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Buon Appetito

1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Downtown)
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Ranked #39 of 4,069 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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new jersey
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went to this place and was pleasantly surprised with good Italian food. I had the Salmon Raviolis and they were delicious. Their selection of wine is good. Had the $24 red wine think the Cabernet and it was good quality. Our waiter was very nice. We sat outside.

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36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

Pretty good chow. Small little joint in little Italy that was crazy hot inside (no air conditioning ). We had the veal piccata which was pretty darn good. Service was slow but friendly.

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New Jersey
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

Any plate from the menu is excellent, I would specially recommend "farfalle al salmone"!! Best pasta I have ever had. Good service.

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

Buon Appetito is by far the best Italian restaurant I have eaten In on all of my trips to California. My brother has taken me there on numerous occasions and It seams over the past 5 years the food gets better and better. Flavio is the Mgr. and he is fantastic to talk to. I sent a friend of my... More

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Moreno Valley, California
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

All the pasta dishes that we have tried over the year's are always fresh and delicious. Great appetizers and salads. Love the homemade desserts as well. Always a busy hotspot with great staff. Always can expect a wonderful dining experience

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Phoenix, Arizona
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

A cozy place in the heart of Little Italy. Even when the place was packed we didn't have to wait. Service was excellent and fast. I tried the farfalle with salmon and it was amazing. The portion was generous and really tasty. A must visit.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Arrived at the restaurant 1 minute before closing after a flight from the east coast. Place was still packed (and they seated more after us). Often at closing the service is poor and the food is second rate but not here-we got top notch service and the food was fresh, hot and yummy. Between the 3 of us we had... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

My friend and I came for dinner and it was totally worth the 40 minute wait! (We went for gelato while we waited). He had the cioppino, which was delicious, I had the duck fusilli, which was good, but not as good as his. We had wine and I took home tiramisu, to eat for breakfast the next day. The... More

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Waterbury Center, Vermont
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32 reviews 32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We dined on a Sunday night. Crowded but we had reservations. Superb service. Relaxed but attentive. The four of us had three different entrees off the daily specials menu. Each one incredible but the osso Bucco pork was the best! Love that you can bring your own wine and just pay a small corkage fee. Highly recommend it.

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Portland, Oregon
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49 reviews 49 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Loved the fantastic menu selection and most helpful staff! Located in Little Italy and so many restaurants to choose from - choose this one - you won't be disappointed. Can be a bit of a wait but well worth it!

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