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Taste of Italy

2512 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019-4363
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Ranked #105 of 292 Restaurants in El Cajon
Price range: $20 - $40
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Italian
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If ever you want to be sure you are getting authentic food, the people who are running the place should be from the appropriate country. For example, if you want good Japanese food, you want Japanese people running it and cooking the food - same with Italian. Unfortunately this place doesn't adhere to that basic concept - I didn't see... More 

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San Diego, California
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266 reviews 266 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
193 helpful votes 193 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

This place is at a good location with lots of parking, and we were so excited to try the food. We had to wait to be seated despite tables being available. After being seated, we waited 10 minutes for a server. This was at 2pm in the afternoon. The food was nothing to write home about. They didn't have any... More 

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San Diego, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Taste of Italy is right, barely a taste. The food may be plentiful, but the flavor eludes me every time. Lasagna and other pastas are palatable, but nothing special. Pizzas are a fairly safe choice. Nothing to write home about. The atmosphere is appealing, and the service is always pretty good for a small town.

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Spring Valley, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

My wife and I go here every few months. The pasta is always good. There are many things there that I like, and others that I have not tried yet but want too. This always makes it difficult to order, because I wish I could get multiple dishes off of the menu. The restaurant is small and more adult oriented.... More 

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San Diego, CA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

We always forget about Taste of Italy and recently heard that they were under new ownership. We were very impressed with both our meals and their sauteed mushroom appetizer. My clam chowder and my husbands minestrone soup were some of the best we've had. Though there were very few customers (except in the bar) when we arrived, it did take... More 

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El Cajon, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

We have been to this restaurant numerous times and every time we leave saying, "Man, that was good." The food is delicious and authentic, the waiters are always so nice and helpful and the wine selection is always superb. I love to dress up for dinner and this place allows you to be casual or dressy. It is a little... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

I went here with the folks for dinner. It's in a strip mall, but once you walk in you see that it's tastefully decorated for that fine dining feel. We had wine served first and that was good...not cheap big bottle wine. We were sat in the bar area, but next time would prefer the dining area...due to the high... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2010

Small, 15 tables. Great Italian food. not expensive. Good parking. Atmosphere is nice. Grant at the bar is the BEST! ask for a Cosmo or treat yourself to a WHITE Chocolate Martini. Yum!

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Additional Information about Taste of Italy

Address: 2512 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019-4363
Phone Number: 619-328-1804
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cajon
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm  12:00 am - 2:00 am
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Italian

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