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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
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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108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My wife and I had a fabulous meal at Bouna Tavola in Paso Robles. Although you need to alert the restaurant beforehand, the veal Milanese can be ordered and is wonderful. Pasta, salads, bread, and wine are also memorable. The staff are first rate. Highly, highly recommended.

Thank Traveldudeworldwide
Nipomo, California
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110 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had wanted to come here for quite a while and finally got a chance. This restaurant did not disappoint. Clearly, this is no secret because we had plenty of company when we arrived. While the restaurant appears at first to be quite small, they have a large patio in back that accommodates at least twice as many diners as... More 

Thank Tom R
Long Beach, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Made a reservation through yelp a few days in advance. Probably didn't need it for a Thursday night but I like to play it safe. I'm too lazy and greedy to wait. There was a farmer's market nearby which made parking difficult but we worked it out. The staff was great and our waitress was very attentive. My 8 year... More 

Thank TonyGal3s
San Luis Obispo, California
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After we returned from Italy Buona Tavola is the only place that really feels like your back in Italy. Other restaurants are just not the real thing! Buona Tavola is our favorite restaurant in town and has been for years and years. The food is authentic and the service is perfect!

Thank Faith C
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was family dinner with our son who is a student at Cal Poly. The food was wonderful: mussels & clams appetizer; ravioli stuffed with shrimp, veal with portabello mushrooms, and carpacio (I had this as a main). We sat in the back patio, which is lovely.

Thank Karen E
San Luis Obispo, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 April 2017

The meals are very tasty. My husband loves the caesar salad. On Wednesday nights they have 1/2 price on a bottle of wine.

Thank Peggy D
fresno, CA
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Small intimate with fantastic everything; atmosphere, service, food and staff was outstanding. Not a place for large parties, but more than welcoming and delightful.

Thank KathyLP320
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We ate on the enclosed patio on what was a cold night outside, but the patio was very pleasant, and almost too warm with the heater. Everyone enjoyed their meals, and the service was efficient and prompt, which was great as we were going to the symphony that night after dinner.

Thank Michael P
Los Angeles, California
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166 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

We are never disappointed with the food here. Pasta of all kinds with sophisticated flavor Last night the soup special was a yellow squash soup that was excellent. Go and enjoy

Thank psychjudy
Denver, CO
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

We had a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The staff was fantastic and the food was exceptional. I highly recommend this during a visit to SLO.

Thank Melloh99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?