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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Buon Appetito reviews from OpenTable diners
64 reviews since May 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (41)fit for foodies (28)great for outdoor dining (24)special occasion (20)notable wine list (17)great for lunch (12)romantic (10)hot spot (9)late-night find (8)good for groups (8)kid-friendly (8)vibrant bar scene (3)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Authentic italian food in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/29/2011
    Authentic italian food in the heart of little Italy -- allow extra time to find street parking in this busy neighborhood.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best Italian food I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/26/2011
    The best Italian food I've ever had! Their pasta is so fresh! My all time favorite is their spinach and cheese ravioli with a spicy cream sauce! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great and felt very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/23/2011
    Food was great and felt very authentic like you were in Italy
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I brought my family here for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/21/2011
    I brought my family here for the second time just for the rabbit dish they loved so much the first time we tried it. Unfortunately the restaurant had run out of this dish and although the dishes we ordered tasted fairly good, they weren't of the caliber one would expect for the prices. In addition the service was not great at all. We had servers constantly reaching over us which felt rude and disdainful, and we felt very rushed by them to leave which is almost shocking when paying this much for near-mediocre food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Again, we had a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2011
    Again, we had a wonderful meal at Buon Appetito. It's the close to being a real Italy experience. Glad they're on Open Table now! Thanks
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Make a reservation and be
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    Make a reservation and be on time with all your party ready (i.e don't have someone parking). It's a little nuts getting seated but once seated the service is great. The food is great too! I would not bring little kids (i.e. ones that need high chairs) it is a little tight in there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very noisy made worse by a
    mary2003VIP
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    Very noisy made worse by a large party (20 or so) nearby, along with speeches being made. The space does not really allow for that kind of party.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The minestrone (sp?) had a
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/16/2011
    The minestrone (sp?) had a lot of pesto in it, so if you are used to a red, you won't see it here. Lunch was AMAZING, and I look forward to visiting again when I'm back in San Diego!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service was attentive but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/8/2011
    Service was attentive but not intrusive. Everyone smiled. The place was peaceful, the food was fantastic, and if we lived in SanDiego we would be there every week.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • fun atmosphere, pleasant surroundin
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 6/6/2011
    fun atmosphere, pleasant surroundings. food is good but it is not exceptional. it was a nice night out and would be a great go-to place if one lives in san diego, but as a visitor i might make another choice. san diego has so many really great restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I ordered flowers for my wife's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/2/2011
    I ordered flowers for my wife's 40th birthday online to be delivered to the table. They weren't there and when I asked the waiter he said he didn't know anything about it. That was dissapointing. I called the place where the flowers where delivered and the Buon Appetito signed for the flower earlier that day.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was great, the host and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/1/2011
    Food was great, the host and waitresses were all very nice and friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arrived with a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    Arrived with a reservation for 7:30. Was seated within 5 minutes. The kitchen was moving a little slow this evening but the owner of the restaurant was fabulous and comp'd us Wine while we waited and our deserts. All the food was delicious, I had the filet mignon and my girlfriend had the swordfish. I have to say the service made this experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our favorite restaurant in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/29/2011
    Our favorite restaurant in San Diego(Little Italy). Love the food & service is fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • visiting from Orange County
    winepro
    Dined on 5/15/2011
    Excellent food! We took my "somewhat hard to please but she's 91 years old" mother. We had a great time and she loved the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ambiance on the outdoor patio
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/13/2011
    Ambiance on the outdoor patio and the service were both exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best italian food in the city!
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/11/2011
    I have always had a fantastic dinner at Buon Appetito. This is the best Italian in the city. We always take our out of town guests here and they are impressed with the food. Handmade lasagna and raviolis. I had a special risotto while my guests had 1 chicken and 1 beef lasagna. They both agreed it was by far the best lasagna they had in quite some time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WONDERFUL CHOICE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/8/2011
    IT WAS MUCH MORE THAN A PLEASANT SURPRISE AT OUR FIRST VISIT. IT WAS ONE OF THE VERY BEST MEALS WE HAVE EVER HAD. ONE HAD FISH, THE OTHER VEAL AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING ALONG WITH AN EXCELLENT SICILIAN RED. THE WAITER SHARED SOME OF HIS FAMILY HISTORY FROM ITALY.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a great little find
    Birdie
    Dined on 5/5/2011
    This is a great little find in the Little Italy section of San Diego. The service was terrific - our waiter was very congenial and happy to answer our questions. The shrimp and white bean appetizer was lovely, as was the veal saltimbocca. The wine list was varied and we were pleased with our selection. I would not hesitate to return and would recommend this restaurant with great enthusiasm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is excellent, service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/29/2011
    Food is excellent, service a little slow but could be due to the crowd and the time in preparing the dishes. Excellent place to unwind and enjoy friends and good food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I had just a pasta bowl with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/25/2011
    I had just a pasta bowl with basil and pesto and pine nuts, but it was literally THE BEST pasta I've ever had! It is on the pricier range but paying a little extra for outstanding food and excellent service is worth it. Our waiters were also male, and they were so friendly and loved that we all said "Graci!" I would recommend this place to anyone if you're looking for amazing Italian food.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We're there often and it never
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/24/2011
    We're there often and it never disappoints--something for everyone
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were disappointed in the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    We were disappointed in the food. My sweet potato gnocchi was overcooked and much too salty. Despite being famished, I left most of it on the plate. My husband's veal was good, but not great. Average food in a nice atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was outstanding.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/21/2011
    The food was outstanding. We enjoyed our table, right behind the reception area, but blocked by plants. One problem, the door remains open and some smokers were directly outside. I think the restaurant can require the smokers to leave the area, due to legislation regarding smoking near the entrance. It was bothersome to have smokers there.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic