Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.6
2277 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 2277 people are saying
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vipdmgbrown
Houston
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our food and service was amazing!!! Dessert could've been better but the homemade pasta an different sauces were very tasty.

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GailM
New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service5ambience4

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.

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LindaH
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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.

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PaulM
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sons Birthday

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MJ64
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

If you go, you MUST order the cheese wheel special, and watch it being prepared!!! Simply amazing...

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Rhondaj
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. !!! From Ryan to the food to the cocktails !

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RichardB
London
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A little slow to be seated (busy) and would have preferred an indoor table. Service pretty much spot on, food excellent. Would certainly return

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barnes
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The noise level was really high because of two large parties. That made us leave quicker than we had planned.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was delicious. I highly enjoyed each course, but the star of the show was the ossobuco. Service was quite friendly as well.

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SaraG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WE LOVED BENCOTTO!! THE LASAGNA AND CHEESEWHEEL PASTA OMG!! THIS IS MY NEW FAVORITE PLACE TO DINE IN LITLLE ITALY!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Amazing experience, amazing food outstanding service!

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vipGeoG
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

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

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

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?

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DavidL
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food 😋 hands down one of the best Italian food spots in little Italy highly recommend at least trying once

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Lynn
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

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Rolo
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I stop in every time I’m in San Diego.

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DaveW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food and service. Pasta was on point and we will return again.

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Lilygirl
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the lasagna!

JC
vipJonathanC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoy the food and outdoor eating

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great!

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AaronW
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phillip the server was great! Food was delicious. This has become our go to spot in San Diego

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vipWiseTravelUSA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is consistently great, the service prompt and friendly and the atmosphere comfy.

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SandS
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambiance and food! The homemade pasta is to die for! We had tagliatelle with the truffle mushroom sauce….OMG🥳!

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vipStephenS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here on a Tuesday night for a quick bite to eat. Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food & great vibe. Went in on a Sunday night & it wasn’t to busy.

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viphowardp
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food as always. Service was wonderful. Never a bad meal at Bencotto.

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jonk
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

Calamari was not good.
Shrimp in entrees were over cooked.
Extremely loud.
My daughters glass had lipstick on it, didn’t even comp us for the soda.
No great…

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KimS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. A bit noisy. Would have been nice to have bread at the table, but had to order bread separately.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious and worth coming back. Will definitely visit again.

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rosco66
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great service and WE really enjoyed the cheese wheel pasta!

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TRwed
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing pasta! Pasta was soooo greasy. Must try spot in Little Italy.

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Cami
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was really good! I would highly recommend the pasta is incredible!

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StacyS
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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!

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Drew
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Butternut squash ravioli was fantastic. Good service.

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NicholasDRR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

FAQs

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.

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