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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

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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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (53)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Special Occasion (46)
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Authentic (43)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Creative Cuisine (35)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Casual (27)
Worth the Drive (24)
Romantic (23)
People Watching (22)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
Notable Wine List (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Hot Spot (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fun (16)
Cozy (14)
Bar Seating (13)
Handcrafted Cocktails (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Scenic View (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Organic (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tapas (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food is excellent with good wine list, a true Italian restaurant and true Italian atmosphere. Highly recommended.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on August 12, 2017

There were eight of us for dinner at Bencotto on a Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. We were seated quickly at a very nice table away from the main crowd. The pasta at Bencotto is homemade and delicious. The service was very good. Everyone enjoyed the cheese plate, the proscuitto and melon, the olives, and the gnocco fritto (delicious). Entree dishes ranged from the special gorganzola ravioli (very rich) to different pastas and sauces. Everyone raved about their selection. Would definitely recommend Bencotto as a restaurant to enjoy in Little Italy - San Diego!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Authentic Food , Exceptional! Our waitress was great , Good suggestions, great personality. Really good wine list as well as handcrafted cocktails.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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 (Nashville)·Dined on August 11, 2017

We had a great dinner at Bencotto! The food was delicious, the staff and servers were all very friendly and professional, and it had an authentic, upbeat feel. We sampled beef, chicken, meatball, and pasta, and they were all wonderful!

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Good food and service. Family approved. Would come back.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on August 8, 2017

Very disappointed tonight . I've been here before and it was good but tonight the food was cold and the service was slow . It was a very disappointing experience.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

Nice restaurant. I requested a table when we arrived area we wanted was not available I expressed my disappointment and within 15 minutes they accommodated us. Corkage for two bottles of wine was 40 dollars. All and all nice place.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Our food was amazing and very delicious! We ordered the squid ink gnocchi in lobster bisque with shrimp and the leg of lamb. Dessert was tiramisu and biscotti with almonds and chocolate sauce, excellent! The server was awesome and very knowledgable. We can't wait to come back to try the other dishes and desserts!

Tags: People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Service was terrible 15 minutes had to wait for desert. After we got seated 15 minutes before waiter came by he did not tell us anout the specials which he did for another table 30 minutes later. The waiter never asked my wife if she wanted another drink. The food was great no complaints there too bad because service was another story will not go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great food and ambient! Eating outdoors made it special. Great service too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Groups, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great hand made Italian pastas. Medium priced - can't go wrong!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Dinner with was for our 15 Wedding Anniversary. We were seated right away at a window table and our server was very attentive, made good suggestions. We had a great meal and a good time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Sooooo good!

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·Dined on August 1, 2017

Absolutely loved this place! It came highly revommended by family that live in San Diego and it did not dissappoint. Authentic italian food with great service!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

I took my girlfriend out on a date night and see this restaurant on Open Table. I love the atmosphere, food was amazing, and I used to be a server myself, our server, busser, the overall experience was incredible. We for sure will be back!0

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The food was great! Our waitress Katherine was outstanding & made the evening FUN!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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·Dined on July 31, 2017

Got a great table on the second floor overlooking the dining area. Waiter was very helpful and informative. Additional wait staff professional and friendly. Food was amazing. Definitely one of my top five in little italy.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

One of the best pasta meals we have had in a long time!

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·Dined on July 29, 2017

shared 2 appetizers, one was good, one awful, I had the penne pasta with spicy sausage , it was ok, slightly better than the olive garden. I expected more from the reviews I read

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Each opportunity I am in san diego for business. I make sure I schedule at least 1 meal here. The food and service has been consistently wonderful!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Disabled Access, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on July 24, 2017

Every time I come here, the service staff is excellent and well-mannered. They are attentive and friendly without being overwhelming. I love the atmosphere of this place as well, and the food is almost always outstanding! Highly recommend!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We came here for our 1 year anniversary and we had a great experience. The even gave us a parting gift. It was amazing and the next time I am in San Diego, I'll be back!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Naples)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Fabulous dinner. We all had something different and loved every dish. Great wine, zucchini flowers were a good choice as an appetizer plus the proccuto and melon. Just a good experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Outstanding service by Lynette! We ordered several starters to share, all delicious. Everyone thought their entrees were great also. Convenient valet parking right on the corner. Great restaurant!!!

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 (New England)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Cery good experience for a family dinner

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Food was not as good as always but good enough, service was not as good as always, few waiters, warm wine, not the level I am used to in this place.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Gnocchi dinner with shrimp consisted of pasta with one shrimp cut up in small pieces. Very expensive wine.

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 (Guadalajara)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Great Italian dishes. Cozy. Great service. Fresh pasta. Delicios appetizers

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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 12, 2017

The best seafood pasta in Little Italy. Loved the squid ink fettuccine with shrimp and a little spice.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Healthy, Casual, Authentic, Comfort Food, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 12, 2017

the crespelli is outstanding; everything else delicious appetizers very good; wine list very good;service is excellent. I continue to come back for the crespelli. Would the chef share his recipe?

Tags: Authentic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good food, great service (our waiter), good choice of pasta dishes (creative) two basic lamb dinners (lamb shank), there are a few fish entrees which sounded great I just wasn't in the mood for fish, average wine list. Definitely worth a try especially for the neighborhood (Little Italy, San Diego). This establishment is small so best plan would be making reservations. Also, parking is a huge pain in this neighborhood but there is a valet at the corner of Fir and India.
I hope this review helps and enjoy, this restaurant is worth your time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Healthy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Loved the service, great outdoor seating, waiter let us talk rather than pushing us along, fabulous food. I prefer simple traditional over modern trends, therefore excellence in exery ingredient is required. This is traditional with a good variety.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Casual, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 10, 2017

We come here all the time and wanted to try something different. One dish wasn't good at all and we let our server know but he didn't offer to get us something else or anything and still charged us for it. Also, our server wasn't attentive at all. This was very a different experience than what i am used to at bencotto.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 9, 2017

best prepared Italian food in San Diego. Highly recommend to anyone who prefers real Italian food.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

Nothing wrong with this place, the food just was not special.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of my favorites! The pasta is the best I've had.

Tags: Tasting Menu, People Watching, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (London)·Dined on July 8, 2017

One of the best meals I've had all year and a highlight of my trip to San Diego. Without doubt the best gnocchi I've ever eaten...I've been dreaming about it all ever since!

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Miami)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Truly amazing handmade pasta. Outrageous!!!! Fabulous service!!!! Highly recommend!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

I would have given it 5 stars except that they wanted $5 to split our entrees.

Tags: Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 4, 2017

In my view, the best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Everything is freshly prepared, wonderfully flavored and beautifully presented. Large choice of fresh hand-made pasta options. Creative cocktails. Room a bit noisy and seating very casual . Not the best choice for a formal business meal or celebration event.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual
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