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7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
858-560-1747
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Ranked #327 of 4,118 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
San Francisco
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82 reviews 82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Terrible! Terrible part of town for a dinner. Terrible parking in a cramped strip mall lot. Terrible service. Terrible small booths. Terribly loud and raucous. Food was terribly disappointing. We were terrible cramped for dinner. Save your money, just drive past. This is NOT Italian food!!!

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Kapaa, Hawaii
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212 reviews 212 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
206 helpful votes 206 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This was our Christmas gift to our Dad. And we have been here before. To us, this is a real nice Italian Restaurant. Excellent service, wait staff was knowledgeable about the menu. Two of us had the Diablo Pasta. I had shrimp, Dad had Lobster. So hot, i had no idea pasta could be that hot. Wonderful. The Pork chop... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Suggest making reservations as very busy during holidays. Highly recommend veal picatta and sea bass very tasty and complimentary zucchini delicious. Did not like their bread, very hard. Large portions so go there hungry.

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San Diego, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Absolutely Godfather!! Men in suits greet you at the door! You forget for a minute where you are!! Then you hear the music, smell the deliciousness and get seated in a booth with pictures from the movies in a dark Mafioso fashion!!! Spectacular!! Good wine, cold martinis, chilled salads and piping hot food! Scampi tender and yummy but the Ciapinno... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The food was excellent, the service (without being intrusive) was the most prompt and efficient we have ever had. The atmosphere was great - not at all touristy, with mostly locals, which is always a good sign.

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Santa Barbara, California
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

One would never know by the exterior....a corner spot in a strip mall, that The Godfather is a sort of 1950's classic style Italian restaurant, with outstanding service and excellent food. The atmosphere is quiet and comfortable, with cozy booths for two and tables for large groups. The fried zucchini appetizer ( a signature offering before every meal ) is... More 

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San Diego, California
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216 reviews 216 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
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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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202 reviews 202 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Additional Information about Godfather

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

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