Buon Appetito

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$30 and under
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Italian
Urban Italian groove, old country cuisine with a modern flare. Buzzing with vibrant energy.Rotating local artists splashing their creations on our walls as we bring our culinary prowess to your table. Sustainable & local is our mantra. Our menu screams old school classics yet our specials are whimsical creations from whats in season. Quail, rabbit, lamb ~ Homemade gnocchi, lasagne and ravioli rock the casbah...Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. "A day without wine is a day without sunshine" over 100 bottles & more than 20 by the glass are offered to dazzle and delight. This list is off the hook! Small, boutique wineries from all over the world! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!
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j
San Francisco
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place and immediately made another reservation. Our waiter was outstanding, funny, warm and attentive without hovering. Salads were great, as was the cioppino and the swordfish! While it was noisy at first, it calmed down and we could hear each other. Lovely, lovely, don't miss this!

LE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, gave us ideas on what to have, both food and wine. Our party of 4 had different meals and each claimed theirs was the best, tho mine was clearly superior. Both the duckling and the noodles were amazing.

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and service. Highly recommend this place in Little Italy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was quite nice, but they pack too many people onto the street patio.
Servers and guests constantly bumping me as I tried to eat.

JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation. Seated us as soon as we arrived. All dishes came out fast. Waitress was dome what friendly. Tables a little tight. My wife ravioli she said was very good. My veal was little tough. My vegetables just warm. Bread plus sauce was excellent. The cannolis were real good.

HB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really fantastic food - pappardelle ragu was perfectly seasoned (not too salty, al dente pasta). My fiancé had the Ravioli Con Salmone, which was creamy without being too heavy. Great atmosphere in the middle of a bustling Little Italy. However, if you’re looking for the FULL experience of a restaurant on a special occasion, the service leaves something to be desired.

Very rushed from beginning to end, including bringing over the cheque when it wasn’t asked for (we were there for maybe 35 minutes at this point and had just received our coffees). Food runners dropped our plates off without much care.

But again! Food is really great and Little Italy is awesome. Would maybe go back again after trying out other restaurants in the area.

EM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a nice place, very tight fit, but nice.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Dinner. The food was good. My only complaint is that we did not get asked if we wanted more bread on the table and that some of the food items in the menu were not available.

AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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AL
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 54th Wedding Anniversary, we asked to be seated at their other restaurant Sogno di Vino, which is usually quieter, we love babies, but this one was not happy, and we couldn’t here each other, but they were very nice to change our seating to Buon Appetito. Thank you so much! Our service and dinner was very good. They brought us a piece of tiramisu with candle to celebrate! Lovely evening!

l
San Diego
72 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food! We will be back - Osso Buco, Swordfish, Salmon pasta and Filet with peppercorn sauce were all super yummy! Also, love the sauce they serve with the bread. So tasty...

JC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food at a reasonable price. I had the seafood linguine which contained a lot of fresh tasting seafood. The noodles were also very fresh. The tiramisu was delicious. Our server, Michella, was very friendly, efficient and attentive as was the worker who assisted.

FC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. This is a small restaurant and very loud when full.

MW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The main issues were related to the server and some of the noise in the restaurant. Our waiter was not very attentive, did not really smile, and came by maybe 3 times....not very pleasant or engaging.

The other issue was we were seated at table for 2 near a wall...which may have been adjacent to the kitchen area. Ans at certain times there was a loud "thud" as if something was being dropped on the floor. Due to obvious size of whatever it was, it created a reverberation to the wall and was fairly loud.

Overall, food was good and fairly satisfactory experience

KN
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Loved our table by the window! Thank you for such a nice evening.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service.

B
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful and the service even better! Thank you!

MJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting long time friends from out of town

JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, large portions . Nice selection of wines.

RZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service! A+ The place was packed on Sunday night!

LT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Service started off well then we were left at the table waiting and waiting for our server to help with a problem with our meal that was sent back. Food was not was it used to be. Lasagne was literally drowned in a bowl of marinara sauce and their “white”’sauce was average, something that I used to love. :-(

R
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buon Appetito is an outstanding Italian restaurant. They serve pasta along with other Italian dishes BUT the filet mignon cannot be beat anywhere in San Diego. If you are going to dine at Buon Appetito then don't miss one of the most outstanding steaks served anywhere on the West Coast.

JP
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience1

Great food but waaaaaay too loud. Hard to hear people sitting right next to you. Will keep me from coming back much.

S
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was delicious and prices were reasonable. Recommend making a reservation.

OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss this pentulament Italian restaurant. Fresh pasta, bread, cheeses, salumi and wines. Service is impeccable. We can't wait to dine at Buon Appetito again.

HS
Milwaukee
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great classic Italian food & wine

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

I found a piece of hair in my food last night.

B
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Festive New Year’s Eve. Excellent food. Best tiramisu ever!

RH
Tucson
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Quaint Italian restaurant in Little Italy. We ate outside on the sidewalk with patio heaters turned on. Quite comfortable. Food was great. Service also great. Somewhat cramped and busy, but sitting outside was wonderful. Believe inside was noisy. Italian bread with an outstanding marinara sauce for dipping was on the table almost as soon as we sat down...........really delicious. Would definitely return.

VV
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Quick service. The staff was on point. We were in and out on New Year’s eve. Every time I’m in San Diego I try to visit this restaurant!

LS
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner...I would return, for sure!

JC
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very traditional Italian restaurant feel and menu. Food quality was excellent. The hostess/waitress seemed a bit rushed and the overall vibe has a time pressured feel to it. I realize it is important to maximize revenue, especially on weekends, but I still like to be more relaxed when having a meal with friends. The restaurant is best for a quick, lighter meal before heading on to other evening activities.

CD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Came recommended by concierge at hotel for good Italian meal. Food was just ok.

m
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Pasta!! We ordered from the first page of specials. I asked for the fresh pasta and our waiter pointed it out. I can't find the menu on the website but ask for their fresh pasta.
We had the pasta stuffed with lobster in cream sauce. It was very good. But we liked the linguini with seafood best. These 2 we highly recommend. The pappardelle with wild boar was on the salty side. We also had the pork which was well cooked...very tender.
We had wonderful service. It was a little slow at first because they were very busy.
Always ask for the fresh pasta. It just melts in your mouth. After eating fresh pasta in Italy, I only want to eat fresh pasta and not every restaurant in Little Italy makes it fresh.
Buon Appetito!!

M
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great authentic Italian food. The pasta with seafood (shrimp and scallops) was very tasty. My son had veal Marsala and he loved it. My mom had a sea bass dish which she stated was delicious. The bread and dipping sauce was to die for. Even the deserts was to die for. We end our meal with a cappuccino. Giuseppe our waiter was great. If we ever get back to San Diego we will definitely be back. Highly recommend.

CJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was just average for the price. There are many other Italian restaurants nearby that may be worth a look.

k
San Diego
89 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We arrived early and was taken to a back table that I didn’t know existed. So grateful for that room.
The food is all good no matter what you order.
My favorite is the eggplant appetizer. It’s actually large enough for an entree if you’re not starving.
Whenever we are in Little Italy we head to Buon Appetito.

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Absolutely amazing food. Our waitress was outstanding and spot on. We will be back.

GK
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Extremely busy night, Christmas Eve. Showed up well before our reservation time & they could not accomadate us then... but we were seated within a couple of minutes of our reservation. Poorish table near open entrance door which was quite cool at times but we got to chat with a lot of folks about our trashy Xmas sweaters.
Staff was excellent... no grinchs here.
Will be back next time in San Diego.