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Godfather Restaurant, San Diego, CA

Godfather Restaurant

4.8
4.8
1151 reviews
$31 to $50
Italian

The Godfather, a Balistreri restaurant, is an Italian monument in downtown San Diego providing authentic cuisine from the hills of Italy. Established in 1974, The Godfather is a sophisticated and classy establishment that centers around generational recipes from both Northern and Southern Italy. Over the years, the quality of food and standard of service has never declined and thus garnered The Godfather a national recognition as one of the top twenty-five Italian restaurants in the entire nation. The menu is filled with classic favorites based in steak, chicken and pasta. For an intimate evening for two, try the Sicilian kiss prix fixe meal that includes a bottle of champagne.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Seafood, Steak

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (858) 560-1747

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Isidoro Balistreri

Popular dishes

Menu

Hours: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm

Antipasti

  • Mozzarella en CarozzaUS$10.95

    Mozzarella cheese, seasoned, fried & baked in marinara sauce

    • CapreseUS$13.95

      Fior di latte mozzarella, tomato, Sicilian olives, basil, red onion, oregano, capers & extra virgin olive oil

      • Cuori di CarciofiUS$12.95

        Artichoke hearts, seasoned & fried. Baked in lemon, garlic, capers & parmesan cheese

        • Fegatini di PolloUS$11.95

          Tender chicken livers, sauteed in white wine, fresh mushrooms & peas

          • Antipasto della CasaUS$16.95

            Roasted, marinated vegetables, prosciutto, salami, mordatella, olives, pepperoncini, basil, & extra-virgin olive oil

            • Calamari FrittiUS$12.95

              Tender calamari, lightly breaded & fried

              • CaesarUS$6.00

                Fresh crisp Romaine, tossed with our special recipe Caesar dressing & anchovy filet

                Paste

                Served with your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                • Penne All' Arrabbiata e SalcicceUS$16.95

                  Penne pasta & sausage in tomato sauce, seasoned spicy hot with Italian peppers

                  • Spaghetti alla BologneseUS$15.95

                    Chef Isidoro's special recipe of spaghetti & meat sauce. Suggested wine: Sartori Bardolino

                    • Penne al PomodoroUS$15.95

                      Penne pasta with fresh tomato, garlic, oregano & basil. Suggested wine: Sangiovese

                      • Lasagne al FornoUS$16.95

                        Baked lasagne in the old Sicilian style with bolognese sauce, ricotta, mozzarella & parmesan cheeses. Suggested wine: Gattinara

                        • Spaghetti alla CarbonaraUS$16.95

                          Spaghetti in light imported parmesan cheese sauce with prosciutto. Suggested wine: Pinot Grigio

                          • Linguine al PestoUS$15.95

                            Linguine tossed with basil, parmesan cheese, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & pine nuts. Suggested wine: Pinot Gringo

                            • Fettucine AlfredoUS$16.95

                              Fettuccine pasta tossed with a rich cream sauce

                              • Ravioli alla GodfatherUS$15.95

                                Traditional meat ravioli in Chef Isidoro's Bolognese sauce. Suggested wine: Chianti

                                • Ravioli ai Funghi PortobelloUS$17.95

                                  Portobello mushroom ravioli, served in a light cream & tomato Rossini sauce. Suggested wine: Mondavi Barbera

                                  • Tortellini al VerdeUS$17.95

                                    Spinach & ricotta tortellini served in Alfredo sauce. Suggested wine: Ruffino Libaio

                                    • Linguine al VongoleUS$17.95

                                      Linguine with clams sauteed in wine, extra virgin olive oil, garlic & parsley, served with your choice of red or white sauce. Suggested wine: Orvieto or Chianti

                                      • Penne alla PuttanescaUS$16.95

                                        Penne in a fresh tomato sauce with olives, capers, basil, olive oil, parmesan cheese & oregano. Suggested wine: Italian Merlot

                                        • Cannelloni Fatti en CasaUS$17.95

                                          Italian crepes with chicken, meat & cheeses, garlic, fresh mushrooms, baked with besciamella sauce. Suggested wine: Barbera D' Asti

                                          • Eggplant alla ParmigianaUS$17.95

                                            Baked eggplant with mushrooms, ricotta & mozzarella cheese in marinara sauce. Suggested wine: Dolcetto D' Alba

