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Buona Tavola

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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
+1 805-545-8000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (46 reviews)
“insalata” (5 reviews)
“bread” (22 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Absolutely the best Italian meal we have had in a very long time. The pasta dishes were perfectly cooked, with just the right quantities to leave us perfectly satisfied but not over-full. I had the fettuccine with a mixed meat sauce, while my wife had...More

Thank Greg H
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went there for my daughters wedding rehearsal dinner, and loved it. We all sat outside on the back patio at long tables. The food choices were excellent: fresh salmon, filet mignon, and scampi. Service was prompt and friendly, and the owner explained details about...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

this restaurant is authentic Italian owned by an italian family. The meat is fresh from their own farm and the food is all fantastic

Thank Ashley G
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

We’ ve been eating here for many years. It’s the absolute best Italian restaurant in the Central Coast. The pasta is home made and is delicious as are the salads. You won’t be disappointed

Thank Judith B
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

We ate at the restaurant on a chilly (50°F), damp evening. It was definitely more comfortable to be seated in the front quarter/third of the restaurant — indoors — than in the enclosed and heated patio in back. In short, everything was excellent. The Caesar...More

Thank Doud_FtC
Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Guonan Tavola should wear the crown as the best Italian restaurant in SLO. Small, intimate with excellent food, reasonable prices and very personal service, it is exactly what we were looking for. The wine list is extensive and has some good values. Highly recommended!

Thank sleeplessinfrisco
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

Our second visit here confirmed the very positive experience we had on our first visit. We once again love everything about it. First, the location is a little off the beaten path in SLO and that gives it a little more of a quiet, private...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed January 21, 2018

We were underwhelmed by this restaurant, considering all the good reviews. Arrived on a chilly evening, assured that the heated patio would be warm. We were seated at a table the furthest from a heater. Requested a change to an empty table under a heater...More

Thank KiwiKatonah
Reviewed November 27, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have been here. First was full family during warmer weather and were able to eat on patio This time of year much cooler dinning is indoors and seating is limited. GET A RESERVATION! Again we wonder why this is...More

Thank justanotherdad2016
Reviewed November 6, 2017

Sit on the heated patio, look over the extensive SLO and Italian wine list and enjoy this fabulous restaurant. The food was delicious and bountiful. The staff a treat. Ask for recommendations and focus on the specials as the chef knows his business.

Thank Randall S
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$20-25 per person
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$21 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children
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: +1 805-545-8000
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