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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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  • English first
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  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
San Luis Obispo, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The outdoor garden is delightful...the quality to the food consistently wonderful...the wild grilled salmon exquisite...

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San Luis Obispo, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Antonio (owner) is amazing and his passion is food with your experience. He makes his own salami and the cheeses are amazing. You will not be disappointed.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The service was far from great. The manager, I believe, called one of the members of our party to tell her that he was going to charge the cards used to pay a mandatory tip he failed to include originally, which I presume can't be lawful without the consent of the card owners.

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Boise, Idaho
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
12 helpful votes 12 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
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77 reviews 77 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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