Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

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$30 and under
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Vigilucci’s Trattoria Italiana features an exceptional menu of Italian favorites, certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood. Open for over two decades, 2019 marks the 25 year anniversary of Vigilucci’s Trattoria formerly located in Encinitas. Menu highlights include many of the company’s signature dishes and a few new ones. Enjoy Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm and on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays an expanded time from 12-6pm in the bar. Happy Hour menu, to boast a few include ribs, crab cakes, Ahi Sliders and wine and drink specials. Private dining space is available for large or small groups. Our casual yet sophisticated piano bar enhances the dining experience. For off-site events and parties contact Cater@Vigiluccis.com Catering to the most discerning palates for over 20 years, Vigilucci’s catering team can custom create a unique and memorable menu for celebrating life’s special occasions.
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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Happy Holidays from Vigilucci's. We will offer several of our signature entrees, seasonal specials, a prix fixe menu and a la carte options. Warm and inviting with ample space for the whole family. Something to please every palate including a kids menu. Buon Appetito!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in 2020 New Years and enjoy a complimentary glass of Prosecco with a 3 course prix fixe menu. The Executive chef team at Vigilucci 's will also create it's signature entrees and seasonal a la carte specials. Live piano tunes on main floor in door dining room. Cottage and courtyard rms available

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 650 People Are Saying
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OT
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a duel birthday celebration and a cancer celebration.

The room was quaint, but the table was a little small for all of us and 1 person didn’t make it.

The service was amazing and our waitress was on it for a busy night.

The food was delicious as usual. All the wine we picked was delicious also.

RE
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place- upscale but quaint- family friendly.

F
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved Vigilucci's! They have authentic Italian food which is hard to find. The ravioli and the lasagna are a must to try. If you don't eat meat try their grilled vegetable plate. There is something for everyone! You have to save room for dessert...it's worth it :) The calzone with Nutella and berries are should be illegal. It's that good!! The atmosphere is warm and inviting especially with the holiday decorations.

TC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food outstanding and inventive beautifully presented

Was lively and high energy so some slowness in service and initial wine delivery
After was very attentive

However very noisy and difficult for an intimate conversation

Maitre’d was real “Italiano paisano”!

MC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic seafood ravioli! Nice wine list. Great service

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Friends anniversary

JZ
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food; great service and caring staff. I had the Chicken Parmigiana entrée, which was fabulous. Also, the bartender the Robertini was a perfect martini! Great dinner!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Start to finish a fun and warming experience. Greeted immediately and made to feel welcome. Excellent waiter and service. Loved the ambiance of a piano player. Definitely will be coming back when in the area.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great date night spot! Charming ambience, beautiful presentation, and Italian food that tastes straight from Italy.

R
San Diego
127 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

as always, we had a fantastic dinner and enjoyed the music. excellent pasta, appetizers and desserts. great wine selection.

TR
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Love this place! Spectacular house made pastas and one of the most amazing ciopinnos on the planet! The service is always very good. Tonight, Carmella took very good care of us! A must when you’re in the neighborhood!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great ambiance and good music with the piano player! Awesome staff members!

PB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food does not live up to ambiance

H
Portland
39 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Second time we requested a particular table, but not saved for us. Restaurant was not busy!

G
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

And absolutely fantastic meal. Fantastic server. Great piano player. Had a wonderful evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a beautiful evening with background piano music. It was wonderful with amazing food! And great service!

PK
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The appetizer salad with the mozerela cheese ball is the best, and so was the fried calamari! For entries, we enjoyed the lasagna, pizza and creme brulee for desert. Paired with a nice pinot noir, the food was among the best we have ever had, and amazing service as well. This is definitely our new favorite Italian restaurant, and we cannot recommend it highly enough.

DA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Maybe. We were there on a Monday date night, and ordered two date night specials and a pear salad, which we split. Our pear salad was good, but small for two and overpriced at $16.00. The house red wine offered with the special was fine.

However, the pasta on my wife's ravioli was "al dente," but the upper decorative parts were too thick and difficult to chew. They've changed the recipe since we were here last, when the pasta was flatter and thinner. The flavor was good, though, and the portion size adequate.

I had a filet on polenta with asparagus. Again, the flavor was good, but they were a little skimpy on the ingredients: probably 1/4 pound of the steak, at most; the polenta was good, but a smallish rectangle about 1/4" thick by 2" by about 6"; the baby asparagus was fine, but there could have been a bit more of it.

To sum it up, the food was tasty and fresh, with the negatives as noted. We felt it was a bit pricy.

k
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant is beautiful. Interesting lighting, comfortable seating. Stunning glass pieces from Murano as authentic Italian decor. Attentive waitstaff. Delicious salads and appetizers. The burratta was fresh and creamy. The papparedelle with mushroom and scallops was fresh and well spiced. The salmon was a little dry and didn’t go well with the roasted potatoes, but still delicious. The live piano player was a highlight and made the whole experience even more special.

GH
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The food at best was sub-par. The staff was friendly and the general ambiance wasn't terrible, but the truffle oil pasta we ordered only tasted like truffle oil and nothing else. The lasagna wasn't too special either. Maybe one shouldn't visit during restaurant week.

DP
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

We love Vigilucci’s - had a very poor waiter this time.

HE
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Stopped for lunch on our way to the airport. Our server was very attentive. Food was brought out quickly. Soup was popping hot as it should be. Over all a very good experience.

y
Phoenix
54 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there again fo r dinner. Sat outside next to the sidewalk watching all the pretty people walk by...wonderful! Giacomo, Andrea and Matteo made me feel welcome as always. A great Caesar salad followed Pollo Rustico-roasted chicken served over s vegetable and sausage has with roasted potatoes. An outstanding glass of Italian red to go with it. Can't wait to go back!

d
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and ambience. Classy establishment!

OT
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Fabulous sunset. Excellent service and food. Michelin star quality food IMHO

N
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious... timing of the meal was a little off, some dishes came quickly and then we waited a while for our main course. Otherwise, lovely experience!!

SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Great place but food last night was below par. Maybe too crowded? Staff was great as always.

OT
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Outstanding food and wonderful ambiance and table presentation!

JL
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was horrible. We got tired of waiting for a drink and eventually let our server know we were leaving.

OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinner- very nice wine list.

KS
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and we really enjoyed the piano player.

SE
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got to listen to live piano player and our food was amazing.

JD
San Diego
52 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service and ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family and I had an amazing experience at this restaurant. The food was absolutely amazing, and the service was fantastic. We wanted to do something special, which we don’t always get the chance to do, and we are so glad we did. We live in Los Angeles County, and we will be returning to this restaurant even though it is in Carlsbad near San Diego. We want to make this a tradition and take a drive down there, go to the beach for a while, and then finish the day at this wonderful restaurant before heading home. We will definitely be back. By the way, the piano player was excellent, I thoroughly enjoyed

G
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh homemade pasta with very flavorful sauces. Some of the best Italian I’ve had. Service is prompt, friendly and helpful.

OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A memorable family dining experience!

BC
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, fun atmosphere. Good for a special night out

DY
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Dinner with friends

A
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience3

*Love this restaurant and food! Waiters are extremely handsome! service spot on -very attentive. noise level a bit too 2decimals high. I only say that because the piano bar is A bit too high for conversation inside.at a table so chose outside seating Suggestion: hostess Should wear a classier attire —-Sunday evening to fit with the restaurant rating. I say this because she looked like she was Called into work without changing from the beach -flimsy dress sticking to inside rear end parts

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