B i s t r o    P a z z o  
"Your    neighborhood    Italian    Bistro"
Video Review by La Jolla Blue Book  
Video Review by Rod Luck
Located in downtown La Jolla,
Bistro Pazzo is walking distance to Prospect street shopping,
hotels, the financial district and the famous beaches of La Jolla
Lunch ~ 11:30-4:00 Monday-Friday
Dinner ~ 4:00-9:00  Daily
7930 Ivanhoe Ave.
La Jolla CA 92037

Enjoyed a nice sunny day in La Jolla eating at Bistro
Pazzo. Service was excellent, the food delicious.  If you
want a taste of heaven in paradise like La Jolla, this is
the place to be. Prices are moderate for the quality of
food you are served. If you enjoy fine dining, cloth
napkins, great service, I highly recommend eating
here. George N.

The food is fantastic.  The service even better.  The
owner is on the floor taking care of customers.  WOW.  
What a find.  We will be back. TK

7/31, 2009
What a cute place.  Small but beautifully done.  Good
food, great service, awesome prices.  Our new place to
eat one block away from our house.

Great place for lunch during business hours.  Fast,
fresh, good food with great prices.  It has become our
favorite place for our office employees.
Julie P.

Another incredible meal at Bistro Pazzo! Enjoyed a
fabulous shrimp scampi  over linguine today, what a
meal!  There is no place  for home cooking like Bistro
Pazzo! GN

We had our Christmas Party at Bistro Pazzo.  Great
value!!!! Great Food!!!! Great Service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is the best place we had dinner in La Jolla.  We
spent so much money at other places for an average
dinner.  This was super for less money.  What a deal.

The owner takes care of you for service.  So much love
in service and dedication to perfection.  You have to
feel for the guy.  JP

Great Valentines package.  Cute little place. We loved
it.  Lisa

Staying at La Valencia Hotel.  A local guy told us Bistro
Pazzo has the best Lobster Bisque.  He was right. Cute
little bistro with great service.
The gang from Georgia

3/31 /2010
Best birthday party I ever had.  Seto really knows how
to throw a birthday party.  We will never forget this
year.  Mary

Our wedding rehearsal dinner was fabulous.  The best
food we had in four days in California from Texas.  
Thank you.  Debbie

Best Italian restaurant in La Jolla.  JR

This place should be packed every day.  The food is
great.  Sam

This place was recommended to us by La Valencia
Hotel concierge.  She is on the money.  We will come
back.  Talie

As a frequent patron, I have enjoyed the great food
and relaxed atmosphere here.   I've always had a good
experience here, and all my dinners have been
excellent, typically we'll visit once ever two weeks or
so, and sit outside if it's a nice day.  Located off a quiet
street, it's one of those hidden gems off the beaten
path in La Jolla.
Steve B.

Went to this place about a month ago, and loved the
food while having the best service!  My boyfriend and
I were hanging out in La Jolla, and decided to go to this
restaurant because it had good yelp reviews.  Well, it
definitely lived up to it.  

We ate on the patio to enjoy the nice weather, and
once it got cold our server turned on the heater since
we were getting chilly.

We started with the Mozzarella Caprese, Pepperoni
Pizza, and I think a fish special.  The food was very

I really liked the ambiance, and it felt family owned
and run.  They even brought out some tiramisu for my
birthday :)
Gina F.

Glad I found this spot! It was a great way to end a
fabulous day at the cove. Quite location with great
menu. Pizzas are affordable and tasty. I couldn't finish
mine but I enjoyed the leftovers the following evening.
Would go back for sure. The table next to mine had
some great scallops, I overheard how pleased they
Emily H.

We recently moved and now are only 2 blocks from
Seto's place.  Had dinner there on January 8, 2014; I
had Sea Bass with a lemon/butter sauce and mixed
vegetables; Rhonda had a meatball pasta dish.  Also
had a bottle of Pinot Grigio; it was half price
Wednesday for wine bottles as many La Jolla places
now have.  Once again great food, wine and service.
Peter C.

The best Italian food in La Jolla.  Family owned, great
service and terrific food. Eat there at least once a week
and its always great!
Chris A.

Visited the bistro on June 12,2014 and had a great
dinner. Menu has just enough options to please
everyone. Service was fantastic and food was well
prepared. Best of all is this is a locally owned
restaurant, the owner was actually my waiter and took
the time to make sure we enjoyed our meal. You could
just tell that he goes the extra mile to make sure his
patrons have a great dining experience. I highly
recommend the Bistro Pazzo

Best pesto you'll ever taste, lobster bisque is
wonderful, Pollo Piccata to die for!
Definitely a place to go when you're in La Jolla. Seto
does a great job!
Hayden S.

