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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.5
1076 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Bencotto offers 100% honest Northern Italian cuisine.

We are proud to offer 15 kinds of different hand-made pasta, fresh and hand-crafted 12 hours a day.

"Bencotto" means cooked well: this is what authentic Italian food is about.
Our menu is based on simplicity. 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday: 5pm to 9:30pm (dinner only)

Tuesday- Wednesday- Thursday-Sunday: 11.30 am to 9:30 pm

Friday- Saturday: 11.30 am to 10 pm

**Closing times may vary depending on business levels**
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Phone number
(619) 450-4786
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fabrizio Cavallini
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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.
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Private party contact
Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
India Street/Kettner Blvd.
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Parking details
Valet Parking sponsored by Little Italy Association.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: from 5 pm to 9 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1076 People Are Saying
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OpenTable Diner (Palm Springs)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Family get together in hopes of some really good Italian food which they did not disappoint.

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OpenTable Diner (Miami)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

The fresh pasta was cooked to perfection . Nice srimp sauce

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Amazing! Great food, wonderful service, open, nice atmosphere.

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vipPixie (Charleston)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

This is the second time I took a group of people here without notice and as before it was outstanding! Food is fresh and delicious, the people are happy to serve you! Highly recommend the eggplant and their tagliatelle with lamb sauce! Bread is great, good portions. For my Italian family this is like home fooling! @pixiepaulaofficial #wherespixie

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SheenaP (Philadelphia)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

They had flipped the menu for Valentine's Day. I was visiting out of town and hoping they had the usual menu which I was more excited and turned out that they doubled everything just for the holiday. Im sure it would've great a regular night but the food wasn't the best that day.

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viplajollafav (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great service and the food is phenomenal! Little on the pricey side, but that's not uncommon for the area and style of dining.

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JasonB (Fargo)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Very great food. Incredibly kind staff. Just an all around great experience for our Valentines Day date.

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LK1515 (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful dinner!! We are from ATL, GA visiting San Diego and would absolutely love to go back next time we are in town! Food was incredible!!

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

What I liked...
- Great location in heart of Little Italy
- Great menu choices
- Food was outstanding!
- Service was outstanding! Our server was fantastic and very attentive to our table the entire time we were there...management also stopped by to check on us multiple times. Everyone we interacted with had a great sense of humor, which made our visit even more fun.

What I didn't like...
- Nothing!

Overall...
Bencotto is a home run if you like Italian food. I'd suggest making a reservation...this place filled up fast when we were there.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

All was awesome

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OpenTable Diner (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

I live out of town, but my last 3 visits to San Diego I have made sure to fit in dinner at Bencotto Kitchen. The handmade pasta is unreal! The squid ink fettuccini noodles have remarkable flavor, but this time I enjoyed the pumpkin ravioli (can’t remember the menu name) but it was a delicious blend of sweet, spicy and savory flavors. The bread served here is so delicious I consider it dessert! Second only to the food, is a courteous and knowledgeable wait staff who give excellent wine pairing recommendations. Can’t say enough about how much I love Bencotto!

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OpenTable Diner (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Food and service was great! I thought my pasta was a little hard (turns out made that way), but no objections they took it back and remade it without hesitation!

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vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

This place just feels like eating at home! Very intimate and relaxed! We love it here!

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Travelista (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great olive oil. Fresh pasta. Great service

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OpenTable Diner (Manitoba)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Great experience

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DanandSue (Pittsburgh)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband and I were in San Diego to escape Pittsburgh's winter. The waitress at Stout Pub in the Gas Lamp area suggested that we go there for dinner. We got reservations and the food was really good. I really liked this restaurant and would go back.

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Maureen (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

Lots of choices, high quality food, sleek modern interior

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MNgirl (Minneapolis)
5.0  Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was delicious -- Black squid ink fettucine with shrimp and the best osso buco I've had (both off the list of specials). Our server was pleasant and appropriately attentive and also made good food and wine suggestions. We chose to eat outside, where it was pleasant, because it was quite noisy inside. The Little Italy neighborhood was fun to explore, too. We'll definitely recommend Bencotto to anyone who's going to be in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food with a good downtown vibe. They had a good menu selection and all the food we tried was delicious. It is in a great location and was easy to find.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

I love the their Tiramisu

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

There was honestly nothing spectacular about the pasta. It tastes just like any other "authentic" Italian restaurant. My lasagna was barely warm and the calamari was soggy. Over-rated and not worth the inflated "Little Italy" price. The food server kept serving the wrong dish to everyone in our party. The actual server should let him know who ordered what. Expect better service for this type of restaurant. Probably won't come here again.

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Apples (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good, not great. The gluten free gnocchi with pesto was a good dish. The squid ink pasta was not good. There have been so many excellent reviews that I wonder if this restaurant is like many others that expand and spread their head chef to thin. The restaurant becomes more about the concept than the execution. Just guessing.

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vipsk8lady (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic fresh bread and pasta with a flavorful sauce. Delicious mini cannot for dessert. Truly great Italian food.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

I believe that Bencotto is one the of best italian restaurants in San Diego and I always have a positive experience, however, the hostess who greeted us did not make us feel welcome when she saw our stroller. She stated "can you leave it outside because it will get very busy". We had a sleeping child in the stroller. She placed us in a corner table that hid the stroller. She did not attempt to help us with the stroller at all. We had to lift it up the stairs. There was the elevator lift front and center, she did not offer that to us. It would have been a great overall experience if she had been more accommodating. All of the servers thereafter were warm and accommodating and the food as always... amazing!

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Tralfaz (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

This was my second visit to Bencotto and it was on the occasion of my birthday, which coincided with Restaurant Week in San Diego. Bencotto's special RWSD prix fixe menu was absolutely perfect. To start, my friend and I ordered the calamari fritti (lightly breaded and fried calamari and tentacles, with lemon garlic aioli, and tortino agli asparagi (asparagus and ricotta salata soufflé, with creamy parmesan sauce. Both were excellent. Although I rarely eat pasta, I could not resist and very much enjoyed the pesto fettucine with grape tomatoes and shrimp. My dining companion ordered the fettucine with lamb sauce. Both portions were generous and delicious. I took home the leftovers and enjoyed them the next day.

Irrespective of the food and service, both of which were outstanding , I just love Bencotto's location, décor, and atmosphere. It has a "big city" feel that makes even an ordinary dining experience seem like a special occasion. The bar was inviting and there's an upstairs dining area that seemed lively and "exclusive."

I give an A+ to Bencotto for its performance on my most recent visit. I'd enjoy returning to dine there anytime and will certainly encourage my friends to do so.

To top it all off...I found a parking place directly in front of the restaurant! I can't promise that will happen to everyone who dines at Bencotto, of course, but I think Bencotto's food and service are pretty sure bets.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Noisy, wait even with reservation. Pasta was a bit cool as if it had been sitting out too long.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was good, but the service was terrible. The dessert took at least 30 minutes to arrive at our table and we had 3 different people waiting on us throughout the course of the night, which was very confusing. Our actual server was awkward and hardly came to our table at all.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was very fresh and delicious. One of the best Italian meals I have had in San Diego.

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OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

Celebrated my wife’s 30th birthday here and it was spectacular. From the food to the great (affordable) wine, to the service. Top notch across the board. Well done, very highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

With all the Italian restaurants in Little Italy, this is a gem. Hostesses, wait staff and food runners were all knowledgeable, affable and professional. One food runner said "Really?" When I wanted more parmigiana on my paparadelle but that is to be expected!!! Justin Timberlake doppelgänger was our waiter and his recommendations were top notch.

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