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il Bongustaio

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Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
+ 503 2528-4200
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Antiguo Cuscatlan, El Salvador
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

Finding a good place to eat that is tasteful and not a chain is a blessing in this town. This place has a nice decor, simple and clean. The food was lovely and service very good.

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Thank Acebo R
Copenhagen, Denmark
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016 via mobile

Great Italian food. Nice ambience. A great place for family and friends. We had Fettuccine with Lobster and you must try that if you visit this lovely restaurant

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San Salvador, El Salvador
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

We ordered a couple of entrees (Pate and tomatoes) small but excelent taste; in the main course we had a Fettucini al Fungi Porcinni, Salt cod and the Fresh Salt Dry Fish; the Salt Cod was not that good, the rest of dishes where espectacular the Chef Roberto did a great job, the service was good but not great, the... More 

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Thank PWPIG
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51 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2016

The restaurant is italian restaurant, really classy, expensive, outstanding service, food is good; definatelly in my top 5 in the country

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Thank Nelson S
Santiago
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111 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Returning after some three years, I found il Bongustaio still a good choice. It's pricey, but the dishes are well-prepared and the service is good. The pasta cooked in squid ink was a big hit with two of our party. The wine list - mostly Italian vineyards - is varied and there are reasonably-priced alternatives. With security an issue in... More 

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Thank SheriffSantiago
Portland, Oregon
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194 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

This little oasis in the heart of the city is a delight to walk into. Everything is sleek, modern lines inside a beautiful historic building. The gin bar was awesome, although I only had the wine - which was great. The food was okay, and given the prices - a disappointment. Service was great. So if you don't mind spending... More 

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Thank Portlander
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

Not amazed....prices are high. Food is so so....service not the best. gin and tonic very good! Would not come back

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Thank Mediti
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 via mobile

Ive tried pasta, cant recall the name of the plate but it was a linguini eith tomato and hot sauce... Honestly... Could me a lot better for that high price...

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Thank Enrique F
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Good location, locale is nice, service is good though could benefit from a bit more training. Wine selection is superb. Salmon carpaccio was good though could favor from a bit more seasoning, calamari selection though overall good taste was a bit heavy for my taste. Overall recommended place to visit

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Thank Gustavo C
Curitiba, PR
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96 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

The fish of the day with funghi porcini was one of the best fish dishes I ever tasted. Extremely agreeable ambiance, great and great Italian seafood dishes, makes this one of the top restaurants in Central America. The only minus was the service, we waited an excessive time for the main dishes, but still, the food was impeccable!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $25
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Private Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Boulevard Racetrack # 605 Colonia San Benito | San Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador
  • Location: Central America  >  El Salvador  >  San Salvador Department  >  San Salvador
  • Phone Number: + 503 2528-4200

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?