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Godfather Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Godfather Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1232 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Godfather, a Balistreri restaurant, is an Italian monument in downtown San Diego providing authentic cuisine from the hills of Italy. Established in 1974, The Godfather is a sophisticated and classy establishment that centers around generational recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy. Over the years, the quality of food and standard of service has never declined and thus garnered The Godfather a national recognition as one of the top twenty-five Italian restaurants in the entire nation. The menu is filled with classic favorites based in steak, chicken and pasta. For an intimate evening for two, try the Sicilian kiss prix fixe meal that includes a bottle of champagne.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 560-1747

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Isidoro Balistreri

  • Neighborhood

    Kearny Mesa

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,232 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

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  1. M

    Middies

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. We are from Las Vegas and used to Vegas restaurant prices- totally blown away by quality and value.
  2. SP

    SuzanneP

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Godfather never disappoints, my favorite, the scampi Godfather keeps me coming back year after year!
  3. E

    Erinn

    San Diego

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We had heard great things about The Godfather restaurant so went for my husband’s 50th birthday dinner. The restaurant is very dark inside to the point it was impossible to read the menu without using the flashlight on my phone. Food was very expensive for below average food. The lobster was extremely tough and had a very fishy taste. The red pasta sauce was gross, possibly the worst I’ve ever tasted. A full glass of wine was knocked off the table while the busboy was clearing the table. The waiter offered to bring a new one but then charged us for it. My family will never eat there again and I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida, muy buen ambiente y servicio de primera Muy recomendable
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Would love to come back again.
  6. JC

    JayC

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wide range of options on the menu, awesome food quality with abundant flavor!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Godfather Retaurant is an exquisite Italian Dining experience that never losses it ambience and 4 star cuisine.
  8. f

    foodietwo

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time at this neighborhood gem. Parking could be a problem if arriving later, but able to find parking. Service was amazing. We had a birthday group of 5 and they didn't rush us at all as we visited. Large portions of food and the fried zucchini was very good---could have used a dipping sauce.., Nice dessert for our birthday girl and no rush for us to leave. We will return.
  9. B

    Basil

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, service was excellent and host was welcoming. Always a great experience to there.
  10. TF

    TonyF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always: the best food, service, and ambience.
  11. AC

    AnthonyC

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional restaurant. Consistently excellent food and service. A true dining experience.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, all of it was as good as it gets.
  13. M

    Miche

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I do enjoy the complimentary fried zucchini. Unfortunately, my chicken Marsala was bitter. My friend did not like the sauce in her seafood pasta dish. With reservations, we were seated right next to the piano player right in the walkway from the door. Not an ideal location when you’re trying to have a conversation.
  14. IT

    IleneT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice to have an excellent 4 stars restaurant in Clairemont Mesa, Excellent food, service and added plus live piano music.
  15. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The lasagne was terrible. My veal chop was great. My wis KK ey sour was poor. We expected at lea so t the food tone perfect. We were let down.
  16. K

    Kepsf1213

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Company closing
  17. S

    Sterski

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a restaurant that offers exceptional food and service in a casual setting. The wine list is extensive and offers a decent selection no matter your price range. Don’t skip the desserts either…yum!
  18. C

    Cosmo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious our wait staff was OUTSTANDING and some of the best food in San Diego! The cocktail sauce is out of this world, the marinara sauce is incredible, you cannot tell me another restaurant makes a better cannoli for dessert. The house salad was full of carrots radishes, radicchio, a couple of olives, everything was incredible. If you haven't GO!
  19. JB

    JillB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff makes you feel like you’re home. The food is wonderfully delicious.
  20. r

    robertr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awsome service Awsome cannot wait to go back.
  21. b

    bobs

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food! We sit in the bar area and the same bartender takes your order. He is always there and so friendly and helpful!
  22. m

    mlh2013

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, best food, best service, best wine and great piano music. Went to bar after dinner for a cannoli martini-Frank is the best! Everyone makes you feel like family here and everything we have had to eat is amazing. This time, I had my usual chicken piccata and husband had spaghetti bolognese with an order of sausage--both were great. We were celebrating my birthday and got a cannoli with a candle while the pianist played Happy Birthday! Also have to add that the cannoli martinis are awesome! Thank you Godfather for another wonderful night. You always make us feel special!
  23. V

