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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.8
4.8
3479 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
/////////////WE ARE OPEN FOR DINE IN AND TAKE OUT/////////////
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From the meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 157 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 226-6222

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Neighborhood

    Ocean Beach

  • Cross street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Parking details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 3,479 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. BG

    BrianG

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing!!! They just launched an updated menu, but the favorites are still there and the additions are incredible. Despite already being the best, they continue to do everything that they can to improve.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my husband birthday - Cesarina never disappoints! I had the bolognese and my husband had the carbonara. We also enjoyed a few of their signature cocktails! You can’t go wrong finishing off your meal with the table side tiramisu!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kidos in for college a very special outing. Could only get 4:15 ressie so we planned our whole day around it and we rewarded! Highly recommend!
  4. J

    Jerice

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food cool decor
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tiramisu I have ever had!!!
  6. MM

    MarcyM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    We really wanted to like this place. It was recommended on several lists as “best of”. The good: friendly people, amazing Italian ceramic dishes (quite good ones!). The best: not sure if it was the manager or bartender but he brought me simple syrup for my ice tea, just as a thought that I may like it! The not so good: server was very nice but mainly absent. Slow service all around. Still - we understand that staffing is tight. The really disappointing- the food overall was cool or barely warm. Appetizer and dinners! We would have commented on it to the waiter but we never saw him until basically we were all done. Other staff brought our food. And the food was only ok. I’m sure on a slower night the service may be better but for us is was an expensive disappointment.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Went for one year anniversary but was never acknowledged. Server was busy most of the experience. Vibe was good. Wasn’t the wow factor experienced first time at ceserina. Food was good but came with appetizer.
  8. C

    Christina

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food!! Very comfortable out on the patio at night with plenty of heaters and blankets if needed. Servers were attentive and the noise level was perfect for conversation. Incredible experience overall, will come again for sure!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place and the staff there are wonderful!
  10. DD

    DebbiD

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I forgot how wonderful both the food and service is at Cesarina. I wish they would open a second restaurant closer to where I live!
  11. LD

    LoochD

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Absolutely love cesarina. My friend and I who share the exact same birthday come every year to celebrate out birthdays. Eating at cesarina is an experience and we wouldn’t ever change our lil tradition. Cant wait until next year mwuah xx
  12. N

    Neurosurgeon

    New England

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visiting San Diego and a friend told me to check out Cesarina. It is a bit of a hike from the convention center, but it was totally worth it. The place is fresh and lively. The service is exceptional and the pasta and food just amazing!! This is an excellent place for dinner in San Diego!!
  13. JB

    JBean

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food!! A bit pricey for Italian food but it's all worth it!! Best Italian in San Diego for sure!!
  14. Y

    Yenn

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place. The marinara sauce is delicious.
  15. MS

    MarcS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before Hamilton
  16. R

    Rastratton

    San Diego

    185 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    185 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    we have dined here many times and this time did not disappoint either. Delicious appetizers (Octopus and Squash Blossoms) and then shared three different pastas. We will be back again soon!
  17. J

    Jett

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cesarina is the best authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego. Everything is made in house and you can tell, from the pasta to the Tiramisu! I had the special pasta of the day which was spinach and ricotta ravioli! So Yummy
  18. TR

    TerriR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful ambiance, attentive staff, delicious food! Our favorite place to celebrate special occasions.
  19. SL

    SueL

    Northern MI

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super fun and popular place. Wait staff help each other out seamlessly as it was already busy at 5pm. Food is yummy and perfectly prepared and presented. Our third time there and will definitely return! This is not a complaint, but important: Even for our 5pm reservation needed extra time to park (there is a lot across the street).
  20. GA

    GreggA

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the "PLACE" Everything is Top Notch, from the Greeting, Seating, Wait Staff and the Plates are Amazing......from the Salad to their Pasta (made on site in the Dining Room) How about that ! Everything comes out Sizzling Hot, there Baked Pasta of the Day in my opinion is the way to Go.. We had the Lasagna and the Choose the Shape Pasta with Funghi Sauce for the Princess ! Since it's Chilly we also did there Zucchini Soap of the Day to take the Chill Off the Day for a Starter Tasteful Fall Evening ......if you GO, DO MAKE A RESERVATION in ADVANCE . Don't just walk up because you'll be Disappointed that There Booked !!!
  21. JC

    JadenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent authentic Italian food! Would recommend to any friend :)
  22. JB

