Powered By OpenTable: Restaurant Reservations. Right this way.
Restaurant Reservations - Free • Instant • Confirmed
  • Buon Appetito

  • Online Reservations

Buon Appetito
Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buonappetito.signonsandiego.com
  • Email: itrulli@pacbell.net
  • Phone: (619) 238-9880
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 2:30pm, Thursday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Thursday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We offer full catering for any occasion. Office meetings, weddings, family reunions & private parties to name a few. From gourmet-elegant to casual fare we can meet your dreams. Our events coordinator will work with you individually to create your celebration feast!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar
  • Public Transit: Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Buon Appetito
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!Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos >
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Diner Reviews
  • "This place came recommended to us by a local and we were not disappointed. The classic marinara sauce is spot on. We brought our kids (ages14,12, 6) and they easily accommodated their special requests for fettuccine Alfredo and Shrimp scampi:). Everyone shared plates and enjoyed all of them. Don't miss the tiramisu!"
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Food is excellent and some menu items are quite original--fabulous pastas! If they are busy, initial welcome can be cool but once you are seated, you're treated quite well. We return again and again for the great food."
    Dined on 11/25/2013
  • "Buon Appetito is always on our "must-do" list whenever we are in town. The food is consistently good, prices are comparable to other similar restaurants and the service is exceptional. We always ask to sit in Griffin's area as he is one of the best servers we've ever met. As one of the restaurant's original employees when it opened about 10 years ago, he excels at his job. Each day there is a list of specials, including wines. They make their own cannoli cream and they are absolutely delicious! They take reservations during the week but not on the weekend, so expect to wait as there is always a line. They also own the wine bar next door which is a great place to have a glass of wine while waiting for your table."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Never been disappointd in their food. One of the best in Little Italy."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "I highly recommend this restaurant for its superior service and amazing food. This was the best Italian food I've ever had. Great experience overall."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We met a couple we see every few years at a conference and renewed our acquaintanceship. The Osso Bucco was very tender and tastie, as were the pasta, risotto, and fish dishes. Service was friendly despite the hectic atmosphere - when we arrived the room was packed and people were waiting outside on the sidewalk.....Had a great time, all of raved about our respective dishes.."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This restaurant was recommended to us by a waiter working at another restaurant, who assured us we would not be disappointed. He was right. Even though we weren't regulars (and you could tell there were a lot of regulars), we were treated exceptionally well. The food was delicious. - best Caesar salad I've had in a long time. The Veal Osso Buco was fall off the bone tender, the salmon was cooked perfectly, and the pasta Bolognese was packed with flavor. If you are visiting San Diego, and love authentic Italian cuisine, you do not want to miss this place."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "No better food in Little Italy, that's why it was hard to find a table on Monday night."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I don't get to the Downtown area much, but when I do I try to make it a point to eat here. The service is great and the food is excellent. It's my favorite spot in Little Italy..."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Good food. Very mean hostess. Been here multiple times. The hostess gets more rude every time. Do not come for a special occasion. The hostess will make everyone feel bad. Servers do a good job of making up for the awful hostess"
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "We are New York foodies and this was probably the best Italian Pasta next to Il Mulino we have had...get any of the Pasta dishes...they are quite amazing...stick only to pasta as the other non-pasta entrees are just ok - we found that out the hard way and wish our server told us that. The ambiance is vibrant and made for a classic Italian meal The biggest negative for the evening is the pregnant hostess...she is very rude and not friendly at all which is unusual for San Diego. My wife and I may not go back because of the rude behavior of the hostess seating us! Somebody needs to tell her that she is in the customer service business... However we will probably go back because of the pasta and ignore the rude hostess..."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Wonderful service from the friendly, professional waiters who know their offerings, and make the perfect food & wine suggestions that are delicious...The ambiance is warm & inviting in the tradition of a quaint Italian ristorante, and always a nice place to bring friends, or enjoy a romantic meal for two!!"
