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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, Lemon Grove, CA
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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.6
4.6
717 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.

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2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Additional

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

Experiences

  • Thursday Date Night

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a 3 course meal for two people (shared app, 2 entrees and a shared dessert) for $45 every Thursday night.
  • Sunday Family Meal

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a family meal for four for only $50. You'll have a choice of family-style Caesar or Mixed Greens Salad, then you Build Your Own Pizza and Build Your Own Pasta!

Offers

  • Pizza Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Every Tuesday night, get any pizza from the menu plus a carafe of house wine or sangria for only $19.
  • Cheese Wheel Pasta Mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Rotating pastas served table side from a giant parmesan cheese wheel. Every Monday night.
  • Half Off Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Every Wednesday, get half off select bottles of wine all day.

Popular dishes

What 717 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Fit for Foodies

  • East County

    Good for Groups

  • East County

    Great for Lunch

  • East County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East County

    Special Occasion

  • East County

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Beegrn

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful server- she said she was recently hired( don’t remember her name) she was very attentive and prompt with everything. The food was good as well- we had a gluten free pizza and the Chilean Sea bass. Both were very good. We loved the decor and ambiance. So nice to have a nice comfortable restaurant close to home. This place could be in Little Italy but I’m glad it’s not!
  2. JR

    JanetR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great traditional Italian food with excellent service, a wonderful atmosphere and decently priced. We especially appreciated the round tables which allowed us all to be part of the conversation. A must try and we will be going back for sure.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for restaurant week due to the high reviews, and the food and service did not disappoint. Will be returning back soon!
  4. JD

    JDiner

    San Diego

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We heard this was a great restaurant so each couple drove 20 to 30 minutes to get here and thought we would try it because of restaurant week. Three of us had the restaurant week menu and one ordered off the menu. Calamari was probably the best I’ve ever had. The grilled romaine was good but not the best. The salmon and Chilean Sea bass to die for. All of the desserts were amazing: tiramisu, Nutella cheesecake, and lemon cello cake.. The service was very attentive, caring, and friendly. They had a couple of missteps we’re all of the appetizers didn’t come out at the same time and same with the entrées but it wasn’t egregious. It’s a long way to go for a meal so I’d love to see them open a restaurant in our area, However if they had something special or a special event we would likely drive out there again
  5. K

    Katalina

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food is delicious and the presentation is beautiful. The staff is very friendly and accommodating. The dining room is on the noisy side but that is due to the fact that it was very full of happy guests. I highly recommend.
  6. c

    carolc

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant we need more like this first class
  7. T

    Tree

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice place & good food. Good service. Will go there again
  8. SM

    SusanM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch is such a bargain. Large portions 2 courses for $15
  9. D

    Darbygo

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Beautiful setting, totally comfortable. The food was outstanding! Truly, outstanding. Unfortunately the service was slow but the wine was good and the company great. The owner, Carina, came out and apologized for the slow service and was so very personable. As we were celebrating our 40th anniversary, she ordered a round of very nice port for all of us. We all will be back again. As with so many restaurants now, finding servers and staff is difficult but the chef, and the staff there were superb.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for restaurant week. We all had the salmon, delicious and service was great. Will definitely go again.
  11. MH

    MichaelH

    Kuala Lumpur

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food and service. This restaurant is a gem
  12. AB

    AndreaB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and healthy food. Great service with classy ambiance.
  13. EC

    ElizabethC

    San Diego

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Food and drinks were excellent as always. The place was packed due to restaurant week! They definitely needed more help though. Servers were terrific but overwhelmed.
  14. SG

    StephanieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent restaurant all around, except we ordered the garlic knots and they didn’t arrive until after our salad and halfway through our entree. But, they tasted very very good!
  15. RM

    RoxanaM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food...great service and lively atmosphere!
  16. C

    Cherese

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Will definitely dine here again in the future.
  17. DS

    DanielleS

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a friends birthday and, as usual, the food, service, and ambiance were wonderful! Alex was a great server and took great care with our party. ☺️ Karina has done an amazing job providing a fabulous environment for a night out and spectacular food and service 💕
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex, our server was great and gave us many recommendations. We loved everything and will definitely be back!!
  19. HS

    HaydeeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance in the evening outdoors. Not loud. Great food. Great service. Lobster bisque, Brussels sprouts, fried calamari and grilled mushrooms were excellent.
  20. SD

    SDchelle

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    When I made reservations, I didn’t know they didn’t have A/C. It was hot outside, but even hotter inside, so we opted for outside and asked to sit at a table in the line of the only fan they had. Our server was very accommodating, and the fan made it bearable...until another customer got up and turned the fan to face their table instead. I had the penne salsicia, and I thought it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, so did the flies. So. Many. Flies. It was impossible to keep them away even though I was constantly waving my hand back and forth over my plate. It was just really unappetizing. The only saving grace was that they went away once the sun went down. I definitely would have made the reservation for later in the evening if I’d known the flies were such a problem.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great people, and great food!
  22. S

