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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 143
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  • 54
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
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  • 9
    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
Family Celebration

We enjoyed a delicious authentic Italian dinner from an extensive menu with gluten free options. A treasure next-door to the Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
SLOCoaster
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San Luis Obispo, California
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San Luis Obispo, California
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a delicious authentic Italian dinner from an extensive menu with gluten free options. A treasure next-door to the Fremont Theater in downtown San Luis Obispo

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Louisville, Tennessee
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was cold and we were ushered in to the Garden room and I thought, wait a minute, but the wall space heaters were perfect. So nice to sit among plants and trees in the dead of winter. The food was great. I had the January special which was $30 for 3 courses. The pumpkin tortellini was perfection. The flat... More 

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Thank Leslie L
Berkeley, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Title says it all. We didn't end up eating here because they were so rude! SLO is beautiful and every other place we went - like Novo right up the street - was great. This place though was nearly empty and they acted like they were irritated with customers.

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1 Thank Dan B
Martinez, California
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60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

Small intimate restaurant and very authentic. They have a terrific wine list, a very tasty selection on the menu, and outstanding specials. The service was spot-on and we had a great time.

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Thank Martinezman1025
Los Angeles
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We are so happy that we walked by this place and went to eat there our last night. Seriously AMAZING food. The dessert was the best I have ever had. It was a vanilla custard with half chocolate and half caramel sauce. My boyfriend had the chocolate mousse and loved it too.

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Thank stephnewyork32
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

This is the best Italian restaurant in SLO. The service is great. The food seems very authentic Piedmontese style fare. The garden is delightful, especially for lunch. Great value, especially with daily specials. We dine here often, and love it

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Thank ghezzit
Los Angeles
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Four of us had an outstanding meal here. Each of us ordered something different and all were ecstatic. Two different kinds of seafood pastas, an osso buco, and a swordfish were all prepared to perfection. Starters, including a tomato bruscheta, were divine. Complementing it all, our waiter was also a somelier and he recommended individual glasses of wine for each... More 

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Thank LosAngelesExplorer
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Poor, having been to many excellent fresh Italian restaurants in SLO i found this one to remind me a of "Pre-Frozen" foods heated in a microwave. We had a large group in patio the servers got it all mixed up and when its was corrected it was cold, and tasteless.

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Nipomo, California
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Three foodie couples went to Buona Tavola for a nice Italian meal. We made reservations for the patio and wondered how it might be. Turns out, it was lovely as well as everything else that evening. Our waiter said the chef had been with the restaurant 24 years and the owner 28 years. That said a lot about the restaurant.... More 

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Thank Joe S
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

This time we visited the San Luis Obispo restaurant after a fine meal in the Paso Robles restaurant late last month. We were seated immediately at 5:30pm and the service could not have been better. We both think that the food was better, as well. I had the special Tagliatelle and my dinner companion had the linguini pesto dish. The... 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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?