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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

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

WE OFFER A VERY SPECIAL A LA CARTE MENU, WITH NEW LIMITED EDITION RECIPES!

LAST SEATING RESERVATIO 1030 PM

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

4.2

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (44)
Authentic (39)
Good for a Date (37)
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Special Occasion (36)
Neighborhood Gem (34)
Creative Cuisine (31)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Casual (27)
Romantic (24)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Notable Wine List (20)
Great for Outdoor Dining (19)
People Watching (18)
Hot Spot (18)
Comfort Food (17)
Business Meals (16)
Fun (14)
Cozy (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Bar Seating (10)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Late-night Find (4)
Organic (4)
Scenic View (4)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great Beer (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Waterfront (1)
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·Dined 2 days ago

The food was delicious! I love home made pasta. We were rushed and needed to get to the theater...and our waiter was understanding and attentive. Highly recommend this restaurant!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 4 days ago

It was just okay. We were seated upstairs which felt closed in and kinda out of the action. Downstairs is much prettier and open feeling. The food wasn’t bad but not amazing. Our first courses which we’re zucchini blossoms and an asparagus soufflé were tasty but cold. For our main, the pasta portions were huge but i would rather have smaller portions but better tasting and higher quality. On the other hand, they were weirdly stingy with the olive oil for the bread. We ran out and when i asked for more, the waiter poured the tiniest amount for us. Overall, it wasn’t bad but I’m not running back!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined 6 days ago

This is our favorite Little Italy restaurant - and there are so many good ones! You cant go wrong here. Great atmosphere, reasonable pricing and amazing food. Valet on the corner makes it easy.

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 (Wilmington)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Great views, menu, and service. The food was fantastic. We'd return!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Great food! Everyone loved their dishes - Veal Saltimboca, lasagna, fish, calamari all delicious. Service was excellent as well. Hats off to Luigi and Valentina.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Service was great. Very attentive. Menu very broad. So broad it was somewhat difficult to focus on a specific type dish. Oslo Bucco excellent

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

BEST ITALIAN IN SAN DIEGO BY FAR!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 5, 2017

the gnocchi in black was bland and featureless.
the "best" big red by the glass was pedestrian.
i love the vibe. been here 5 times maybe.
food is average. won't be back.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

Ravioli dish with lobster and caviar was tough and lukewarm. None of companion’s dishes were st all memorable. Bread was very good. Not worth going back. No atmosphere.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 3, 2017

So delicious! Everything was wonderful. The caprese salad was excellent. Squid ink pasta was perfection.
Can’t wait to return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Second time they're awesome. Fresh pastas sorceress . sauces are great. service great. Great cocktails

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Wonderful food, and our server and other waitstaff were very attentive. Overall, a great dining experience. We will be back!

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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Gnocchi Verdi was excellent!

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·Dined on December 1, 2017

Best food we have had in Little Italy. Great service. Not rushed. People were great. Will recommend and will also return next time we are in San Diego.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 28, 2017

The food was absolutely delicious and the service was fantastic. They made sure my gf got a birthday candle and were very helpful in explaining any questions on the menu . Would 100% come back .

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Although they make their own pasta food was bland. I have had much better. I don't mind spending $$ when the food and ambience is good. This restaurant was middle of the road. Mimmos is a much better place to eat.

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Homemade pasta with incredible sauces. Great prices for delicious food!!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The best lasagna on the planet. Literally have dreams about it.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Another fabulous meal!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Awesome food awesome staff awesome vibe

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·Dined on November 19, 2017

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 on November 19, 2017

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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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vip
 (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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