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Buon Appetito

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Italian, Pasta
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1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
619-238-9880
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Urban Italian groove, old country cuisine with a modern flare. Buzzing...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Dreaming of Italy

When in Little Italy have lunch at Buon Appetito. Sit outside, see the world go by, and dream a little of Italy when you were last there. Antonio gave us great service and the food was excellent. We started with the hot bread and delicious tomato dip. Then we had the shrimp and white beans... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
Susan D
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Encinitas, California
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  • Local cuisine
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Encinitas, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

When in Little Italy have lunch at Buon Appetito. Sit outside, see the world go by, and dream a little of Italy when you were last there. Antonio gave us great service and the food was excellent. We started with the hot bread and delicious tomato dip. Then we had the shrimp and white beans topped with arugula. We both... More 

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Clarksburg, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Read that was the highest rated place in Little Italy. Stopped by after ferry ride to Coronado. Seated immediately outside. The waiter was just awesome and just a great atmosphere. My red snapper with mussels and linguini was just perfect. Girlfriend's shrimp and linguini was excellent also. Our favorite meal this trip to San Diego.

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San Luis Obispo, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Somewhat cramped seating on the sidewalk. Overall, the food was good, just not great. I started with a Caesar salad which was just OK. The lettuce was warm and a little wilted, like it had been sitting out for sometime. Not much dressing. My main was the chicken lasagna which was quite good, plenty of chicken and fresh veggies. The... More 

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Manchester
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We enjoyed this place so much last year we thought we'd try it again on our July trip to San Diego. My wife, daughter and I were staying on Shelter Island so it was a bit of a slog by cab in the rain (yes, rain!) to get there. But worth it. From the moment we walked in the waitress... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

A real Italian experience. The food was great, the staff was mostly good. It was a little cramped to get in and out with the next table in comfortable arm's reach for a short-armed person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

excellent staff and very knowledgeable about menu !Food was very fresh and appetizing. Better than some restaurants in Little Italy in NYC !

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Antrim, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Small pizzeria located in a quiet street - good service and a location where one can enjoy a "chill out" away from the busy tourist areas. Staff are friendly and both food and service are fine.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Food is fresh, bold and presented well. Service is attentive, warm and humorous. This is our favorite restaurant in Little Italy and high recommend. Don't eat before you go--the portions are generous!

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Lodi, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We were walking down India Street looking for a place to eat. As we walked by Buon Appetito we saw what people were eating and decided that the food looked good enough to eat. We ordered off the lunch menu and everything we ordered was excellent. My daughter called it forks full of delicious. We asked for a second basket... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great lunch and not too crowded when we arrived around 1:30. The service was quick and everyone was friendly. Great salad with a yummy house dressing which was nice and light. The pasta and sauce were very tasty as well.

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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
Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
    (Cedar)
  • Public Transportation: Coaster stop 3 blocks south-west, bus stop on the south east corner, trolley tours stop on the south east corner.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-238-9880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Local cuisine

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!
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

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