Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

4.6
856 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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, made from scratch pastas, salads, steaks, seafood, pizzas and calzones. 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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

We enjoy this restaurant every time we go. This Thursday night, the service was lacking attention. The first thing was that no one greeted us at the table for awhile. Then, the server brought over 5 lukewarm glasses of bad tasting water with no ice. I asked for him to change the waters out and the server did. The food was delicious. Better than I had expected. Since the service was so slow, we had a 3 hour dinner. My Mom is 93 and was very tired. The good thing about the service being slow was that we had a very long visit with old friends. I will eat there again and have the veal with porcini mushrooms. The food is good.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and was a great experience like pre pandemic times.
The food was excellent. The only problem was I ate too much. Thanks.

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vipWillM
Orange County
16 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another great dinning experience at Vigilucci’s. This was our first dinner back since COVID, 2020. They did not miss a beat with a great meal and excellent service from Alexis. Many more dinners at Vigilucci’s ahead in 2021. Bravo

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
32 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was excellent. We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Solid food but absolutely terrible service which started with the hostess who seemed to be put out by our arrival. Nice waiter, but took 25 mins for first bread serving as a basic example. When we asked for a second serving of bread, after agreeing to a $5 (!!!) up charge, it never actually came. Throughout the experience, minimal attention and generally a poor experience. Too bad but we won’t return.

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JOHNC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to all the Vigilucci restaurants and this one is my favorite because you get the same outstanding food without the crazy crowd.

JS
vipJayS
San Diego
50 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The food and service are consistently great. It feels like family when we are here. Great job Vigilucci’s!

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vipKerry
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing and was only shadowed by the food! The menu is extensive and the food, while a little pricey, was simply amazing! The Caprese was made with the freshest ingredients and just made us pause with every bite. The salad, with organic greens and luscious pear and Gorgonzola cheese sprinkled throughout was perfect!

The ravioli was perfect! We ordered it with marinara and asked for a side of pesto - the combination was ideal We finished with desert, something we normally pass on but the lava cake sounded so good... and it was simply the best we've EVER had!

In all, our patio table with the cool night air and the smell of night blooming jasmine made the the perfect setting for a date night dinner! We'll be back soon!

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vipPatrickS
Toledo
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was surprisingly quick for how busy they were. Excellent Italian food. Will definitely visit again next time we are in the area.

JJ
vipJesperJ
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

The artichoke was tasteless and uninventive. The rocket and mushroom salad had older Rucola and the portabella mushroom was only so so. The worst was however the clam and mussel appetizer that was really bad. Been to this restaurant many times and they must have gotten a new chef Really poor and I won’t be coming back

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Kitkat99
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there to celebrate my birthday and this was the first time we've eaten at a restaurant for over a year. As always, Vigilucci's was a superb dining experience. We went early so it would be quieter and not so busy. Very relaxing to sit outside and be nicely spaced away from other diners. Also appreciated the plexiglass dividers in-between larger groups. The service was attentive and friendly, the food was scrumptious and fresh, and the wine was excellent. A great birthday celebration!

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vipAnnie
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining here. Eduardo was a wonderfully attentive and efficient server. Unfortunately, the kitchen ran out of my favorite gnocchi dish this time, but the substitution was also tasty. See you next time!

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vipcindal
San Diego
21 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Never have been in the back room and it was terrific. Quiet and wonderful.

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vipashleym
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this location more so than the others . Never had a bad meal or service . The white pizza is to die for !

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vipKennyKaz
Indiana
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service was excellent. They paid attention to their guests!

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RosalieC
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Pricing is in the high end.

Ambiance is great but the quality of food was not worth the price

JH
JoelH
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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vipMary
San Diego
113 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Food was great and it is a beautiful place. Our server seemed distracted.

MW
MichaelW
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Seated right away. A little on the pricey side, but for Mother's Day, didn't really care.

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ShannonB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I was disappointed. I thought the sauce was way to over powering for my scallop dish, but my date's chicken Parm was good

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Rtot2002
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place. Always delivers a nice experience.

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BrieS
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food here was absolutely amazing. Our service could have been a little better but for he most part it was a lovely evening.

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MeghanG
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We felt the service could have been better. We were celebrating my dads birthday. Just slightly disappointed. Also, the food wasn’t that hot. There was steam coming from the top, but once you started to dig in, it definitely wasn’t that hot. We were never offered bread. We had to ask. I’ve been to viggilucci’s in the past and I always remember being offered bread. I prefer the other locations. I think the service is so much better.

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vipMona
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Greta food. Great service.

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vipSusanH
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vigilucci's is a nice unpretentious upscale Italian restaurant. I have been going here for years and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service. The food is excellent with a good variety of choices. Post-covid menu has slightly less choices but everything we have tried is excellent. The quality of the food is important of course but equally as important is the service. The service here is courteous but not overly effusive which is really refreshing. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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KimC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!! The live music was great and we just had a fabulous dinner and experience.

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vipPDUB
Orange County
9 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding place to go for any occasion. Took a date. Valet service was second to none. Driving up makes you feel special. The outdoor hostess to great you because of covid was a nice touch. A great seating area to wait outside. Inside hostess, on top of their game. Richard was our server. All over it! The food was the best I have seen and tasted. You will not be disappointed. Promise.

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eatingout
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Especially for special occasions. Food is perfect, service wonderful. Only complaint is that it is quite pricey, but I guess thats what you pay for

JP
vipJeanetteP
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

The patio seating was very noisy and not a great experience

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vipRusry11
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! We got the fried calamari appetizer and the portion size was huge, we could have split that as our meal among the 3 of us. Entrees amazing and service was great!

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vipTimB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We shared a carciofi al forno (grilled artichoke) as a starter. It was fantastic. My wife had the mixed grill and I had the spaghetti. So delicious!

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vipDollaYo
Los Angeles
43 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were recommended this restaurant by a local we met while staying in Carlsbad.
The server was lovely and gave us lots of good information about the vegetarian dishes.
We had the Vegtali - grilled Vegetables as well as the minestrone soup and the handmade pasta filled with butternut squash. All was very good.
We also had a really nice Cabernet Sauvignon- their own reserve - it was really excellent.
Thank you for a special night out.
Our only regret was that we didn’t have enough space for for dessert!

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vipAnnie
San Diego
31 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant never disappoints, even under pandemic restrictions. Excellent, friendly, welcoming service. The menu offers great variety, and we were happy to see our favorites there! Can't wait to go back again. Thank you to the staff for such a wonderful evening

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening dining out with great food and Service!

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billl
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful treat for any special event. On a regular basis however you are going to need a full wallet.

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JohnS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent chef, good service from a friendly, competent staff In a cozy restaurant. Good date night spot. Valet parking. Bartender makes a stellar martini.

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vipDennisS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Service from Amy

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Sandy
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service. I had the pizza which was cooked perfectly on a nice thin and crispy dough. There were so many pepperonis it was hard to see the cheese (all a good thing and a little bit of an exaggeration). My partner had the eggplant and again said great things about it. Nice wine list. Will definitely continue to come back.

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tomr
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Unfortunately, I ordered ossobucco and got sick later that night. I was with party of 4 and I ate all appetizers everyone ate and am the only one that ordered bucco and got Ill. Likely a one off as my experience here has always been great.

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Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 634-2365.

Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana is rated 4.6 stars by 856 OpenTable diners.

Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://egift.mymobilerewards.net/vigiluccis/.

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.

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