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Buon Appetito

1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Downtown)
619-238-9880
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Ranked #61 of 3,982 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $9 - $30
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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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Madison, Georgia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Had another wonderful meal at Buon Appetito one of the better bargains in SD's Little Italy. The eggplant appetizer was a great start and the good bottle of Italian wine recommended by our waiter (Valdistanti) complemented it well. Our main dishes of veggie lasagna and chicken parmasian were similarly well prepared and tasty. Finally the service on a busy Friday... More

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Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This restaurant was delicious for breakfast. GET THE PANCAKES, you won't regret it. Located in the heart of Little Italy, and the restaurant had a nice atmosphere. My only complaint is that the service was a little slow. Other than that it was perfect. I would definitely recommend it to a friend!

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Palmdale, California, Usa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is he second time I have been here, and the food was just as magnificent, but the service even friendlier. Authentic Italian, as are most of the employees. Suggest reservations. I look forward to returning very much, as I believe the food quality to be unmatched in Little Italy, or anywhere else, for that matter, except for the possibly... More

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Parma, MI
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84 reviews 84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We stopped here on our Trolley Tour of San Diego, after the recommendation of the trolley driver, and we were NOT disappointed. I had the polenta, which is listed as an appetizer, but it was enough for a lunch entree, and was simply delicious! My husband ordered fettucine primavera (I think that was it) and he enjoyed his meal also.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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104 reviews 104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

My husband and I had a reservation and arrived a bit early. The hostess was miserable, but the owner was a very nice man. Hopefully he can train her to be kind and curteous to guests. Regardless of the negativity from the hostess, we had a wonderful mean. The Cioppino was sensational! The seafood was fresh and flavorful and the... More

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San Diego, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I can easily say it's been over 30+ years since I've had excellent Cippino. This jewel among jewels in Little Italy San Diego Restaurant Row stands out. The combination of mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops and fresh fish sautéed in a savory tomato broth is mouthwatering... and palate pleasing. The service is awesome and the owner and staff go out of... More

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Florida
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150 reviews 150 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

I'm not going to carry on too long here, just go eat here. We were walking through Little Italy while on vacation and decided to eat here. Being the picky foodies that my wife and I are we weren't sure what to expect for the very reasonable prices and large portions. I had the ossobuco ( lamb shank ) and... More

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Orange, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Classic and true Italian food. Amazing calamari, good wine, great food. Great service, quick and thorough. Definitely coming back!

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

The biggest problem we had on Feb 17th, was deciding WHICH Italian restaurant to try amongst the many offerings in San Diego's Little Italy strip on India Street. We did not regret our choices at Buon Appetito, which surprisingly was absolutely packed on a Monday night in February! We did, fortunately, have the foresight to make a reservation. My husband... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

I really wanted to like this restaurant because it is very charming and the wait staff are attentive and menu interesting. But the food was just ok; I had a New York Steak which was not very good, my husband's sea bass was average and another diner in our party had a pasta with not a very good white sauce.... More

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