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The 14 Best Mediterranean Restaurants Near National City

Updated: May 2, 2022

Tabouli, paella, and dolmades - it’s impossible not to love the Mediterranean dishes at these National City eateries! We found the best Mediterranean spots by analyzing top restaurant review sites, expert rankings, and food blogs. For breakfast shakshuka or roast lamb and couscous for dinner, these are our go-to National City venues.

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Napoleone's Pizza House

Pizza, $, National CityPizza, $National City, Northside
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

If you travel further

Civico 1845

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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    Hoodline, 2019
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

CUCINA urbana

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Park West
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Enoteca Buona Forchetta

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, South Park
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

    The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Italianissimo Trattoria

Italian, $$, Chula VistaItalian, $$Chula Vista, Northwest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Hoodline, 2019

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    Hoodline, 2019
  • Three Best Rated

    3 Best Italian Restaurants in Chula Vista, CA

    Three Best Rated

Trust

New American, $$, San DiegoNew American, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

    The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego

    Trip Savvy, 2019
  • Eater, 2021

    38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego

    Eater, 2021

Costa Brava

Spanish, $$, San DiegoSpanish, $$San Diego, Pacific Beach
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Trip 101, 2020

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    Trip 101, 2020
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Parma Cucina Italiana

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Hillcrest
Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021

Piatti

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

    The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego

    Hoodline, 2019

Monello

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

Officine Buona Forchetta

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Midway District
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Zagat, 2017

    14 Amazing Pizzas You Need to Try Right Now in San Diego

    Zagat, 2017

Catania

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

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • Eater, 2015

    Dine With a View at These 11 Local Eateries

    Eater, 2015

Buon Appetito

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

    21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA

    Vacation Idea, 2021
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

Davanti Enoteca

Italian, $$, San DiegoItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life

    2021 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego Area

    Gayot: The Guide to the Good Life
  • USA Today

    Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits

    USA Today

How was this list created?

Figuring out the best Mediterranean restaurants can take awhile. For these results, 823905 restaurant reviews were analyzed, 10162 restaurants’ Yelp and Google reviews were captured, and exactly 624 lists and articles from Trip Savvy, Vacation Idea and Hoodline and others were carefully reviewed by boam. For example, we considered Trip Savvy - The 20 Best Restaurants in San Diego, Vacation Idea - 21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA and Hoodline - The 5 best Italian spots in San Diego as we sourced this ultimate list. We automatically update restaurants’ availability and services, so you can find a great meal as the industry adapts to COVID-19. Our site gets no money for featuring restaurants in this list – everyone’s earned their place. We don’t recommend restaurants lightly, these 10 are really something special.

Drink pairing tips

  • Pair Chardonnay with falafel

    When considering what goes best with falafel, we recommend a glass of Chardonnay, it truly complements the dish as it enhances flavour.


  • Pair falafel with Rosé

    For an elevated experience, pair your falafel with Rosé. This combination works particularly well because this pink wine counterbalances the dense texture of the falafel.


  • Sauvignon Blanc with your falafel

    If your food palns include Falafel, then you should consider helping it along with some white wine. We find that a Sauvignon Blanc, with its hits of tropical, serves as the best pairing to the dish.

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Parking in the area

We’ve all experienced the struggle of finding good parking near restaurants in National City. 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 Mediterranean spot.

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