Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.6
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$30 and under
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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.
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OT
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are not vegetarians. We shared 5 entrees and the pumpkin filled bacon topped ravioli surprised us at how delicious it was! Definitely a favorite! The zucchini blossoms filled with cheese are special and the cheese appetizer with honey, walnuts and figs is always great.

K
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food always brings me back to eating in Italy!

o
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I made open table reservation and it was a Birthday dinner.
I wasn’t happy we were seated in a small3 table auxiliary room.
The food was very good. I was surprised the waiter didn’t greet us acknowledging a Birthday !

b
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

The food and service were good, but it was super loud. Noise level was overwhelming and I wouldn’t recommend for dates or if you plan on talking to each other...

FD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience2

The food was good although based on the reviews I was expecting phenomenal so I was a little disappointed. The dishes were served too hot. I ended up w a blister on my lip because the filling inside of my tortellini was too hot. The other guest had to wait a while to eat his food because it was also too hot to eat at first. The restaurant was extremely busy (good for them) but that meant it was very loud. The tables were very close together so you were almost a part of the next tables conversation. Also, the wait staff had to squeeze sideways to bet between tables and they were very attentive so every 5 minutes or so I had someone’s bottom in my face.

I’m guessing if I came on a night or afternoon that was less busy I would give the restaurant 4 or 5 stars but between the burnt lip, very loud restaurant and butts in my face, we were anxious to leave and skipped the second glass of wine and dessert we had been planning to enjoy.

BS
New England
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my wife’s birthday, food and service were great.

RM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian food we had all weekend. Dope restaurant.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic, even got to meet Valentina! 5/5!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food but it was too busy at times and the server took a long time to take our order and serve our food. It took about 40 minutes for food to come out. However, it’s a great date spot and has nice food.

Z
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Calamari always excellent... entrees hit or miss!

MC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good food, but more expensive than their sister restaraunt next door, and seems to be exceptionally similar. Went on a busy night, but nearly the entire staff seemed uninterested in formalities that you would expect at such a pricy establishment (really, the bus-boy was the only person who was friendly and engaging). The upstairs area somehow feels like an unfinished basement. The presentation of the food was lackluster and generally looked slopped on the plate. Since they don't use trays, I saw multiple people carrying several plates at a time, with a few appearing to almost certainly have a finger in the food they were carrying. When you pay $130 for two people, you expect a better experience than what you would get at Olive Garden. The flavor of the food and the tasty cocktails were the only redeeming qualities I saw in this place. Won't be gong back, unfortunately... And I was really looking forward to this place, too.

MB
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Usually love this place. Went for Valentine's day - they had a "Special" menu; limited selections (with none of our favorites) and jacked up prices. No notice of that when I made the reservation - disappointing. Would not go back on "special event" days.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Girlfriend always gets the lamb shank because it's so delicious. I try different dishes and they're always delicious as well. Only area for improvement is wine selection, but we still find a bottle to go with our dinner. Highly recommend this place for personal or work related dinners.

MS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Bread was too hard. Caesar salad was below average. Wine is overpriced. Pasta was outstanding and the portions were ample. Food came out hot and was perfectly cooked. Difficult parking and moderately expensive for a night out.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely birthday dinner

JG
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Waitstaff was attentive and warm. Best lasagna ever.

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good service, food came out fast.

PC
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were referred to Bencotto by a friend and are so (!) happy we found this little gem! Our server was fantastic (I'm sorry I didn't get his name, he said he had recently moved here & become a citizen), the atmosphere was dimly lit and romantic (seat by the window was nice!) and the food. Oh. MY! We tend to walk into restaurants starved & order too much but our server was kind in advising us the Parm Cheese sampler and 2 plates of lasagna would be MORE than enough (he was so right!) Lovely bottle of wine to accompany everything. Cheeses were devine (esp on the fresh yummy bread!) and the meals were excellent! Husband had the bolonese and I had the bechamel truffle lasagnas. YUM. HUGE portions of fresh pasta with delicious sauces. Very highly recommend this spot.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, amazing appetizers. Great wine. Great service. Would definitely come back.

MN
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a smart setting. Advice on food and wine was spot on, would definitely make the trek again from north county!

f
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food; service was excellent. Noisy and parking, as one should expect in Little Italy, difficult.
Certainly recommendable.

SG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent and service very good.

DB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and attentive service.

d
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 stars all the way around

MK
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing and the service was great. We received our food very quickly and enjoyed all of it!

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner here. The pasta is so fresh and flavorful, some of the best I’ve had in this country. It melts in your mouth. The salads and appetizers are great too. I’m pregnant so could not enjoy some wine but look forward to coming back for dinner when I can as it seems they have a great selection. We sat downstairs by the bar but I think next time I’d request a table upstairs as it’s more tucked away/romantic/private rather than being in the center of the bustle. The service was outstanding too - everyone was very attentive and friendly.

j
Austin
35 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We loved the squid ink pasta. Service was great; they did not rush us at all. Espresso martini was delicious, as were the cannoli. We've been to Monello many times and finally gave Bencotto a try. I actually like Bencotto's squid in pasta dish more!

JZ
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pasta was so fresh and delicious. Honestly one of the best Italian restaurants I have been to.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my third fine eating here and the food is always good. Everything is fresh and flavorful. The ambience and service is great!

M
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The service is average. The food is also average and overpriced.
Are there better options... Definitely
This restaurant needs to improve overall but mainly the service because it’s not friendly, attentive nor available.

R
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in San Diego!

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal in Little Italy. The gluten free gnocchi was fantastic! Great service at the bar.

T
Detroit
24 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent. We enjoyed our selections. The octopus was very well prepared. It was a great experience.

OT
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Bencotto - friendly and professional service, excellent food. The menu offers a choice of pasta, different Italian sauces, and extra toppings. Pasta are all home made. There also are some seafood, meat and veggie dishes. I am from the east coast and wish there was a benecotto there.

Highly recommend it and very lan to return when in SD.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great fresh pasta!!! Will be back again for sure!!!

R
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We didn't like how the waiter treated us, he was hurry and rush all the time, he didn't recommend us plates,
he was average. It was our first time there and he had no patience. We are not coming back.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I’ve heard a lot of this place before actually going; i went with a couple of friends for restaurant week. The menu was great! I ordered the tagliatelle al nero di seppia and it did not disappoint. It was delicious! Bencotto was a great place too meet up with my friends as the atmosphere was excellent. Needless to say, the service was outstanding; friendly and attentive service the entire time.
Overall, my experience at Bencotto was exceptional!
I can’t wait to come back and try something different from the menu!

OT
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place. Good food

OT
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my all time favorite place in SD county. Never disappoints. Great food, ambiance, and service. Minimal parking but NBD.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Poor experience.. table was crammed in center .. food was bland .. no taste .. we felt like we were in a factory .. they just wanted us in and out ... shrimp with pink sauce had no flavor .. we were really disappointed

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