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Buon Appetito

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$$ - $$$
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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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Port of Spain, Trinidad
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Quite a small place in Little Italy. The food and service was great. Very nice ambiance and the accents of the staff add to it.

Thank EdwardVK
San Diego
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Smells from kitchens of the French country side drew us in to Buon Appetito. I had the special, Risotto with Lamb Chops. My sweetie had the lamb chops. Both were absolutely the BOMB! We loved dipping our bread into the homemade sauce while waiting for our food to arrive. They were even happy to bring us olive oil and vinegar... More 

Thank JetsettinDiva08
Hamburg, Germany
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310 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for lunch and our first impression was that we ended up in another tourist restaurant in little Italy. But when the food arrived we changed our mind. It was real delicious home made pasta served at the point. Nothing high sophisticated, no Michelin star service staff but good for authentic lunch downtown. Good to go...

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Awesome Italian cuisine and awesome selection of wines! A must go for the foodies! Some of the best Italian cooking I have had in years!

Thank Malachi C
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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62 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband ordered the spaghetti w/garlic and oil and I had a Ceasar salad because I was not that hungry. They brought bread and marinara sauce to the table, which was very good. Salad was good. We had tiramisu for dessert which was excellent. It is small and I didn't like our table. The hostess was not very nice and... More 

Thank Deb1160
San Juan, Puerto Rico
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited this restaurant on a Monday, were very excited to find a parking spot almost right in front of the restaurant. The place is lovely, kind of pulls you to go in even without reading any of the reviews recommending it. The waiter Enzo was very informative and attentive. My husband ordered the risotto, it was kind of hard... More 

Thank CathyconC
New Plymouth, New Zealand
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After a long day we decided to look around Little Italy as it was close to our hotel. The food and service was great. It was a relaxed atmosphere and we had a very enjoyable evening. I would thoroughly recommend Buon Appetito to anyone visiting San Diego

Thank Stuart O
Rancho Mirage, California
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115 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurant was packed on a Monday night. Make a reservation. Had a nice table outside. Hostess said if I got chilly, they'd be happy to move a heater to my table. Service was very prompt, kept the water glass filled at all times, very pleasant wait staff. Had the house salad, lasagna, and cannoli. All was excellent.

Thank ranger937
Sutton, Canada
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for lunch while sightseeing and was treated to a leisurely luxurious lunch. A very rushed waitress was covering a busy restaurant mid afternoon but still managed to give personal service and suggestions. I had a large serving of gluten free pasta with scallops, shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes and asparagus tips which was delicious. My husband (who is a bolognese... More 

Thank Beverly F
Redlands, California
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is adorable, great location, great service, food highly lacking seasoning. Our party ordered lamb, steak, seafood and pasta. While the food was cooked to order perfectly, everyone agreed that the seasoning was completely lacking. I would love to tell you the dessert was great but we were never offered any.

Thank saints-girl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $30
Brunch, 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, Families with children, Business meetings
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?