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Buona Forchetta - San Marcos, San Marcos, CA

Buona Forchetta - San Marcos

4.7
4.7
139 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian

Buona Forchetta San Marcos, our fifth location, blends award winning Neapolitan-style pizzas and Northern Italian upscale entrees in a family-friendly, approachable space. Located in San Marcos’ North City; a cosmopolitan center, that sparks a strong sense of place and pride among the people who call it home. This location boasts beautiful indoor seating, built for comfort with a luxurious touch, as well as a large, shaded patio. Inside, a gilded oven churns out classic creations, while the main kitchen serves up chef-driven pastas and entrée dishes. Owner Matteo Cattaneo bringing yet another Italian eatery to life for North County residents and visitor

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Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
    Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
    Lunch
    Tue 11:30 am–2:45 pm
    Wed–Fri 11:30 am–5:30 pm
    Lunch/Dinner
    Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (442) 515-3147

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 139 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • North San Diego

    Italian

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  1. SE

    ShakedE

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience. It’s our second time. Service was fast and love the vibes

  2. t

    twjwdining

    San Diego

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The service is wonderful especially considering how many restaurants are struggling getting good servers. The food came out of the kitchen beautifully presented, hot and delicious!! Our delightful server checked in on us several times to be sure everything was to our liking. There are two really good Italian restaurants in San Marcos now, and this one shines because their service is so much better!! BF has become our favorite!!

  3. D

    Desel1280

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Service was amazing, food was delicious. We weren't given the option to sit outside and it was a bit stuffy inside. It would have been nice if they opened the garage doors. Still overall it was a great experience.

  4. PR

    PatrickR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome service everytime we dine. They always have a long list of amazing specials. Highly recommend!

  5. RS

    RogerS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Appetizers and Meal was great, Loved it we will be back again!

  6. ML

    MarinaL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5

    The food and the service was really good. It was hard to find parking… Our opinion was that the prices for entrees were too high

  7. F

    Fletch

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Incredible service and food. Very fair pricing based on the food and vibe.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Want to give them a shout out for a great Mother’s Day dinner. With the service shortage these days due to Covid I was expecting it to be crazier than it was. We had a great service, the food was out promptly, And everything was delicious!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Went for Mother’s Day. Excellent service and food as usual. We had reservations at 4:30 but decided to try to get in earlier, 11:30. They got us in which helped Our other plans for the day.

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The cushioned chairs put you at an awkward height unless everyone is seated in one. Then it’s just awkward for everyone.

  11. SP

    ShannonP

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Amazing food and service. Many tables are outside and we happened to have dinner on a windy night, so it was a bit chilly despite the outdoor heaters. Definitely will go back!

  12. JL

    JohnL

    Orlando

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was excellent as always. They must have been short staffed because service was slow.

  13. AA

    AlisonA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Make a reservation, because you’re gonna have an amazing experience!! Beginning to end, absolutely zero criticism or complaint.

  14. BE

    BruceE

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Loved the food and service. Not a quiet, intimate place. It was loud with voices and music. Seemed like a fun place for a group. Sat on patio, cute.

  15. r

    richardn

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Great service and good vibe. The pasta was good, but tbh the sauce was lacking flavor and a little underwhelming. The gelato was excellent.

  16. MA

    MattA

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our meals were fantastic. Our server was attentive and provided us good selections on the food.

  17. D

    Disappointed

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4

    Food was very disappointing, especially for the price. The linguine with clams was mediocre; the carbonara was bland and dry.

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    The food and service were excellent however the chairs were very uncomfortable and the table kept rocking back and forth

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Oh wow…we were blown away by the delicious food and impeccable service at Buona Forchetta! We were ten minutes late for our reservation but seated promptly. The wait staff was superb with wine pairings and pasta sauce recommendations. We loved our braised short rib risotto and the pappardelle caccio e peppe was so flavorful! We will absolutely be back.

  20. AN

    ANelson

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The pizza is always incredibly delicious. We loved the zucchini and eggplant pizza and the Sergio is my favorite. The fried calamari is so tender and not greasy. Our server was very sweet and attentive. Love this location!

  21. PG

    PabloG

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Fun place, great atmosphere. Food and service were a great value.

  22. CY

    ColetteY

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a wonderful Italian restaurant in San Marcos. Adds to the class of North City. Antonella was excellent. This is the second time she has served us. Excellent each time we are there.

