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Godfather Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Godfather Restaurant

4.7
4.7
1196 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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Booked 23 times today

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 1,196 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Diego

    Italian

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  1. J

    Jeff

    Central Coast

    138 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    138 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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?”

  2. K

    Kcsreview

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  3. V

    Vicky

    Guanajuato

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  4. R

    Richard

    Los Angeles

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

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

  5. KM

    KathyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Service was impeccable as always. Food was good though my husband said his cioppino was disappointing. Had a couple of fairly loud groups which made it difficult to converse at times.

  6. b

    bossy

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Father’s Day Very nice

  7. BB

    BarryB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is higher end (and more expensive) than most of the places I frequent. However, it is well worth the price. The service is top notch and very friendly. They all want to make sure that the paying guests are served well. The food is second to none. I have never tasted better Italian cuisine. This is a "Can't Miss" place in San Diego county.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    my mom ordered a steak that was not juicy not tender and very chewy although she asked for a medium cook. When we brought it to the waiter's attention, he took it the rude owner who came and start arguing with us that there is nothing wrong with the meat and that piece will be on the bill even though we asked for a replacement dish. the way the owner came to us was so aggressive. He took it personally and did not take care of us at all, all in all, the food is below average and overpriced and you will be treated disrespectfully never again

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    Driving in there wasn’t any parking but they do have valet for $4.00. We were greeted by the owner with a big smile on her face. By my estimation she has been greeting people here since they opened the doors. I love her. We were seated quite near the piano bar and looking around we saw no empty tables so we stayed where we were seated. It was loud. I found myself saying “pardon me” every other sentence. The fried zucchini was awesome. We didn’t even order it. It was hot and good. We made it great by salting it and a little Parmesan. Delish. Good cocktails…I had a Manhattan and my wife had a martini. Very nice. The mains were unspectacular. Very tasty but warm. I could have sent mine back but didn’t. My wife did send hers back. They were good not great. Finished up with a really great tiramisu. Really great! Overall maybe a strong three out of five. I’ll give them another try if I can convince my wife.

  10. S

    Scott

    San Diego

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meal was fabulous as ever. We brought a friend for her birthday, had a nice cozy spot with not a lot of noise and we so enjoyed all of it, even the tiramisu for her dessert. Thank you so much Anthony for taking good care of us as always

  11. A

    Averysharpone

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service and food. Always a pleasure coming here.

  12. s

    sherryl

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Birthday celebration

  13. WM

    WilliamM

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Another fantastic experience! Everyone knew it was our anniversary and greeted us as such. Lucio, our server, was superb and our dinner was fabulous, as usual.

  14. R

    Robert

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    This is our second time for dinner. Everything was great. What I would monitor from the kitchen is how dark the zucchini was. Too dark. Change the oil maybe.

  15. KL

    KerrieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place to enjoy great food. Ricardo was awesome!

  16. M

    Minoangoddess

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had eggplant parmegiana, my daughter had fettucini alfredo, and her husband had the veal parmegiana. All very wonderful and enough to take home for dinner the next night. I especially liked the wonderful salad and bread.

  17. F

    Fred

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Both of our dinners were delicious and Said (server) did a fabulous job.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing dinner at godfathers. Went for a bday which originally was set for 8. When I arrived it ended up being a total of 12, the front door host Anthony handled it with no problem and got us to our table right away. He also assisted in placing large family portions for table, Italian style. As overwhelmed as I thought it’ll be he made it so easy with everything. Our server was amazing, handled drink orders and all our concerns very professional and efficient. The food was sooo good, ordered many dishes they all were delicious including deserts. The final cost was very impressive as well def 5 stars!!

  19. m

    michaelh

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding, can’t believe all these years we lived here this was our first visit. Will absolutely be back.

  20. L

    Legend

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    The Godfather restaurant was very good. Its a long time favorite and the food and service was very good. We had a wonderful time.

  21. T

    Terry

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We very much enjoyed the experience at this restaurant. Everyone loved the food. Service was excellent.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food, service, overall experience and “warmth and sense of belonging” are consistently outstanding. Can’t go wrong.

  23. m

    mlh2013

    San Diego

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went for lunch with 2 other women, and as expected, everything was wonderful from the food to the service. I usually get chicken piccata, but decided to try something new for a change and got sea bass. It was excellent! Two of us had the sea bass and one person had chicken piccata--all excellent. Our waiter, Juan, was incredible. I don't think we ever had to call him over for anything-its like he had ESP!

  24. P

    Pete

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Again and outstanding diner and drinks. From Frank the bartender, before our meal to David our waiter everything was perfect. As always Anthony, the owner was at the reception desk coordinating all. Congrats on another excellent meal and atmosphere.

  25. EW

    EdW1

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food as always. I managed to eat the entire fillet Al la Godfather which is huge and wonderful! It was my 76th birthday and I wanted to see if I still had the ability to eat an entire Godfather stuffed fillet. This is my go to place for special occasions.

  26. LM

    LisaM

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great evening at The Godfather. The food was delicious! The pork chop was out of this world! The service was outstanding. Highly recommend.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    🥰 food is sooo good

  28. CM

    CarolynM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The Lasagna & Penne Arrabiata w/sausage was perfect 😍

  29. T

    Tina

    San Diego

    135 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    135 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner experience at The Godfather restaurant. The service was excellent and the food was very tasty. Nice place for a cozy and yummy dinner. The artichoke appetizer was very good, bolognese good and seafood in the cioppino was tender and tasty. Good find, good time in Kearny Mesa!!!

  30. DF

    DebraF

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was absolutely delicious! We were treated like royalty.

  31. SH

    SharonH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service was amazing. They offered a nice selection of wine. Our water was wonderful and very attentative to our needs. Can't pass up the amazing deserts!

  32. JR

    JaysReviews

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anthony and his Staff ALWAYS do a great job!!!!!!!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Very unique ambiance! The carbonara was amazing.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The staff was great right from the front door. Waiter was great. Bus staff was attentive and the food was great.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thank You Ricardo and assisting staff for making this Evening one to remember! We loved the experience! Our Compliments to the Chef and Kitchen staff for giving us such a beautiful exquisite meal!

  36. N

    Nemo

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and wonderful service , love , love, love. Will bring my family next time.

  37. V

    Vicky

    Guanajuato

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Plenty of street parking or inside the mini-mall, came during busy lunch rush and still no problem. Were seated right away and brought waters, menus, there's a full bar and complimentary bread/butter. Dining room seating was comfortable, clean and romantic. Bathroom was clean and spacious. Would highly recommend and can't wait to come again!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience!

  39. CA

    ChristineA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have been going to the GF restaurant 30 years and each and every time its an amazing experience. The food, the service, and ambiance is out of this world. I always come out with a WOW experience and can't wait to return. My family and friends all love this place, it's the BEST Italian Restaurant in San Diego by far. Keep up the great work! Five Stars Plus

  40. m

    mlh2013

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favorite place! Consistently excellent service and food. Chicken Picatta my favorite. Meat sauce, meat balls, sausage -all outstanding. Capresi (sp?) large enough to share before dinner, but save room as entrees are large. Piano player on weekends is an added treat. Ended the evening in the bar with cannoli martinis by Frank.❤️

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

Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 1196 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 23 times today
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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