Villa Capri Ristorante

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Villa Capri is a small privately owned Italian restaurant located in Carmel Valley. Chef Antonio was born and trained in Italy and has brought his amazing talents here to San Diego. Co-owner Salvatore is from the island of Capri and has brought all the charms of the island with him to share with us.
We are a local favorite where everyone comes to relax and enjoy without the dishes to do afterward. Our cozy fireplace and friendly staff will make you feel just at home.
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4.5
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HaidhausenKlaus
Munich
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very authentic italian style atmosphere. Food was delicious. Especially liked the chef’s recommendation. Make sure you try the eggplant parmigiana. The waiter - Brian - delivers a great service: Attentive, friendly, personal.

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vipsuzanne
San Diego
32 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is fantastic. We had dinner here last Saturday with friends and ordered the sea bass that came with vegetables and mashed potatoes. Absolutely delicious. My husband thought his lasagna with meat sauce
was excellent. Our very Italian waiter was attentive and funny. they have a fireplace which sets a warm and inviting tone.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love the food here, it is always delicious! Our server, Michael Angelo is fantastic and always accommodating.

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KaitlynW
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great restaurant, wait staff was incredible kind and attentive, food was phenomenal.

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bougie
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We had walked or driven past this restaurant a bunch of times, and were always wanting to check it out and give it a try... so, for date night we decided to make a stop.

The service here was great. Our server was really friendly and very attentive. His recommendation for the bread pudding dessert was spot on (buonissimo!), and he kept our water and drinks refilled.


The Caesar salad was rather mediocre. In fact, I had commented how the Caesar salad was more flavorful next door at souplantation. Here, the dressing was really light (almost non existent), just a couple of croutons, and the Parmesan cheese was the powdery grade like you get from Kraft. I would have expected fresh shaved (at the table?) at a place that claims to be authentic...

The main entree was the Sea Bass special. The fish and the sauce were tasty, but no where near to justifying the $38 price tag.

Also, while we were there, another group of people also discovered via text message that they had arrived to the wrong Villa Capri (there’s another restaurant by the same name just up the road in Poway). So pay attention to your reservation and location!

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luv2eat
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dine here frequently and always enjoy our meal. The waitstaff are outstanding, the food is very good and the atmosphere pleasant.

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johnj
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been now several times, and the food is only outdone by the service. Michael Angelo provides the perfect blend of hospitality and genuine care.

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vipMindyTaylor
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are simply outstanding! I will definitely be back!

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MikeC
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I enjoyed our Valentine's Day dinner experience at Villa Capri. It was very crowded, but this was expected, and the staff did everything they could to provide good service to us. The burrata spinach appetizer was absolutely delicious — highly recommended. We also enjoyed the eggplant parm and the lobster ravioli. All in all, a memorable night, with good food, good drinks, and a friendly welcoming staff.

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vipStellaM
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Short staffed and chaotic service

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very crowded for Valentines Day. We should have dined in front under heaters, but no one yet seated there when we arrived. When leaving everyone there looked so relaxed. Meal and wine was sublime. We will return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
26 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was great but the noise level was awful. We all had to keep repeating everything.

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BlueBayou
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service are unmatched for Italian fare here in CV or Del Mar. My wife and I tried Villa Capri for the first time this weekend and are so glad we did. The staff works together as a team - doesn't matter who the person is assigned to a table as the entire team works together to take care of every customer. You really feel as though they are happy you came to eat there.

The food is over the top. We thought Red Tracton's had the best seafood pasta until we tried Capri's - and Capri is less than half the price of Tracton's...

Go! You won't regret it and once you do go you will have a favorite restaurant from here forward. We'll be back next weekend :)

JK
JaniceK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and service were impeccable. We had the artichoke app, the halibut special and the cioppino... all were excellent!

JM
JessicaM
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely LOVE this restaurant! Everytime we are visiting the area this is where we have dinner! The staff is as AMAZING as the food! I highly recommend!!

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RobertM
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We travelled a couple thousand miles for this dinner. By far the best Italian food this side of Tuscany!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Able to fit large party

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debves
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Love the food. Found the noise level to be very distracting

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vipBFBSD
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Reasonably priced good taliian food. Salads are large enough to share. Wine by the glass is a bit expensive. You can potentially find coupons for Mon to Thursday dining that bring down the overall cost but the BOGO is limited to $16 and the main course is most likely to be more than $16. Recommend reservations for weekend nights.

