Buon Appetito

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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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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Food was great service was very poor. Ruined my experience for sure

MS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and service. The dining room can get a little loud during peak business hours, but that should not stop you from going. Each menu item is great. I recommend this place for any type of lunch or dinner. Mangia.

DH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our dinners were delicious. Service was attentive without being intrusive. The noise level was moderately loud but acceptable.

H
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We are new to the SD area and had family in town visiting from Missouri and were trying to hit all of the townships in SD such as Gaslamp, Little Italy, Old Town, North Park, Hillcrest for dining. We were glad we chose this location in Little Italy. Service was great and the temperature and quality of food was great. They even provided complimentary desert with tiramisu for us belong military which my wife loved! Definitely will come back.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and our server was very attentive.
The inside is fairly small. It was fairly busy and a bit more noise than we wanted so we sat outside.
Everything was perfect.

OT
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My third time visiting and love it each time.

KM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I was in San Diego on a business trip and just decided to go to this fantastic restaurant and was so surprised how amazing the food was. I had the black pasta with seafood and it was outstanding! The service was fantastic as well. I will definitely go back next time I’m in San Diego.

SH
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food and service. Needs a bit of a decor upgrade or refresh but the food and service make up for it!

JA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service! Recommend making reservations as it is a small quaint restaurant with lovely ambiance.

h
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

A little hard to hear the waiter on the specials, but was very knowledgeable about the menu and was able to help us with choices we had! Marco was amazing

c
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Unique and special Italian food. Tons of pasta and meat dishes that go well beyond the typical Bolognese, Alfredo, and Marinara sauce options. Tried 3 items from the specials menu and they were all great. The grilled octopus over arugula salad was fresh and lightly seasoned with EVO and lemon juice, the Parpadelle with wild boar ragu was slow roasted and so flavorful, and the lobster ravioli in a light cream sauce was delicate and tasty. Paired with a nice selection of wines, the food was some of the best I have had in San Diego at prices that won't break the bank. The building and tables are simple and a little crowded but the service and food could not be better in this neighborhood gem.

LH
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cute place, a little on the cramped side. But the food is worth it!

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We have dined here several times before and always had much better service and food. Our waiter was just unfriendly with zero personality. My veal piccata was okay not great, carrots nearly raw , the veal not tender. My wife’s Fantasia salad with chicken breast was disappointing as the chicken was very dry and tough. ( I tasted it) she enjoyed the fresh salad but left most of the chicken
The waiter was not attentive, never once checking on our meal. We had to ask another waiter to bring us second drinks. Of course he was all smiles when he brought the check. We come to little Italy a couple of times per year for a few days and look forward to our time and great food. With so many other places, we are unlikely to return to this restaurant.

DA
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The menu has many strange combinations. I order the Sea Bass however the tomato source was very overpowering and you could not taste the Sea Bass. My wife had a soup and it was very watery. The table where we sat was supper small. More like for drinks and an appetizer not to put a bottle of wine and the wine and water glasses plus the bread plates and the bread. We could not even move. The service was slow and not friendly.

FS
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant to have a delicious, not rushed, meal. It is good for business lunches and for friend lunches.

OT
Houston
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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j
San Francisco
37 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place and immediately made another reservation. Our waiter was outstanding, funny, warm and attentive without hovering. Salads were great, as was the cioppino and the swordfish! While it was noisy at first, it calmed down and we could hear each other. Lovely, lovely, don't miss this!

LE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was fantastic, gave us ideas on what to have, both food and wine. Our party of 4 had different meals and each claimed theirs was the best, tho mine was clearly superior. Both the duckling and the noodles were amazing.

L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and service. Highly recommend this place in Little Italy.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was quite nice, but they pack too many people onto the street patio.
Servers and guests constantly bumping me as I tried to eat.

JL
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a reservation. Seated us as soon as we arrived. All dishes came out fast. Waitress was dome what friendly. Tables a little tight. My wife ravioli she said was very good. My veal was little tough. My vegetables just warm. Bread plus sauce was excellent. The cannolis were real good.

HB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really fantastic food - pappardelle ragu was perfectly seasoned (not too salty, al dente pasta). My fiancé had the Ravioli Con Salmone, which was creamy without being too heavy. Great atmosphere in the middle of a bustling Little Italy. However, if you’re looking for the FULL experience of a restaurant on a special occasion, the service leaves something to be desired.

Very rushed from beginning to end, including bringing over the cheque when it wasn’t asked for (we were there for maybe 35 minutes at this point and had just received our coffees). Food runners dropped our plates off without much care.

But again! Food is really great and Little Italy is awesome. Would maybe go back again after trying out other restaurants in the area.

EM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It was a nice place, very tight fit, but nice.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Dinner. The food was good. My only complaint is that we did not get asked if we wanted more bread on the table and that some of the food items in the menu were not available.

AR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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AL
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our 54th Wedding Anniversary, we asked to be seated at their other restaurant Sogno di Vino, which is usually quieter, we love babies, but this one was not happy, and we couldn’t here each other, but they were very nice to change our seating to Buon Appetito. Thank you so much! Our service and dinner was very good. They brought us a piece of tiramisu with candle to celebrate! Lovely evening!

l
San Diego
74 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food! We will be back - Osso Buco, Swordfish, Salmon pasta and Filet with peppercorn sauce were all super yummy! Also, love the sauce they serve with the bread. So tasty...

JC
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Italian food at a reasonable price. I had the seafood linguine which contained a lot of fresh tasting seafood. The noodles were also very fresh. The tiramisu was delicious. Our server, Michella, was very friendly, efficient and attentive as was the worker who assisted.

FC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and great service. This is a small restaurant and very loud when full.

MW
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The main issues were related to the server and some of the noise in the restaurant. Our waiter was not very attentive, did not really smile, and came by maybe 3 times....not very pleasant or engaging.

The other issue was we were seated at table for 2 near a wall...which may have been adjacent to the kitchen area. Ans at certain times there was a loud "thud" as if something was being dropped on the floor. Due to obvious size of whatever it was, it created a reverberation to the wall and was fairly loud.

Overall, food was good and fairly satisfactory experience

KN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food and service.

B
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meeting long time friends from out of town

JM
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, large portions . Nice selection of wines.

RZ
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

LT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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
76 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
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.