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Godfather Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Godfather Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1241 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
The Godfather, a Balistreri restaurant, is an Italian monument in downtown San Diego providing authentic cuisine from the hills of Italy. Established in 1974, The Godfather is a sophisticated and classy establishment that centers around generational recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy. Over the years, the quality of food and standard of service has never declined and thus garnered The Godfather a national recognition as one of the top twenty-five Italian restaurants in the entire nation. The menu is filled with classic favorites based in steak, chicken and pasta. For an intimate evening for two, try the Sicilian kiss prix fixe meal that includes a bottle of champagne.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 560-1747

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Isidoro Balistreri

  • Area

    Kearny Mesa

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,241 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful birthday meal here. Great food, great desserts and superb service. You can't go wrong coming here for a great meal.
  2. CR

    ConstanceR

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday dinner for my Dad 92 ! He loves this Resturant Nice booth, good waiter a little too loud, Dad is having trouble hearing now Always good food and classy service ! Thank You for a great night Constance
  3. SD

    ScottD

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food and service! It’s always a great time with piano music lightly playing in the background.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service! They brought out Birthday dessert and birthday song on the piano.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    133 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    133 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Think old school. Think red leather booths and waiters in 3 piece suits. Think Italian. Now sit, drink, eat, enjoy. Wait to hear the specials menu before you decise from the large dinner menu offerings. I had osso bucco and she had lobster ravioli. Wow. Nice wine list also.
  6. t

    tonyg

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    One of my friends had the chicken salad and it effected him. Spent time in the bathroom for 20 minutes while we were there. I had the penny pasta and two meat balls. it did not have much flavor. Another fellow had the plate with several items served on a stone. He enjoyed that. The other fellow had the chicken salad and had no effect.
  7. DB

    DonnaB

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great. Staff very attentive. Food quite good. A little concerned about parking if busy.
  8. NJ

    NancyJ

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service is friendly, the food is delicious. We love there!
  9. M

    Middies

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was outstanding. We are from Las Vegas and used to Vegas restaurant prices- totally blown away by quality and value.
  10. SF

    SarahF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is my favorite Italian restaurant! The servers are always wonderful and the food, delicious! We've been back several times and will go back many times more!
  11. SP

    SuzanneP

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Godfather never disappoints, my favorite, the scampi Godfather keeps me coming back year after year!
  12. E

    Erinn

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    We had heard great things about The Godfather restaurant so went for my husband’s 50th birthday dinner. The restaurant is very dark inside to the point it was impossible to read the menu without using the flashlight on my phone. Food was very expensive for below average food. The lobster was extremely tough and had a very fishy taste. The red pasta sauce was gross, possibly the worst I’ve ever tasted. A full glass of wine was knocked off the table while the busboy was clearing the table. The waiter offered to bring a new one but then charged us for it. My family will never eat there again and I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excelente comida, muy buen ambiente y servicio de primera Muy recomendable
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service! Would love to come back again.
  15. JC

    JayC

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wide range of options on the menu, awesome food quality with abundant flavor!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Godfather Retaurant is an exquisite Italian Dining experience that never losses it ambience and 4 star cuisine.
  17. f

    foodietwo

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    First time at this neighborhood gem. Parking could be a problem if arriving later, but able to find parking. Service was amazing. We had a birthday group of 5 and they didn't rush us at all as we visited. Large portions of food and the fried zucchini was very good---could have used a dipping sauce.., Nice dessert for our birthday girl and no rush for us to leave. We will return.
  18. B

    Basil

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinner, service was excellent and host was welcoming. Always a great experience to there.
  19. TF

    TonyF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Like always: the best food, service, and ambience.
  20. AC

    AnthonyC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 25 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An exceptional restaurant. Consistently excellent food and service. A true dining experience.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food, service, all of it was as good as it gets.
  22. M

    Miche

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I do enjoy the complimentary fried zucchini. Unfortunately, my chicken Marsala was bitter. My friend did not like the sauce in her seafood pasta dish. With reservations, we were seated right next to the piano player right in the walkway from the door. Not an ideal location when you’re trying to have a conversation.
  23. IT

    IleneT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So nice to have an excellent 4 stars restaurant in Clairemont Mesa, Excellent food, service and added plus live piano music.
  24. RW

    RobertW

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The lasagne was terrible. My veal chop was great. My wis KK ey sour was poor. We expected at lea so t the food tone perfect. We were let down.
  25. K

    Kepsf1213

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Company closing
  26. S

    Sterski

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a restaurant that offers exceptional food and service in a casual setting. The wine list is extensive and offers a decent selection no matter your price range. Don’t skip the desserts either…yum!
  27. C

    Cosmo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious our wait staff was OUTSTANDING and some of the best food in San Diego! The cocktail sauce is out of this world, the marinara sauce is incredible, you cannot tell me another restaurant makes a better cannoli for dessert. The house salad was full of carrots radishes, radicchio, a couple of olives, everything was incredible. If you haven't GO!
  28. JB

    JillB

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff makes you feel like you’re home. The food is wonderfully delicious.
  29. r

    robertr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was awsome service Awsome cannot wait to go back.
  30. b

    bobs

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and wonderful food! We sit in the bar area and the same bartender takes your order. He is always there and so friendly and helpful!
  31. m

    mlh2013

    San Diego

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, best food, best service, best wine and great piano music. Went to bar after dinner for a cannoli martini-Frank is the best! Everyone makes you feel like family here and everything we have had to eat is amazing. This time, I had my usual chicken piccata and husband had spaghetti bolognese with an order of sausage--both were great. We were celebrating my birthday and got a cannoli with a candle while the pianist played Happy Birthday! Also have to add that the cannoli martinis are awesome! Thank you Godfather for another wonderful night. You always make us feel special!
  32. V

    Vicky

    San Diego

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on 14 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came for lunch, there was plenty of parking and was seated right away in one of their cozy elegant booths. Fettuccine alfredo with its thick creamy and dreamy sauce was A++ . Visit and let the restaurant speak for itself
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food!
  34. KS

    KellyS

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great atmosphere, and great service! Such a wonderful family dinner out last night.
  35. DK

    DaleK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always, the food is always great, and it is a wonderful place to have lunch
  36. CB

    CarolynB

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 4 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and it was extremely pleasant. There were heaters to ward off the evening chill. All the staff were very pleasant and helpful. The first of their fried zucchini was delicious. Our dinners were well prepared and quite flavorful. Great selection of drinks, wine, beer and a full stocked bar. I would definitely return and recommend it.
  37. W

    Winer

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I hadn't been in several years and it is just as I remembered. Didn't disappoint!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Surprisingly good food at a strip mall. Feels like you were transported to Italy
  39. HJ

    HowardJ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 2 July 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We have been coming to Godfather Restaurant for more than 25 years. There have been a recently significant increase in prices. They have removed the cannelloni as a menu item which was our favorite and there is no longer a combination selection. One thing that has always bugged me is that the butter is served in wrappers which is more what you expect at Denney's rather than an upscale Italian restaurant.
  40. J

    John

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anthony and the gang are true professionals who make you feel like you're the Godfather!

FAQs

Godfather Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 560-1747.

Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1241 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 pm


Google Map for Godfather Restaurant

7878 Clrmt Msa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111-1621

Additional information

  • Area

    Kearny Mesa

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Isidoro Balistreri

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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