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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina, Lemon Grove, CA
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Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

4.6
4.6
703 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Located in the middle of Lemon Grove’s charming downtown area, Giardino is a welcoming and casual Italian inspired cucina where the neighborhood gathers for fresh and flavorful classic dishes found throughout Italy.

Giardino offers an Italian-inspired menu of seasonally-driven dishes that use timeless Italian techniques and fresh ingredients. Guests will find items such as fresh seafood, pastas, pizzas and salads, as well as a variety of elements made in-house.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Thursday Date Night

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a 3 course meal for two people (shared app, 2 entrees and a shared dessert) for $45 every Thursday night.
  • Sunday Family Meal

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a family meal for four for only $50. You'll have a choice of family-style Caesar or Mixed Greens Salad, then you Build Your Own Pizza and Build Your Own Pasta!

Offers

  • Pizza Tuesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Tue - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Every Tuesday night, get any pizza from the menu plus a carafe of house wine or sangria for only $19.
  • Cheese Wheel Pasta Mondays

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Rotating pastas served table side from a giant parmesan cheese wheel. Every Monday night.
  • Half Off Wine Wednesdays

    Multiple dates available
    Wed - 4:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Every Wednesday, get half off select bottles of wine all day.

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What 703 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • East County

    Best Overall

  • East County

    Best Food

  • East County

    Best Service

  • East County

    Best Ambiance

  • East County

    Best Value

  • East County

    Fit for Foodies

  • East County

    Good for Groups

  • East County

    Great for Lunch

  • East County

    Neighborhood Gem

  • East County

    Special Occasion

  • East County

    Most Booked

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  1. RM

    RoxanaM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food...great service and lively atmosphere!
  2. C

    Cherese

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing. Will definitely dine here again in the future.
  3. DS

    DanielleS

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for a friends birthday and, as usual, the food, service, and ambiance were wonderful! Alex was a great server and took great care with our party. ☺️ Karina has done an amazing job providing a fabulous environment for a night out and spectacular food and service 💕
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex, our server was great and gave us many recommendations. We loved everything and will definitely be back!!
  5. HS

    HaydeeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice ambiance in the evening outdoors. Not loud. Great food. Great service. Lobster bisque, Brussels sprouts, fried calamari and grilled mushrooms were excellent.
  6. SD

    SDchelle

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience1
    When I made reservations, I didn’t know they didn’t have A/C. It was hot outside, but even hotter inside, so we opted for outside and asked to sit at a table in the line of the only fan they had. Our server was very accommodating, and the fan made it bearable...until another customer got up and turned the fan to face their table instead. I had the penne salsicia, and I thought it was absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, so did the flies. So. Many. Flies. It was impossible to keep them away even though I was constantly waving my hand back and forth over my plate. It was just really unappetizing. The only saving grace was that they went away once the sun went down. I definitely would have made the reservation for later in the evening if I’d known the flies were such a problem.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, great people, and great food!
  8. S

    Sher

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Even with reservations, the restaurant was overwhelmed with what seemed like a 70% capacity. There was no wait but was extremely understaffed. The indoor seating area had no air conditioning with about 85 degree weather outside. It was extremely humid in the dining area. We were seated immediately and ordered within 15 mins. Appetizers came after AN HOUR wait, then the entrees 15 mins after that. We had to ask for a bread basket as the kids were both starving and uncomfortable with the heat. We ordered the Seafood spaghetti, fettuccini alfredos and spaghetti & meatballs for the kids. All was basic, nothing to rave about and with the wait, totally not worth it.
  9. D

    Deb1

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    During these really hot months they really need air conditioning inside. Plus, if you eat outside, they need to figure something out to keep the flys to a minimum. Plus, the traffic noise makes it difficult for conversation. However, the food is absolutely delicious!! I do love this restaurant.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We were excited to try this spot and had an ok but not particularly memorable meal. Highlights were the garlic knots and a nice glass of Montepulciano. Service was a bit slow, entrees were just ok. The polenta served with the short rib tasted like nothing. For the prices, I’d rather go downtown to Little Italy for a solid, delicious meal. Our server was nice and accommodating with our dog and baby in tow. Interested to check out their wine bar next door.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    No major complaints or praises. Service was the best part very attentive, and quick with the water refills. Food was just OK. Alfredo sauce was a little loose, and the marinara had an acidic taste. By far I’ve had better Italian food, but I would say definitely better than Olive Garden.
  12. AR

    AngeliqueR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a large party of 13 guests following a memorial service. The food and drinks were excellent and our server Shannon provided wonderful service. Our dinner at Giardino helped us turn a sad occasion into a real celebration of life!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Overall my experience was good, a few things that could have been better were the flys were kinda out of control and the portion sizes for the price seemed off especially for the Pasta dishes and desserts. But everything else was good food was delicious, Service was really good, atmosphere was nice.
  14. PR

    PatrickR

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding, service excellent-truly delightful
  15. MM

    MarkM

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I was very impressed with the menu and the atmosphere. The place was packed. So was Zest next-door. The staff were really really busy, but I understand considering how hopping the place was. I went during the monthly jazz jam and will come again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and our server Alex! The live band was painfully loud - could not even talk, even with yelling we couldn’t have much conversation. We’ll be back because we love this spot we just hope it’s not a live band night or that if it is the noise level is considered and changed!
  17. VR

    VeraR

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great lunch specials. Parking lot in rear, easy to miss if you don't know about it. Plenty of street parking too.
  18. DD

