Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From the 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.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
I'm reluctant to share this....it'll make it even more difficult to get a table!
A real gem in Point Loma/Ocean Beach. My family has lived on the Point for 100+ years. Old Venice, Venetian, Pommodora, Ulivo are all wonderful.
Cesarina - Bellisimo!
Fresh pasta made on-site. Oh, the choices!
Ravioli as good as my great-grandmother made - sorry, GG.
Cesarina was AMAZING! One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Our server Andrea was exceptional. Absolute 10/10 experience.
Excellent service . Food was delicious. Wish we sat inside as ambiance was nicer inside with marble tables. Outside was cute but definitely louder w planes flying over the restaurant, cars and motorcycles driving drive. They greeted us with complimentary champagnes for our anniversary. Enjoyed the complimentary focaccia bread. We ordered the Caesar salad which was average. The Pulpo came with burrata cheese and cubed pieces of potatoes. Verywas tasty. I loved loved the Spigola! It’s a whole fish. So fresh and tender! We also enjoyed the short rib pappadelle. They did not skim on the meat! We were too full to try dessert. Would love to return again to try other items on their menu. But will request to sit inside.
Everything about this place is just amazing! Loved the mussels and clams appetizer, it’s huge and to die for! Lasagna and tiramisu are must haves. The decor is the cherry on top- adorable!
Our fourth visit here and each time is wonderful. I am eating my leftovers as I write this and they are scrumptious. The only problem this time is we were seated right on the street and the noise was just a bit difficult when trying to visit with new friends. Love the service and the food. Tried the tiramisu made at the table and it w as wonderful. We will be back.
Cesarina is one of our absolute favorite restaurants in San Diego! The staff is so friendly and kind. They have an awesome wine list and the food is unbelievably good. They have the most authentic Italian food in San Diego. The homemade pastas are so so good. Such a cute atmosphere too. Indoor or outdoors you will be delighted by the ambiance. Last night we went for a date night but have been with our kids before, it’s kid friendly but also perfect for a date.
Homemade pasta. Sauces, cheese, olive oil, just the highest quality, it's fresh and it's perfection, hard not to say mmmmm when you try each dish.
First time at Cesarina and would 100% go back. The experience began from looking at the menu and seeing the short films. Then a glance at the thorough but concise menu had me anxious in the best way about what I was going to order. Everything looked delicious and there were so many options for GF and vegan diners. I made a reservation for our party of six outside but then we had a baby in tow - the team was quick to adapt to inside dining upon our request with a smile, which I'm certain was not easy. Servers were knowledgeable and pleasant and the food did not disapoint. We stuffed ourselves silly happily and could have stayed longer it was such a great atmosphere. 10/10 would go again!
Great food and atmosphere. Serving staff was friendly and responsive when something was needed. Got a free tiramisu made in front of us for my girlfriend’s birthday.
Another fabulous meal!!! The ravioli was superb...suvch delicate and delicious pasta. Thank you for bringing such quality to our little neighborhood.
Delicious food and lovely service. We’ll be back for sure!
One of the best meals I’ve had in SD. Great service and great food :)
Food was absolutely delicious and service was great! We got the Cesarina salad to start (delicious and unique) and then the short rib pappardelle (but subbed in gluten free penne) and one of the fish dishes. We also got the gf tiramisu. Lots of gf and vegan options. Highly recommend!
We went to Cesarina for me and my wife's anniversary and we were seated after a few minutes after checking in. We were seated and after being greeted and given a menu, were wished a Happy Anniversary and given complimentary champagne for the both of us. We ordered the Polpo, Nduja and Burrata for the appetizer and the octopus was cooked perfectly and the burrata actually paired well with it. For our entrees we ordered the Paccheri Vodka and Scampi and Filetto di Manzo with the gogonzola cheese on the side. The pasta, imo, is probably the best in SD, cooked al dente and the sauce was delicious. The filet was perfectly cooked medium and the flavor was on point. We finished with a capresina for dessert and it finished out the meal just right, it wasn't too sweet and had great pistachio flavor which me and my wife love. Honestly, I can't wait to go back to try the other pastas.
Had my wife's birthday dinner at Cesarina and they made that moment vey special and memorable. Food was incredible and the service perfect.
We loved the choice of pastas and sauces. There were a lot of vegan and vegetarian choices on the menu and the ones we tried (Norma and Pomodoro Fresco) were great tasting! The service was great and a lot more on the menu to try so we are definitely going to Cesarina again.
Best homemade pasta in San Diego.
The flavors were robust without overpowering. My wife and I had three courses, and each was delicious. The service was attentive without being overbearing. All at a very reasonable price. Great for a date, a celebration, or to entertain guests from out of town. Well done!
Great, creative menu and preparation.
Food, ambiance and service was amazing. The best Italian restaurant I’ve ever dined at. Would definitely come back again!
We are from out of town and stumbled across this restaurant that appeared very popular for a Wednesday night. We made a reservation for the next night in celebration of our anniversary. The entire staff was extremely friendly and warm for our whole visit. The ambience was great and the food as well. We loved that as vegetarians we could not only order from the vegan menu, but also request dishes from the main menu and ask for the meat to be excluded. It did take a little while for our entrees to come out but it was overall a great experience! We were even surprised with a dessert for our anniversary which was very thoughtful!
good food,good service. didn't like waiter touch pet in front of guest. hygienic
Honestly, one of the best restaurants in San Diego... but don't tell anyone because we still want to be able to get a table
Had a great time for my birthday! The food was amazing and the service was wonderful. I highly recommend. Must get the pasta when there! The bread is also to die for.
Tiramisu is everything. THE best handmade pasta I had everrrrrrrr!!!
Great food, amazing waiters, lovely ambience
We go about once a month. Always a pleasure, never disappoints!
I have been going here since they opened and it is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. The food is second to none.
A wonderful anniversary special night. Food and service was outstanding.
Great food and wonderful decor. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. Everyone was happy!
Food is outstanding. Choose your own pasta shape, sauce, and toppings. So many great choices. Our table was small and in the middle of the outdoor space, with uncomfortable seats, so not the best. But we were treated very well, including two complimentary glasses of prosecco for our anniversary. Will go back to try more of those pastas!
Wonderful experience every time! The consistency in quality food is always terrific.
These people do not have off nights! Always a favorite! Kimberley~Scottsdale, AZ
The staff was wonderful, the food was outstanding. We can hardly wait to return!
Anniversary lunch. Waiter was very attentive and accommodating. Lovely way to,spend a Sunday afternoon
Went for brunch with my husband and a few friends, we had a great time. Amazing service and the food was delicious and everything was presented beautifully!
They had so many thoughtful details that made my birthday celebration extra special. Will be returning every year-the birthday tiramisu and group Polaroid photo is the cutest!!
The food was delicious, and the staff were really eager to share their knowledge of the dishes and make recommendations. They picked a great bottle of wine for us. We liked it so much that we made our next reservation at the restaurant while we were eating our main course, about a month out so that we could get an evening time slot instead of a late afternoon. That place is jamming for a good reason!
This was our first visit to Cesarina, but it won't be the last.
Went here because the 2021 Michelin Guide listed Cesarina as a Bib Gourmand. We thought the food and service was just average. There are many much better Italian restaurants in San Diego. The outdoor dining space was lovely, but the seating was not very comfortable. The restrooms need a complete update.
Food was exquisite and the overall experience (customer service) was outstanding!
You can order delivery directly from Cesarina using the Order Online button. Cesarina also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 226-6222.
Cesarina is rated 4.9 stars by 2114 OpenTable diners.
Cesarina does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/cesarina-hhcoj/giftcards.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.