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Ottavios Italian Restaurant

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12440 Woodside Ave, Lakeside, CA 92040
3:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon 3:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Santee, California
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

Recently my co-workers met at Ottavio's for lunch and we held an end of school year get together here for many staff members. This place has the best Italian food around and great service. My husband and I have visited the restaurant on several occasions and we have never had a disappointing meal. Their Italian grinder sandwiches are absolutely delicious... More 

Thank Diane M
Cornville, Arizona
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57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2016

Lunch is the best meal with pizza, soup, salads, bread, cheese ravioli with alfredo sauce. Just delicious. Hope they are still doing this. There was an Ottavio's in El Cajon we always went to that closed. We loved it as well.

Thank Vickieb753
Lakeside, California
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

If you want great food, great service and like a family oriented atmosphere, this is the place for you. Not only are the dishes delicious, the portions are very large. Sharing is a good idea. Due to the family atmosphere, it can get a little noisy when it is really busy, but that is part of the fun. The wait... More 

Thank Mark B
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

Ottavio's has a great menu and great pizza! Our favorite is the garlic fries, this isn't a truly Italian dish but we love ordering it! Their minestrone soup is wonderful. We enjoy dining on the patio during the summer, it's really quaint. The wait staff is attentive, the food is really good. We'll continue to go to Ottavio's!

Thank Angel2627
El Cajon, California, United States
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

We've eaten here a few times recently and were surprised to discover this little gem of a restaurant in Lakeside, of all places. The food is very good. The prices are reasonable. The service top-notch.

Thank MaryAnn W
Lakeside, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

We love Italian food and we love Ottavio's. I ordered the cheese pizza, my friend Debbie ordered the a spicy marinera chicken pasta dish and my Friend Jane of the Shrimp Crab Cannaloni! We shared all three dishes and the food was amazing. Tons of cheese and flavor and leftovers to take home! My favorite place to eat and enjoy... More 

Thank Donna G
Savannah, Georgia
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

Excellent food and first class service by employees who love what they do. Atmosphere very relaxing and clean. Perfect for our family. You will not be disappointed. Food! better be ready; lots of food!!

Thank Redonion12
Lakeside, California
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137 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

The wife and I wanted to go out for dinner but didn't want to travel far, and the general area we live in isn't known for outstanding fine dining. We had heard Ottavio's was supposed to be good so we opted to give it a try. Dinner was excellent! We tried the Chicken Parmigiana as well as the Chicken Piccata.... More 

Thank ccrowe3
El Cajon
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Really enjoyed the pizza and pasta here. They also have wine and wonderful salads. The 1/2 salad is a meal for most of us ladies. Come and enjoy. So glad to see someone started this thread. Otherwise I wouldn't have found it!!!!

Thank bluyonder
San Diego
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161 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 271 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is from the same owners as when Ottavio's was in El Cajon. One of the sons is running it now. We were so happy to see it back! The best margherita pizza. Great lunch time buffet at a very affordable price. Kids 10 & under are $2 less. There is some outside seating. Inside is comfy and the same... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Open Hours
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
3:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:30 pm
3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12440 Woodside Ave, Lakeside, CA 92040
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lakeside
  • Phone Number: 16194432165

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