quite often (almost overkill!) and repeatedly asking us if we have any questions before ordering, just made for a very rushed experience. We were with another couple and trying to enjoy the experience. But I would definitely return and recommend to others.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "go-to" favorite restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent, the tables on the front porch are great for people watching, and Luka (our favorite waiter) always provides the best service. I would always recommend this place to others!

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C
Salt Lake City
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go every summer! The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The food is excellent and my favorite is the calamari followed by the rack of lamb. The price is appropriate for the amount of food and quality.

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J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly empty at lunch. Food and service were good. Has always been consistently good food.

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FF
New Mexico
3 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was very accommodating and good! We will be back!

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

Our party of 6 thoroughly enjoyed our dinner. The service was both friendly and efficient, and the food excellent. The antipasto platter was a universal hit (fried artichokes!), and then all 6 of us loved our individual choices of pastas and other main dishes. We dined early, when the noise level was low; it rose as the place filled but still was fine for conversation. Having dined recently at a more pretentious local Italian restaurant, I have to say that the food at I Trulli is far superior.

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JA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I Trulli is consistently excellent. We have been dining here for years and have always received attentive and friendly service, and great food.

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LF
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Small place, but everything was amazing! You feel like family. The service was awesome and the food, superb! Highly recommend it...

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LL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was excellent! The food was soooo good! Definitely would recommend!

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San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Way too noisy. While I know it’s what people want nowadays, but hard to carry a conversation. Friendly service and good ambience. The tri-colori salad was delicious, the main courses were just not up to par. My salmon was very blah; tasted my husband’s pasta which likewise was uninspired. A friends’ chicken breast was decent but it was simple enough. Need to up their game in the culinary department.

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PJ
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our go-to restaurant for date night — best all around Italian restaurant for quality of food, ambience and service. We have never been disappointed!

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New Orleans
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Waiter was very sweet. Had a nice evening.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! So glad you take reservations on open table! Haven’t been to restaurant for years due to no reservations on the weekends. We will be back soon.

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m
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great wine recommendation, great service. Room was a little loud.

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D
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful anniversary dinner at Trattoria I Trulli.... the service was amazing, the entire team was so friendly and super attentive, we had a delicious meal... highly recommend the Mellenzane and Filet Gorgonzola!! We were made to feel so welcome and will be back on a regular basis!
(The only miss on their part was that we mentioned it was our anniversary when we made our reservation and they did not acknowledge this...so if this important to you, you may want to remind them or make a special plan)

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MW
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place in a quaint setting with solid food and reasonably priced wine...

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San Diego
72 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat outside. Good plan. Much quieter. Inside ambiance very loud. The food is very good. Probably the best in Encinitas. Plenty of good choices and wine options. Gem.

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M
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service & food exquisite! It’s very loud, but if you know that going in and don’t expect some quiet romantic date — you’re good. Will definitely be back

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CO
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time on our last visit. We had a very friendly welcome and the food was fantastic. We visit I Trulli on Birthdays and Anniversaries .... this one time was special, my wife and I celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.... we were treated with a festive mode by staff and given a delicious desert on the house ... all in all a great afternoon dining experience .. :-)
C. & G. Ortuño

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l
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All 4 of us had different menu items. My husband had great osso bucco and I had their salmon (one of my favorite preparations) with mushrooms and artichoke hearts. My sister and her husband both had different pastas. We all took left-overs home as portions are generous. We enjoyed a good Italian cabernet. They brought the two men a yummy cake as a birthday treat. Always a treat to eat here!

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j
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always food and service to perfection. Our server, Luca is the best in North County.

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FG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Been going here a lot of years and always enjoyed the experience.

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LF
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our entrees were yummy but the caprese salad was average.

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DC
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We've been happy with Trulli probably 19 out of 20 visits. May be a different staff on Mondays as we had one iffy meal on a monday. This visit was excellent

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San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wonderful service. Very nice night

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Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food here is always amazing!

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MH
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It is a small restaurant serving southern Italian food with a wide variety of choices. The sausage meat is fantastic. Salad dressing is homemade as is all of their pastas which are done to al dente perfection. A large selection of wines by the glass and a large bottle menu to match. A great place for date night or to bring out-of-town guests.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Quieter spot for delicious Italian food. Was skeptical of this place for a while just because it’s never packed but it was nothing short of excellent!

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San Diego
38 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

I recommend it for quantity and values.
Our waiter couldn't get the order or the bill right. Couldn't bring 4 glasses of wine to the table at the same time. Forgot what we ordered.
Place is always noisy but years back the food was amazing. Bolanese was tasteless the fishes uninspiring and lacked flavor. Just a lot of it.

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J
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Small and charming. Bar only seats 4 and the dinning room is a little crowded. Outside seating is also small and right on the street. Good menu with lots of choices. Great pours on wine by the glass.

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k
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant brings Italy to California. The pasta is so fresh, like Momma just made it at home. 5 stars plus from the restaurant, servers food, ambiance. The best. Definitely make the trip to I. Trulli. It is worth the drive.

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San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome.

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DM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food great as always. Eggplant appetizer. Very accommodating.
My only disappointment was because i completed the special occasion info on open table that we were visiting from philadelphia and it was our anniversary that day and it was not at all acknowledged. Didn't feel good. Food was and always has been excellent though.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Luca, our waiter, was fabulous!

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PK
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been going to I Trulli for about 20 years. Their food has always been consistently delicious and their service is great as well. It just gets very packed and noisy when it is full and being as good as they are, they are always packed. We'll keep going.

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is consistently delicious. I have never been disappointed in anything I’ve ordered. One of my favorite dishes is the pesto pasta with potatoes and green beans. It’s hard not to order it every time I go

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