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Via Lago Trattoria

197 reviews
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$30 and under
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Via Lago Trattoria is open during the lunch and dinner hours. Specializing in Italian cuisine, it offers a wide selection of different pasta dishes, from lasagna to ravioli. Its pizzas in both Sicilian and margherita styles make a great snack or late-night meal. Steaks, including prime rib and filet mignon, are also signature dishes at Via Lago Trattoria.

Offering a cocktail are and patio for additional seating, Via Lago Trattoria is a suitable place to gather after work with friends or coworkers. During the week, it hosts a happy hour with special drinks and appetizers. Aside from a selection of Italian wines, several beers and martini cocktails are also included on the menu.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:30am - 3:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, FRiday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
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Phone number
(619) 216-8660
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
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Private party facilities
We have private wine room.
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Private party contact
Jan Montell: (619) 886-2099
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Cross street
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Parking details
The lot is public because we share it with Trader Joes and many other businesses.
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We have a piano player on Friday and Saturday nights.
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JeanPaul (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 15, 2016

Very disappointing. Service was more like absenteeism. Ignored most of the evening. Would and will never go back. Also interesting, the prices on the menu shown here Open Table are way less than the menu we were handed last night. Overall, just very very disappointing.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

There are several problems with this restuarant. First, the menu was not the same as that on their web site. We went there on 13 Feb and were handed a Valentine's menu with prices that were ~50% higher than on the web site. Second, the waiter made a mistake with the order and did not bring the food we ordered. Third, the tuna dish that I ordered was cool/cold. Apparently, it sat around for a while after it was cooked. Additionally, service was slow. When a restuarant charges premium prices, it should deliver premium food and service. Not so at Via Lago!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2016

Exceptional service and food quality! Consistently good!

vipOpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2016

We love coming to this restaurant! Always friendly staff, delicious food and beautiful live music keep us coming back.

Italiandinner2016 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2016

The menu list had very decent prices, the food was very good, great taste and well served (not big servings, just the right amount).

What was unexpected for me, was the music. They have a live singer, who sings any where from opera to Italian pop. He gets the people singing and laughing. Impossible not to notice the singer.

Goes along very well with the Italian menu and some wine.

My wife and I really enjoyed our visit to the restaurant and will definitely be back.

JoBaggaDonuts (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on November 16, 2015

We have been wanting to try Via Lago Trattoria for a very long time. We finally made it here to celebrate my birthday, and boy am I glad we did! The atmosphere is beautiful (and the restaurant is much bigger inside than I imagined it would be). Our server, Nicole, was as nice as can be, and very attentive to our needs. The food (all four of us ordered something different) was outstanding, and each of us said we would order it again (always a true sign that it was tasty). ;) I highly recommend the Pappardelle w/short ribs...simply delicious.
We look forward to visiting again soon...this time we'll bring some friends and come on a night when the music is playing (birthday was on a Monday, so it wasn't a "live entertainment" night). Can't wait to come back!!

MissRabbit (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on November 6, 2015

Thanks for Friday night live music. Made me forget poorly cooked vegies.

vipCynpa (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 27, 2015

This was our second visit here and the food was great. The service was a little slow, but overall dinner was great. We will be back soon.

ErickV (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

The food was delicious. Exceeded my expectations.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on September 2, 2015

The food and wine were really good. I had the Salmon dish and it was so good I finished the entire meal which is not typical for me. I had lemon cheesecake and cappacino for dessert and it was to die for! My only critism was the level of noise. They had an amazing pianist/singer but it was so loud my girlfriends and I couldn't hear each other talk. Part of going to a nice restaurant is enjoying the company of others you are with and it is difficult when the noise level is to loud. Will definitely visit again and hope they have addressed the noise.

DD83 (San Diego)
1.0  Dined on August 16, 2015

Food quality and taste very poor, service not friendly, Menu choices very limited, prices and Menu not the same as on Open Table web site. Will definitely never will go back..

Barbara (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on July 29, 2015

We were seated at a booth that should never have been used. The vinyl was considerably rippped in a least six places. Osso Buco was not available. Caesar salad was mediocre at best...not crisp; limp with only a few shavings of parmesan cheese. Bread was hot and good. Great deal on half off wine on Wednesday. Entree's were very good. Music a bit too loud. Had to yell a bit. The wait staff was very good. Overall, we will try this restaurant one more time and hope that these shortcomings will be fixed.

vipYumyum (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2015

Lovely all as usual! Marisol was a dear. Great happy hour!

JimL (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

Our reservations are on time, they were very attentive, the food was excellent. Entertainment Our reservations are on time, they were very attentive, the food was excellent. Entertainment was authentic Top notch, family feel.
Highly recommended

OpenTable Diner (Baja California)
4.0  Dined on June 12, 2015

My sister's graduation, made the night special for her by an extra something at the end. Most satisfied.

vipYumyum (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on June 8, 2015

This restaurant is truly a neighborhood gym and a favorite of mine and many of my friends. I have heard that it may be torn down to be replaced by an unneeded and redundant CVS pharmacy. Please stop this very bad idea. Via Lago would be missed and there are two pharmacies already nearby!

Josh (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 25, 2015

From the moment we walked in, the staff was friendly and accomadating. The service was wonderful. The food was delicious. We picked the perfect place for celebrating our wedding anniversary.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 21, 2015

We had dinner with friends around 8pm. Very nice ambiance. The food was so good and service was excellent. I would highly recommend this place.

LovetoTeach (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on May 16, 2015

Love everything about this place... From the time you enter til you leave, it's an experience of excellent service, tasty entrees, gourmet desserts! Love the martinis🍸Jan and her staff always make everyone feel like a VIP. Whenever I have out of town visitors, it's our evening out place. With local friends, it's our go-to Italian restaurant; and for my daughter's bridal shower it was a most wonderful afternoon event.

riccha (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on May 10, 2015

Overall, we enjoyed Mother's Day Brunch at Via Lago. Service was great and the food was very good. The live music was definitely a plus. The selection of food was good, but not great. The salad/cold food selection was mediocre. I'm kind of a food snob, so I'm being very critical. There was nothing I had/tasted that was outstanding, but there was nothing terrible either. Again, overall, it was a great brunch.