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The 14 Best Italian Restaurants Near Pacific Beach, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Feel like a wood-fired pizza or fresh pasta? Best head over to one of these great Italian spots in Pacific Beach. We analyzed millions of reviews from the best sites to bring you this ultimate list of Italian spots in Pacific Beach. No matter which of these Italian gems you choose, good pasta and great pinot grigio are on the cards.

Find the perfect Italian restaurant

Oltre Mare

Italian, $$, Pacific BeachItalian, $$San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

If you travel further

Ambrogio15

Pizza, $$, La JollaPizza, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Catania

Italian, $$$, La JollaItalian, $$$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

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  • Eater, 2015

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    Eater, 2015

Piatti

Italian, $$, La JollaItalian, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019

Baci Restaurant

Italian, $$$, Bay ParkItalian, $$$San Diego, Bay Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018

Ulivo Restaurant

Italian, $$, Ocean BeachItalian, $$San Diego, Ocean Beach
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2020

    Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach

    Eater, 2020

Isola Pizza Bar

Italian, $$, La JollaItalian, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Farmer's Table Bay Park

American, $$, Bay ParkAmerican, $$San Diego, Bay Park
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Bistro Pazzo

Italian, $$, La JollaItalian, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

Giovanni's Italian Restaurant

Italian, $$, MorenaItalian, $$San Diego, Morena
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Sardina's Italian Restaurant & Bar

Italian, $$, MorenaItalian, $$San Diego, Morena
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 3.5
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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Manhattan of La Jolla

Italian, $$$, La JollaItalian, $$$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Cusp Dining & Drinks

Italian, $$$, La JollaItalian, $$$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Osteria Romantica

Italian, $$, La JollaItalian, $$San Diego, La Jolla
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Finding the right Italian restaurant for you shouldn’t be so hard. We looked at Yelp and Google’s ratings for 10162 spots across San Diego, analyzed 823905 restaurant reviews, and sifted through 624 lists and articles from the likes of Eater – applying our boam magic to sift through results. Yes, we even looked at Eater - Where to Get Takeout Right Now in Ocean Beach, Eater - 22 Classic San Diego Restaurants and Bars and Eater - Dine With a View at These 11 Local Eateries to pull this list together. Every option we show has been verified as open and offering key services when we recommend it, thanks to our real-time updates. This content is not sponsored by any restaurant or party, the restaurants shown are the real deal. These ten options are sure to delight.

Common questions

Scuderie Italia, Square Pizza, and Oltre Mare are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for a quick lunch in Pacific Beach.

Square Pizza, Marino's Italian Restaurant, and Hoboken Pizza & Beer Joint are vegetarian-friendly Italian restaurants in Pacific Beach.

Square Pizza, Oltre Mare, and Marino's Italian Restaurant are the highest-rated Italian restaurants for take-out in Pacific Beach.

The highest-rated Italian restaurants for delivery in Pacific Beach are Square Pizza, Oltre Mare, and Hoboken Pizza & Beer Joint.

Scuderie Italia, Square Pizza, and Oltre Mare are some of the highest-rated late-night Italian spots in Pacific Beach.

Drink pairing tips

  • A next-level match for mushroom risotto

    Experts often pair mushroom risotto with a glass of Pinot Noir, a popular red wine.

Interesting facts

  • A big feat in 1990

    On December 8, 1990, South Africa’s Italian fans celebrated a new world record by the circular pizza, weighing 26,883 pounds.

  • Wallet breaking lasagna

    If you have recently won the lottery, or you just happen to have $100 lying around, why not spend it on indulging in the world’s most glamorous, and most expensive, lasagna?

  • The go-to pairing

    Surely you’ve tried sparkling water with your pasta? It’s a classic pairing.

Parking in the area

Few things are as aggravating as circling around the block, looking for parking when you’re hungry. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen Italian spot.

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