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Bistro Pazzo

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7930 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4511
+1 858-456-4005
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11:30 - 21:00
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Fri 11:30 - 22:00
Sat - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
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San Diego, California
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We eat here regularly since we discovered Bistro Pazzo, which is a little off the beaten path in La Jolla. The Chef is excellent, the service great and the quiet, friendly ambiance is a perfect balance for us. Something for everyone with terrific fresh seafood, wonderful pastas and a staff and Chef willing to customize dishes for special food needs.... More 

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Thank pythonpete
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place after walking every street in "downtown La Jolla". We were the only customers at the time at 6 PM on a Monday. It was excellent! The food was great and the service was top notch.

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Thank Rachael D
La Jolla, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This neighborhood gem has been a favorite. We live in La Jolla, and it is our favorite restaurant because their food is fabulous. Last night we had their Pompdoro salad. My husband had their Mahi Mahi special, and I had their pasta special which was butternut ravioli with a garlic cream sauce. It was great!

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Thank susiesells
Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

A short distance off of La Jolla's busy commercial streets, this family run restaurant is is nestled in a leafy, quiet block. A small place with a relaxed ambience, it also provides the best classic Italian food in La Jolla. As frequent visitors to La Jolla, Bistro Pazzo sits at the top of our list of restaurants. Simple, authentic, quiet,... More 

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Thank Wess19
Boca Raton, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

We began coming to this beautiful little bistro annually 5 years ago. The food and service are simply the best! Seto and Christina make you feel at home, and the kitchen prepares meals you know have been passed down from many generations of wonderful cooks....We love dining outside with the quaintness of lovely flowers in the courtyard. If you are... More 

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Thank Helena A
Atlanta, Georgia
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

By far the best Italian meal I have ever had. Fantastic personalized service from the owner. The ambiance is great as the restaurant is popular among locals. We enjoyed it so much that we went twice during a week long vacation. You will definitely not be disappointed!

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Thank Atlvisitor1212
La Jolla, California
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2016

We live in La Jolla and always looking for an excellent Italian restaurant. This is the real thing.-- delicious pasta, caesar salad, and mussels. Restaurant is fairly modest to look at but friendly helpful service and the best Italian food around. Indoor and outdoor dining. If you want first class food, this is the place. Give a try and you... More 

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Thank tommo_8
El Cajon, California
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2016

My husband and I had 9 pm theatre tickets for a small community theatre production in La Jolla, so decided to make a night of it and enjoy a pre-show dinner. One of the actors, a friend of ours, recommended Bistro Pazzo - he had enjoyed several meals there as it was just across the street from the theatre. We... More 

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Thank Marti K
Boerne, Texas
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256 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2016

We went here with friends who are residents of La Jolla and they had never been here before, so we decided to give it a try. It's a little off the beaten path of La Jolla eateries but just by a block or so. It's not a large place but has a very good menu that includes many northern Italian... More 

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Thank hillcntrytraveler
San Diego, California
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213 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

Located in downtown La Jolla, just a short walk to the upscale Prospect Street shops, Bistro Pazzo, definitely, represents your small local neighborhood eatery, similar to what you would discover in the side-streets of Florence or Rome. Last night, nine of us were together and ordered individually off the menu. Having been in the restaurant/banquet business for over sixteen years,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 21:00
Monday
11:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 21:00
Thursday
11:30 - 21:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7930 Ivanhoe Ave, La Jolla, San Diego, CA 92037-4511
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-456-4005

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