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Gusto Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.gustosancarlos.com
  • Email: info@gustocarlos.com
  • Phone: (650) 486-1479
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner: M-Sa 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, American, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: George Morrone
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Gusto
Join award winning chef George Morrone for a fine dining experience. George has put together an amazing menu including his famous tuna tartar. Come join us for a night to remember.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Diner Reviews
  • "The food, uniquely displayed (pea soup sooo good!); the staff so personable; wine selection "dangerous" it's so good. For 4 adults our bill was less than $50/person."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Have been to Gusto twice, and the food was good and on the heavy side. This restaurant is worth a try, but I will say that if you request any substitutions, your plate won't look as appetizing as your fellow diners."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "The establishment reminds me of being in a well-run restaurant, friendly staff, an outstanding chef (even came out to say hello!). Water glasses always full, and a lovely range of delicious menu items."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "We all had 3 appetizers, both soups(pea, or asparagus) were excellent, very tasty, tuna tartar, endive salad,all very good and generous portion. We liked ravioli made from Duck Cassoule with valsamixc reduction. Panacota was one of the tastiest and root beer float was die for. THe service was excellnet, and owners welcome us through out meals, and the chef came out."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "We tried Gusto for the first time last Saturday night. We loved the tuna tartare appetizer. The salmon entree was delectable. Beautifully prepared and wonderful flavors. One of us had the sea scallops and loved them. We did not feel rushed although they needed our table. Odd layout for a restaurant -- why isnt the kitchen at the back instead of in the middle? Anyway, would def recommend Gusto!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "George Monrone is the chef at Gusto. Seats are almost commune like. Great food with tuna tartare, mussels cooked with sausages, entrees fit for two and butterscotch pudding. Most of these dishes are George's well known specialities."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "great new spot for San Carlos. Food and service were great. Very hip..Tables a bit close together. . This is really not a kid place.I just don't get the parents these days. We were a table away from three toddlers ..high chairs and sippy cups. At 6:30 on a Saturday. This is really a date night, dressed up, you're most likely going to spend $150.00 plus for two, with wine.. will come back though so tasty.."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "One of the worst service experiences ever! Valentines fixed menu seems like it would be easy for the wait staff to manage right? No such luck. When waiting for our salad course, the waitress showed up with our entree's and tried to serve them.... When we questioned where our first course was we were asked to "just eat this first....I'll bring your salad later". This was on top of serving the wrong food to our table, not getting the wine pairing correct and the list goes on and on... Food was good, nothing inspiring but we won't be back to give it another chance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I loved the decor, black tablecloths and chandeliers and artwork. We received great service from the moment we walked in. I had the saffron scallop bisque, which was amazing. My husband had the endive salad, also great! Since I like quail, I wanted it as a main course, and no problem, I got a larger dinner size portion of the quail served with a chickpea salad, a very nice and light meal. My husbands dish, the t-bone lamb, was outstanding, so flavorful and tender. We will be coming back to this place as soon as possible!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Thoughtful menu, great presentation, careful wine selection, authentic service. The veggie plate was outstanding. Will be back."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Although all of the food at Gusto is delicious, the best parts of our two visits have been the appetizers. In particular, the tuna tartare is not to be missed. The tuna is amazingly tender and the overall umami flavor is amazing. We also had mussels this last visit that were outstanding. We had the waiter bring more bread to sop up the delicious broth."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "What can I say? We knew Enzo from his old restaurant in San Mateo and read about their new chef George Marrone. Having ate at both his old restaurants, we decided to give this new place a shot and boy, were we satisfied. While the main dining room is quite small, the service was outstanding. Even George came out of the kitchen and served many of the diners. And the food is to die for. While the menu is a bit limited, every item, and I mean every item, is great. I went there with my wife and her brother and his wife and we each ordered a different dish so we could taste all the offerings. We even had the salads as an interim course. The salad dressing make from almonds was almost the best salad dressing I have ever tasted."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "I enjoyed a marvelous "cream of portobello mushroom" soup followed by a leg of lamb and mashed potatoes with a hint of vanilla bean-unexpected but delicious. the only disappointment was a gran marnier dessert without the gran marnier-they ran out. i would still go back."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "We had a very good experience last Saturday at Gusto. We were delayed because of traffic accident on 101, so lost,our table, but they were very kind and gave us a complementary glass of champagne while we waited for a table.. Once we were seated service and food very good. Amount of food not large but acceptable, and prices reasonable considering quality."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Had a great dining experience. Everything was top notch. The food and the service equally. The staff was attentive to our every need all night long. Every dish set before us, from an opening plate of cheese through desert, was beautiful to look at and even better to eat. The soups particularly shined. We had a taste of Portobello Mushroom and English Pea. Another stand out was the Duck "Cassulett" Ravioli. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone anywhere in the Bay Area. We had a 40 mile commute and plan on doing it again. Well worth the drive."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The services and food was a total disappointment ! Poor management & ill food preparation in knowing they were fully booked in advance of that special evening. Receptionist confirmed couple days before 2/14 there were no special Valentine menu. Looked forward to try George famous dishes especially the quail. Surprise !!! there was a special menu with no quail and no price (until we asked). Beware of the corkage fee of $40.00 and is self served (no ice bucket & pour your own). All steak was served medium (didn't even ask for your liking). Fish was dried & overcooked, sauce was too sweet. The whole evening was a total embarrassment to our guests. Too much hype on this restaurant and George has loss his touch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was delicious, and our service excellent. My only complaint was the music was a little loud. : )"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "With George Morrone in the kitchen, my expectations were high----and i was not disappointed! Every dish was exceptional from soup to dessert. We will all return soon before the word spreads and reservations become difficult."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Wow, the service was unbelievably great and the food was exceptional! :)"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Dinner is very good, but in my thinking, a limited menu. Eating in the main restaurant is great, but this time they sat us in the foyer. If i go to Gusto again, and they seat us in the foyer, I will walk out."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Chef George Marrone has brought his culinary genius to San Carlos, making Gusto the new local hot spot offering an intimate European ambience and exciting, innovative menu choices. We were delighted in every way. Though the starters all tempted, I opted for the full-flavored chanterelle mushroom soup; a delicious green salad ; and the Loch Duart salmon with mandarin marmalade. Sensational. My husband ordered the crab salad followed by sea scallop spiedini. Both first class. The wine list presented an extensive array of Italian and domestic varietals and wines by the glass, and we finished with a delectable butterscotch pot de creme. With top-notch service, excellent food and wine, and a lively atmosphere, Gusto has it all. We will be back!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The food was clearly sourced with high quality ingredients, but the preparations were uninspiring. At that price point, I expected much more. Too many better restaurants at a better price around to go back. Everyone was very nice, but that is not enough."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Our first time at this new restaurant in San Carlos. Chef came to the table a couple of times to check if we were enjoying. We were. A very small space, but nicely done."
