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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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4.6

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)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 23, 2017

Excellent wine list and terrific homemade pastas

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 (New England)·Dined on February 23, 2017

This was my second dining experience at Bencotto and everything g was spectacular - from being seated by the hostess to the last bite of dessert. The service is friendly and the food is fresh and delicious.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Overall good experience.
Lasagna tasted "off"/sour and the rest of the food was mediocre. Best part of the meal was the tasty bread.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 22, 2017

Everything is delicious! Will definitely go back soon.

Tags: Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Romantic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 20, 2017

Best pasta EVER! Amazing food all around.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 19, 2017

The restaurant was in Little Italy and was a very popular place. It was pretty full even at the early hour (5:30) that we dined. The staff, especially our waitress and the hostess, were very friendly and provided excellent service. We enjoyed the food and the service as well as the location.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 16, 2017

Was told it was great Italuan food and it exceeded our expectations! Cannot wait to go back. Had crab ravioli and loved it. Will bring friends next time.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 15, 2017

The experience overall was good but the texture choices of the food were odd and I was not impressed. Dessert was the best serving of the night.

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 14, 2017

This is our absolute favorite spot in Little Italy. If you're looking for pasta that is out of this world, Bencotto is a must .

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 13, 2017

This was one of the best Italian restaurants that all 6 of us had been to! Great homemade pastas and selection.

Tags: Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Came from out of town and took a chance on this restaurant -- very happy we made the choice to dine there (and were lucky enough to get a reservation)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on February 12, 2017

The food was amazing and the service was great. Only thing I would change is to not be seated next to the door. Overall I would recommend to anyone considering.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 12, 2017

Great place to get authentic Italian food! The chef makes all of his own pasta and the servers come around and show you the pasta options. The service is friendly and fast. The ambiance is more modern style, which I think reflects the style of Milan where the chef is from.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Our group truly enjoyed the food. One the best experiences for us all

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2017

we eat here frequently. reserve early because they fill up quickly. use OT to make sure you get a table. if not you may be out of luck

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Just outstanding! Take your favorite person or favorite people to this place and share more than just a dinner but an experience covering g all the senses in pleasure.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Comfort Food, Healthy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on February 8, 2017

We had a large group of 11 people. The waiter was not particularly attentive and the staff that brought our meals was hopelessly confused as to who had ordered what. We were placed near one of the service kitchens and the odor of bleach was noticeable and not appetizing. While several people said they liked their meals, my lasagna noodles tasted like they had been in the oven a long time.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 7, 2017

Homemade pastas were incredible and staff was both friendly and helpful with their recommendations. I would highly recommend this stop to anyone looking for an awesome taste of Italy!

Tags: Healthy, Kid-friendly, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 5, 2017

This was a fun menu for us because we enjoy trying and sharing a variety of things. Their small plate selections were interesting and out of the ordinary. Salads and charcuterie were delicious. Although the meatballs seemed a bit under seasoned they were unbelievably tender. Service was friendly and attentive from hostess, bar tender, waiter to bus boy. I'll remember this spot on our next visit to San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 5, 2017

Wonderful pasta! The pasta is made on the premises and it is delicious! Looks like a great appetizer menu too.

Tags: Good for a Date, Tapas, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The food was delicious. Wait staff very friendly and helpful picking a wine. Will definitely go back again and recommend to friends and colleagues.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 2, 2017

Great food and great service. From appetizers to main courses to wine - all was excellent. I would definitely go back and recommend to others.

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 2, 2017

That lamb Ragu... mmmmm Keep coming back for more!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Absolutely wonderful! I will be coming here again! My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate a new job. We made a reservation, which was a good idea because they filled up right after 6. The complimentary bread with oil and balsamic vinegar was warm and delicious. I got pumpkin ravioli with sage butter sauce. It was amazing! My boyfriend got lamb shank that was so tender it fell off the bone. He loved it. To end, we got the tiramisu which must have been sent from heaven. Go here. Worth the price.

