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Buona Tavola

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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206 (Santa Rosa St.)
805-545-8000
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11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu 5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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San Luis Obispo, California
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150 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Price matches the excellent food and service. Here for an anniversary and sat in the covered patio; Perfect Dinner.

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Thank sloyakman
California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best meal we have had in a very long time. Service was suburb. The flavors had depth from the appetizer to desert to coffee. Everyone was welcoming, from hostess to bus boys. Our waitress Julia was Italian so listening to the excitement about each dish with the beautiful way she spoke it made experience even better.

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Thank denygold56
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is like stepping into Italy, but in California. Every dish that I've tried here on 3 occasions has been superlative. Servers are professional and attentive without being cloying, and they know how to make wine pairing recommendations. Prices are very fair for this kind of experience.

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Thank DrasticTraveler
Montreal, Canada
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91 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful terrace setting, very romantic. The staffs are friendly and courteous, knowledgeable of what is in their menu. Food came in timely manners with beautiful presentation and just perfect portion. Taste good but definitely not WOW. 3 stars for the food, 4 stars for service.

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Thank awp2005
Arroyo Grande, California
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55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This local gem has been a restaurant scene staple in SLO for more than two decades. With the addition of Italian brothers, Andrea and Paolo, it just keeps getting better -- if that is even possible. From the inventive salads to the home made pastas, sauces, fresh seafood and perfectly prepared meats --all locally sourced, this "good table" is a... More 

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Thank Stephen H
Smithfield, Rhode Island
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The aroma's were wonderful and the food was awesome. The waiter was excellent. We loved the fact that there was no loud music and we could really enjoy our meal and our conversation. Excellent value. Definitely recommend.

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Thank Jane M
Fishkill, New York
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

THe owners were two italian brothers, one as a main server and other in front. Very friendly and italian accent and way of talking. Food was from their part of region but was good and testy. Little pr icy, everything was ala cart. Nice clean garden environment, good service.

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Thank sudhir d
Pebble Beach, California
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, excellent service and pleasant, personal attention, with great timing - allowing us to have our conversation with one another. The food was fresh and yummy.

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Thank snsbear
Long beach
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

My daughter and I had a lovely,quiet, weeknight dinner here- everything was amazing, including the service. Homemade pork and chicken sausage- beautiful salad and homemade pasta- a must!

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Thank DVansinden
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66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely loved this place. We had made a booking for 9pm but were slightly delayed. I phoned to let the restaurant know, and Andrea was super nice, said it would be ok. When we arrived we were treated royally even though we clearly were the last customers and probably kept the kitchen working longer than expected. It was a real... More 

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Thank Hélène D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
    (Santa Rosa St.)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: 805-545-8000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?