Buon Appetito

4.6
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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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KN
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service.

B
Denver
33 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting long time friends from out of town

JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, large portions . Nice selection of wines.

RZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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
72 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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.

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
3 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
87 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.

AB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Just like my Nonna used to make! The ingredients were fresh and the pasta delicious!

R
San Diego
73 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Italian restaurant in San Diego. Menu choices range from steak, seafood, lamb, pork and vegetarian options. They also have an outstanding wine list.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for celebration for moderate size group if you make a reservation. Food was excellent for a decent price. Love this place. Unfortunately we only get to visit this place occassionally. Has our highest reccomendation!

PD
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their special, Wild Boar Ragu with pappardelle pasta was delicious. Sat outside and enjoyed a good bottle of wine and the crowd watching.

JY
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was super.
Food never fails me!

l
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Terrific Food! Nice ambiance. Have been twice so far and no one in our parties of 4 each time were disappointed with their meal. Can't wait to go back :)

RS
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

The food was very tasty and service was excellent. The seating is very cramped. We felt like we were having dinner with the couple next to us.

MD
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and the environment is one that you can have a good time at

GT
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was fantastic....I told him the types of wine I liked and his recommendation was spot on...the same was true when recommendations were given for the entree. All of this followed by the most delicious dessert! Would highly recommend!

JT
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful meal, everything was cooked as expected and served with style and attention by the staff. I felt the staff genuinely expected me to have a great time, and I did. Great food and experience.

r
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone at Buon Appetito is so friendly and fun, the food is amazing, and the service is spectacular! Our elderly Aunt and Uncle were visiting from New Hampshire and the hostess and server were truly accommodating to them. Thank you Thank you

L
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Traditional Lasagna is not like traditional - ask before you order to find out exactly what is in it. Not your usual lasagna. Not something I would order again. However the service was amazing and our meat and cheese appetizer was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was really great. the food was a really huge portion for such a good price. It was really loud but where you could still here the people at your table. everything was great DEFINITELY RECOMMEND MAKING RESERVATIONS THOUGH it was extremely busy

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always served piping hot.

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. I highly recommend.

VB
New England
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Lovely but loud inside; it was raining so we could not sit outside. Excellent menu, huge portions, great food, good value.