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Monello

4.5
4.5
2002 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
As Bencotto's brother located next door,
Monello lives up to its sibling's reputation as Best Italian restaurant in San Diego.
From the 800 LB of fresh pasta handcrafted every week, Monello displays up to 27 different recipes of pasta.
Mediterranean style seafood is served along with gourmet pizza.
Monello delivers Pasta & Risotto tossed in the Parmigiano cheese wheel tableside.
Unique Italian-style brunch is served on weekends.
Voted Best Happy Hour 2016, Monello's Milanese Aperitivo offers small plates on the house with drinks every night.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 76 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 501-0030

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Catering

    Send catering inquiry to info@lovemonello.com

  • Private party facilities

    Monello offers semiprivate and private SPACES. www.lovemonello.com Send inquiry to info@lovemonello.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-0030

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Kettner

  • Parking details

    The Little Italy Association offers valet parking Tuesday through Sunday at the corner of India St. and Fir St. (in front of Influx) & Kettner Blvd. & Fir for $10.00 beginning at 5:30pm. Limited street parking is available. Metered parking is free after 6:00pm until 6:00am Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.

  • Public transit

    MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,002 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. T

    Tanya

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They have the cheesewheel which I absolutely love! Food, drinks, service was great!
  2. J

    Javi

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Ratings are possibly due to our expectations based on reviews and pricing but unfortunately we’ve had tastier Italian cuisine at other restaurants. Service was nice, though! Thank you
  3. L

    Lopezdee

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Italian food restaurants ive tried! My fiance and I were in town for the day and saw this place on TikTok and decided to try it out and omg we do not regret it! I can't wait to visit again to go eat here. The service was also amazing and felt so comfortable! 100/10 stars!
  4. CG

    CindyG

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Italian restaurant I have eaten at in little Italy. Always good food and service. Fresh food
  5. C

    Carol

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience1
    The cheese wheel is not at your table. You have to walk inside to see the demo. It kills the experience.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family celebration
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing - the place is beautiful
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food was yummy, the staff was nice and attentive. Loved the options!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Weirdest service experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant. Super aggressive and anxious vibes from the waiter, I was worried about startling him if I moved too quickly. My wife asked for crushed red pepper. He hurried over with a bowl that was covered by a plate, lifted the plate, and emptied generous spoonfuls of crushed red pepper on her pizza. Weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Food was pretty bad. The Caprese salad used low-moisture mozzarella—the kind you would get wrapped in plastic at the grocery store in 1998. A truly bizarre thing to experience in 2022, where I would expect fresh mozzarella (maybe made in-house?) even in Akron or Missoula. The lasagna was a flavorless mush baked in a mini casserole dish; one of the worst restaurant dishes I’ve had in years. Ordered some fried zucchini, which as a classic Italian-American dish can be a wonderful guilty pleasure. It was serviceable, but served with a faux-truffle-flavored ranch dressing that was almost inedible. A marinara would have worked so much better. The spaghetti carbonara was good; not a “classic” carbonara, but tasty. The pizza (their signature “Monello” pizza) didn’t work. The crust was good; chewy and scorched and kind of sourdough-y. There was no tomato sauce, which is fine in principle, but it really should have been called out in the menu. Also, it didn’t work here: the pizza would have benefited greatly from tomato sauce. There was a huge pile of shredded Parmesan dumped on the middle of the pie. There’s no way the chef intended this. This restaurant is sloppy, at least on a Sunday night. There was a rat, and the host, servers, and manager did a yeoman’s job at trying to conceal it from us, but failed. This is a very bad restaurant.
  10. D

    Downtowndiner

    San Diego

    112 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    GREAT as always! ...this is our favorite location in Little Italy. The service is always friendly and efficient and the food never disappoints. This outing we opted for brunch - the benedict trio is outstanding.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, the service and the atmosphere was absolutely amazing. The food was delicious and everything came out so quickly. The waitress was very accommodating and helpful with the menu.
  12. D

    Daniror

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were seated outside on the patio and the tables were extremely small and the chairs were horrible. The food was extremely slow.
  13. MO

    MariaO

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was very attentive and helpful. Would definitely be back and will recommend to friends.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was fantastic and the food, especially the pasta of the day on the cheese wheel, was delicious and filling!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Server was not good but the bus boy was amazing
  16. PF

