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Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana

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530 N. Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
+1 760-634-2365
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11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 16:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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San Marcos, California
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825 reviews
379 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here last night for my birthday dinner. Had the Spaghetti Carbonara and it was very good. My wife Rigatoni and was a huge portion and she enjoyed it. Service was good. Prices were as expected slightly overpriced. Parking is a pain because restaurant is right on the 101 so if you don't know the area arrive early. Should definitely... More 

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San Diego
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72 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First time here. This place gets good ratings and 3 is the best I can give it as nothing was worse than OK, but nothing better than ok. The taste of the special risotto with scallops was good, the scallops done right, but the risotto was gummy and actually a bit "gloppy". Same with the Melanzone... good flavor but kind... More 

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California
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154 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

This place is seriously Italian. From the live pianist to the art to the homemade pasta and the extensive wine list. A little taste of North east or Italy in so cal.

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Carlsbad, California
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102 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Anyone who knows me, knows I love ALL of the Vigilucci Restaurants. My favorite is clearly the Cucina on State Street in Carlsbad. This location is fabulous as well... it just does not have the family feel the Cucina has. The Trattoria has a very elegant and more sophisticated feel to it. There is patio seating out front, but there... More 

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San Diego, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

We have been going to Vigilucci's for many many years. Always have a great meal fairly priced. The Leucadia location is our favorite with the piano bar. Best Italian restaurant in No County.

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Tucson, Arizona
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6 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

Food was ok but not worth the price. Service sucked and watch you credit card they will try and over charge you. Also don't use the valet cause they charge you to walk to their both which is probably 100ft from your car

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San Diego, California
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73 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

We have not been to Vigilucci's Trattoria Italiana in 15 years. The food is still wonderful. Their new building is really something special. We had great live piano music during dinner. Service was outstanding. Server was quite knowledgeable of the food they offer and how it was prepared. Good to know they have not lost their touch.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

We went here for lunch. We asked to sit outside and the host said we could choose our table. We sat and the host gave us menus and took our drink orders. The boss boy brought our bread but we had no utensils and no plates!!! No one was in sight to ask for them so I got up and... More 

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Carlsbad, California, United States
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Consistently good food, a great menu, excellent service, and an authentic Italian vibe are all of the reasons I love Vigilucci's. The pastas and salads are wonderful, as well as the pizza -- it's some of the best I've had in California. They have a piano player most nights, and happy hour specials. Mangia!

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san diego
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117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Such a lovely spot for lunch or sunset dinner, one of the few locations where food is equal to the view. We ate lunch Friday four of us each ordering different entree's. The burger is enormous, open face two patties, so be hungry for that one. The prime rib sandwich was equally large and delicious. I had the shrimp salad,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
16:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
16:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
16:00 - 22:00
Thursday
16:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 530 N. Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-634-2365

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?