Buon Appetito

4.6
1221 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Dear friends, starting Tuesday, 01/26/2021 we will be open for outdoor dinning every day from 12 PM. Due to our reduced capacity, please call the restaurant to check availability.
Due to COVID 19 regulations, we kindly ask you to:
~Always wear your mask when you are not seated at your table, and when entering and exiting the restaurant, going to the restroom...
~All guests have to be seated at the table at the same time
~Stay seated at your table, do not go to another table to socialize
~Keep 6ft distance while waiting for your table
~Wine/beer and food must be the part of the same transaction.
Pick up is still available for your convenience.
Thank you for your support and love!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1221 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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JoseC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing food plus service great location and fast service

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for my Birthday celebration. I would definitely come back again.

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2WorldTicos
Miami
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend the filet mignon with the green pepper sauce. Very nice experience over all.

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JaniceT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 8 with a reservation and had wonderful service. The food was outstanding and every dish sounded wonderful. We especially enjoyed the soup and salad. The portions are just enough. When you want Italian food with a twist this is the place to go. Parking in Little Italy is horrible!! Many of what use to be street parking is now outdoor dining for the restaurants (which is wonderful and I don't have a problem with that!). Recommend if you can't find a spot around a ride around then just do the public parking and pay the price!!!!

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vipWilliamM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and service, as always! Outdoor setting due to Covid was less than optimum.

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IreneV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best authentic Italian food in San Diego. The only negative side is finding parking in little Italy.

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RosannaI
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The rissotto was to die for. I recommend this plate!

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite spots!

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vipJimChicago
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good solid Italian food presented well, our group of five went for lunch on Friday late April.

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JoanC
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner! Highly recommend one comes with an appetite. Lots of food! Great service.
Have been to their sister restaurant in Encinitas. Love the food at both!

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SandraC
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday. Chef gave me tiramisu, it was so tasty, one of the best. I got eggplant so delicious.

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GaryT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food as exceptional! Server made an excellent wine choice for us too. Outdoor seating as really nice, but a little chilly.

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PatriciaF
Phoenix
14 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just a wonderful dinner in our favorite restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. The baked goat cheese appetizer was fantastic, don’t miss it. The pesto is fresh and perfectly balanced.

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WassimA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. The artichoke appetizer is delicious.

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LoriC
New England
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Not worth the money. The worst caprese we’ve had.

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vipKari
San Diego
25 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We have enjoyed Buon Appetito for the last 15 years and it never disappoints! The food is always exceptional and the wine list is very nice, too!

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Machgoon
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, decent seating, would certainly go again!

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CharlesC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family dinner while we were in San Diego. Everyone loved their food. Enjoyed sitting outside. Service was friendly and fast. Will definitely be back next time we are in town.

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Celeste
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

I love the food here... always excellent! The service this time? Not so much. I'm pretty sure it was just my particular server though because I regularly saw every other server BUT mine. I had to ask someone else to grab him so I could order and then he forgot the glass of wine that I ordered. A lack of service definitely diminishes the dining experience.

It was also a bit windy and cold, which I know can't be controlled. It didn't help the ambiance though...

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RLowe
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After reading other reviews, definitely have been wanting to try this restaurant out and glad we did. Everything was amazing. Service, food, cleanliness. Especially with the outside COVID accommodations. Went with a few friends and decided to pick several options so we could try a variety. Very pleased with our selections and will be back.

Fettuccine all montanara
Raviolo Al Formaggio E Spinaci
Burrata

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LorieR
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful experience for our anniversary dinner. Food, service, everything perfect!

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JULIEU
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was very poor and the food was not up to its usual excellence.

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MichaelS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

By 7:30 they ran out of a dish??? Under the circumstances of Covid it was a good evening.

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DawnM
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, attentive staff and nicely done outdoor dining area

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food1service3ambience1

The wine was good, the lobster and pasta was undercooked. The chicken was rubbery.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

not nice - really not more to say

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DrewT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

They ran out of propane and I was freezing lol but food / service was perfecto!

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MaryW
Houston
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is delicious !!! Best ravioli I have ever eaten ! Service was wonderful and we had a large birthday group .

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vipNrsonthelake
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing!

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PhilExcellentService
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Buon Appetito is the bomb, it is very nuclear and explosive, but with no radioactivity, but very radiant requiring no fuse to detonate.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal.

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KayleighT
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

What was supposed to be a beautiful evening with great service and food, turned out to be horrible. From the reviews our hope where so high. However, after sitting and waiting forever for our food, and witnessing everyone who came after us receive their dinner, I asked to speak with my waiter. He said “I didn’t know you were ready for your food, I’ll go get it”. Upon arrival the food looked amazing but, when your steak is over cooked and cold, we have a problem. My husband dish was barely warm. He told me “we left it in the kitchen until you were ready, it never left so it shouldn’t be cold”. Sorry but it was. The fact we weren’t asked if we wanted it remade or an effort to make us feel okay about the hour we sat waiting. Very distasteful. I won’t be back.

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Jenbh426
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Waitress is very nice but I was surprised you don’t have rosemary free marinara sauce I told her I have a rosemary allergy and she was not sure but she thought everything in marinara sauces all have spices and she couldn’t guarantee it I would just think a restaurant as nice as your restaurant would have some type of marinara or tomato thing that didn’t have rosemary? She was very nice like I said maybe she couldn’t hear me but I was hoping to get some thing with tomatoes and marinara she ended up bringing me my pasta with vegetables and olive oil and it was fine but might want to consider putting something on your menu that has Italian style marinara without rosemary. Other thing that really surprised me is that all the tables around us I guess there is no mask requirement? Certainly when people are eating I don’t expect them to masks but I found it very unsettling that there was no attention given how close the tables were to wear masks at most times other than eating

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wheelus
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Cold in February with the winds blowing past our feet, but I can't blame the restaurant for the weather. The linguini with seafood was good, the angel hair pasta with tomato sauce was average, and the ravioli in white sauce was far too salty and was sent back, replaced with a reasonable lasagna. Overall average Italian food -- we had expected better based on a visit a few months ago.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Bad customer service, food was average.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time at Buon Appetito! Perfect for Valentine’s Dinner. Food was tasty and server was perfect “Pepe” was awesome. I would definitely recommend this place, especially the Cannelloni

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FuqBoi
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible Italian food, very authentic dishes that I'm definitely going back for. Went during Valentine's Day and had heart shaped ravioli, was sublime! Sauce was savory and the ravioli was fresh and cooked deliciously. The lady had a glass of wine and pasta that was to die for! Because it was Valentine's Day, along with COVID restrictions, the food took a small while longer than usual to arrive. But it isn't an issue I'd take a star off because of! It was clear that the restaurant was experiencing high volumes of orders from To-Go apps, along with a full house of dine-in customers as well. Was absolutely worth the extra time! Starter bread/marinara sauce was a great start and tasted fresh and scrumptious. Would definitely recommend to anyone who loves authentic Italian food in an authentic Italian part of San Diego!

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MarioR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambient was really good i love San Diego, but the food was ok

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place, one of our favorites. I was happy to find Branzino on the menu, it is my favorite fish dish and the way they cooked it was excellent.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Buon Appetito using the Order Online button. Buon Appetito also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 238-9880.

Buon Appetito is rated 4.6 stars by 1221 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.