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Antica Trattoria

4.7
4.7
1941 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Italian
Antica Trattoria is a warm restaurant with an old-fashioned sense of hospitality that quickly became a gathering place for dinners in Lake Murray and the rest of San Diego when it opened in 2001. For Executive Chef and Owner Francesco Basile, good cuisine is about honest flavors, fresh ingredients and simplicity. That's the kind of food he grew up eating by the seaside in Sicily and it's what he learned in culinary school in Italy.

Why Eat Ordinary?
when you can eat Extraordinary!

About reservations: We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time.

We may contact you, so please ensure your email and phone number are up to date. Your table will be reserved for 1 hour 30 minutes for parties of up to 2; 2 hours for parties up to 4; 2 hours 30 minutes for parties of up to 6; and 3 hours for parties of 7+. We can't guarantee special request for tables.

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2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

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Other options

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 463-9919

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Basile

  • Catering

    Antica Trattoria provides a wide range of catering solutions. From simple dishes that can be picked up at our restaurant and served family style to in house banquets for wedding receptions and many other important events. off premise company or family events are also available. we offer preset catering and banquet menu options at www.anticatrattoria.com<br /><br />Chef Francesco Basile can always tailor a menu that fits your budget and specific catering needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events. depending on the number of guest, time and date of the week a buy-out fee will be included.Over the years we have cater to corporate events, family gatherings and fund raisers.

  • Private party contact

    Francesco Basile: (619) 463-9919

  • Neighborhood

    La Mesa

  • Cross street

    Baltimore Ave

  • Parking details

    We are located in a strip mall that has large capacity

  • Public transit

    MTS San Diego 854 and 14

  • Entertainment

    Tenor Rosario Monetti our Opera singing bar keeper enjoys performing for our guest during dinner and is available for private events

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,941 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Innovative

  • East County

    Healthy

  • East County

    Neighborhood gem

  • East County

    Romantic

  • East County

    Good for special occasions

  • East County

    Most Booked

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  1. AG

    AmyG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been no less than 30 times and have enjoyed every visit. Highly recommend this restaurant!
  2. KR

    KathleenR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was outstanding. I thought I was ordering Pappardelle and was served Cavaletti. It was quite noisy at the time we ordered. the Cavaletti was delicious and I can wait to return to try the Pappardelle. I will point it out on the menu next time. The ambiance transports you to Italy. It's not just dinner, it's an experience. Enjoy!
  3. RB

    RitaB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is always so good there. Franco is fabulous!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb service, excellent food!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We love Antica & have been going since he opened. But we were shocked at the price of the Chilean cod special when our bill came. $50?? It was not that special. Had the waitress noted the price of each special it would have been helpful. Shame on us for not asking. We will be more prompt in inquiring going forward.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was great. Food was very good. People were very nice. Atmosphere was wonderful. I would definitely eat there again.
  7. WS

    WillS

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the go to place in all of La Mesa for amazing Italian food. No need to go to little Italy just to fight parking and wait in long lines (even with reservations) for a fantastic italian meal.
  8. MH

    MichaelH

    Kuala Lumpur

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. 50% off their low-end wines.
  9. MM

    MichaelM

    San Diego

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite neighborhood Italian restaurant always filled with good friends and superb service..and wonderful food
  10. M

    Mahdeeyo

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience4
    I hate when I booked a reservation two weeks in advance and the room was half empty yet we still were seated by the bathroom and serving area. The owner and host was less than friendly. The food is delicious here so I’m sure I’ll give it another chance.
  11. K

    Kiki

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Antica Trattoria has amazing food -- especially their daily specials -- and an excellent wine list. Everyone should eat here!
  12. TC

    TracyC

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fresh and flavorful! Atmosphere was energetic but quiet enough for conversation. It was high quality service and everything was delicious!
  13. T

    Tyrone

    Houston

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food as always and great service! Never disappoints.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and even better service! Dinner was a delight.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, server was great busser was a little moody but over all everything was fabulous.
  16. SS

    StephfromSanDiego

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This was a nice surprise. The food was delicious. The service was excellent and not rushed. We sat outdoors and they did a nice job at making it comfortable and quiet
  17. SD

