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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
17:30 - 14:00
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 21:30
Thu 17:30 - 14:00
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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San Luis Obispo, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank slofoodie_2
Level Contributor
41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 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.

Thank Welshbouy
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 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

Thank D6898PBlindaa
Ventura, CA
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 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 

Thank Sleeli
Atascadero, California
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44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 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 

Thank Ron R
St. Paul
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103 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

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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271 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 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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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?