Buon Appetito
Buon Appetito

Buon Appetito

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buonappetito.signonsandiego.com/
  • Phone: 6192389880
  • 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!
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Buon Appetito reviews from OpenTable diners
57 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (25)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (20)notable wine list (14)great for lunch (12)romantic (11)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (8)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)vibrant bar scene (3)scenic view (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • A Little Italy Standout
    NineInchNeal
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Hard to go wrong for Italian dining in Little Italy, but Buon Appetito is a true gem. Lunch entrees were terrific, but dessert was the star of the meal. The Tiramisu is made on premises and truly incredible.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal
    Bogeydad
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    When we arrived we were immediately seated and attended to. We each ordered a separate dinner and everyone was pleased with their meal. The ambiance is perfect for a small Italian restaurant in that it's active but not too loud to where you can't carry on a normal conversation. Always a great time.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to hype
    CitizenJonVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    Great food; ossobuco special was fantastic; lobster purses were very good, maybe tad overcooked; baked polenta good but mushroom dressing was excellent. Ate outdoors, a bit cramped but better for conversation than indoors. Good wine and beer selection.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Took a group of 12 clients while at a conference in San Diego. It's relatively small and packed with tables. It was full and very loud. Made in difficult to converse with everyone at the table but was still an enjoyable experience. The food was fantastic! Everyone loved what they ordered. My only complaint is that they didn't serve liquor, only beer and wine. With a variety of people having the option of cocktails is important. Wish that was a search filter on this site. Will most certainly inquire for future reservations via Open Table.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easter Family dinner
    BiblioGal
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    We had a wonderful experience at Buon Appetito on Easter Sunday. The service was exceptional and the food sublime! The one thing I didn't realize when booking was that it's a tiny restaurant. Next time I ' ll go there with a smaller group. I highly recommend Buon Appetito!!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Italian in San Diego
    KadoVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best in Little Italy
    Baw0929VIP
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Food
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Never been disappointd in their food. One of the best in Little Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    IODYNE
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great italian food
    bill
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • As good as it gets!
    Mcfoodie
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    BuddyVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    No better food in Little Italy, that's why it was hard to find a table on Monday night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rude hostess
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I absolutely love this place!
    RedRanger
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian Pasta...
    Newyorker
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    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...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I can always count on...
    Diana
    Dined on 2/23/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, excellent ambience
    Pcola66
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Italian place
    AidanJC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My wife and I dined here for Valentines night and it was outstanding - one of the best Italian restaurants we've been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valentine's Day Treat
    JoeC
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner for two
    Mommaof3
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious-we'll definitely go back!
    Donna
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my fav in little italy
    gailb1
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    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)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the food and ambiance.
    SanDiegoFoodLover
    Dined on 1/2/2014
    Very diverse menu, very tasty food, well served and prepared.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd year dining at Buon Appetito
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Felt lkie we were in Italy.
    Youngatheart
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Felt lkie we were in Italy. Great food, service and such a vibrant atmosphere. Always a treat to dine there....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great evening!
    ChuckA
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good
    hongamom
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Good ambience and great service, but wine list was disappointing. Appetizer, mozzarella was the best I ever had but main dishes were just normal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday Night
    Woohoo21VIP
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    Incredible food,...and service.among the best in Little Italy! Hostess was quite rude
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food never dissappoints
    exlonders
    Dined on 12/22/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Gem of Little Italy
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    We really enjoyed are dinner at Buon Appetito and there are many amazing dishes and desserts on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Good Italian
    KMACVIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good find in little italy
    adasawVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but crowded
    Tvann
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointing
    steveVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My favorite
    food4excellance
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Little piece of Italy
    KLowe
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was in a hurry and was able
    1inahurry
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, service, and atmosphere
    Awclayton
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable and busy Thursday evening
    JustmeVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Conference Dinner
    JollyRogerVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I visited this establishment with coworkers during a recent Conference Trip. The food was amazing, the service was amazing, and the location in Little Italy was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.