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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.6
4.6
2665 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 59 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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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 2,665 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

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

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  1. G

    Guest

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely restaurant with hospitable service and very nice atmosphere and vibe. The lobster bisque was simply perfectly cooked and you can’t go wrong with the homemade pasta they have. Really excellent.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience3
    It was very nice!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Greensboro

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious. The best ‘bought’ lasagna I’ve ever had. Perfect blend of bolognese and cheeses without being too overpowering by either. And the homemade pasta is the defining touch on an excellent entree.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good date night spot. Loud rooms and okay service.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    service and food were amazing!
  6. SL

    SandraL

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was perfect. We will definitely be back.
  7. BR

    BridgetR

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Food was fantastic, best pasta ever .............
  8. JG

    JerryGang

    Los Angeles

    147 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    147 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    EXCELLENT as always!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Western NC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    We sat in the small area to the right as you enter… kind of drab decor and 2 tables with kids were seated there so it was loud. Server was very nice & friendly but busy. My husband loved his meal but ran out of wine & water. My meal was ok… not much sauce on a pile of noodles. The salad was served without the cranberries. I asked and he checked and said they were out… that should be disclosed when you order or at a minimum when it is served. An additional item should be added such as extra tomatoes etc… good other than that.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious! Everyone loved their meals
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good portion, home made fresh pastas
  12. LF

    LaurieF

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    SO YUMMY!!!!!! My husband and I started off with the calamari fritti. The calamari rings and tentacles were lightly fried served with a lemon garlic aioli and marinara sauce. My entree was the Tagliatelle Al Nero Di Seppia, homemade black squid-ink tagliatelle in a mildly spiced pink sauce with chopped shrimp. I added sauté mushrooms at the server’s recommendation. A very nice addition; however, I wish our server mentioned the additional $5 fee. My husband’s entree Gnocchi Neri, black squid-ink potato dumplings in shrimp bisque sauce with chopped shrimp. Both entrees were extremely large. Very possible for two people to share one entree. We reheated the leftovers the next night, and they tasted just as good. Did I mention our waiter, Jacob?? He was superb!! Extremely good at his job — personable, informative, attentive yet not intrusive. He surprised us with two complimentary glasses of champagne at the beginning of the meal and a mini serving of tiramisu (best I’ve ever had) at the end of the meal because we were celebrating our 41st anniversary. Our overall experience was an A++!!!!
  13. KP

    KimP

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Made reservations for a Tuesday night in mid-Nov for 6:30pm - 4 people and it was a good thing because they were packed. The service was friendly though a bit slow in between courses. The pasta is excellent. We like to take people here when they are visiting from out of town. The inside is very nice but loud.
  14. v

    veghead24

    Detroit

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite little Italy restaurants. Consistently very good. Some others are overpriced for lesser quality. Great cocktails too, the Gin Gin is our favorite.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chefs special was on point. Very tasty and well done. The noodles and cheese sauce fresh from the cheese wheel was amazing and very filling
  16. w

    wshelley

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely dinner with my wife dining alfresco. The staff was super friendly and attentive, the food was spectacular. We'll be back for sure!
  17. L

    Lpatrick

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here for a intimate Bachlorette party and loved it! Got seated and served right away. Very attentive staff! The calarmari, pesto fettuccine and cheese wheel pasta were all delicious! We will definitely come back!
  18. B

    Brett

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Loud but vibrant Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Large portions! Enjoyed meat & cheese plate & octopus to start. Great pasta dishes as main course and a nice bottle of Amarone to wash it all down. Great service!
  19. DH

    DougH

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Not only best Italian restaurant, best overall. GREAT meal and experience, my favorite.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and atmosphere
  21. M

    Mjang

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    It’s a a little overpriced & and server was too busy to attend to us
  22. S

    Sacsun02

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoying a wonderful meal with coworkers. The food is amazing and the staff is beyond wonderful.
  23. OK

    OKnotAmazing

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Entree was cold. Not super flavorful. Dessert and coffee were outstanding.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I ordered the tartuffo ravioli. It’s never a disappointment. Their food and service are consistently great.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First thing: *excellent* food. Had the stuffed zucchini blossoms to start, and shared the truffle ravioli and braised lamb noodles. Delicious. Sooo expensive, though. One appetizer, two entres, two glasses of wine, and a slice of cake, plus tip was near $160. Pricey for a one hour meal downtown with low riders blasting radios next to us and a tow truck hauling off the broken down pickup on the street. And we had to *ask* for parmigiana for the pasta. A bit disappointed with that. Last: I know we were 5 min past our res time, but we ended up waiting another 10 min for a table. Why am I making reservations? Thanks for the good pasta, though.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Raleigh

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience.
  27. T

    Tastyfoodfinds

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely delicious! Everything we had order made our palates feel like we were taking a trip back to Italy. Our drinks were just as wonderful including the service. We felt attended to all the time. My sisters and I will definitely come back. Bencotto has made a lasting impression. This place won’t disappoint!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Took my work team here for dinner. They are all from out of town. They loved the food and atmosphere.
  29. JP

    JohnP

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Great location in Little Italy. Very nice and clean restaurant. Food was excellent. Service was good at first but then dropped off with a long long wait for cappuccino and a long long wait for dessert. Bencotto did the right thing and took the desserts and the cappuccino off the bill so I commend them for it. I definitely will be back. When a restaurant makes up for what they did wrong, they have earned my business.
  30. G

    Grace

    San Diego

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Appetitive’s were nothing special. Just a couple slices of pepperoni, few leaves of Cesaer salad, and shaves of Parmesan topped with balsamic. Service was not the normal service level. The restaurant is a nice space and well decorated inside. If it’s nice out, sit outside.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has a very cute ambiance. It’s located in San Diego’s Little Italy and has a lovely outdoor patio for dining. The pasta is all made in house and was delicious! We also had a few appetizers that were great. Lovely vibe for a date night
  32. MM

    MelindaM

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Incredibly disappointing service. Brought my daughter for her 21st birthday and let the hostess and waitstaff know about our special occasion. Waiter Took our orders and assured us he would pace our meal. Salad came with appetizers, all okay. Entrees arrived minutes later to a still full table because the kitchen wanted to finish the hot items. It was not the delightful experience we hoped for. I’ve never felt so rushed at a restaurant. Bencotto should only accept reservations as late as their staff can ensure a lovely experience. Pasta dishes are delicious. Fresh, amazing. Will miss them.
  33. MC

    MichaelC

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great spot. Eaten here a few times while in town. Great food, great service, and good variety. Chhese wheel pasta’s are delicious.
  34. M

    Mego

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    It seemed like fast-good Italian to me.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place.
  36. LJ

    LeslieJ

    Cincinnati

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Restaurant was busy, leading to staff being short and somewhat rude, even had a late reservation. Food was delicious. Ambiance was good, more industrial feel than classic Italian.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Cheese wheel >
  38. MA

    MariliaA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Truffle Ravioli, Panacotta for desert is a must ! Tiramisu also superb !
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met for dinner everything was great! Good food good drinks
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently best Italian food in San Diego!

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 2665 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 59 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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