Service was very attentive. Our server knew the wine list and food selections and offered suggestions. Tho noise inside was very loud. We were on the patio with a heater and the server brought us blankets because it was still windy and cold. We felt our dishes were either over-spiced or overcooked in the case of the pork belly. We have friends that love this place and come ofter. This will not be a repeat for us.
We had high hopes given that this was the top Italian restaurant in the latest San Diego Magazine poll of critics. It was a special night in that the Pride parade had just concluded so there were lots of revelers and lots of energy.
But even before the restaurant got crowded, the service was spotty. It was courteous but impersonal. I had indicated that this was our wedding anniversary when I made the reservation but that was not acknowledged.
The menu was quite limited and the quirks that made the restaurant sound appealing in the magazine were not present. My dining companion and I both ordered risotto. Hers was tasty but overpriced. Mine included a filet that managed not to have any flavor or tenderness at all. The risotto itself tasted like instant oatmeal.
The bread is good, I will say, and the Caesar salad, while not really fitting the definition of a Caesar salad, was very good.
The food is delicious and the service is great!! Have been there 3 times and each time it’s been great!
Husbands’s birthday- fabulous food- best Italian food outside of Italy! Go- what’ re you waiting for??? Marco & Dellia owners & Chef- best people ever! They put so much love into everything they do & it shows!
Great food and service. They need to be in Little Italy. Strip center dining is kinda MEH for me.
We had the 7 course tasting menu with Italian wine pairing. Chef Marco strikes the perfect balance between innovation and remaining true to the roots of Italian ingredients and cuisine. Dining at Maestoso takes you to Italy in a modern way.
One of my favorite dining experiences in San Diego, casual and classy ambiance. The food is fabulous, and the white Merlot is the best wine I’ve ever tasted. So excited to go back again and again to try everything on the menu.
You can tell the chef is trying really really hard, almost too hard though. The dishes are so overworked that even the most basic of flavors are lost in all the confusion. The suggestion would be to dial it back and remember that simple is not bad...in fact simple is often harder to achieve than overly complex.
We enjoyed the decor and overall ambiance, love sitting at the counter - the music was a bit loud and detracted slightly. The Chef behind the counter was very welcoming and pleasant upon our arrival and throughout the evening. He appears to enjoy what he does and greets you with a smile and a "Buona sera!" The woman bartender/waiter was also very pleasant and enjoyable - very attentive and friendly. The one person who was less than pleasant was the head waiter. He was simply not very friendly, did not appear to want to engage, not sure he smiled once, he was curt in answering some of our questions and overall was off putting. Too bad - it was not a busy night either. The pinsa was GREAT! Very very good - such a light crust and nice toppings. My favorite by far. Pasta is homemade, but both options my dining partners chose were a bit heavy in taste (one was truffle sauce, the other the pork). By far the most disappointing item was the chocolate martini dessert. You cannot call it pistachio "foam" - it was a heavy pistachio whipped cream on top - and all of the components of the dessert were heavy, thick and not at all appealing to this chocolate lover. I would go back - especially to enjoy the counter/bar and some nice wine and more 'la pinsa'!
Always a great experience! The food is fantastic and fresh and the owner is really friendly and great with the kids. Highly recommend!
I’ve raved about this place before. I went weekly when they first opened. This visit was the first time for (a late) lunch. The lunch menu is very limited and to top it off, they were out of pork belly, which was an ingredient in 2 dishes. I think they’ve raised their prices, as well. $26 for a pinsa?!? Not to mention they didn’t have the little cart full of tasters
This is the best restaurant in San Diego.
Pastas are terrific-all Italian sourced so not the heavy thick rocks of American pasta/glutens. Pizzas Are interesting and fantastic also. Authentically Italian, not tweaked and Americanized. Some of the best desserts I’ve ever had, and that’s what course are usually skip. Wines are reasonable with nice variety of choice. A major competitor among San Diego restaurants.
This place is a gem! You can feel the love in the food. They cook with passion. Try a pinsa and an incredible dessert creation by pastry chef, Laura. Chef Marco is fun to watch as he interacts with his guests. You won’t be disappointed!
Some items removed from the menu since our last visit. Also seemed like they had a new chef. Food wasn't as good as previous visits.
Hubby wanted Italian for dinner. Last night in San Diego. They had guanciale. We’re in! Made reservations but not for the tasting menu. Asked if we could have tasting menu even though we didn’t make reservations for it. Sat at counter. They accommodated the request for tasting menu. Fantastic! Chef makes sure you know background of everything. The staff asks questions to make sure your tastes are satisfied. We can’t even tell you how much we enjoyed the entire experience. Ended with Uovo Della Passione which is Chef Marco’s signature dessert. Yum yum yum! Plus the pastry chef Laura was awesome, shown!
Absolutely love this restaurant! The pizza here had ruined pizza for me. I can't have it anywhere else now! The owners are super friendly and informative about their menu and food. My fiancee and I love coming here ♥️
Good food, small place, we went on Saturday night it was too cramped and crowded, sitting is a little bit uncomfortable, service was slow but aguan too crowded and noisy but overall an ok place, we’ll probably come back to try other dishes on the menu, good portions too
Experience was a B. Food was good quality but expensive and value was just ok. No bread was served unless asked for and quality of bread was poor. An expensive Italian restaurant should offer excellent bread. House salad was excellent but other starters were just ok Service was good. Atmosphere was nice but very noisy.
