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Buon Appetito

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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Local cuisine
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 288
    Excellent
  • 136
    Very good
  • 48
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing Food

This restaurant serves some of the finest Italian cuisine. Being Italian, I am very particular and don't always expect to be completely satisfied eating Italian food out. This was different. The food was wonderful, our server was wonderful and our experience was wonderful. The place was packed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Rosetta4352
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Whittier, California
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Whittier, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

This restaurant serves some of the finest Italian cuisine. Being Italian, I am very particular and don't always expect to be completely satisfied eating Italian food out. This was different. The food was wonderful, our server was wonderful and our experience was wonderful. The place was packed every night we were in Little Italy and this night was no different.... More 

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Austin, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great food, nice wine list, and a server who knew enough to bring a small fork for the marrow in Osso Bucco -- almost like being in Italy. At least try a bite of the bread -- it will not disappoint. The fact that the on and off trolley is right outside the main restaurant is a real bonus if... More 

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Winchester, KY, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Open air dining in the heart of Little Italy section. Wonderful service and atmosphere. I had the Borsettini, a wonderful preparation of little pasta packages that looked like tiny sacks filled with lobster and shrimp, all in a sweet champagne whit sauce. It has the formal feel of fine dining while welcoming you in jeans and a T-shirt. If I... More 

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atlanta
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

it is worth the trip the pasta and fish are good t. The wine is and food are reasonable. The staff is friendly..I kept on eyeing the mushroom risotto but I was trying to be good..it looked great. Next time

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Ocean View, Delaware, USA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Just a visitor to San Diego and looking for a good Italian restaurant . Found on first try. Nice wine menu. Had a medium chianti and it was fine and you can take the bottle out. The menu was equally good and the marinara sauce had a fine Italian taste. Combined with eggplant and chicken , it was delicious. And... More 

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Fargo, North Dakota
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106 reviews 106 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

Staying in the Gaslamp district, wandered up here to get off the beaten path. After going through the Farmer's Mercato had lunch and scooped out dinner places. No reservations but "we'll get you in". Showed up that evening and true to word got in after a 5 minute wait. Busy place. Atmosphere was upbeat, welcoming. Food was excellent, I had... More 

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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Quaint italian bistro located in Little Italy. Service was excellent. Both of our pastas were served hot and absolutely delicious. Still thinking about the meal several hours later. You have to try this.

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Glendale, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Located in the quaint Little Italy...Twelve of us went to this restaurant while in San Diego at a conference. The food was delicious with only a couple not finishing everything on the plate! The staff were attentive and friendly and was able to deliver all meals at the same time! While they could not run separate credit cards for each... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

Had a relaxing Sunday night dinner in Little Italy at this Italian restaurant. Pasta was great and my dining companion ordered the lamb chops which looked to be practically a whole rack on the plate. Attentive and efficient service left no detail unserved. Will definitely dine again here.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

It was excellent food!!! I had the ravioli salmon. Exquisite!!! Atmosphere was great outside!! I'd love to go back in the evening. Little Italy is a nice walk from the pier!

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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

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?