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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
11:30 am - 10:00 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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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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179 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My wife and I dropped in for an early dinner(5:30) because they don't take reservations on Saturday night. We were lucky to score the last table for two. Before we finished our meal there was a line of people at the door. The restaurant is not big. The tables are very close together which results in a very close and... More 

Thank dandt65
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66 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I heard great things. This was our first choice in Little Italy. Our waiter was rude, which made the remainder of our meal, lengthy (at best). The hostess was friendly and accommodating. The dining area is very, small. There is one bathroom stall per gender. Small. The food was average.

Thank Geri C
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Very good food, and great wine selection. Reservations won't get you in until your entire party is there and tables are very close together.

Thank Katherine A
South Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Looking for a healthy, tasty lunch and we found it here. Delicious salad and sandwich. Fresh greens, tomatoes, peppers salad and sandwich on freshly baked bread. Service was excellent and price was very reasonable ($7.00). The portions were large and could have easily fed two. Baked goods and gelato to treat yourself afterwards.

Thank Lovemidcaicos
Kelowna, Canada
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85 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is not the place to go for a long and relaxing meal as the service is fast because it is a very popular eatery. However, if you want delicious Italian food, this is a great place. Come before 6 if you want to be seated right away. Dishes can be shared and there are gluten-free options.

Thank KelownaKimmi
Exeter, New Hampshire
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80 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner last night on the open patio with my wife. Service was great and the food was very quickly delivered hot. Now granted we had dinner early and only a few people in the place, the food was right out. Average price and large plates of food. Kept the drinks full at all times and made sure we did... More 

Thank DrPJA
Reston, Virginia
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The hotel I was staying at recommended I try this family-owned restaurant located in the Little Italy section of San Diego. What a great suggestion!!! Since I was dining solo I ate at the bar. The bartender was fantastic -- easy to talk with and very helpful when choosing a wine to compliment my entre. I had the dinner salad... More 

Thank arnoldnet
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ate here 2 times in 2 weeks. Had the filet of beef w mushroom sauce. Very good! Very amenable to tweaking dishes for our personal tastes.

Thank Rosalie B
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141 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great service and you really feel part of Little Italy! Started of with the rice balls and they were tasty with the right amount of cheese and sauce. Bread was fresh. I had the filet mignon with spaghetti and it was delicious. The steak melted in your mouth and spaghetti was fresh and the sauce perfect. Tried both the cannoli... More 

Thank avgjoey
Stockholm, Sweden
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149 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a nice restaurant which we discovered when walking through the Italian quarters and we stopped for a late lunch. We could not have found a better spagetti orcanelloni in Italy. Créme Brulée and espresso in the end made it a very nice experience.

Thank Max S

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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
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
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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