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About Buon Appetito

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!

1609 India St.
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Open for Lunch 11:00 AM to 4 PM Monday through Saturday.
Serving Dinner everyday 4:00Pm to 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday
Friday and Saturday serving dinner until 11:00 PM
Sunday opens for lunch @ 11:30. Dinner starts @ 4:00 until 10:00 PM

Cross Street:
Cedar street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 238-9880

Website:
http://www.buonappetitosandiego.com/

Catering:
We offer full catering for any occasion. Office meetings, weddings, family reunions & private parties to name a few. From gourmet-elegant to casual fare we can meet your dreams. Our events coordinator will work with you individually to create your celebration feast!

Parking Details:
We do not offer parking, but there is valet parking on the corner of Cedar Street and India Street. Also several paying parking spaces throughout Little Italy

Public Transit:
Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.

Executive Chef:
Salvatore Caniglia and Antonio Mastellone

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Buon Appetito Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Romantic (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Fit for Foodies (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Business Meals (3)
Hot Spot (3)
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Fun (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Healthy (2)
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined 2 days ago

Fantastic pork oso bucco and veal with mushroom pockets along with great service! Atmosphere was energetic yet cozy! Will be back!

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·Dined 3 days ago

Had a group for work and they accommodated 10 of us just fine. Food was great.

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 (San Diego)·Dined 3 days ago

Very great food!!! Awesome service!!!! But very loud and hard to have a conversation with a big group of people:(

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·Dined 7 days ago

I love this place. They are connected to the restaurant next door (same exact menu) and both places are friendly, have good service and the food is incredibly tasty!

Tags: Happy Hour, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Casual, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Excellent food, excellent service, awesome place. The pasta specials were especially good.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, People Watching, Romantic, Casual
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Our server was friendly, attentive and on point. He made sure that we had everything we needed and would refill my iced tea when it was low. The pastas were perfectly al dente and my hubby absolutely loved his Risotto.

The first time I ate here was for a white elephant Christmas gathering. I loved the food and service so much that I made this reservation to meet with old friends. They were not disappointed and you won't be wither. It's not the quietest during rush hour (Duh!), but the food is great.

Tags: Healthy, Comfort Food
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

we reserved table for 5 people. Reservation was an easy even if New Year day. but problem our table review was a kitchen and restroom. I mean we can get same table without reservation. we were seeing how they cooked. I don’t prefer. my friend ordered his 2. drink but it took while 10min. food totally amazing, but service and seat area might not satisfied. also services charges 18%.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Fresh made italian food, excellent service, attentive waitress. Food was delicious, came as requested and in a timely manner. It was an excellent experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great food and service! The only bad thing is the waiting tine, even if you have Reservation at least 20-30 minutes. But is worth it!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Bread and sauce were great. Veal “medallions” were tough. Meat sauce on pasta was ordinary. 30 min wait to sit after reserved time. Certainly popular, but far from the best Italian in town. Service brisk and effective

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We make a reservation for an early dinner celebration. The servers were super nice, the bread and marinara are delicious. Food was amazing and portions were generous.
I tried the pork Ossobucco. Will definitely be back for more.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Really San Diego, this place gets good reviews? You all really need to get out more. I was in San Diego for 5 days trying places the city is known for. Most was average at best.
The food at Buon Appetito was also extremely average. In fact I could have gotten some Olivieri from the grocery and would have had a better meal.
Please get out into the world, try better food and up your game.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We made a reservation and were seated right away. Our waiter was very knowledgeable of the menu. This was very helpful fornour first time. Loved the atmosphere. Will definitely return.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Every time I go to Buon Appetito I have to get the Osso Buco. This is their specialty and is defineately worth it. Great wine selection too!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Fun, casual atmosphere with outstanding food. Pasta was fresh and perfectly cooked.

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was good but not “wow” the calamari was not that great. Tasted under cooked and chewy. Lasagna was ok but didn’t like carrot chunks in it.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place was recommended to me by a friend. His family is from and still lives in Sicily so he visits quite often. I figured he would be a good person to trust with this recommendation and I was not wrong. The food has an unbelievable flavor, the atmosphere is cozy, and the wait staff was extremely warm and friendly. If we are ever in the area again I would definitely love to go back!