  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my first time there with my girlfriend. It was amazing! Food was delicious, the service was off the charts definitely would recommend! We sat outside and it was lovely!

  24. MP

    MelissaPGioDF

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Enjoyed a date night out to Buona Forchetta. My boyfriend is Italian and he enjoyed the carbonara. Our calamari to start was a little bland. Our dessert was amazing, as I had about none of it lol, he scooped it up before I could. Ambience is beautiful and we enjoyed being able to bring our backgammon board and play a couple rounds whilst people watching as well!

  25. LG

    LuisaGT

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The hostess welcomed us & wished us a happy anniversary, & the server was on point with all her recommendations. We highly recommend Buona to everyone.

  26. DS

    DavidS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    We came to eat with elderly parents and the staff were kind and helpful. Because the dining room was loud (high ceilings as contemporary restaurants seek), we opted for the patio. Unfortunately there was an afternoon chilly breeze that the heaters weren't able to counteract. Food is very nice and tasty, however the pizzas ordered were a bit thin and soggy in the base crust, whereas the outer edge was thick and chewy as we like it. Overall, Buona Forchetti is an asset to the San Marcos Campus area.

  27. e

    erin

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Thus is one of our favorites! We love Buono Forchetta!

  28. B

    Beetieboo

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    What a great place! Loved everything about it!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff was amazing!!

  30. MC

    MatthewC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing! Best gluten free pizza ever! The ambience was very trendy and cool. Service was on par and fast.

  31. CF

    CassandraF

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Had a very nice dinner. The service was great, all of the staff was very attentive. The ambiance outdoors is more romantic than indoors. The calamari was fantastic and the portion was larger than I expected. We got the fresh pasta and bolognese, it was okay, nothing super stand out. The salmon pizza was very tasty, loved the dough! Highly recommend the cannolis and tiramisu!

  32. M

    Momoftwo

    San Diego

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I have dined at several of the Buona Forchetta restaurants. This was located in a new construction area near the college. We sat on the patio, heated & plenty of tables. We decided on a few of the specials, the risotto with scallops- 3 large scallops on top of a creamy risotto. The salad- arugula, fennel, shrimp, olives & cucumber. Light, refreshing salad. We also ordered a few regulars; Lasagna, Sofia pizza & a Nicola pizza with gluten free crust. I was surprised how good the GF crust tasted. The service & food did not disappoint!

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing! The food, staff, ambiance! Can’t wait to go back!

  34. JP

    JuliaP

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    First off, I recommend parking in one of the garages close to the restaurant. We liked the style of the restaurant. I agree with another reviewer, besides the pizza the food was kind of bland. The bread seemed store-bought and the Tomato/ Burrata dish was missing herbs and balsamic vinegar. The tomatoes were this beautiful red but had little flavor and tasted watery. For entrees, we ordered the Ravioli and one of the pizzas. I would say the pasta dish was fine but nothing to rave about. The pizza had good flavor and I enjoyed eating it. Lastly, our server was okay. He wasn’t bad but also not great and he appeared uninterested in serving us. I don’t think I would come back just for the pizza.

  35. JP

    JosephP

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Marco and the gang where great! That’s Italian fresh San Marcos

  36. MC

    MicheleC

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is great, service is friendly, and I love the patio with the heat lamps and twinkling lights.

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Everything was amazing!! We loved our food and our service!

  38. AG

    AlexG

    Tahoe

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely outstanding. Amazing authentic Italian food and service. Beautiful patio. Some of the best post I've had in Southern California

  39. AH

    AnnH67

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Food was very good at good prices. Service was initially good but our waiter was delayed to return to our table ask us if we’d like dessert then our dessert was delayed. The restaurant was a little loud.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious Italian pizza, salads, and appetizers. Friendly, attentive, and prompt service. The location at sdsu is nice, too. Lots of energy but still family friendly.

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Buona Forchetta - San Marcos is rated 4.7 stars by 139 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Buona Forchetta - San Marcos

250 N City Dr San Marcos, CA 92078-4409

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    San Marcos

  • Hours of operation

    Tue 5:00 pm–8:45 pm
    Sun 11:30 am–9:00 pm
    Lunch
    Tue 11:30 am–2:45 pm
    Wed–Fri 11:30 am–5:30 pm
    Lunch/Dinner
    Sat 11:30 am–10:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri 3:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Pizza Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Beer, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wine

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