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Trattoria Don Pietro, San Diego, CA

Trattoria Don Pietro

4.3
4.3
389 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Thanks to Trattoria Don Pietro, there is finally something new and fresh happening in Old Town. After spending a lifetime of cooking Italian food and a few years in LA learning from the best restaurants in the industry, Pietro is finally ready to roll up his sleeves and show San Diego his take on traditional Italian cuisine with a trendy twist. Between our groundbreaking Italian menu, wisteria garden patio ambiance, and over-the-top cocktails, we stand alone as the most instagrammable restaurant in San Diego. Come stop by today and experience our delicate balance of tradition and trend.

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Booked 16 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Weeknight Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-7205

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Busalacchi

  • Private party facilities

    Trattoria Don Pietro is the perfect venue for all your private events. Our garden is a lovely private yet open setting for intimate gatherings. Corporate functions, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, you name it, we're the spot for you!

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Cross street

    San Diego Ave at Arista St.

  • Parking details

    Along with street parking, we provide convenient parking below-ground with the entrance mid-block on Conde Street.

  • Public transit

    Old Town Transit Station

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 389 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. DI

    DIANAP

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    There were 10 of us unfortunately 3 meals came out unsatisfactory. A rib-eye steak was ordered medium rare and came out well done and leathery. Then the 2 orders of Rosata the pasta wasn't full cooked, they took it back. The second servings were okay, but not like what the girls had a few weeks ago. We were pleased that those 3 meals were removed from the bill. We were also comp 3 Lemon Cello desserts which was excellent. We will come back and our server Tajae was superior in every way. We highly recommend Trattoria Don Pierto they will take care of any issues you may have.

  2. a

    angelicf

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were great. Did overcook our steak but made another quickly and it was delicious.

  3. AM

    AshleyM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food the drinks are fantastic our waiter Sam was super nice and great. Overall a dope birthday or anniversary place, I will be coming back again !.

  4. J

    Johnnyb

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and ambiance was amazing. Would have like a little bit bigger portions.

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had a really great experience! The restaurant was beautiful and I love my table. The decor was amazing and the music was really good. My friends and I had a great time! This was the perfect place to spend my 20th birthday.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! Can’t wait to come back !

  7. JW

    JuliaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish everything was perfect. Sam, our server was fantastic, the food selections, outstanding and the presentation, absolutely incredible. We will be back!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Overall extremely underwhelming food and service. Ambiance was great, drinks great, food and service terrible. Took an hour to receive our entree, host was rude, food was very bland, server may have been new and learning but overall was not very knowledgeable on the menu. I would recommend this for drinks only and the ambiance.

  9. JS

    JosephS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and food. Loved the Gnocchi and Braised Short Rib. Great for a group of friends.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Great service and really good food! Place is super cute and we will for sure come back.

  12. t

    takisv

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience3

    Our friends from Palm Springs and my wife an I have our anniversary the same day and we decided to celebrate at Trattoria Don Pietro with anohter couple and a single friend for a total of 7 people because we read good reviews on that particular restaurant. WHAT A MISTAKE...!!! The food was expensive and tasteless, the service next to nothing and the place with its plastic flowers hanging all over kind of cheesy. Appetizers were expensive and served in tiny plates. 3 of our plates had to go back because they came cold. When they brought back the new plates we asked for parmesan cheese and it took forever so our plates got cold again. I guess nobody saw our anniversary notes and mentioned nothing to us. In general, because fo some reviews we expected a decent Italian dining but at the end we regreted that we did not go to a Mexican restaurant especially being in Old Town San Diego whre ther are many good ones. We usually give restaunrants anothe chance but Trattoria Don Pietro does not deserve it.

  13. J

    Joanie

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    The appetizer Frito Misto was excellent, I could have eaten just that the entire night! The beet salad was just okay, the vinegar flavor of the pickled beets was overpowering and I could barely taste anything else. The spaghetti with pistachios was outstanding! My husband had the lobster ravioli and said it was very good, but the sauce was a little heavy and didn't allow the lobster flavor to be fully enjoyed.

  14. BS

    BillS

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience2

    Been here many times but the restaurant was just not the fine dining I expected. The waiter wasn’t around very much, didn’t explain the specials, it was very loud and not special.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Service and ambiance was good! The pizza Margherita was a disappointment. It was not baked properly and the bottom crust had a lot of raw flour.

  16. EF

    ElizabethF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great, fooD was wonderful. We were not rush3d.

  17. C

    Cachysss

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mexican Mother’s Day

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Cocktails and a positive ambience were the factors that made this value shine ✨

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Service was very good. Food was average not amazing.

  20. DP

    DougP

    Tampa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great place! My server, Matthew was attentive and knowledgeable.

  21. CM

    ChristineM

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1

    It did not live up to the hype. We went for Mother's Day without knowing they were offering a limited menu. That was not advertised on their website. The restaurant was unbelievably loud, could hardly hear one another. Our wine took forever to come out. Our appetizer actually showed up before the wine. The food was alright, not great. I had the pesto, my mom ordered the short rib pasta (the best dish in my opinion) and my husband got the neri. He loved it until he started crunching on lots of shell pieces towards the end. Also, it was so dark in there you could hardly read the menu. So dark in fact that they bring you out a special light when your food comes so you can actually see what you're eating. Lastly, this place is not kid friendly at all. They have a high-chair but no cups for kids to drink from (a cup with a plastic lid) and no childrens menu. I don't think I will be back.

