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Cesarina, San Diego, CA
Award-winning

Cesarina

4.9
4.9
4799 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Cesarina is a grandmother, a mother, a daughter—our personification of a nurturer who feeds and cares for her community. From meticulous attention to detail and fresh ingredients to the warm and inviting atmosphere, this restaurant is a celebration of the power of food and family.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 185 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 16:00–20:30 Fri–Sun 15:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    (619) 226-6222
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Cesarina Mezzoni
  • Catering
    We offer Catering options for parties of 20 guests or more. To inquire about our Catering options, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of more than 8 guests, we only offer private dining. To inquire about our Private dining option, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Area
    Ocean Beach
  • Cross Street
    Catalina Blvd
  • Parking Details
    We know how challenging it is to find parking and truly appreciate your patience and understanding. VALET PARKING is available in front of the restaurant, Thursday to Sunday, from 4:30pm to 10pm GUEST PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4154 Voltaire St NOT AVAILABLE DURING VALET HOURS PAID PUBLIC PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4148 Voltaire St, next to the “ MATT KALLA INSURANCE AGENCY”
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 4,799 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Italian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

  • San Diego

    Best Overall

  • San Diego

    Best Food

  • San Diego

    Best Service

  • San Diego

    Italian

  • San Diego

    Most Booked

4,799 Reviews
  1. marinaV

    San Diego

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tonight was magical. My niece is visiting from Chicago and today is her 22nd birthday. Cesarina has been our favorite restaurant that we enjoy together when she visits. Our last experience wasn’t on par with our typical experiences and I actually left a poor review following our last visit. Cesarina’s leaders took my feedback to heart and invited us back. Because of the great recovery, we decided to try Cesarina again tonight, to celebrate my niece’s birthday before she flies home tomorrow. I’m so glad we did. We fell in love with Cesarina all over again. Everyone was so nice. The service was on point. The table and ambiance were lovely. The amaretto sour cocktails were divine. The caprese salad was beyond delicious. Our pasta dishes were superb. The tiramisu was perfection! It was amazing. My niece will be back in 9 days to visit again during her spring break from university. She has only one request of a repeat restaurant, and that’s Cesarina. Thank you all for a delightful night.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My experience here was amazing! Brittney super thorough with the menu and with what was in our food. Definitely looking forward to coming here again.

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  3. DeniseP

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a wonderful and enchanting environment. The people who work there are a family, they are fun, always smiling and helpful with the dishes and specials. I have never brought a friend or family member to Cesarina’s who didn’t love it!

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  4. MatthewT

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The ambience was great and our server was attentive. However our drinks took 35 minutes to arrive and the food was lacking in flavor. My pasta dish was quite bland and the meatballs seemed like they were not heated through. Overall would not recommend or go back especially for the price.

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  5. Thea

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went for my boyfriend’s birthday. Had to get a reservation way ahead of time. Great Italian spot, delicious selection of pasta and wine. I ordered the Paccheri vodka & scampi and it was delicious. If you like creamy pasta and seafood, this is your order. My boyfriend got one of the baked pasta of the day which was a tortellini stuffed with lots of different kind of cheeses and prosciutto. And it was also very good. Amazing staff and very efficient. Oh and their bread is addictive, be careful when you start eating it.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Edm music on a patio was too loud, service was great, lasgna tasted little different today (more acidic)

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Service excellent. Food good. Nice decor but music too loud and selection poor. Really like the fried squash blossoms.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great experience here! Anything you order will be amazing. The service is always 10/10. We love it here! The place is also so cute and they have blankets available at your table if you’re sitting outside!

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  9. amindr

    Orange County

    153 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    153 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there very impressed Good customers service with each member of the team Great people

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No place like Cesarina! Simply the best. Always leaves me impressed!

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  11. Anniversary

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner at Cesarina. The food is phenomenal!! They make the pasta fresh in the restaurant. We had a reservation for the Tuesday before Valentines Day to celebrate our anniversary, but were going to be delayed in getting there on time, so I emailed and asked if they could switch us to Thursday and they accommodated the change and offered us a free dessert to celebrate. And OMG, if you're getting the dessert, get the Tiramisu. They make it right at your table and it's just to die for. We had a lovely evening and want to thank all the staff for making us feel special.

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  12. Strats43

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The occasion was post-Valentine and the food and service was excellent! As usual, the airplanes were a distraction. We were on the back patio and we bed a delightful meal.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing and the staff was super friendly. I would definitely go back.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and drinks were amazing! Great place for a date night or special occasion.

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  15. LeighB

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to try something new. And the leftovers were yummy too.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though it was packed and busy during lunch for Valentine’s Day, the service was still good. Food was delicious and the tiramisu was excellent (they make it right in front of you)

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice place and affordable, best lasagna i've had in a long time! Nice people working there too!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the service. The food is phenomenal. Ambiance is perfect.

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  19. CraigO

    Las Vegas

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding! Some popular menu items have migrated to their sister restaurant. Obtaining a tough to get reservation is a must. Always a very delicious meal.

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  20. Brigitte

    Los Angeles

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My absolute favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego. The nicest people the most wonderful food.

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  21. Juju

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, great ambience and an overall wonderful experience. It is a bit loud in there due to it being a small venue inside. The parking situation was also difficult.

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  22. vcspencer

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a lovely experience at Cesarina! We got to take our out of town guests to experience the wonder firsthand.

