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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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Today
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Closed now
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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Special occasions
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 110
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
I'll be back

First time here after 20 years eating at other Italian restaurants in the area. Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, forget the bread, large portions, next time I'll order one of the specials. Based upon reputation I was a bit disappointed but I'll definitely come back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 22, 2015
William M
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Visalia, CA
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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186 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Visalia, CA
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

First time here after 20 years eating at other Italian restaurants in the area. Very nice atmosphere, excellent service, forget the bread, large portions, next time I'll order one of the specials. Based upon reputation I was a bit disappointed but I'll definitely come back.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We make sure to visit this restaurant every time we visit our son at Cal Poly. It is as close to authentic Italian food as we have ever had outside of Italy. From appetizers to entrees, we've never had a better meal in SLO. Always too full to order desert. But, we will be doing that soon, as it is... More 

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752 reviews 752 reviews
502 restaurant reviews
1,704 helpful votes 1,704 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

For our Valentine's dinner, we chose Buona Tavola in SLO after a fun day of wine tasting in Paso Robles. We were seated at a table right under a tree, the outdoor area is very pretty and there is a very comfortable, nice ambiance going on there. After a few minutes of being seated, we were greeted with some droppings... More 

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9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was pretty cold and rainy this past weekend and we had my parents in town and we were meeting up with old friends! The friends made reservations and we were so warm and cozy on the back patio at one point we had to ask if they could turn the heaters off for a minute! The food was amazing... More 

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Sacramento, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This is one of our favorite fine dining establishments when visiting our Cal Poly son. Never has disappointed food- or service-wise. The enclosed patio in back is fetching and makes the whole experience even better.

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Corona, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The restaurant was almost empty due to the superbowl game, otherwise it is usually packed! There is outdoor dining or a small indoor dining room. Nice wine list and save room for dessert

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

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
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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: Romance, 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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?