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Buon Appetito Restaurant

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1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515 (Cedar)
+1 619-238-9880
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:30 - 22:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Vista, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

My steak was cooked perfectly, along with the other 2 meals. Nice environment, friendly staff. Service was good too. Deserts were yummy!

Thank dmrockgem
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped in for some dinner at this small Italian restaurant. The service is fantastic. You have two or three folks waiting on you, bringing you endless bread, refilling our drinks, assisting us with everything we requested for our meals. The pasta here tastes really fresh, the sauces tastes really fresh. I have zero complaints about this place. From the looks... More 

Thank Christopher K
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47 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Walked by the restaurant on an evening stroll past the tables outside and stopped when every dish looked simply fantastic. Got a table outside under the radiant heaters and had a delicious meal. The waitress assured us that every thing on the menu was good and made some helpful recommendations. She was right. Great service throughout our dinner Portions very... More 

Thank FlorackT
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81 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What a great Italian restaurant. I walked to Little Italy from my hotel. I sat at the bar because the place was packed. Had an nice conversation with the guy next to me who was in town for the same meeting. The food was amazing. I had a beet and and arugula salad with a light vinaigrette dressing. For dinner... More 

Thank Fred_Johnstone
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100 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Seafood pasta was delicious. Service was amazing. Restaurant was a little noisy and crowded but i guess thats what you get when the food is good

Thank Haley W
Annapolis, Maryland
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168 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had excellent lunches here. The capresse salad was excellent, the minestrone was wonderful, and the souses garden salad with chicken got raves. But the standout item was the hot bread served with a dipping sauce of fresh tomato, onion, garlic, basil, and crushed red pepper which can only be described as awesome!

Thank Martin M
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Traditional and inviting indoor or sidewalk seating adds to the truly delicious family recipes at Buon Appetito. Delicious from the start with minestrone soup and arancini and ending with a special borsettini di aragosta, it's the sauces that make each bite a savory experience. Simply dipping their bread in the marinara is wonderful. The lobster dumplings with asparagus and cream... More 

Thank ZoltanNotDeadYet
Chico, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a charming, quaint restaurant in Little Italy. The atmosphere was cozy and welcoming. We went on a Saturday night and only had a short wait, but it would've been worth it if we had to wait longer! The food was delicious and very decently priced. I wish we lived closer so we could go back again!

Thank hms1125
Charlottesville, Virginia
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77 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With many restaurants to choose from in San Diego's Little Italy, this is one not to miss. Everything is homemade from fresh ingredients and will not disappoint. As soon as you sit down, you are greeted and served fresh bread with a flavorful marinara dipping sauce. The dishes are so good, we ended up eating there two nights in a... More 

Thank Catc1966
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was good. We had the seafood black ink linguine and osso buco (pork) with the calamari appetizer. Kitchen was slow. Great wait staff. They were very attentive and nice.

Thank Honeybunny96

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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
US$10 - US$30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, 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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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