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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 4:00 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, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Buon Appetito Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (20)
Authentic (19)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Special Occasion (12)
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Comfort Food (11)
People Watching (10)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Cozy (8)
Romantic (8)
Worth the Drive (8)
Business Meals (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Hot Spot (7)
Great for Lunch (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Local Ingredients (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 5 days ago

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 5 days ago

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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 19, 2017

Food was great!!!

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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2017

One of my favorites in San Diego! The food is good, the atmosphere is wonderful and everyone working is so friendly.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Delicious! Great pasta and appetizers. Waiters and waitresses are Italian, pretty cool!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 5, 2017

As always, Buon Appetito was great. The food is good and the service was good - though they were busy so the waiter wasn't as friendly as usual. The only real complaint was the music was a bit loud, which doesn't suit the restaurant very well. However they did turn the volume down while we were there so obviously someone else in the restaurant agreed and asked them to. I would recommend to the restaurant that they buy their tomatoes (for the Caprese Salad) at the local mercato. The flavor of the tomatoes was a bit flat.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Orange County)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is a very busy place at dinner time and on holidays. We sat outside on the sidewalk, as it was a coolish evening and the inside was noisy. the food is excellent. We shared 3 courses, with wine, for a reasonable price. The service was good, though the servers were rushing around with so many patrons. Recommended.

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Excellent food and service felt like europe

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·Dined on August 28, 2017

Loved this restaurant and staff was extremely friendly

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 (New England)·Dined on August 21, 2017

Food was adequate, service slow and had to ask for bread, water for the table

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 (St. Louis)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food was amazing and the staff was engaging. The food came quickly. You will not go wrong with this place.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Having never been to Little Italy, we made a reservation for a Thursday night. Our reservation was ready but the negatives for us hit immediately: no liquor, very tight quarters, too bright and waaay too much noise! One of the hostesses was kind enough to understand and made the great suggestion that their sister restaurant directly across the street - Sorrento Restaurante.

Much more to our liking and we enjoyed a great meal!

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Great restaurant. The food was terrific, and the wait staff was incredibly helpful. They had a great understanding of the menu and were able to give us recommendations. Would definitely go back.

Tags: Cozy, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 14, 2017

My lobster pasta was very yummy on point & the right amount. Service was nice.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Love the cozy ambiance, friendly and efficient service and the delicious food! Always one off my favorites!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Experience was great as always. The food, service, ambience (we ate outside) were amazing

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Excellent meal, we were 9 of us. The service was great, constantly refilling our water and removing our plates as soon as done. Great place to bring the entire family.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 7, 2017

Sad since service was great, but food seemed to be rushed VS properly prepared. Too many good chiefs in little Italy for a good food and for $150.00 meal as I spent.

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

I ate at Buon Appetito while on vacation with my husband in San Diego. The restaurant was pretty busy at 5:00 on a Sunday. We had made reservations but there were still a few open tables when we arrived. Our food was delicious and the portions were extremely large (the pasta was amazing). Being from the NYC area originally, my husband and I have high standards for Italian food and this place lived up to our expectations.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Made a reservation and they didn't have our table. They put us on the patio if the restaurant next store. Not even sure if our food came from Buin Appetito

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·Dined on July 28, 2017

Great meal and great service - lived up to the recommendation we had been given. Highly recommend it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Romantic, People Watching
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Vito was great. Food was awesome. I will go back whenever I am in San Diego.

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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Excellent food, good service, good people watching

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