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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
805-545-8000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $21 - $30
Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Santa Rosa St.
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Ventura, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

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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Sacramento, California
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65 reviews 65 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Everything is perfect in this restaurant, starting with the most gracious owner. We didn't have a reservation, but were immediately seated and served bread with olive spread. A bit later we ordered food. It was unbelievable! Also, important thing is that portions were generous! We were so full. Ambience is great. My son was there before, but for me and... More 

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Morro Bay, California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

A number of pleasing meals at Paso but, not at SLO location. We went for wine special, but I was disappointed in execution of dishes-others ok with. Staffing?

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San Luis Obispo
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

I've always enjoyed the food, despite over-priced. I had requested a quiet table on my reservation and was seated on the patio. After 10 quiet minutes, the company party started up, with 30 or so loud people standing and drinking close by. I requested to be seated inside but was told this would involve a long wait. My mistake, I... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Food was mixed, some dishes were quite good, while others were just ok. The atmosphere was so-so. Small narrow place. Didn't see it as romantic as others have said. Prices seemed a bit high for quality of place. $12 for a starter Caesar salad of modest size. Service was very, very slow. That was ok since our party had a... More 

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Petaluma, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Busy popular restaurant in downtown SLO. My meal of Veal was good, however a couple people in our group were disappointed with their food and resorted to adding spices on their own to help it out. Service was so-so. Mama's Meatballs a few blocks away was a much better Italian restaurant choice for quality of food.

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Los Angeles, California
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79 reviews 79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

We've eaten here many, many times and have never been disappointed. The food is outstanding, as is the service. We like to sit in the back in the outdoor patio. Try it. You won't be disappointed

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Great anytime of the year. Indoor dining room is replete with white linen tablecloths and napkins. The wine list features most of the excellent Central Coast wineries. Although most of the menu has Italian classics there are local specialties and seafood. Great food and wonderful service, they even have a waiter direct from Italy with continental service! Doesn't get much... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

If you like Italian, you're going to be happy in San Luis because there are a number of really good Italian restaurants. Buona Tavola is certainly one of them and possibly the best. BT is a white linen kind of place with excellent italian food, wonderful California (and other) wines and a warm atmosphere. My favorite area is the al... More 

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Folsom, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

This is a great little italian place. Great food! The courtyard diniing in the back is really nice! The indoor part looked good too.

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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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