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About Bencotto Italian Kitchen

ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR DESIRED TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE.

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.

750 W Fir Street
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

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**

Cross Street:
India Street/Kettner Blvd.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 450-4786

Website:
http://www.lovebencotto.com/

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

Executive Chef:
Fabrizio Cavallini

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

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

Bencotto Italian Kitchen Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (50)
Authentic (48)
Special Occasion (42)
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Fit for Foodies (40)
Neighborhood Gem (39)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Romantic (31)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Casual (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Hot Spot (20)
People Watching (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Fun (16)
Cozy (15)
Great for Outdoor Dining (15)
Local Ingredients (14)
Pre/post Theatre (14)
Business Meals (13)
Bar Seating (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (10)
Great for Lunch (10)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Good Vegetarian Options (6)
Healthy (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Scenic View (4)
Seasonal (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great Beer (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Organic (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

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

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 (Seattle)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (San Diego)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined 4 days ago

I don't usually write reviews but I fell in love with the food here and I just have to! The food at Bencotto was the best Italian food I have ever had! We tried the cheese of the day (truffle cheese, wow!), stuffed zucchini blooms (outstanding!), the lasagna and choose your own pasta with the cheese sauce which were both mind blowing. Everything, including the complimentary bread was crazy delicious! If you are thinking of going, stop thinking and just go. You won't regret it!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Cozy, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Denver)·Dined 5 days ago

Appetizers and sevice was great. Main courses are too heavy and portions were too big.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Every time we're in little Italy we come here! From date night to birthday's. Great meals, great wine, modern vibe with large windows for people watching.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Great restaurant. Great food. Great service. My nine year old granddaughter said, “grandma this is spot on. “Most restaurants can’t seem to cook homemade fresh pasta without it turning to mush. This restaurant got it right for all four dishes!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 16, 2018

Our server was super nice and very knowledgeable but it seemed like either they were understaffed or the kitchen was backed up. It took quite a bit of time for the server to get to our table and to get our food. A little noisy downstairs but it wasn’t out of control. Food was great and I would come back!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Love this place. We are usually torn between monello and bencotto so we rotate between the two! Both have amazing service and delicious food!

Tags: Worth the Drive, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Wasn't what our group expected. Drinks were good food was good but menu was limited. Wouldn't return it was nothing to write home about.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The best gnocchi I’ve had in America. Only in Italy have I ever had better.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Good food as always.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 9, 2018

We had a wonderful time at the restaurant last night. There is nothing like fresh pasta, it was amazing. Service was great, anything or waiter did not know he found out for us quickly, the food came out quite quickly and at a good pace from the appetizers to the main to the desserts. Overall a very good experience.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Bencotto is consistently excellent with authentic homemade pasta , great sauces and friendly service. Great location and atmosphere as well.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great fresh daily made pasta. Service was excellent.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 7, 2018

13 th bday, very special

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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I'm somewhat familiar with the Little Italy area of San Diego, but had not been to Bencotto previously. My party of 8 picked a few appetizers from the menu to start along with two selections from their wine list. The group enjoyed the appetizers greatly and they were prepared very well. The team picked a cross-section from the Dinner menu and each item was done quite well. We closed out the evening with a selection from the desert menu and again, the preparation was excellent and very positively received.

Overall, the menu is diverse, the staff very attentive and the cost was well within reason. The location is excellent and the vibe of the restaurant is fun. I believe each one of us will gladly return in the future.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Grand Rapids)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Pretty much awesome.

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Absolutely loved the fresh pasta! Really authentic Italian food

Tags: Hot Spot, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Everything was excellent. Drinks were interesting and delicious. Bread was outstanding and plentiful. Pasta dishes were especially great. Squid ink pasta with shrimp is amazing. Lasagna was great. All good. One of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Fantastic service all around! Our bread bowl was bottomless, and our food came out quickly. Delicious and high-quality homemade pasta. Highly recommend for a date night or a special occasion, but also casual enough for families and children.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Authentic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went on New Years Eve so the menu was limited but I was not told that until the day before with the confirmation call. Everything on the menu was "mushroom " When dining with younger adults they had little to no choices. We asked if they could order a simple spaghetti or fettuccine and the server said he would ask but never returned to let us know. We ordered 2 appetizer's, one was very small and extremely overpriced and we never even got the second one. We ordered non- alcoholic daiquiris for the minors at the table and were brought pomegranate juice with sprite, instead of simply telling us they did not make them. The portions were very small for what we paid. Overall, extremely disappointed.

