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Buon Appetito

1609 India St, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Downtown)
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Ranked #43 of 4,044 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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86% Recommend
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Denver, CO
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

My 20-year-old daughter and I are currently staying in La Jolla, and last night we decided to drive over to Little Italy to see what we could find for dinner. We walked down the entire line of restaurants, and Buon Appetito caught our eye. The ambience looked inviting, with the aroma of garlic in the air. We were lucky enough... More

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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Located in Little Italy section of San Diego we stopped for dinner on a lovely warm evening. Great choice of Italian favorites as well as some modern new dishes all executed to perfection. My wife and I enjoyed the good food and service.

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Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We were visiting San Diego and wondering thru Little Italy when we decided to get dinner. We stopped into this little restaurant and found them very friendly and accommodating. We ordered different things from the menu and found everything that we ordered to be exceptional and the service was excellent.

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Carlsbad, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

A colleague and I met up for dinner here. The patio atmosphere was pleasant, but there was no shade at dinner time. While the cioppino was very good, it was not the best I ever had.

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Pasadena, California
16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Their pasta is awesome, the service is great, the food taste very good. They really make you feel like a valued customer. We eat there every time we visit San Diego and never been disappointed.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Pedro and the boys know how to treat their guests. Best wait staff you will find. Service and attention was first rate. The Lasagna and Ravioli were both outstanding. Can't wait to go back the next time we are in San Diego.

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Lake Wylie, South Carolina
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Nice outdoor seating. Self service ordering but they do prying you your order. Nice staff. Good selection, several different burger even tuna burger. Overall very good. Prices ok but not great. A little high for burgers

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Folsom, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

ambiance - good food - nothing exclusive for the price they charge price- expensive service - good hygiene - good the food tasted just like any other Italian restaurant, nothing extra ordinary as the reviews suggested.

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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We each had a heaping plateful of very homemade style veal and mushroom tortellini and a glass of "Chianti de Casa". The meal was great the wine not so much but you get what you pay for. We sat outside and enjoyed the great people watching. Unfortunately the couple next to us were rather loud and obnoxious but I assume... More

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Houston, Texas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Enjoyed our dinner here, arrived without reservations, but it was early so we were able to get a table right away. Adequate wine selections and food was good. Plates are large, had leftovers to take back with us. Service was very good too. Will return again.

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