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Buona Tavola

1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
+1 805-545-8000
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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Closes in 15 min
11:30 am - 9:30 pmAll hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
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1 - 10 of 279 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We set up Thanksgiving dinner with this place back in early September. No indication they would decide, almost 6 weeks later to "block out that day." I explained we would be traveling from outside the area for Thanksgiving. Sadly, no joy. Reservation cancelled.

1  Thank Robert W
Reviewed 18 October 2017

Both the risotto and the seafood pasta dish my wife had were outstanding. Staff were very friendly and accommodating. We were seated in the 'garden'--technically outdoors but with walls and a cover, so it was almost like being indoors. They feature quite a few local...More

Thank Paul2208
Reviewed 10 October 2017

I wanted to surprise my wife for our wedding anniversary by taking her to an Italian restaurant that friends recommended so I made reservations for Buona Tavola. When we arrived the hostess was very kind and the environment was beautiful! However, we did not get...More

Thank Griffeny
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I ate lunch at this restaurant and ordered a breast of chicken stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto served with fresh vegetables. Everything was delicious. I hope to eat here again before I leave the area.

Thank Lee F
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

With so many choices when it comes to dinner places in SLO, this restaurant deserves to be on anyone's list. You can enjoy a relaxed dining experience with excellent service whether you decide to eat inside or enjoy the garden. The menu is varied and...More

Thank DoctorTraveller1959
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Not sure why this place is in the #3 slot here> the food is authentic, the service was exceptional. Family of 4 on a not too busy night, which should be considered of course, but everyone form owner Andrea Fabbretti back up waiters were attentive,...More

Thank camm s
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Wonderful atmosphere. Great for business lunches during the day and romantic dinners at night. Love the patio seating. Delicious food. Great service and atmosphere.

Thank Charmaine B
Reviewed 7 September 2017

I've eaten many lunches and dinners here over several years. This is the type of place that often gets overlooked. It's very solid, not splashy or trendy. It just provides fresh, well prepared food and excellent service consistently in a very nice atmosphere for a...More

Thank David G
Reviewed 29 August 2017 via mobile

I can never say I had a bad experience here. Food is also exquisite. I love bringing people here and just talking about it. I have eaten here more than I do McDonald's or taco bell. If you haven't had, you must try. And if...More

Thank Jojo R
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23 August 2016|
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Response from Stephen H | Reviewed this property |
$20-25 per person
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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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