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Buona Tavola

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1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206 (Santa Rosa St.)
+1 805-545-8000
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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is our second January get-away in San Luis Obispo and our second time at this restaurant. Excellent food, excellent wines and excellent service

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

The atmosphere and food were wonderful. I had seafood and pasta and loved it. Service was friendly and prompt. We will definitely go back when in San Luis again.

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Nor Cal
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

The place was recommended to us by a local so we decided to give it a try. We had a great meal with great service and were glad we made the choice.

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Salem, Oregon
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016

We ordered a salad, insalata del dante which was large and good, the Timbalo on the second plate, and a pasta dish of tortiglioni buon gustaio. I wasn't crazy about the tortiglioni as was a bit watery and lots of tomatoes, but that's just my taste buds. It was prepared well. The Timbalo was wonderful. My wife couldn't stop complimenting... More 

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San Luis Obispo, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2016

Buona Tavola is our go to place for a romantic Italian dinner in town. The food is always fresh, the service impeccable, and we love to sit out on the back patio with the fountains and twinkle lights. Don't hesitate to try their home-cured meats - fresh salami and sausage.

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Thank slofoodie_2
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

This is a small restaurant with fine Italian food. It's definitely a great place for a special occasion. Service is good and the food is delicious. You probably need reservations for the weekend.

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Creston
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Small, intimate restaurant with patio dining! Excellent wine list and wonderful-tasting food! Love the artichoke salad! Fresh, homemade olive tepanade, house cured salami

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Ventura, CA
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38 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

This is not a budget Italian restaurant, but is worth every penny for a special occasion. Every mouthful of food had me exclaiming, "I can't believe how good this tastes!" Perfect Bruschetta (fresh, fresh, fresh tomatoes), amazing arugula salad (it was a special that night and was big enough to have as a main course, or easily split between 2... More 

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Atascadero, California
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

You have a very friendly staff and excellent food. The ambiance was perfect for my wife and I. We will be back. The owner is extremely helpful and nice. Ordinarily I don't eat Italian food with a lot of cheese and etc. but my wife talked me into it and boy was I pleased. You guys have made me a... More 

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St. Paul
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Cuisine
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
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: +1 805-545-8000

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?