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7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
858-560-1747
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Ranked #169 of 4,094 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 Diego, California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 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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57 reviews 57 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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191 reviews 191 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
130 helpful votes 130 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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248 reviews 248 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
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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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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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