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7878 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, Ste G, San Diego, CA 92111-1621
+1 858-560-1747
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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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
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San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016 via mobile

I have lived in San Diego for 35 years, and I had never been to The Godfather until last Saturday night! I had a hankering for Penne alla Puttanesca, and this was the ONLY restaurant, after an exhaustive Internet search, that had it on the menu! I was not disappointed - it was fabulous, and the entire meal, from wine... More 

Thank globemug
Carlsbad, CA
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358 reviews
272 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

This is always a favorite for lunch or dinner. Starting off with the zucchini appetizer - wow crunchy outside, great flavor and juicy inside.- freshly made Ahi salad that could not been done better anywhere. Excellent Tuna - melt in your mouth. So many great dishes to choose from and always perfect.

Thank John R
San Diego, California
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 20, 2016

I recently had lunch at The Godfather, a San Diego restaurant that has been in operation for many years. It was my first time, and long overdue. The service was impeccable, and the menu extensive. It's located in a strip mall off Clairemont Mesa Blvd., miles from the trendy restaurants in LIttle Italy. But this is the real deal, with... More 

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Bonita, CA
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222 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Amazing for a restaurant to be so good for so long. Italian themed with a good variety meat and seafood dishes to please almost everybody. Great veal is getting harder to find and is one of their specialties. I've enjoyed all the dishes I have tried. Reservations recommended for dinner.

Thank Snorris57
Rancho Santa Fe, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

It's been around since 1974, but we only found it a few years ago. This is the classic Italian steak-house restaurant, dark leather booths, moderate lighting, with waiters in nice suits. Very good steaks and pasta dishes. Great for a nice evening out. They are fine with casual dress, but the ambience makes you want to dress up at least... More 

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San Diego, California
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56 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

I have not been to this restaurant in a few years so I was anxious to try it out again. I made an official "date" out of it and made a reservation for 7pm on a recent Saturday Night. As expected the place was crowded. It has a large local following and you can tell most of the customers were... More 

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Louisville, KY
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92 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

I was on a business trip to San Diego, and was wanting a break from the myriad Asian restaurants on Convoy Road. I decided on Italian, and this place came up in a TA search. I opened the heavy doors and stepped into the main dining hall, classy yet with Old Country touches. I'm glad I was still in my... More 

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San Diego, California
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209 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

The Godfather Restaurant is always excellent for both food and service! The atmosphere is great for a special occasion with nice booths and quiet piano music. I love the shrimp in spices marinara and my husband's steak was outstanding. The service is attentive without being annoying. Grab your special someone and be delighted at The Godfather!

Thank jeaniej2014
San Diego, California
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98 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Let me begin by saying that the service is exceptional! The food...not so much. We started with a very tough and rubbery calamari appetizer. The salads were good, but not memorable. My husband had Veal Parmesan and it was nothing special. I had meat ravioli with meat sauce and the sauce tasted like it was burnt. We ended with a... More 

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San Diego, California
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016 via mobile

Everytime my best friend comes to town it is a tradition for us to go to Godfather's restaurant we always order the tornatore steak which is a filet mignon with a chili and pepper crust this is hands down one of the best steaks you can get in San Diego.. even if you visit a high-end Steak House you will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Steakhouse, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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: +1 858-560-1747

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