About Asti Ristorante

728 5th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
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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.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
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;

Cross Street:
Between F and G Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 232-8844

Website:
http://www.astisandiego.com/

Catering:
Catering Menu - Please call for details.

Parking Details:
Located on the same block, left hand side, just AFTER the restaurant.

Valet Parking is available 7 days a week.

HOURS
Sun-Thurs: 5pm-11pm
Fri-Sat: 5pm-2am

Public Transit:
MTS bus at Broadway and 5th ave. San Diego Trolley at C St. and 5th Ave.

Executive Chef:
Antonio Romero

Additional:
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.

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1,000-Point Tables

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Details
Sun 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 11:00PM

Mon - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 11:00PM

Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 4:00PM - 11:45PM

Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 11:45PM

Private Dining

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

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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service4

First time here. Attentive service. The ...

vip
Dined 2 days ago

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.

food4
ambience4
service4

Friendly service, good food

Dined 4 days ago

Friendly service, good food

food3
ambience3
service2

We had a big group so I will allow a lit ...

Dined 5 days ago

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

food5
ambience5
service5

Fabulous service. Delicious food.

vip
Dined 6 days ago

Fabulous service. Delicious food.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Always great!

Dined on April 25, 2016

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!!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Perfect authentic, nice Italian restaura ...

Dined on April 24, 2016

Perfect authentic, nice Italian restaurant!!!

food5
ambience5
service5

Very busy night and hard to find parking ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Very busy night and hard to find parking but they had valet in front of restaurant which was fantastic.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Superb dining experience

Dined on April 17, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Great Service and Meal!

Dined on April 12, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5

Great food and the wait staff was very a ...

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

Great food and the wait staff was very attentive.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Two Times a Winner

Dined on March 29, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

The staff were great. The food was excel ...

Dined on March 13, 2016

The staff were great. The food was excellent and they also had large portions. Being right in the middle of Gaslamp was very nice

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Dinner and a Play

Dined on March 4, 2016

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!

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5

Very good veal chops, cooked perfectly a ...

Dined on February 19, 2016

Very good veal chops, cooked perfectly and excellent service.

food3
ambience2
service3

Food was good (not great); wait service ...

Dined on February 17, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

The filletto di manzo was incredible! T ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

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!

food5
ambience5
service3

Food was great, atmosphere was great, se ...

Dined on February 15, 2016

Food was great, atmosphere was great, service seemed rushed.

food3
ambience4
service2

The food was ok for the price. Nothing s ...

Dined on February 4, 2016

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.

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Enjoyed our evening

Dined on January 31, 2016

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.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

First Time at Asti Ristorante

vip
Dined on January 29, 2016

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food2
ambience4
service2
value1

Unfulfilled Promise

vip
Dined on January 7, 2016

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.

food3
ambience3
service2
value3

Asti ristorante

Dined on January 1, 2016

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.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

We went to Asti on New Years Eve and it ...

vip
Dined on January 1, 2016

We went to Asti on New Years Eve and it was spectacular as always. The food, service and ambiance were second to none.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

Our experience at Asti was fantastic! Th ...

Dined on December 30, 2015

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!

food5
ambience3
service1
value3

The food was excellent; service was bad!!!

Dined on December 26, 2015

The food was excellent. The service was bad. This was confirmed by guests at the next table .

Tags: fit for foodies
food3
ambience3
service3

I arrive 15 minutes before of my reserva ...

Dined on December 26, 2015

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

food3
ambience3
service3
value3

We didn't have the best experience

Dined on December 26, 2015

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.

food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Good experience!

Dined on December 25, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5

It was quiet for a Sunday night meal wit ...

Dined on December 14, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Great service and excellent recommendati ...

vip
Dined on December 6, 2015

Great service and excellent recommendations from our server. Will definitely go back when we return to San Diego!

food5
ambience4
service4

We had a very enjoyable evening the food ...

Dined on September 6, 2015

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!!!

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food4
ambience3
service3

Beware of non priced items on menu - Tourist trap?

vip
Dined on August 26, 2015

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.

food3
ambience4
service3

Everything except one smelly mussel in t ...

Dined on August 23, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Asti is always wonderful.

vip
Dined on August 1, 2015

My husband and I have dined at Asti numerous times and always found the food and service to be excellent.

food4
ambience4
service4

Asti Restaurant

Dined on July 31, 2015

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.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service5

We were asked to go to Chianti's instead...

vip
Dined on May 17, 2015

…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

Tags: great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food2
ambience3
service4

Unfortunately all 2 dishes were salty. I ...

Dined on April 28, 2015

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.

food5
ambience5
service5

Awesome foof

vip
Dined on April 24, 2015

The Halibut in a champagne and mustard sauce was unbelievable. Best halibut I have ever had.

food5
ambience5
service5

Outstanding sevrice

vip
Dined on April 15, 2015

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 !!!!

Tags: notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

The Best

vip
Dined on April 14, 2015

We all enjoyed a wonderful meal, including the Pasta, Meat, Special meal plus the desert.......

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list

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