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Buona Forchetta

#112 of 3,769 Restaurants in San Diego
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3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92102
+1 619-381-4844
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chula Vista, California
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66 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a great little italian restaurant. My wife an I had been trying to eat here for a while but the usual wait to get in used to turn us back. Made the decision to get there before the dinner rush and immediately understood why the place is popular. The restaurant is small with most of the tables in... More 

Thank Luis L
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2015 via mobile

I lived in Napoli for 3 years and the food here is the closest thing you are going to get to authentic Italian food! A must visit! And just like going to Italy you will want to go back!

Thank Raymond T
San Diego, California
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2015

Amazing food, I'm italian and I was trying to find some good italian restaurant in San Diego. This was the best one! The pizza is outstanding, exactly like the pizza you'll find in Rome, and the tiramisu is to die for.

Thank TizianeP
Portland, Oregon, United States
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331 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Really? How is it even possible to make Gluten Free (I'm not sure why I capitalized gluten free?) pizza that tastes like . . . well, that tastes like anything other than cardboard.? Well - Buona Forchetta has done it. The GF pizza at BF is "real" pizza. It's doughy, chewy, textured crust and it's super flavorful. Simply put -... More 

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Tallahassee, Florida
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2015 via mobile

What a fantastic place! Call ahead for a reservation but make sure you are there when your name is called. Food was authentic Italiano and the service was too! Such a treat and at a great price point! The whole time I was wishing I was back in Italia!

Thank erinsly437
Boca Raton, Florida
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105 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

From the moment you go to the moment you leave service is horrible. The hostes leaves you wait while she cleans some tables. Then after more waiting the server appears. You order and more and longer waiting you get the food, the pizza is ok, the salad ok, the parmigiana is good ( it says in menu market price??!!!, what... More 

Thank foodie1440
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 4, 2015

worth the wait, excellent food, very east coast (NJ) italian gravy, me and my mom were forkin it! My mom is off the boat...i just got a kick out of listening to her talk to the wait staff in dialect, she loved every aspect, food, ambiance, yes it was busy, but isn't that a good sign?! I've had the pizza,... More 

Thank mdlubin
San Diego, California
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79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Small, hot and warm red wine if thats what you like, pizza is decent but get to go. Long lines to even get a seat, hard to imagine why?

Thank Kevin O
San Diego, California
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 27, 2015

I haven't eaten at every Italian restaurant in San Diego but I seriously doubt it gets any better than this! 1. The long wait was worth it and as we were waiting noticed that probably a third of all the others waiting were Italian so that alone kept us from bailing out. 2. Just watching the frenetic activity of the... More 

Thank FredO764
Los Angeles
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

We tried both pizzas and non-pizza items. Both categories were excellent and authentic Italian. Service was quick and very friendly.

Thank uazzeghein

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $25
Italian, Pizza, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Good for
Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3001 Beech Street, San Diego, CA 92102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-381-4844

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?