Cesarina

4.9
2114 reviews
$30 and under
Italian
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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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
What 2114 People Are Saying
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4.8
Service
4.8
Ambience
4.7
Value
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Guasti
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

Teri Moraga

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vipRyan
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cesarina was AMAZING! One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Our server Andrea was exceptional. Absolute 10/10 experience.

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CorinnaW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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JeanieB
San Diego
46 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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MichaelM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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SarahM
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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BrettR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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CindyO
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous meal!!! The ravioli was superb...suvch delicate and delicious pasta. Thank you for bringing such quality to our little neighborhood.

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food and lovely service. We’ll be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in SD. Great service and great food :)

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Marina
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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JK558
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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JM2025
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had my wife's birthday dinner at Cesarina and they made that moment vey special and memorable. Food was incredible and the service perfect.

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SDMT94
San Diego
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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vipZoolig
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best homemade pasta in San Diego.

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EastCountyFoodie
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vipQueensTom
Phoenix
56 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great, creative menu and preparation.

Service excellent.

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Lane
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food, ambiance and service was amazing. The best Italian restaurant I’ve ever dined at. Would definitely come back again!

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AnnD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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vipcumenda
Los Angeles
56 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

good food,good service. didn't like waiter touch pet in front of guest. hygienic

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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

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Nicholas
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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.

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DanniX
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tiramisu is everything. THE best handmade pasta I had everrrrrrrr!!!

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Laura
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great food, amazing waiters, lovely ambience

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MaryD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We go about once a month. Always a pleasure, never disappoints!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been going here since they opened and it is my favorite restaurant in San Diego. The food is second to none.

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DeborahR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful anniversary special night. Food and service was outstanding.

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stever
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and wonderful decor. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. Everyone was happy!

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DoraD
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

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!

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kimberleyc
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

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

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WendyB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was wonderful, the food was outstanding. We can hardly wait to return!

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TeamAvo
San Diego
13 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anniversary lunch. Waiter was very attentive and accommodating. Lovely way to,spend a Sunday afternoon

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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RebeccaW
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!!

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PipW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

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!

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TooElles
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was our first visit to Cesarina, but it won't be the last.

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vipmamamia
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

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.

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Bianca
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was exquisite and the overall experience (customer service) was outstanding!

FAQs

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.