Buon Gusto
Buon Gusto

Buon Gusto

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.buongustorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6507429777
  • 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
74 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)special occasion (28)good for groups (25)fit for foodies (24)great for lunch (19)romantic (16)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (9)hot spot (5)great for brunch (4)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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    • 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.
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  • 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
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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
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    • 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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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Authentic Italian food
    Larry
    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
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    • 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
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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
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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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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
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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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    • 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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  • 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
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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
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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
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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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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KeepingItReal
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We been coming here for the past 25 years +, since Buon Gustos opened their doors. This place is amazing yet somehow continues to get better each time. Loyal staff have been there for so long and it shows in how they take care of their customers; you're family. Food is delish and decor is inspiring. Great place to dine alone, with someone special or with a large group.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old-school Italian like in the 60's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Comfortable, easy, free parking, don't rush you, good specials but also, tried and true like fettuccine Alfredo or lasagna.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • birthday celebration!
    luvvansVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We took our Aunt celebrating her 84th birthday. Owner, Julian, was very nice to her & us. Complimentary desserts to celebrate. The veal sole & pasta entrees were very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buon Gusto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I was in town for a conference, and went to Buon Gusto on the recommendation of friends. It was ok, but I'm from Sonoma County - used to better than ok.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Great food and great service. The grilled seafood was wonderful. Veal piccata was great. Definitely hoping back here.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • d' italian foodies
    Greatalianfoodies
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very good italian foodies for everyone!!! The service is great where the owner is at hand to greet the guests and help you with the menu in selecting the food offered for the day...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood Gen
    torty0819
    Dined on 6/12/2014
    I always stop by when I'm in town. Food is great - reasonably priced with wonderful service. The place is packed for lunch and dinner. I suspect this is a popular destination for folks headed to the airport (or even those arriving in town). Try the fried calamari, gnocchi and meatballs.....mmmm!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Details
    phcesq
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    This was our first time at Buon Gusto. It was close to SFO, and upon return from Ireland, we made a reservation upon reentry. The place was jammin' and there were only two tables available when we arrived; the head waiter appeared to have no clue we had a reservation through Open Table, so we were fortunate to get seated. Service was attentive, several guys bringing bread, water, the wine, etc. Our waiter was friendly -- on th edge, frankly. And he was in a hurry to go somewhere else toward the end of our meal, reached over me for the bottle, pouring the last of the wine -- still some left in the bottle! -- and charged $40, instead of the $34 we discussed beforehand. These "details" detracted from othewise good food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Second time around
    Azfoodgroupie
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    We found this restaurant while on vacation last year and we had to go back. The best Alfredo I've ever had!!! We brought the kids this year. They brought the kids dishes out immediately which was great, but the adult plates seemed to take forever. Yes the service was a bit slow. One of the owners came to our table several times and did magic tricks for the kids. It was fun!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • South San Francisco Gem
    Robaroo
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Always enjoy this small Italian restaurant gem in South San Francisco. Love the veal marsala. Trade out the polenta for a side of bolognese pasta. Don't be afraid to stray from you usual wine selections. We had a wonderful 2009 bottle of Amarone.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just like family
    OhanaLoves2Eat
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Our family decided to try this restaurant as recommended by the hotel we were staying at nearby. It was an excellent choice. We will return the next time we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delicious dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We both had a veal dish and it was the most tender veal we've had in a long time. Good service. Staff really made you feel welcome.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 35 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 215 reviews are from the Buon Gusto reviews archive.
  • Nice Place
    Jassoz
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    We tried Buon Gusto for the first time. The host greeted us and sat us right away. The waiter was friendly and had an Italian vibe going which fit the restaurant. We ordered two glasses of wine. I got the incorrect type of wine but it was still good. We ordered our main dishes and salads. My wife got the wrong dressing but still liked the salad. The waiter was really nice to bring over a complementary small pasta for my baby. She liked it but had the runs later that night. We liked the place overall and thought the food was good.
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