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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.8
4.8
3502 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

8:30 PM


Booked 182 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

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 3,502 people are saying

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

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  1. JD

    JeffD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, our server, Gracie (I believe) helped with any questions i had and helped me pair my dinner with a wine.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing authentic food & service from Simone & manager! Look forward to coming back!
  3. ER

    EmilR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best gnocchi, best table made tiramisu, great service!
  4. SJ

    SarahJ

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice atmosphere and delicious food!
  5. I

    Izzy

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An interesting night out from my perspective lol. Shoutout to everyone there you guys were all awesome. Negronis 15/10
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is amazing and service is top notch.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was off the charts! Service beyond and staff so friendly! I love and can wait to go back!!!
  9. RP

    RobinP

    New Orleans

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best restaurant I have been to in a long time. Incredible food.
  10. LT

    LaurieT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner as always!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to celebrate my birthday service was great and did as welll
  12. k

    kathryn

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I loved the gnocchi with the vegan pomodoro. Delish
  13. MC

    MartelleC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really delicious and savory food, would recommend for a night out with friends or also for a special occasion. Cant wait to come again.
  14. LW

    LisaW

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is fantastic and the ambiance is quaint and cozy. This is one of our favorite spots in SD. We'll definitely be back for more!
  15. SN

    SNZlovesFood

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Second time eating here and just as amazing as the first time! The food is outstanding, the service is phenomenal, and the branding itself is *chef's kiss!*. Couldn't recommend more! My favorite meals are the mafalde noodle with the Pomodoro Fresco sauce topped with the Polpette and the special lasagna.
  16. J

    Jenny

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We came here with friends and each of us had something different; everything was absolutely delicious!
  17. j

    janem

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Juliana was the best! Food is incredible here 10/10 every time.
  19. L

    Laura

    Los Angeles

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was so good. And the service excellent!
  20. CM

    ColleenM

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The waiter was wonderful and very helpful. the food was absolutely delicious. Wonderful restaurant.
  21. BG

    BrianG

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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!
  23. m

    marcusc

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time there. It was recommended by my co-workers. Outstanding food and service. Can't say enough good things about this place. However parking is an issue.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience every time. Food is great, I’ve tried almost all the pastas and love it all. My favorite is the malfade with the basiocola sauce!
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    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!
  26. BW

    BereniceW

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love Cesarina, I am vegan and they have the BEST VEGAN Italian food in town. Love their service and goodies, like little blankies and hot water bags for outdoors. Great place!
  27. J

    Jerice

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food cool decor
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

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

    MarcyM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    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.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    Went for one year anniversary and noted in the reservation but was never acknowledged. Server was busy most of the experience and not present or attentive. They launched a new menu but the server didn’t bother to take the time to walk through much and rushed the order process. Being short staffed and busy is understandable but the lack of attentiveness and communication was what stood out over all. The food was good but not the wow factor experienced the first time we went. Could have been an off night. The vibe is great but the overall service made the experience ok but nothing to remember.
  31. C

    Christina

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    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!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

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

    DebbiD

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    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!
  34. 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
  35. 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!!
  36. 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!!
  37. Y

    Yenn

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

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

    MarcS

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner before Hamilton
  39. 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!
  40. 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

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 3502 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 182 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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