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Buon Appetito

4.5
655 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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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Cuisines
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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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!
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Neighborhood
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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.
Additional
Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 655 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.3
ambience
4.5
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food here was delicious. Pasta is hand made and portions are nice and big. Authentic Italian people working there. You have to have the whole party there before you sit down.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We sat outside and the entire experience was spectacular! Great service, outstanding food and a fun vibe in Little Italy.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

The restaurant is a cozy little place in the Middle of Little Italy. The food is amazing and priced fairly. The waiter was always polite, patient with our questions and and a joy to talk to.

While the outside tables are a little too close, the place is awesome

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Food was amazing!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

This place is awesome! Food, wine, service...everything!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We celebrated my daughter’s 7th Birthday there and had a great time! The service and food were perfect!

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2018

The food is pretty good - it's an authentic Italian menu - or mostly anyways. I had the pocket pasta with lobster and cheese, and my wife had ravioli. Both were very well prepared and tasted good. They have a good wine selection. For dessert we had the mousse cake - pretty good (but there are better dessert options in the area fwiw). The one downside is that the restaurant is on the cramped side - busy - make reservations, but not so bad that I wouldn't recommend.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

We visited San Diego in April, and our hotel recommended this restaurant. My husband and I split the veal piccata, and it was an excellent dish!

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Fabulous!!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Good food for a great price and nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Authentic Italian. Phenomenal food. They let me do chicken fettuccine Alfredo not even on the menu. Seriously the best Italian I've had in my life. I can see why it's highly regarded everywhere.

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2.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Even though OpenTable sent a confirmation and I called the restaurant, when we got there they didn't have our reservation. We ended up with 8 people at a table for 6 in a very noisy room. Very disappointed and would not go there again.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Outstanding food. Service a little slow but wait staff very friendly and gave great recommendations. Would definitely recommend.

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

If you want to enjoy proper Italian food, this is not the place. Cooked without love.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food is ALWAYS fantastic!

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

At first we were disappointed because we had a reservation and their “new system” wasn’t showing our reservation. Luckily their hostess who’s name I didn’t get, but was very sweet with an accent of some sort, was sure to remedy the situation almost immediately and it was the best outcome we could have hoped for. She was kind and gracious and apologetic and we were so appreciative of her helpfulness. In addition to that, our server was also incredible and his recommendations were perfect. The food.. well... I can’t say enough. I live in Orange County and my husband and I WILL be coming to San Diego JUST for their pasta again. It was incredible. All of it. 5 stars even with the reservation “hiccup”.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Very good experience the food was excellent the service was great very hard place to find parking but the food is worth it

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Food and service was excellent!! Will definitely return to this gem.

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

First time I visited Bon Apetito was 15 or so years ago... maybe when they first opened! On Tuesday, our service was fantastic! Our glasses were kept full, the delivery of our food was not long at all, and their marinara sauce was perfect, full of flavor which complimented the soft fresh bread while we were waiting. The Insalata della Casa with salmon was amazing...large size filet and fresh greens. The Fettuccine Primavera had a wonderful selection of vegetables and it was a hefty portion. I will be back!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Good gnocchi. Pasta with boar sauce could have had more flavor.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We live in Orange County and needed a weekend away..,saw the menu on Google and this place didn’t disappoint! The only thing, it was a little tight and people brought young kids in there.. so that being said, it wasn’t t as special .. loved our waiter, and excellent food and wine..

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

A wonderful little gem that you must visit. The food amazing, the surroundings soothing.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Three of the four dinner were delicious. One dinner was the veal parm, it was mostly soggy breading topped with tomato sauce. Flavor was good but really not that a proper breaded veal parm. Lacking was the crisp breading on the veal. Service was good but the waiter was a bit condescending. Almost got the feeling of who was serving who????
All in all an ok experience, but we all had a good laugh at the “really don’t care if you dine with us” attitude.

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Fabulous authentic Italian cuisine. Everything was cooked and served perfectly. Easily the best Cioppino and Tiramisu I have eaten.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Cozy spot with a creative menu. Traditional Italian fare, mixed with some unique options & ingredients. Was busy even on a weeknight. A bit crowded & the noise level is high, so not really the place to go if you're seeking quiet. The food was outstanding and portion sizes were just right. Good wine selection.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

It was amazing and delicious!! They had vegan options

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very hospitable people working there. And, the food was delicious!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Excellent food
The service is very nice and family oriented
Small and noisy but the feeling is like being in Italy

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Busy, yet small and cozy. Good energy, and excellent food. A must.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We really enjoyed Buon Appetito. We try to stop in whenever we’re in San Diego. It never disappoints! Food is amazing, & the service is excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Both of us greatly enjoyed our meal. May have been on of the best Italian meals we've had since visiting Italy. My Caprese salad had the freshest tomatos and basil. So good. I had an angel hair pasta with a wonderful tomato sauce that was incredible. Enjoyed it all with a glass of tasty prosecco. Husband had a mushroom and peas pasta that he felt was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

Enjoyed the meal! The pastas were delicious and we all loved the arugula and beet salad..the best dressing ever!

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

Food and waitress were good. Hostess needs some work on her social skills. Put us in a corner. Very tight and uncomfortable. We asked for a different table and she offered an equally bad table in front of a stone pillar. Rude and unaccommodating would best describe her style and mannerisms. My husband is a disabled retired Navy veteran and tight confines are uncomfortable for him due to injuries. In hindsight I regret not leaving restaurant at that point. We observed patrons arriving after us having their choice of seating. Unfortunate that one rude hostess was able to ruin what might have been an enjoyable dining experience. Will not be back nor would I recommend. Left a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended).

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Always Great Italian Food❤️

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

It was great!

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Great everything

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4.0Dined on February 20, 2018

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.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Excellent food like always. Service outstanding by Vincenzo.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined 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.

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