Trattoria Ponte Vecchio

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293 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Trattoria Ponte Vecchio offers a robust selection of dishes from all regions of Italy with a touch of flavor from NY. In addition to the authentic and regional dishes of Italy, Chef Rob prepares specials like risotto, ossobuco, pork chop and fresh fish of the day with rustic and old roman style sauces.

If you do not see your desired reservation time, please call the restaurant directly to see if they can accommodate your request.

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Complimentary specials

Daily Happy Hour 4:30PM-6PM

Join us daily Sunday - Thursday from 4:30pm - 6pm for some great wine, beer, sangria, appetizers, and early dinner menu HAPPY HOUR.

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vipKathyB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We normally love the food here. This night was terrible. Cold pasta and cold chicken piccata—they heated it but pasta was still cool and chicken was so tough I could not cut it with a serrated knife. We had taken friends who had never been there before, and we had said how good it was, so it was particularly disappointing. They presented a gratis dessert, but that didn’t make up for the lousy dinner.

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GeraldV
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a sumptuous Valentine's meal at Trattoria Ponte Vecchio. The food was, as always, prepared well, tasty, served hot and in a timely manner. The waitperson was friendly and helpful, with a bit of wit too. The owner stopped by to see how we were doing, very friendly and personable man. It's are go to restaurant for special occasions and to take friends for a great meal.

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wkstevens
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful Del Mar neighborhood Italian trattoria. The food was wonderful, baked seafood with shrimp, scallops and lobster and short rib ravioli. Nice selections of Italian wines as well. Definitely one of our couple of favorite restaurants in the Del Mar area.

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vipHeatherC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is delicious!

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Overcooked
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service. Authentic Italian food with a flair. Caesar salad was totally legit. Ravioli perfect.

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MarkM
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reservations: Easy via Open Table.
Ambiance: Great. Felt right at home. Restaurant is small and intimate. Not noisy.
Food excellent although pasta is not made in-house.
Cappacino was a little weak. Not much coffee flavor.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was seated immediately, orders were taken promptly & food was on the table in less than 15 minutes of us arriving. Absolutely pristine restaurant with excellent service.

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Kwame
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Amazing food with great service. Nice environment. Food was out in no time

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vipMichaelS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My food was inedible. Had to scrape off the sauce. One of our party had to send hers back. Delivered incorrectly! Next table over also had problems. Sent food back twice.
Why am I not getting points for my Open Table booking?

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JPL779
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I have been here before. The Veal Parmigiana was superb!!!Today there was NO veal on the menu!!! The waitress said the new owners wanted to be more vegan. I will not be back, and I will tell all my friends my disappointment !!!!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place. Good service. I had bruschetta (very good, but needs a couple more pieces of bread), Caesar salad (very good), and chicken Marsala (very good, will order again!).

My wife ordered the vegan chicken Marsala, and while it had the same flavors, the Beyond Meat chicken product was just ok. We’re big fans of their “beef” product, but the chicken, not so much. If the patties could be thinner it would help. It was just too much Beyond product.

We’ll go back for more exploring the vegan menu here. Very happy to see they’re working to serve the plant based customers!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place

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vipSybil2
Vancouver
25 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was New Years Eve.... great ambiance in the restaurant.... really didn’t like the small table tucked away in the corner by the bar. Charming owner though tried to convince me otherwise. Sea bass beautiful and eggplant bruschetta interesting. Super restaurant!

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vipLove2Dine
San Diego
43 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This has to be one of the worst places to dine. The food used to be pretty good, but the customer service is beyond disgraceful. A while back we went in when it first got under the new ownership and there were a few bumps (which is to be expected / okay) when taking over a new venue. When we provided honest feedback, we were branded as "rude". That was silly, but whatever, we gave it a few more chances, and it seemed to be getting better. So we thought. Our last experience will certainly be our last experience. The service was beyond rude, and the food was horrible (we think on purpose). Some of the staff actually picked an argument with us, and told us "nobody wants to wait on you, anyway". Are you kidding me? In what professional establishment do you talk to guests like this? If we were being mouthy or causing a scene, that is one thing, but nothing like that has ever happened. Now it is true that we did ask for something that used to be on the menu that no longer is available. The server said they could /would not do it. I asked her if she could at least ask the Chef. She said she would not ask him because he was "too busy" Too busy? You can't even ask him? Too busy to cook food or for a question? This is a small restaurant that was not even close to full that night. When the "chef" came out to speak to us, the server lied/denied what she said and it just snowballed from there. Just an awful experience.
They are very rude and entitled here. If you provide any feedback that is not positive, you go on "their list" apparently. I would have much rather been told we were not welcome, than to be sat down and verbally abused. It is completely unacceptable, and I would encourage anyone that wants to be treated with any type of courtesy to go elsewhere. There are many restaurants that will treat you nicely. I did email the owner to try and talk this through, but he never responded.

