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Buon Appetito

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Downtown
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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Dessert, Late Night, 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
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Followed up Trip Advisor's recommendations. Excellent service, food, location in Little Italy. It is this little, warm and cozy sidewalk restaurant. Loved it!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Caguas, Puerto Rico
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Caguas, Puerto Rico
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Followed up Trip Advisor's recommendations. Excellent service, food, location in Little Italy. It is this little, warm and cozy sidewalk restaurant. Loved it!!

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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Buon Appetito is located in the heart of Little Italy with both inside and outside seating. The food is prepared in authentic Italian style and rates in the top tier for Italian restaurants in San Diego. The servers are Italian and based on the cuisine, the kitchen recipes are as well. Select a table outside and enjoy an epicurean delight... More 

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Mexicali, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Nice ambiance, good service, food ok, nothing to rave about. We had a good time here but are not dying to go back soon.

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Everett, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

This place is busy for a good reason. The food is some of the best I've had outside of Italy. Love the seafood and pasta. Crowded, lively, and wonderful in the heart of Little Italy.

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Madison, WI
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

My wife and I ate here during our stay in San Diego and we really enjoyed the experience. The food was very good and so was the service. Little Italy has a lot of choices, but we would recommend a stop here.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The food was as authentic as it gets. Even servers were Italian. Portions were too big for my liking but my husband helped him with my food after finishing his. Plus, prices were fair for such big portions. If you've been in Italy before, you'd know that the food has not been americanized in this little restaurant. Highly recommended!

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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Excellent food, great service with good recommendations on what to eat if you just can't decide. A friendly server was out front chatting up potential customers in front of the door. The outdoor seating is a must if the weather permits. The seafood pasta dishes are the best!

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Ate here for the second night in a row! Food is excellent - had Angel Hair Pasta with Meat Sauce and Sausage - very good! Great service - highly recommend this place!

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Carmi, Illinois, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Tatiana was out server at this charming Italian restaurant. We chose to dine outside and enjoyed our delicious Italian seafood dishes and wonderful wine which Tayiana suggested: Cantina Padiles Verhentins. As a traveler of Italy, I enjoyed this restaurant more than any Italian restaurant in Italy.

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Fremont, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We stopped in for a quick dessert of Tartuffo and it was just like we have had in Italy! It's a large scoop of ice cream with chocolate powder and chocolate sauce. It was SO good! Rich and flavorful! Follow it with a cup of espresso and you're in heaven.

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?