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Buona Forchetta Encinitas, Encinitas, CA

Buona Forchetta Encinitas

4.6
4.6
431 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
Buona Forchetta Encinitas, our third location, blends award winning Neapolitan-style pizzas and Northern Italian upscale entrees in a family-friendly, approachable space. Located in Encinitas, this location boasts a indoor seating as well as an outside patio and a small room for private events. Inside, a gilded oven churns out classic creations, while the main kitchen serves up chef-driven pastas and entree dishes. Owner Matteo Cattaneo brought the Italian warehouse-style eatery to life.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 704-8070
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Cross street
    at Marcheta St
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 431 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Italian

431 Reviews
  1. Sarah

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The charcuterie board was good. The arabiatta sauce was good but almost like a tomato sauce and lacked any spice. The butternut squash ravioli with sausage special had an interestingly tart filling but it worked.

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  2. HappyHedonists

    Wilmington

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We absolutely love this place! My Sottoterra salad was too huge (even though I asked for small) and it was over dressed. All else was terrific, though.

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  3. HappyHedonists

    Wilmington

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I thought the gnocchi was the best thing I’d ever eaten..until I had the butternut squash stuffed ravioli with sausage and gorgonzola last night. There wasn’t a lot of sausage and the gorgonzola was very mild-just delicious. My husband had the vegetarian lasagne which he said was fantastic. We shared the artichoke hearts to start with some Prosecco. Grazie Mille for a memorable date night!

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  4. JamieW

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is amazing. The food and staff are great. Such a fun little place.

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  5. Biosi

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    As a transplanted New Yorker I really appreciate the authentic Italian cuisine. Always love an excuse to have a meal here… The food and the service are excellent — and as is the case with any popular restaurant, it’s difficult to find a time when it’s not very busy. Regardless, absolutely worth it every time… Recommend highly!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Some of the best Italian this side of the pond! It’s a must try

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  7. JulianP

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great. love it super Great. love it supe! Great. love it super Great. love it supe!

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  8. Jacque

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    We love this place… They have such great gluten-free options

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  9. delmarmom

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    It would have been nice had the restaurant reviewed my reservation and remembered that I wrote we were celebrating a bday. Oh well I guess they didn’t but at least the food was good:)

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  10. Ezmates

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2023

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Great that they had gluten free focaccia and other gluten free options, but one of the pasta dishes was too dry. We thought the food was just average. Bread was dry. I might go back for the gf focaccia, but we all didn't think it was anything special.

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  11. BobbieS

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food, pleasant ambiance, our waitress was exceptional and really made our evening a delight

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  12. NancyP

    San Diego

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again you remind us why BF is our favorite restaurant . Our waiter from Rome was wonderful and all those who stop by the table. Food was excellent Pizza was great. Bolognese lasagna was delicious along with the salads. Don’t miss the desserts!!

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  13. DelMarBill

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Food prepared wrong and tasteless. Had to track down waitperson to get help.

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  14. Elisa

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We loved Buona Forchetta! It is a laid-back gem in Leucadia. Service was great and food came out fast. Side patio highly recommended.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    overall1food5service1ambience3
    We had a 5:30 reservation for outside dining. The hostess told us they had only one server outside and we would have to wait 30 minutes for a table outside, even though there was an empty table on the patio. Less than five minutes after seating us at a table indoors, a couple was seated at that empty table outside. If you are not going to honor reservations, you should not accept them.

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  16. dinningdelites

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We really enjoyed our meals and look forward to returning!

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  17. JohnV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    No matter what you order is it going to be authentic and delicious.

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  18. SteveO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Definitely a must try Italian restaurant. Homemade pasta and great spaghetti sauce.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great night out … thank you! Can’t wait to come back

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very good experience and definitely would recommend.

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  21. MEvelyn

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Francisco is simply the best! He was like having a personal food concierge at your table. His recommendations were fantastic and he made the overall dining experience very memorable. Make sure to ask about any special Pescatore offerings as it was so delicious!

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  22. JoMarie

    San Diego

    79 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    79 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    The octopus and pasta with mussels were tasty but had too much tomato sauce, even pasta was oily. Waiter was helpful and efficient. Patio is hardly attractive and chairs rusty. Highway 101 noise intrudes. Wine was fine.

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  23. DFH1

    San Diego

    20 reviews

    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The Kira Calzone is one of the best things ever! I didn't get his name but the waiter was fantastic.

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  24. GrantH

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great, fantastic vibes, can't wait to go back.

