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Buona Tavola

1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
805-545-8000
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Boise, Idaho
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a memorable meal, reasonably priced at $44 per person for 3 courses plus wine pairing. We started with a classic caprese salad followed by a delightfully prepared pasta course, then a spectacular grilled salmon filet over greens. Then, couldn't resist a chocolate ganache and espresso to finish. Would revisit in a heartbeat.

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California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Buona Tavola is one of our favorite places for lunch. We bring business associates here for the great food and quiet atmosphere. The patio is charming. it's located in the downtown area of San Luis Obispo near the Freemont Theatre and the Government Center. It's a great restaurant for couples and friends. I wouldn't recommend bringing small children here. I... More

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Seattle, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We went there with our two kids (11 & 14) and two friends last Saturday - all of us are foodies. The place was packed and obviously the waiters were all pretty busy. I cannot remember the name of our waitress (she's getting married in September in case that helps). She was kind, funny and knowledgeable about the wine as... More

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San Luis Obispo, CA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

As a resident for over ten years, the improvements to the food quality and enviroment made by the relatively new manager Mr. Fabbretti are outstanding. I had the evenings special Italian Pork Sausage with Papperadella and it was as good at Italy. My two guests were equally as pleased with their meals. The new waiter Allesandro is direct from Italy... More

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San Antonio, Texas, United States
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This restaurant was delightful! Food was excellent, a little pricey, but well worth the atmosphere. Our server was excellent. She was so helpful and kind! A+

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Northern California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We stopped in for a light supper and a glass of wine, on the recommendation of friends. Wow, it was tasty. Not a ton of food - we just split a salad and an appetizer - but it was all delicious. Next time, we'll definitely ask for a patio table.

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Paso Robles, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Excellent for lunch! Our son loved eating the seafood linguini. The desserts made the girls swoon! The service was attentive and they kept my water glass full. That means so much to me!

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Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Mouthwatering food! My husband and I shared an appetizer - Affettati Misti. This is a substantial appetizer. It includes 3 of their homemade salamis (scrumptious!), 3 different cheeses, breadsticks wrapped with prosciutto, olives, and 2 different spreads. Not cheap but totally worth the splurge. We shared an entree - the tortelloni stuffed with pumpkin and ricotta - and we shared... More

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Walnut Creek, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Beautiful outdoor dining. Great ambiance and excellent service. Sausages and cheeses were homemade. Pasta and breads were delicious. Salad was good but heavy on the dressing. The salad portion was very large- and would be plenty for 2-3 to share. The owner is present and engages with his customers. He offers mostly northern italian fare from what I could tell.... More

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Berkeley, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This is a small, cozy place. You are greeted warmly upon arrival and service continues to be excellent throughout the meal. The food choices were great; gluten free options; Had the specials the waiter recommended as well as ravioli from menu. Both dishes were excellent. Salad was so fresh and had fruit along with greens. The dressing was perfect. Waiter... More

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