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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
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Sun 14:00 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat 14:00 - 22:00
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I can't say enough about the food and service here. It's a small and plain storefront, but once inside you can feel the Italian authenticity. They make their own noodles and their tomato sauce is so fresh and delicious. We ordered chicken fettuccine alfredo and lasagna. Both were amazing! The owner/chef kept coming to our table to chat with us... More 

Thank GoGoWhoa
Gainesville, Virginia
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271 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went with a few friends on a Tuesday evening. This place can easily be missed as it is not on the ocean or in the busier section of downtown La Jolla. It is a very simple yet functional Italian restaurant. The owner seats you and he goes through the menu with you. Service is fantastic and the food is delicious.... More 

Thank FrequentTraveler1225
Conshohocken, Pennsylvania
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our dinner at Milano's - well prepared, nicely presented, and most importantly, delicious. I had chicken-stuffed cannolis with a delicious red sauce. My wife had a dish that featured chicken, artichokes, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes - also excellent. For dessert we split the choco bocciono, which is an unbelievably fabulous and sinfully chocolatey cake. We ate outside on... More 

Thank R6Man
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My girlfriend and I eat here often and the food is always high quality with good prices especially compared to the overpriced trendy places so popular with the cool people who know nothing about Italian food.Wines are excellent and fairly priced as well. This restaurant is like the traditional (Northern) Italian restaurant one enjoyed from the 1960's to 90's with... More 

Thank raferen
San Diego, California
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66 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017

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 13 April 2017

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 10 April 2017

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 8 April 2017

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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50 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2017

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
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 April 2017

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 13 - US$ 22
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?