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Buona Tavola

1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
+1 805-545-8000
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“pasta” (45 reviews)
“insalata” (5 reviews)
“bread” (22 reviews)
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1037 Monterey St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3206
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We’ ve been eating here for many years. It’s the absolute best Italian restaurant in the Central Coast. The pasta is home made and is delicious as are the salads. You won’t be disappointed

Thank Judith B
Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

We ate at the restaurant on a chilly (50°F), damp evening. It was definitely more comfortable to be seated in the front quarter/third of the restaurant — indoors — than in the enclosed and heated patio in back. In short, everything was excellent. The Caesar...More

Thank Doud_FtC
Reviewed February 19, 2018 via mobile

Guonan Tavola should wear the crown as the best Italian restaurant in SLO. Small, intimate with excellent food, reasonable prices and very personal service, it is exactly what we were looking for. The wine list is extensive and has some good values. Highly recommended!

Thank sleeplessinfrisco
Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

Our second visit here confirmed the very positive experience we had on our first visit. We once again love everything about it. First, the location is a little off the beaten path in SLO and that gives it a little more of a quiet, private...More

Thank Jon R
Reviewed January 21, 2018

We were underwhelmed by this restaurant, considering all the good reviews. Arrived on a chilly evening, assured that the heated patio would be warm. We were seated at a table the furthest from a heater. Requested a change to an empty table under a heater...More

Thank KiwiKatonah
Reviewed November 27, 2017

This is the 2nd time we have been here. First was full family during warmer weather and were able to eat on patio This time of year much cooler dinning is indoors and seating is limited. GET A RESERVATION! Again we wonder why this is...More

Thank justanotherdad2016
Reviewed November 6, 2017

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 October 18, 2017 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 October 17, 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 October 9, 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
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August 22, 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
US$21 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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