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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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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

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4.2

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2014

The room was freezing, the food was flavorless and there was lipstick on two of our water glasses. Yuck! Definitely sad that we chose this will so many other places in Little Italy. Won't ever come back.

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 6, 2014

Buon appetito is my favorite Italian spot in little italy. It is fairly priced and just has great food without all the extra fanfare that other restaurants have on little italy.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 30, 2014

Staff were fabulous. Food and wine were the best we've had in a very long time. Everyone musgo to Buon Appetito!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 22, 2014

My wife and I went here for the first time on our anniversary. It was a little louder than we'd like, but we still had a great meal. The food is great and wine list is very extensive. Service was friendly and prompt. You would not be disappointed

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Charleston)·Dined on October 22, 2014

We went for a family dinner. We found the service and food to be delightful, with ample sized servings and flavors that were just right. We were attended to favorably and thoroughly enjoyed our evening at Buon Appetito. It was somewhat noisy, as the tables were close together and the acoustics were not wonderful. We struggled somewhat to have a comfortable conversation.
Otherwise, it was a memorable evening, and we look forward to our return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 9, 2014

Our service was very good and the food was delicious! I especially enjoyed the Ghnocci!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I treated my parents to dinner here. My parents and I are black, and my father uses a cane. When we arrived the hostess had plenty of tables to choose from, including one four seater in the window. Despite seeing that my father had a cane with him, she seated us near the back of the restaurant with no place for my father to rest his cane. I had to ask to be reseated. Despite being able to order in good time, a few parties (larger than ours) who arrived after us were served and gone before we were given our bland main course. I asked our waiter about the timing and he told a me a cold appetizer took time to prepare for our table! We're the only patrons of color, leading me to wonder if the staff were deliberately unfair.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 11, 2014

I almost wrote this review at the restaurant before dinner was served but I am glad I didn't. The night started out with flies and Nats everywhere. We were swatting them away and it was starting out to be a horrible night. We brought it to the attention of the hostess and the owner came over to address the issue. They lowered the shades and that seemed to get ride of the flies...not sure where they went though? I was highly disappointed and was going to just leave. Then out came the food...it was some of the best food I have ever had. It brought me back to when I was a kid and learned to cook. The pasta was just simply amazing. Great food but the fly and nat issue really should be fixed.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 10, 2014

Early supper. My chicken w/mozzarella and marinara sauce was quite good. I liked the Italian red wine that our waiter recommended -- there were several wines by the glass around $10 or less. It was fun to eat outside in Little Italy.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 8, 2014

I took my fiancee here last week for our two year anniversary dinner. Our official first date was here at Buno Appetito, which doesn't disappoint. Smaller, but comfortable restaurant with super professional and friendly staff. We absolutely love their vino list, appetizers, and raviolis!

-Kevin.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 8, 2014

The menu was very limited. The food was very "artsy". The dish my husband ordered was very dry. Mine was pretty good. Not outstanding. The waiter was great.

Tags: Scenic View
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on September 3, 2014

The food (ravioli, carpaccio, pork osso buco, and filet gorganzola) was good, not great. The main server was very good, but his team was abrupt and unschooled, tossing dishes and 'buon appetito" without enthusiasm. We were expecting to be dazzled based on reviews and just had a nice dinner. Prices were very fair, though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on September 3, 2014

The food was fabulous. I had the risotto and it was perfectly flavored. My dining companions were similarly pleased with their choices. Four stars are due to the high noise level, but the service was great, very attentive.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 2, 2014

When we got to the restaurant, the restaurant was closed due to a power outage! Just a closed sign on the door. We never got an update from open table that the restaurant was not available. The restaurant is not the reason for the one star. Open Table gets the unsatisfactory for not notifying us that our reservations could not be honored. Had out of town guests! Unsat!

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vip
 (Berkshire)·Dined on August 31, 2014

Weekend in San Diego and found this gem on Yelp. Being the holiday weekend I booked through Open Table two hours before and I'm glad I did. It was so busy they were turning people away without a reservation. The smoked salmon ravioli has to be one of the best meals i have ever had, Would highly recommend.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 28, 2014

We were there twice in one week because it was so good. The food is beyond excellent. The service was impeccable. On a scale of
1-10 I would have to give it a 15.
Do not miss eating at Buon Appetito

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 27, 2014

Best osso buco I have ever eaten. Calamari was crisp and delicate, and the sauce was an excellent simple marinara to bring out the flavor of the squid. Loved the tricolore salad. Tried my friend's gnocchi and it was good. A bit heavier than I prefer (perhaps too much kneading and a little too much flour added to the potato) but the sauce was delectable and I would gladly eat it again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 25, 2014

Recommended by future daughter in law that used to live in San Diego -especially noted the spinach ravioli. Split as appetizer-exceeding in expectations to the point of wanting to lick the plate- manners only held us back. Most incredible homemade pasta and sauce -wanted more pasta dishes and truly contemplated going back for lunch but already had list of places to go. I ordered the
Cioppino at the wait staff's suggestion after my questions - most incredible meal I've had. Topped it with great brunnelo wine that our kids gave to us as surprise gift -I'd go back every time in San Diego and wish they packaged their fresh pasta dishes and sauces that we could freeze and take home -that good!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 24, 2014

