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Giuseppe's Cucina Italiana - CLOSED

891 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2531
+1 805-773-2870
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“pasta” (74 reviews)
“bread” (82 reviews)
“orecchiette” (7 reviews)
Restaurant Hours Closed
Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
891 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2531
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11 - 20 of 663 reviews

Reviewed July 13, 2016

We had a delicious dinner on the patio, rustic and charming. Server was great. Italian fare including seafood. Nice wine list.

Thank deislerfam
Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

We had a really good meal here. Delicious pastas, great atmosphere and really friendly people. A place to go back to!

1  Thank Marlene D
Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

Was very good, hope they rebuild. Pismo staple. While open, visited many times, always a great experience.

Thank Eric M
Reviewed June 27, 2016

Giuseppe"s hat a 2:00 am fire and is totally gutted. The owners hope to rebuild the 1920 structure as soon as possible..

Thank Pizmobob
Reviewed June 27, 2016

There was a party of 4 of us and 3 of the meals were fine. As with most Italian restaurants there were vegetarian choices available. Unfortunately one of the meals, a lasagne, was not hot and although the waiter took it away with no complaint...More

Thank northumbrian
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

Saturday morning we lost an iconic Italian restaurant that was loved by visitors and locals alike. The fire took out most of the restaurant. The fire pretty much gutted the place. I will miss their delicious calamari, their pizzas and their yummy pastas. Pismo Beach...More

1  Thank CentralCoastWine
Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

The entire family enjoyed their meals. There were eight of us and the meals ranged from gnocchi and Sal Siccia pizza to Linguine ai fruiti de mare. We were all full and satisfied when we left. The best bite of the meal was the bread...More

Thank Julie M
Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant had been referred by a friend many times and I now see why. They don't take reservations and the wait was a little long but it was worth waiting for. Food was excellent (although they could offer more vegetarian options). Our waiter was...More

Thank Bobbi T
Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Great atmosphere and great food. The pizza was amazing! Amazing service ❤️ the waiters were super nice! The happiest place in pismo beach ☺️

Thank Einav S
Reviewed June 21, 2016

We tried several salads, a wood-fired pizza, and some tortellini. All were very good. We did not have to wait for a table on a Sunday night.

Thank Tony_from_Ohio
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Restaurant Details

Average prices
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 891 Price St, Pismo Beach, CA 93449-2531
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Pismo Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 805-773-2870
  • E-mail
Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana was founded in 1988 by Giuseppe DiFronzo as a senior project upon graduation from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Joe, “Giuseppe”, is a son of Italian immigrants who along with the majority of their family emigrated from Bari, Puglia. Puglia is the heel of the boot region of Italy, otherwise known as the California of Italy.Joe grew up in Southern California where he learned his craft working for his four uncles who all owned Italian Delicatessens and bakeries. After fishing in Alaska on a crab boat upon graduation from Cal Poly, Joe returned to Pismo Beach and started his first 8-table restaurant in the old Landmark Hotel in Pismo. Three years later he moved to the historic Plessas Tavern, a Pismo landmark since 1921. This institution fed the likes of Eleanor Roosevelt, Bob Hope, Clark Gable, and many dignitaries and stars traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Locals were thrilled to see the eatery reopen and thrive for the last 24 years! Today Giuseppe’s boasts an Italian deli and bakery across the street at 800 Price Street as well. Giuseppe also opened a sister restaurant in 2005 in downtown San Luis Obispo named “Palazzo Giuseppe.” Giuseppe spends his pastime cultivating his family farm from which he produces his 15 year old “DiFronzo Vineyards” wines, featured in his eateries. In addition to wine, he grows, cooks, and serves his organic heirloom fruits, vegetables, and herbs with pride and confidence.
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