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Lupi Italian Restaurant

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5518 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
+1 858-454-6421
17:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Longmont, Colorado
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152 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

We showed up for a party of 25 for dinner and the guests of honor were really late. Ended up with 50 people! The owner Adriano was pretty much sweating bullets when he found out the party had doubled in size. His able staff quickly made table adjustments with much humor and grace. Service was impeccable considering the size of... More 

Thank go_mommy
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

This place has fabulous food, atmosphere, and service. The staff is Italian and has the casual feel of a restaurant in Italy. The calamari is very good as is their bread sauce. We usually sit inside, because I'm always cold, but the patio is great on a warm evening. The wine selection is good. We usually order a pizza and... More 

Thank Karen S
La Jolla, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Had a great meal here about 3 months ago, so made the trip back and was dissapointed. The server was a faux italian with a fake accent. The risotto was over cooked, the sausage polenta appetizer was greasy, the special pasta was only so so and the Nutella cheesecake was horrible. How unfortunate because our first experience here was awesome.... More 

Thank Floyd M
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

Good La Jolla spot outside the crowds of the the main village. Nice for a pleasant Italian summer dining experience outdoors on a patio. The Host was charming and obliging; the Wait Staff of true Italians gave a good feeling. When the food started coming the presentation was beautiful. The Bruschetta melted in your mouth, the salads 'Caprese with the... More 

Thank Matty O
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 August 2016

This little restaurant was the best place we dined while visiting the La Jolla and San Diego area for a long weekend. Our family of 5 split a number of appetizers, salads and entrees and everyone of us raved about how tremendous the food was. We haven't had Italian food that good since we were in Italy a couple years... More 

Thank botank
San Diego, California, United States
1 review
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Everything about this place was top notche! We the patio seating was cool and they had an Italian guitarist playing music and signing. The wine list was amazing and the food was even better. Very affordable as well!! 5 star food of 2-3 star prices. Truly gourmet at its best. The Maranera Sauce with the bread was to die for.

Thank Dustin T
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50 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

We stopped in randomly after a long neighborhood walk and got the last free table. The appetizer and pasta were homemade and ingredients of high quality. We lived the homemade mozzarella and carpaccio. Our waiter was rushed because there were some large tables seated for holiday parties, but we enjoyed the atmosphere and the food. The only bust was dessert.... More 

1 Thank Jennifer U
Bellevue, Washington, USA
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189 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015

Two rooms for diners, almost everything made in house (breads, pastas) and fresh ingredients. Authentic Italian. We had pollo piccata, gnocchi, ravioli with rock shrimp and papardelle with lamb ragu and it was all superb. Good bread with dipping sauce also. Amazing that we had room for dessert and the tartuffe (chocolate ice cream stuffed with caramel and hazelnuts) and... More 

Thank Jeanne J
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2015

The food was wonderful. Delicate cheese and spinach tortelloni in a to-die-for porcini cream sauce were spectacular and are worth the visit in and of themselves. Eggplant parmigiana appetizer was big enough for a main dish and the chicken piccata was seasoned perfectly. However, you must be patient because the service is slow and unwelcoming. There was no warm welcome... More 

1 Thank Neil R
Tucson, Arizona
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75 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2015

Our party of four was staying just up the street and happened on Lupi by accident. Everyone enjoyed their meals from the gnoche, ravioli, fat spaghetti to the risotto. Even the red wine was perfect. The red sauce is rich and loaded with flavor. Our waitress was excellent with the perfect amount of attention and service. The whole experience was... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5518 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-454-6421

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