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Godfather

7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
858-560-1747
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Ranked #169 of 4,055 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Santa Barbara, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Top Contributor
120 reviews 120 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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186 reviews 186 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 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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233 reviews 233 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
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147 reviews 147 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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