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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.6
1124 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean
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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**
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Phone number
(619) 450-4786
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Fabrizio Cavallini
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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.
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Private party contact
Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
India Street/Kettner Blvd.
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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
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
What 1124 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.5
service
4.3
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4.2
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

BEST restaurant in Little Italy! Great ambiance, fresh pasta is the best and the staff is top notch. Bencotto is great for any occasion. I highly recommend eating here whenever you’re looking for an authentic taste of Italy.

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3.0Dined 4 days ago

Server was nice and professional. Appetizers/share plates were alright. Main pasta dish, their recommended plate, wasn’t good.

I wouldn’t go there again but it is a change from some of the other Little Italy spots. It might work for you.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The staff was very attentive and honored my request for outdoor seating. It was a very quiet and intimate atmosphere with great food and the staff recommended appetizers were amazing. Definitely a great establishment for a price that isn’t too expensive.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This restaurant turned this trip for my friends business into a vacation! Fabulous food and friendly staff. Very accommodating. Get the trout!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite Italian restaurants! The food is delicious, brings you back to Italy. The service is outstanding and the servers are always so accommodating. One of the best in San Diego!

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The menu was excellent; however, the food was not. We had a group of six people that ordered various items. We all felt the food was extremely bland. Italian food is usually so flavorful but we were all adding salt and pepper to the food we ordered

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

It was our anniversary. The food was fabulous as always and the service was excellent. We can’t go to San Diego without having dinner at Bencotto.

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great food/fresh pasta. Noisy and crowded! Hard to park and used $9 valet service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Nice, modern eatery in Little Italy. Food was excellent! My husband ordered the lamb shank and said it was the best he’s ever had, cooked to perfection. The staff was attentive and friendly. We brought our 3 year old and 7 year old along for dinner. It’s not what I would consider “kid-friendly,” but our waitress was sweet with the kids, and they did enjoy the pasta. This place is better suited for a romantic date.

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3.0Dined on April 4, 2018

They sat us late, service was very slow

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Best service we've had in quite a while! Food was delicious.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We had a lovely time tonight dining at Bencotta. The quality of food, service and ambiance was excellent. It truly reminded us of our time in Italy. We will be back.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great food and wine! Service was prompt, knowledgeable and friendly. Atmosphere is spartan at best. Could use more comfortable seating.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Our server on Saturday night, March 31st, was really great ( dark hair, handsome, very efficient, great suggestions,unfortunately I’m blanking on his name). We all enjoyed our meal, was given plenty of time to enjoy the evening of friends together. The lemoncellos were delish as well!

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fresh pasta and so delish!!! My friends had gnocchi and pasta. Both loved it. I had the ciopinno. So good!!!!! This place is amazing!!!

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2.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Pretty disappointing experience. Food was OK, but when they say "traditional North Italian" kitchen, I would add "with a big US influence". The wine was not poured at the table, they served it pre-filled. I do not care for this method as I like to see the bottle, and maybe have a taste before I decide to go for that wine or reconsider. 2 glasses of prosecco, 2 glasses of red, 2 starters and 1 main coming in at $100 plus is not good value in my opinion

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

My boyfriend loves the pasta! Said it was one of the best he’s had. I enjoyed mine as well. We ordered one of the desserts and it was wonderful! Bencotto è bello e delizioso. Mi piace molto!

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Amazing food! Amazing service! Amazing experience!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

This is one of those restaurants that allows you to order anything and be happy. Everything was amazing.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Awesome dinner, again. Food is outstanding and their selection of Italian dishes are a memorable mouth watering experience. I got the squid ink fettuccine with shrimp/scallops in pink sauce. My wife got a build your own pasta with fettuccine, mushrooms and pink sauce. We got the cantaloupe and prosciutto as an appetizer. 10 out of 10. We’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Food, and service was very good. We made plans for an early dinner and was seated at a table in the bar area. Seems they try to fill these tables first. Be aware of parking situation. No free parking anywhere to be found. Had to pay $12 to park.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Some of the best meals I’ve ever had. The pasta is unbelievable. - Very nice ambience. - And the service is fantastic. Ask for David.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Both pasta dishes we had were delicious. You feel as though you are in someone's kitchen in Italy eating fresh made Italian fare. Our starters of salad and zuchinni soup did not disappoint as well. Wonderful spot in Little Italy!

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The pasta was very good, but the calamari was tough. Service was very attentive.

The restaurant was louder than I expected, and the tables fairly wide, so it was difficult to hear people across the table. The lighting was harsh and industrial, making the ambiance less-than-ideal for a date night.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

The best pasta I have ever eaten. The Caesar salad and zucchini soup were also excellent. Fine Italian wine selections.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Delicious, authentic italian food!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Fantastic as usual.
Service was impeccable and delicious food. A great italian experience.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Awesome.

Despite bringing kids - staff very patient and understanding.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Busy restaurant! Service was very good. Food was good.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Seats on the top floor with a great ambiance. Loved the fresh cut bread with the oil and vinegar. I got the gnocchi with the basil sundries tomato sauce. It was delicious and a huge portion. I took my leftover Home but it did not taste so good the next day.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Always superb food
Great high energy place with happy diners enjoying excellent food with an attentive and pleasant wait staff
I always take my out of town visitors there for dinner

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

When I’m in San Diego, Bencotto is always a destination spot for me. The food quality is outstanding, as well as wine choices & cocktails. We arrived a little early & were seated right away. I follow Bencotto on IG so I can hardly wait to sample the food from the beautiful photos they post.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Great cheese platter and red sauce ravioli!

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Its a modern design style feel in the heart of little Italy. The food was delicious and prepared so neatly. It was a nice warm Sunday Brunch hour, so while everyone was out getting brunch, the restaurant had a calming demeanor to it. the service was wonderful as they made sure we were ok.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We were sat in the quietest area possible (by request) and had a wonderful experience. Had a reservation and were sat immediately upon arrival. Very attentive staff - always refilling our water glasses, brought delicious bread and olive oil/vinegar to dip and asked if we wanted more bread when we ran out. Wine and cocktails were on point. The spinach gnocchi w/summer sauce and cheese raviolli w/meat sauce were delicious. Perfect place to celebrate a birthday!!!

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4.0Dined on March 11, 2018

We came to San Diego for vacation and this is our first time in the city. Our friends recommended this restaurant to us. The food here was very good; but it did lack in a welcoming dining experience. We felt very rushed through our meal, despite also having an appetizer, salads and wine. We had barely finished our first courses before our mains came to the table. The plates from our first courses had not even been removed. Our main servers were polite and helpful when we asked questions about the food and wine; but overall, the servers seemed a bit cold, rushed and disinterested in engaging in conversation.

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3.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Food left much to the imagination. Pasta dishes including the gmocci and lazagne were bland. The service was awful. I was left waiting for 20 minutes for a cup of tea. The worst was the rainy night and being seated at the front of the door and l had to ask 3 times to have it shut because you all just left it wide open. Service was slow the noise level was defeaning. Upstairs looked cozy but we were not given an option despite there being many open tables. With as many competing ltalian restaurants l was both disappointed and put off by the detached service we received. Will stay with other older ltalian restaurants in little ltaly

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

From start to finish simply outstanding food!

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Best bread in town❤️ Food was tasty. Would definitely go back here

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

As always the food was fantastic and the service friendly. My favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Love bringing guests here!

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