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Buona Tavola

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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206 (Santa Rosa St.)
805-545-8000
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions

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Visitor rating
  • 111
    Excellent
  • 48
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
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
Great food and atmosphere

Wednesday night is apparently half price wine night (by the bottle ) and they have an excellent list. Service was slow. Took over 20 mins to order a bottle of wine and longer to get it...but the food and wine were so definitely worth the wait. Caprese salad and seafood pasta special were excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
Cindie S
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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189 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Wednesday night is apparently half price wine night (by the bottle ) and they have an excellent list. Service was slow. Took over 20 mins to order a bottle of wine and longer to get it...but the food and wine were so definitely worth the wait. Caprese salad and seafood pasta special were excellent but the bread and tapenade were... More 

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California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is a great restaurant - good for dinner, lunch, shared plates. If you want a real restaurant with great food and service, you can't go wrong. A real treat for visitors and locals alike whose palate isn't limited to college cuisine. Highly recommend.

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europe
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95 reviews 95 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

comfortable, popular , higher end place in downtown SLO near Calpoly - food was tasty but sometimes slow - nice central location, outdoor seating, waiters speak some Italian phrases ... take it as it is... I'd give it a B minus ....

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Visalia, CA
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

First time here after 20 years eating at other Italian restaurants in the area. Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, forget the bread, large portions, next time I'll order one of the specials. Based upon reputation I was a bit disappointed but I'll definitely come back.

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We make sure to visit this restaurant every time we visit our son at Cal Poly. It is as close to authentic Italian food as we have ever had outside of Italy. From appetizers to entrees, we've never had a better meal in SLO. Always too full to order desert. But, we will be doing that soon, as it is... More 

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756 reviews 756 reviews
506 restaurant reviews
1,707 helpful votes 1,707 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

For our Valentine's dinner, we chose Buona Tavola in SLO after a fun day of wine tasting in Paso Robles. We were seated at a table right under a tree, the outdoor area is very pretty and there is a very comfortable, nice ambiance going on there. After a few minutes of being seated, we were greeted with some droppings... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was pretty cold and rainy this past weekend and we had my parents in town and we were meeting up with old friends! The friends made reservations and we were so warm and cozy on the back patio at one point we had to ask if they could turn the heaters off for a minute! The food was amazing... More 

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Sacramento, California
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74 reviews 74 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is one of our favorite fine dining establishments when visiting our Cal Poly son. Never has disappointed food- or service-wise. The enclosed patio in back is fetching and makes the whole experience even better.

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Corona, California
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90 reviews 90 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The restaurant was almost empty due to the superbowl game, otherwise it is usually packed! There is outdoor dining or a small indoor dining room. Nice wine list and save room for dessert

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I don't know about any of the other Italian restaurants in San Luis O., but I'd bet that this one, specializing in Northern Italian cuisine, is considered the best by locals, and I'd concur. Italian restaurants are a dime a dozen just about anywhere, and pretty much alike in most ways, with their cookie-cutter menus, slap-dash service and utterly predictable... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
    (Santa Rosa St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: 805-545-8000

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?