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Taste of Italy

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2512 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019-4363
+1 619-328-1804
Sun 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thu 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 am
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Quartzsite, Arizona
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33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch. Trip Advisor said it was closed today. It was open and we were the only customers. Terrific meals and great waiter.

Thank Russell W
San Diego, California
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The owners of this family-run restaurant have their priorities right. After receiving an ad featuring a pasta special I called to ask if they could have it ready for pickup in 15 minutes. Although this is a sit-down restaurant they accept phone orders for takeout. On entering I was acknowledged, warmly welcomed and made to feel at home. The order... More 

Thank Stensafriend
El Cajon, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Took my 86 year old father here for his birthday. We have driven by this restaurant for years without ever trying it. We were surprised. Nikky was our server. She was outstanding. This is not a hooka bar. Never say any of that here. All of our meals exceeded our expectations. Very Tasty and large portions. We will plan on... More 

Thank markmayachan
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2015

Have not dined here for a long time because of former bad experiences. No longer true. Our dinner was superb. Gluten free penne pasta with choice of sauce, perfectly cooked salmon side, fresh artisan green salad, tender NY steak cooked to perfection, and crispy shell cannoli, a glass of chianti was shared and I feel we ate at a very... More 

Thank florencev588
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2015

The food was better than average, but you have to be prepared for the hooka lounge in the outside cafe area.

Thank Sarah R
San Diego, California
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118 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2013

If ever you want to be sure you are getting authentic food, the people who are running the place should be from the appropriate country. For example, if you want good Japanese food, you want Japanese people running it and cooking the food - same with Italian. Unfortunately this place doesn't adhere to that basic concept - I didn't see... More 

Thank hotranga
San Diego, California
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261 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

This place is at a good location with lots of parking, and we were so excited to try the food. We had to wait to be seated despite tables being available. After being seated, we waited 10 minutes for a server. This was at 2pm in the afternoon. The food was nothing to write home about. They didn't have any... More 

Thank Williwillinui
San Diego, California
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161 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2012

Taste of Italy is right, barely a taste. The food may be plentiful, but the flavor eludes me every time. Lasagna and other pastas are palatable, but nothing special. Pizzas are a fairly safe choice. Nothing to write home about. The atmosphere is appealing, and the service is always pretty good for a small town.

Thank patient111
Spring Valley, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

My wife and I go here every few months. The pasta is always good. There are many things there that I like, and others that I have not tried yet but want too. This always makes it difficult to order, because I wish I could get multiple dishes off of the menu. The restaurant is small and more adult oriented.... More 

Thank Joshua H
San Diego, CA
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2012

We always forget about Taste of Italy and recently heard that they were under new ownership. We were very impressed with both our meals and their sauteed mushroom appetizer. My clam chowder and my husbands minestrone soup were some of the best we've had. Though there were very few customers (except in the bar) when we arrived, it did take... More 

Thank Lynnfromsandiego

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $40
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Open Hours
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2512 Jamacha Rd, El Cajon, CA 92019-4363
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cajon
  • Phone Number: +1 619-328-1804

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