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“excellent Italian food in a charming setting”

Parioli Italian Bistro
Ranked #18 of 76 Restaurants in Solana Beach
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Solana Beach, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“excellent Italian food in a charming setting”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

We frequently take out-of-town guests to Parioli, because the food is always excellent, the service attentive, and the atmosphere charming. My husband and I have traveled often in Italy and one reason we enjoy Parioli is that it tastes like authentic Italian food. The salads are terrific. The wine list is interesting and affordable. Unlike many restaurants the pours are generous. The appetizer menu is particularly interesting. The main course menu offers a selection of vegetarian, seafood and fish, and meat. Pizzas are made to order and are the real thing! Lunch is also excellent.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
Westminster, CA,
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49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“I wouldn't return”
Reviewed 21 May 2014

Three friends and I had dinner at Parioli Italian Bistro. As the online listings had recommended reservations, we had made them. There would have been no need. On the Tuesday night that we were there in May, with fires all over San Diego County, there were many empty tables. We found the food to be average Italian. There were several things on the menu that they did not have. As our waitress was not a native English speaker (Italian?), and seemed relatively new, she was rather embarrassed when the dessert that two of us ordered was questioned. It was listed on the menu as being "Lemoncello Semi-freddo", with the descriptor stating it came with amaretti. She brought only the Lemoncello, and when we asked her about it she talked to the man who was the manager/owner(?). He sat at his computer all night and neither talked to the guests or came to our table with an explanation. Our waitress returned with the explanation that there was nothing more than the Lemoncello.
I would not return to this restaurant nor would I recommend it.

  • Visited May 2014
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Neighborhood bistro”
Reviewed 6 May 2014 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

On my first night in Solana Beach, I walked next door and discovered a true Italian bistro! Perfect!

Visited April 2014
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Kansas City
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Such a nice surprise”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

We travel 4 months a year so we know when an establishment serves a good meal. Veal picata was excellent, spagetti bolanese was very tasty, add a sprinkle of red peppers and it was amazing. Bus staff was attentive, owner took order and answered questions. Bread pudding, shared with spouse was perect finish to a great meal. Best of the evening was a three glass taster of reds, nice touch and much enjoyed. Would give a 8,5 of 10. Try the spot, you should enjoy

  • Visited April 2014
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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Charming place, average food”
Reviewed 22 March 2014

The restaurant is a small, casual place with charm. We didn't have reservations on a Friday night, but they were able to take us within a half hour. The Italian servers (possibly the owners) were very nice. The service was great but the food was average. We had a salad and two different pasta dishes, all average. We didn't stay for dessert, the noise level was a bit too high for us. I think the best time to eat here would be on a less crowded day or time.

  • Visited March 2014
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