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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.6
4.6
2733 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR DESIRED TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE.

We are proud to offer 75 kinds of different pasta recipe, fresh and hand-crafted 12 hours a day.
"Bencotto" means cooked well: this is what authentic Italian food is about.
It tastes as it should and would in Italy.
Bencotto offers two different eating environments: guests can either enjoy their meal at our “kitchen-esque” bar downstairs, or they can relax in the intimate low-ceiling dining area upstairs. The décor creates a clean and sophisticated atmosphere, where old-world charm and warmth blend with contemporary appeal.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 97 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 450-4786

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Catering

    Send your inquiry for catering at www.lovebencotto.com Events request

  • Private party facilities

    Our unique approach to Italian cooking tradition, offers hand made “home style” dishes in an environment that reflects who we are: young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presenting it in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    India Street/Kettner Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking sponsored by Little Italy Association. <br />Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: from 5 pm to 9 pm<br />Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,733 people are saying

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service. Too noisy. Hard to hold a conversation.
  2. CM

    CynthiaM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. We had a drink while waiting for our table and Xavier make us feel at home. Loved Bencotto and will return next time we visit San Diego.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our friend’s birthday and wanted to share a beautiful view and delicious meal. We got both snd were very pleased with our dining experience.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, as always. My parents were thrilled to have Scott as our server as they always love his energy and friendliness.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very pleasant, attentive staff and food came out promptly and presented beautifully. The flavors never disappoint and the staff are friendly and cleared the tables quickly and without hast. The server was very informative and provided great details as to dinning specials and options. Very nice experience.
  6. p

    palmspringsfoodie

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Well run restaurant. Very good food. Ossobuco was outstanding. So was their creamy vegetable soup.
  7. DH

    DonaldH

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our evening! The salad was outstanding and our dinner was delicious! We are visiting from out of town but would definitely recommend to friends! Thank you for a lovely dinner!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greets with a smile when checking in for our reservation. Seeing someone preparing the special of the day by the cheese wheel was a nice treat. We were seated promptly with a window view. Excellent spot! The restaurant is sectioned in away to provide for spacing between other tables which was nice. Our server was so nice and welcoming. Service was super efficient and fast we received our food within a few minutes. Complimentary bread and olive was nice and warm/hot just the way I like it. Ordered the stuffed ravioli w crab and a side of spinach. Spinach was so good, I wanted a second order. My entree was super delicious and the serving size was plenty. I shared two raviolis with my son ad I was still full from the dish. Perfect portion sizes. I’m definitely going back. Ciao
  9. r

    rhodes2jules

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fabulous, the home made pasta was the highlight along with the zucchini blossoms. Food came out quick! Jacob was our waiter and he was fabulous!!!
  10. A

    Allie

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love bencotto! The cheese wheel was awesome and service was great.
  11. TM

    TimM

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food at Bencotto is fantastic! The lasagna is my go to, but the cheese wheel pasta with bacon & butternut squash was right there!
  12. Y

    Yekaterina1234

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2023

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Very poor service. Waiter did not come in nice to us to ask if we need anything. Ruined Birthday dinner.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful welcoming atmosphere - every bite of food was delicious. Drinks were also yummy. We felt really cared for. Thank you.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food2service5ambience5
    El servicio excelente los platillos dejan mucho que desear
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with reasonable prices. Will definitely go back.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice place and really great food!
  17. M

    Marissa

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I really enjoyed bencotto! The salmon and pick your own pasta option were really great! We started with some bread, which came with oil & balsamic - I wish it included fresh grated Parmesan. Our drinks were lovely and the waiter even brought me a sample of a wine I was nervous to order! Really fantastic!
  18. LV

    LindaV

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect! Food is authentic and delicious
  19. C

    Celeste

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything that came out of that kitchen was DELICIOUS. We wanted to order more but so full! Our server Mark was great and the manager Ryan was super friendly. Came to SD for a fun getaway weekend and some good food and will definitely be returning here. Dishes that are a must order: the octopus appetizer, squid ink fettuccine with shrimp, and the butternut squash ravioli
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious menu. Pasta is all homemade. Tagliatelle with vodka sauce was to die for!
  21. M

    Mopsos

    Las Vegas

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We used to frequent Bencotto then the restaurant seemed to lose its edge just before covid. We decided to give it a try again last night. Our arrival exceeded bumpy. My fiancé is recovering from critical illness and cannot walk far, thus I made a reservation carefully requesting a table just inside the door in the alcove. The indifferent host stated our only option was upstairs which resulted in a long walk around to the side and a walk through the service hallway to a table beside 20+ 15-16-year-olds on prom. (Love that the kids we’re having a good time not fun for us.) The true test of a good restaurant is how a manager solves problems. Upon speaking to manager Ryan, he relocated us to a table downstairs and even bought us dessert for the trouble. Waiter Grant provided amazing service. Best of all the food proved perfect in every way from the Prosciutto and Gnocchi Frito, a great caesar salad, to the Gnocchi Bolognese (they added a touch of cream at my request.) Good Job Guido (the owner) on your choice of Ryan and Grant and thanks for the amazing food!.
  22. F

