Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy

Craving the patio cafes, pubs, shops, piazzas, and restaurants of Italy? We have just the spot for you! Spend a day (or a few) exploring the authentic and inviting Little Italy. Discover delicious food, drinks, a farmers market, and the festive Piazza della Famiglia. Keep reading to learn about some of our favorite Little Italy spots.


Ballast Point Tasting Room (5 miles away)

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Enjoy your cold beer with a side of amazing views at Ballast Point Tasting Room! Watch the planes fly right by you while sipping something traditional or more experimental. You can even rent out the private cabana for a more intimate vibe. When you go, don’t pass up the Truffle Fries — they’re the stuff of local legend. 

2215 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101


Nolita Hall (5 miles away)


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Eat, drink & party at Nolita Hall. Inspired by drinking emporiums in Europe’s beer-centric cities, this spot offers a unique and impactful experience. Enjoy tons of natural light, 24 beers on tap, specialty food, and delicious cocktails. Nolita Hall also has large projector screens and TVs so you can watch the game while sipping a great beer. 

2305 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101 


Meyer Fine Art, Inc. (5.1 miles away)

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Featuring timeless mid-modern art, Meyer Fine Art, Inc. has been open since 1978. The gallery includes statement pieces that will bring life to any room. Stop in to view featured artists and exhibitions. 

2400 Kettner Boulevard, Suite 104, San Diego, CA 92101


Born & Raised (5.5 miles)

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Old-school meets even older at Born & Raised — a Michelin Guide restaurant. The art-deco-with-a-twist steakhouse features glitzy decor paired with photos of old-school rappers throughout. Indulge in perfectly cooked steaks while tuxedoed waiters push tableside carts offering starters and drinks to order.

1909 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101


Barbusa (5.5 miles away)

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Offering authentic Sicilian cuisine with a modern twist is Barbusa. Enjoy handmade pasta, artisan pizzas, and seafood-forward dishes paired with handcrafted Italian cocktails and Southern Italian wines.

1917 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101


Kettner Exchange (5.5 miles away)


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With two levels of indoor and outdoor dining areas, Kettner Exchange pays homage to the city’s founding father with nods to the city’s bay and nautical history throughout. Dine on innovative dishes and sip handcrafted cocktails while you admire the beautiful building. 

2001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101


Mee Shim Fine Art (5.5 miles away)

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Stop into Mee Shim Fine Arts and be blown away by the stunning work. The award-winning pieces feature portraits, mixed media, and nature-forward designs. 

1943 India Street, San Diego, CA 92101


Little Italy Food Hall (5.8 miles away)


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If you can’t decide on which restaurant to eat at (or if you want a taste of lots of dishes), head to Little Italy Food Hall! Located at the Piazza della Famiglia, the food hall features six local food stations, an outdoor chef’s area specializing in pop-up cooking demonstrations, and a full bar with local beers and craft cocktails. Current food stations include Ambrogio15, Bobboi Natural Gelato, Mein St. Asian Kitchen, Not Not Tacos, Semola, and Wicked Maine Lobster

550 West Date Street, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92101


Underbelly (5.8 miles away)


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Little Italy’s very popular ramen restaurant, Underbelly, serves up delicious bowls of hearty soups and other Japanese comfort foods. Enjoy fantastic food in this cyberpunk-style industrial-chic location.

750 W Fir St #101, San Diego, CA 92101


Little Italy Mercato

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Every Saturday (8am-2pm) and Wednesday (9:30am-1:30p), six blocks of Little Italy are transformed to accommodate local artisans and California farmers for the Little Italy Mercato. Shop for fresh produce, gifts, souvenirs, and more.


Stay Near Little Italy at Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle

Only about five miles from the fun of Little Italy, Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle is your perfect homebase. Easily explore this area and many others when you stay with us. Explore our exclusive offers and comfortable amenities.