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Buon Appetito Restaurant

1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
+1 619-238-9880
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“osso bucco” (56 reviews)
“tiramisu” (35 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
1609 India Street, San Diego, San Diego, CA 92101-2515
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Were in the neighborhood while checking out touristy things in San Diego and we liked it so much made it a point to come for a second night. Did not disappoint definitely a must for great food. Best smells from this place as well and...More

Thank okosub
Reviewed 6 days ago

Summer evenings in San Diego are the best. I love going out to dinner and not having to worry about bringing a jacket along. Of course, summer seems endless here, and my favorite neighborhood for outdoor seating is Little Italy. The boyfriend and I had...More

Thank Cecilia S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First the good things: 1) made a reservation an hour before and place was packed when we arrived and only had to wait 5 minutes before we were seated; and 2) staff was very friendly. However, found the food to be quite average-bread was pretty...More

Thank Kosthus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great Italian food, service, and ambiance. We dined there twice this trip and found everything about it great. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want traditional Italian dishes. The prices were very reasonable. One of the best meals we had in the US.

Thank Max T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed our dinner here so much, we came back the next night! We went for the 'build your own' option where you choose your sauce, protein and pasta. Great service. We also had the panda cotta for dessert which was sublime!

Thank Chanfamily5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We read so many great reviews of this place & sadly we were disappointed. Now the staff & atmosphere were spot on, no waiting, timely delivery etc.. So no complaints there. We started with the calamari & it was very tough, I had the spinach...More

Thank richy_roo75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were a group of 35 ( a softball team and parents who were in town for a tournament) who made reservations the same day as they were the only restaurant in little Italy that was able to accommodate a large group...They did not disappoint......More

Thank COcrazyhouseof5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Couldn't get in on our first attempt without a reservation, but was able to find an open table one night later. It was worth the wait! Great meal.....just like the North End in Boston.

Thank zekesidney
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

There were so many restaurants to choose from in Little Italy, and we were fortunate to pick this place! Had a wonderful bottle of red blend wine, and split the antipasta salad appetizer and the Rigatoni with Wild Boar - both were simply outstanding. For...More

Thank Kim1751
Reviewed 15 July 2017

We enjoyed a delicious dinner at this lovely restaurant in Little Italy in San Diego. The servers were friendly, and although we were early for our reservation, we were seated immediately in the busy restaurant. The food was all well-prepared and plentiful, and we would...More

Thank newtonhiker
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Don C
17 May 2017|
Response from Chas0916 | Reviewed this property |
We had tartufo... a gelato dessert made from hazelnut gelato layered over chocolate fudge gelato with a hot fudge filler
13 July 2016|
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Response from Kathy F | Reviewed this property |
You just have to park a few blocks up (not down towards the water) on a side street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
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
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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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