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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

4.5
4.5
2546 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE LIMITED. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT IF YOUR DESIRED TIME IS NOT AVAILABLE.

We are proud to offer 75 kinds of different pasta recipe, fresh and hand-crafted 12 hours a day.
"Bencotto" means cooked well: this is what authentic Italian food is about.
It tastes as it should and would in Italy.
Bencotto offers two different eating environments: guests can either enjoy their meal at our “kitchen-esque” bar downstairs, or they can relax in the intimate low-ceiling dining area upstairs. The décor creates a clean and sophisticated atmosphere, where old-world charm and warmth blend with contemporary appeal.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 450-4786

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Catering

    Send your inquiry for catering at www.lovebencotto.com Events request

  • Private party facilities

    Our unique approach to Italian cooking tradition, offers hand made “home style” dishes in an environment that reflects who we are: young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presenting it in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    India Street/Kettner Blvd.

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking sponsored by Little Italy Association. <br />Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: from 5 pm to 9 pm<br />Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,546 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious! Service, food, overall experience was amazing. Will definitely be back. Squid ink shrimp pasta and the special pasta made in the cheese wheel were both so good!
  2. B

    Brian

    Phoenix

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Came highly recommended, probably just got the wrong dish.
  3. MS

    MinkS

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our spot for Italian food. Never been disappointed on the food. If you haven’t try this place give it a try and you will not be disappointed.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    it was really good overall, but i did feel like they were rushing us a little bit. the food was absolutely amazing and they brought out a little birthday dessert for us. over all super good would definitely go again!
  5. N

    Nick

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience and great food in San Diego. We had the eggplant app, lamb ragu, and cioppino. All 3 were delicious. Ambiance is great. We ate outside and that’s where the moderate noise comes from. Little Italy not as bad as Gas Lamp. For comparison, we’re usually spoiled when it comes to food because we live in Vegas and have easy access to a wide variety of culinary experiences.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Good food and service
  7. LZ

    LucyZ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love their squid-ink pasta! Might be the best place to have squid-ink pasta in San Diego.
  8. CY

    CYNTHIAJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and perfect service. I had the cheese wheel pasta special So good!
  9. SM

    StevenM

    Phoenix

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The food was very good, but the vibe was high volume and rushed.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    AMAZING FOOD. Fun location. Great/attentive service. Would definitely recommend for a date night or if you’re craving fresh and homemade Italian food.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best pasta I’ve ever had. Highly recommend the parmesan bowl special. It was worth every penny. My husband got his own pasta but loved mine so much he stole it. Portions are great, wine was delicious. I highly recommend and will definitely go again!
  12. SP

    SadPanda

    San Diego

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Food has gone downhill post pandemic. Service and ambiance were fantastic.
  13. AS

    AmyS

    San Diego

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great! Our server was very attentive. They have a very nice outdoor area.
  14. MZ

    MarwenZ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my time! I had a fettuccine pasta and it was delicious! Service was great and the vibes pretty good overall! Will go again surely!
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The host this evening was amazing! Once we checked in he greeted us with a very welcoming smile and sat us immediately. The food was delicious and services was great. Definitely will be coming back here when we visit San Diego again.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food was great. Always a great experience eating here. The only advice I can advise is to have a better plate presentation
  17. R

    Rose

    Orange County

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good gluten free options Loved the GF pasta that was offered
  18. V

    Victor

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience1
    Poor attitude of all the staff! Bad pour’s from m the bar. Charged for blue cheese stuffed olives when we were not informed of a charge. Food marginal and when in an Italian neighborhood with many other restaurants they nee do to be better. NEVER CONING BAVK!
  19. LG

    LauraG

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing night—food was outstanding! Had a lovely table and a fantastic server.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Classic, tried, and true Italian dinner.
  21. B

    Banner

    Tulsa

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Large group (12!) of friends arriving in San Diego to celebrate a wedding. They were able to get us all together and took excellent care od our group. Good was beyond excellent
  22. JG

