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Cicciotti's Trattoria Italiana

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1933 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2322
+1 760-634-2335
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri 11:00 - 22:30
Sat 12:00 - 22:30
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San Diego, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Reading reviews of Cicciotti's, my wife and I decided to give it another try (we'd visited it years ago and didn't enjoy the experience). We decided to try a "happy hour" to see how we liked the place. Got there a few minutes before happy hour and waited to be let in. I excused myself to use the restroom and... More 

Thank myszke
Encinitas, California
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just got back from a wonderful pre-sunset dinner at Cicciotti's. We like the view far better than Wine Steals next door that is lower and where people practically breathe down your neck to see when you are leaving so they can grab your table. (Not fun.) This place has great views, excellent food, and really nice wait-staff/management. The wine list... More 

Thank Diane O
Del Mar, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very friendly and great service with excellent meals.... thanks Best Pasta and sauce! Piano player on weekends.... Opera singer is loud.... Sit close to windows... bar is loud....

Thank Pdunlap1
Carlsbad, California
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63 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is an extremely annoying piano player making it impossible to have a conversation inside. Occasionally he is accompanied by a drink, off key woman. Foods good tho.

Thank bailey b
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69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visiting from out of town, we found a last minute groupon with great reviews. What a surprise to find this traditional gem with excellent food! Cute location, perfect for a sunset dine with a beloved or a birthday celebration with friends. Great spot!

Thank HealingHabit
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are looking for upscale Italian dining, this may not be for you. However, fantastic seaside location and some of the best family style food makes this a must. One of my favorites is the Lasagna with meatballs. Staff is friendly and very attentive

Thank Builttotravelalot
Glenorie, New South Wales, Australia
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is my first visit tonight to Cicciotti's and its seriously hard to fault. Exquisite Italian food with an extensive menu and equally extensive wine list. Our waitress provided an extremely high calibre of service which we all appreciated. My only one single criticism is there wasn't time between appertizer and entree so only order single courses at a time... More 

Thank Vicki W
San Diego, California
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81 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a funky seaside restaurant near the beach in Cardiff, and easy walking distance from the center of Cardiff. Cardiff is a village that specializes in funk, so you have to be good to survive there. Our extended family, including one baby, dropped in without reservations on a busy night. They set us up quickly and we had an... More 

Thank pontevecchio56
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

I love Cicciotti's! we've been 6 times now and always feel like we flew to Italy for the evening. Most staff is from Italy and all are helpful and attentive. Bartenders are great. Excellent happy hour drinks [$5 house wine] and food + $1 oysters. Dinner entrees are all perfect and prices are fair for the portion sizes. Go now,... More 

Thank Sherry S
San Marcos, California
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

This our 6th visit at least last evening one of our favorites. Staff, management , service always excellent. The pasta dishes and veal were excellent along with sides, I ordered the filet as they had a special with Gorgonzola sauce one of their specialities . All good except the filet was a poor cut fatty only 1/2 was edible. Balance... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, View, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1933 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2322
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-634-2335
Giorgio's Ristorante and Pizzeria was formerly the Vigilucci's Pizzeria.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?