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il Bongustaio

Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
+ 503 2528-4200
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Ranked #11 of 152 Restaurants in San Salvador
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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

San Diego CA
1 review
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
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 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

Santa Marta
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Il Buon Gustaio's dining room looks onto a very nice garden and the building is designed with big arches, marble floors, and open architecture. It adds up to an extremely pleasant atmosphere that only gets better when the food arrives. All the pasta is fresh and cooked to perfection. Unlike some restaurants, it's hard to pick out a signature dish... More

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

I´m glad you mention de chocolate souffle, it´s also my favourite dessert. All the recipes in il Bongustaio are prepared with the best ingredients and the flavours of all the mix of spices are incredible. We hope to have back in the future so you can try more of our delicious dishes. More

Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

We go often to have diner with my husband. The atmosphere is very good,Its an old sort of colonial house, set in what used to be one of the best recidential areas in San Salvador. The service is very friendly and always they try to please you. The food is excellent, and consistent. The owner Roberto is always there. He... More

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your comment. Our place it´s a gem and I´m glad you have found us. The hotel Boutique Casa ILB is like being at home and the restaurant makes it so easy to be staying in San Salvador. Also our location is an advantage because we are so close to all the shopping areas, museums and parks.... More

Georgia
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

As a frequent traveler and someone that loves great food, I look for the best restaurants in each city. Without regard to country, city, or cuisine, this is the best meal, hands down, that I have had in the last several years. It's that good. I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. The atmosphere is elegant with well... More

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

I´m glad you loved our place. Thanks so much for your comment about the reservations, to make your experience better we always recommend having a reservation as it could be very annoying to arrive when we are fully booked for the night and we might have to turn you away. Hope to see you again in il Bongustaio. More

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Excellent Italian food including house made pastas, seafood and meat dishes. Bar area is separate from the dining room which overlooks a small yard giving it an open feeling. Service was top notch and the bartenders are excellent. I ate at the bar while doing some work and watching the bartenders make up all sorts of cocktails. If you want... More

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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review

Paul, thanks so much for your comment. I´m glad you had the whole experience with the bar and restaurant. I invite you stay in our Boutique Hotel Casa ILB and enjoy the spacious and luxurious suites. More

San Salvador, El Salvador
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Upmarket authentic Italian food with good quality wines and a wide choice. Here you will eat as well as in Italy, with a focus on Tuscany cuisine with no compromises to please uneducated costumers. One of the few places of international standard in the country also for the attentive but not intrusive service. Very nice setting with a view on... More

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Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Good for a nice night out with a bar and in a lovely art deco style house … kind of a boutique hotel … the garden and terrace are magnificent, the service is good attentive and friendly and the food has a delicate flavor well served and a good chef … very nice outing you need a reservation… make sure... More

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