Street view of Vigilucci's restaurant with outdoor umbrella-covered patio visible.

The Vigilucci's

Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse restaurant with sunset in the background.

Our Story

Restaurateur Roberto Vigilucci is passionate about food. The Carlsbad resident hails from Milano, Italy, where families are raised in the kitchen, and food is a centerpiece of the culture.

Upon visiting the U.S. in the mid-1980s, Roberto fell in love with San Diego and decided to call it home. Long sensing a need for classic Italian cuisine in San Diego, Roberto opened his first restaurant, Vigilucci’s Trattoria, in 1994 in downtown Encinitas. The Trattoria was an instant success and quickly became one of San Diego’s most popular dining spots. The restaurant moved to a larger location in Leucadia in 2004.

Since opening the doors to the Trattoria, Vigilucci has successfully launched additional restaurants up and down the San Diego County coast under the umbrella of Vigilucci’s Restaurant Group. While each location is unique, they share the same vision of exceptional ingredients, an authentic Italian experience, superb service and attention to detail.

Vigilucci’s Cucina Italiana opened in 1999 on historic State Street in the Carlsbad Village. The Cucina’s authentic Italian cuisine and award-winning wine list provide a unique and memorable escape to the flavors of the Tuscan countryside.

Vigilucci’s Seafood & Steakhouse opened in 2002 on the corner of Tamarack and Pacific Coast Highway featuring only certified prime steaks and the freshest seafood with an Italian flair, topped by 180-degree ocean and sunset views, the restaurant offers true dining excellence in North County San Diego.

Vigilucci’s full-scale catering services provide fully customized menus for every occasion and group size. Impressive semi-private and private dining spaces are certain to please planners and guests alike, as is evidenced by our list of clients who host events with us year after year.

Vigilucci’s is passionate about giving back to the community and building relation- ships within the communities in which it operates. The restaurant group has been title sponsor of Vigilucci’s Beach Bocce World Championship since 1994. The tournament benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad.

Prep cook in a bright red chef coat making fresh pasta.
Six members of the catering team at Vigilucci's, standing side-by-side and smiling.