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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 (1798)
$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 2 days ago
I’ve eaten at Baci many times and every time it has been fantastic. The menu teams are delicious and the specials are even better. The wine selection is top notch with spectacular Super Tuscans and Barolos. We’ve asked for a couple of authentic Italian dishes that are not in the many, which they have not only accommodated, but knocked out of the park with flavor and taste. This is truly one the premier Italian (Sicilian) restaurants in San Diego
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.
Top review
MattBvip
Dined 6 days ago
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
4.8
4.8 (5041)
$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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shellbelle
Dined 3 days ago
Having been to Cesarina numerous times, we've always enjoyed the food, the service, and just can't say enough about this wonderful restaurant!
A photo of Tavola Nostra Pizzeria E Cucina restaurant
4.9
4.9 (508)
$30 and under
Italian
Hillcrest
About the restaurant
Now Open! 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.
Top review
JohnMvip
Dined 6 days ago
Some of the best Italian food in San Diego and the service is spectacular. Always great.
A photo of Vinarius restaurant
4.9
4.9 (293)
$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
Di10vip
Dined 7 days ago
Our first experience at this restaurant, and we will definitely come back! From the server to the food, everybody went out of their way. We love this suggestions the server made for the wine, he made great food suggestions as well. It’s a terrific place. You should go!
A photo of Jack & Giulio's Italian Restaurant restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1119)
$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
matt
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
Awesome food, service and music. The gold standard for Italian food
A photo of Catania restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1932)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Absolutely incredible meal and service. The wait staff was incredibly helpful and attentive. The meal was very very good. Highly recommend you try this place.
A photo of Cori Pastificio Trattoria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (505)
$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
ShannonL
Dined 4 days ago
Food, service, atmosphere were all wonderful! I would definitely go again and recommend to friends visiting the area. The restaurant is super cute and cozy. My group of 7 had a fun and delicious experience!
A photo of Ciccia Osteria restaurant
4.8
4.8 (46)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
The authenticity of every aspect of the meal provides an opportunity to return often. The freshly made pasta and the delicious first courses along with the wine selections makes for a perfect evening. Price, ambience, service and most of all the food makes it one of our favorite places in San Diego.
A photo of Anthony's Lounge & Ristorante restaurant
4.8
4.8 (244)
$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
JosephDvip
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent evening. Great food. Outstanding service.
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