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Cesarina, San Diego, CA

Cesarina

4.9
4.9
2836 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

/////////////WE ARE OPEN FOR DINE IN AND TAKE OUT/////////////
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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Booked 133 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 226-6222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Area

    Ocean Beach

  • Cross Street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Parking Details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 2,836 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.7Value

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    Best Food

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  1. SB

    SheilaB

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food is decent. The service was exceptional. Food was not Italian, but a mix of what Americans think they should eat when eating Italian. That being said, it is a nice restaurant, with decent food, exceptional service, and a wonderful ambiance. Thank you!

  2. TL

    TanyaL

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, atmosphere, service. Pasta was outstanding. We will definitely be back when we're in San Diego.

  3. C

    Cesarinafangirl

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Literally my favorite restaurant in San Diego I would eat here everyday if I could, sooooo divine truly

  4. L

    Luvtoeat

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The white lasagna with short rib and truffles was outstanding!! We also ordered with tagliatelle and short rib in a red sauce which was also excellent! Perfect combination to share. Service was exemplary and fun at the same time. Don’t forget to order the tiramisu to end a wonderful meal!

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went for my boyfriends birthday and it was so much fun. Food was delicious and they took a photo for us and then prepared a tiramisu at our table! It was such a great time!

  6. JR

    JenR

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great staff and delicious food! They found out it was my birthday and sent a dessert - and took a Polaroid of our family to take home. Really enjoyed our time!!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best tiramisu ever. Everyone in our party thoroughly enjoyed their meals, describing the restaurant find as a sure win. Looking forward to trying more of the available dishes. See you next time Cesarina.

  8. MB

    MandyB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was delicious and the wine suggestion perfect.

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food every time I eat here. Best pasta dishes in San Diego

  10. P

    Patita

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    THE VERY BEST Italian restaurant in San Diego. Excellent food and great service. Parking can be difficult.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    WOW. Best pasta I have ever had. Definitely understand why Cesarina has 5 stars with tons of reviews. I will be back without hesitation!

  12. VL

    VL1234

    Pittsburgh

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely Amazing!! Thomas our server gave us the recommendations and we took them all!! They were fabulous! The lasagna, the Fungi pasta, meatballs, sausage, the casuarina salad and the app Zucchini flowers!!! OMG!!! This place is fantastic!!! We are from PA and couldn’t be happier with our pick!!! IPA and wine both excellent too!!! Authentic homemade Italian Pasta dishes!!

  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Beautiful restaurant , amazing service , and my favorite Italian food in San Diego !

  14. CP

    CarmenP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best Italian food in town. This is a must. Especially, when celebrating a birthday.

  15. AL

    AnneL

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Celebrate birthday with friends

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food!

  17. S

    Studentessa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The bentwood chairs were uncomfortable - need a cushion! Otherwise loved the place. Also very happy with (new?) Vegan menu as I recently became vegan for medical reasons.

  18. P

    Prospeaker

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome staff and very knowledgeable about their offerings...

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    There was some annoying noise during the dinner with a plumber snaking the lines next to our table. The manage was super nice about it and comped our entire meal plus gave us a gift card for next time. Super nice if him. Great food and good service, would come again for sure.

  20. P

    Paulina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always appreciate when a restaurant has vegan options. Had the baked pasta of the day and it was *chef’s kiss* delicious! The rest of the non-vegan party, also enjoyed their food so much so they did not have left overs

  21. AS

    AndreaS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I normally don’t write reviews but this time I have to….we celebrated mother’s day yesterday with my husband, two sons and my mother at this restaurant and we all loved it. From the moment we sat down, we enjoyed the warm decor of the place, the delicious bread and butter, the colorful manu with tons of good options to choose from…then the food was absolutely exquisite. Home made pasta was incredible, the service was exceptional, we never felt rushed. And to finish up we ordered a gelato to share that was out of this world. I had read good reviews about this place and checked the fun website they have and now that we we went there and loved it so much all I have to do is recommended to people.

  22. NP

    NP2013

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food was absolutely delicious, and there are so many choices. My husband loved the lasagna and I had the special and the pasta was the best I have ever had! I also had the vanilla ice cream with espresso which was amazing!!! We will be back.

  23. AL

    AlisonL

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time visit to Cesarina and it did not disappoint. The staff was super attentive and the food was amazing. The patio is cute and surprisingly there was no road noise. I can't wait to go back!

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Spent my bday dinner here - 10/10 experience from Top to bottom. Incredible food. Fantastic wine selection. Lovely people. The little details were amazing - loved the imported Italian plates and pitchers! I’ll be dreaming about that tiramisu for a good long while.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything start to finish was fabulous! We will recommend and be back.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great service cute place.

  27. C

    Cool

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The flower blossom appetizer was great, the fresh made pasta was a wonderful addition. Everything was fantastic.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best dining experience i have had in years!!

  29. KD

    KimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This restaurant is fantastic. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. The food is delicious and beautiful. The staff is friendly and attentive and the restaurant itself is charming and welcoming. Don't miss the gem!!

  30. NV

    NicoletteV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Cesarina is the absolute best! We make a point to go here every time we are in SD. Incredible! Grazie mille!

  31. MN

    MNFoodloMama

    Minneapolis

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We were visiting from out of state and were intrigued by the reviews. Food did not disappoint. Fresh pasta and sauces were delicious. Funghi over fettuccine was wonderful. Their homemade bread fantastic. Plane noise made outdoors a little loud and the party next to us was encroaching on our space, but not the restaurant’s fault.

  32. JM

    JessieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    They celebrated my partners birthday, took amazing care of us and the vegan options are delicious! 10/10 recommend!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is my second time there and I have not been disappointed by the delicious food as well as the the great service

  34. H

    Helen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As ever, totally outstanding all around. Could not be better in any way.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Family visit - lovely food and great service. Very happy to outdoor dining availability

  36. AL

    AlisonL

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    From start to finish a wonderful evening. Food was excellent and staff was great. Will definitely return in the future. Only issue is limited parking.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service & great menu options & well executed with top quality ingredients! A++

  38. B

    Bella

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent as usually. Happy to can it our regular spot.

  39. MP

    MarcyPea

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We went to Cesarina for our anniversary, and we are SO glad a friend recommended it to us. What a charming restaurant with amazing food, beverages and service! We will definitely be returning. Thanks for making our anniversary even more special, Cesarina!

  40. MS

    MichaelS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fresh made pasta! That's what this Cesarina is known for. Portions are ample, flavors are good to excellent. A bit pricey but the service and ambiance was top shelf. It is a small space with outdoor seating and the staff was super attentive.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cesarina using the Order Online button. Cesarina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 226-6222.

Cesarina is rated 4.9 stars by 2836 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 133 times today
Google Map for Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St Ste B San Diego, CA 92107

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Catalina Blvd

  • Area

    Ocean Beach

  • Hours of Operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 4:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    We have a private parking lot on the left side of the restaurant, at the moment only 2 slots are available. Each slot is marked by the Cesarina sign. Additional public parking lot, on the other side of the street, is available daily for 3$/h.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Cesarina Mezzoni

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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