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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana

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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana
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891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
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891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-2870
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a...
Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a senior project upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe, “Giuseppe”, is a son of Italian immigrants who along with the majority of their family emigrated from Bari, Puglia. Puglia is the heel of the boot region of Italy, otherwise known as the California of Italy.Joe grew up in Southern California where he learned his craft working for his four uncles who all owned Italian Delicatessens and bakeries. After fishing in Alaska on a crab boat upon graduation from Cal Poly, Joe returned to Pismo Beach and started his first 8-table restaurant in the old Landmark Hotel in Pismo. Three years later he moved to the historic Plessas Tavern, a Pismo landmark since 1921. This institution fed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many dignitaries and stars traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locals were thrilled to see the eatery reopen and thrive for the last 24 years! Today Giuseppe’s boasts an Italian deli and bakery across the street at 800 Price Street as well. Giuseppe also opened a sister restaurant in 2005 in downtown San Luis Obispo named “Palazzo Giuseppe.” Giuseppe spends his pastime cultivating his family farm from which he produces his 15 year old “DiFronzo Vineyards” wines, featured in his eateries. In addition to wine, he grows, cooks, and serves his organic heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs with pride and confidence.
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  • 40
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  • 23
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Amazing Calamari

I have been coming to Giuseppe's every time I get a chance to travel to the central coast. The service, food, and ambiance are first class. The calamari is my favorite item to order and I highly recommend it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2014
Crissy J
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Reno, Nevada
Good for:
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Reno, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

I have been coming to Giuseppe's every time I get a chance to travel to the central coast. The service, food, and ambiance are first class. The calamari is my favorite item to order and I highly recommend it!

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SJ Campos SP Brasil
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Pasta too cooked...waiter in a hurry to close the restaurant and pushing us to finish and leave. Nice place, good presentation.

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Santa Maria, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

Coastal Radiation At Mission Hope Very Satisfied with the Staff and the venue! Never knew they had banquet halls for private parties, but our doctors and staff absolutely loved it. Aurash, Jaime, and Nicole our hostess for the evening were very professional and made it very easy for me to plan our Annual Holiday gathering a wonderful event, indeed! We... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

We are on Vacation...first time,would not go back.hostess made us feel uncomfortable seating us in a large table.when other seating was available.when a large group came in All of a sudden we were being watched (they wanted our table) uneasy feeling.....not recommend overrated overpriced .....

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Calaveras County
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I at there by default...power was out on much of Price Street. Spent time at the wine bar then they recommended Giuseppe's. It was later, so wait wasn't too long. Staff were on their toes that night, as they were very busy. Food was scrumptious, and pricey. Will go back for a special occasion.

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Toms River, New Jersey
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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We visited Giuseppe's late on a weekday and were seated in 5 minutes. I like the atmosphere of the restaurant, open, alive and well decorated. My girlfriend took the recommendation of the server and had a fish special with pumpkin ravioli. The fish was not memorable and pricey. The pumpkin ravioli was very tasty. I spotted an older man hand... More 

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I look forward to eating here every time we come to Pismo beach because it is one of the few good restaurants in town, without going to San Luis Obispo. We know the drill: They don't take reservations, and no matter when you arrive, count on waiting 40-60 minutes. The food is tasty Italian, comfort food: robust, not refined, earthy.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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123 restaurant reviews
175 helpful votes 175 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

I lived in Pismo when Giuseppe's was brand new. Relatively speaking, by Pismo Beach standards, it's pretty pricey, so we did not go frequently. We also had a friend who preferred Rosa's down the street, so we went there more often than we went to Guiseppe's. That being said, I liked Giuseppe's better. Since I was a misplaced Dallasite, I... More 

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Clayton, NC
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94 reviews 94 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We went to Giuseppe's last night and loved it! We went on a Monday night and they were packed. We had wine in the bar and waited about 40 minutes to be seated. We were seated in a semi-circular booth on the side of the restaurant with a great view of the pizza oven. The wood fire smelled great! Service... More 

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Rainham, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Came here as recommendation from my Lonely Planet California coast guide and it lived up to my expectations. In all honesty the rest of the choice of places to eat were diners or fish and chip shops as far as we could see however we didn't go to far as we were intent on this place. We had a quick... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 891 Price Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: 805-773-2870

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 0 - 39

Description

Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a senior project upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe, “Giuseppe”, is a son of Italian immigrants who along with the majority of their family emigrated from Bari, Puglia. Puglia is the heel of the boot region of Italy, otherwise known as the California of Italy.Joe grew up in Southern California where he learned his craft working for his four uncles who all owned Italian Delicatessens and bakeries. After fishing in Alaska on a crab boat upon graduation from Cal Poly, Joe returned to Pismo Beach and started his first 8-table restaurant in the old Landmark Hotel in Pismo. Three years later he moved to the historic Plessas Tavern, a Pismo landmark since 1921. This institution fed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many dignitaries and stars traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locals were thrilled to see the eatery reopen and thrive for the last 24 years! Today Giuseppe’s boasts an Italian deli and bakery across the street at 800 Price Street as well. Giuseppe also opened a sister restaurant in 2005 in downtown San Luis Obispo named “Palazzo Giuseppe.” Giuseppe spends his pastime cultivating his family farm from which he produces his 15 year old “DiFronzo Vineyards” wines, featured in his eateries. In addition to wine, he grows, cooks, and serves his organic heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs with pride and confidence.
Open Hours
Sunday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
4:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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