Buon Gusto
Buon Gusto

Buon Gusto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buongustorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (650) 742-9777
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: M-F 11:00am-2:30pm
    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Contact: Vincenzo Vecchiola 6507429777
  • Entertainment: One of the Owners, Vincenzo Vecchiola performs card tricks that will boggle your mind while you sip on one of the many excellent choices on our wine list.
  • Special Events: We are open on Father's day for lunch and dinner from 11:00am to 10:00pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Airport Blvd
  • Public Transit: CalTrain South San Francisco Station is located at 590 Dubuque Ave and Grand Ave, and is .26 miles aka walking distance. The South San Francisco BART station is 2.3 miles from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered Public parking is adjacent to the resturant. Metered street parking is also in abundance.
A word from Buon Gusto
Ristorante Buon Gusto is simply the most authentic Italian restaurant in the Bay Area. We mix Sicilian cuisine, an excellent wine menu, a full bar, background Italian music, and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere to create a dining experience without equal.

Our Experienced staff have a well earned reputation of offering consistent and premier service.

We cater to business travelers, families, romantic couples, and our many loyal local patrons.

Come and experience Italian dining at its most genuine. Come once, and we know that you will come back, again and again!

Our restaurant is open for lunch on week days, and for dinner every day. Ask about our special banquet menu. Let us work with you to plan a memorable event featuring superb food and wine, and hosted in one of our private meeting rooms—ideal for business or family gatherings of any kind.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Buon Gusto reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (49)fit for foodies (24)special occasion (24)good for groups (17)great for lunch (14)romantic (13)notable wine list (11)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great food, Great find!
    Barkley
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Found Buon Gusto to meet a friend halfway between the City and Woodside...compared to driving up into the City, this restaurant was easy to locate and had free public parking in a large lot right next door. Nice, family friendly ambiance with lots of diners filling the main dining room even at 630pm on a Saturday night. Food was very good--pasta delicious. Service very attentive, not rushed. My initial request for just hot water (not tea) was kept flowing thru the meal without me asking again for a refill. Our dessert (tiramisu) was brought frozen but replaced quickly and not charged to us on the final bill. We also were the recipients of full glasses of complementary wine at the end of the meal--great wine, not a weak "house wine". Will definitely return again given the great initial experience. Recommend you try this place if you want a solid, reasonably priced, enjoyable, and easy dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Team Lunch
    Curious
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    My team and I came here for a team lunch and it was a great experience. Our server (the owner?) was amazing and he does magic! :) It was fun and the food was amazing. This place is simple yet amazing. It gives you that home-y feeling.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Really - a neighborhood gem
    TheRyans
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Buon Gusto has been in its present location since the 80's. It is a place that is uncompromisingly itself. We made a reservation through Open Table, but that concept kind of goes out the window when you show up. The owner seats you, and that's all there is to it. We did get seated before some people who were standing there when we entered, so maybe he did know of our reservation. We only waited a couple of minutes anyway, mainly for a clean table to open up. The food was very good, but the experience was better. Buon Gusto is obviously a place where people from the area feel comfortable. It was a Friday night, and there were a number of groups of 4+ enjoying an end-of-week relaxing Italian meal. This was a legit Italian trattoria-no pizza.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful Meal!
    Bozozo01
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    We split a seafood dish(delicious) and salad and they cheerfully split both for us. Delicious house wine and the place was packed and we still had great service. I would recommend getting a reservation as we probably would have had to wait if we hadn't done so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Anniversary celebration
    Frank
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We stopped here for our anniversary as we were getting ready to leave on a cruise. Food was excellent, service was excellent and really enjoy the ambience of the restraint. Found this gem a few years ago and couldn't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always good
    Lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Love the bruschetta!! The fish special was excellent. Wish the minestrone had pasta - but still good . The complimentary sherry at the end of the meal is the perfect end to the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This is a great restaurant to have a full authentic Italian dinner or lunch. The dinners include soup or salad, bread and/or veggie & polenta side dishes with dinner entrees. The marinara sauce is delicious. There are great choices of pastas, entrees, appetizers, salads and good wines by the glass. Friday nights are very busy, so make a reservation! It appears to be a real "neighborhood gem!"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Shortpaws1VIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    This place has been here for years. I forgot how wonderful it was until I came here the other night. It was Friday night and the place was packed. The noise level was high. The service was a bit slow, but like I said at first it was packed. The food was delicious. Come by and check it out for yourselves. The owner, Vincenzo did some magic tricks to entertain us at our table. That was a special treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • RockyRick
