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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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Our second visit as good as the first. My husband says the lasagna is the perfect!

My pasta with pesto nailed it = right amount of oil & garlic in sauce & the pasta was cooked perfectly.

*Good crusty bread & the wine list never disappoints.

RK
San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful pasta, and salads. The waiters are great.

LL
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, Bencotto is a delight. We traveled to SD to eat here on our anniversary and each got the pasta with summer sauce - so simple and so delicious!

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was amazing and so delicious! I always enjoy my time at Bencotto. Some of the best pasta I’ve ever had!

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic from the appetizers to the dessert and expressive.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. The food was amazing. Highly recommend!

L
Perth / WA
16 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

After reading so many good reviews, we thought we would give it a try. Our appetizers were nothing special. We tried the stuffed fried olives, calamari, green salad and octopus (which was the best of the lot). We found the pastas to be a little too al dente for our taste and were very heavy. Typically, we are beasts but could barely finish half our bowls. We tried the lamb pasta, squid ink and squid ink gnocchi (the latter the best dish). I think sitting on the lower level would have provided more ambience as upstairs felt a bit sad.

K
Las Vegas
37 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Not so good this time. Have been to Bencotto many times these past years. Always great, but this time right from the start experience was not Stella. Check in ladies almost rude and even though we had a reservation couldn’t take care of us without much debate between the two. Food was good, but not served hot or a saucy as we prefer. Waiter appeared disinterested and just rushed through service.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food!!!

OT
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! Yum!!!
Sadly we got seated in a high traffic area which resulted in some bumps into our chairs. Perhaps they added the seating due to it being New Year’s Day and busier then normal.
Server was nice and attentive.
I would also say food seemed to take a bit longer to come out, but we didn’t mind. It was a great ambience and wine was delicious.
I’d recommend and come back again.

DJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been a Bencotto fan for many years and this was the first time, I didn't like it nor recommend it.
The food was not up to par as in the past. Had the green salad as starter and then osso buco. The salad was not a mixed salad and it was poor, the osso buco is my standard at Bencotto and the quantity and taste was totally off. The potatoes was actually not good either. Feels like something has changed with this restaurant. Was New Years Eve and wasn't festive not atmosphere friendly. Was here actually last year and it was so much better on this holiday. Couldn't believe on a miserable rainy cold New Years last year could hardly find a table free and this year there were so many tables open. I have a feeling something has changed with this restaurant.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Bread was served cold and all we soaked up was oil. Calamari wasn’t cooked well either.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service on NYE, the staff really knew how to handle the flow of customers on a very busy evening. And the service at our table was casual but efficient and just personal enough. The NYE menu was a little limited for me: pastas with either cream or red sauce (i don’t like heavy sauces and can’t eat tomatoes), but every dish was truly delicious. The mushroom lasagna was outstanding, as was a ravioli in pink sauce with caviar.

g
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed Bencotto on NYE. They had a few special menu items for New Years Eve, outstanding customer service and the food was amazing. The fried lobster risotto balls were a delicious starter, the red wine braised beef along with the stuffed gnocchi was all unbelievable. We will definitely come back !!

D
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Had a lovely time! Food was amazing

S
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious as always. Have never had a bad experience at Bencotto.

AG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

The outdoor seating was very cramped, and we were right next to another table which felt a little weird since you could hear their entire conversation. The menu was different and WAY more expensive than usual but delicious as always! Always love the cocktails and yummy pasta!

RR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I really enjoyed the menu, wine, pasta and everything else about Bencotto.

MC
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Loved every bite. Server was nice and helpful, but we felt a bit rushed. Thought the pricing was a bit high for the product, but overall a great experience. Would return.

l
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fantastic pasta and many other great options. service was very good too

DW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic Ambiance.

s
Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were excellent. Staff was very attentive with excellent non-pressured recommendations for food. Had a great evening.

d
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Italian meals I've ever had. Great atmosphere, sat outside with great people watching opportunities. Service was excellent, every part of the meal was exceptional. But it is not cheap. This is not a budget friendly restaurant. But you get what you pay for and I got great food and great service. I would go back on a special occasion, but not for every day eating.

Still, a great meal and great experience

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place

1
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was outstanding as always, service was good, but the wait for the food after the appetizers was 35 minutes ... that's too long!

LC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb experience. Wait staff went out of their way to make up feel welcome. Food was fabulous. So fresh and flavorful. We dined outdoors and overall it was fantastic. Only drawback, and this was not the restaurants fault, some people next door began smoking cigars. Totally off-putting. Staff moved us immediately and saved the day. Highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who come to the area.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As good as it’s sister restaurant Monello!
Love the intimate feeling it has and their servers were very nice! Food was great and so were the drinks!

MG
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My oso boco had a wonderful sauce but veal not cooked long enough. tough
Potatoes not favorable. Zucchini flower exception. Pasta was wonderful

OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything I had at Bencotto was amazing. The price reflects the quality and quantity of the meals. The one tiny thing I didn’t like...was the bread they serve as an appetizer. It was stale and chewy. Not like fresh made bread. That was my only complaint! Everything else was divine!! Highly recommend and I will be back very soon!!!

JD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great! Amazing food and wonderful service. The pasta is heavy and rich........so don’t come here for a light meal!

LC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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EG
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was EXCELLENT and the service was outstanding. The restaurant was loud but in a fun way. We’ll definitely be going back!!

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous pasta!!! Doesn’t get better than this.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Gluten free pasta was amazing.

SJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

My husband and I went to Bencotto to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and we were disappointed to say the least. The food was average (our fried appetizer came out cold) and the service was terrible. The hostesses we chatting among themselves when we arrived and we had to interrupt to check in. Our waiter seemed too busy to bother with us and made us feel unwelcome. In addition to being short with us, he didn’t make any recommendations, and only stopped by when we waived him down for additional drinks and the check. We actually ended up tipping our bus boy because he helped us more than our waiter.

On top of that I don’t expect anything for free for our anniversary, but we were asked when making the reservation if it was for an occasion, it would have been nice if anyone simply said congratulations, or even just welcomed us to the restaurant.

MM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were incredible! I ordered the squid ink pasta with shrimp. I will definitely be back.

GC
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We ordered the cabernet sauvignon bottle from Napa Valley, along with the black truffle souffle and the eggplant parmesan for the appetizer. For our entree we went with the lamb ragu and squid ink gnocchi. EVERYTHING tasted great. Our servers were attentive with our water, empty plates, and everything in between. The ambiance was perfect for a date - I would say it's even casual enough for a second or third date. I highly recommend Bencotto if you're craving italian food!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I was not impressed- the service was very slow. It seemed like there was only 1 server for the entire dining room. We first ordered the artichoke thing, it was cold- sent it back. I order the pork special and it was very fatty. Was very disappointed.

KS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food and wine selections. Location in Little Italy is nice. Service was attentive and friendly.

C
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place! Great food, great drinks and service was on point! Definitely date night done right.

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