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Diners' Choice: Italian restaurants in San Diego

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Italian cuisine in San Diego? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Baci Restaurant - San Diego restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1803)
$31 to $50
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Baci Ristorante offers diners a hint of old world Italian charm, with plush booths, white tablecloths, and gracious servers clad in tuxedos. While the decor is subtly modern, the menu is classic, celebrating Northern and Southern Italian cuisine. Specialties include classic pasta dishes, veal, and fresh seafood, with especially tempting daily specials offered by Executive Chef Domenico Alioto. In addition to the cuisine, the restaurant's charming and welcoming features--include an extensive wine list, elegant patio setting, and romantic main dining room--have made Baci a consistent favorite among locals for over 30 years.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Anniversary dinner at Baci's was awesome. Tony's son waited on us and was very attentive even though he was working lots of tables. I had the best swordfish dish that I have had in 30 years. Thick, juicy and super flavorful. My wife had Chilean sea bass that was also done perfectly. We weren't rushed, we enjoyed our appetizers before dinner and the Baci dessert was delightful.
A photo of Arrivederci restaurant
4.7
4.7 (58)
$31 to $50
Italian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Arrivederci Ristorante is an authentic Italian restaurant. Arrivederci means hello. The restaurant's name refers to Italian hospitality offered here. It has a decent semi-formal ambiance. The walls are decorated with paintings gathered from different parts of Europe. Antique lamps are hung from the ceilings to add a rustic appeal. Arrivederci specializes in preparing all dishes with authentic Italian recipes and ingredients. Grigliata vegetariana is prepared with a variety of assorted grilled vegetables. Rigatoni amatriciana is prepared with tabular pasta soaked in rich sauce, prepared with tomatoes and romano cheese. Italian bacon topping enhances the flavor. Pollo al funghi is the traditional chicken meal. The boneless breast of chicken is topped with mushrooms. The ingredients are cooked in wine sauce. Arrivederci serves Italian wines and beers.
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MattBvip
Dined on Jun 9, 2024
Always an amazing time at Arrivederci! The service is classic, the food so tasty, and it’s a wonderful local spot!
A photo of Cesarina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (5072)
$30 and under
Italian
Ocean Beach
About the restaurant
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.
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GreggA
Dined 4 days ago
We’re back again, this time for a Late Lunch . Sat out in the Patio, nice breeze! Seated promptly and then just Relaxed . Our Wait Person “Tracy” was Most Helpful and Knows the Menu Especially the Specials !! ….he shared about the Raviolis which I ordered with the Bolognese Sauce, he indicated that these are Spicy 🌶️ with Chili Flacks !! Since I like Spicy these are Great, my I suggest that maybe a small amount of chili 🌶️ flakes on the side for us who like a bit more Spice !! My Lady Julie ordered the Gnocchi Gamberi and when it was served in a Steaming Hot Copper Pot it made her Afternoon! She Loved it…. We both like Food Served on the Appropriate Platings … Cold on Cold and Hot on Hot plates , Thank You If you haven’t tried CESARINA yet …. Do it! Also, ask for “Tracy” he’s the Bomb !
A photo of Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (510)
$30 and under
Italian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina is a full-service, casual Pizzeria and Italian restaurant bringing a modern touch to family recipes, Sicilian Arancini, an ancient style of pizza called PINSA Romana and more. Join us inside, outside, or bring the experience from "tavola nostra" to yours using delivery or take-out services.

"The name came from all the years after my father passed visiting my mom every week in her kitchen/table with my brothers eating Italian food – us boys making pizza and pasta with her, including having friends and extended family over to share our table" – Jeff Oliveri