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Excellent food & service - definitely make reservations - great for personal and business lunches
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I always enjoy Buon Gusto!
    PattyVIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    We got to Buon Gusto and had a drink at the bar. We were so comfortable there that we decided to eat dinner at the bar. The chicken piccata and veal scallopini were delicious. Good wine list. We even got to see a card trick!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • new owners?
    j9usherVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I can't believe the restaurant that i have enjoyed for over 10 years has changed so much. The menu is different and the food no longer has any taste. All four of us at the table were deeply disappointed in the food. The prices are higher but the quality is not there. For all of you that fell in love with this restaurant like I did, might want to head somewhere else! The service was not there...water had to be requested, ice tea was not refilled until a request was made. after food served, no one checked on the table for 15 minutes. I had a medium rare steak that was well done and ended up eating it since no one was around to check!
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good solid food
    myrneVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Always reliable and friendly, the polenta is delicious as is the Chicken Mattone, have never had a meal that was below expectations. Our friends ordered, Petrale Sole, and the marinated calamari salad, all excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GreatmealVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We made open table reservation but owner didn't look it up when he greeted us. Then he showed us to a table and we ordered quickly thanks to Carlos our waiter. Food came and was very good..consistent with the last time we ate here almost a year ago. We are from out of state so we always are looking for good restaurants. This remains high on our list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistency!
    Gowgows
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We had dinner with sister & her hubby last Friday night. This was one of the restaurants that they enjoyed very much before, when they visited SF two years ago. Three of us had the Sole which was always the best. My hubby had the lamb which was excellent as usual. Great food as always! We will all be back soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    Lucibella
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Food was good. Service was great. Veal, not so much. I had the saltambco.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need more Italians
    SenorGigante61
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Looking around, I thought to myself, "Do Italians really own this restaurant?" But, the food seemed pretty good and authentic.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food and Good Service
    KellyIVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    We enjoyed the food and the service was great. When we arrived, there was a strong smell of disinfectant that was a bit unappetizing, but we were glad we stayed as the food was very good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Italian Dinning
    2travelingdiners
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Outstanding food and great service. Authentic Italian dishes prepared to be the best tasting experience. Small, quaint dinning area and bar that was full of customers and yet service was fast and frequent. Food was delivered at the right time and was fresh and hot. The menu was extensive and the dishes we had were the best we have tasted. The owner or manager found out that it was my wife's birthday and offered us both complimentary deserts of our choice. This was a great find and we will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently excellent
    Caroldines
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Often my first choice for dining out. Good food, friendly attentive service in a nice setting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Good
    sallyann
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The food here is always good and the service excellent. We live near by and have gone here often. Only draw back is we were in and out within an hour. It was early however on a Sunday but we felt like date night was done and over with too fast.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Authentic Italian food
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The lasagna here is pretty darn good! I would say, stick with the oldies but goodies, see how they compare to what you're used to. I think you'll be satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love their desserts
    RabbitL
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The bread, salad, and entree are just ordinary, very ordinary. However, the desserts are very tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food, over priced
    Budgetdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    I tried this place as it was the only spot around that was open late. The food was, admittedly, pretty good but overpriced for sure.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    Oakdalean
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Went there before the Paul McCarthney concert at the Stick. The place was jumping with other concert and the staff was excellant. Knowing the majority of the diners were heading to the concert, the waiters were trying their best to get dishs out quickly. My girlfriend had the Gnocchi al Pesto and called them "tiny pillows of love". They were great! The Tortellini Buon Gusto was excellent too. A place to visit again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Italian Choice
    ReliableVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Good food in a pleasant place in downtown South San Francisco. The owner is nice. Prices are reasonable, except I found the cocktails and wine to be on the high side.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chance4meVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We were the first people to enter the restaurant so we received attentive service even after the restaurant filled up. All three of us had some form of veal which was cooked perfectly. The polenta and the vegatables which came with the veal were average. Larry was an excellent waiter as he realized all three of us were celebrating our birthdays and we received individual desserts which were outstanding! Especially loved the cannolli and the cheesecake. We will recommend the restaurant to our friends. Ask for Larry!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • FunksVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Great neighborhood Italian restaurant! Easy parking next door. The food was very good and the menu has all the Italian favorites from meatballs and spaghetti to veal saltimbocca! I had a very good Cioppino although it wasn't quite as brothy as what I have had in other places. Lots of seafood though! Excellent SF style crusty sour dough bread. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for excellent food and service in a semi casual atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Sicilian Restaurant
    earlydiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Food, service and setting makes visiting this restaurant for our special occasions a regular. The prices are very reasonable, the food well prepared and servied, and the owner is almost always on hand to great both new comers and regulars. I recommend the fillet of sole as one of my favorite dishes there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Buon Gusto
    guidogirl
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    the food and atmosphere were delightful. Everything tasted fresh and was hot. We were a party of 5 and we each ordered different things and everything was wonderful
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 238 reviews are from the Buon Gusto reviews archive.
  • Solid
    Oneshtchi
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I have not been there for many years. I had petrale sole it was perfect . 3 people had pasta, 1 veal scalapini. Nothing was left on their plates. Pasta was al dente! Great place for solid home style Italian food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My happy place!
    SfnativeVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    A true gem. Excellent food, fantastic service and a warm homey atmosphere. Love the Italian music, yeh Frank Sinatra! Parking is really easy too.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    tmajorrVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    When we arrived we had to park in a lot next to the restaurant that was metered. I had no change for the meters so I went into the restaurant to get some. The owner just dug some change out of his pocket and gave it to me and paid for my parking. My wife and I were seated at a nice table and the service was immediate. Our waiter was very attentive and made good solid recommendations. We ordered a bottle of Italian wine, a Borolo and ordered an appetizer, Carpaccio. Very nice. My wife ordered a fish special and I ordered Veal. Neither had to be seasoned as they were seasoned perfectly. We closed down the evening with a chocolate marscaponni amaretto dessert. Very tasty. A very nice dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Marlo
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Lovely Italian. The owners greet you with a smile and make you feel a part of the familia. Waiters have a nice sense of humor and patience and the food is delicious. Lovely decor with linen and fresh flowers on tables. Noise level is quiet compared to most. Very clean and comfortable. I can't say enough compliments. It is a "gem" of an Italian restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a discovery!
    edmlr
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Had never heard of Buon Gusto but wanted Italian dinner for my son who was visiting. Found Buon Gusto on web and decided to give it a try. What a pleasant surprise. Wonderful food and attentive service in a charming dinning space. Probably the best Italian meal I have had in years. Will definitely return. In fact am planning to bring a friend who is celebrating his 84th birthday in a couple of weeks for Lunch. A awesome dinning experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • next time dinner
    WanderingGourmet
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Since I try to limit my calories for lunch, the meal was only petrale sole and a salad. But it was spectacular petrale sole. Have put together a small group for dinner this week and will be trying more of the menu. If the other dishes measure up to the petrale sole, this place is a real winner. Will let you know.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Old School
    Napaconvert
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    A bit like stepping back in time - a great neighborhood Italian restaurant. A wonderful break from everything that's trendy and tony in Sf. Quiet enough for a great conversation, with a friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Buddy
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This was my 4th time visiting Buon Gusto and it just keeps getting better. Great for entertaining, excellent food, excellent service. I recommend to anyone in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't be too hungry.
    Customer
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We found the food to be very good but the portions were unexpectedly small (not Italian large).
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always puts a smile on my face
    SfnativeVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    In this fast changing world Buon Gusto always feels like you're going home for that comforting dinner. Friendly, warm and yummy. Good simple Italian food. Always fresh and served with a smile. Vincenzo makes you feel like you've walked into his home. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • kim4325VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Buon Gusto has a small family feel to it. I ordered home made ravioli with meat sauce, and it was delicious. I am glad I discover this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.