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Zia's Bistro

#536 of 4,156 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Downtown
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1845 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2519 (Fir St.)
619-234-1344
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11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect location in Little Italy

A very pleasant place for lunch and quiet enough to have a conversation. The Mediterranean Salad with Salmon was just right balance of light and filling. We were seated immediately and served quickly, but not too quickly, allowing time to enjoy the atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Lydia G
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Denver, Colorado
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A very pleasant place for lunch and quiet enough to have a conversation. The Mediterranean Salad with Salmon was just right balance of light and filling. We were seated immediately and served quickly, but not too quickly, allowing time to enjoy the atmosphere.

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Pendleton, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

We walked to Little Italy from our hotel, which told us to go to a different restaurant. We chose this one. We sat outdoors by a waterfall in a courtyard. We started with clams for an appitizer. I had veil, my husband had fettuccini. It was great food, great service. My husband had a glass of Italian wine. I don't... More 

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Very nice hot rolls with garlic butter served quickly, with water and our wine. Had a long wait for our food, so difficult not to drink all the wine! Guitar player was a nice touch, but noise level from other tables was high. Food was OK to good, especially chicken dishes.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Arrived fairly late evening in "Little Italy" and this was still open. Ordered from suggested menu for rapidity- was okay but not exceptional. Wednesday has bottled wine half price which is cheaper than a couple of glasses... Lots of waiters but lacked co-ordination. Friendly but you may find yourself waiting.

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband and I were visiting San Diego we want it to go to little Italy because it was close to the hotel and we were starving, we found this restaurant and the food was ok but I have been in better Italian restaurants, the service could be better as well, the only dish I can recommend is the Pasta... More 

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victoria,b.c.canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My wife and I had lunch here on January 1. The service was slow ,food tasteless and the wine overpriced

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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

It is my first time visiting San Diego with my parents and brother. We arrived at noon time and after checking into the hotel, we walked around the downtown area, searching for food. Thanks to Trip Advisor city guide, was able to identify this Italian bistro given we have no idea which restaurant is good. We ordered a pasta with... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We went for lunch and had one of the poorest service ever. The hostess told us they were understaffed, but not that we had to wait almost 2 hours for a pasta al pomodoro. At the end we decided to leave the place before being served the main course. At least they acknowledged the issue and took care of the... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

The pizza was burnt and the Cesar salad was awful. The only good thing I can say is the waitress was great. I don't think I'd ever go back.

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Denver
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35 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I think everyone that workes at Zia's bistro is Italian, or certainly can pass for Italian. Super friendly and delicious food priced right. I can't wait to go back and try other dishes. This was our fourth meal of the day and we still loved every bite.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1845 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2519
    (Fir St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-234-1344

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romance
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?