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  25. MickeyB

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    4 of us dined on the side patio and it was excellent. 2 people had pizza specials and the other 2 of us had pasta. I had a bolognese and my daughter had pasta with a white sauce. I think these are the chef's specialty and both were incredible. The chef is also amazing with pizza too. Love Buona and have been going there since it opened. It's consistently excellent.

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  26. Mike

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the first time here and will certainly be back. It was very busy so try to book in advance. The food was great, we had eggplant lasagne and mushroom spaghetti and both were delicious. The staff were great, welcoming and informative.

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  27. JenniferF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I have ever eaten. It was a life changing experience. 💗💗💗💗

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Gluten free pizza is a MUST for anyone who has celiac or a gluten intolerance. Their oven at BF is hot so it gives the crust a bubbly crispy texture you just can’t get anywhere else in San Diego - trust me I’ve tried them all. We enjoyed the desserts here as well because of the variety and the Gluten Free options! I enjoyed the chocolate mousse that is a big portion and is RICH. So yummy! I ate the whole thing woops. My mom enjoyed the panna cotta and I do think this portion is small when you check the price. There were flies all around our corner table I had to get rid of myself that was not pleasant but had to be done to enjoy my meal. We shared the side of potatoes with melted smoked mozzarella on top and the broccolini sides instead of the usual salad we share. I LOVED THIS! The potatoes were perfectly cooked and the broccoli, too, though I found both to be oddly greasy. They come in small cast iron dishes which I know from my years managing restaurants, some are left with oil to ensure the quality of the cast iron. This imparts too much oil sometimes that doesn’t get absorbed by the food and I think that’s what happened with our sides. They also are so good about hooking you up with a dessert (panna cotta) for a celebration. I’ve come here to enjoy my birthday and celebrate a new job, both times great service. Lastly, parking is tough here so plan ahead.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall1food2service4ambience1
    Reservations for two people. Hostess sat us in back patio near bathroom. Would not allow us to sit on patio or inside despite 8 tables for two still available. She rudely said those were reserved, just not for us I guess. Note we had reservations! Pizza was soggy. Bread was cold. Salad was over dressed. BF used to be the place to go to. Not anymore. Pick another restaurant as there are so many better spots in Encinitas!

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  30. GordonR

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    My wife loves their pizza while I enjoy the pasta dishes. The wine list is reasonably priced with a decent selection.

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  31. CarolineB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Helpful, fun and attentive server named Simone made the experience great. My sis-in-law and I both had the bolognese and it was delicious! The sauce was very meaty and tasty. The fresh pasta was perfect. Our server’s wine recommendations were great too! He pointed out that his wife worked there, also. So sweet!

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  32. JohnV

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of the food is outstanding. The knowledge of the ingredients is outstanding. Love this place.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service. Everything was great! Very attentive as well. Love this place will always come back!

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  34. Love2dineSD

    San Diego

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great pizza last evening - perhaps the best I can recall finding in SD ! Crust is sensational We both got the white pizza w arugula, ham, walnuts, mozzarella- it was perfection ! Also got the mixed green salad which was great Overall great experience- staff was very friendly and responsive!! Yay 😁

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  35. earlyretirement

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Really poor quality food. Pizza was soggy. Can’t even get pizza right.

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  36. ymil

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    The food here is above average but the service is horrendous. We waited a long time to get served and once we ordered our drinks took forever. Once the food was delivered nobody came to the table to ask us if we needed anything so we ate pasta with no parmesan cheese. Won't be rushing back here again.

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  37. Tish

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Place was very crowded. They had only 1 person serving in the main room. Poor guy was so busy! Service was very slow because of that. Extremely hot inside. Couple of fans weren’t working. But even with all of that he had a fabulous dinner.

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  38. JosephR

    Charleston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good meal. The focaccia seemed a little bit stale. Three glasses of wine two pasta dishes, and artichoke appetizers ~$132. Solid but not great value. Very nice staff, will be going back. Pesto sauce was fantastic and artichokes were delicious!

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  39. MatthewS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful, authentic Italian experience-could not recommend more, the best in the area!

    1 person found this helpful

  40. BarbaraW

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Buona Forchetta is our go to restaurant whether for a casual night out or a special occasion. Tonight we were with friends and once again the service as well as the food were top notch.

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FAQs

Buona Forchetta Encinitas offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 704-8070.

Buona Forchetta Encinitas is rated 4.6 stars by 431 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Buona Forchetta Encinitas

250 N Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3260

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    at Marcheta St
  • Neighborhood
    Encinitas
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Sat 12:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 12:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Pizza Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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