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il Bongustaio

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Italian, Salvadoran, South American
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
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Portland, Oregon
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159 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This little oasis in the heart of the city is a delight to walk into. Everything is sleek, modern lines inside a beautiful historic building. The gin bar was awesome, although I only had the wine - which was great. The food was okay, and given the prices - a disappointment. Service was great. So if you don't mind spending... More 

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Thank Portlander
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Not amazed....prices are high. Food is so so....service not the best. gin and tonic very good! Would not come back

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Thank Mediti
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98 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Enrique F
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Gustavo C
Curitiba, PR
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank familiampm
San Salvador, El Salvador
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Thank Arimusch
Mexico City, Mexico
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Thank HectorIbarra
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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139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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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Thank Jimmy F
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 

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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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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Thank IrlandesaenMexico
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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 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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Thank r101g
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 

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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, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Romantic

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?