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Bencotto Italian Kitchen

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750 W. Fir Steet, San Diego, CA 92101 (India Street/Kettner Blvd.)
6194504786
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Hours:
Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 38
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious northern Italian in Little Italy

Some friends who know Little Italy pretty well suggested Bencotto, as it's one of their favorite places. It was delicious. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Atmosphere is very modern, with most of the seating on an interesting level upstairs. Only downside is it definitely can get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2014
SD-Traveler09
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San Diego
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San Diego
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37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Some friends who know Little Italy pretty well suggested Bencotto, as it's one of their favorite places. It was delicious. One of the best meals we've had in a long time. Atmosphere is very modern, with most of the seating on an interesting level upstairs. Only downside is it definitely can get loud with the acoustics -- not a quite... More 

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Mission Viejo, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

We celebrated my son and daughter-in-law's birthdays there. Best eggplant parmigiana I have ever had. Check out their menu to see the great and unique items they offer. We all had something different items and everything was delicious.

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San Diego, California
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112 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Food and service were excellent. Choices of home made pasta while small, was amazing. Great food and drink. Will surely be back.

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Healdsburg, California
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69 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Gnocchi is one of our favorite dishes and we order it whenever we see it on a menu. Most of the time they are too tough but this place knows how to do gnocchi the right way. I had the Gnocchi Nero special - squid ink gnocchi in a lobster bisque sauce with bits of shrimp. Very rich and very... More 

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São Paulo, SP
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Bencotto in Little Italy, down town San Diego, is a real excellent Italian restaurant. I had a very tasty meat plate and my daughter had a great pasta plate. We both drank a good red wine at the right temperature. We were there for lunch. Atmosphere is very clean and nice. Not that cheap. But quite reasonable and very acceptable... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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109 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 via mobile

Excellent Italian from a top notch chef and a restaurateur somewhere behind the scenes. Perhaps the reviewer below had one of the milder dishes. To each their own. The waiter was fantastic! Younger man from Tampa who recently moved to S.D. Name eludes me. He was top drawer from pairing to menu knowledge. I had the flank steak and it... More 

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Israel
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137 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

Had a business dinner ar this highly recommended establishment. Lovely moder setting and a great wine list. However the food was just ok. The pasta is good but there was no finess to the dishes. The pasta sauces were crudely spiced, the delicate paste lost in the floury paste. What a shame.

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Temecula, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Excellent meal with the family for a Birthday. We had great appetizers and the main courses did not disappoint. Cocktails on the side were delicious. Will definitely go back.

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San Diego, California
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84 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you are looking for the best Italian food in San Diego, then you must try Bencotto. We started with deep fried olives that were stuffed with pork, then had a caprese salad that was not only beautiful, but fresh and yummy. I had ravioli that tasted like the ones we ate while in Italy. My husband had the gnocchi... More 

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San Diego, California
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60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Been wanting to check out this place for while, located in the heart of Little Italy in San Diego. Got here early & had a nice americano cocktail at the bar. The appetizer of calamari in Umido was great, and the house made pasta dishes were wonderful. We had an unusual squid ink gnocchi with shrimp in a tomato cream... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 750 W. Fir Steet, San Diego, CA 92101
    (India Street/Kettner Blvd.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 6194504786

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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