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For 2
Thu, 2/22
10:00 PM
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Booked 21 times today

Buon Appetito

618 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Authentic (14)
  • Good for a Date (11)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
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!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
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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
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Phone number
(619) 238-9880
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Salvatore Caniglia and Antonio Mastellone
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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!
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Cross street
Cedar street
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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
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Public transit
Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 618 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.5  based on recent ratings
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Montana)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Great everything

Blaise (Milwaukee)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We were on a business trip and selected this restaurant because it was rated #1 on Trip Advisor for restaurants in San Diego's Little Italy. It was very busy for a Monday night. The service was outstanding and attentive. I had the sea bass over linguini and my husband had the veal osso buco . The food was good but not memorable.

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food like always. Service outstanding by Vincenzo.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food

OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0  Dined on February 12, 2018

We both ordered Osso Boco which was huge. We could have shared one because we had to bring 1/2 of each one's dish home. It was delicious and the risotto was excellent as well. We split a salad. It was a birthday celebration and we received a huge serving of Tiramisu which we split and for which we were not charged. I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is always delicious.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

There were three of us in our party. The service was just okay. Our waiter did everything but did not really interact with us. Nor did he respond when asked for more napkins. One person had the lasagna and loved it. Another had the chicken with vegetables and potatoes. That was a bit salty but tasty. The third person had one of the veal dishes and was really disappointed with the quality of the meat. If we went back we would all get a pasta dish.

Enjoyed (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing food! Authentic! The osso buco (sp) with risotto was so tender and flavorful. The classic lasagna wa superb.

OpenTable Diner (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Wonderful good and great service!

vipHilldoc (Savannah)
5.0  Dined on February 7, 2018

Risotto is always my go-to, usually I rate a 5 star here, but tiramisu was sour this time:/ otherwise, as always, go for the risotto!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
4.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

We enjoyed the homemade pasta and pink sauce! The service was great and so was the atmosphere! We love San Diego’s Little Italy!

vipluv2dine (Houston)
5.0  Dined on January 17, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

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!

LinasR (Baltimore)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

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

socialgal (Columbus)
4.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

We sat outside and service was excellent! Food was very good not your typical Italian with red sauce as a matter of fact there were very few items with a red sauce. Except bread with red sauce was served and was my favorite part of the meal;)

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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%.

Lorenzo (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on December 27, 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!