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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 118
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 9
    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
great food - try the terrace

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
Ryan B
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Atlanta, Georgia
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
157 reviews 157 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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Bellevue, Washington
2 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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San Francisco, California
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169 reviews 169 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Fine dining? First class? No way! It takes more than white tablecloths. Bread should be served warm and salads cold -- both were at room temperature. My husband said his veal was very good, which is why I gave two stars instead of one. I had the Timballo Valdostano -- layers of grilled eggplant, red and yellow bell peppers, green... More 

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San Francisco, California
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61 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I asked whether garlic was used, especially in the Caesar and I was assured that garlic would be noticeable. It wasn't. The Caesar dressing was totally average and nothing close to true Caesar... not even remotely close. An eggplant/pasta dish was completely unremarkable. I could not recommend Buona Tavola over Mama's Meatball, down in The Creamery.

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I have been to soooo many restaurants recommended by friends as fabulous, only to find the food mediocre and the service condescending. Buona Tavola lived up to my friend's recommendation as his local favorite. The menu is unique and interesting, the service informative and pleasant and environment charming. It was difficult to decide what to order so we all ordered... More 

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Los Angeles
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110 reviews 110 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Excellent food and service, this small, high-end restaurant also has a good, but small, wine list. Considering the overall quality, its prices are quite reasonable. We can't wait to return!

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Northern California
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27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We were 9 people celebrating my mothers 94th birthday. It was a great evening. The garden setting was lovely. The service was very good and all of us loved our meals. I know 4 people ordered the Fra Diablo with varying heat levels and everyone of them were excellent. We have eaten at the Paso Robles location before and always... 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: 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?