    Sher

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Even with reservations, the restaurant was overwhelmed with what seemed like a 70% capacity. There was no wait but was extremely understaffed. The indoor seating area had no air conditioning with about 85 degree weather outside. It was extremely humid in the dining area. We were seated immediately and ordered within 15 mins. Appetizers came after AN HOUR wait, then the entrees 15 mins after that. We had to ask for a bread basket as the kids were both starving and uncomfortable with the heat. We ordered the Seafood spaghetti, fettuccini alfredos and spaghetti & meatballs for the kids. All was basic, nothing to rave about and with the wait, totally not worth it.
  23. D

    Deb1

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    During these really hot months they really need air conditioning inside. Plus, if you eat outside, they need to figure something out to keep the flys to a minimum. Plus, the traffic noise makes it difficult for conversation. However, the food is absolutely delicious!! I do love this restaurant.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were excited to try this spot and had an ok but not particularly memorable meal. Highlights were the garlic knots and a nice glass of Montepulciano. Service was a bit slow, entrees were just ok. The polenta served with the short rib tasted like nothing. For the prices, I’d rather go downtown to Little Italy for a solid, delicious meal. Our server was nice and accommodating with our dog and baby in tow. Interested to check out their wine bar next door.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    No major complaints or praises. Service was the best part very attentive, and quick with the water refills. Food was just OK. Alfredo sauce was a little loose, and the marinara had an acidic taste. By far I’ve had better Italian food, but I would say definitely better than Olive Garden.
  26. AR

    AngeliqueR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large party of 13 guests following a memorial service. The food and drinks were excellent and our server Shannon provided wonderful service. Our dinner at Giardino helped us turn a sad occasion into a real celebration of life!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall my experience was good, a few things that could have been better were the flys were kinda out of control and the portion sizes for the price seemed off especially for the Pasta dishes and desserts. But everything else was good food was delicious, Service was really good, atmosphere was nice.
  28. PR

    PatrickR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, service excellent-truly delightful
  29. MM

    MarkM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was very impressed with the menu and the atmosphere. The place was packed. So was Zest next-door. The staff were really really busy, but I understand considering how hopping the place was. I went during the monthly jazz jam and will come again.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and our server Alex! The live band was painfully loud - could not even talk, even with yelling we couldn’t have much conversation. We’ll be back because we love this spot we just hope it’s not a live band night or that if it is the noise level is considered and changed!
  31. VR

    VeraR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch specials. Parking lot in rear, easy to miss if you don't know about it. Plenty of street parking too.
  32. DD

    DanDon

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Both food and service were excellent. Table was next to sidewalk, road noise was distracting.
  33. JL

    JimL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was wonderful. He recommended excellent choices. The food was delicious. Ambiance was beautiful and relaxing. Looking forward to going back.
  34. MZ

    MaryZ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic food Great friendly, timely service A few flies outside … Otherwise, 5 star!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Wish the food was executed better. Its mediocre at best. Very personable and friendly staff.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just OK. I do think it’s a great neighborhood location. Extremely noisy. The wait staff was very attentive. I took an awfully long time to get food. Our order was not complicated. We ordered soft drinks and a truck from about 35 minutes to bring them to us from the time we ordered. I will definitely give it another go.
  37. CM

    CMOFOOTBALLCOACH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice spot here in Lemon Grove. I was glad to see the Chicken Marsala on the menu. The Champagne Brunch on Sunday is really good. But I would suggest to ad a lil bit more menu items.
  38. m

    milanjade

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite local gem! We love the food and the staff! We have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. The service is always great. Shannon is amazing and Karina the owner is so wonderful. Had a new (new to us) server this time, Alex, who was also great! Carbonara is one of my all time favorites along with the Penne Salsicia! Everything is always so delicious and they have put so much work into this restaurant and it shows. Beautiful inside and out! Perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and special occasions!
  39. KA

    KAKMAM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food, but still would like all meals to come out together.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was awesome! Service was awesome! Only big concern is that the main indoors dining area was hot as f—k, no indoor AC??? Maybe it was down for repairs? But on a hot day 85+ it was actually cooler outside versus the oven like dinning room. But be aware that the outdoors area is for larger crowds, free range crying children, so it’s loud and intrusive. Will try again once the summer heat has died down and way later in the evening.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • 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 Giardino Neighborhood Cucina using the Order Online button. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 825-7112.

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is rated 4.6 stars by 717 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:30 PM


Booked 11 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

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

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

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