Bencotto Italian Kitchen

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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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always.

JL
Birmingham
15 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is delicious and served piping hot.
Service is very professional, friendly, and menu knowledgeable. Wine list while small, is carefully selected, and concept appropriate.

DD
San Diego
39 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The main dishes dishes were tasty and the service was friendly! The caprese salad was under-prepared however; we had to cut the buffalo mozzarella ourselves, and the way the balsamic vinegar was displayed on the plate made it difficult to add to the salad. The waiters were also a little too quick to remove items from the table. I had to ask for an additional napkin in order to eat my dessert.

PR
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife loves Bencotto! She is very fond of the Bencotto sauce. I decided to have the special with Ravioli and my mother had the Gnocchi which we both loved! We do like coming here!!!

C
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was great. Good service. Food came out quickly (especially the salads). Not from San Diego but would go again if I did.

EH
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I got the short rib stuffed gnocchi and that was delicious and very filling. Also got the small Caesar salad, which could have used a little more dressing. Overall, good food. Will definitely go back. Would not recommend the Caesar salad.

C
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food-delicious home made pasta. Cool ambiance. Great service and drinks too. Not enough rest rooms. Pasta fagiole was white sauce. Just ok. Everything else was delicious!!

CB
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at Bencotto! Service is great and the food is delicious. Fried squash blossoms and prosciutto with gnocco fritto appetizers were yummy. Gnocchi with braised beef is always delicious and never disappoints. Great drinks and nice selection of wine. Bencotto remains high on our list of restaurants we want to go back to! #lovebencotto

B
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing restaurant and service ! Make sure to make reservations !

LF
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We sat outside & it was so nice!
Food & Service was good!
Thank you!

KL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Highly recommend! Food was excellent Service quick.

JW
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food ... yummy

NR
New England
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food! Based on what we heard we had high expectations, and they were exceeded!

MG
Memphis
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Crabmeat Ravioli was top notch!! And great bottle of wine recommended by our server, Leonette.

RC
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food was good. The past was very authentic and the wine was delicious

E
San Diego
17 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time during Restaurant Week 2019. Didn't expect to like the Bolognese since I had a bad experience at another restaurant. But it was actually really good! Rich in flavor! Overall a good choice!

ES
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was great except it was smokers outside the restaurant and the smoke is getting in our noses

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived at 8pm on the dot for our reservations. Since it was also SDRW it took awhile longer to seat us but not too long. Overall, it was a great night & dinner. We can’t wait to come back.

HD
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was delicious. Had to wait 30min for our table - that was the only negative.

SE
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great experience

MW
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Here for restaurant week and a friends birthday. Great service. Great food!

J
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a delicious meal with great service. Wonderful, expansive menu. Great deal for restaurant week dinner!

VS
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had the Osso Bucco-it was fabulous. Husband had the Calamari-it was chewier than others he's had. Lots of employees rushing around, but the time between getting the menu, ordering, getting the meal, getting the dessert menu, was lengthy. We ended up not ordering dessert, as it was getting late. They brought a mini Tiramisu for me with a birthday candle in it. That was nice, but they added a dollar to the bill!!

B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very busy, took a while to get served initially but was followed up nicely after. The appetizers are spendy and were way underwhelming and mediocre for the price. The meatballs with spicy sauce were just ok, dipping sauce had no spice at all and squash blossoms tasted like mozarella.zuchinni sticks you can get at any bar. The pastas were good, the dessert was yummy.

DK
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food. The homemade pasta and various sauces were excellent. There were four in our party and we all had rave reviews.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It was really good, me and my friends went their for homecoming so we felt a little overdressed but it was okay. The food was really good. We sat outside but I heard that inside was cooler. I don’t know tho bc this was my first time here. I would recommend to a friend but be aware it’s not on the Main Street of Little Italy so you don’t get to see all the action.

MG
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Everything was delish! A little tight fitting but would do it again!👍🏼

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing, atmosphere of restaurant was so cool and the service was great!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Hostess was not friendly. Menu sounded amazing but the food was uneventful, lacking flavor. Would not recommend.

OT
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good but the ambiance was lacking as we were placed downstairs and it was super loud. Next time I dine here I will request an upstairs table.

G
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was inattentive.

l
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had amazing service. The food needed more seasoning. Great portion size for the price though.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant. The calamari appetizer was a good portion size, and you can’t go wrong with any of their pasta dishes; they are absolutely delicious. Definitely going to continue to come back.

n
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We prefer a more traditional Italian restaurant experience. The food was excellent.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Flavorless food, bland food.... no thanks...

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have a great experience at Bencotto! From the service to the ambiance; professional, accommodating, sleek, simple, clean decor. The food is always outstanding. I’ve gone with 2 different groups of 4. There has never been a disappointment !

JG
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

Cheap table and esp chairs! Service was good. Food good. They need to get better furniture...

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Unbelievable Italian cuisine! First time at Bencotto and in San Diego, this will always be a place to come back to when we are back.

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