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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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11:30 am - 9:30 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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 16
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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
OOOOOOOo.so Itiliano!

Well run charming italian restaurant with creative dishes..and larger portions then one might expect. Excellently managed with attentive service.Outside tented patio with really large tree adds interesting atmosphere and with heaters to keep you warm at appropriate time.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
ArtnCindy
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Nipomo, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Nipomo, California
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Well run charming italian restaurant with creative dishes..and larger portions then one might expect. Excellently managed with attentive service.Outside tented patio with really large tree adds interesting atmosphere and with heaters to keep you warm at appropriate time.

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New York State
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We sat outside and felt like we were in Tuscany. The staff was courteous. The owner greeted us in Italian and told us the specials and recommended a bottle of nice wine. He was very hands-on, kept an eye on his staff and checked on our satisfaction. There were four of us, and we each thoroughly enjoyed our meal. It... More 

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Prescott, Arizona
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87 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

If you go be sure to sit out on the patio. Wonderful atmosphere thank you. The food was above average and is a little on the pricey side

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Jerome, Idaho
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We dine here every time we are in the area and are always delighted we do. This time I made our reservation online through Yelp Seat Me and had no problems. They called to confirm the reservation, but nothing more. We always eat on the patio; which we love. I had the swordfish which was light, fresh and very tasty.... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

I'm not kidding you. I made a reservation a week ago through my account with Open Table. Today the restaurant called me and asked for a credit card to hold the reservation. I've never even heard of this happening before and they explained it was a college graduation weekend. They said I could cancel the reservation 7 days in advance... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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166 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We met some friends and family at Buona Tavola over Memorial Day weekend for dinner and loved it. It is located right next to the theatre downtown SLO and we sat in the back on their terrace which was heated and very nice. The service was excellent and their choice of local wines was as well. We had the mushroom... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I was at Buona Tavola for a rehearsal dinner hosted out on their terrace. The restaurant did a great job with the event for about 60 people. The venue was beautiful and the staff was very helpful. I had the vegetarian option which was a delicious vegetable timballo.

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California
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 via mobile

Excellent authentic Nothern Italian food. Fresh, great service. All of us enjoyed pasta main dishes. Highly recommend. Patio seating is really fun. Felt price was reasonable and on the high end. Will definitely return. Recommend reservations.

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Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Don't go past this little Italian gem. Authentic Italian cuisine at a reasonable price. The eggplant involtini was delicious, followed by the home made gnocchi with a pesto sauce, was also excellent. I had the deboned Quail with Spinach, Roasted Potato in a Wine Reduction which was delicious. To finish off, if you feel like a desert treat, try the... More 

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Orange County, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

First off be sure to make a reservation. This place was packed. Wonderful food, wine, service. If the asparagus soup is on the menu for the evening it is a must have.

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Additional Information about Buona Tavola

Address: 1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
Phone Number: 805-545-8000
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
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
Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
Cuisine: Italian

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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: Romantic, 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?