Italian >Rafaela's Italian Restaurant
5119 Cass St, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210932.808152 -117.255001
Neighborhoods: Northern, Northern San Diego, Pacific Beach
Great for Groups – If you're Italian...don't expect authentic here. The food is good. The atmosphere is better. I highly recommend reservations. No corking fee bring your own wine makes this place GREAT for groups. You can save TONS of money by bringing your own wine! I went here with a group of 5...we waited a while for seating (no reservation); but the atmosphere was great and our entire bill (we all got entree's and dessert comes with it) was only $60 for all 5 of us! Can't beat that in San Diego. We all liked our food...like I said not the most Authentic Italian but it was good and perfect portion sizes and came with dessert. Our waitress was wonderful. Very friendly and apologetic for the wait. The place is and old house...all outdoors with twinkle lights. Intimate setting for friends or dates alike.
Best place to get firegut – Alright I went with a small group this past Sunday and all I have to say is that this place is absolutely wonderful if you like spewing flames out of your rear end. I'm serious. On top of that, if you like absolutely poor service and rude waitresses this place rocks! Starting from the beginning, it took the waitress like 30 minutes to realize that we even existed. Then, once we got her attention, she snarled to ask what we wanted...umm...maybe to order food at some point in the night? And while she was at it - what happened to the coffee we ordered when we got there half an hour ago? Once we finally ordered, I thought things would get better. Boy was I wrong. We got these mozzarella sticks that were seriously worse than Denny's. I mean they were filthy. Then I got this barbecue chicken salad that was actually more filthy than the cheese sticks. It consisted of stale yellow shredded lettuce, two black beans, and what was clearly premade microwaved chicken topped with barbecue sauce that was much worse than KC Masterpiece. Yum. My friend got the chicken parm and surprisingly that was disgusting too! It was clearly overcooked and dry. My other friend never got a fork, and though she asked for one several times - we ended up having to share forks so she could eat her dinner. For dessert, our server threw down some stale carrot cake that clearly came from Costco about a week ago. To top off this spectacular dining experience, the waitress brought us the wrong tab (a bill that was over $40 more than we owed) and we barely caught the mistake before paying it. In line with the awesome level of service we received, the waitress never apologized for the mistake and just walked away. The best part was that after the terrible meal we both got sick. My friend simultaneously threw up and spewed flames from her butt all night, while I was spared blowing chunks, but not the firegut. So if you like absolutely terrible food and horrible service AND firegut...
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