Ate outside, just a bit off the beaten track, so not
overly noisy. Food was freshly made, served very hot
and delicious. The owner served us and could not have
been nicer! There were five of us and every single one
of us would order the dish we got again. We had a
delightful experience!
TripAdvisor Illinois

We found this charming little bistro in La Jolla on a
side street from the main strip. Our waiter let us know
that they had just gotten in very fresh clams and
halibut that day. Since my wife loves halibut, she
couldn’t resist ordering the seared halibut and I
ordered the pasta with clams. We also ordered Ceaser
salad which was incredible and was clearly freshly
made. While waiting for the appetizer they bring
foccacia bread with a wonderful basil and olive oil. The
pasta with clams was cooked to perfection and the
halibut was very tasty and tender. Overall, Bistro
Pazzo had friendly service from Santo our waiter and
also a great atmosphere and if we ever go back to La
Jolla, we will definitely visit Bistro Pazzo again.
TripAdvisor Ontario

Seto Marselian has lived and worked in San Diego
since 1976.  He graduated from La Jolla Country Day
School and went to UC San Diego.  After graduating
from UCSD, Seto started working full time in
restaurants and clubs.  Working mainly in La Jolla and
managing top restaurant spots like Le Ste Maximes,
French Gourmet, Avanti Ristorant e Club, Top of the
Cove, Harry's Bar & American Grill and Elario's a top
Hotel La Jolla.  In North County at Firenze Trattoria
and at Trattoria La Strada in Gaslamp District
Downtown San Diego.

His own restaurants in La Jolla at S'agapo Greek
Cuisine, Aurora Trattoria and in Hillcrest, Medgrill San
Diego and now, returning back to La Jolla, Bistro Pazzo
(Crazy Bistro).

This small neighborhood Italian bistro is catered to the
locals.  Moderate prices, great food, good portions and
vast wine list with crazy service.  Your host Mr. Crazy
himself Seto Marselian.

Come enjoy your neighborhood Italian Bistro seven
days a week for lunch or dinner.  You can be crazy too.  
No one will mind. Really.
Check our reviews here and on-line.  You will see the


Catered food for my family reunion from Bistro Pazzo.  
The food was great and a great value.  Definitely
recommend this place. Thank you.

Cute patio.  Great food.  Great service.  Great prices.

Awesome NY dinner.  No music.  Who needs
entertainment when you have Seto as your host.  We
had a great time.

Great Valentines package.  Quiet romantic dinner.  
Thank you.
Eric & Tina

Had our wedding reception at Bistro Pazzo.  Had a
great time.  Good food!  Good service!  What a deal!  
Thank you Seto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What a cute restaurant.  Great food & great service.  
Best scallops I have ever had.  Thank you, thank you,
thank you.
Crowd from Tucson, A

Best marinara sauce.  Perfectly done.  Awesome place.

Had a quiet enjoyable dinner on New Year's Eve.  
Great package.  Good for. Good service.  What a way
to start the New Year.  We will support this Bistro all
Bob D.

I look forward to this place every time I get off work,
the lobster bisque has got to be one of my favorite
meals here. The restaurant is family owned, and
extremely well maintained and has a great
atmosphere. I have been to a handful of Italian
restaurants throughout San Diego, and have to say this
is my favorite hands down. I recommend this place to
my co-workers and they all agree, its top notch.
Definitely going to be coming back shortly.
Hal J.

Just enjoyed a nice meal at Bistro Pazzo.  Warm bread
with a pesto to die for, beet salad, veal raviolis with
mushroom sauce, followed by tiramisu.  All
accompanied with nice wines.  Thanks Seto and
Anthony.  We will be back!
Lisa C.

I'm surprised by the mixed reviews. Owner is very
friendly.  Liked the pesto bread spread.  I had the
scampi, and the sauce was light and delicious. The
shrimp was tender and fresh!  The calamari was
golden and perfect...our family ordered two orders.  
Kids loved their pasta and chicken.  The best part:  I
forgot to put cash in the parking thingy, and the owner
let me run through the kitchen to do it before I got a
ticket, and the kitchen was spotless! Gotta love that!
Nicole M.

Great place! Never had any problems with the food. It
taste amazing. The owner is very nice and attentive.
I'm glad I found this cozy little place!
Alex S.

Outstanding little place, away from the mainstream!  
Had the Rigatoni al Salsiccie, very tasty!  And the
prices are very reasonable, unusual for overpriced La
Jolla.  Highly recommended-
Lee C.

Really, really good! They made whatever we wanted,
even if not on the menu! Server rocked! Can't wait to
come back...
Andre P.

Love this place! Great food and atmosphere.

My favorite italian restaurant in sandiego. we travel
from del mar. love the cioffi salad, the pasta, the
atmosphere, the service, the owner etc.
Stuart G.

Excellent little bistro to have lunch outside in La Jolla.
Just off the beaten path at Ivanhoe and C
We had an absolutely delicious arugula salad with goat
cheese, walnuts and beets. We added some chicken
which was lightly grilled.
We also had their calamari appetizer which is as it is
billed - lightly breaded - served with a wonderful
dipping sauce. One of the only fried calamari dishes
I've ever had where you could actually taste the
calamari and not the fried breading.
So glad we stumbled upon this place!
Jean S.

Wonderful lunch 4th of July on a side stret near our
secret parking spot. Prosciutto and summer melon.
Limoncello cake heavenly. Excellent spinach salad and
pollo marsala w pasta and brocolli accompaniments.
Good music euro and r and b. Sidewalk tables and
indoor dining. Small. Great value.

Stumbled across this lovely charming little bistro while
exploring LaJolla. The server was wonderful...giving us
great suggestions for lunch. Fun to talk and laugh with!
Food was great, atmosphere sitting in the small garden
was lovely watching people go by and the price
perfect! A great find!
Betty W

Great food and fun. Ate outside and was very
enjoyable. The owner was at out table several times
and even helped serve us. The staff was friendly.
Would highly recommend this place and would go back
again. It was a great night for walking around after the
Vicky Sue A.
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