    PatrickF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    I been to your restaurant 4 or 5 times. Flew from Las Vegas for my wife's birthday. None of us finished our meal The overall quality of the meal was somewhat less than it has been on my other trips. Honestly at this point not sure if I will be back
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious food and drinks! Everything was so fresh and high quality. Will definitely be back!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We celebrated a 21st Birthday with our son. They were very helpful while a little high priced.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Anniversary
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good food, nice ambiance
  21. AG

    AshleyG

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Great experience and food. Bathroom situation was weird.
  22. m

    michelleg

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the cheese wheel pasta ❤️ Pizza was amazing Loved the wine selection
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Overall experience was great. We recommend the staff use Tost so that checks can be paid faster. Our service was great and food came out at a nice steady pace . Unfortunately, the wait time for our credit card to get picked up and payment to be run took over 30 minutes. This was not a big deal considering the quality of food and overall service was great. But Toast mightbbeba good option especially when your staff is tied up with large parties and the tables of 2 or ready to pay and leave.
  24. DR

    DawnR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the most AMAZING RESTAURANT!! Service was EXCELLENT! Food was the BEST ITALIAN RESTAURANT in town! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR? GOOOOO❤️
  25. LR

    LindaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service and food was great. It would be great to add Coke Zero to the beverage menu.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I loved the salad Misto and saffron pasta with shrimp. The roll with salmon was less than expected, as we peeled Off the lavish flatbread, which was stiff and heavy, and seemed more Mediterranean than Italian. Our server was very friendly and helpful. The setting inside was lovely, though perhaps a bit loud. Your restaurant is one of my favorites. Thank you
  27. AC

    AnthonyC

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent homemade pasta
  28. B

    Brenda

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was amazing. Best Italian restaurant in San Diego.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Paul was fun during the pasta wheel experience, thank you.
  30. G

    marisolG

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    We got there at about 230 and our server we had first was racist toward me and my sister. Didn’t help us and walked by and ignored us. Really upsetting
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Omg… great! Everything was great! Super nice service and so tasty pasta !!!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent time and great food!! 👍🏻
  33. d

    daved

    Salt Lake City

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our Dinner very much. Service was friendly, knowledgeable, and quick but not rushed. The pizza was crispy crust, quality topping, lots of flavor. And it was hard to pick a winner between everyone’s pasta’s as they were all delish. Will definitely be back!
  34. D

    Dinners

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the moment we arrived until we left, we encountered nothing but excellent service. Food and drinks were outstanding.
  35. CP

    CindyP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and experience! Would definitely recommend!
  36. m

    maliburon

    Los Angeles

    76 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    prices seem very high...would not go back......we came from Santa Barbara to try it.
  37. NS

    NoraS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The cheese wheel pasta did not disappoint! Would 100% return. All of the pastas looked amazing.
  38. DM

    DulceM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had great service and the food was amazing! Drinks where really good overall experience was great!
  39. CV

    ChristopherV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Food and Atmosphere in a convenient location in Little Italy. Fresh Italian Pasta+Seafood is a wonderful thing, and the Cheesewheel creations are a wonderful idea and executed beautifully
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    When we arrived we were lead to a dirty table which required we back out of the restaurant and return to the hostess station. Since it was so loud inside, and it looked like several outside tables were ready, we agreed to sit outside. Unfortunately our view was of a table for six that sat dirty for half of our meal. But more importantly we were served so quickly that our table was filled with drinks, appetizers and main dish basically all at the same time. It was rushed, awkward and un-Italian dining. I was disappointed since we brought a friend to experience Little Italy. Luckily the food was good, and served hot. We experienced this same kind of service in another Little Italy restaurant a few days later. I have been to Little Italy and Monello’s before and chose it because the food and experience were outstanding. I hope that they return to serving people graciously and providing the Italian food in an atmosphere that is authentic.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • 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 Monello using the Order Online button. Monello also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Monello also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 501-0030.

Monello is rated 4.5 stars by 2002 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 76 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Monello

750 W. Fir St., Suite 103B, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kettner

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Fri 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    The Little Italy Association offers valet parking Tuesday through Sunday at the corner of India St. and Fir St. (in front of Influx) & Kettner Blvd. & Fir for $10.00 beginning at 5:30pm. Limited street parking is available. Metered parking is free after 6:00pm until 6:00am Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday.

  • Public transit

    MTS Transit Trolley Stop Green Line: County Center/Little Italy

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 501-0030

  • Catering

    Send catering inquiry to info@lovemonello.com

  • Private party facilities

    Monello offers semiprivate and private SPACES. www.lovemonello.com Send inquiry to info@lovemonello.com

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator: (619) 501-0030

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