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Buon Appetito

4.5
4.5
1252 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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-9880

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Caniglia and Antonio Mastellone

  • 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!

  • Private party facilities

    Pre-fixed menucustomize event for private parties

  • Private party contact

    Roberta Mendonca: (858) 405-8711

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Cross street

    Cedar street

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,252 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.5
4.5 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. BZ

    BryantZ

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food and service were very good. Nothing was spectacular, but all of the dishes were solid. If you’re in the mood for some good Italian, give this place a shot.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great dining experience. Super food and super service.
  3. TS

    TerriS

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We sat outside which, in the area, necessitates experiencing the homeless situation. The calamari appetizer was outstanding. I found the marinara to be slightly bland. I had the linguini bonamare. Husband had the sea bass dish which was delicious, but felt the clams and mussels were overdone.
  4. DD

    DiningDan

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was excellent, as was the atmosphere. The server was very helpful and personable. Overall…great evening!
  5. CT

    CTfamily

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food and wine options were broad- everything we ordered was delicious!
  6. JN

    JacquelineN

    San Diego

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and efficient lunch
  7. CP

    CaraghP

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2021

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Yummy Italian food in the heart of Little Italy. Buratta was fabulous, along with the salad of endive, cabbage and raddichio. I have had better pasta, but still delicious coupled with a few glasses of red wine.
  8. SO

    SamuelO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    The food was amazing! They provided fresh baked bread with a fresh tomato sauce that had fresh garlic and basil. We stared with ricotta stuff cheese balls that I recommend as an appetizer. We ordered the handmade ravioli with lobster in a delicious cream sauce. We also ordered the NY steak that was cooked to perfection. I recommend everything we ordered.
  9. JR

    JulieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Great food Wonderful ambiance Every time I come to San Diego I come here.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    I went for lunch with family and we ordered several pasta dishes which were all prepared well. The servers were attentive and helpful. It’s a nice spot to do lunch if you are in the mood for Italian food and in the area.
  11. G

    Geckogal

    Phoenix

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    It was a bit worrisome sitting out on the street, the City really needs to close the street down to pedestrian only. Loud with cars, scooters zooming by. Service was pretty poor, but we appreciate that we know good help is hard to find. Be ready to ask for everything from salt, pepper, etc. and the staff walks by and could easily remove the dirty dishes but food was good.
  12. JM

    JessicaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Meatballs and pocket pasta with veal was so delicious. I will be coming back, often.
  13. DD

    DanielD

    Denver

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outside dining, nice breeze, food was excellent. House wine was ok, probably worth getting a better Chianti. Overall a great experience
  14. DT

    DavidT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    As an American Italian the food was great and really good service.
  15. ND

    NiyahD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's a really great place to eat at especially if it's a special occasion the staff was really nice and inviting the food was great
  16. BA

    BuonAppetito

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food and service. Reasonably priced. Would have liked to have eaten inside.
  17. CF

    CherylF

    San Diego

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Deliciously authentic food in upbeat environment. Friendly staff, make reservation for quick seating.
  19. KI

    KIKI

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous ambience and most delicious marinara sauce. I hope the Little Italy gets to keep the outdoor dining. C'mon Governor Newsom, let the outdoor spaces and tiny lights stay!
  20. M

    Myra

    Phoenix

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    The capellini was mushy but everything else was good
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always excellent
  22. CF

    CherylF

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous meal and service. Always consistent. I had eggplant parma and my husband had linguine soglia with white sauce. Been going to BA for 13 years.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible!
  24. DL

    DonaldandLauri

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and service
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just as great and consistent. Great value for great food
  26. E

    Enrico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service, cool ambiance on the outside seating area…a little loud a few times with traffic but it gives it a nice downtown feel. Great time and great food!
  27. NM

    NMM1

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and service was great…sat outside and it’s on the street so road noise was high.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food
  29. MJ

    MakebaJ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    One of the best Italian places ever! The wine, appetizers, and entrees were delicious! I’ll be going back! The duck fusilli was heaven!
  30. AR

    AnnetteR

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Our entrees eventually arrived over an hour later than our reservation time. We had to remind/ask the server for our salad in fear that all would appear together. The entrees were delicious, however the almost two hour window waiting for an inattentive server did not overcome this experience. The manager did end up comping a dessert, our hats off to the chef.
  31. EC

    EC96

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    My husband and I went here for our two year anniversary. It was a lovely experience and I definitely will return! We had reservations but they were able to seat us a little earlier which was nice. The food and wine were wonderful and the service was pretty good too.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Service was awful. Not enough wait staff. Over worked. Don’t open up the whole restaurant if you don’t have the staff. Open it at partial capacity until you are fully staffed.
  33. SM

    ShirleyMc25

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are no words to express how much we enjoyed our celebratory evening with them. My lover had octopus which was tender, outstanding and I had octopus ink infused pasta with seafood!!! Pasta melted in my mouth. Will return soon. Sami
  34. MA

    MelissaA

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service here was so great. I got the lamb chops and it was so much more food than I expected.
  35. DF

    DeannaF

    Detroit

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    With today’s technology requesting separate checks should not be an issue. I’m all for 18% or more tip. For this reason I would not recommend this restaurant
  36. JM

    JessM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2021

    overall4food3service5ambience3
    To be fair, we were outside and Little Italy was having a “Taste of Italy” festival so the street was packed. The waiter was great, very attentive. The food was good but not great. Overall I was satisfied as the price was reasonable.
  37. J

    Jtinrm

    Palm Springs

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Have eaten here before and the service was surprising slow Not our normal experience
  38. HS

    HarryS

    Western NC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful. I had the cannoloni and my wife had the eggplant. Perfectly prepared
  39. P

    Pat3

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food, great service. I love sitting outside. Will go again soon.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Food was marginal - not authentic at all

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • 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
    • Staff temperature check required

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 4.5 stars by 1252 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


Is this your restaurant?
Claim this listing

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedar street

  • Neighborhood

    Little Italy

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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

  • Public transit

    Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Salvatore Caniglia and Antonio Mastellone

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (619) 238-9880

  • 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!

  • Private party facilities

    Pre-fixed menucustomize event for private parties

  • Private party contact

    Roberta Mendonca: (858) 405-8711

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