    Vicky

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for lunch, there was plenty of parking and was seated right away in one of their cozy elegant booths. Fettuccine alfredo with its thick creamy and dreamy sauce was A++ . Visit and let the restaurant speak for itself
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food!
  25. KS

    KellyS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, and great service! Such a wonderful family dinner out last night.
  26. DK

    DaleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always, the food is always great, and it is a wonderful place to have lunch
  27. CB

    CarolynB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and it was extremely pleasant. There were heaters to ward off the evening chill. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The first of their fried zucchini was delicious. Our dinners were well prepared and quite flavorful. Great selection of drinks, wine, beer and a full stocked bar. I would definitely return and recommend it.
  28. W

    Winer

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I hadn't been in several years and it is just as I remembered. Didn't disappoint!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly good food at a strip mall. Feels like you were transported to Italy
  30. HJ

    HowardJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We have been coming to Godfather Restaurant for more than 25 years. There have been a recently significant increase in prices. They have removed the cannelloni as a menu item which was our favorite and there is no longer a combination selection. One thing that has always bugged me is that the butter is served in wrappers which is more what you expect at Denney's rather than an upscale Italian restaurant.
  31. J

    John

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony and the gang are true professionals who make you feel like you're the Godfather!
  32. SD

    SDBrian

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Where else in San Diego can you get top Italian food with formal, tuxedoed service? A hidden gem that never disappoints! Great for special occasions!
  33. BB

    BuffaloBob

    San Diego

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    62st anniversary. Everything was great
  34. AM

    AndreaM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Anniversary. Had a real enjoy experience. Staff was amazing. Food was delicious.
  35. M

    Marty

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful as usual. Great service and great recommendations on menu items
  36. MH

    MariaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love, love, love everything about this place....food is excellent, people are wonderful....always a perfect night out
  37. J

    Jeff

    Central Coast

    142 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    142 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Never been rushed so much through dinner. Not just an anomaly for us. Some good items and some okay. Removed our appetizers to put down our entrees- “Italian fast food?”
  38. K

    Kcsreview

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Godfather has been a long established restaurant featuring Italian food and family owned and managed. Consistently they are among the very best. It's frequently chosen by business people for lunches and more family oriented in the evening but also a perfect place for just a quiet dinner for two. The owner is wearing a suit, the waiters tux, but please don't translate that to stuffy. Rather it's more reflective of the extreme respect they show toward their customers, many of whom have been coming for decades. With a restaurant food is always key and here too The Godfather excels. It all feels and tastes authentic, fresh and of the highest quality. You may think it's expensive with all these accolades, but it's not. Fried zucchini are served initially and they are outstanding, hot and flavorful. After a home made soup or salad, the entree may be a wide variety of seafood, veal, duck, steak, etc. all done in a special way with outstanding sauces. The pastas are plentiful and made in house. You can try to save room for one of their many outstanding deserts. They are popular and do fill up, so reservations are suggested. Bring an empty stomach as you will want it to be as the culinary treats unfold before amazed eyes.
  39. V

    Vicky

    San Diego

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Slowly working my way through the menu, this time was Raviolli alla Godfather (mouth-watering). Portion was plentiful and so filling, definitely arrive very hungry. The fried zucchini and bread+butter will hold you over. Service was very attentive when it came to refills, parmesan, the check...everything really.
  40. R

    Richard

    Los Angeles

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An amazing family dinner. Great service and great food. Old school Italian. So wonderful

FAQs

Godfather Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 560-1747.

Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1232 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


Google Map for Godfather Restaurant

7878 Clrmt Msa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111-1621

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Kearny Mesa

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Isidoro Balistreri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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