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Buon Appetito

1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Downtown)
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Ranked #36 of 4,050 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $9 - $30
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown
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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86% Recommend
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English first
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This was my third visit to Buon Appetito and again I was not disappointed. It has been a while since my husband and I had eaten here so I was excited when friends invited us to join them for dinner. I love the bruschetta here; it's loaded with garlic (the way I like it) and very flavorful. I ordered the... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

We visited this place for dinner and it was very busy so had to wait 20 minutes for a table to come free - glad we did. The food was absolutely amazing, the best Italian we'd had a in a while. The ravioli and risotto were faultless. The only downside to this place was the service. Out server wasn't very... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Finally a good authentic Italian place. It is in the middle of little Italy, as appetizer we got an excellent antipasto of Italian dry meat, cheese and olives. As they did not have the drink we asked for the waiter recommended an excellent Moscato, the pastas were al dente, excellent service, good wine. The pesto was to light in taste... More

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Carlsbad, California, United States
20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We love iTrulli in Encinitas the sister restaurant to this one. The menu is nearly identical and the food is very close to iTrulli. We did not have great service and the tables were too tightly packed but it was a delicious meal.

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Redlands, California
20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We chose this restaurant based on a quick glance at the outside menu and the fact that they allowed our dog to sit with us at their outside sidewalk tables (not all in Little Italy welcome four legged friends). What we ended up with was a delicious lunch of some basic Italian Classic dishes, both prepared, served, and tasting anything... More

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was the BEST ravioli I have EVER eaten. Food was great and the staff was awesome. Next time I am in San Diego, I WILL go back!!!!! It is worth waiting for a table. It is a small place, but I will wait!!!

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Atlanta, GA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went to Buon Appetito on a recommendation and we were very glad we did. We were staying in Little Italy anyway, so it was just a short walk from our hotel. The staff was really great. Our server was actually Italian and even from the same little town as one of our relatives. Quite a bit of the staff... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We were staying at the Hilton Bayfront and decided that Little Italy was within reach for an evening and Buon Appetito was the place to go. An easy 4 station trip on the green line train took us to the edge of Little Italy, and a further 5 minute walk took us to the restaurant. We were sat immediately and... More

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We go to this Little Italy restaurant every time we fly to San Diego (1-2 years). All their appetizers and entrees are delicious, ingredients are fresh, desserts are so yummy, waiters are mostly real Italians and place is quaint and homey. We never get to try other restaurants in the area because this is our go-to place - and it... More

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Denver, CO
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

My 20-year-old daughter and I are currently staying in La Jolla, and last night we decided to drive over to Little Italy to see what we could find for dinner. We walked down the entire line of restaurants, and Buon Appetito caught our eye. The ambience looked inviting, with the aroma of garlic in the air. We were lucky enough... More

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