  22. HS

    HeatherS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3

    Went here for Mother's Day and had a reservation. When we arrived the hostesses were very rude and did not acknowledge us at all. We got one of the worst tables with wobbly chairs and one menu for 4 of us. The menu was different for mothers day and this was also not told to us. It wasn't until our server came and she answered our questions, brought us all menus and water. She was the only good part of the whole time. The food is okay but I felt so out of place being there. I hate being that person but I know it was because we are Mexican. They treated everyone else great except for us and I saw this happen. It made me feel so bad about myself and that I didn't belong. The hostesses need to humble themselves as they themselves are also working there.

  23. g

    goldilocks

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    This was a terrible experience. The service was insanely slow; I actually think the waiters forgot about us. The food was overcooked and 3 people ordered the filet mignon, but that piece of meat was definitely not a filet and very chewy and fatty. And my mom asked to have the music turned down several times because she couldn't hear us. Why are they blasting Snoop Dog on Mother's Day? We will not return.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was great! Food was great! Drinks were awesome!

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Ambiance is beautiful. Food was good. My husband and

  26. AG

    AaronG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Food and drinks were great and the price was reasonable for the portions. Super loud electronic dance music blasting from the speakers was strange given there was no dance floor or separate bar. Definitely detracted from the meal.

  27. GC

    GracieC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed the fresh food! The drinks were so unique and tasty!!

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Our waiter was very nice and hospitable. Drinks were really good.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    The first time I went here, I got hooked. Everything was perfect just after they opened again. The last three times I felt like So much has changed. I literally love the place so much at first that I kept thinking it was an off-night so I would continue going after the second time but I come to believe that the off night might have been the great one. SERVICE is terrible, food has been mediocre and whatever you do don't order dessert! We ordered everyone for different people at the table on two separate occasions and it was definitely some thing taken out of the freezer and not defrosted well.

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I absolutely love this restaurant everyone is so inviting and the service is always amazing no matter how busy they may get the quality of the food as well as the service is always A1.

  31. K

    Karyn

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience1

    Your online menu is deceiving, you don’t have nearly the selection of food or drink options shown online. The music was far too loud to have a conversation with the person sitting next to me, the bartender was very unfriendly and our waitress didn’t have positive things to say about the dishes you serve. We won’t be back nor will we be recommending your restaurant.

  32. JL

    JohnL

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience5

    Food was good, nice atmosphere. 2 of our 8 dishes came out 20 minutes later then the rest of the food. Everyone else was finished when the rest of our food came out. Server was friendly but ignored us most of the time. Had to get up to get water refilled and so on. Probably understaffed but no one seemed to care about how late some of the food came out. Not a great experience for a $300 meal.

  33. ER

    ErikaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing best customer service ever Bella I believe was super nice and helpful .

  34. SP

    SarahP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The menus is NOT same menu as posted on Open Table. There’s no traditional pastas or pizzas on the menu any more. Was a mistake to bring my kids. The food was good but just not for kids, and about double the prices listed on the open table menu. I asked if they had something that was just a basic cheese pizza for my child and was told yes but what we got was nothing resembling a “normal” pizza. The server should have told us so we could order something else.

  35. P

    Pierre

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was hesitant at first due to the reviews of the restaurant being too loud. This is not your old school Italian restaurant, the music is upbeat and makes you want to dance. The service and food was excellent. I'm glad I chose this location. Also, the pricing for 3 guest was appropriate for the area!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cute place with good food.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was an amazing experience our waitress Taylor C made the entire evening magnificent

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Tajae was our server the night we went his service was impeccable super nice. When I make my way back I'll definitely be visiting here again . Not to mention the food . Had the Neri it says spicy but it was actually not to spicy at all .. but it was delicious seafood mix . Tried different drinks but I liked leaky blinder the most .. this place is very cute perfect for taking some good pictures very nice decor.

  39. SR

    SophiaR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and service were exceptional . Sara was our waitress and made us feel at home .

  40. CC

    ConorC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    1st time dining. Very great experience. Drinks and good were top notch! Definitely will be dining here again soon!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • 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

Trattoria Don Pietro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 255-7205.

Trattoria Don Pietro is rated 4.3 stars by 389 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

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Booked 16 times today
Google Map for Trattoria Don Pietro

2415 San Diego Ave San Diego, CA 92110-2801

Additional information

  • Cross street

    San Diego Ave at Arista St.

  • Neighborhood

    Old Town

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 12:30 pm–3:30 pm Dinner Weeknight Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Sicilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Along with street parking, we provide convenient parking below-ground with the entrance mid-block on Conde Street.

  • Public transit

    Old Town Transit Station

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Busalacchi

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 255-7205

  • Private party facilities

    Trattoria Don Pietro is the perfect venue for all your private events. Our garden is a lovely private yet open setting for intimate gatherings. Corporate functions, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, you name it, we're the spot for you!

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