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Buon Appetito

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1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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286 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This restaurant was recommended by a friend in Scottsdale and it was very good. I had the angel hair pasta which I enjoyed. The portions are huge so go on an empty stomach. One thing I thought was a little cheeky; they automatically added a tip. When the credit card came to be signed there was a place for a... More 

Thank Kenneth_Smith
Grand Haven, Michigan
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While in San Diego we wanted to find a local very Italian restaurant. This place is terrific! The food was great with seating inside and out. We elected to eat inside. The pasta was excellent, good ciabatta cold butter or olive oil, excellent salad caesar or house. the atmosphere makes you feel like you are in Italy. Nice oasis.

Thank Bill H
Arizona, United States
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We decided to try this place since it was only a couple of blocks from our hotel and the reviews were good. We decided to eat outside since it was so hot in the restaurant. They had the outdoor heaters on full blast which must be a San Diego thing since it was about 69 degrees. Being from AZ, it... More 

Thank Will S
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great food! Calamari was a good texture and the farfalle pollo was delicious with lots of mushroom flavor. Great atmosphere too. We'd go back!

Thank Sharon M
Flagstaff, Arizona
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here for my birthday dinner with a friend of mine who highly recommended Buon Appetito. I was quite excited, since I love Italian cuisine and was under the impression that this was one of the best Italian restaurants in San Diego. I ordered their eggplant and, unfortunately, was highly dissatisfied. The eggplant was soggy and drenched in sauce...and... More 

Thank BZornes
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91 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in town for a business meeting and went to this India street district. I really enjoyed everything. Salad, entree and dessert. Service was very friendly and timely.

United Kingdom
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90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the restaurant having read the trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We booked a table in advance for Sunday lunch mid-afternoon and chose to sit outside on the shaded street-side terrace. The staff were all courteous and helpful, bringing an excellent home made bread & spicy tomato sauce whilst we perused an extensive menu. We chose the... More 

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Wallasey, England
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75 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We decided to eat inside where this great place was buzzing with conversation. Service was friendly and good. My fettuccine Montanara was substantial and tasty. There is a good selection of wines and some are very good value: I enjoyed my first taste of Mexican wine which was smooth and red and very good value. I would certainly recommend this... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not quite sure why Sogno Divino does not come up on the search, however I believe that Buon Appetito owns Sogno. In any event, this restaurant transports me back to Italy. The Tuesday pasta and wine special for $35 for 2 was perfect. I would definitely return, the portions were plentiful and the wine was quite good.

Thank Superfulous
Houston, Texas
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made a reservation despite seeing several reviews giving this place a one.The one ratings came from being seated at Songo Di Vino instead of Buon Appetito. We had a reservation for Buon Appetito at 5:30 and were seated at Songo Di Vino and at 6 we are still waiting. We had to ask for service. Our waiter was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
  • 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?