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Nicolosi's - San Diego

Nicolosi's has been serving authentic southern Italian cuisine in San Diego for over 60 years. Our old country recipes as well as new favorites have made us a local favorite. Come try our housemade Lasagna, our hand made Ravioli or our Sicilian Six-Cheese Mac and Cheese. Find out what San Diegans have come to love with our famous torpedo sandwiches, meatballs, awesome pastas and delicious salads. Our pizza has consistently been voted best in San Diego and you can choose from one of our many traditional or unique combinations. A delicious basket of housemade bread comes with every meal.

Our welcome atmosphere features attentive service, a full bar and banquet facilities. Our family hopes to welcome you to Nicolosi's soon. Mangia!
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37 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
(37 Reviews)
Open Ratings Snapshot
Rating Breakdown 37 reviews
5 stars
(24)
4 stars
(10)
3 stars
(1)
2 stars
(1)
1 star
(1)
Food 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Service 
4.7 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.7 / 5
Ambiance 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
Noise Level
1.6 / 3
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • neighborhood gem(21)
  • great for lunch(15)
  • good for groups(13)
  • special occasion(13)
  • fit for foodies(9)
  • kid-friendly(6)
Nicolosi's - San Diego Reviews List
Review 1 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 2/08/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/08/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 2/08/2016
 2014
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Review 2 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great pizza.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"Love the new location. Service was great even though someone was being trained at the time. I always get pizza when I go there, and I want to try the pasta next time. I'm happy they have options for vegetarians too."
Dined on 1/20/2016
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 3 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/07/2016
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 4 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/01/2016
 2014
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Review 5 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/28/2015
 2015
Special Features: neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 6 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Dined on 11/09/2015
 2005
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Review 7 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 11/01/2015
 2007
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 8 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2006
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 10/31/2015
 2006
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 9 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/27/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 10 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Pleasant family dining experience. We shared the generous and delightful antipasti salad, followed by a flavorful ministroni soup then an entrée of the chicken penne pesto. Service was friendly, helpful and timely."
Dined on 10/11/2015
 2011
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Review 11 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Very Good Italian Food in a Relaxed Setting

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We were pleasantly surprised when we ate at this neighborhood restaurant on a Monday night. The restaurant was busy and the service was a little slower than it should have been, but our server was very pleasant and explained that they were busier than usual that night. The entrees came with a small salad, which was just the right size and we all liked our entrees: chicken parmesan, eggplant parmesan and spaghetti, all good size portions and well prepared. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed and restaurant was decorated to give a homey, comfortable feeling. Definitely worth repeating."
Dined on 10/05/2015
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 10/06/2015
 2014
Dined on 10/06/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 10/06/2015
 2014
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Review 13 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Good pizza, friendly service. Nice family style Italian restaurant. Will visit again!"
Dined on 9/28/2015
 2014
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Review 14 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Good times with friends. Good pizza and anti pasta salad. Quiet enough to talk. Attentive staff."
Dined on 2/22/2015
 2014
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Review 15 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 9/22/2015
 2008
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Review 16 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Needs an Update

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2006
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2006
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"This restaurant needs a new owner or manager to pull it into the 21st century."
Dined on 7/25/2014
 2006
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Review 17 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 9/07/2015
 2015
Dined on 9/07/2015
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 9/07/2015
 2015
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Review 18 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 8/09/2015
 2006
Dined on 8/09/2015
 2006
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 8/09/2015
 2006
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Review 19 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

good food, good service

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"pizza was very good, antipasto salad was larger than most places, service was very attentive. a great experience."
Dined on 7/16/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 20 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 7/01/2015
 2014
Dined on 7/01/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 7/01/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 21 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 6/12/2015
 2014
Dined on 6/12/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/12/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 22 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/28/2015
 2014
Dined on 5/28/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/28/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 23 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Good, but not worth the price

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We have lived in the neighborhood for three years and finally dined here, out of curiosity. It was a thoroughly pleasant experience. The staff were nice, the restaurant was clean and the food was good. I absolutely don't think the food was worth its price, however. We probably won't return just because of that."
Dined on 9/01/2014
 2014
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Review 24 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A new go to place for Italian

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Went with a friend and was blown away. Started with the buffalo calamari and couldn't believe how good it was. Will def need to try it again. I had the eggplant parm and it was delicious. Very generous portion and the sauce went very well with the eggplant. I even liked the garden salad which came with it.
Food aside, we had a wonderful waitress and she was very attentive and personable. I'm looking forward to my next trip there.
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Dined on 5/23/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, scenic view, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 5/13/2015
 2010
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 26 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 27 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

great place

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"It's like a family restaurant, but based on Italian food. Good prices,awesome employees, better than olive garden!"
Dined on 5/10/2015
 2009
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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Review 28 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

great food and service at a great price

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"their pizza is pretty dang good, the service was friendly, the restaurant was clean. the only negative was the disorganized hostess who lost control of the lobby between seating, call ins, and pick ups."
Dined on 5/07/2015
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, kid-friendly
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Review 29 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 5/07/2015
 2014
Dined on 5/07/2015
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 5/07/2015
 2014
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 30 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2007
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2007
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2007
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Review 31 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/16/2015
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
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Review 32 for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Not the Same

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"We used to go to this restaurant at its old location. At that time, the restaurant had more of a mom and pop Italian atmosphere. It now reminds me of a cheap restaurant which is on its last legs. When we arrived, we waited for quite a awhile for anyone to acknowledge us. Then the servers decided to tell each other to seat us. I believe there may have finally been a host, but he could have been a server. Most of the time he was watching TV from the host's stand. Our server was perspiring heavily.
The food is okay but way too expensive. A bowl of pasta with chicken and a cheese cream sauce should not be close to $20, especially in an establishment which looks like it has seen better days. If we hadn't had a discount, the bill for an appetizer, a child's meal, two soft drinks, two entrees, a bowl of ice cream, and a cannoli would have been over $70. This place just isn't worth that price."
Dined on 1/21/2015
 2012
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Nicolosi's - San Diego
Based on the average of (5) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
4.6 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.6 / 5
5 out of 5 recommend this product
Food 
4.8 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.8 / 5
Service 
4.4 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
2 / 3
Moderate