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Godfather

#358 of 3,829 Restaurants in San Diego
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7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
858-560-1747
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4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
"BEST of the BEST" San Diego Italian!

Was highly recommended---And is STILL highly recommended! Sicilian style/Old world ambience and décor. Reception and table service was exquisite! Dining room is dark, rich, romantic. Excellent wine menu. We had to try the Godfather bread---very tasty. AND next--a true test of the Authenticity... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
alan a
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calgary
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calgary
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446 reviews
329 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was highly recommended---And is STILL highly recommended! Sicilian style/Old world ambience and décor. Reception and table service was exquisite! Dining room is dark, rich, romantic. Excellent wine menu. We had to try the Godfather bread---very tasty. AND next--a true test of the Authenticity in an Italian kitchen-----Try the House BOLOGNESE!----It was Outstanding!! Polpetti (House Meatballs)---Amazing! Their white bean soup was... More 

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Thank alan a
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When ever I go to this part of town, I always see this sign. From the outside it looked old with double doors and windows that are hard to what's inside. We were looking for a good Italian restaurant and this one had 4 stars. We went inside and it looked like something from the old days in Italy. Food... More 

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Thank Irene F
Cleona, Pennsylvania
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

This is the one place I must stop at on every visit to San Diego. The food is so good. That along with a superior staff it is always an enjoyable event. The menu has a wide variety and everything looks and tastes great.

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Thank nswalm
Sacramento, California
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75 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015 via mobile

There were six of us who went to dinner tonight to celebrate our son's 29th birthday. We started off with artichokes & godfather bread for appetizers. Both were good. I ordered lasagna, my wife had ravioli, our son had carbonara. Our friends ordered salmon, puttanesca & veal scallopini. Not one of us was disappointed. The service was outstanding. The owner... More 

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Thank Kevin D
Soouth Pasadena
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

If you like Sicilian food this is the spot for you. Their red sauce dishes simply are the best; the service was good - and the prices for a fine-dining establishment more than reasonable. This is old-style food at its best - don't expect nouvelle Italian or chi chi food - but if you want to dine like a character... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

Not the most authentic Italian - I lived in Italy for many years - but actually, the tastiest "Italian style" meal I ate in all of San Diego was here. And their wine selection was outstanding! Extremely wonderful atmosphere, super-knowledgeable staff (I love that as my date and I were discussing cannoli in Boston, out of nowhere, my waiter confirmed... More 

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Thank TheChee
Oceanside, California
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35 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

I've never been to Italy, so I can't comment on how "authentic" it is. It does feel like you might be sitting next to Don Corleone or Tony Soprano, though. I had the general impression that it was more Sicilian or Italian-American than actually Italian, though. The entire time we were there a guy playing piano (actually a keyboard) played... More 

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Thank Bob F
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Met for business lunch with a regular. I was impressed with the staff, but not with the food or decor. Went for a business meeting with a client who frequents regularly. Booth was very small for a guy over 6'2" and was not comfortable. Since it was lunch, had a salad that was nothing special. Maybe I would try again... More 

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Thank Tom L
San Diego, California
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93 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

great place, can get crowded on the weekends, so make reservations, but well worth the wait and the effort to find the place

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Thank SoCalRoadMan
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

This restaurant is the real deal when it comes to the Italian tradition. Being from Chicago and Having family in New York and Boston, My family has a pretty good taste when it comes to Italian food. Our table had a variety of dishes From the Veal to traditional pasta to the sea food, everyone was pleased with their food.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 858-560-1747

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse, Seafood, Delicatessen
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?