Great food! We did feel the waiter was trying to upscale us on everything.
Best. Pasta. Period. The tasting menu with pairing is the best deal in San Diego, and the people and food are phenomenal.
What a fun, lively place! You can go classy or casual, and have a great time interacting with staff if you want to, explring the diverse menu, and eating the delicious food. Their Roman pizza is just out of this world and so light. I can't recommend this place enough!
Smallish, but excellent menu with delicious food in all categories (we split appetizer, pasta, pizza and salad). Limited signage so a little hard to find and a little in the expensive side, but delicious and great service.
Try Maestoso if you are also tired of unoriginal Italian food everywhere else in San Diego. Top notch fare and 1st class service. Loved it.
Best Italian in San Diego. Creative modern Italian cuisine with roman infusion! If you go there, you should do the 5 courses with wine pairing, very good price and the food and wines are amazing. I have been there multiple times, and every time Marco, the chef, keeps bringing new amazing creation.
I rarely leave reviews, but our dining experience at Maestoso was so wonderful that I felt compelled to share. We had the Chef's Tasting Menu and it was truly amazing -- the food, wine, and service was all impeccable. Sometimes I leave tasting menus and want a burger, if you know what I mean... But NOT at Maestoso -- I was beyond satisfied (and the wine pours were very generous as well!) The best aspect of our meal (other than the quality of the food and wine) was the part I was most concerned about pre-meal: the "chef-to-table" concept. In the past I've found this kind of thing to be a little stuffy and intimating. Nothing could be further from the case at Maestoso, however. The chef was funny, down-to-earth, and clearly passionate about sharing his food and the inspiration/story behind each dish. We were sat at the counter right next to the pastry chef as well, and by the end of our meal she felt like a friend. 10/10 We have been shouting your praises to anyone that will listen!
We had an amazing meal, so fresh & deeply satisfying. The pinsa crust is worth the trip. The dessert was an unexpected highlight, delectable & distinct flavors. We ended up trying three of them, Laura the dessert chef is truly talented!
We've had some wonderful food there! The only drawback is that the experience is a little uneven. It doesn't feel like a well-organized, orchestrated experience. However, the food is good enough to overlook such issues.
Thank you so much for your review. We really appreciate the feedback and at the moment we are really focusing on improving our steps of service. This feedback will be great to share with the team. Thank you!
Extremely good service, extremely good food, in a comfortable atmosphere that puts you in close contact with the chefs. If you’re looking not just for a nice dinner but a food experience, I haven’t seen anything better in SD.
Thank you so much for your review! We truly appreciate it and look forward to having you at Maestoso again.
The food was good. I wish the service and feel was better. I would go back. Our server was nice but not attentive. She might have also been the only person serving tables on Mother's Day. I had to ask specific questions about the menu. It was just assumed that being at a new restaurant, with a unique menu that we would know what to order. We are an easy sell and she just seemed to distracted to take any time with us. We ordered 2 separate appetizers, even though she recommended two of one of them. and we only received 2 of one of them, even though we told her we didn't want 2, and not the other that we ordered. Again she was distracted. The best part of the meal was when the chef brought out the dessert and explained it layer by layer. and the dessert was amazing.
Dear Nicole, Thank you very much for your review! We appreciate you wanting to give us another shot. At the moment we are working on our steps of service to ensure a great service for all of our guests. We will be using your feedback as a training example for our servers. We look forward to seeing you again at Maestoso soon!
The restaurant was closed and no one answered the phone.
I wish them the worst of luck if they have a future.
The chefs tasting menu is created with love and expertise by Chef and owner Marco. Each course was balanced and delicious, paired perfectly with heavy pours of old world wine.
Thank you so much for this review!
We had mixed feelings about our dining experience here. On the one hand, their strength seems to be their flatbreads(La Pinsa on the menu). The crust was outstanding, crispy on the outside and light and tender on the inside. We ordered the Puttanesca one as an appetizer and it was excellent! We had high expectations of the pasta entrees, but unfortunately, we were disappointed in that regard. I ordered the Porchetta & Demi Glace. The menu described it as "shredded oven roasted pork", but it ended up being more like crumbles of pork. The taste of the dish was very bland. My husband had the Coda alla Vaccinara. It tasted a little better than mine, but overall, not very impressive. The servers were wonderful. I would return just for the flatbread menu but I would probably not go here if I was in the mood for pasta.
Pizza was excellent. Appetizer was very good. Entrees were average and pricey.
Its an excellent option for dinner or lunch in SD. Pizza and beef risotto was outstanding!! Chef Maestoso goes around to visit the tables. If you are a foodie you definitely should visit this place.
Thank you so much for this review! We hope to see you again soon at Maestoso!
Place was ok, food was way below average.
Terrific local Italian bistro, the food is amazing including the house made pasta and all of the small plates and the Pinsa (Roman flat bread) is so light and tasty as well. Then had the branzino (European sea bass served whole) and was the best I have ever had!! Service is fast and friendly and the owner Marco is always there and usually comes by to talk with you.
Food was fresh. Service wonderful.
Just too noisy.
Pizza and pasta great. Enjoyed the owner coming to our table to chat.
Miss the “food cart “
My favorite new restaurant in San Diego. And the best Italian outside of Italy. If I lived closer to it, it would be my home away from home. If you do the tasting menu, each course is as good as the next. And if you just go for a pinsa or a pasta, the tastes are both incredibly authentic and original. I will return.