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“best restaurant in town” 5 of 5 stars
Review of il Bongustaio

il Bongustaio
Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
+ 503 2528-4200
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Ranked #11 of 165 Restaurants in San Salvador
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
San Salvador, El Salvador
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“best restaurant in town”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Upmarket authentic Italian food with good quality wines and a wide choice.
Here you will eat as well as in Italy, with a focus on Tuscany cuisine with no compromises to please uneducated costumers.
One of the few places of international standard in the country also for the attentive but not intrusive service. Very nice setting with a view on a garden. Very recommended for business and for couples (At night the setting is very romantic !). Booking recommended expeciallly in the evening.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Guatemala City, Guatemala
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Elegant restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012

Good for a nice night out with a bar and in a lovely art deco style house … kind of a boutique hotel … the garden and terrace are magnificent, the service is good attentive and friendly and the food has a delicate flavor well served and a good chef … very nice outing you need a reservation… make sure you get the right place they have moved few months ago...

Visited October 2012
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Santiago
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64 reviews 64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Good Upscale Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Il Buno Gustaio is rather expensive, but a good alternative if you fancy Italian on a trip to San Salvador. Located in a converted house near the prominent hotels, the tables are on a terrace facing an attractive garden. The food is generally excellent (high marks from 6 of 7 in our party), from pastas to fish and meat dishes. Try the pasta with squid ink sauce or the grilled octopus. Beware of pricing on the specials. The wine list has a good selection from the Italian regions, but is a bit pricy. It is currently the In Place with locals, so be sure to book a reservation.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Il Buon Gustaio Gets it Right”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

I would highly recommend that any visitors to San Salvador try Il Buon Gustaio. Great wine list, several vegetarian options on-menu, and attentive staff. A must!

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“One of the better restaurant in San Salvador!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Hungry for Italian? Try this charming restaurant in an upscale neighborhood of San Salvador! The restaurant is part of B&B and serves primarily Italian dishes, I had pasta with scallopers and my friend had his usual fish cooked in salt casing. I truly enjoyed my pasta, I tasted the fish and amazingly it was not salty at all. In fact, it was moist and sweet. I was told that the BB is a converted Convent? Looked at some rooms and it was beautifully done, it includes breakfast, served in the restaurant. Highly recommend it!

Visited February 2012
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