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Casual, Authentic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had not been back in a while. I forgot how much food they served you. The food was excellent and the service was better than that. The tiramisu is great. My daughter says it is better than any she has had in Italy. They make you feel comfortable and take very good care of you. We will be returning more often.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Comfort Food, People Watching
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vip
 (Northern MI)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This used to be our favorite go to spot in Little Italy. During our last visit, of course while entertaining friends from out of town, we were highly disappointed. We arrived for our reserved time of 6:30. We had requested outdoors, but on our arrival, noticed all of the outside spots had been taken. The hostess whisked us next door to Sogno Di Vino, also owned by the same owner of Buon Appetito and directed us to a table for four. No I’m sorry, we gave your table away and don’t have room for you in the restaurant we requested.... Okay, so same menu or other menu, your choice. Had we want d to order paninis, we wouldn’t have made a reservation at Buon Appetito. Anyway, fast forward to mediocre service by our inattentive waiter and staff, we have to be subjected to watching women’s cage fighting while trying to eat our pasta. I can’t believe all three televisions are tuned to cage fighting and blood spurting all over the screen while we are trying to have a nice dinner with friends. Bad, just bad.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Love this place.
Best restaurant in Little Italy.
Highly recommend for locals and tourists.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The food was delicious. Too loud for a date but if you get a table outside then it’s ok.

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Difficult to park so my husband dropped me off but they would not seat me until he arrived. It was our wedding anniversary and we sat in the back against the wall next to a family with small children. The room was hot and stuffy.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I used to dine at this restaurant 10 years ago when I lived in San Diego. And now, as a business traveler, I was so disappointed that the place has turned into a tourist trap complete with all the trimmings: bad food, high prices, and snooty hostesses. Will never go back. And I'm embarrassed I recommended this place to a friend. Had to apologize.

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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Our server was wonderful. I didn't like my choice of entree and he happily offered to change it for me.Impeccable service.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food was fantastic. The waiter was attentive. Is definitely a good place to got to. The food quality is very good and portions are very filling.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Great flavors large portions. Friendly staff
So good we came back the next day.
Even the picky eaters loved it

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Northern MI)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Always a wonderful experience and we also had our favorite waiter Victor. What more could you ask for.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was fantastic!! Loved this place. Best food we had on our trip to San Diego! 😃❤️

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Houston)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Great food and service. Gotta try the eggplant appetizer; its awesome, and their red sauce is some of the best ever!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Outstanding service and delicious meal. Will be back.

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 (Kent)·Dined on October 13, 2017

This is a fabulous little restaurant. The food was wonderful, the wine delicious, the service first class and the ambience perfect. I was celebrating a special birthday and the restaurant treated us like VIPs. I'd highly recommend a visit...you won't be disappointed.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Outstanding in every way. I’ll be back soon as I visit regularly from Nashville.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Service and food great and food at perfect temperature.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Fantastic food! The tri-colore salad was exquisite. The veal picatta melted in my mouth. Fabulous service made the entire experience terrific. I promise you will not be disappointed.

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·Dined on September 26, 2017

This is by far my favourite restaurant. I make sure to go there every time I'm visiting San Diego. This trip, my husband and my young son were with me, and they loved it too! Great atmosphere and incredible food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 25, 2017

Good and service was amazing. Highly recommend eating here!!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Great atmosphere and dinner! Seemingly endless menu of Italian food and great wine selection!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 20, 2017

A friend and I were visiting San Diego and looking for an excellent dinner. The food at Buin Appetito was authentic and delicious. Our waiter was superb, and provided excellent advice on both our meal selections and the accompanying wine. We enjoyed the outside seating, even though it was a bit tightly spaced. All in all, a fully enjoyable dining experience.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 19, 2017

First time there and 2 of us had he. Hi Ken park which was not on the menu but we. It it with a fork. Tender and delicious with vegetables and potatoes. The Caesar salad with fresh anchovies were also delicious. Amply bread and grated Parmesan cheese was enjoyed. Dessert was also a hit with hazel nut and chocolate gelato and fresh Canolis.

Tags: Seasonal, Comfort Food, Cozy, Good for a Date
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