The restaruant was packed on Sunday night and very, very noisey. Food and service were great! I would go back, but not during the peak weekend periods.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on August 21, 2014

It was one of the best meals we ever had. We are going to return ASAP

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on August 18, 2014

I had a hard time choosing a restaurant in Little Italy. I am glad I chose this one. The food was excellent, very old school.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Toledo)·Dined on July 31, 2014

Buon Appetito is by far the best all around restaurant in Little Italy! We came once and we keep coming back.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on July 30, 2014

First time we ventured to Little Italy for dining, so wanted to (hopefully) find a gem. We were NOT disappointed! Great wait staff who were attentive, courteous and very knowledgeable of the menu and wine list. Our main course food was excellent, as were both appetizers and desserts.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 29, 2014

It seemed pretty authentic restaurant. I had booked a lunch appointment and couldn't wait to go back, unfortunately my appointment canceled so I had lunch by myself which was nice to catch up on work and enjoy the nice ambiance myself. Since they had given me the 2-seater table, it is really fit for a romantic lunch since they are very small and my iPad & phone were crowding the table with the bread & tomato sauce dip they serve, table was very crowded when the actual meal came out along with my drink, I heard quite a bit of Italian going around which was beautiful. Food was OK. Lasagna has carrots in it which I thought was strange & the sauce was very "soupy". I would go back & try something else.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 22, 2014

Our dinner here was the perfect ending to a perfect California trip. The homemade Lobster ravioli was scrumptious!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 22, 2014

Hostess was rude. My 82 year old mother was with us. My husband dropped us off so she wouldn't have to walk so far from the car. The hostess would not seat us until all of us were there. I explained the issue, but she wouldn't help and was snippy even though we were not snippy with her. Instead, she started to seat everybody else - which worried us that we wouldn't get a seat inside. My mother could not sit outside. I asked her if she would at least save our reservation and her answer was vague- leading us to believe that we might not get seated inside. It was very tense for us. I see the point of this policy, but not in the case of the elderly. That's just crazy! Service and food were great, the hostess and the policy were not.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 22, 2014

Went for my Dad's birthday. There were 5 of us. They first put us at a 4 person table near the high traffic bar. Asked to be moved away. Went to another 4 person table until I complained. Finally agreed to add a 2 person table. Uncomfortable wooden chairs had no padding at all. My 2 kids were 30 min late, but we had ordered wine and were just relaxing after Midway. They asked 3 times when the rest of the party would be there. Although I noted the birthday on the reservation, was never acknowledged. Food was very good and reasonable prices, but I was annoyed by these problems and probably wouldn't go back as there are so many other good Italian restaurants all over San Diego with much better atmosphere and friendlier service.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 21, 2014

Dined with a group of 8, 6 of us have been to Italy. We had the rabbit dish, gnocchi, fish stew, and several salads/wines. All was delicious, fresh, and served promptly. Staff was attentive. Food was as good as what we've eaten in Italy. Definitely worth a stop when in San Diego.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Greensboro)·Dined on July 20, 2014

Cozy authentic regional Italian fare that is amazing! Incredible food and service!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 20, 2014

I would recommend this restaurant based on the great food. The red sauce and bread were yummy. The only reason I would not probably go back is because of the almost unbearable noise level that made it difficult inside to have a conversation with the others at my table. I prefer a less chaotic venue for dinner but the larger groups and families with toddlers that were there did not seem to mind the noise. The restaurant only serves beer and wine in case that is important to you. The waiters were pleasant and attentive but seemed harried. India Street where this restaurant is located is a vibrant dining area and is fun to stroll along.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on July 16, 2014

Food was great.
Do not sit against interior wall gloss paint acts as a reflector of everyone conversation
Sit outside

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on July 13, 2014

The sister restaurant to our favorite i Trulli in Encinitas; so we knew we would get remarkably great Italian food.
Our dinners,two different versions of Osso Bucco, were fantastic.
Love it!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Tallahassee)·Dined on July 9, 2014

Food was excellent and the bartender really made my night

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 8, 2014

made an early dinner of it with small children. service was excellent. though people have raved on online reviews, the food didn't exactly stand out, sure, it was good, but not exceptional.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on July 4, 2014

Small intimate restaurant in Little Italy was very lively on our visit. We tried four different entrees and enjoyed each of them. Our waiter was very attentive and helpful. I would recommend this restaurant.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 30, 2014

So noisy....food was acceptable. Would want to give it another try and then give it a lengthier review.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 29, 2014

Not trendy or edgy or confusing-just good old fashioned delicious Italian food. Knowlegable waiters and excellent service.
The Osso Bucco and Fettucini Montanara are two of our favorites. Always fun to be in Little Italy too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Detroit)·Dined on June 23, 2014

Food was outstanding! Service was the best!! Best lamb my husband has ever had!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2014

The environment is casual and comfortable dining. The food was excellent. We had some excellent appetizers, especially the burrata. All pasta dishes are great, especially the seafood ones. Service is very acceptable. Will definitely go back.

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 (Boise)·Dined on June 12, 2014

I had osso buco, my mom had the lobster ravioli, and a friend had the Seabass. It was all absolutely divine! Tiny and bustling inside but authentic food and staff. Hearty pours on the wine too.

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