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Villa Capri Ristorante

4.4
149 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Cozy
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 4:00pm - 9:30pm
Weekend Dinner: 4:30pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(858) 720-8777
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Antonio Viscito
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Private party facilities
The restaurant is available for private parties. We have a catering coordinator on staff to assist with any of these inquiries.
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Private party contact
Salvatore Ercolano: (858) 720-8777
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Carmel Creek Road
Additional
Beer, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 149 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
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4.5
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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

First time having brunch. We often go for dinner, which is excellent.
Brunch had wide variety. Priced fairly.

But the flavors were quite bland in omelet, benedict. Potatoes could have been better with red pepper and onions and a little seasoning. Only plain bagels, other breakfast places offer more choices.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My fiance and I loved this restaurant. A true neighborhood gem. Amazing food and great service. So glad we found this place.

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Good food, nice patio, friendly service. Recommended.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Lasagna is amazing! Always a relaxing, excellent meal.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We have had many great meals here. This weekend they were super busy, and very obviously understaffed. Service was not the usual. Will give it another try, hopefully this was just a one time thing.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Always good food and especially pleased with a handful of vegan options!

Healthy Happy Eating,
Chef Marian

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Good & service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Fantastic Italian fare! Fantastic Italian fare!

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

Great food and service!!!

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2018

Food was good . Service was slow. Pleasant atmosphere

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5.0Dined on January 28, 2018

Excellent experience from start to finish. our waitress was friendly and attentive, even as the restaurant got busy on a Sunday evening. Portions are huge and were delicious ! Pasta was fresh and we will definitely return on our next trip to San Diego.

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4.0Dined on January 23, 2018

In Carmel valley food has always been good. Hidden gem in strip center. You can’t go wrong here. Excellent specials great pasta.

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4.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Small intimate experience. Solid wait staff and very good meal. Needed olive oil for bread.

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2.0Dined on January 4, 2018

We have been coming to Villa Capri for many years and we really like it. Unfortunately last nights experience was disappointing. Food was good as always BUT service was very bad. Our plates came an hour after we ordered. Patrons around us who came way later than us were served before us. When we complained, the waitress excuse was that our plates were "more complicated", which was totally untrue, we ate the like of simple pasta dishes, grilled veggies etc. We later found out, through another server, that a new chef was hired who wasn't getting the dishes in proper order. No real apology was offered. We will come back, but Villa Capri better get their kitchen in order.

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1.0Dined on January 1, 2018

We had a confirmed reservation for 6 people. We all arrived on time and the place was closed!! Wish the restaurant and Open Table communicated with one another.

I’d recommend it if you actually get someone on the phone to confirm a reservation.

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1.0Dined on December 24, 2017

We were celebrating Christmas Eve with our family and enjoyed Villa Capri in the past but unfortunately, our dining experience on this evening was very chaotic. Our wine was served in non-stem wine glasses which is fine but then some water was served in water goblets while other family members received their water in stemmed wine glasses. Our salads were served with no flatware and we had to ask several times to finally receive it. We then did not have any napkins as the flatware was finally brought to the tables without napkins. The noise level was incredibly high and very difficult to hear each other. We realize it was a Christmas Eve and would expect an energetic crowd but the poor service, so-so food and repeated attempts to request the items that should have already been at the table made the evening a little frustrating. I am not one to ever write a bad review but felt this one was necessary. We have eaten at the restaurant a lot in the past and hope they can improve on the items listed.

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2017

We waited 25 minutes for the table. We waited another 25 minutes for someone to take the order. We left the restaurant before they took the order. There where 3 peolole attending the whole packed restaurant.

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5.0Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food always and awesome service! Lots of great menu options.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2017

Very good food and great service. The people are very gracious and fun!! Love this place and close to my condo here. Dk

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2.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Its ok. Food is under seasoned. Felt more like a cafeteria than a resturant.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Great food and service in this Local
Shopping Center- no need to go further afield
Food was excellent, good size portions.
Nice outside area with heaters
Don’t miss the Deserts !- Bread Pudding is a keeper

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5.0Dined on October 9, 2017

This has become one of my favorite restaurants. It was a wonderful visit, as usual. Service was great without having to wait at any time during the meal, whether it be just coming by to check on us, refilling beverages, clearing plates, etc. There were a variety of specials, including a SEAFOOD LASAGNA that I've decided I could be happy eating every day! It was sooo good. I also appreciate that it's not a super noisy restaurant so it's enjoyable to have a conversation with friends. Great atmosphere, great service and great food.