    DanDon

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Both food and service were excellent. Table was next to sidewalk, road noise was distracting.
  19. JL

    JimL

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was wonderful. He recommended excellent choices. The food was delicious. Ambiance was beautiful and relaxing. Looking forward to going back.
  20. MZ

    MaryZ

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Fantastic food Great friendly, timely service A few flies outside … Otherwise, 5 star!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    Wish the food was executed better. Its mediocre at best. Very personable and friendly staff.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Just OK. I do think it’s a great neighborhood location. Extremely noisy. The wait staff was very attentive. I took an awfully long time to get food. Our order was not complicated. We ordered soft drinks and a truck from about 35 minutes to bring them to us from the time we ordered. I will definitely give it another go.
  23. CM

    CMOFOOTBALLCOACH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice spot here in Lemon Grove. I was glad to see the Chicken Marsala on the menu. The Champagne Brunch on Sunday is really good. But I would suggest to ad a lil bit more menu items.
  24. m

    milanjade

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite local gem! We love the food and the staff! We have been coming here for years and it never disappoints. The service is always great. Shannon is amazing and Karina the owner is so wonderful. Had a new (new to us) server this time, Alex, who was also great! Carbonara is one of my all time favorites along with the Penne Salsicia! Everything is always so delicious and they have put so much work into this restaurant and it shows. Beautiful inside and out! Perfect for brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour and special occasions!
  25. KA

    KAKMAM

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Excellent food, but still would like all meals to come out together.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Food was awesome! Service was awesome! Only big concern is that the main indoors dining area was hot as f—k, no indoor AC??? Maybe it was down for repairs? But on a hot day 85+ it was actually cooler outside versus the oven like dinning room. But be aware that the outdoors area is for larger crowds, free range crying children, so it’s loud and intrusive. Will try again once the summer heat has died down and way later in the evening.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was great, food was delicious! Can’t wait to return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the presentation of the cheese wheel. Family friendly. Excellent food all around
  29. LF

    LoriF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We brought new friends, yet again, to introduce them to our favorite dining spot. As always, Giardino did not disappoint. Delicious food, wonderful & friendly service, & an all around top notch dining experience!
  30. PH

    PHDAY

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent! Loved the lasagna and calamari! We will definitely go back!
  31. A

    Anuno

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The food is always slow but other than that it was a nice experience.
  32. EM

    ErinM

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    Food was excellent but the service wasn’t the greatest we waited 2 hours for our meal.
  33. A

    Awesome

    San Diego

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute gem in the neighborhood. Great food and ambiance, so glad they survived the COVID lockdown!
  34. EN

    EvanaN

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We went with our good friends on a Thursday night and enjoyed our dining experience; the food and service were very good. We sat inside, and the noise level was good; we carried on a conversation without having to shout at each other. Our main courses (Lasagna, Grilled Salmon & Osso Buco) were well made and delicious. If you have dessert try the Nutella Cheesecake yummy! A very good experience overall.
  35. RM

    RosieM

    San Diego

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Stuffed Mushroom app...BEST!! Chardonnay-very nice. Pear salad-could use more pear-order vin dressing on the side as it was too much. Meatball app-I love garlic but these were overpowered & they were very dry...almost inedible. Fettuccine Maremonte- Pasta & sauce-great! Would have much rather had a few full size shrimp instead of the baby ones they use, no flavor to them. Scallops-very small and way undercooked, again, would rather have a couple regular sized scallops well cooked & crusted. Garlic Knots-the bread was too dense and the garlic was undercooked & just dropped on top; ended up tossing away. The service was excellent!! Might give this restaurant another go, but will ask more Q's about the menu items.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great service and good was good as well. Just a little too hot inside. Fans weren’t working.
  37. LY

    LilyY

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    First time. Restaurant was recommended by our daughter, who had heard great things in Arizona! We loved the restaurant’s setting. The menu is creative. The ambiance was great w one exception, but was not the restaurant’s fault. We would recommend the place, especially for a group.
  38. JB

    JasonB

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is phenomenal! Amazing service, amazing food, and great selection of wine and beer! We were totally pleased with our visit
  39. ET

    ElizabethT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Great food, service will make you feel like you’re really dining in Italy - and by that I mean it’s very slow and you’ll need to flag down your server if you would like to order or leave. But if you’re not in a hurry then the food is delicious!
  40. d

    dbmc

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Have visited several times, trying different entrees. The overall atmosphere is moderately loud, air quality is stuffy/warm (fan broken), service is attentive but average, the food quality is under seasoned, and not timed well between courses (though we asked). Each visit we are hopeful that it would be better, but think that the under staffing of servers (2 on the floor covering large areas of patrons) is unacceptable. This visit one of our entrees got missed, though they tried to make-up for the error and apologized by addressing the noise level in the place at the time. Owner was on site, nice touch. Could potentially be a upscale restaurant if the details were addressed, and quality over quantity.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Giardino Neighborhood Cucina using the Order Online button. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Giardino Neighborhood Cucina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 825-7112.

Giardino Neighborhood Cucina is rated 4.6 stars by 703 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 24 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Giardino Neighborhood Cucina

8131 Broadway, Lemon Grove, CA 91945

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Pl

  • Neighborhood

    Lemon Grove

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Sun 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Vegetarian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 825-7112

  • Private party facilities

    We offer spaces to gather from intimate dinners to large soirees. No matter the occasion, we've got a table for your guests.

  • Private party contact

    Karina Kravalis: (855) 831-2911

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