Tags: Comfort Food, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Casual, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Absolutely love Bencotto. The Best food, the best service and the best atmosphere . Just great all around place to go and enjoy someone's company. I have eaten there a few times and every time I go I try something different and each time I am extremely satisfied.

I very highly recommend trying this restaurant. You will not be disappointed.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Disabled Access, Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Outstanding Value, Quick Bite
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 29, 2017

The ravioli and lobster dishes were outstanding. Service was excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Outstanding food! Very authentic Italian. Beautiful restaurant. Give yourself extra time to find parking and definitely make a reservation. We spend aprx $30 per person and had a lovely meal. Good for a special occasion or a splurge night!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Delicious food and great wait staff.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We took an earlier reservation than our given time. Sat outside and it was a beautiful evening. Our servers were very attentive and the food was excellent

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Meh. Wouldn't go back. Nice ambiance, good service, but food leaves a lot to be desired. Will keep trying others in Little Italy, then will stick to one that's worthwhile. Definitely not the one I'm sticking with.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 23, 2017

We went there for our first year anniversary and couldn't be happier with our choice. They prepared a place card on the table congratulating us and we were greeted and congratulated by each employee. Service was on point. The food was esquisite. Can't go wrong with freshly made pasta. We had a great time.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 21, 2017

We had the chance to try Bencotto while we were in town recently during Restaurant Week, and it lived up to its reputation. All of the food we had was quite good. My wife's Tortino al Tartufo was especially rich, decadent and delicious. And my Reginelle di Agnello was rustic, properly sauced, silky pasta with a delightful lamb-y taste. Portions were generous. Service was friendly and efficient. The dining room is sleek and modern looking, with a "high energy" (aka loud) atmosphere. Call me old fashioned, but I guess I don't understand why a high noise level is supposed to improve a dining experience.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Despite having reservations and checking in early, we were seated nearly 15 minutes after our scheduled reservation because hostess thought my entire party hadn't arrived. Restaurant was severely understaffed to deal with clientele that day and there's no decent place to wait before being seated. Service was friendly and food was nice but not going to be a go-to place for me.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2017

I have been to Bencotto six times. It's my go to place for out of town visiters and I have never been disappointed. The pasta is excellent. Sauces are outstanding you can tell they started in the morning to simmer the tomato based sauces. Try the specials, something different, you will not be disappointed. To me it's a crown jewell for Little Italy.

If I had one negative, and it's a nit, the background noise. The walls are concret with glass windows street side, so very, very "bright".

I will be back!!

Dennis

Tags: Romantic, Authentic
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 (New England)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Came here for my boyfriends birthday and it was amazing! Couldn't say more about this awesome place!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 15, 2017

Great Food!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 14, 2017

The Worst experience at this restaurant. I have dined at Bencotto at least 2 dozen times. They must be getting arrogant because they cared so little about our service. A table of 21+ year old DRUNK girls were seated next to us celebrating. I'm all for happy times. But a group of loud, hooting, hollering drunk girls is not the ambiance of this place. Bencotto is a very loud restaurant and that I know, but add in a bunch of drunk girls it is unbearable. It became more unbearable because we ask management to request they take it down a level and management said no. The manager was clearly tired and didn't care but he was earning his paycheck that night so he should have done his job. We took 2 business clients out to what we framed up as "our favorite Italian " restaurant. We were hugely embarrassed that management did so little.
As a side, I have eaten their specialty of spicy shrimp with black linguine at least a dozen times and it is always excellent. That night it was thick, gooey, bland and just tired. Maybe Bencotto should wake up to their former excellence as it will be awhile before I return. There is so much competition, getting cocky is not wise.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 12, 2017

2nd time there- don't recommend anything baked - dry and nit fresh

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 7, 2017

We had lamb shank and spinach ravioli, respectively. Both were excellent. Dan C. was the server; also excellent.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Denver)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Service was a bit rushed

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