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About Bencotto Italian Kitchen

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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.

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

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (52)
Good for a Date (50)
Special Occasion (44)
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Authentic (43)
Neighborhood Gem (38)
Good for Anniversaries (36)
Creative Cuisine (34)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Casual (26)
Worth the Drive (25)
Notable Wine List (23)
Romantic (23)
Great for Outdoor Dining (22)
People Watching (21)
Comfort Food (19)
Business Meals (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Fun (16)
Cozy (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (12)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (11)
Pre/post Theatre (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (6)
Organic (5)
Scenic View (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Quick Bite (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Great Beer (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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·Dined 6 hours ago

Great place for date night. Food and service was awesome. Had lamb ragu and chalamari. Our server was David

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 (San Diego)·Dined 2 days ago

Another fabulous meal!

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·Dined 4 days ago

The experience did not live up to all the reviews. The calamari umido was what I suspect to be frozen calamari and the broth was bland. The bottle of wine we ordered was emptied into our glasses to the top as if we were at a frat house chug fest. The Pasta entree lived up to the hype but the sauce again was soul-less and devoid of flavor.

Overall don’t think we would come back. Definitely a tourist trap area. Beware!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

Wonderful food and great place. Will come back when visiting San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Food and service was amazing! I definitely would recommend coming here if you are a pasta lover.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Generally speaking, excellent venue. Nice modern setting and decor, generally very good service and excellent authentic Italian food done very well. Their pastas are all handmade, with a number of traditional sauces that are brilliant. I can especially recommend the salsiccia. The osso bucco is also very nice.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Authentic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Attractive setting and good service. Food is a bit pricey.

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Great food but be prepared to take some home. There are no half portions of pasta and if you are like me, you’ll want to have a salad and maybe a side, so there will be too much food. I think they should have smaller portions (for less money) or the option of a half order. The lasagna portion is HUGE. Waiter was extremely pleasant and accommodating.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great location in the heart of little Italy. Service was prompt and very attentive. Menu selection good. Food was very good but not great. Food was warm and not hot. Would recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I chose Bencotto after a review of top restaurants in Little Italy for our last meal in San Diego. We liked the modern take on an Italian restaurant and the accessible yet inventive menu. Both of us chose their "mix and match" pasta and sauce option and were quite pleased. The pork-stuffed fried olives were a unique and tasty starter and complimented the fresh salad. And while the prices weren't cheap, they weren't outrageous either. Probably what you'd expect to pay for a nice dinner out. Service was generally attentive, but a bit hurried. The space, while sleek and modern, it was also incredibly loud. As a couple, we got placed at a small two-top in the middle of a boisterous and busy space--not ideal for a "date night". It felt like being at the crossroads of a culinary city--lots of people and plates buzzing by. I'd definitely go back. There are several additional dishes I'd like to try. Staff were friendly and well informed. But I'd ask to sit outside or somewhere out of the traffic flow and away from the noise (if that's possible).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Benecotto was recommended by my daughter, who manages Barrio Star on Fifth Avenue. It proved to be a good spot to catch up with old friends and be able to have a conversation while enjoying good Italian cuisine. The service was polite, friendly and attentive. One of our group was a native of Naples and she gave a good review for the quality and authenticity of the cuisine.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food; had the regional cheese platter, prosciutto, Bencotto Gnocchi and Pumpkin Ravoli with browned butter sauce. The Gnocchi was excellent, possibly the best Ive ever had (and Gnocchi is something I hunt down at restaurants). The Pumpkin Ravoli was fresh, al dente and a great combo of sweet and savory. Prosciutto is carved on the spot and the regional cheese platter had great variety, fresh fig jelly, candied fruit and onions soaked in balsamic vinegar.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We love bencotto’s authentic Italian pastas! Our #1 puck in Little Itay!

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 2, 2017

food was great. We sat outside and they had nice heat lamps to keep us warm. Atmosphere is very urban, modern, trendy feel. While there a lot of recent newer hip restaurants in the area, this one still holds its own years later and is a great date night spot

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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Amazingly flavorful and creative food. Served hot which was amazing with a full dining room. Highly recommend that they hire someone full time to clean bathrooms all the time. Makes me wonder if kitchen is clean.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 31, 2017

I believe this restaurant is no longer performing at its once very high level. The local competition in Little Italy has caught up in terms of quality and pricing. Even their Monello is now better and has more interesting dishes. Time to do a re-boot.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 26, 2017

I appreciate the handmade pasta. It's the only reason to go here really. The plating for the burrata was boring and uninspired. All we ate was the cheese and just left the garnish untouched. The tortelli di zucca should have a different sauce. A simple browned butter would be better than the heavy, overpowering cream sauce it is served with.

