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7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
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Ranked #212 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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86% Recommend
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The Godfather has been around for a long time. it is a spirited place that has a loyal following. The food is good, the service excellent, and the atmosphere is stimulating. Evert table gets a free appetizer of fried zucchini, which is delicious. The menu is extensive.

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Melbourne, Florida
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Decided to try The Godfather after searching for a good Italian restaurant. Based on the reviews, this place was the best and it did not disappoint. Had the chicken Parmesan with a side of fettuccine Alfredo. Huge portions and very flavorful. The waiter was outstanding. Kept the glasses filled and ensured we had a good meal. Definitely will visit again.

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New England
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182 reviews 182 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Walking into Godfather from the little strip mall it's in, I felt like I had been transported to a different time and place! Lots of ambiance, romance, and the smell of wonderful food. Loved it. The breaded zucchini is a must to start the dining experience! I also ordered the house salad with blue cheese dressing which was excellent. My... More

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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014

Four of us dined at the Godfather on Sunday, March 2, 2014. We've eaten there 6-8 times over the years and it never ceases to please. The food is always excellent as is the service and the ambiance. The graciousness of the wait staff and manager are exceptional. And all of this for approximately $30-40 per person including wine. My... More

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Abbotsford, Canada
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231 reviews 231 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

They have a very interesting and comprehensive menu. When I read on their website that they were rated one of the top 25 Italian restaurants in the nation we decided to give it a try. It is a very romantic restaurant. It's dimly lit and the tables are set well apart from each other so there is plenty of privacy.... More

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Dorset England
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Went here for my son's 50th. birthday. Would never have found it if local bon viveur had not told me about it. Located in small shopping zone with tax accountant one side and dry cleaner on the other side. No windows to the front and only the restaurant name and a small fountain outside ! Inside is very old world... More

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San Diego, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

If you are an Italian food lover, this is the place to eat. The atmosphere is delightful. There is a piano player in the restaurant serenading you as you begin your meal. The food is authentic Italian, with wonderful flavor. The waiter is attentive, your water glass will never be empty. Do not ask for ketchup in this place, it... More

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San Diego, California
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Godfather is one of our favorite restaurants. Just walk in, and you are greeted like family. One of the reasons that the food is so good is Chef Isadoro is a master chef, but he is also the founder and along with son Anthony, co-owner of this family run establishment. Most of the staff have been there for years, so... More

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San Diego, CA
Top Contributor
138 reviews 138 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2013

We always have a grand time here; nice booths, quick service, hot delicious food (my favorite is the chicken livers), my wife's is the chicken parmigiana . We sit close to the front because we enjoy the piano music. Quiet noise level, tuxedoed waitors, definitely not a place for youngsters.

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Littleton, Colorado
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51 reviews 51 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Just a so-so high priced Italian joint. The best part of the meal was the free fried zucchini. The salad was good. I had pasta and sausage, no fresh taste to it. Rather boring and there is no reason to return. This review is about as bland as the food and service.

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