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“Inventive, Attentive Cuisine...”

Lorna's Italian Kitchen
Ranked #697 of 4,770 Restaurants in San Diego
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
San Diego, California
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Inventive, Attentive Cuisine...”
Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

Who would have thought this tiny, unassuming bistro would offer truly creative offerings..rivaling the best of the master chefs...but yes! Charmingly decorated, you first encounter a daily special chalkboard which combined fresh fish, pastas done uniquely, plus a salad choice abundant in fresh fruits and nuts..very fairly priced. I ordered a meatball appetizer, and was delivered a delicious dish with the meatball the size of a tennis ball..in a wonderful homemade sauce for under $5. Wine was affordable,and served old world Italian style, in thick goblet style glasses...just like those I found in homes headed by an Italian Grandma serving her home brew. One of our entrees, however,was a bit too ambitious, with the addition of rosemary to the sauce on a salmon special...a bit overwhelming. On balance a surprisingly special find!

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English first
Santa Rosa CA
Level 6 Contributor
202 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Great Surprise!”
Reviewed May 26, 2012

Looking up Italian restaurants on the GPS. Stumbled upon this one quite by chance. Oh my yum!!! Great service. Wonderful, varied menu Food A+. Servings generous. A large pizza is a large pizza. The best manacotti our vegetarian daughter has had.

  • Visited May 2012
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Even better than we remembered”
Reviewed December 31, 2011

This use to be one of our favorite restaurants when we lived in San Diego over 10 years ago. Wow....the food and atmospere is still great. You have to try the tag bol and rosemary chicken. The chopped antipasta salad is the best we have ever had and still is. Wish we had a Lorna's in Florida!

Visited December 2011
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“OK food though not out of the ordinary. Huge portions.”
Reviewed December 23, 2011

This place is a favorite of many people. It's convenient, serves an area that has few restaurants, and has pleasant service. The atmosphere is about what you'd expect for a strip mall restaurant. Not bad, but you are aware you're sitting next to a huge parking lot with an ice cream parlor next door.

The food is consistently fine. There's little that's unusual or that will surprise your palate. It's the usual American riff on Italian food, which is to say that the food is over-sauced and 'delicately flavored' is not part of the vocabulary.

The main draw seems to be the combination of consistency and gigantic portions. If one defines 'value' as portion size--or calories--per dollar, then the value is great.

  • Visited August 2011
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Level 6 Contributor
418 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 661 helpful votes
“Strip mall gem”
Reviewed June 6, 2011

Don't let the strip mall location fool you. Lorna's has great food. The tagliatelle bolognese is my all time favorite Itallian dish and I have not been able to find it anywhere else!

  • Visited April 2011
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