    JoeG

    San Diego

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Short ribs the best. Cheese and meat platter perfection
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Fantastic food but the ambiance was subpar. It was extremely loud for the majority of our dinner.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food came out really fast which always makes me wonder… 3 appetizers including fried zucchini blossoms which I know can’t be made in a couple of minutes. Lasagna main was cooked to order and nice and hot from the oven but really nothing special. Ordered desert and coffee and got the opposite treatment. Coffee showed up and was gone by the time they decided to bring the desert which was 20 minutes later. Ok place but nothing special.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Highly recommend!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing outdoor eating experience in Little Italy. Would recommend.
  27. WH

    WilliamH

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was excellent. We love to eat and ordered 4 pasta entrees. Each item was well prepared, great flavor, and generous portion size. We saved some for breakfast the next morning.
  28. GK

    GloriaK

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is one of the best Italian restaurants we have been to in a long time. Friendly prompt service
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bencotto is a go go
  30. a

    abrahamc

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience2
    Quality of the food poor
  31. DF

    DenverFoodies

    Jacksonville

    50 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Some of the best pasta I've had. The quality and freshness was superb. The service could use a bit of work, particularly the timing of how amd when they seat guests.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always go here for our anniversary because where we had our first date. Like most restaurants, pandemic has caused portions to be a little smaller and a little bit more limited menu. Still my favorite restaurant in Little Italy and San Diego.
  33. PK

    PeterK

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was great but it came so quickly. I know that’s an odd critique but from ordering to plates on the table was maybe 7 minutes. While the staff was attentive it also felt like we were being rushed out the door. Still giving 5 stars for the squid ink pasta with shrimp very tasty and large portion
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience2
    Save your money and try one of the mom and pop restaurants in Little Italy, for the price the food is mediocre at best and the outside seating smells like a urinal. The service was great tho.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Scott was really good, food came on time. Drinks were great. My wife loved her gluten free pasta. Ravioli was really tasty. Would definitely go back.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    We went to enjoy a nice dinner during vacation. Chose to sit inside to avoid the cooler evening weather and bugs and had a terrible experience with fruit flies inside. We were in the little room inside off to the right and there were several gnats and flies that we had to keep away from our food. Turned what should have been a relaxing meal into a very frustrating one. Add to that sub par service and it made for a just ok meal and evening. For all courses we barely finished ordering and the food was out. It felt like all they cared about were turning tables.
  37. RU

    RUBYD

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must get — cheese wheel pasta! 😋
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    such good food, super nice and clean
  39. JT

    JT64

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had spritzes for opening drinks. Very tasty. We had the aged parmeggiano reggiano plate, meatballs, and split a Caeser’s for starters. Excellent. We had the homemade pasta special and seafood ravioli for mains. Excellent. Service was excellent.
  40. G

    Grace

    San Diego

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You all have to try the black ink fettuccine with shrimp. It is soooooo good. Never want to get anything else and I’m one that likes trying new things. It’s that fresh and delicious. Food always comes out quickly…their kitchen has it down to a science. Service is solid. So great they still have the outdoor patio space.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • 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

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bencotto Italian Kitchen using the Order Online button. Bencotto Italian Kitchen also offers delivery in partnership with Postmates. Bencotto Italian Kitchen also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 450-4786.

Bencotto Italian Kitchen is rated 4.5 stars by 2546 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 90 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Postmates
Google Map for Bencotto Italian Kitchen

750 W Fir Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Additional information

  • Cross street

    India Street/Kettner Blvd.

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Mon 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sun 3:00 pm–5:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian, Mediterranean

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking sponsored by Little Italy Association. <br />Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: from 5 pm to 9 pm<br />Friday & Saturday: 5 pm to 10 pm

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Fabrizio Cavallini

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 450-4786

  • Catering

    Send your inquiry for catering at www.lovebencotto.com Events request

  • Private party facilities

    Our unique approach to Italian cooking tradition, offers hand made “home style” dishes in an environment that reflects who we are: young generation of Italians who celebrate their culinary heritage, presenting it in a modern, relaxed, and inviting kitchen-restaurant.

  • Private party contact

    Valentina Di Pietro: (866) 667-7900

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