    Foodie4food

    Atlanta

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here before the pandemic when we visited San Diego and the food was fantastic. We decided to come back 2 years later and we were not disappointed at all! The food was even better than last time, great portions and excellent service. The octopus appetizer was just perfect and both pasta dishes we ordered were delicious and fresh. Best past we’ve had in a very long time. Highly recommend this place, never disappoints!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Was not a fan of Bencotto. It started with putting the wrong alcohol in my drink. Service was excellent. We started with the cheese and meats appetizer. I ordered chicken parm. It was served with blah mashed potatoes. Not a fan of the combination. While some people may enjoy getting a massive piece of thick chicken breast, I am not one of them. I think it makes it dry and often flavorless. We were with a large group. Most people did not enjoy their meals. 3 of us had chicken parm, one had ravioli, salmon, and gnocchi. Two enjoyed their meals which were the cheese wheel pasta and the other was a create your own.
  24. VS

    VinnyS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    I had told them it was a birthday and no one brought a cake or dessert with a candle.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great good and service. Pretty generic ambiance - more modern than authentic feeling.
  26. CB

    CarlB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Our pasta preparer seemed very new to the Parmesan bowl process but food was good.
  27. WS

    WendyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably the best Italian food my husband and I have ever had. Phenomenal service and great wine/food. What more could you want? Go there!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Not sure why our reservation at 8:45pm was OK’d by the restaurant as they close at 9! Last call is 9pm and close at 9:30pm. 10min after our first order waiter came to ask if we would like last call? 30min after we sat down tables were hastily cleared and cleaning crew carrying black garbage bags shuffled around us. Although our waiter was nice, he made it clear he wanted us out quickly and to go home. As we left staff was ready to sling their backpacks and lock doors (we were sitting upstairs). Food was OK, family environment and the same goes for the meals. On the same platform as Spaghetti Factory. Sadly sauce is not given time and no depth of flavours. Larger portions then neighbours does not mean better. Westernized Italian food. Cans of coke left on tables kind of place. Would recommend this place for families and obviously coming in earlier. We were in and out in an hour, disappointing as we were really looking forward to eating here.
  29. LH

    LizH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and food are amazing. Will be coming back often 10/10.
  30. c

    christineh

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food5service3ambience3
    The food and the service was outstanding! Our server Scott was accommodating and kind. However, we were disappointed with how they handled our reservation. We had a reservation set for 9:30pm and arrived on time. We were not seated until 9:50 and told shortly after that last call for food and drink would be in the next 10 minutes. For New Year’s Eve we expected to stay until midnight given the time for our reservation. Instead we were rushed out without any warning for how late our reservation was made. We had also called earlier in the day to add on an extra person to which we were told “No” but our table was in a back corner not blocking any doorways or other tables where a 9th person could have been easily accommodated. Even with me calling earlier in the day, no one warned us about our reservation time and kitchen closing. Bummer we all left kind of sad and rushed to start our new year, not a memory we wanted to have.
  31. G

    Gerronimo

    Palm Springs

    47 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    47 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    this is, by far, the worst Italian restaurant in Little Italy. We live within 2 blocks and have tried almost all the restaurants there. This place is like an office building with tables and awful lighting with high noise levels. We ordered squash blossom appetizer and caesar salad to start. They were both on the table within 3 minutes. Other diners had the same reaction: "so fast"? The sauce for the appetizer was like thick water with the slightest taste of lemon? The caesar was awful...just wet lettuce, a little shave parmy, and again, very watery dressing. The entrees were mediocre at best. My wifes Osso Buco was 60% fat. What a waste of time and money. You can do much, much better in Little Italy.....seriously, don't waste your time.
  32. GM

    GregM

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Limited menu. Execution was OK but not exceptional. Octopus appetizer was the best dish. Very flavorful and shareable portion.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    Nice staff and great Food
  34. AN

    AmandaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a recommendation from our Uber driver and it was a hit! We all found a meal we enjoyed and everyone loved the cheese wheel pasta! Not just a meal but an experience as well!!
  35. RK

    RobertK

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We were seated outside although it was a chilly evening. Even with a reservation no option was given. The pasta’s we had were decent but nothing special. The waiter was friendly but was trying to get us to leave after an hour or so. Apparently to sell the table as many times as possible during the evening
  36. A

    Angie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Staff was a bit dismissive but food was good. Overpriced though
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for my husband’s birthday. They far exceeded our expectations. We will definitely be back.
  38. EM

    ElijahM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very delicious, can’t wait to eat my leftovers, drinks where good, the bencozy had a little bit of a weird aftertaste but still good overall. Service was spectacular, all the waiters need a raise lol. The cheese wheel pasta is my go-to entree, love it every time, must say bring back the bacon slices because that was the most delicious version I’ve had of it so far. The riso fritto is also so good, 10/10 would recommend to anyone to check this place out.
  39. FN

    FrancisNugent

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I come here once or twice a year to celebrate things. Every time, the food is awesome. Lovely little spot in the heart of the hustle and bustle of Little Italy.
  40. A

    Alan

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Restaurant has great reputation but our meal was a disappointment. Lamb tatliotelle was very heavy on pasta and very sparse on lamb sauce and the sauce that was there was not as flavorful as the one two rank amateurs (us) make at home. Perhaps it was the press of customers on Christmas Eve.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bencotto Italian Kitchen using the Order Online button. Bencotto Italian Kitchen also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Bencotto Italian Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 450-4786.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 2733 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 97 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Bencotto Italian Kitchen

750 W Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    India Street/Kettner Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking sponsored by Little Italy Association. <br />Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: from 5 pm to 9 pm<br />Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 450-4786

  • Catering

    Send your inquiry for catering at www.lovebencotto.com Events request

  • Private party facilities

    Our unique approach to Italian cooking tradition, offers hand made “home style” dishes in an environment that reflects who we are: young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presenting it in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900

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