    JanB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding! Atmosphere very very nice on the patio. Never been to a restaurant that offers you a hot water bottle to hold in your lap while you dine outside. Super nice touch. Food was good but I have had better. But I would definitely go back! For birthday they gave complementary tiramisu made at the table! Best tiramisu I’ve ever had. it was a very nice & sweet gesture! Has a lovely dinner!
  23. MC

    MichelleC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Made our birthday feel so special even though we were their last reservation!! Food was incredible. Drinks were delicious and spirited!! Cute little blankets on the chairs and gorgeous plates. But the best part was that all the pasta is handmade in house daily. 10/10 would recommend. Made our first trip to SD a memorable one :).
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional service from not only our waitress but the entire staff is attentive! Food was spot on! Cesarina, in my opinion, is definitely top 5 places for fresh authentic Italian cuisine. Thank you for making my fiancé’s birthday dinner dream perfect, definitely will be coming back.
  25. P

    Paige

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cesarina never disappoints! It's a cozy spot perfect for date night or catching up with friends. The service is always wonderful and the staff is attentive.
  26. CF

    CFWUZHERE

    Austin

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good but pricey. Beware the hidden 4% surcharge on the bill.
  27. A

    Anonymous

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last time there was pre-pandemic. As great as we remembered—fabulous food and service, generous staff and cozy setting
  28. MB

    MarleneB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Everything we ordered was amazing! We were a group of 5 so we ordered a couple of appetizers and a couple of entres so we could try a little of everything. The lasagna was one of the best I've had. The zucchini blossom's was a huge hit. We ordered the Bruschettone because it sounded to interesting and it did not disappoint! Not only is the food incredible, but the place is so cute with lots of interesting touches.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my daughter’s birthday and the experience was fantastic. Great food, ambience, decor, all of it! A presto!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were disappointed that several of our favorites were discontinued. The dessert menu was also lackluster!
  31. AR

    AngR

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! The food is the best, always perfection. Staff was super friendly and attentive. We celebrated our anniversary and they made it extra special. :)
  32. I

    Isabel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food and service we have ever had in San Diego. Reasonable price.
  33. GC

    GabrielC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING! The food is delicious. I love that they have vegan options. Wonderful customer service. It was our first time here celebrating my husbands birthday and Julianna made sure we had a great experience. We trusted her recommendations and loved the food. Highly recommend! This is my new favorite place.
  34. FV

    FirstVisit

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service, delicious food, everything about our visit was great.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our 5 year anniversary with wonderful drinks, delicious homemade pasta with amazing flavors, and impeccable service. Started with the octopus, which had a great charred flavor underneath the fig balsamic with citrusy potato and arugula. Paccheri vodka and scampi with langoustine was packed with umami and pappardelle with fall apart pork shoulder was so deliciously rich and flavorful. Staff was attentive and super welcoming, offering us Prosecco gratis in celebration. Outdoor dining area was beautiful and thoughtful with blankets in consideration of the cold weather. Wonderful experience and will be back again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in San Diego. Pasta is fabulous!!! And the service and ambiance are charming. Not to be missed. You must order the Amatriciana. Scampi Vodka is to die for as well.
  37. E

    Ehhhh

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There isn’t a better Italian experience in Southern California. We feel like every time we get to dine here, it is a special occasion, even if it is just a Friday. Thank you Cesarina for the wonderful food, great service, and incredible atmosphere.
  38. CW

    CeciliaW

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant in San Diego, hands down. Do not sleep on the Scampi-- it will change your life!
  39. SN

    ShonaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My palatal world was forever changed for the infinite better as soon as Cesarina opened up in my neighborhood. The homemade pasta, the best gnocchi I've ever had, the tiramisu made fresh at your table, the atmosphere, the top-of-the-line service, I could go on. This past dining experience, our server was so well versed and helpful that he offered five different ways my fiance might prefer his after dinner / dessert drink. This restaurant is in a league of its own. I bring my family here every time they come to town. Not to mention the extensive vegan options! Incredible the amount of fresh, homemade delectable dishes they have packed into this establishment along with the variety, superb service, and overall dining experience.
  40. MY

    MYRNAE

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good. Nice variety. Service was outstanding! Sat outside for dinner. Cute decorations. Restaurant has ZERO parking. Must find street parking and can be challenging. Suggest you get an early reservation time or give yourselves a lot of extra time to find parking.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cesarina using the Order Online button. Cesarina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 226-6222.

Cesarina is rated 4.8 stars by 3479 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 157 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, Ste B, San Diego, CA 92107

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Neighborhood

    Ocean Beach

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:00 pm–8:30 pm Sat, Sun 3:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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