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Godfather

#294 of 3,690 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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5:00 pm - 10:30 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: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 49
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 1
    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
The Godfather Restaurant in San Diego is an Outstanding Italian Restaurant

I've had friends tell me great things about The Godfather restaurant in San Diego for several years. I just never tried it until last week. Wow, was I surprised! What a great dining experience. I guess Zagat knows what it's talking about when it rated The Godfather one of the 25 best Italian... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
Tom H
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

I've had friends tell me great things about The Godfather restaurant in San Diego for several years. I just never tried it until last week. Wow, was I surprised! What a great dining experience. I guess Zagat knows what it's talking about when it rated The Godfather one of the 25 best Italian restaurants in the country. It's located in... More 

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San Diego, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I have dined at The Godfather twice in the past two weeks. The food, service and atmosphere are still the best! I have been a customer for 38 years- this place is great. The Management is superb and treats every customer as a valued guest. Restaurants this consistently good are hard to find these days! If you want to try... More 

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Excellent food and service. I had the special swordfish and scampi. The service from Charles was outstanding. I will/have gone there again.

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AZ
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by our tour guide from Safari Park. The decor was very tacky looking. We ordered a bottle of red wine. It arrived cold. I don't like cold red wine so I asked the waiter if all the red wine was cold. He told me in a very haughty manner that it was at the proper temperature... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Outside was very hot, sun shine strongly. Inside was very dark with many pictures of that movie. I ate seafood spaghetti. It was great. I have been eating so many pasta; Tokyo, Rome, etc... This is one of the best spaghetti which I ate. Cost performance was good as well. とてもお勧めできます。シーフードスパゲッティを食べましたがとてもとても美味しかったです。特にコストパフォーマンスがよくあれだけしっかりしたパスタが30ドル未満だったことにも大変満足しています。室内は驚くほど暗く、これが西海岸のスタイルなのかなと。外に出た時の眩しさ、暑さが忘れられません。ウェイターさんはとても親切で、ことあることに良い雰囲気で状況確認に来てくれました。ダウンタウンから遠いことだけが難点ですが、店自体は自信を持ってすすめられるレストランでした。

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17 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

I had just gotten into town and was looking for something good close to my hotel. A quick internet search and this popped up. The restaurant is filled with godfather memorabilia. The wait staff are more than accommodating and all food is brought on carts to the table. For what you get the prices are reasonable. I had the Filet... More 

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LaGrange, GA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

I was expecting a pizza place with other items such as lasagna, spaghetti, etc. What we got far exceeded that. The ambience was fabulous, a little retro, booths with red banquets, dark wood, waiters in tuxedos and full Italian accents. The food was exceptional. My niece had lobster ravioli which she loved and I had one of the specials, a... More 

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Lowell, Massachusetts
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116 reviews 116 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I love eating at the bar in this quaint in the Godfather restaurant. It is tiny and quaint with the feel of Italy. Run by a family and extremely friendly. Great selection of appetizers and drinks and good conversation with the staff. We did not have a problem parking in their little lot outside near the fountain. Pasta with white... More 

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San Francisco
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92 reviews 92 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

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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287 reviews 287 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
260 helpful votes 260 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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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?