                                            • Linguine ai Frutti di MareUS$24.95

                                              A king Neptune feast of pastas! Lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari & fish sauteed in wine, garlic & mushrooms, served in red or white sauce. Suggested wine: Gavi "Principessa"

                                              Piatti Combinazioni

                                              Served with pasta & your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                                              • Cannelloni con Scaloppine al MarsalaUS$24.95

                                                Cannelloni & veal medallions in Sicilian marsalla wine & fresh mushrooms. Suggested wine: Mezza Corona Pinot Grigio

                                                • Cannelloni con FegatiniUS$23.95

                                                  Cannelloni & fresh chicken livers sauteed with fresh mushrooms, onions & peas. Suggested wine: Orvieto

                                                  • Cannelloni con Pollo Alla ParmigianaUS$23.95

                                                    Cannelloni & baked chicken breast with mozzarella, marinara, fresh mushrooms & parmesan cheese. Suggested wine: Quercetto Chianti

                                                    Pollo

                                                    Served with pasta & your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                                                    • Pollo alla MarsalaUS$18.99

                                                      Chicken sauteed in Sicilian marsala wine with fresh mushrooms. Suggested wine: Pinot Grigio "La Famiglia"

                                                      • Pollo alla CacciatoriUS$18.99

                                                        Chicken in marinara sauce with white wine, garlic, oregano, fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, onions & fine Italian herbs. Suggested wine: Sartori Soave

                                                        • Pollo alla ParmigianaUS$18.99

                                                          Baked chicken breast with mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce & fresh mushrooms. Suggested wine: Querceto

                                                          • Saltimbocca di PolloUS$18.99

                                                            Chicken breasts sauteed in a light tomato sauce with wine, prosciutto, mozzarella & sage. Suggested wine: Gattinara

                                                            • Pollo alla FiorentinaUS$18.99

                                                              Chicken medallions lightly battered & sauteed in white wine, fresh lemon, butter & capers. Suggested wine: Orvieto

                                                              • Fegatini di PolloUS$18.99

                                                                Chicken livers tenderly sauteed in white wine with fresh mushrooms & peas. Suggested wine: Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc

                                                                Pesce

                                                                Served with pasta & your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                                                                • Pesce del GiornoUS$20.99

                                                                  Prepared to perfection with white wine, lemon & butter

                                                                  • CioppinoUS$24.95

                                                                    A fisherman's wharf seafood medley of lobster, mussels, calamari, shrimp, clams & fresh fish in marinara soup. Suggested wine: Gavi "Principessa"

                                                                    • Scampi alla GodfatherUS$23.99

                                                                      Shrimp baked in wine with fresh mushrooms, garlic, oregano & balsamic vinegar. Suggested wine: Frascati

                                                                      • Scampi Fra DiavoloUS$21.99

                                                                        Shrimp in a spicy marinara sauce with garlic & Italian herbs. Suggested wine: Petite Syrah

                                                                        • Zuppa di CozzeUS$18.99

                                                                          Mussels in wine, garlic, extra virgin olive oil & light marinara sauce. Suggested wine: Caymus Sauvignon Blanc

                                                                          • Linguine ai Frutti di MareUS$24.95

                                                                            A king Neptune feast of pastas! Lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, calamari & fish sauteed in wine, garlic & mushrooms, served in your choice of red or white sauce. Suggested wine: Gavi "Principessa"

                                                                            • Salmone alla GrigliaUS$19.99

                                                                              Salmon seared in a Sicilian style sauce of diced tomatoes, capers, olives, onions, bell peppers & olive oil. Suggested wine: Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc

                                                                              • Calamari alla MarinaraUS$17.99

                                                                                Calamari sauteed in a spicy light marinara sauce with white wine, fresh garlic & oregano. Suggested wine: Fazi Battaglia Verdicchio

                                                                                Vitello

                                                                                Served with pasta & your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                                                                                • Scaloppine al MarsalaUS$19.99

                                                                                  Veal medallions sauteed in Sicilian Marsala wine with fresh mushrooms. Suggested wine: Pinot Grigio "La Famiglia"

