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Antica Trattoria

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5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-1929
619-463-9919
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Today
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Romance

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Visitor rating
  • 38
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Most recent review
Makes you think you're in Italy

This fantastic restaurant, in a strip mall near San Diego State University, is a hidden gem. The decor is charming and the tables are not crowded together (although more comfortable chairs with a little lower back support would be appreciated). The staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient, and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
marisa13
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San Diego, CA
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Reservations
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58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
San Diego, CA
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This fantastic restaurant, in a strip mall near San Diego State University, is a hidden gem. The decor is charming and the tables are not crowded together (although more comfortable chairs with a little lower back support would be appreciated). The staff is friendly, helpful, and efficient, and never make you feel rushed. Then there's the food. It's sublime. It's... More 

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San Diego, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

This place is always packed! We had gone to Italy in the spring and had missed real Italian food. The family is from Milan I heard, so it was the food I was looking for. The lasagna was just like they make there, more like a croissant with lite layers of pasta stacked up high.

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London, United Kingdom
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102 reviews 102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Have now eaten twice in this lovely restaurant and would recommend it highly if you enjoy excellently prepared Italian food. The location would lead you to initially believe that it may be a pizza/pasta place, but it certainly is not. The menu is varied, the wine list good, service is professional and attentive, and the prices are very fair. This... More 

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Tucked away in the modest locale of a strip mall, Antica draws repeat diners for all the right reasons and one that is unexpected. If you have East Coast Italian family, as I do, they immediately appreciate the food; the menu has something for everyone, and each selection is exquisitely prepared. Even though meatballs are not on the menu, by... More 

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San Diego, California, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the atmosphere, the food, and the service. They have a special for two where you each get a salad, an entree, dessert and a bottle of wine for $70. Can't beat it. One of the waiters is a trained opera singer and serenades the crowd with a wonderful voice. It gets crowded, so make a reservation.

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San Diego, California
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236 reviews 236 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

It is in a strip mall, but don't be fooled. The food is excellent, the wine list is good, and the service is very good. Then prices are reasonable. Go there!

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Was very excited to dine at Antica Trattoria after reading reviews. Had the pappardelle with sausage, sun dried tomatoes, and artichokes. There was no saffron in it as billed. Very bland, uninspiring. The chef needs to go back to Italy and taste what fabulous flavors can be created. Service was excellent, wines outstanding. My waiter asked how my largely un... More 

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San Diego, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Great little very nice neighborhood restaurant. Exceptional food ,lovely ambiance.Highly reccommend it .great,great,great! You'll love it.

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San Diego
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47 reviews 47 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a restaurant that is low key, quaint, and culturally relevant. I have been here a few times with friends and even solo. They have a great selection of entrees, with a good wine list and are not pretentious ( some Italian restaurants can be like that,.. alittle snobby) but serve the clientele well!! My favorite is the penne... More 

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I took my friend there for lunch. It's in a little strip mall but you wouldn't know it when you enter. The waiter was great and very friendly. Because it was lunch, we split a salad and an entree. They charge a $3 fee for splitting a plate. The spinach salad was one of the best I've had in a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5654 Lake Murray Blvd, La Mesa, CA 91942-1929
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: 619-463-9919

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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