Bencotto Italian Kitchen
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
The service at Bencotto was terrific. We had a family of 10 dinning and could not make a reservation online for all of us. So we made 3 total reservations; two tables for four and one table for two. We got to the restaurant early and asked if we could at least sit close together. They were able to accommodate us as a six top table and four top table next to each other. It worked out very well and the staff was pleasant and understanding of our desires to eat together as a family the best we could. We ordered dinner family style and each dish was great! The Chef’s weekly special mixed in the cheese wheel was very good. Probably our favorite of the night. This was our last meal while on vacation and it was just a great ending to a good trip. We will be back next time we’re in town.
Our food and service was amazing!!! Dessert could've been better but the homemade pasta an different sauces were very tasty.
While.swrvice and food were good, we felt rushed. Our reservations.were.for 6:30 pm and were finished in 30 mins. We both felt rushed. There was no time in between courses to rest. We would of liked to enjoy the food and experience, especially since we live out of state.
The meatballs were dry. I was disappointed when I asked about the tortellini how it was made and what was in it, then tried to order and after going through all they was told they don't have any.
If you go, you MUST order the cheese wheel special, and watch it being prepared!!! Simply amazing...
Everything was amazing. !!! From Ryan to the food to the cocktails !
A little slow to be seated (busy) and would have preferred an indoor table. Service pretty much spot on, food excellent. Would certainly return
The noise level was really high because of two large parties. That made us leave quicker than we had planned.
The food was delicious. I highly enjoyed each course, but the star of the show was the ossobuco. Service was quite friendly as well.
WE LOVED BENCOTTO!! THE LASAGNA AND CHEESEWHEEL PASTA OMG!! THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE TO DINE IN LITLLE ITALY!
Amazing experience, amazing food outstanding service!
Food was fine I really don't think it was amazing but our server was not great didn't explain the menu well took forever to come and take our drinks / dinner order and bring the bill. He was definitely flustered but even when he was at our table he was in such a rush to leave; we felt like we were bothering him just ordering our drinks/meals
Not quite as good as the last time we were there. Tortelli had a lovely flavor but was a little too thick and chewy.
Background music sucks! Who needs or wants electronica while they eat Italian food on a Wednesday early eve?
Amazing food 😋 hands down one of the best Italian food spots in little Italy highly recommend at least trying once
The food was okay, but service was terrible. Server never told us about the special, then we heard it offered to a table next to ours after we had our entrees. Bread was not on the menu or offered, but then we saw loaves delivered to other tables. Every Italian restaurant I’ve been to offers bread.
I stop in every time I’m in San Diego.
Some of the best Italian I’ve ever eaten. The service was a bit slow but was made up by how good the food was.
Very good food and service. Pasta was on point and we will return again.
Service was good. My tagliatelle was clumped and not cooked properly but the sauce was good. Calamari was salty and overcooked. This was a very different experience from when I first ate there. Disappointed with the inconsistency.
Loved the lasagna!
Really enjoy the food and outdoor eating
Food and service were great!
Phillip the server was great! Food was delicious. This has become our go to spot in San Diego
I love this restaurant. The food is consistently great, the service prompt and friendly and the atmosphere comfy.
Beautiful ambiance and food! The homemade pasta is to die for! We had tagliatelle with the truffle mushroom sauce….OMG🥳!
Came here on a Tuesday night for a quick bite to eat. Great service and food!
Had our first date here and hadn’t been since. Food was delicious! We really enjoyed the Frito Risso and cheese wheel pasta. Our server Hunter was attentive and friendly and made our experience worthwhile. Thanks :)
Great food & great vibe. Went in on a Sunday night & it wasn’t to busy.
Excellent food as always. Service was wonderful. Never a bad meal at Bencotto.
Calamari was not good.
Shrimp in entrees were over cooked.
My daughters glass had lipstick on it, didn’t even comp us for the soda.
Good food. A bit noisy. Would have been nice to have bread at the table, but had to order bread separately.
The food was delicious and worth coming back. Will definitely visit again.
Delicious food, great service and WE really enjoyed the cheese wheel pasta!
Amazing pasta! Pasta was soooo greasy. Must try spot in Little Italy.
It was really good! I would highly recommend the pasta is incredible!
Food was amazing! Our server was also great! Let us do a half order of the large meat and cheese board and we really appreciated it!
Pasta in the cheese bowl by Aaron - outstanding. Service from David - impeccable. All our dishes were not only perfect, they were presented perfectly. I’m coming back!
Butternut squash ravioli was fantastic. Good service.
I decided to try Bencotto for the first time for my one year anniversary and it did not disappoint at all! My girlfriend is not a big fan of loud environments as it causes her anxiety and I noted that in my reservation which they honored seating us in a quiet more private location outside in the restaurant. Our server was so kind and would constantly check in just to make sure we had everything we needed. The food was so amazing and fresh, I love how well it was made and all the flavor it had. We see ourselves coming back for sure, maybe a few times a month haha as Italian is my girlfriends favorite food!!! Thank you so much for giving us a very calm and enjoyable night!
You can order delivery directly from Bencotto Italian Kitchen using the Order Online button. 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 2277 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.