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Buon Appetito

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1609 India St, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Wassenaar, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was good and the service friendly. The burrata was excellent as the calamari. We had the pork ossobuco which was very tasty. The cannelloni had too much sauce. The rizzoto with truffle was good but the quantity was too much.

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I inquired from my Uber driver where he would take his wife to eat and he said Buon Appetito. So we ventured from our hotel and did the walk to Little Italy. The whole experience was fabulous. Our waiter Steve ( Stephano from Rome Italy) was great. The food delicious and the atmosphere perfect. We were able to sit outside... More 

Thank vacationneededs53
San Diego, California
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

While this was highly rated on Yelp we were a little disappointed with the food. I may be a pasta snob but if I am going to eat it I want fresh pasta not packaged. It was tasty but not the best. Entrees were priced nicely but wine prices were typical in that they were inflated by more than 100%,... More 

Thank Conrad C
Georgetown, Texas
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were visiting our son and family on Coronado Island and it was my birthday. They took us to their favorite Italian restaurant in Little Italy. We all had different pasta dishes and a bottle of red wine. It was very authentic and freshly prepared . Loved the hot bread which was served with red sauce instead of the typical... More 

Thank sharon s
Astoria, New York
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99 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This restaurant was one of the highlights on my trip to San Diego. It is right off the green line trolley and in the heart of Little Italy. It was very crowded so glad I had a reservation. There is ample seating outdoors/indoors. The bread is wonderful and comes with a side of sauce, which was a nice touch. I... More 

Thank Danielle F
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Little Italy is just a neighborhood with lots of Italian restaurants. However, it's worth a trip to have a dinner such as we had at Buon Appetito. We walked in through Buon Appetito's entrance but were seated "next door" at Sogno di Vino and were handed the Buon Appetito menu. We all had a different pasta dish - each was... More 

Thank AuntRosie
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had cioppino and two different pasta dishes. The food was nicely portioned and very tasty. The restaurant is noisy, but fun. The waitress was attentive, but not overly so. The bread was delicious. There are a good selection of salads and the house salad was very tasty. It's in a fun location. I would only rate this Very Good,... More 

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Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful fresh bread; be sure to get the Gamberi Buon Appetite appetizer; a shrimp over beans yummy beginning to your meal. Dancing Crow Cabernet was a fun, new wine for us.

Thank Linda P
Athens, Attiki, Greece
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went twice in five days in this restaurant, one alone and one with friends. Everybody was very friendly and helpful and the food was really tasty.

Thank Elisavet P
West Hartford, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Before we left on our trip to California, we were advised that if we wanted really good Italian food, in San Diego, we should head to Little Italy. We decided on the well-regarded Buon Appetito on India Street. We arrived at around 6:30 and were seated right away and ordered two of their pasta dishes and wine. The vino was... 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
Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
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?