Tags: Authentic
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 (Savannah)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The best restaurant.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 25, 2017

The food was delicious! Everything was so fresh and the pasta was amazing! Don't miss this restaurant!!!

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 (San Antonio)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This was a great experience. I was in San Diego for a conference and just wanted to get away. The space was cozy and very comfortable and the wait staff was amazing. The busser introduced himself to me. I eat out nearly every meal and that has not EVER happened to me before. The featured cheese was great, the salad wonderful and the lamb pasta was great. I have never had smoother pistachio ice cream. It was a nice escape. BTW, the busser's name was Cedric.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 24, 2017

My husband and I were impressed with the service. We told the restaurant ahead of time it was our Anniversary and I can see they made efforts to make it special for us by congratulating us and giving us a nice table and a gift at the end. Thank you.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

The house-made fresh pastas and sauces are perfectly crafted. The food here is memorable. Plan to take your time to savor, enjoy, and experience. The service is on-point. Perfect for a special event .

Tags: People Watching, Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic, Local Ingredients, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We had a great lunch! The food was amazing and the private room accommodated our party of 10 perfectly. I will recommend Bencotto and will dine there again ❤️

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Best Italian food I've had in a while!! Delicious homemade pasta was wonderful.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Second time at this restaurant. I chose it for its close proximity to the Car Show event. I requested a window and I received it although right in front of the entrance door. Again, bad seat location. The food and drink selection is good, but everything else seems to lack. I will inquire next time if they have take-away and not be subjected to the noise and poor seating.

Tags: People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I herd this place was good but it failed to deliver. I expected more but wasn't impressed. The food isn't bad it's just not memorable.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

I ordered the pumpkin ravioli special, it was delicious.

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 21, 2017

We went to Bencotto for a birthday. The food is incredible and the ambience is perfect for socializing without a lot of noise to yell over. The unfortunate parts of our experience were 1. A dish was sent back for being over salted, it was the birthday girl's and she did not eat a full meal. 2. Poor service. The staff was nice but not attentive. We asked three different people four times to order a cappuccino. We asked to split the bill three times and it was acknowledged, yet it came as a single bill causing conflict with the group. The restaurant made good on the bad dish and served the birthday cake we brought without a charge. I would recommend it for date night but not for a group or special occasion. They just aren't attentive enough to groups.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Romantic, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 21, 2017

What a great place! Little Italy is a mount spot for San Diego and this restaurant is fantastic. Lynette was our server and she was excellent as was our food. Sediment will be back again.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The service was excellent and the food was very good. The tiramisu was delicious! The noise level was high but people were enjoying and having a nice time!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Excellent food and good service for the value. I would go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Oh YUM! this Italian was amazing. The portions were perfectly sized and the flavors were amazing. I couldn't have asked for better food or service. They have an extensive wine and drink menu. Handmade pasta and design your own pasta plates...food heaven! I only wish there was one closer to me!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Good food. Great service. A little hard to find parking

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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Unbelievable pasta here, and I make my own. Service was a tad spotty, but staff was very pleasant. Can't wait to come back!

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Incredible time for my wife’s birthday! They provided a small Italian Tiramisu. Neither of us are huge tiramisu fans but theirs was very tastee and refreshing. Highly recommend you get the raviolis and red sauce... so good!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 8, 2017

My wife and I tried it for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed it. The service and waitstaff were really good. No problem with parking with valet. All was good

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent in house pasta and sauces. One of the best Italian meals outside of Tuscany we've had.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 5, 2017

The service and staff were exceptionally accommodating. Food was delicious. The appetizers were small and overpriced. However the portions for the main dishes were perfect.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 5, 2017

my 3rd visit , first review
excellent restaurant, making their pasta fresh every day makes them unique; the flavor and consistency of their pasta really shines.
as any great and popular restaurant , it can get noisy and hard to hear the person in front of you. The braised lamb shank was outstanding and the wine list is also very good. Great wine and Good price; we can have a great glass of wine without blowing up the check.
I will go back to this restaurant for sure.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 4, 2017

The food here is amazingly fresh and delicious. The staff is knowledgeable and friendly. David rocked as a waiter.

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