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The 15 Best Restaurants In Little Italy, San Diego

Updated: May 2, 2022

Take your next night out to the next level with the best and trendiest restaurants Little Italy has to offer. We analyzed the top review and ranking sites and leading publications for the best restaurants in Little Italy. Head to these establishments for the finest tasting menus and most extensive wine lists in the city.

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Ironside Fish & Oyster

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5
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Kettner Exchange

American, $$$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021

Civico 1845

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2021

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    Eater, 2021
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Barbusa

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • Trip Savvy, 2019

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    Trip Savvy, 2019

Davanti Enoteca

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • San Diego Magazine, 2020

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Zinqué

French, $$, Little ItalyFrench, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2020

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    Eater, 2020

Ristorante Illando

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Buon Appetito

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Filippi's Pizza Grotto Little Italy

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
  • Eater, 2018

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    Eater, 2018
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Graze by Sam

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 4.5

Cloak & Petal

Japanese, $$$, Little ItalyJapanese, $$$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Mimmo's Italian Village

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0
  • USA Today

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    USA Today
  • Vacation Idea, 2021

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    Vacation Idea, 2021

Queenstown Public House

American, $$, Little ItalyAmerican, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Nolita Hall

Pizza, $$, Little ItalyPizza, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.0

Monello

Italian, $$, Little ItalyItalian, $$San Diego, Little Italy
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0
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What gets a restaurant into the top 10?

Figuring out the best restaurants can take a long time. The restaurants in this list rose to the top after we analyzed the Yelp and Google ratings for 10162 restaurants in San Diego, 823905 restaurant reviews, and exactly 624 lists and articles from experts at Eater, Vacation Idea and USA Today and more. All with some boam magic. These top contenders have appeared in Eater - 38 Standout Restaurants in San Diego, Vacation Idea - 21 Best Italian Restaurants in San Diego, CA and USA Today - Little Italy Is Where San Diego's Best Food Awaits. We automatically update restaurants’ open hours and services, so you can actually enjoy the top restaurants we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

FAQ

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Civico 1845 are the highest-rated late-night restaurants in Little Italy.

Barbusa, Davanti Enoteca, and Zinqué are the highest-rated best restaurants for delivery in Little Italy.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Barbusa are the highest-rated restaurants in Little Italy which are great for tourists.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Civico 1845 are the highest-rated vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Little Italy.

Ironside Fish & Oyster, Kettner Exchange, and Civico 1845 are the highest-rated vegetarian-friendly restaurants in Little Italy.

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