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Bongiovanni's Italian Restaurant

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15244 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021-2405
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
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Expected the Best and got it!

From the beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere to the excellent food all that came to the table was terrific.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
Michael C
El Cajon, California
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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From the beautiful Mediterranean atmosphere to the excellent food all that came to the table was terrific.

Thank Michael C
El Cajon, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Lousy service. Old and worn out interior. Watered-down sauces and cold entrees. We ordered baked zucchini as a starter and it was limp and swimming in watery oil. And that was the highlight of the meal....

Thank Scott A
San Diego, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

I've been a fan of Bongiovanni's for years. I have to admit all I've ever had is take out pizza and they make some of the best pizza in the county unless you get into the "designer style" stuff and I am not a fan of the trendy. Bongiovanni's sauce is rich, tasty and has the right amount of herbs... More 

Thank TLCNate
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

My husband and I went to dinner and I had eggplant parmesan and my husband had pizza. Honestly, everybody was super friendly, the service was fast and the food was really good. We brought half of the food back home because the serving was so large. We will definitely go back.

Thank alannalight
el cajon, ca.
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Being a local I've have been enjoying this restaurant for some 40+ years. We first went here when it was a very small " Mom's kitchen " type of place. Although remodeled since, the family still runs the place. The food is so good. Starting with the antipasto, the buttery shrimp and pasta and the best pizza I've had anywhere... More 

Thank pepere24
Descanso, CA
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

We have been going to this restaurant since spring of 1982. It is great for couples or families. When our boysboys and their families come to visit, they always want to go to Bongiovanni's. It is not expensive. They have a large variety of items on the menu. Mr. & Mrs. B opened it originally. Mr. B died a couple... More 

Thank mrscalculus
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

My husband, daughter and I went to Bongiovanni's tonight for dinner. My husband ordered lasagna, my daughter ordered caneloni, and I ordered spaghetti. We all agreed that there was something missing from the sauce. Maybe seasoning? My spaghetti was swimming in water so much that the sauce was more like soup. We asked for some crushed garlic to add to... More 

Thank Karen S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Loved the lasagna. Did not like the pickled vegetables in the salad, my hubby loved the salad. personal preference here. Ambience very nice. Service was great.

Thank liveasyridehard
San Antonio, Texas
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here while passing through at lunch time on a Sunday. We had a hard time deciding on something from the menu - everyone wanted something different...when waitress came she suggested the "family special". It included a salad, bread, pasta and a one topping pizza. It was perfect, everyone got something they wanted! The pizza was amazing!! Homemade and delicious!... More 

Thank Bevo4ever
Peoria, Arizona
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

I was in the area for several months. Bongiovanni's was a great place to go for a meal. Very friendly staff and good food.

Thank Andrew T

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15244 Olde Highway 80, El Cajon, CA 92021-2405
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cajon
  • Phone Number: 619-443-8455

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Italian


Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

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