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Asti Ristorante

728 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6918
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Ranked #370 of 4,041 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: European, Italian, Seafood, Pasta
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 5th Avenue Between F and G Street
Description: Asti, located in the heart of San Diego's Historic Gaslamp Quarter, hasbeen providing guests with an exquisite fine-dining experience since 1994.Watch the passersby as you dine out on the patio for a pleasant shadedlunch or while indulging in a candlelight dinner. Come on inside toexperience the warm, elegant ambiance of the dining room. For the convenience of our guests, Asti can also arrange transportation to and from the restaurant.
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76% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was great for dinner. We loved that we could reserve using Open Table. The staff is mostly of Italian descent, which provides an authentic experience. The food was very good. I was a little disappointed that they were out one of the specials listed on the menu, even though we ate dinner at 6 PM. But my second... More

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The staff were arrogant and bordered on rude. Food was highly overpriced and boring. My main course arrived with my starter - not something which makes you feel relaxed. I would not recommend this place to anyone.

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Los Angeles, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The food was very mediocre my fish was swimming in butter, my salad was soaking in vinegar and the dessert was too sweet- and the meal was pricey

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We went there about 2 weeks ago and we ordered 2 pasta dishes. I ordered Parpadelle a la vodka and my husband had Rigatoni al Barolo. My meal was so big that I could barely finish it! Full of chunky pieces of crab and big shrimps! The sauce was delicious and with the perfect consistency. Having said that I could... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

My husband and I visit San Diego every summer. We returned to Asti Ristorante where we stopped for bruschetta last year. This time we ordered dinner and were very happy with the pasta dishes. The pasta itself was cooked perfectly, neither overdone nor under cooked. My husband ordered the classic spaghetti in marinara sauce which came with homemade meatballs that... More

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San Jose, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

I admit it, the menu is a little overwhelming and they definitely need to streamline it down. We ordered the calamari with veggies and have to say I would skip it. Nothing spectacular about it. Had the Cabonara pasta and my hubby had the Filet. He ordered medium but as a person who loves their steak medium rare, it was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

This authentic Italian restaurant sits elegantly in middle of the Gas Lamp district, a setting that reminded me of many European street cafés/bistros. I had the mixed seafood grill; fish, shrimp, scallops, clams. Served with a very tasty pasta in a marinara sauce. Alessandro our waiter acted as a very helpful and friendly guide through the menu. Make sure you... More

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014 via mobile

We had really looked forward to eating at this restaurant and it was very disappointing and very costly. The service was good. My partner ordered a Cesar salad, which was very oily, way too much dressing. For the main course my partner order the angel hair with shrimp which was good, but she said she had cooked better herself and... More

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AstiRistorante, Guest Relations Manager at Asti Ristorante, responded to this review

I apologize that your experience at Asti was less than satisfactory. We have been open for 20 years, and receive great compliments on our food and service. We would like to invite you back in, to earn back your business, and hope we can show you where we gained our reputation for excellent cuisine. More

Padua, Italy
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

The service was no good, no baddie ask me if I enjoy the food, I didn't finish all my courses. The oyster no sea taste, and the tuna has horrible taste! Can do better!

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Montreal, Canada
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99 reviews 99 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Went to Asti with colleagues at a conference and the food was just average. I was expecting better as the decor and ambience was great. The is a beautiful mural of an Italian village that made me feels as if I was in Italy but the food was mediocre at best. I am not sure if there is better Italian... More

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