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Charisma Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

142 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3000
+1 619-209-3636
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good12%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“lasagna” (4 reviews)
“bread” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
142 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3000
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1 - 10 of 44 reviews

Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I was looking for something different in the Hillcrest area and stumbled across this little Italian bistro. It was indeed not what I expected. The food was very good and well prepared. The wine list, although not extensive, is well proportioned. You will get a...More

Thank ggcaiazzo
Reviewed 29 December 2016

This is a cozy, family-run restaurant with excellent food. We had two pasta dishes, steak, and a stuffed chicken entree. The lasagna and stuffed chicken were especially good, the steak was so so. The portions were large, so we ended up with leftovers enough for...More

Thank Scott60020
Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We were visiting the area for a conference and ordered takeout via Grubhub. It was absolutely delicious. The penne sauce my son ordered was robust without overpowering, my husband barely said a word because he was so busy enjoying the lasagna and the ribbon pasta...More

Thank pettalk
Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We found this authentic Italian place on TripAdvisor, which was founded and run by real Italians from the Amalfi coast. Real Italian food, Italian wines, made and served by real Italians! What's not to like! We happened to go on a Monday night, which is...More

Thank love2live4ever
Reviewed 18 April 2016

We have eaten here each time we visit San Diego. The meals never disappoint. We ate at two restaurants during our brief stay and both were very good. My granddaughter rated CC the best. Probably a 10 and the other restaurant was a 9 It...More

Thank sunnski
Reviewed 19 March 2016 via mobile

Had dinner numerous time at this little gem in Hillcrest. In my opinion, hands down this is San Diego best value. Friendly staff, great selection of wine really well priced. Start with either the calamari or the buffalo mozzarella with prosciutto and arugula.The Cioppino (for...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

The Mrs and I fancied some Italian for dinner while on holiday in San Diego. Being from Italy myself originally, I find it hard to be wholly satisfied when you go to the " wannabes ". We had the best Italian meal we could have...More

Thank Ogiovane1
Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

Small Euro style bistro in busy area. Friendly family operation that gives patrons their full attention. Varied wine list. Menu offerings are not your typical Italo-American but unique and authentic. Somewhat tight seating and a little noisy when crowded but the friendliness of the owners...More

Thank r k
Reviewed 31 January 2016

We were walking by this little spot and thought we'd give it a try. Location is great....small place and they have a sidewalk section of tables. The service was warm and welcoming, but a little slow. They served a complimentary bowl of fried puffed dough...More

Thank LLJ56
Reviewed 16 August 2015

This is a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant that it would be easy to miss, next to a raucous bar on the corner. But it serves really great Italian food; friends who know tell me its authentic. I had the eggplant parmigiana, and it came as a...More

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$15 - US$25
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Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
16:30 - 21:30
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 142 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3000
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-209-3636
Family run italian bistro
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