About Asti Ristorante
Since 1994, Asti has been providing authentic Italian cuisine and gourmet seafood along with impeccable service in an unique and inviting atmosphere. Each dish from our selection of antipasti , handmade pastas, risottos, fresh seafood, and premium quality meats is freshly and individually prepared to bring you a true Italian dining experience.
Italian, Steak, Seafood
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily; 11am - 3:00 pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday; 3:00 pm - 11:00 pm; Friday & Saturday; 3:00 pm - 12:00 am;
Between F and G Street
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Catering Menu - Please call for details.
Located on the same block, left hand side, just AFTER the restaurant.
Valet Parking is available 7 days a week.
MTS bus at Broadway and 5th ave. San Diego Trolley at C St. and 5th Ave.
Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Groups and large parties have enjoyed Asti's accommodations for over 19 years. You will find that Asti's staff will take care of your group and special event from prior arrangements, throughout the dinner/event to following up.
For over 20 years, Asti has specialized in group events. From Engagement, Holiday and Birthday Parties to corporate events, Asti is sure to make it special.
Asti provides semi-private dining for those looking for a more private dining experience. Buyouts are also a great option.
Asti Ristorante Ratings and Reviews
First time here. Attentive service. The ...
First time here. Attentive service. The Caesar salad was a little overpriced for the small size. It wasn't served with anchovies and I didn't know if you had to ask for them. We both got lasagna. It was okay but nothing to ever come back for. The top noodle was blackened as if it sat under the broiler too long. We sent it back and the replacement was a much smaller portion.
Friendly service, good food
Friendly service, good food
We had a big group so I will allow a lit ...
We had a big group so I will allow a little for that factor. We had a good start with drinks and appetizers the they left us after the salads for about 40 to 50 minutes until we got our entrees. Also kept bringing wine and racked up a nice $450 wine charge. I was not too happy. I would say small groups less than 10 people it would be ok but the struggled with more than that
Fabulous service. Delicious food.
Fabulous service. Delicious food.
We have a second home in San Diego and we always make sure that we have at least one dinner while we are n town. The food is always outstanding. We try to get our favorite waiter Mark who is excellent at his job and make the evening special. Give Asti a try you won't be disappointed!!
Perfect authentic, nice Italian restaura ...
Perfect authentic, nice Italian restaurant!!!
Very busy night and hard to find parking ...
Very busy night and hard to find parking but they had valet in front of restaurant which was fantastic.
Superb dining experience
The excellent food was only surpassed by the superb service we received from our waiter, Mark - who was an amazing source of information not only on the food but also the history of the surrounding area. Our party of four shared each others' plates, and it was impossible to pick a favorite.
Great Service and Meal!
The service was excellent. The staff was more attentive than I've seen at any other restaurant. The food was also excellent and we tried a big variety. Great!
Great food and the wait staff was very a ...
Great food and the wait staff was very attentive.
Two Times a Winner
In town last week for a convention and tried quite a few spots. Our favorite was Asti and returned for dinner the last evening. Both times the food was fantastic and the wine choices appropriate. Service superb both times and we were treated extremely well. We will definitely return next time in town. Between the two dinners the new owners took full control. Had we not known, we wouldn't have noticed a change at all. That last night a group of 37 soccer girls descended upon the restaurant and we figured it would be a long night. Not so! We still enjoyed timely service in the midst of the chaos. Nice job!
The staff were great. The food was excel ...
The staff were great. The food was excellent and they also had large portions. Being right in the middle of Gaslamp was very nice
Dinner and a Play
This was one of the better Italian restaurants that we have eaten at. We were seeing a play at the Civic Theater. We paid to valet park and after dinner enjoyed a short walk to the play. The pasta carbonarra was excellent. I would recommend this restaurant to everyone!
Very good veal chops, cooked perfectly a ...
Very good veal chops, cooked perfectly and excellent service.
Food was good (not great); wait service ...
Food was good (not great); wait service was prompt. We chose to sit outside given the nice San Diego weather. That was our mistake. We had to overhear the hostess asking people walking by to "come in for italian" in a very monotonous tone - the whole dinner. We skipped dessert because we just wanted to leave.
The filletto di manzo was incredible! T ...
The filletto di manzo was incredible! Tiramisu was soft and delicious. And the cappucino topped off a perfect meal. Most authentic Italian restaurant in San Diego. Don't miss it!
Food was great, atmosphere was great, se ...
Food was great, atmosphere was great, service seemed rushed.
The food was ok for the price. Nothing s ...
The food was ok for the price. Nothing stunning. The service was absolutely underwhelming. Server asked our party of 5 if we were ready to order. After asking he went way to get a piece of paper to take our order. We had to ask for bread. We had to ask for oil and vinegar, then grabbed vinegar ourselves. The food was not memorable but was not bad. We visited for lunch. Lunch specials were only pasta so it was very limited to could choose from a choice of 4 or so pastas. No other fish, chicken or other options. Ok place for lunch not at all what I was expecting.
Enjoyed our evening
What an enjoyable and relaxing evening. The wait staff were pleasant and attentive. We dined outside, so I can't review the interior. While the seating area outside was small, it was comforable. The food was very enjoyable. Not upscale in presentation, but very delicious. It was nice to find Italian food that offered unique flavors and menu options. The pasta lovers in our group found non-traditional flavors that they all enjoyed. The heavy meat eaters also found plenty of delicious options.
