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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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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, 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
Sensation for the Senses

Dinner in this part of Little Italy was all and more than I expected. I had my heart set on Osso Bucco and Rissotto; and I was not disappointed in the least. We were able to sit outside; sharing the sidewalk with all the interesting sites and sounds of Little Italy. Service was excellent; and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Dinner in this part of Little Italy was all and more than I expected. I had my heart set on Osso Bucco and Rissotto; and I was not disappointed in the least. We were able to sit outside; sharing the sidewalk with all the interesting sites and sounds of Little Italy. Service was excellent; and accommodating with my date's request... More 

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Marin County Ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very good authentic Italian food. Large portions and great prices. The prosecco was excellent and the appetizers very week done.

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Sun City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Just finished one of the best Italian meals that I have had in recent memory. The lasagna was full of very tender meat, plentiful, and very tasty. My wife's salmon ravioli was well worth the trip. The house chianti was not so good, really not worth ordering. But other than that our 60 mile trip here was well worth our... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

While we were in san diego we had dinner at the Buon Appetito in Little Italy in San Diego. The food was superb. The wine list excellent and the prices I felt were very reasonable. Will most certainly recommend it to everyone.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Our favorite Italian restaurant in San Diego - perhaps anywhere! The tomato sauce they give you with the bread is delicious. My favorite dish is the spinach and cheese ravioli. The best I've ever had. Brought family members here and they all loved their meals. Great service, great ambiance. Never disappoints. See you next time we visit!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Good selection of wines, Italian beers and variety of entrees. The fresh bread and sauce that were served before were delicious and it only got better. We all had specials and even things that are "too rich" at other restaurants were perfect here. Have to end with the creme brûlée- lightly lemon flavored and that thick, crusty sugar- YUM!!!

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We went for lunch on a Saturday afternoon after walking through the farmers market. There are lots of choices on India street and many are a let down, but not this place. The food is so flavorful and authentic. The portions are generous. We experienced good service too. It is small and they don't take reservations, but it is worth... More 

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We stopped here for lunch while on the Old Towne Trolley Tour. Service was very good and the food was good. Our waiter advised us that we had ordered too many appetizers, and he was right. He had promised to add our other choices after we saw the size of the meat/cheese platter, if we felt we needed more. He... More 

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

After reading the wonderful reviews I knew this was a must and I wasn't disappointed. Our server Vito was excellent and have great recommendations. Service was fast and the food was fresh and delicious. My boyfriend had the seafood with linguini dish and devoured it while I chose the traditional angel hair dish was was amazing! Highly recommend this restaurant... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

My husband ordered the Pork Shank and risotto which was great. The rest of us order pasta dishes. Basically pasta with sauce slopped on. Also the Linguine and Clam Sauce had NO Sauce had to request oil olive to eat it and the mussels had turned bad. Additionally this place is clearing interested in turning tables quickly.

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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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?