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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
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
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Paso Robles, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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San Clemente, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We stopped in San Luis Obispo as we were traveling the coast on a family trip to see the California Missions. Dinner here was the best of our whole trip. So much so, that our return trip took us to Paso Robles and we made sure to have dinner at the sister restaurant. To begin with, it is a quaint... More

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San Luis Obispo CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Went (again) to Buona for lunch today. Had the special, grilled chicken sandwich on fresh baked focaccia bread. To die for. Their caesar salad is great, which comes with it, tho they changed the croutons. They need to return to the old (fresh homemade style). The waiter (I am sure is from Italy) is so good looking too. I love... More

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SF Bay area
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

On our first visit, my family and I happened upon this place while parked nearby. Italian food is always our preference, especially homemade pasta dishes. So, this was a treat to have their filled pasta and dine in the outdoor patio. We've returned several times during our visit to SLO and have always had a great experience. Our my recent... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Our favorite thing to do is to make a last minute decision to go here to eat at the bar. We'll have a Kobe burger to split and a salad, probably the fuji apple. Or we'll order different appetizers. Sometimes we order a full meal & eat it at the bar. But every very special occasion we definitely make a... More

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Live Oak, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Nothing not to like! Charming, very nice service, delicious food. A nice walk from north Monterey Street. We sat in the patio area on a cool evening (as they often are in SLO) and the heater took care of any chill. It was a special dinner for us, but think if we lived in town, we would surely be regulars... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The owner is maticulous and a true chef. Everything is exactly like what you would get in Italy. A little pricey but well worth it.

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