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“Great fresh Italian” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buona Tavola

Buona Tavola
Ranked #10 of 301 Restaurants in San Luis Obispo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Santa Rosa St.
Calgary, Canada
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Great fresh Italian”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012 via mobile

Had the angel hair pasta with tomatoes, a simple dish that can sometimes be hard to get right. It was perfect! Pasta was beautifully cooked and the whole dish was so fresh! We also tried the bruschetta and the caprese salad, which were both wonderful as well. Service was attentive and friendly, and they have an extensive beverage and wine list - lots of local, Italian-inspired selections. Only two things: the dining room can get a little hot, so try and sit in the garden patio on a warm day; and the desserts, though good, don't appear to be freshly made (from scratch) like the pasta.

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USA
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95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Our go-to place here in our hometown.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

Great service, a varied and well prepared menu (including 3 savory course offerings), interesting dinner specials each day, and an excellent wine list. If you enjoy eating Italian, you will love Buona Tavola

Visited June 2012
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US
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“A little gem in San Luis Obispo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2012

I loved this place! The staff members were fantastic and the food superb. I had the minestrone soup. The broth was delicious and the vegetables tasted like they came right out of the garden. They have quite a selection of food from the northern regions of Italy to choose from, and if everything else is as good as the soup then you can't go wrong. For dessert I had a cappuccino and biscotti and both were great.

They have a large wine selection but since I don't drink wine I cannot comment on that in more detail.

If you go on the weekend you should make a reservation. Ask to be seated on the back patio; it is quiet, secluded, and lovely.

Visited June 2012
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Long Beach, California
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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“Charming Italian Restaurant near downtown SLO”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2012

The patio room was a very inviting space with a high ceiling and sufficient space heaters to keep it comfortable even on a very chilly night. The service was first rate. The appetizers and the salads were the best part of the meal, especially the artisan salamis made in-house, and the olive spread. The pasta dishes could have used a little more innovation and selection.

Visited May 2012
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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“The Real Deal for Italian Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

Buona Tavola's chef comes from Northern Italy, and the menu showcases authentic Italian dishes. The penne arrabiata is excellent, the salads fresh, and the service quite good. In nice weather it's very pleasant to have your meal outside in the garden- like setting in back. Inside, the ambience is not so hot since it is a relatively small, boxy room. But go there for the fine dining experience.

Visited January 2012
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