Tavola Nostra, which means “our table”, is owned and operated by Jeff Oliveri – a first-time restaurateur from a family of longtime restaurant owners. He hopes to honor his familial heritage and tradition with his Italian dining concept and experience.
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jun 17, 2024
I love the food and people here. It’s a great place to bring the family.
A photo of Vinarius restaurant
4.9
4.9 (295)
$30 and under
Italian
Downtown
About the restaurant
Vinarius is an Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Little Italy San Diego. We offer an extensive wine list with wines coming from different regions of the world; the best meat and cheese board with Italian cured meats and different cheeses to pair with our wines. Our chef Alex makes homemade pasta enriched with our homemade sauces, entrees, pizza, different appetizers to choose from, and desserts that pair well with our port wines and after-dinner drinks. You definitely have to try our daily specials!
Our cozy full bar is also the perfect place to enjoy your drink and food while watching some sports!
Top review
JoanH
Dined 4 days ago
First off, the food was absolutely incredible. I am Italian and so I am very picky when it comes to Italian dishes. My fiancé and I ordered the pappardelle ragu and funghi dish. It was so delicious, not to mention the freshness of the sauce. Service was on point, before you could even ask for something the wait staff was on it. The owner was very personable and greeted you. Highly recommend and worth the price !
A photo of Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1127)
$30 and under
Italian
Old Town
About the restaurant
Jack and Giulio's Italian restaurant has remained a favorite of San Diegans for many years. This popular restaurant, formerly known as Giulio's of Pacific Beach, has proudly served the "Best Scampi" since 1961. In addition to this popular dish, this family-owned and operated restaurant offers many homemade pastas, veal, poultry, beef, and seafood specialties.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
This is kinda of an hidden gem in Old Town. Quiet and only a short distance away from the hectic crowed area. Waiter was wonderful and even offered menu suggestions. Food was fantastic. Will definitely be returning to this quaint classic Italian restaurant.
A photo of Catania restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1946)
$31 to $50
Italian
La Jolla
About the restaurant
Inspired by an Italy road-trip Chef Ryan and I (Arturo) took back in 2008, we’re pleased to introduce Catania, the newest member of the Whisknladle Hospitality family. Here, we’ll be featuring simple, seasonal and authentic Italian Coastal Cuisine (None of the Italian version of TexMex you see most other places). Our commitment to authenticity will be evident in our use of wood burning ovens and grills, an all Italian wine list as well as an exclusively craft Italian Beer program. (Yes, Italy has an amazing craft beer movement nobody’s heard about.)
Top review
pyriferavip
Dined 3 days ago
continues to be one of our favorite spots, fantastic food, service, and location.
A photo of Cori Pastificio Trattoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (509)
$30 and under
Italian
North Park
About the restaurant
Acclaimed Sicilian Chef Accursio Lota serves up authentic cuisine in a cozy 60's-style Italian trattoria. Voted San Diego's Best Chef five years in a row, and Barilla’s World Pasta Champion, at Cori Trattoria Chef Lota serves up beautifully bold dishes like Agnolotti with Spring Peas and Beef Bone Marrow, and an unbelievably rich Vegan Parmigiana di Melanzane. The menu melds the flavors of Sicily and Italy with the best of fresh, locally-sourced Southern California ingredients, and is matched by a curated wine list and cocktail program that include indigenous, bio-dynamic varietals from all Italy.

The current Spring menu features dishes like Agnolotti with Spring Peas, fava bean, and beef bone marrow, and Cacio e Pepe with sustainably-sourced Petrovich caviar.

Enjoy full-service table seating, grab a place at the marble-topped bar, from which you can watch all the action of your meal being prepared in the open kitchen or just order your meal to enjoy at home with your family.

Top review
JeffGvip
Dined 2 days ago
The polpo appetizer was prepared so well! I really enjoy the pasta special with shrimp and the risotto was phenomenal. Our friends had the lasagna which was prepared authentic Sicilian style — excellent. Great service too!
A photo of Ciccia Osteria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (52)
$31 to $50
Italian
Barrio Logan
About the restaurant
Nestled in Barrio Logan, San Diego, Ciccia Osteria is a charming Italian restaurant that invites guests on a culinary journey through Italy. With its warm ambiance, attentive service, and exquisite cuisine, Ciccia Osteria is a beloved destination. Notably, it has won the Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand award in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Entering Ciccia Osteria, guests are transported to Italy's bustling trattorias. The cozy interior, with small tables, exposed brick walls, and soft lighting, creates an intimate atmosphere perfect for any occasion.

Committed to the finest ingredients and traditional techniques, Ciccia Osteria offers handmade pastas, succulent seafood, and tender meats, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience. The curated wine list features Italian and California wines to pair with the menu.

Under Chef Mario Cassineri's guidance, Ciccia Osteria is more than a restaurant—it's a destination where guests can savor authentic Italian cuisine and create lasting memories.
Top review
DSAIIvip
Dined 4 days ago
Delightful find in the Barrio! Recommended by friends and we will return with the next time!
A photo of Anthony's Lounge & Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (250)
$31 to $50
Italian
Temecula
About the restaurant
Welcome to Anthony's Lounge & Ristorante!
Anthony's Lounge & Ristorante is the oldest family-owned restaurant in the Murrieta and Temecula area. Named BEST OF SOUTHLAND: ITALIAN RESTAURANT by LA TIMES 2022. The food is based on authentic family recipes brought by the owner's parents when they emigrated from Calabria, Italy in 1954, which led to them to following their passion and opening their first restaurant in 1963 in Anaheim, CA. Everything on the menu is homemade, from the sausage, ravioli and lasagna, to the crepes used to make their manicotti and cannelloni, ricotta gnocchi and over 50 traditional entrees from pasta, veal (vitello), chicken (pollo), seafood (pesce), antipasto, minestrone and other specialty dishes prepared by our experienced chefs.
Whether you are new to the area or your friends and family want to enjoy the best Italian dining experience, come enjoy our live entertainment and family atmosphere.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent service with amazing food. Truly a dining experience.
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