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Buon Appetito Restaurant

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$$ - $$$
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1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
+1 619-238-9880
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Manitoba, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were a group of 6 and wanted good authentic Italian food. We found it at Buon Appetito. The meal portions were large and delicious. Great service with a nice atmosphere. One of our best dinners we all had while in San Diego.

Thank Harboe2
Lake Shore, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Sat on the patio outdoors. Ordered beer and wine for our party of three. We were served warm bread and marinara, absolutely delicious! We each ordered different salads. Again all were good. The three entrees we ordered: beef lasagna, chicken bowtie pasta, and veal osso bucco. Nothing more to say than each one of these dishes were some of the... More 

Thank Mark A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have never seen such speedy waiters. Everything Italian is on the menu. It a small, cute place well worth visiting. The food is hot and exactly the way grandma cooked it. You will love it!

Thank J R R
Palatine, Illinois
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107 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

India St., in Little Italy, is packed with restaurants. But, if you walk up and down the street, you'll see that many of these restaurants are almost empty while Buon Appetito is almost always filled. There is a reason for this. My husband and I are just ending a 2 1/2 month stay in an apartment in Little Italy. We've... More 

Thank KarenfromChicago
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31 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A local lady recommended this restaurant and all she said was true. This place is right in little Italy, clean, and wonderful staff. We had Osso bucco and risotto with shrimp both meals where amazing and huge portions. Prices are really reasonable. Would go again for sure.

Thank Plumtree
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In the heart of Little Italy, this comfortable restaurant has great food. We had two different soups (Lentil and Minestrone--the latter not tomato based), duck ragu pasta and baby lamb chops, tiramisu and gelato. Portions are large, and choices hard to make because of the wide selection. Will have to go back to try other things.

Thank BurtHonolulu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We wanted good food in little Italy and we found it! So delicious. They start you off with bread and a sauce to dip it in that was so good. I had the capellini with fresh tomatoes and moz. I just wanted to keep eating it but the portion was so huge it was hard to make a dent. Even... More 

Thank sas855
Morehead City, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Service and food selection and preparation were true Italian. Delicious and charming! Easy to find on India Street

Thank 21sem
San Marcos, California
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

I am German, in my home town we have 40 Italian restaurants. This restaurant is run by an Italian family. The waiters speak Italian. The food served is original Italian. Delicious. I recommend OSSO BUCO.

Thank 7603900002hp
Chicago, Illinois
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350 reviews
237 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

I stay at the near by Westin hotel. Wish I would have came down to the Italian village sooner. Nice area, but this place is the best. Small restaurant, but big food and service. Our party of 4 enjoyed the Osso Bucco, the best I ever ate. The waiter had a spectacular knowledge of wine. The Super Tuscan wine Valdisanti... More 

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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
$10 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1609 India Street, 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: +1 619-238-9880
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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