    Dined on 2/4/2014
  • "Great food, great service! Met the owner, great guy."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "San Carlos has itself a real gem. Not to be missed with perfection on nearly all fronts: from ambiance to dessert only one small and minot complaint was noted. Overall and excellent experience"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Great food. Great service. Attentive wait staff and chef. Would have liked if they served cocktails (only wine) and had more dessert options. Overall would go again"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "One of the better food spots on the peninsula - the limited menu delivers great taste across the board. The former Limone space & sister of Positano next door - service is somewhat awkward although pleasant enough. Clearly the chef makes the difference here (George Morrone) & overcomes the shortcomings (wait staff working two restaurants at once, delayed seating on reservation, cramped tables). We'll be back - seafood was very good."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Have eaten here twice now, and had terrific meals and service both times. The chef is most famous for the tuna tartare (which is wonderful), but my favorite dishes have been the mussles and the butterscotch dessert. Scallop entree is also amazing."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "Went twice in the last two weeks. first time very happy : good food , good service , nice table in the back room with a group of friends. Because I liked it a lot and the food is above average for San Carlos went again to celebrate a friends B-day. This time all was more dramatic. We had a reservation for 7pm , were not seated till almost 8pm and the table was not so great and our mood was down. But then chef George Morrone came out and sad : I will make sure you are happy! And the dinner was fantastic! He picked all the complimentary appetizers and personally served them , helped with the main course . Best salad, tune tartar and beef tenderloin you can have! Definitely a dinner to remember."
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "The tuna tartare is possibly the best thing I have ever tasted... really. The vegetarian entry was one of the best that I have had- tons of delicious veggies prepared in a variety of ways. Very satisfying for a veggie dish. I was truly impressed and will be back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We had a wonderful dinner and evening at Gustos. My husband had the crab salad and I had the citrus salad to start. They were both delicious and well balanced. We each then had the quail appetizer which was one of the best we have ever had. We also shared the cooked vegetable platter and brussels sprouts--all good. We shared the butterscotch pot de cream for dessert which was remarkable. George, the chef, visited our table to make sure all was well. We will certainly go back soon. Great evening. Oh yes, the decor was lovely."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "An excellent approximation of foodie cuisine. World-class, no. But very, very good. Dishes were well conceived and well executed, if perhaps a touch overwrought. Could simplify the dishes a tiny bit to allow the ingredients to shine a little more."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "Menus really needs work, not up to George Marrone standards. Wait staff is terrible. Way over priced!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Vintage George. Crab salad, portobello mushroom soup,roasted quail, duck confit ravioli, loch duarte salmon, filet, and butterscotch pot de creme....all spectacular."
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Welcome Gusto to San Carlos. A fine-dining restaurant with a top notch chef, to complement the many mid-range restaurants and Town's excellent steak-house across the street. We were excited by the initial reviews and not disappointed. Tuna tartar was excellent. As was butterscotch pot de creme dessert. Steak and Lamb main courses were the other highlights - with meat tender and perfectly done, complemented by fresh, seasonal veggies. Shrimp bisque marginally salty. Good wine list, or $20 corkage was reasonable. Nice of the chef to do the rounds and say hi. Attentive service (maybe even over-attentive, for a romantic dinner?). We plan to become regulars."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Great new restaurant in San Carlos. We were impressed with the food, the service, and the hands on service by Chef George Morrone. Will certainly be back ."
    Dined on 12/10/2013
  • "What an amazing place. George Morrone is back -- the former Aqua, Fifth Floor, and Cliff House. The Italian influenced 10-item menu contains Morrone signatures like the tuna tartare and his soups (the mushroom soup is amazing). On the wine side, Gusto is offering a sizable list with about 40 whites and 80 reds. Decor was especially impressive -- dramatic dark walls, light trim, white banquettes, chandeliers and black velvet chairs."
    Dined on 12/4/2013
  • "Food is excellent. Well prepared. Service was also excellent. A bit pricey, so I would recommend for a special occasion."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "George Morrone is an excellent chef, and all 6 of us enjoyed our meals. I had the portobello mushroom bisque, and the FABULOUS tuna tartare. My husband had the lamb chops, the mussels, and the Lox Salad...he liked everything. Two friends had the scallop dish, which they loved. All in all, a great meal!!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Will right another review in the coming weeks to be fair since they are new. The place seems disjointed. Overpriced and poorly assembled wine list. Service is not polished and nothing memorable in any dish that we ate. Crostini on sig. Tuna app tasted 3 days old"
    Dined on 12/3/2013