                                                                                  • Piccata di ScaloppineUS$19.99

                                                                                    Veal medallions sauteed in white wine, lemon & butter with fresh mushrooms & capers. Suggested wine: Verdicchio

                                                                                    • Vitello alla FiorentinaUS$19.99

                                                                                      Lightly battered veal medallions sauteed in white wine, lemon, butter & capers. Suggested wine: Gavi

                                                                                      • Saltimbocca di VitelloUS$19.99

                                                                                        Veal sauteed in wine & baked in light tomato sauce with prosciutto, mozzarella & sage. Suggested wine: Ferrari-Carano Merlot

                                                                                        • Bocconcini alla GodfatherUS$19.99

                                                                                          Seasoned & breaded veal stuffed with prosciutto, provolone, parmesan & Italian seasoning, salami & mortadella, broiled with bell peppers & onion. Suggested wine: Chianti, Ruffino

                                                                                          • Vitello alla ParmigianaUS$19.99

                                                                                            Baked veal with mozzarella cheese, bolognese sauce & fresh mushrooms. Suggested wine: Quercetto Chianti

                                                                                            • Speciale dello Chef IsidoroUS$19.99

                                                                                              Chef Isidoro's original seasoned & breaded veal stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella, tomatoes & onions sauteed & baked in wine & marinara. Suggested wine: Barolo

                                                                                              Steaks & Filet

                                                                                              Served with pasta & your choice of soup of the day or house salad

                                                                                              • New York alla SinatraUS$28.95

                                                                                                New York strip sauteed in Barolo wine & marinara, fresh mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, garlic & oregano. Suggested wine: Super-Tuscan

                                                                                                • New YorkUS$27.95

                                                                                                  New York strip, prepared as you wish. Suggested wine: Pierano Cabernet

                                                                                                  • Filet MignonUS$31.95

                                                                                                    Godfather cut filet mignon, prepared as you wish. Suggested wine: Ferrari-Carano Siena

                                                                                                    Panini Imbotiti

                                                                                                    • ProsciuttoUS$16.95

                                                                                                      Italian artisan with prosciutto, arugula, fresh mozzarella, tomato, red onion, virgin olive oil & balsamico

                                                                                                      • SalsicceUS$14.95

                                                                                                        Chef Isidoro's family made sausages in bolognese sauce, with bell peppers & mozzarella

                                                                                                        • TorpedoUS$14.95

                                                                                                          Italian cold cuts, lettuce, tomatoes, Mozzarella cheese, onions, olive oil & spices

                                                                                                          • MeatballUS$14.95

                                                                                                            Chef Isidoro's Sicilian meatballs in bolognese sauce with bell peppers & mozzarella cheese

                                                                                                            Insalate

                                                                                                            • CaesarUS$14.95

                                                                                                              Fresh crisp Romaine, tossed with our special recipe Caesar dressing. Served with your choice of chicken, shrimp or salmon

                                                                                                              • Insalata alla GodfatherUS$16.95

                                                                                                                A Godfather assortment of Italian cold cuts, peperoncini, olives, tomatoes, Gorgonzola & Provolone cheese

                                                                                                                • Blackened Salmon SaladUS$17.95

                                                                                                                  Salmon over mixed greens, avocado, black olives & balsamic vinaigrette

                                                                                                                  • Seared Ahi SaladUS$16.95

                                                                                                                    Seared ahi tuna, red onions, toy box tomatoes, spring mix greens, olives with soy balsamic dressing

                                                                                                                    • Grilled Calamari SaladUS$16.95

                                                                                                                      Grilled whole calamari, roasted bell pepper, olives, toy box tomatoes, capers over spring mixed greens lemon zest vinaigrette

                                                                                                                      Last updated: 2 February 2022

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                                                                                                                        Excellent ckn parm! My son ate all his spaghetti w/bolognese sauce. He also loved the bread! I had the ckn picatta & it was prepared perfectly.

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                                                                                                                        Godfather Restaurant is consistently top shelf in quality of food, service, and setting.

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                                                                                                                        Wedding celebration 🎉

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                                                                                                                        The food and atmosphere is truly amazing. Love it will be coming back soon

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                                                                                                                        This is the best place for dinner. Anthony always comes by to make sure everything is perfect. Service excellent. You must go here

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                                                                                                                        It was a special occasion and Tony and his staff made us feel special and welcomed. Thank you for helping us make it a happy evening.