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vipmjc9642
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Fantastic and friendly service. Food was very good. Egg plant , spaghetti, and a sandwich. All were fresh, and had good flavor

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vipchefbobcat
San Diego
145 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My wife never orders anything but the Villa Capri pasta, which is always great. I ordered the Pork Shank special that was as good as or better than any Osso Bucco that I have eaten in the past.

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TomB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with a great menu of traditional dishes and daily specials. Food always has great flavor and never disappointed in anything I’ve ordered there. Great wine list and easy parking.

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vipvalories
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We used to come here and loved the food, the waitstaff and the cozy decor. Must have changed owners because it lost all its charm and the food was not at all what we had come to expect. Won’t be returning.

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Candy
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local Italian restaurant with a family feel. Busy at dinner but with a European ambience. Great Happy Hour and excellent food.

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vipgRAMMY
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always good, even better Saturday night. Ciopinno was very tasty as was the salad. Ours had veal and chicken dishes where were also great. Will return soon

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vipleslies
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food outstanding

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JohnP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Prices are a bit high but the food and service was really good.

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DianaP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Villa Capri. We always have a wonderful time and the food and service is outstanding.

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LaurieS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was very attentive and helpful, and the food was amazing.

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PatrickM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Although server very attentive when first arrived and for appetizers, we took a while to order and, as restaurant filled up, was harder and harder to get server attention through the meal. The food was excellent but the waiter chose a very expensive bottle of wine for the table not getting the joke from one of our party to "bring their finest champagne" said in jest. Combination of missing the jest and not double checking that, indeed, we were up for such a pricey bottle when a more "house" level bottle would have been less than 1/2 the price and likely just fine for us;-(
Overall evening was enjoyable and will return to restaurant again with hesitation but perhaps be a bit more specific in our comments to server.

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MargaretC
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was excellent! Place was very quaint and comfortable. Reminded me of typical restaurant in Italy

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DianneB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Villa Capri never disappoints! Excellent artichoke/parmesan salad, spaghetti with meatballs and manicotti!

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SanjayK
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience5

I planned to celebrate a birthday on July 5th afternoon and after scheduling a table for 8 at 1pm I show up and the restaurant was closed! I WAS SUPER MAD!! This is the second time we come in the afternoon and it’s closed! Why do they show on Google that it’s open? MANAGMENT correct this big mistake!!!

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Nicole
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We reserved a large table to celebrate graduation, and despite being a few minutes late the staff was very helpful and accommodating. The food was excellent, and our server was engaging. Amazing experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing!! Great caesar salad and lasagna lunch. Also couldn’t resist having a latte with the tiramisu. Amazing! We will be back.

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vipBFBSD
San Diego
96 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

While not grand gourmet, Villa Capri uses quality ingredients and serves good food. Our waitress was kind enough to tell us that one salad would be plenty for two people to share. Serving red wine in a tumbler style wine glass made the serving size look small but that's just a minor point. I'm not sure I'd drive a long distance to dine at Villa Capri but it's close to our home and provides a convenient and enjoyable dining experience.

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SherrieP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is very good and price is reasonable. One of my favorite local restaurants.

KL
vipKeithL
Central Coast
94 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our Easter dinner there and the pastas were expertly prepared and delicious. The service was very courteous and attentive. Overall, it was a wonderful experience.

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vipjackb
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience2

This used to be one of my regular restaurants BUT no longer! First they tried to trick us into buying some Italian Spring Water by simply pouring it into our glasses without asking. Then they served my entree to another guest by mistake but by the time they realized it the other guest had cut the entree in half, asked them to add parmigiana cheese to the entree and pasta, and began, but did not eat it! About 5-10 minutes later they attempted to serve it to me, and when I questioned why it was already covered in cheese and cut in half, I got no reply! Thankfully I saw them dealing with the other customer. When I questioned the server, he seemed upset by having to ask the chef to make a 'fresh one', but did. When the entree finally came out it was overcooked and not that good, but I was done with this restaurant and did not make an issue. They should be ashamed of this form of service!

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JohnJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is a neighborhood gem. Food is excellent. Service is outstanding. Don't let the shopping center fool you.

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Villa Capri Ristorante offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 720-8777.

Villa Capri Ristorante is rated 4.5 stars by 251 OpenTable diners.