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vipBernieS
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here the service is great it’s one of our favorite restaurants.

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vipSoheilB
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place

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vipjazzmo
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice atmosphere. Cozy and romantic. Great food.

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SkipH
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! We had a very enjoyable evening. Their menu invites you to try something a little different. And I was not disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A small intimate atmosphere. Food was delish. Very good service. Can't beat it!

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vipDori
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some dishes were good, and the service was nice, but I was disappointed with the Truffle pasta.
Since there are not many places that serves truffle pasta, I was looking forward to trying it there.
It was a pasta with mushroom cream sauce with hardly a flavor of truffle...

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vipmaad
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is always great in this comfy neighborhood restaurant. Service is friendly and informal. Keep it a secret from big San Diego.

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vipjackb
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This restaurant has consistently good food with fresh ingredients.

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vipBobman
San Francisco
109 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Dinner with a friend was good, help was a bit slow on a Friday night. Nice wine selection. Some prices reasonable for salads, etc. Plates of pasta were $9 - $10 higher than other local restaurants.

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BEja
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Wonderful southern Italian fare. Variety of red sauces not easy to find in San Diego. Lots of pasta dishes. Cesar salad dry. Chianti surprisingly good. Prefer tastier, crunchier crust on bread.

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nancifromlamesa
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was out third trip to Trattoria Ponte Vecchio and it was wonderful each and every time. We like to sit on the covered patio. Our waitress is the same each time and we enjoy her. She is personable and professional at the same time. Very friendly and welcoming, My husband is hooked on the Italian Sandwich. I have gotten the Chicken Parm Sandwich, the eggplant plate and the Pollo Parm plate all were very good. We do recommend trying them out.

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KathyF
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was outstanding as well as the service! We will be back next time we are in San Diego! Highly recommend.

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madrina2gael
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There's a sense of being in a European cafe at Trattoria Ponte Vecchio that's noticed by every friend we've brought here. There are lots of options for vegetarians, the food is delicious (I am a vegetarian, so can't comment on other dishes) and there are varied wine options. Some of the dishes could be a bit more plentiful (ravioli!), but most portions are well sized and beautifully seasoned. The view during the day is lovely, looking out over the Torrey Pines Lagoon, and the lunch specials are superb.

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patrish
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was delicious, but poor service. Server was below standard. Never greeted, had to ask for water more than once, plates picked up after requesting service.

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DonaldW
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is excellent. Ambiance, food, service, wine...all top notch.

My girlfriend and I were staying nearby and wanted Italian for dinner, so we made a reservation. The place is small, which makes the atmosphere a lot more personal, in my opinion. She had the Shrimp Scampi and I had the Lasagna. The food took a little while to prepare, which is expected being as the meals are entirely prepared from scratch. When it came out, it was hot, flavorful & fair sized. Not too much, but definitely enough to fill one up.

Definitely a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was very good. Food was ok.

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JillH
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They offer many choices for food and drinks for happy hour. The Cabernet was very good. The pear gorgonzola salad with sustainably sourced salmon was delicious. The eggplant parmiagiana was also very good. The wait staff is attentive without being intrusive. Very cute place!

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DanK
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The bread was stale and beet salad was an arugula salad with a few strips of beet. Everything else was good.

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vipDelMartian
San Diego
109 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Being vegan, we are very happy that Trattoria Ponte Vecchio has quite a few vegan dinner options and in their own section so that a "hunt" isn't necessary. The drink options and wine list are extensive with lots to choose from.

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Bamber
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Intimate, excellent food.

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Hungrylass
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Got last minute table on Open table. Seated in the back near Noisy waiter station(probably due to last minute reservations) Extra dry basic bread came late, after salad. Entrees were good, good size portions. Gnocchi good but not great. Bolognese pasta was good but not the meat sauce flavor I'm aquainted with. Server was great. Will return to try other dishes.

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vipStranman
San Diego
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was slow

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vipAngel
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The shorter of the two receptionists was really rude and questioned that we actually had a reservation and looked at us like we were lying after a very friendly gal had already checked us in and quickly verified our reservation. We sat at the table for 20 minutes before our waitress came to our table to take a drink order and then the drink wasn’t brought to the table until our dinners were brought to the table.

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JayM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a view over Torrey Pines marshes, really awesome at night when the train goes by, looks like it is floating on air.....

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John
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Been here before. Food was fine. They had an “off” night. Really off.

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vipSunshine
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and environment for casual 1:1 business meeting.

FAQs

Trattoria Ponte Vecchio does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Trattoria Ponte Vecchio also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 259-9063.

Trattoria Ponte Vecchio is rated 4.3 stars by 293 OpenTable diners.

Trattoria Ponte Vecchio does offer gift cards which you can purchase here http://www.pvdelmar.com.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.