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Buona Tavola

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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206 (Santa Rosa St.)
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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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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St. Paul
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86 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Be sure to eat on the patio. Heaters, twinkling lights, vines growing, etc.

Thank jgl99
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Very nice restaurant. I had linguine bolognese and my husband had the pork-chop special. The olive spread that they serve with bread is amazing - the even sell it to go. The service was good and attentive. Cost was a bit high, but the food and location probably merited them.

Thank Lisa C
Home Usa
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178 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really interesting, authentic Italian menu and special choices, and everything served was just delicious. The atmosphere back in the patio (comfortably heated) is the best--open and airy, uncrowded, and quieter than the front room. Great servers and service. We'll most definitely be back!

Thank CaseyfromBoston
Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not our first visit here but not the best either. The food was great as usual. However, we were introduced to our waitress with the warning that she was in training. It showed throughout the meal. We continuously had to request service from her, although other support staff kept our water filled and cleared out dishes away quickly. After a... More 

Thank e2live
Healdsburg, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The special tortelloni with mushroom sauce was outstanding. Handmade today, the filling contained ground veal, ricotta and seasoning. The flavors exploded in my mouth. The lamb steak with dijonnaise sauce was perfectly cooked. Three vegetable sides also seasoned and prepared just right. Oh,yes, the starter of cold tomato soup with a light addition of goat cheese was very good.

Thank H7357FGlindah
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We passed this place on our way to explore the farmers market. The smells coming from the door, lovely ambience and interesting menu enticed us back. We arrived not long before closing, but were treated to outstanding service, with suggestions for salad, wine and then delicious, perfectly prepared main dishes. A wonderful way to end the day! I 'll be... More 

Thank Dorena M
San Luis Obispo, California
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153 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

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

Thank sloyakman
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

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.

Thank denygold56
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

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.

Thank DrasticTraveler
Montreal, Canada
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94 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 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.

Thank awp2005

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$21 - $30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
5:30 pm - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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?