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1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Downtown)
619-238-9880
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Ranked #47 of 4,119 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Cedar
Transit: Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
Description: Urban Italian groove, old country cuisine with a modern flare. Buzzing with vibrant energy.Rotating local artists splashing their creations on our walls as we bring our culinary prowess to your table. Sustainable & local is our mantra. Our menu screams old school classics yet our specials are whimsical creations from whats in season. Quail, rabbit, lamb ~ Homemade gnocchi, lasagne and ravioli rock the casbah...Gluten-free & whole grain pastas are available as well as a wide variety of vegetarian items to choose from. "A day without wine is a day without sunshine" over 100 bottles & more than 20 by the glass are offered to dazzle and delight. This list is off the hook! Small, boutique wineries from all over the world! We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and high quality products for an enchanting experience for all of our guests. Raise your glass and fill your soul with heart and goodness ~ cheers!
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Lorain, Ohio
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115 reviews 115 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

OMG, I'm Italian and we make our one noodles, bread, wine sauce you name it. This would make my grandparents proud. Had the raviolis farmalligia, a refreshing salad and crisp wine. Sit at the bar and get a second glass of wine and receive a healthy pour. The first is measured, the second free pour.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My self and my other half dined here in early December and I am glad we did. The service was excellent and our waiter was very "johnny on the spot" for the most part. We dined out side (while most of the world dined inside) and although it did border on a slight chill, it was worth it. The venue,... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

My friend and I dined here a couple of weeks ago while in San Diego. The food was fantastic, probably some of the best Italian I've had! We both had ravioli as a main and it was to die for! The service was also of a good standard. Keep in mind the tables are quite close together so if trying... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We had the best fillet mignon we have ever eaten. It melted in your mouth. For appetizer the calamari are recommended. The pastas looked delicious. The atmosphere was great.

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San Diego, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Servers were anxious to please and gladly answered any questions about the menu. 5/5/. Food was a 3/5: nothing wrong with it, but it didn't stand out from other Italian restaurants. The eggplant was delicious (5/5), but the vegetable soup was so-so, lacking pizazz. We ate a vegetarian lunch, and all told it was pretty good. Can't comment on the... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited San diego for the first time and couldn't wait to try a little Italy restaurant. We were blown away. The homemade tomato sauce and raviolis were excellent. I wish I didn't live so far away so I could go there again. Service was also perfect.

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Highland, California
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99 reviews 99 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's so hard to choose a place in Little Italy-they all look great. This place is definitely worth a try. The atmosphere is very inviting and the food is great. You can carry on a conversation-it's not loud and crazy.

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Hinsdale, Illinois
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60 reviews 60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

On this visit to the restaurant, the biggest disappointment was that food; just average. My veal Marsala was very bland, served with very al dente broccoli and carrots. My wife had a fruity chicken dish, which the kitchen made on request, modified from a fish based menu special. It too lacked a lot of flavor. We started with standard salads... More 

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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We wanted to really enjoy our last dinner in San Diego with our kids, so they voted to go to this restaurant which has a very good review. We got there about 6:30 pm. we made reservation and we were told we have to wait for one and a half hour, we walk around and waited at cafe italia for... More 

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Eugene, Or
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158 reviews 158 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

What a nice restaurant experience we had. E and I sat outside on a January night and were quite comfortable - heaters provided to make sure that heavy coats were not needed. Let's start with our favorite part - the food! We ordered three courses to be served sequentially. We ordered one dish for each course and split them. Our... More 

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Additional Information about Buon Appetito

Address: 1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
Phone Number: 619-238-9880
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
Open Hours:
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 9 - 30

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