    Dined on 2/23/2014
  • "My wife and I dined here for Valentines night and it was outstanding - one of the best Italian restaurants we've been to."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Buon Appetito is an outstanding restaurant in Little Italy. We had reservations for 7 but showed up at 6, they took us in no problem. Griffin our waiter was excellent. He explained to us the specials of the day and recommended the right wine for dinner. My wife had the Sea Bass and I the Ossobucco. Both meals were exceptionally prepared and tasted wonderful. The whole atmosphere of the restaurant re-creates an authentic Italian café. There are even staff member who speak Italian, which enhances the entire experience. Never had to ask for anything; wait staff filled bread, water glasses, and cleared table after courses. Highly recommend this Buon Appetito for a romantic dinner!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "I took a chance to dine out on Valentine's Day with a 7:00 pm reservation at Buon Appetito. Definitely one of the top 3 Italian restaurants in San Diego, our meal there was excellent and reasonably priced, but the service was EXCEPTIONAL. Our waiter (Griffin) met our every need, recommending both a great wine and ensuring that our meals were brought to us in a timely fashion without feeling rushed. We had a great carpaccio appetizer, Lobster tail over linguini in a spicy tomato sauce, and the seafood over pasta dish. Overall, a wonderful dining experience!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great time at Buon Appetito! They were understanding when we called to say we hit traffic and would be late! They moved us when we didn't like the inside table. We had to wait a bit, but we ended up outside. The night was warm, but still had plenty of heaters for those who were still chilly. The tables are set close together, but the waiters know how to maneuver around them. We will be back :)"
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "Good ambience and great service, but wine list was disappointing. Appetizer, mozzarella was the best I ever had but main dishes were just normal."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "We went for my daughter's 15th bday celebration. She picked 'itailan' and 'little ittaly'. I did some research online and decided to give this place a try. Wow. I'm so glad that I did. We made reservations, got right in. The place was buzzing - very vibrant. Great service. Our server really knew the food & wine. The food was delicious. I had Cioppino and I woke up thinking about it the next morning - it was delicious. Everyone had a great meal. We'll definitely go back."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Buon Appetito continues to be my favorite Littly Italy restaurant! they never dissappoint! Celebrated my neighbor's 76th Birthday, and she enjoyed it tremendously (and she's Italian)"
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Very diverse menu, very tasty food, well served and prepared."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Felt lkie we were in Italy. Great food, service and such a vibrant atmosphere. Always a treat to dine there...."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "2nd year dining at Buon Appetito on New Year's Eve - food is very good by our standards. Fresh, healthy, and authentic. Service is good - waiter was very attentive and allowed us to continue our leisurely dinner at the bar for our dessert and nightcap."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food at Buon Appetito is always great. The pasta is homemade and delicious. My only complaint is that we felt a bit rushed, but they are small and always busy and trying to get other diner's accommodated."
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Christmas eve dinner with the family and the food and wine was just as we had remembered from our first visit in July. Great food and even better service. They even got us in earlier than our reservation time."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Incredible food,...and service.among the best in Little Italy! Hostess was quite rude"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "We really enjoyed are dinner at Buon Appetito and there are many amazing dishes and desserts on the menu."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Very busy (and fairly noisy) so make reservations. Some seriously FRESH pasta ravioli. It melted in my mouth, well worth the visit. Recommended."
    Dined on 9/1/2013
  • "Food was quite good. Marinara sauce was excellent. Service was OK. Place was hopping on a Sunday night in November so given the small size of the restaurant would highly recommend reservations. Interior of the restaurant is fairly small it will be noisy when crowded."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Difficult to enjoy dinner because we were so packed in that it felt like we were sitting with the two men next to us. They were talking business and it was almost impossible to talk to each other. Waiter was good but he couldn't even get to our table. He had to pass the food around to us."
    Dined on 11/11/2013
  • "salads were lacking in flavor--not much dressing. two of us ordered the veal osso bucco (they also had one with pork), which had been well cooked, but the veal shank itself was somewhat stringy. the best course was dessert--very good cannoli, creme brulee and a chocolate gelato."
    Dined on 11/6/2013
  • "The food is authentic and excellent. I love that they bring the marinara with very tasty, crusty bread as soon as you get there. The service is spectacular. The wine list is fantastic. I have been here many times as I live near and I have to say every time I go here - it is a wonderful experience."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Was in a hurry and was able to place my order quickly. Had to wait for be served and to pay bill. Sat outside and enjoyed the night air and food."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "The service was great and so was the food. Outdoor dining on a winter night wasn't bad next to the propane heaters. Our meal came quickly and was cooked deliciously. Will have to go back again."
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Reserved a table outside on a Thursday evening and sat right beside the sidewalk. Entertaining watching the passers-by. We should probably have requested the heater be turned down - but better warm than cool. Food was very enjoyable as was the service. I would certainly recommend Buon Appetito and will definitely return."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "This was my first visit to San Diego and we chose to eat here based on other online recommendations. My wife, 100% Italian, is critical of Italian food and raved about the food. It was excellent and felt the prices were more than reasonable."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I went for lunch with my cousin. I had the Fettucini Genovese and my cousin had one of the Chicken Pastas. The food was devine. All the servers were beyond friendly and helpful. I would definitely recommend this place. As I came during the lunch hour midweek, parking was not an issue."
    Dined on 9/25/2013