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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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11:30 am - 10:00 pm
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    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
Feeling like you are in Italy

We have eaten at Tratoria Antica in La Mesa, Ca, many times and every time the food, the service, and the ambient were perfect. It is a good idea to make a reservation for dinner ahead, particularly on weekends. "Open table" to make reservation works great. So, the dining area in the restaurant is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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  • Romantic
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English first
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We have eaten at Tratoria Antica in La Mesa, Ca, many times and every time the food, the service, and the ambient were perfect. It is a good idea to make a reservation for dinner ahead, particularly on weekends. "Open table" to make reservation works great. So, the dining area in the restaurant is just right. They can accommodate a... More 

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El Cajon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

The lasagna is always the go-to dish--made with a combination of meat and bechamel sauce. The specials are always good. Whenever they have their rack of lamb, you're in for a real treat.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We went for dinner at 5 pm today and the restaurant had few patrons at the time. As others have said, it is in a strip mall, but once inside, the decor is nice. My wife is of Italian descent and has an excellent knowledge of Italian cooking based on her grandmother's and aunt's dishes. She often orders the gnocci... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

This isn't a Michelin-starred restaurant, but neither are the prices. In its price range, the quality is above average. The service was good to very good, the menu fairly interesting without being too trendy, exotic or innovative, and everything was prepared and presented well. All seafood tasted reasonably fresh. Only complaint: wine list was a bit limited (few decent Italian... More 

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Southern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Nice restaurant with very Italian feel. Excellent wine selection. Nice tablecloths and wonderful service by waitstaff. We'd only dined there once, so this is based on a single experience, though it was a very nice one. Frescos on the walls. Located in a strip mall with good parking.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is high end wonderful food in a relaxed neighborhood style restaurant. Staff are friendly and like family and adds even more to the whole experience. Wherever you live in San Diego this place is a gem and worth trying it out.

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San Diego, California, USA
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This must have been our 9th or 10th visit to Antica. Each time they have exceeded our expectations. Minor tweaks to the menu make it interesting each visit. And....the wait staff are so cordial and polite. Such a wonderful feeling to be made to feel so welcome into such a wonderful restaurant.

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La Mesa, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

This is a small neighborhood restaurant with excellent Italian food. The meat dishes are generous and very tender. Nice wine selection, also has a wine bar. Delicious bread and spumoni for dessert. Other options too, but I love spumoni.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Wow. Delicious Italian cuisine. We had the privilege to sample a new pasta from the chef / owner. You've got to try it next time you come. Thanks Francesco! Lovely evening. Thumbs up to the waiters!

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Having lived in Italy for 3.5 years until a year ago, I am very particular about Italian food and restaurants that people claim are authentic. To my disappointment, Antica Trattoria is definitely NOT authentic Italian. It has decent Italian-influenced American dishes, but it is not Italian by Italian standards. The bread is hot but very doughy. The oil/vinegar dip is... 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: Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?