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“Excellent Italian with Great Atmosphere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of il Bongustaio

il Bongustaio
Boulevard del Hipodromo #605, Colonia San Benito, San Salvador, El Salvador
(503) 25284200
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Ranked #17 of 152 restaurants in San Salvador
Price range: $20 - $25
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Good for: Romance, Doing business
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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61 restaurant reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“Excellent Italian with Great Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Excellent Italian food including house made pastas, seafood and meat dishes. Bar area is separate from the dining room which overlooks a small yard giving it an open feeling. Service was top notch and the bartenders are excellent. I ate at the bar while doing some work and watching the bartenders make up all sorts of cocktails. If you want a great meal, especially for a special event or to impress some business colleagues this is the spot. Not cheap, but for San Salvador good value for the food.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Samaria_Quigley, Gerente at il Bongustaio, responded to this review, 1 week ago
Paul, thanks so much for your comment. I´m glad you had the whole experience with the bar and restaurant. I invite you stay in our Boutique Hotel Casa ILB and enjoy the spacious and luxurious suites.
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  • English first
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  • Spanish first
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English first
San Salvador, El Salvador
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
14 helpful votes 14 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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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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42 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 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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9 restaurant reviews
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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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