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                                                                                                                        Service as always was great. Food was delicious. We had the Linguini Frutti Di Mare and the NY steak, I always love their steaks, it’s very flavorful. It was our anniversary and they gave us a complimentary connoli, which was wonderful.

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                                                                                                                        Absolutely the best Italian food in the San Diego area!

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                                                                                                                        MikeJ

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Food and Service are always excellent . Would recommend The Godfather for any occasion .

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 12 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Fabulous food and atmosphere… always a great experience! We stop in every time we are in San Diego.

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                                                                                                                        Steve

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 9 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Best Italian restaurant in San Diego & best steaks. Anthony the owner is an outstanding individual who truly cares for his customers.

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                                                                                                                        ElizabethA

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 8 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Tomahawk steak was DELICIOUS! The owner was there and made us feel right at home! Celebrating my birthday there was great!

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                                                                                                                        Henry

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                                                                                                                        Always delicious food , great service loved seeing Mama there greetings people and coming to our table to talk and catch up . A favorite restaurant for us

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                                                                                                                        MichelleM

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 8 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        This restaurant never disappoints! From the food to the drinks to the service, it's ALWAYS a treat and keeps me coming back year after year. The owner, Anthony is top notch and always ensures a pleasant experience. If you have they chance to dine here, do it. You won't regret it!

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 8 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        This is probably the best Italian restaurant in the Kearny Mesa area. Food is perfect; ambience is cozy and romantic. Service is like none other these days. Management is the best.

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                                                                                                                        carole

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 8 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Overall, food was very good. One of the filets was more medium-medium rare than rare as requested, but didn't advise server or return since it was still tasty. Server was very friendly and we enjoyed the experience.

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                                                                                                                        It was our first time there. All staff were very attentive. We sat in a booth in the bar area and waiter was excellent. Food was delicious.

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                                                                                                                        SteveB

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                                                                                                                        Celebrated birthday on slow week night. Everything was wonderful!

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 4 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Always love visiting! Among the finest Italian restaurants in SoCal.

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                                                                                                                        LarryK

                                                                                                                        Fort Lauderdale

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 2 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Amazing food, best red sauce every!!!! Service and atmosphere was above anything every. If you get to San Diego don’t miss this special place

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                                                                                                                        EmoryB

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        Date night at the Godfather. Very limited parking but they did offer $4 valet service. Seated on time. I requested a table and was given a booth but the maitre d corrected when asked. Service was a little slow and the noise level made it challenging to hear the piano. Very nice selection of items on the menu and nightly specials. We chose the special, "Lobster Ravioli with shrimp" with a recommended bottle of Chianti. The owner stopped by to say hi and see how everything was going. Dinner was excellent with a large serving of ravioli and shrimp. Overall a very pleasant dinner out and will return again.

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                                                                                                                        GlennY

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 1 May 2022

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                                                                                                                        We had a good experience at the Godfather, and will return in the futur.

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                                                                                                                        diner420

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 29 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        Great food, service and ambience. Will definitely go again.

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                                                                                                                        David

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 25 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        We enjoyed our evening at the. Godfather. Anthony, the maite’d couldn’t have been nicer. Our waiter Juan was excellent. Our meals were terrific.

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                                                                                                                        LindaC

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        This was an absolutely delightful evening with wonderful service. We were definitely treated well by our server Ricardo, making our anniversary memorable. Thank you Food was delicious!

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                                                                                                                        Mistyou5

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        Celebrated a wonderful birthday dinner here. Quite understated exterior. Friendly staff that makes you feel like family. Menu is large enough that everyone can find something they love but not so lengthy it’s overwhelming. Sea Bass was perfection on a plate. Service was attentive without being overbearing. Recommend and will be back!

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                                                                                                                        DavidB

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        Always excellent

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                                                                                                                        Bomp

                                                                                                                        Orange County

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 24 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        Great old fashioned character, nice wine selection and the food was delicious. Next time we will not sit so close to the piano. Lovely music, but difficult to chat.