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5.0Dined on October 8, 2017

Another great meal a Villa Capri!

This is very nice Italian restaurant that is owned and run by an Italian from Milan. I think that is one of the reasons that the food, the wine, and the service, are all so great. If you're looking for really good Italian, then this place should definitely be on your list.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

Villa Capri is one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. I've been several times with family and friends, and it was the only restaurant my brother wanted for his birthday dinner. Our family favorite salad is the Panzanella Toscana (perfection for my palate), and honorable mention to the caprese and Grano Antico salads.

Pizza is delicious - about as similar to Naples pizza as I've found anywhere in California. Pasta is always perfectly al dente, and I even risked the gnocchi last week (difficult to get right - often has a very chewy texture) and loved it! I'm not a seafood fan, so I can't speak personally to the quality of their seafood, but many people seem to enjoy their clam dishes. I love the Pollo alla Sorrentina.

We drive from Escondido/Fallbrook for this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Service was outstanding, we also tried two wines from the menu which turned out to be great (which is very unique for us because we are very picky on wines)
The main issue was noise - we came at 7pm, and i noted that the noise level went down significantly after 8pm, for the next time...
Dishes were ok but not beyond that, chicken breast went too dry and Salmon got too much of sea taste.
Desert chocolate cake was fabulous, succeeded to eat half and took the other half home :-)

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

" Once Again Some Of The Best Italian Dinners "

My wife and I returned to Villa Capri in the Piazza Carmel Shopping Center in Del Mar today and once again had some 5 + star meals. This small hole in the wall restaurant continues to impress us and continues to get better ever time we go there. Derrick our server was very nice and answered all of our menu questions and was very honest with his evaluation of different Villa Capri Dishes. My wife and I shared the Villa Capri Salad Dinner which has Mixed greens, d'anjou pears, grapes, caramelized walnuts, Gorgonzola, and balsamic vinaigrette. For the main dinner meals my wife had the Ravioli Caprese Dinner which is Villa Capri's Signature dish, made with homemade ravioli, Ricotta, marjoram, Parmesan, and fresh tomato sauce. She said it was delicious. I tried the Melanzane alla Parmigiana Dinner which was Eggplant, fresh basil, tomato sauce, Mozzarella, parmigiano-reggiano and was served with a side of spaghetti. The thin cut eggplant with the so tasty crust was awesome. Every time we come her we try something new and are never disappointed. For our dessert we shared the Panna Cotta, which was a delicate traditional pudding made with low-fat yogurt and served with a sweet red wine reduction and fresh berries. It was delicious again ! This Restaurant is So GOOD !

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3.0Dined on September 10, 2017

the food was pretty tasty but the service was horrible. old lipstick on my water glass, old food stain on the plates, waitress was absolutely useless (the busser/runner was more help). not even a thank you when we left, unbelievable! i won't be returning.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2017

Very good good at a very reasonable price with very good service. Wine list is lacking in choice.

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

Very nice Italian restaurant. Really good food, lots of choices, a lot of wine choices, nice decor and plenty of parking.

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2017

This Villa Capri keeps growing and improving. It's just amazing. The hostess, a woman from Italy, cares more about the customer than any person I have met at any restaurant. To give you an example: I am plant based. So I ordered their Vegan Ravioli, which I found to be mushy. She said: "let me give you the regular vegetable ravioli. It's my favorite. To make it vegan, we will just omit the gorgonzola sauce on top".

Well, it's her favorite and is now mine. She even gave me a 'go veggie' parmesan like vegan topping for the ravioli. Bravo!

The quality certainly is food from Italy, not our American 'Italian Style' Food, that we get at so many local 'Italian' restaurants.

The ambiance is romantic and upscale even though it's in a small shopping mall. Unexpected quality. And top shelf customer service. Who could ask for anything more?

Grazie Villa Capri!

