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Osteria Romantica

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2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
858-551-1221
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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 120
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  • 58
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
visiting from montreal

Loved this restaurant ! Authentic Italian with best service in town! 105$ plus tip for 3 including bottle of wine and shared dessert. Have the lobster ravioli. To die for!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
angelll45
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Montreal
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Loved this restaurant ! Authentic Italian with best service in town! 105$ plus tip for 3 including bottle of wine and shared dessert. Have the lobster ravioli. To die for!

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La Jolla, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I guess I've been here over 30 times now, so my sample size is large enough for this review to have more predictive value :) I grew up in the Italian tradition (not Italian-American, just Italian), and this is my favorite Italian in San Diego. I like it better than sister restaurants Arrivederci, Pomodoro and Il Postino, not even mention... More 

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Been a customer for several years and generally enjoy the food and the experience. One of the few Italian restaurants in San Diego where the servers are actually Italians speaking the language. Usually find that the servers are helpful and friendly, even when the restaurant is overwhelmed especially on weekend summer nights. Also, find the prices are reasonable in comparison... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Went to this place on referrals from the locals. It was FANTASTIC. The food was amazing and the staff was even better. Their suggestions were spot on and every person in my family walked away with a smile. Best Italian I've ever had. Even better then anything I've had in Chicago. Plates were a bit pricy but in my opinion... More 

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Ottawa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I've been twice and each time was excellent (esp. the veal). It's pricey but the food is great, the staff is great, and you can sit outdoors on a quiet street.

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Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We enjoyed dinner outside at this delightful restaurant. Very friendly staff, great service. Food was rich and delicious - try the Gnocchi with Parmesan sauce!

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La Jolla, California
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101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I was with some friends last night who wanted to go to the Italian restaurant across the street because they loved that one. I had been to Osteria Romantica once before at lunch where I got a salad entree and convinced them to go there instead, in part because it was 50% off wine Tuesday where you get 50% off... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Nice hometown, family-owed feel. Reasonably priced Italian meals. Service a little slow, but they are friendly.

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birmingham, al
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

We went for lunch and although the place was nearly empty we were not disappointed. We had a pasta dish with seafood and a chicken dish with mushrooms, both of which were perfectly prepared. Service was friendly and attentive but not overly so. The bread and marinara was a pleasant surprise. We were able to park on street about 3... More 

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Orange, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

The noodles are fresh made and delicate. The tomatoes sauces are obviously made with fresh tomatoes. The flavors are well balanced and deliberate. The atmosphere is warm and romantic. Most of the staff is from Italy so they all talk to each other in their mother tongue. Don't miss this place.

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Additional Information about Osteria Romantica

Address: 2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
Phone Number: 858-551-1221
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2151 Avenida De La Playa, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-3215
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: 858-551-1221

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?