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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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New York
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Was in town for Comic Con, and was recommended by our Uber driver to check out Little Italy. Decided to have our last dinner in San Diego here, after comparing reviews online. We had a reservation for Sunday night dinner, the place is a relatively small restaurant so I'd say it wouldn't hurt to have one. The restaurant relies on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious food. Good portions. Nice ambiance. Only complaint was hostess and employees could smile and make customers feel more welcome. I'm huge on this and didn't feel it here.

Thank Locomama12
Lexington, North Carolina, United States
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35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I come from an Italian family so I knew I had to visit Little Italy on my trip to San Diego. I stopped at Buon Appetito for lunch after checking out their menu online. The reason why I came here was because they had veal Marsala which is something I don't get often. I was seated outside right next to... More 

Thank Toni T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to this restaurant to get some lunch. the restaurant had great customer service. they were very friendly. waiting time for the food was not bad. really enjoyed the food. very tasty. great flavors. it was recommended by the front desk clerk at the hotel I was staying and it was a great recommendation. would definitely eat at this... More 

Thank Debra K
Hengyang County, China
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a wonderful visit eventhough we were there very close to closing. The staff was welcoming and offered wonderful suggestions and paired out wines perfectly. They offer a gluten free option for pasta which was very tasty. The Risotto with mushrooms was especially flavorful and delicious and the cheese/fruit plate was very well done. We will definitely visit again.

Thank Tracey S
Nanuet, New York
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Upon arrival we were greeted and luckily seated quickly for a Friday night. Our server was efficient and friendly. We all ordered various pasta dishes ranging from stuffed pasta with veal and mushroom, to seafood with pasta and fish entrees. Everything was fresh and the tomato sauce was spot on! Our server was attentive and our food came out pretty... More 

Thank JPort925
Ontario, California, United States
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6 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived right on time and elbowed our way through the line to the hostess. She seated the two of us and we ordered wine and dinner. We finished just in time for the fourth of July fireworks show. The setting, menu, food and service were all adequate for the price.

Thank James H
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I chose to eat at Buon Appetite because it was rated highly on the Trip Advisor app and was an easy walk from where I was staying. Big mistake. I was Saturday night and the restaurant was noisy and crowded so I ate at the bar. I ordered a salad and the linguini and seafood entree. The salad was acceptable,... More 

Thank RBinDC2016
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant offered up genuine Italian trattoria type food and having lived in Italy for a period can vouch that this restaurant offers up the authentic food. It's tricky when you enter Little Italy as all the restaurants look good and all look the same, but rest assured this place will not disappoint. We had pasta for main course and... More 

Thank Lee D
Dallas, Tx
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The authenticity of the Italian food was amazing. We felt like we were in Italy. The ambiance of the restaurant was awesome. Not only was the food delicious, but flavorful and plentiful. The staff great and attentive. Great Food and Wine !!! You have to go here when visiting Little Italy in San Diego.

Thank CharMac09

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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, 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?