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il Bongustaio

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Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
+ 503 2528-4200
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 37
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  • 6
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good place to eat

Good location, locale is nice, service is good though could benefit from a bit more training. Wine selection is superb. Salmon carpaccio was good though could favor from a bit more seasoning, calamari selection though overall good taste was a bit heavy for my taste. Overall recommended place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 5, 2015
Gustavo C
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Ive tried pasta, cant recall the name of the plate but it was a linguini eith tomato and hot sauce... Honestly... Could me a lot better for that high price...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Good location, locale is nice, service is good though could benefit from a bit more training. Wine selection is superb. Salmon carpaccio was good though could favor from a bit more seasoning, calamari selection though overall good taste was a bit heavy for my taste. Overall recommended place to visit

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Curitiba, PR
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70 reviews 70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

The fish of the day with funghi porcini was one of the best fish dishes I ever tasted. Extremely agreeable ambiance, great and great Italian seafood dishes, makes this one of the top restaurants in Central America. The only minus was the service, we waited an excessive time for the main dishes, but still, the food was impeccable!

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The restaurant is beautiful with an exclusive and elegant atmosphere, however the service is not the best. The food is OK, some dishes were very good but others just average and something you would not expect to get at a restaurant like this (and for those prices, compared to other restaurants). Don't get me wrong, the food its not bad...... More 

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Mexico City, Mexico
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and eaten in the best restaurants of the world therefore rating it as a 5 would be too much, however after many visits to El Salvador Its clear to me that this is the best restaurant in the city. I have been in most of the best rated places in... More 

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

So glad you liked our food, our chef Roberto Sartogo will be happy to hear that you enjoy his recipes. We hope to have you here again in your next trip. More 

San Salvador, El Salvador
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135 reviews 135 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

It is the most amazing G&T I have ever had. I watched him make it, very stiff poor of one of 37 types of top-shelf gin, and some type of San Pellegrino aqua tonic "aromatizado," and it was really amazing and super fresh. The food was good and the atmosphere is elegant. I have the "lasagna" cordero, lamb with penne... More 

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

We proud ourselves to be the best at Gin & Tonics and I´m glad you experienced it. Thanks for your comment and in the future we hope to see you at íl Bongustaio. Un saludo More 

Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Il Buon Gustaio is a very elegant restaurant in a very attractive setting; the dining room is open and looks out onto a verdant garden. Décor is low key, elegant, staff are very friendly and professional without being over bearing. Authentic Italian food, carefully prepared, fresh and tasty. Not cheap but no overly expensive by San Salvador standards. The cocktails... More 

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

It´s such a pleasure for us to had made your trip exciting! Hope that next time you come back to El Salvador we can personally meet as I lived in Ireland for many year and I´d love to hear the accent again. We proud ourselves in having the best quality ingredients which makes the difference in the taste and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is an excellent restaurant often visited by the locals who are looking for top notch food in a pleasant atmosphere. The food is well-prepared and mostly made by the chef. If you want to sample Italian food in San Salvador do as the locals do and visit this restaurant!

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment! We´re happy you made the time to visit us and had a great experience. In your future visits to El Salvador we hope that il Bongustaio will be your first joice. Hope to see you back! More 

Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

If you enjoy italian food and look for that authentic feel of sea creatures, this place has it. The ambience is nice and has the San Salvador feeling with taste. I must say, it's a bit over priced, but if quality is your thing then is a must.

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

Thanks for your comment. We had tried to bring the best out of the two worlds, the Italian and the Salvadorian. The green gardens with the majestic palm trees gives you the Latin feeling and the great Italian recipes brings you back to Europe. Hope we can see you back again in il Bongustaio in your future trips. More 

San Salvador, El Salvador
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I took my lady friend to dinner here on our first date. The foods is first rate and the setting is perfect for dates. We haven't been to their new location, but we frequented the old place on a fairly regular basis.

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

We´re glad you find our place romantic. For a girl is exciting to dress up for a date and our restaurant makes you feel comfortable doing so. We invite you to come and visit us soon in Boulevar del Hipodromo #605 Colonia San Benito. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Location: Central America  >  El Salvador  >  San Salvador Department  >  San Salvador
  • Phone Number: + 503 2528-4200

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 25
  • Cuisine: Italian, Salvadoran

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?