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                                                                                                                        marting

                                                                                                                        San Diego

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                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 22 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        We were a party of 8 for dinner and Juan was our Maitre d'. Our group are old friends who hadn't seen each other in years so we weren't in a hurry to eat. Juan did an excellent job allowing us to pace ourselves. He even allowed us to stay past closing and took photos of our group for us. Juan recommended wines and they were great choices. The appetizers and entrees are all delicious and the desert offerings are a nice finishing touch. Highly recommend this restaurant! Martin G

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                                                                                                                        LarryS

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        13 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 22 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        This spot never disappoints. Service is always top notch and ambiance is clean, quiet and warm. I altered my dish a bit from the menu and there was absolutely not an issue.

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                                                                                                                        JanetD

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                        Dined on 21 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        Always a pleasure eating here.

                                                                                                                      32. DB

                                                                                                                        DavidB

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        34 reviews

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        34 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 19 April 2022

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                                                                                                                        This place is ALWAYS excellent -food and service. We've been coming here for years and always enjoy

                                                                                                                      33. MB

                                                                                                                        MariaB

                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                        5.0

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                                                                                                                        Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        The Godfather Restaurant has always been our family's special celebration place.

                                                                                                                      34. AB

                                                                                                                        AndrewB

                                                                                                                        Denver

                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        3.0

                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 18 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                                                                                        Service was decent but the food was very mediocre. Really wanted to like this place based on the rave reviews. 3/5 is a fair score.

                                                                                                                      35. PD

                                                                                                                        PatriciaD

                                                                                                                        Western NC

                                                                                                                        34 reviews

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        34 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        Great food and outstanding service for our Easter dinner with family. We will certainly book for our next special occasion because this was outstanding

                                                                                                                      36. MD

                                                                                                                        MDMReviews

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        28 reviews

                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        28 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        The food was great. The service was great. The atmosphere was great. Would go again. Wish they were open for lunch every weekend.

                                                                                                                      37. DW

                                                                                                                        DorothyW

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        2 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        In the many years I have been going to the Godfather Restaurant, I have never been disappointed. Easter Sunday was no exception. The Service was Outstanding, and the food exceptional. They make you feel like Family

                                                                                                                      38. O

                                                                                                                        Oldpro

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        51 reviews

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        4.0

                                                                                                                        51 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 17 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                                                                        We have eaten here quite a few times and have always had a great meal.

                                                                                                                      39. SF

                                                                                                                        StacyF

                                                                                                                        Tampa

                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        1 review

                                                                                                                        Dined on 16 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        The food was fresh, simple, delicious. Our reservation was at 7:00 p.m. and our dinner was 2 1/2 hours long and we never once felt like they were trying to rush us out of the place. Once we sat down in our booth, we could see and hear the other diners, but the atmosphere was intimate and relaxing. The staff was attentive without being obtrusive, and the whole experience was terrific. There’s a reason why The Godfather restaurant is a staple in the community. Enjoy it!

                                                                                                                      40. f

                                                                                                                        foodie4sure

                                                                                                                        San Diego

                                                                                                                        114 reviews

                                                                                                                        vip
                                                                                                                        5.0

                                                                                                                        114 reviews

                                                                                                                        Dined on 12 April 2022

                                                                                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                                                        BEST go to lunch place on this part of town. ALWAYS delicious and great service. Tony is the best and his kitchen puts our quality food every time.

                                                                                                                      FAQs

                                                                                                                      Godfather Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (858) 560-1747.

                                                                                                                      Godfather Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 1151 OpenTable diners.

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                                                                                                                      Google Map for Godfather Restaurant

                                                                                                                      7878 Clrmt Msa Blvd San Diego, CA 92111-1621

                                                                                                                      Additional information

                                                                                                                      • Area

                                                                                                                        Kearny Mesa

                                                                                                                      • Hours of Operation

                                                                                                                        Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

                                                                                                                      • Cuisines

                                                                                                                        Italian, Seafood, Steak

                                                                                                                      • Dining style

                                                                                                                        Casual Dining

                                                                                                                      • Dress Code

                                                                                                                        Smart Casual

                                                                                                                      • Parking Details

                                                                                                                        Public Lot

                                                                                                                      • Payment Options

                                                                                                                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                                                                      • Executive Chef

                                                                                                                        Isidoro Balistreri

                                                                                                                      • Additional

                                                                                                                        Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining

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