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 (Houston)·Dined on December 31, 2017

This was some of the best Italian food we have had in a very long time! Would certainly recommend for any occasion. Make reservations, it was busy the entire time!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Really great food! Tight quarters and the server was a bit distracted, but the food was worth it!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

New to Little Italy in San Diego, finding Bencotto was like finding treasure. I make my own pasta at home, once you've had it, boxed pasta is meh... This is the real deal. We both ended up having the pasta bolognese. It was superb, as good as a trip to Italy. The pasta was fresh, just like I make at home. The bolognese sauce was rich and meaty. We topped this off with a nice bottle of Tuscan Sangiovese. We will definitely be back on our next trip to SD.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

I had been anticipating my visit to this restaurant. I must say the pasta I had was pretty good, pesto with fettuccine and meatballs. The server was very good. Those are the plus +.
The minus was not having enough drinking water, and/or the refills not coming quick enough, the seating arrangement is terrible, the chairs are uncomfortable and the arrangement of the tables did not impress me. The tables are so small there is no space to place your purse or coat. Our table was wobbly. Luckily the server was able to sort of fix it. But honestly for the prices they charge I was disappointed . Ambiance is very important to me and this place lacked.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Brilliant food as usual. Service slightly weak, but overall one of the best in L.I.

Tags: Hot Spot, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We dined at Bencotto and were very impressed by the service and food. Pasta was great and Tiramisu was delicious; we would love to revisit.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I was surprised by the plastic chairs and laminate tables. Food and service was great. Got our drinks wrong and poured ice water down my husband's back.😂

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Bencotto is amazing; we were so glad we chose to eat at this restaurant. The handmade pasta was delicious; light and airy. Having returned from Italy a few weeks ago, we were amazed at how authentic and tasty the food was. We had the spinach ravioli with arrabiatta sauce and the eggplant small plate to share and both were delicious! If we return to San Diego in the future, we will definitely be eating here again!

Aside from the food, the restaurant is cozy and moderately loud; it's perfect for a date night. The staff is kind and helpful. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting the area.

Tags: Late-night Find, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We love Bencotto! We go there for our Anniversary every year!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Been to Bencotto a few times now and absolutley love the place. We were able to get a reservation last minute on Open Table and seated right away. We were greeted with a great wine list. They have the different pastas on display to make sure you pick your favorite noodle preference!

Tags: Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 24, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our wedding anniversary at Bencotto before a late night flight home. We arrived at the restaurant a half-hour in advance of our reservation, dragging two large pieces of luggage. The maitre d' was so kind, inviting us to leave our luggage at her podium so she could watch it for us, moving tables around to accommodate our early arrival, and wishing us a happy anniversary. This person is a gem - I hope the restaurant knows it.

We both had pasta, each with a heavy, rich sauce, and it was delicious.

I enjoyed seeing so many different types of parties there - from parents with small children, to large families, to Saturday night dates. When we departed, there was a very long line of people without reservations; I overheard that the wait was 1-1/2 hours.

Popularity is earned.

When we ordered our ride back to the airport, a different restaurant employee - perhaps a second maitre d' or manager - picked up our luggage and loaded it into the car. Another gem.

We lived in San Diego for 10 years and were never enthralled with the food scene. Now that we've moved, it seems to be improving, in Little Italy at least. Bencotto is a keeper.

We enjoyed the food and the service - all in all, it was a lovely anniversary dinner.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Really good food, some great seats by the windows, friendly staff - food came out FAST. We will definitely go back.

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Everything was great.

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Service was outstanding. The cuisine was both creative and delicious

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fun, Late-night Find, Casual, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 19, 2017

The food and service were excellent! I recommend the cheese board.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

A.M.A.-ZING. This place was incredible. We were visiting from out of town and are still talking about how great the food was there.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Amazing food, great service from the valet parking to dessert!! Really enjoyed the good, wine, and ambiance! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Visiting San Diego for the first time with a native. We both loved this place and would return. Excellent seemingly house-made pasta. Salads fresh, arrabbiata sauce well balanced and flavorful (not too "angry"). Waitstaff was outstanding.

Tags: Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fun, Romantic
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