Healthy Happy Eating,
Chef Marian

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2017

" Sonny is Professional, Knowledgeable & Funny "

My wife and I went back to the Villa Capri Italian restaurant again for dinner, and again had a wonderful experience, Sonny our server was again awesome, as he is not only was in charge of the entire restaurant, but handled our table again with such professionalism. Sonny has a great and funny attitude, and is so knowledgeable about the meals served at Villa Capri. Chef Soul made our two dinners, and food runner Juan brought them out to us. My wife and I shared a Villa Capri salad which was very good. My wife then had the Penne Villa Capri, which is mild Italian sausage, artichoke hearts, bell pepper, and a pink tomato sauce. My wife said it was very tasty. I had the Pollo Parmigiana which is baked lightly breaded natural chicken breast, mozzarella cheese and spaghetti, in marinara sauce. The chicken was so tender and light, and the sauce was so good. Villa Capri homemade italian bread that comes with the meals is delicious. For our dessert we shared the Panna Cotta, which was a delicate traditional pudding made with low-fat yogurt and served with a sweet red wine reduction and fresh berries. It was delicious ! Every time we go to this restaurant in Del Mar, we are very pleased with the service and meals.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2017

Excellent!

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Always great food and attentive service.

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3.0Dined on July 2, 2017

I've been to Villa Capri many times as it's in my neighborhood. My latest experience was lacking in a few areas. The shrimp wrapped in bacon was much too overcooked. The dish was tasteless and shrimp tough. I cook shrimp all the time at home and understand you must time it or it's
ruined. The dish was priced about $23 and had a few vegetables, also nothing special, on the side with mashed potato. The salad with salmon was good. We should have ordered just salmon and I would have been much happier. I believe there was only one waiter and busboy on that evening. The service was much too slow for me. All my other experiences at this restaurant have been positive so I'm thinking it was just an off night for them. I'll give it another try.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2017

This Italian restaurant is a hidden gem! The food was superb and service was excellent, and while Villa Capri is in a shopping mall--between the cuisine and the view of the mountains--it's hardly noticeable. We are definitely planning to return soon.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2017

Found a pleasant atmosphere with absolutely delicious food, great deserts and great service. A very enjoyable dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

Good food good service. It wasn't crowded at 8:30 on a Friday night. I ordered the kale salad and veg lasagna which was delish. My husband ordered caprese salad and eggplant Our server was friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2017

A great neighborhood Italian restaurant with dishes from your childhood, if you are a Baby Boomer, that are plentiful and have a lot of flavor. The wine list is not large but well thought out to complement your dining choices. Our waiter, Sonny, was energetic but not overbearing. He helped with our wine choice and insured we had a stress free dining experience.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2017

" Once Again A Very Good Meal "

My wife and I went back to the Villa Capri Italian Restaurant in Del Mar for dinner last week. We were met at the counter by our server Sonny who was very nice. Sonny explained the menu specials to us, and after taking our orders came back several times to make sure we had everything we needed and were satisfied. My wife and I shared a Caesar Classica
romaine salad with shaved Parmesan cheese, homemade croutons, and creamy Caesar dressing. The dressing is home made and very tasty. My wife's entree was Gnocchi alla Sorrentina, one of Villa Capri signature dishes, with homemade potato dumplings, mozzarella cheese, and a choice of tomato basil sauce or homemade pesto. My wife loves the homemade green pesto. For my entree I tried their Quattro Formaggi Pizza, which had pecorino, mozzarella, gorgonzola, parmesan cheeses, and I added some delicious pepperoni on it. The pizza was thin crust and very good. For dessert my wife and I shared a Budino di Pane which is Chef Antonio's Signature Bread Pudding, with Caramel Sauce. YUM ! This small " hole in the wall " Italian restaurant, is a great place to enjoy some original Italian cuisine. Check it out !

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

First time eating there. On a Friday night, made a reservation half hour before we arrived. Seated right away. Great server. DH had caprese salad, I had caesar salad. We both had chicken sorrentine. For dessert, DH had tiramisu and I had cannoli. All the food was great and reasonably priced. Had a very good bottle of wine for $28. Fresh bread and marinara sauce to start. A real gem, and we will be back for sure.

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