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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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4.5

service

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ambience

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value

4.1

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Authentic (45)
Fit for Foodies (39)
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Neighborhood Gem (36)
Special Occasion (36)
Romantic (31)
Good for Anniversaries (30)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for Birthdays (24)
Hot Spot (19)
Worth the Drive (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Casual (18)
Cozy (17)
Fun (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Great for Outdoor Dining (17)
Business Meals (16)
Pre/post Theatre (16)
People Watching (15)
Bar Seating (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Local Ingredients (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Good for Groups (7)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Healthy (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Late-night Find (5)
Scenic View (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Tasting Menu (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Amazing! Great food, wonderful service, open, nice atmosphere.

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 (Charleston)·Dined 5 days ago

This is the second time I took a group of people here without notice and as before it was outstanding! Food is fresh and delicious, the people are happy to serve you! Highly recommend the eggplant and their tagliatelle with lamb sauce! Bread is great, good portions. For my Italian family this is like home fooling! @pixiepaulaofficial #wherespixie

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 6 days ago

They had flipped the menu for Valentine's Day. I was visiting out of town and hoping they had the usual menu which I was more excited and turned out that they doubled everything just for the holiday. Im sure it would've great a regular night but the food wasn't the best that day.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 6 days ago

Great service and the food is phenomenal! Little on the pricey side, but that's not uncommon for the area and style of dining.

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 (Fargo)·Dined 6 days ago

Very great food. Incredibly kind staff. Just an all around great experience for our Valentines Day date.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great Beer, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, Quiet Conversation, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Romantic, Scenic View, People Watching, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Casual, Creative Cuisine
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Wonderful dinner!! We are from ATL, GA visiting San Diego and would absolutely love to go back next time we are in town! Food was incredible!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on February 9, 2018

What I liked...
- Great location in heart of Little Italy
- Great menu choices
- Food was outstanding!
- Service was outstanding! Our server was fantastic and very attentive to our table the entire time we were there...management also stopped by to check on us multiple times. Everyone we interacted with had a great sense of humor, which made our visit even more fun.

What I didn't like...
- Nothing!

Overall...
Bencotto is a home run if you like Italian food. I'd suggest making a reservation...this place filled up fast when we were there.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 8, 2018

All was awesome

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 6, 2018

I live out of town, but my last 3 visits to San Diego I have made sure to fit in dinner at Bencotto Kitchen. The handmade pasta is unreal! The squid ink fettuccini noodles have remarkable flavor, but this time I enjoyed the pumpkin ravioli (can’t remember the menu name) but it was a delicious blend of sweet, spicy and savory flavors. The bread served here is so delicious I consider it dessert! Second only to the food, is a courteous and knowledgeable wait staff who give excellent wine pairing recommendations. Can’t say enough about how much I love Bencotto!

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Food and service was great! I thought my pasta was a little hard (turns out made that way), but no objections they took it back and remade it without hesitation!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

This place just feels like eating at home! Very intimate and relaxed! We love it here!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great olive oil. Fresh pasta. Great service

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 (Manitoba)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Great experience

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on January 31, 2018

My husband and I were in San Diego to escape Pittsburgh's winter. The waitress at Stout Pub in the Gas Lamp area suggested that we go there for dinner. We got reservations and the food was really good. I really liked this restaurant and would go back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Lots of choices, high quality food, sleek modern interior

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 30, 2018

The food was delicious -- Black squid ink fettucine with shrimp and the best osso buco I've had (both off the list of specials). Our server was pleasant and appropriately attentive and also made good food and wine suggestions. We chose to eat outside, where it was pleasant, because it was quite noisy inside. The Little Italy neighborhood was fun to explore, too. We'll definitely recommend Bencotto to anyone who's going to be in San Diego.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food with a good downtown vibe. They had a good menu selection and all the food we tried was delicious. It is in a great location and was easy to find.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Fun
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I love the their Tiramisu

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 28, 2018

There was honestly nothing spectacular about the pasta. It tastes just like any other "authentic" Italian restaurant. My lasagna was barely warm and the calamari was soggy. Over-rated and not worth the inflated "Little Italy" price. The food server kept serving the wrong dish to everyone in our party. The actual server should let him know who ordered what. Expect better service for this type of restaurant. Probably won't come here again.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good, not great. The gluten free gnocchi with pesto was a good dish. The squid ink pasta was not good. There have been so many excellent reviews that I wonder if this restaurant is like many others that expand and spread their head chef to thin. The restaurant becomes more about the concept than the execution. Just guessing.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic fresh bread and pasta with a flavorful sauce. Delicious mini cannot for dessert. Truly great Italian food.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 25, 2018

I believe that Bencotto is one the of best italian restaurants in San Diego and I always have a positive experience, however, the hostess who greeted us did not make us feel welcome when she saw our stroller. She stated "can you leave it outside because it will get very busy". We had a sleeping child in the stroller. She placed us in a corner table that hid the stroller. She did not attempt to help us with the stroller at all. We had to lift it up the stairs. There was the elevator lift front and center, she did not offer that to us. It would have been a great overall experience if she had been more accommodating. All of the servers thereafter were warm and accommodating and the food as always... amazing!

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 24, 2018

This was my second visit to Bencotto and it was on the occasion of my birthday, which coincided with Restaurant Week in San Diego. Bencotto's special RWSD prix fixe menu was absolutely perfect. To start, my friend and I ordered the calamari fritti (lightly breaded and fried calamari and tentacles, with lemon garlic aioli, and tortino agli asparagi (asparagus and ricotta salata soufflé, with creamy parmesan sauce. Both were excellent. Although I rarely eat pasta, I could not resist and very much enjoyed the pesto fettucine with grape tomatoes and shrimp. My dining companion ordered the fettucine with lamb sauce. Both portions were generous and delicious. I took home the leftovers and enjoyed them the next day.

Irrespective of the food and service, both of which were outstanding , I just love Bencotto's location, décor, and atmosphere. It has a "big city" feel that makes even an ordinary dining experience seem like a special occasion. The bar was inviting and there's an upstairs dining area that seemed lively and "exclusive."

I give an A+ to Bencotto for its performance on my most recent visit. I'd enjoy returning to dine there anytime and will certainly encourage my friends to do so.

To top it all off...I found a parking place directly in front of the restaurant! I can't promise that will happen to everyone who dines at Bencotto, of course, but I think Bencotto's food and service are pretty sure bets.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 21, 2018

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

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was good, but the service was terrible. The dessert took at least 30 minutes to arrive at our table and we had 3 different people waiting on us throughout the course of the night, which was very confusing. Our actual server was awkward and hardly came to our table at all.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2018

The food was very fresh and delicious. One of the best Italian meals I have had in San Diego.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 19, 2018

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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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on January 19, 2018

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 on January 18, 2018

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

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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 15, 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 15, 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 15, 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 14, 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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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 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 11, 2018

Good food as always.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 8, 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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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 7, 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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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great fresh daily made pasta. Service was excellent.

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