First Time at Asti Ristorante
We enjoy many of the restaurants in the Gaslamp and Little Italy, but this was our first visit here. We had an early 5 o'clock reservation since we were seeing a show later that evening. We were met by a friendly staff and shown to our table. Our server was Juan and let me say his service is outstanding! He let us take our time deciding what to order. We ordered apps for each of us and then a Lobster Pasta and the Tomahawk Ribeye to be brought out as two courses to be shared. He let us take out time on each course and timed everything perfectly. Now to the food. Outstanding! The apps were great, the Lobster pasta was wonderful and the huge ribeye was cooked to perfection. Juan also recommended a great Italian wine. This was out first visit, but we'll be back. So happy to find a gem like this in the gaslamp.
For a very attractive dining room, the food was exceptionally mediocre which was seriously disappointing. The soups my guest and I ordered were almost identical notwithstanding that one was a Minestrone and the other a Pasta Fagioli. The entrees were unrepresentative of good Italian cooking and were priced far beyond their worth. I would stay away from this restaurant.
The ambience was decent but way too crammed for my taste. The appetizers were great. I had the buffalo mozzarella and Cesar salad and they were absolutely delicious 10/10. Then it came down to the entrees which were completely mediocre. I expected a mouth watering, fresh, and vibrant palate but they weren't. The spaghetti and meatballs was decent but the meatballs were bland and dry. Also the filet mignon pasta wasn't good at all. The pasta tasted like it was from a bad and not made in house. Then the filet was dry and didn't taste appealing at all. Overall I give the place a solid 6/10. Definitely expected more.
We went to Asti on New Years Eve and it ...
We went to Asti on New Years Eve and it was spectacular as always. The food, service and ambiance were second to none.
Our experience at Asti was fantastic! Th ...
Our experience at Asti was fantastic! The food was delicious and definitely well prepared. The service was impeccable! We were one of the only tables bring served and yet we were not rushed at all! It all amounted to a very memorable night!
The food was excellent; service was bad!!!
The food was excellent. The service was bad. This was confirmed by guests at the next table .
I arrive 15 minutes before of my reserva ...
I arrive 15 minutes before of my reservation The hostess told me their are having problems with Opentable and they didn't have my reservation I show my Opentable app and she said sorry She tried to help me and found a table almost an hour later It was my first disappointment with Opentable My wife pregnant and two kids It was a shame
We didn't have the best experience
It was Christmas day and it was very busy. But they seemed more concerned with how wonderful they were and how wonderful they thought their restaurant was, than the experience we had in the restaurant. We had a reservation, but were seated in a table right next to the door, that kept opening and closing and letting in the cold. The servers kept walking by our table but rarely helped us. The food was good but it was so noisy we couldn't talk to each other. There were lots of families with kids that night. We wouldn't return. We were visiting the city and I wished I had chosen something less fancy for our Christmas dinner where we could actually enjoy each other's company.
Got pasta with fillet mignon on top suggested by waiter. It was al dente and delicious. Hubby got spaghetti with meatballs. It was OK. We were expecting more about garlic bread. Also, menu is not update online. Disappointed with that as we have had decided what you get before arriving and it wasn't in their menu.
It was quiet for a Sunday night meal wit ...
It was quiet for a Sunday night meal with the family. It was us and two other tables at the time so pretty slow. Waiter was friendly knowledgeable energetic and passionate...always a plus. I loved the veal chop. Amazing. I would however like to have prices listed on the chefs menu for the day. Turns out the veal chop was $50! Thats fine, and quite frankly well worth it, but i would just like to know the price of what i'm ordering next time.
Great service and excellent recommendati ...
Great service and excellent recommendations from our server. Will definitely go back when we return to San Diego!
We had a very enjoyable evening the food ...
We had a very enjoyable evening the food was really good everyone loved their order, the waiters were very nice and it was a great eveniing!!!
Beware of non priced items on menu - Tourist trap?
There are many choices in the Gaslamp district of San Diego for dinner. I chose one where I've been before. The food was very good, especially the halibut in champagne sauce. However, when a restaurant with excellent food and attentive service provides a menu without pricing, you have to wonder why are they doing this if not to fool a tourist? I order a heirloom tomato salad and the halibut off the non priced menu. I did ask about the halibut( $43), but forgot to ask about the salad ($17). I live in center city Philly and dine out frequently at some of the very best places in town, and I'm not afraid of paying for excellence. This meal was ok, not memorable, but paying $60 for both seemed a bit high to me.
Everything except one smelly mussel in t ...
Everything except one smelly mussel in the seafood stew tasted great, especially the risotto. The waiter tried to make up by offering us a free dessert, but seriously, one smelly mussel could destroy everything in a seafood restaurant. Might be a bit pricy according to its quality, compared to Italian restaurants I usually go in Beverly Hills.
Asti is always wonderful.
My husband and I have dined at Asti numerous times and always found the food and service to be excellent.
We ate outdoors and got to watch all of the different people walking by. The service was excellent, and the food was great. Next time we visit San Diego, we will definitely go back.
We were asked to go to Chianti's instead...
…as Asti were in the middle of renovations. Curiously, we earned 1000 points from Open Table from Asti. Please send us the review requests from the restaurant we actually ate at and I will write a very positive review. Thank you very much
Unfortunately all 2 dishes were salty. I ...
Unfortunately all 2 dishes were salty. I should have returned my entree. But I did not, my fault. Servers wer exceptional. I mention the salt level after they retired my plate.
The Halibut in a champagne and mustard sauce was unbelievable. Best halibut I have ever had.
This is the second time we came back to the restaurant. The food and service was exceptional - the Pork Chop dinner is second to none... The best compliment a restaurant can receive is .... We'll be back !!!!
We all enjoyed a wonderful meal, including the Pasta, Meat, Special meal plus the desert.......
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