The pasta was very good, but the calamari was tough. Service was very attentive.
The restaurant was louder than I expected, and the tables fairly wide, so it was difficult to hear people across the table. The lighting was harsh and industrial, making the ambiance less-than-ideal for a date night.
The best pasta I have ever eaten. The Caesar salad and zucchini soup were also excellent. Fine Italian wine selections.
Delicious, authentic italian food!
Fantastic as usual.
Service was impeccable and delicious food. A great italian experience.
Despite bringing kids - staff very patient and understanding.
Busy restaurant! Service was very good. Food was good.
Always superb food
Great high energy place with happy diners enjoying excellent food with an attentive and pleasant wait staff
I always take my out of town visitors there for dinner
When I’m in San Diego, Bencotto is always a destination spot for me. The food quality is outstanding, as well as wine choices & cocktails. We arrived a little early & were seated right away. I follow Bencotto on IG so I can hardly wait to sample the food from the beautiful photos they post.
Great cheese platter and red sauce ravioli!
Its a modern design style feel in the heart of little Italy. The food was delicious and prepared so neatly. It was a nice warm Sunday Brunch hour, so while everyone was out getting brunch, the restaurant had a calming demeanor to it. the service was wonderful as they made sure we were ok.
We were sat in the quietest area possible (by request) and had a wonderful experience. Had a reservation and were sat immediately upon arrival. Very attentive staff - always refilling our water glasses, brought delicious bread and olive oil/vinegar to dip and asked if we wanted more bread when we ran out. Wine and cocktails were on point. The spinach gnocchi w/summer sauce and cheese raviolli w/meat sauce were delicious. Perfect place to celebrate a birthday!!!
We came to San Diego for vacation and this is our first time in the city. Our friends recommended this restaurant to us. The food here was very good; but it did lack in a welcoming dining experience. We felt very rushed through our meal, despite also having an appetizer, salads and wine. We had barely finished our first courses before our mains came to the table. The plates from our first courses had not even been removed. Our main servers were polite and helpful when we asked questions about the food and wine; but overall, the servers seemed a bit cold, rushed and disinterested in engaging in conversation.
From start to finish simply outstanding food!
Best bread in town❤️ Food was tasty. Would definitely go back here
As always the food was fantastic and the service friendly. My favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy. Love bringing guests here!
We did not order any alcohol and sometimes a restaurant then doesn’t pay as close attention to the diners experience. While the food was good we were given mushed ends of bread, ice tea was some terrible concentrate, and we were clearly not as “worth” the extra attention.
Visited for lunch .....really nice restaurant especially if you like homemade pasta. Many choices and combinations, something for everyone. Had the fusilli with spicy sausage sauce and meatballs.....excellent meal.
Cool place with really good wine and food. Definitely enjoyed the dinner.
I had a 630 reservation, called to see if i could get in a 6 and was told "no problem" Finally got sat at 6:40 then was told i had to be out by 730. not a good start. Front line hostess are SO IMPORTANT and amazes me how some put people there who do not make good first impression. Waiter was excellent.
Food very good, although we ALL had acid reflux after
Wonderful lunch for a friend’s birthday! My pumpkin ravioli was excellent and the perfect portion size. My friend’s pasta bolognese was delicious and meaty. Service was friendly and prompt. Will definitely return.
Service was too rushed. Our food was out in less than 10 mins. :) :) :)
Family get together in hopes of some really good Italian food which they did not disappoint.
The fresh pasta was cooked to perfection . Nice srimp sauce
Amazing! Great food, wonderful service, open, nice atmosphere.
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
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.
Great service and the food is phenomenal! Little on the pricey side, but that's not uncommon for the area and style of dining.
Very great food. Incredibly kind staff. Just an all around great experience for our Valentines Day date.
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!!
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...
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.
All was awesome
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!
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!
This place just feels like eating at home! Very intimate and relaxed! We love it here!
Great olive oil. Fresh pasta. Great service
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.
Lots of choices, high quality food, sleek modern interior