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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 2013
Price range: $21 - $30
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
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Had the shrimp risotto on 4/7. The risotto was a bit under done and the shrimp needed to be cleaned better. Tails should have been removed also. Good flavor and plenty of shrimp. Decent price for a decent meal.

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We had dinner with friends here a couple of weeks ago and had a great meal and terrific service. Andreas the manage took special care of us. The patio in the back is heated, quiet, and very pretty. Extensive menu and well chosen wines made the evening a big success. We're only in CA once a year but can't wait... More

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Tustin, California
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67 reviews 67 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

My family of six ate here for dinner on a Saturday night. Patio seating was a tiny bit chilly but the outdoor heaters did their best to keep us comfy. Our waiter was excellent and did a great job moving things along without making us feel rushed. We had the carpaccio (great), clam soup (good), bruschetta (good), osso bucco (good... More

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

To put it simply, I had a really nice dining experience here. The outdoor seating area still feels intimate, very nice and refreshing. Our main server was attentive and knowledgeable about everything on the menu, including how to pronounce everything (a pet peeve of mine: servers who don't know how to say the name of a dish). Everyone else who... More

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Northern California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We had a great meal and great service on our visit. We sat on the covered patio even tho it was raining and were quite comfortable. The service was attentive and all 6 members of our party had an excellent meal. Yes, it is pricey, but worth it.

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California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Expensive but great food. Location is excellent, the service was fantastic. Wine price was reasonable.

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Danville, California
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30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

The first thing you'll notice is the quiet ambience. The large covered patio in the back is romantic, and its heated so don't worry. The menu is extensive with great selections of meat, fish as well as pasta. Nice local and Italian wines. My meal was served hot, but I wasn't rushed and could enjoy a nice conversation with Antonio,... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is a nice spot in SLO and they do a good job with a classic Italian menu. Particularly of interest and importance to me were their gluten free and gluten free options. A great deal of the menu was available with these options, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Good service and lovely outdoor seating.

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Los Osos, California, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Celebrated my wife's birthday here on Saturday night with a lovely dinner on the heated patio. There was a mess up with the reservation : my request for patio seating had not been passed on by opentable.com, as I discovered when I followed up by phone to check the reservation. Thanks to Andrea the manager or fixing this! After we... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Delicious Italian in SLO. Shared Pappardelle with shrimp, scallops and smoked salmon as a starter followed by apple / walnut and prosciutto salad and rich and creamy smooth gelato for desert. My brother had the veal which was melt in your mouth and tasty. Waiter was friendly and professional. Very good food, reasonable prices - wish it was closer to... More

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