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Cafe Milano

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711 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5016
+1 858-454-3806
11:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun 14:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 14:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Four of us had dinner here last night and while the food was good, the service was very rushed. Before we had a chance to finish our salads, out came the entrees. Our server had to push the salad plates aside to get our dinner plates down - very poor timing. One of us had about half the salad eaten,... More 

Thank AndySanDiego
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the best Italian food I've ever had for a very decent price. The owner was as nice and was excited to see you enjoy his creations. Highly recommend.

Thank Paula K
san diego
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242 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

From the amazing bread and balsamic dip to the caprese to the insane shrimp and scallops, it was like we saved a long flight! The guitar/piano player really made the evening.

Thank airbrush
Pasadena, California
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118 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thought it would be a typical, old-style Italian place. Cant speak to the pasta...didnt have any, but the traditional entrees we ordered were disappointing...to say the least. Neither of our dishes were remotely like those Imhave eaten countless times. Perhaps Milano is ok for simple pasta dishes, but not for anything else. The $ are quite modest....as they should be.... More 

Thank mlwFortLee_Nj
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49 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there a couple of times for dinner, a nice family run Italian restaurant, right on Pearl St. They have a little Fiat parked out front,all lit up, so you cant miss it. Traditional Italian fare served by people who care, and try hard to please. A decent wine selection and prices. The tiramisu was light and delicious, and was... More 

Thank Richard P
Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited Cafe Milano and was welcomed by staff. The food was very flavorful with pleasing presentation. It was delightful to watch as families arrived and were greeted as regular patrons, always an excellent sign for a restaurant.

Thank treewoman2017
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like fresh italian food, do not doubt about trying this place. All pasta is fresh made and is delicious. Service is amazing, always overseen by its italian owner. Deserts are great too, specially the tiramisu, the ricotta cheese cake and the lemon gelatto. 100% recomendable.

Thank PedritoP2014
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Outside, a little red Fiat with teddy bears. Inside, a variety of wonderful authentic Italian dishes; reasonable and delicious. Our waiter, Alfredo and other servers were very attentive and personable. The poached salmon and Pollo Sorrento were perfectly prepared. A large and enticing dessert menu. But, the best treat, Pasquale, Chef and owner, greeting all and frequently surprises with complimentary... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Farmington, Connecticut
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369 reviews
306 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

My family and me found this restaurant on YELP and we were highly satisfied. The server Alfredo, made us feel very welcome and seemed excited about the dishes being offered. My shrimp over fresh made pasta with fresh tomatoes was on the spicy side but with 8 shrimps and heavy parmesan cheese, was delicious. The Cataloni and soup were excellent... More 

Thank Rohrshack
Ontario, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Excellent made from scratch pasta and deserts. We had seafood pasta and both dishes were superb.reasonably priced wines and excellent deserts.

Thank KenGraham41

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 13 - USD 22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Kids
Open Hours
14:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
14:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 Pearl St, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-5016
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-3806

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