    SanDiegoNative

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is such a hidden gem. The food is beyond delicious and the service is great. They are friendly and attentive and give good recommendations. We always love the meals and will definitely come back. It’s not the least expensive restaurant so we only go on special occasions. They do have a great chefs dinner meal where you get two salads, two entrées, one dessert and a bottle of wine for $105 which makes it a really good deal.
  18. MB

    MikeB

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alisandra was great!
  19. A

    Anon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing and our waitress was very attentive and kind. She offered great recommendations for food and wine.
  20. T

    Tibby

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food ever! The staff is always wonderful. My only complaint is the proximity of tables which is very close. The noise level is high if there are noisy children.
  21. S

    Sabi

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure. Have been coming here for years and never disappoints.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    Chicken was raw , they re cooked the same chicken and it was chewy.
  23. S

    Sonia

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Fresh, flavorful and unique to what I have had.
  24. RO

    RalphO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. Always a good meal and an excellent time.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place. The owner and his staff go above and beyond to make sure you have a delicious meal, outstanding service, and a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience. We go here regularly and always have wonderful memories of great food, great fun and good friends.
  26. BE

    BENNY

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We've been coming to Antica Trattoria for many years. They have a great menu, their food is delicious Italian food, their employees are friendly and welcoming , and we like the atmosphere-- it's warm and comfortable.
  27. N

    Navygal95

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great each time we have gone. Love this restaurant. Heather always makes us feel special when we come in.
  28. a

    andrear

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service. Heather is awesome!
  29. TJ

    TiffanyJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Antica Tratoria is one of my favorite restaurants. I usually get the capellini. It has shrimp, mushrooms, and tomatoes in a lobster sauce and it is outstanding! The hot bread served with oil and vinegar is also delicious. The service was good. The music seemed a bit loud and the high ceilings make it noisy so don't expect a quiet romantic experience on a weekend.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time dining and it was absolutely amazing we have already made a reservation for next month. Felt like I was in Italy impeccable service I had the pollo milanaise perfection and tiramisu for dessert homemade a must when you dine with them you will not be disappointed
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time!
  32. PS

    PattiS

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal and equally wonderful service. A neighborhood gem.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Always a delicious meal here!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Decided to have a nice date night and it did not disappoint! Best meal I have had in years! Incredible!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have dined here many times and, as per usual, everything was excellent. The food was extraordinary, very delicious and satisfying. The service is efficient, timely, and non-intrusive. And the restaurant is comfortable and not overly noisy.
  36. BW

    BenW

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    No tables inside at reservation time. Had to sit outside, which was disappointing but service was friendly and food is always on point.
  37. RS

    RobertS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice relaxing environment, the food was good the service was awesome.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect for my birthday dinner, once again! My pork chop was cooked to perfection and the flavors were rich and juicy! To end the night I had crème brûlée and it was the right amount of sweet creaminess to crunchy sugar ratio. Thank you again for an amazing dinner Antica Trattoria staff!
  39. VP

    ValerieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The flavor profiles are a delight to the tongue and the textures pleasing.
  40. K

    Kate

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Th is our favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. The food is always terrific from appetizers to desserts. We brought our friends with us. They were impressed!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 Antica Trattoria using the Order Online button. Antica Trattoria also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Antica Trattoria also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 463-9919.

Antica Trattoria is rated 4.7 stars by 1941 OpenTable diners.

Antica Trattoria does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

11:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Antica Trattoria

5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Baltimore Ave

  • Neighborhood

    La Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Italian, Wine Bar, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We are located in a strip mall that has large capacity

  • Public transit

    MTS San Diego 854 and 14

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Francesco Basile

  • Entertainment

    Tenor Rosario Monetti our Opera singing bar keeper enjoys performing for our guest during dinner and is available for private events

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 463-9919

  • Catering

    Antica Trattoria provides a wide range of catering solutions. From simple dishes that can be picked up at our restaurant and served family style to in house banquets for wedding receptions and many other important events. off premise company or family events are also available. we offer preset catering and banquet menu options at www.anticatrattoria.com<br /><br />Chef Francesco Basile can always tailor a menu that fits your budget and specific catering needs.

  • Private party facilities

    Our restaurant is available for private events. depending on the number of guest, time and date of the week a buy-out fee will be included.Over the years we have cater to corporate events, family gatherings and fund raisers.

  • Private party contact

    Francesco Basile: (619) 463-9919

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