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Buon Appetito Restaurant

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1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
+1 619-238-9880
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Stopped for a late Lunch, early dinner after picking up a guest at the airport, what a wonderful meal. The bread and tomato basil dipping sauce and fresh bread were a very nice start, then add the Calamari and, Oh My we are picking up steam. I then had the Insalata Fantasia, a delightful salad with pears, Gorgonzola and home... More 

Thank Chris K
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Able to get a table outside on a chilly night in the adorable Little Italy. They had heaters on so it was quite lovely. The food was delicious and the service was professional and prompt. My only complaint, was the size table size is a little small for the portions of hearty Italian meals.

Thank Danielle W
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate here after seeing numerous positive reviews online. I was very disappointed. Their marinara sauce is generic at best and tasted like it was from a can. The scampi dish did have a good flavor but overall the taste of the sauces used was very lacking. The service was also quite slow. I would not recommend this restaurant.

Thank Kat R
London, Ontario
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was friendly and attentive on the patio in Little Italy. The food was loaded with great flavours. The veal and mushroom stuffed pasta pouches in a delicate fresh tomato and light cream sauce was delish. My husband had hoped for Veal Ossobuco (unfortunately only pork shank was available). The slow braised meat was served with an amazing mushroom/wine reduction... More 

Thank reekas
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25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant for lunch. The plates are generous. My husband had the cioppino and really enjoyed it. The amount of seafood was more than one person can eat. We also had steak and pastas. The food quality was excellent. Recommended!!!

Thank K00lman
Providence, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food, service and wine are incredible. Great ambiance, authentic Italian cuisine and a wide variety of choices. The house dressing is to die for and the eggplant was amazing. Wonderful experience. Thank you!

Thank tbalmeida
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in the flow for some authentic italian food. So we went to the part of San Diego where there should be great italian restaurants, Little Italy. Our tour guide recommended Buon Appetito, and after reading some reviews we decided to give it a shot. We were glad we did. The dishes are amazing, real italian flavor, and very... More 

Thank Jose_Quinones_Lopez
Loveland, Colorado
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Decided to venture to Little Italy on our last night in San Diego and fell in love with this restaurant. A wait of one hour was given to us since we didn't have reservations but I don't think we waited that long. The restaurant took our cell phone # and advised they would call when our table was ready. We... More 

Thank Kristi L
San Diego
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Smells from kitchens of the French country side drew us in to Buon Appetito. I had the special, Risotto with Lamb Chops. My sweetie had the lamb chops. Both were absolutely the BOMB! We loved dipping our bread into the homemade sauce while waiting for our food to arrive. They were even happy to bring us olive oil and vinegar... More 

Thank JetsettinDiva08
San Diego, California, United States
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the many dependable Little Italy restaurants, Buon Appetito boasts a skilled kitchen and some unusual offerings on the menu. For example, I had the Borsettini di aragosta, lobster encased in little purse-shaped (i.e., the old-fashioned money bag) pasta served in a rich but light cream sauce with thinly-sliced asparagus. It was excellent, as was my guest's Bow-tie pasta... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
  • Public Transportation: Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-238-9880
Urban Italian groove, old country cuisine with a modern flare. Buzzing with vibrant energy.Rotating local artists splashing their creations on our walls as we bring our culinary prowess to your table. Sustainable & local is our mantra. Our menu screams old school classics yet our specials are whimsical creations from whats in season. Quail, rabbit, lamb ~ Homemade gnocchi, lasagne and ravioli rock the casbah...Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. "A day without wine is a day without sunshine" over 100 bottles & more than 20 by the glass are offered to dazzle and delight. This list is off the hook! Small, boutique wineries from all over the world! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?