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  23. Tuls

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here to celebrate my 30th— amazing service, delicious food, and the back patio was quiet with a warm, comfortable ambience.

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  24. DEN4

    San Diego

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food. Lasagna was excellent. Tiramisu was fun to watch them construct.

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  25. TatumU

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a wonderful time at Cesarina. We brought our dog so they sat us on their back patio and it was absolutely beautiful. Everything from the decorations and plants to the plates and water pitchers really contributed to the atmosphere. The waitstaff was super attentive and friendly. And THE FOOD... We started with the Cesarina salad with golden raisins and olives and we devoured it within minutes! Even my fiancé who isn't a salad person thought it was great. The main star was the pasta though. It was literally the best pasta we have ever had. I had the mafalde with the pomodoro fresco and it was so delicious. My fiancé had their Lasagna special and said it was the best lasagna he's ever had, and my cousin had the mafalde with the funghi and she loved it. We got a couple of very "aesthetic" drinks that were also super yummy, and then finished the night off with the tiramisu and affogoto. Both were incredible and so fun to watch them make it in front of you. Overall we had an amazing night and would love to come back again. We paid $240 for 3 alcoholic drinks, a salad, 3 pasta dishes, and two desserts, + tip which seems pretty affordable to us considering the quality.

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  26. Katelyn

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing. Highly recommend the paccheri vodka and scampi for dinner. Our favorite app was the burrata, mortadella e pere. Wait staff was friendly and they gave us three wine samples before we picked a bottle.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their gluten free spaghetti is the best gluten free pasta I have ever tasted! Amazing food, service, friendly staff. Loved it. Will definitely return.

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  28. cfuller

    Washington DC

    90 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food. Spigola Fish with lemon served whole with great seasoned sauce. Vodka pasta with Langoustine and small shrimp very tasty. Their Tiramisu is very different and soon good. They bring lady fingers, put marscapone cream on it with cocoa--outstanding.

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  29. Katframed

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ordered the special, prosciutto and ricotta tortellini with the tartufona sauce and it was SO GOOD. We also got the pappardelle brasato manzo. And the tiramisu was perfect! All the staff we interacted with were so friendly too

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been here a few times and they always crush it with a dynamic menu and great service!

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  31. BigRed

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks are always amazing. Some of the best Italian food we’ve ever had.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always keep coming back for more! 10/10 food and customer service!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you have the opportunity to eat at Cesarina, go. They have a fantastic menu with vegan and gluten free options. The service was great too.

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  34. LizR

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This cozy restaurant has left the best impressions! Hospitable hosts, delicious dishes, beautiful presentation, wide wine/cocktails list and wonderful dessert. I recommend to everyone! They also have a cute covered patio if you don’t feel eating inside. I would like to come back here again and again. FYI they don’t have parking on premises, just across the street. Reservation highly recommended. And don’t forget to try the Tiramisu, it’s absolutely delicious. ;)

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  35. Adrian

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    May was amazing. It is a delightful experience to enjoy dinner at Cesarina. The entrance is decorated with a green wall full of flowers. Seats with high backs offer a private space. All plates have their own character.

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  36. YvonneF

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is delicious and they have a lot of vegan options. The service is also outstanding!

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a special place! Amazingly charming from the hostess stand, to the cozy fireplace back heated patio, with blankets on the chairs, and hot warming bottle to hold on your lap, and a staff that is on point, and food that will blow your mind. My brother was so impressed I found this place, since I live in IL. Thanks to my Yelp friends, we had such a fun night enjoying excellent food and service. Be sure to save room for the best dessert I have ever had- tiramisu! 

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wow, the food, service and ambience blew us away. One of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to in awhile and I travel for a living!

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  39. SusanS

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We love Cessarina! Always delicious. The vegan lasagna on special is sooo good!

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  40. SebastianC

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I went here for my anniversary and the service was incredible. I have always heard about Cesarina being great, but had never been. I was immediately welcomed by multiple friendly staff members wishing me a happy anniversary who also gave two free glasses of white wine for our celebration. They were always there to make sure we had refills on water, bread, and our orders taken. All of the food was great and came out at a good pace.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cesarina using the Order Online button. Cesarina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 226-6222.

Cesarina is rated 4.9 stars by 4799 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 185 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Cesarina

4161 Voltaire St, Ste B, San Diego, CA 92107

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2023
    2. MICHELIN Bib Gourmand 2022
  • Cross Street
    Catalina Blvd
  • Area
    Ocean Beach
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00–15:00 Sat, Sun 11:00–15:00 Dinner Mon–Thu 16:00–20:30 Fri–Sun 15:00–21:30
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    We know how challenging it is to find parking and truly appreciate your patience and understanding. VALET PARKING is available in front of the restaurant, Thursday to Sunday, from 4:30pm to 10pm GUEST PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4154 Voltaire St NOT AVAILABLE DURING VALET HOURS PAID PUBLIC PARKING LOT is available across the street from us, at 4148 Voltaire St, next to the “ MATT KALLA INSURANCE AGENCY”
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Cesarina Mezzoni
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (619) 226-6222
  • Catering
    We offer Catering options for parties of 20 guests or more. To inquire about our Catering options, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
  • Private party facilities
    For all parties of more than 8 guests, we only offer private dining. To inquire about our Private dining option, please complete the Event Contact Form at https://cesarinarestaurant.com/events/, and Simone, our event coordinator will reply via email within 48 hours
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